Megogo announces strategic shift

Ukrainian and Russian over-the-top service, Megogo, has highlighted the production of its own “niche and non-format content” as one “several new directions” for the company. Megogo said that in the next six months it plans to start filming a reality show, producing educational content, and experimenting with audio podcasts for mobile users. It also said […]

VIMN appoints comedy and entertainment head for Russia, CIS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Ilya Hellert-Rozanov as head of comedy and entertainment channels in Russia, Ukraine, the CIS and Baltic States. Based in Moscow, Hellert-Rozanov will report in to Elena Balmont, general director and will be responsible for channel management, brand presence and development strategy for Paramount Comedy and Paramount Channel in the region. Hellert-Rozanov previously worked as head of Russian TV channel Telecoms TV and […]

SES to broadcast Setanta channels

Satellite operator SES has struck a deal to broadcast Setanta Sports two HD channels in the CIS countries and the Baltic States via its 31.5° East position. SES will broadcast the channels to 13 countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – via the Astra 5B […]

CNN International names regional sales chief

News broadcaster CNN International has named Antonio Canto as vice-president, regional sales. Canto, who will work under chief commercial officer Rani Raad, will be charged with building CNN’s business in southern, central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and the CIS. Canto replaces Reme Al-Saiegh, who is leaving the company after taking maternity […]

E! Entertainment launching in Russia

Celebrity gossip and entertainment channel E! Entertainment Television is launching in Russia and the CIS region. The network will go live in the second quarter of 2014, according to Satpal Brainch, executive VP and managing director of E! channel operator Universal Networks International. Programming will include Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Fashion Police and new […]

Russian VOD service gears up for expansion

Russian video-on-demand service is gearing up for a Ukrainian launch, with more rollouts in the former-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) planned for this year.  Speaking to DTVE, Stream’s recently appointed CEO Artem Zassoursky said that the firm opened a Ukrainian office a couple of months ago and plans to start operations there this […]