Toonz Media’s Paul Robinson on Animation and incentives in Russia

Former Disney exec and Toonz Media Group’s EVP Paul Robinson explores the emerging opportunities and increasingly generous rebate programs for animation in Russia As a former Disney executive, I thought that I knew Winnie the Pooh pretty well, having been part of multiple television reincarnations of the evergreen franchise spawned by AA Milne’s books. So, […]

Gusto takes five originals to Russia

Gusto Worldwide Media has sold five cooking and food series to Red Media, a Russian pay-TV broadcaster. The package includes 83 half-hour episodes that will air on Red Media’s Kitchen TV, and over 200 short form videos. Titles include Watts on the Grill (13×30), Fresh Market Dinners (10×30), Fish the Dish (30×30), The Urban Vegetarian […]

Hulu Japan to premiere Russian zombie series

Hulu Japan is set to premiere Russia’s hit zombie drama series The Day After on its platform on October 5. To promote the launch of the series on Hulu Japan, the first episode of season one will air on Nippon TV (terrestrial) on October 6. The show will then be available on TVer (an ADVOD […]

Truly Original delve into Kremlin for true crime series

As the reach and seriousness of Russia’s state sponsored activities continues to make headlines across the world, Truly Original is partnering with a leading investigative journalist to look into the murky world of espionage and murder. Bryan Burrough (pictured), writer of groundbreaking business expose Barbarians at the Gate and the recently adapted Public Enemies, will […]

Sherlock finale leaked online before BBC airing

The final episode of Sherlock’s fourth season was illegally uploaded online in Russia yesterday before it was aired on British television last night. BBC Worldwide, the international arm of Sherlock broadcaster the BBC, issued a statement confirming it was aware of the leak, saying: “BBC Worldwide takes breaches of our stringent content security protocols very seriously […]

Russia to lead regional SVOD boom

The number of SVOD homes in the main Eastern Europe countries will rocket to 18.2 million by 2021, a huge increase from the 5.6 million expected at the end of this year. The forecasts come from Digital TV Research, which added that, by territory, Russia will lead the way. The country accounted for 44% of […]

Factory Media snags Soviet Megamonsters

Sports and lifestyle prodco Factory has picked up the international rights to Soviet Megamonsters, an urban exploration series from Ukraininan prodco Film.UA. The 10-part series follows a team of intrepid urban adventurers as they try to access locations including Cold War bomb shelters and underground tunnels. With the ten eps, two are dedicated to an […]

New free TV deal for Talpa’s latest format

Talpa’s The Story of My Life has won an order from Russian free-to-air broadcaster Channel One. The show is billed as a talkshow with a twist and features celebrity couples who, through prosthetics and make-up are aged, allowing them to see what each other will look like in years to come. Talpa’s sales arm launched […]

BBC news channel unshaken by new Russian legislation

The BBC has said that it will continue to broadcast the BBC World News channel in Russia, despite recent changes to Russian media regulation that have seen CNN pull out of the market and other channel operators assess their options. According to a BBC spokesperson, the 24-hour English-language news channel is compliant with both current […]

Turner pulling CNN channel in Russia

CNN will cease broadcasting in Russia at the end of the year, citing “recent changes in Russian media legislation.” In a statement, the network’s parent company Turner International said is was “assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia” in light of the new regulations, and added” “We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to […]