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SPT RUSSIA SECURES NEW DRAMA COMMISSIONS


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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Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.