Star Media

Exclusive: Russian giant Star outlines originals & library play for Lava

Russia’s Star Media is to produce original dramas for its soon-to-launch global streamer Lava, while also rapidly increasing its 7,500 hours of content. The streamer was unveiled earlier this week and is being stocked with thousands of hours of content from Star, which is one of Russia’s most prominent production groups and has been behind […]

English-language drama replaced by local originals as demand ramps up

English-language drama is increasingly being replaced by local-language scripted series as demand for domestic content soars, according to a panel here at NEM Dubrovnik. The growing importance of scripted originals was outlined in successive sessions, with RTL Hungary’s deputy CEO & director of programming Peter Kolosi outlining how his company is now looking to produce […]

Russia’s Star Media launches global streaming service Lava

Russian production company Star Media has unveiled new streaming service Lava, which promises to offer more that 7,500 hours of content to global audiences. The service, which is being launched with white label provider OTTera, will provide access to series and films dubbed and subtitled in up to eight languages, including English, Spanish, French and […]

More.TV & REN TV order Russian adaptation of Israeli drama ‘Your Honor’

Russian streaming service More.TV and FTA network REN TV have commissioned a local adaptation of the Israeli crime drama Kvodo (aka Your Honor). Kiev-and-Moscow-based Star Media has begun principal photography on the eight-part series, based upon the orginal series created by Shlomo Mashiach (The Beauty Queen Of Jerusalem) and Ron Ninio for Yes TV in […]

Arte acquires ‘The Pleasure Principle’ from Beta Film

Franco-German network Arte has picked up crime series The Pleasure Principle from Germany’s Beta Film. The 10 x 60-minute series was produced by Apple Film Production in co-production with Canal+ Poland, Czech TV and the Ukraine’s Star Media and was directed by Dariusz Jablonski (Photographer). The show revolves around the murder of three young women […]

Red Arrow spies Russian Mata Hari deal

Red Arrow International has snagged the worldwide rights to a Russian drama about the exotic dancer and spy Mata Hari. The series, Mata Hari, is produced by Star Media for Russian free TV station Channel One. Red Arrow, part of the German ProSiebenSat.1 group, will launch an English-language version at MIPCOM. The cast of the […]

Russian channel to adapt NZ Cult drama

State broadcaster Rossiya 1 has commissioned a Russian version of Kiwi mystery drama The Cult. The VGTRK-owned channel has ordered local prodco Star Media to produce a 13-part Russian-language version of the scripted format, which UK-based DRG sells on the international market. The original series, which Great Southern Television produced for New Zealand’s pubcaster TVNZ, […]

Formats to see in CEE

As NATPE Budapest gets underway, TBI speaks to the main players about selling formats into Central and Eastern Europe, breaking into emerging local territories and the booming market in constructed reality series Traditionally, the biggest buyers of formats in the CEE region have been Russia, Poland and Ukraine and while this triumvirate remain fertile ground […]