Gazprom Media names leaders of Premier streamer

Russia’s Gazprom Media has named Ivan Grodetsky as the new CEO of its Premier video streaming platform and has named Timur Weinstein to the new position of general producer. Grodetsky previously worked for Russian OTT TV provider Okko for 10 years, holding the position of CEO from 2015 until now. Gazprom Media said that his […]

Gazprom Media takes control of KHL TV

Russia’s Gazprom Media has taken control of the KHL TV channel from the Kontinental Hockey League, according to local reports. Gazprom Media, which already produces and distributes the channel for the league, has taken an 80% stake in the channel will consolidate it into its Match TV group of services, according to the Kommersant newspaper. […]

Tricolor TV adds new Russian kids channel to line-up

Russian pay TV operator Tricolor TV has added a new pre-school kids channel, Malysh – translated roughly as Toddler – from Gazprom Media TV channel unit Red Media to its line-up. The channel, which will be part of Tricolor’s kids package, will include animated series and educational programmes, according to the operator. Malysh will be […]

NTV+ launching connected TV box, catch-up and OTT

Russian pay TV provider NTV+ is launching an internet-connected hybrid set-top that will enable it to offer interactive TV services including video-on-demand, pause live TV and catch-up TV. Gazprom Media-owned NTV+’s box is a joint project between the pay TV outfit and its parent company’s technology arm. The device will be manufactured by Korea’s Kaonmedia […]

Tricolor TV adds KVN comedy channel

Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has added new comedy channel KVN TV to its programming line-up. Tricolor struck a deal with Gazprom Media-owned Red Media to include the channel in its offering. KVN TV is a joint venture between Red Media and production group AMIK. The channel will be included in Tricolor TV’s basic […]

New men’s movie channel launches on NTV+

Russian cultural channel Interesnoye TV has changed its name to Muzhskoye Kino (Men’s Movies), targeting a male audience with action, crime, sci-fi and other movies. The channel will carry titles from local and international content providers including Warner Bros, the ВВС, Touchstone Pictures, Icon Productions, EuropaCorp, UGC YM, Integral Film and Rai Cinema. Muzhskoye Kino […]

Gazprom Media turns to Tricolor TV unit for regional advertising

Gazprom Media’s advertising sales unit Alcazar Media has signed up with pay TV platform Tricolor’s ad sales arm A2 to provide regional opt-out advertising for Russian free-to-air channels NTV and TNT, according to local media. According to Vedomosti, Alcazar Media sees the deal as a pilot project that will enable it to judge if selling […]

New CEO for NTV+

Russia’s Gazprom Media has appointed Aleksander Vronsky as the new CEO of its satellite pay TV unit, NTV+, replacing Stanislav Rodionov, who has left the company. Vronsky was the vice-president of technology for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Another former Sochi 2014 official, former media relations director Mikhail Demin, who is also CEO of Gazprom […]

Gazprom Media mulls future options for NTV+

Gazprom Media, the media holding company of the Russian energy giant, is mulling splitting up pay TV operator NTV+, according to local reports. According to business title Vedomosti, citing unnamed sources, Gazprom Media chairman Mikhail Lesin had commissioned his former deputy, Ruslan Terekbayev, to study options for the future of NTV+ together with consultancy group […]

Russian media groups launch tender for new measurement system

Russian media groups Perviyy Kanal (Channel One), Gazprom Media, National Media and CTC, and state broadcasting organisation RTR, have announced a tender for a new audience measurement system, according to local reports. According to business daily Kommersant, the tender calls for Russian or international companies with five years’ experience in audience measurement to submit an […]