Format round-up: BBC orders Storyboard photo format; Mongolia’s NTV enters ‘The Rolling Kitchen’; SimpelZodiak launches mystery dinner show

BBC orders Storyboard photo format UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered an original photography format from Scotland’s Storyboard Studios. The 4 x 60-minute Great British Photography Challenge will see six amateur photographers take on a variety of assignments around the UK and guided by world-famous portrait and fashion photographer Rankin. The series producer-director is David […]

NTV sells Russian dramas in Japan

Russian broadcaster NTV is bringing two crime dramas to the Japanese market in separate deals. NHK Enterprises, the business arm of Japanese pubcaster NHK, has acquired rights to NTV’s period drama Noble Detective, which is to be aired on the Sony Pictures Entertainment-operated AXN Mystery in Japan in February 2021. Japanese distributor Trans World Associates […]

Russia’s NTV talks maintaining quality amid Covid-19

TBI has been talking to broadcasters all over the world about how they have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Today, we hear from Timur Weinstein, general producer at Russia’s NTV.  [Please note that this article has been substantially altered since original publication] What was the immediate impact of the Coronavirus to your working routine? […]

Pay TV in Russia, Turkey, Africa adapt to Covid-19 with free channel offers

Pay TV operators around the world have launched a range of free windows to audiences who have been placed into lockdown. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country until the end of April. Non-subscribers will have access to 190 TV […]

Russia’s original output dips 12%

Locally-produced programming premiering on Russia’s seven biggest TV channels dipped 12% last year, new research shows. KVG Research’s annual report on the Russian TV market showed Channel One, Russia 1, NTV, CTC, TNT, St. Petersburg TV and Ren TV broadcasted a combined 9,400 hours of new original Russian content in 2015. This figure does not […]

New CEO for Endemol Shine’s Russian prodco

The long-serving CEO of Endemol Shine Group-controlled WeiT Media has left the Russian producer for a major local channel, with a new chief exec installed from within. Timur Weistein has exited to become general producer at NTV, with the former incumbent, Danila Sharapov, in turn leaving his post. Weinstein’s exit has triggered Yulia Sumacheva’s promotion […]

Russian TV production falls

The number of original series on Russian TV fell by 12% last year as the economy suffered and sports programming took prominence. Data from KVG Research shows the number of new, original Russia-originated content across the major channels in the country was 10,600 in 2014, a 12% decline year-on-year. KVG said: “The decline of the […]

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