London, 29 August 2014. – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has appointed Vadim Sokolovsky as managing director for SPT Productions Russia and Lean-M Productions, it was announced today. In his role, Sokolovsky will manage all aspects of Sony’s television production business in Russia, including development, sales and production of programming, as well as the financial performance, strategic vision, operation and growth of those companies.
Sokolovsky will report to Jeff Lerner, senior vice president, scripted programming, international production for SPT. He takes up his position at the beginning of September and will be based at SPT’s Moscow office.
Announcing the appointment, Jeff Lerner said: “SPT is a leader in delivering high quality Russian language programming that consistently drives ratings for our clients. Vadim is the perfect choice to continue that legacy and build our business going forward. He has excellent creative and production credentials, strong relationships with buyers, and a passion for producing high quality programming that speaks to Russian language audiences at home and abroad.”
Vadim Sokolovsky is an award-winning producer, director and writer with over 20 years’ experience in the Russian and international film and TV industry. His numerous feature films include The Book of Masters, a critically acclaimed Russian language theatrical release which garnered 12 international festival awards and achieved Russian box office success. Sokolovsky’s television productions enjoyed similar success, with the Golden Eagle nominated Ticket To Harem, a gritty yet emotional miniseries about human trafficking, delivering top ratings for Rossiya channel.
At Disney Channel Russia, he produced the long running comedy series As the Bell Rings. While serving as director of film and production and acquisition at The Walt Disney Company Russia and CIS, he supervised development, production and deal making for Disney’s Russian language film and TV businesses. As head of production at Amedia, he was responsible for numerous Russian language series and worked on Poor Anastasia (Bednaya Nastya) Amedia’s first Russian language series to achieve international success and coproduced by SPT. Before that, he served as a producer at NBC News in Moscow. Vadim Sokolovsky holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from the Moscow State University, School of Journalism, and completed the Film Directing Program at the Moscow Film School.
SPT Productions Russia and Lean-M Productions produce original television series and adaptations of international TV formats for the Russian speaking market across multiple genres. Those productions include long running successful Russian language adaptations of sitcom formats Everybody Loves Raymond (Voroniny) and Married...with Children (Schastlivy Vmeste) and drama series Betty La Fea (Ne Rodis Krassivoy). SPT Productions Russia co-created and coproduced CTC’s hit series The Eighties (Vos'midesyatiye), recently renewed for a fourth season. Lean-M coproduced scripted reality series Strong Medicine (Vernoye sredstvo) with a recent fifth season renewal taking the total number of episodes to over 300.