London, 13 October 2016 – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is expanding into drama production in Russia and has secured two new commissions from the state broadcasters and a development deal with NTV, bringing four new dramas to Russian audiences next year.
Doctor Martov, a Russian adaptation of the UK’s Doc Martin, has been ordered by Channel 1. SPT Russian production company, Lean-M, is producing 16 episodes which are set to air in 2017.
Channel 1 Head of Production and Acquisition, Sergei Titinkov, said: "We are very happy to start working with Lean-M on this exciting new project, which we hope the Channel 1 audience will fall in love with."
Lean-M has also struck a development deal with NTV to produce local adaptations for Mad Dogs (Besheny Psy)and The Good Wife (Khoroshaya Zhena), both of which are set to go into production next year.
Timur Weinstein, general producer for NTV, said: “Mad Dogs and The Good Wife are both very interesting formats, and we are happy that they will be developed for NTV by Lean-M, a company that is well-known in Russia for its quality adaptations of foreign formats for the Russian market."
Separately, Rossiya-1 has commissioned The Midwives (Akusherka), a four hour limited series adaptation of SPT's 2001 TV movie Midwives. Alexander Kushaev, producer, productions and acquisitions, Rossiya-1, said: "We hope that this project is the beginning our fruitful collaboration with Lean-M.”
Vadim Sokolovsky, managing director of SPT Russia, said: “We already have a fantastic and longstanding relationship with CTC, and are thrilled to be broadening the pool of networks we work with even further. We’ve had great success with sitcom adaptations and are excited about now moving into drama production with these great shows.”
SPT Russia already produces the hugely successful The Voronins – a local adaptation of US comedy Everybody Loves Raymond - which airs on CTC and is now Russia’s longest running comedy series.
The show first aired in 2009 with a total episode count of 402 to date. The company's other hit comedies in Russia include The Eighties, Happy Together and The Nanny.
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