|The Night of the Best Pilots|
|4 October 21:30, «Aurora»|
||5 October 17:30, «Velikan Park»|
|Homeland||6 October 20:00, «Rodina»|
|CTC media pilot|
||7 October 20:00, «Velikan Park»|
TV shows have become an integral part of mass culture. They are all the rage, and some of them are at the cutting edge of television and cinema industry. Game of Thrones is a real world-wide phenomenon ranging with such film franchises as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. This year alone the series industry was strengthened by new projects of producers and directors such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Sam Mendes, the Cohen brothers, Jodie Foster, Steven Soderbergh, Guillermo del Toro. By the end of this year we will see a series by Lana and Andy Wachowski. The series cast has been enriched with A-list stars: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Halle Berry, Clive Owen, and many others. European hits like The Bridge (Sweden) and The Returned (France) are popular all over the world. Russia is keeping up with the trend.
The most significant Russian drama show of the last year — The Thaw — gives us hope for a bright future of TV shows in our country as well. A contemporary TV show is first of all, intricate original stories and tales of complicated heroes who look very much like anti-heroes; immense historical and sci-fi epics; gloomy dramas that cannot but impress and provide food for discussions. All this can rarely fit into the nowadays commercial cinema, so simplified and infantile. And it’s another strong reason for filmmakers to fall for «adult» series for TV and Internet. By the way, in the past five years series budgets have grown so much they can now be compared to those of Hollywood movies.
Within the Media Forum, we decided to pay special attention to series and make a real «Festival of Series» by acquainting our guests with the best TV shows on the planet. The Festival’s partner is Amediateka, the best legitimate online resource of series in Russian Internet, the official representative of HBO — the main supplier of world TV hits. For «The Night of the Best Pilots», we’ve tried to bring together the most different and striking premieres of the year. Besides this, we are going to present the premieres of the coming season: new season of Homeland and a new series of Leftovers, and one highly anticipated Russian pilot — Londongrad from ÑTÑ Media! We invite you to participate in the trendy amusement: chain- watching!
Denis Gorshkov, AMEDIA, VP of programming, acquisitions & original production, TV-market curator
Amediateka is the largest Russian internet services for the best TV series on the planet according to IMDb ratings. It gathers hit shows from the world's leading networks and studios (HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS, Fox, Sony, WB, BBC, ABC studios, etc.) and presents them all in one place.
Amediateka streams more than 90 TV series, including Game of Thrones, True Detective, Penny Dreadful, True Blood, American Horror Story, Homeland, The Newsroom, and Black Sails, as well as 270 feature films, documentaries, concert movies, and musical shows.
The Amediateka service is available on home, laptop, and tablet computer browsers as well as in iOS, Android , Smart TV apps. The Amedia Premium HD and Amedia online television channels are available to Amediateka users and offer English and Russian audio tracks with dubbing provided by fans' favorite studios.
The Night of the Best Pilots
Director: Cary Fukunaga
Producers: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Cary Fukunaga, Nic Pizzolatto
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
8 episodes x 55 min.
Two cops investigate brutal crimes of a serial killer who «woke up» after 17 years of silence. Their aim is not only to reveal the secret of the maniac but try not to give away their own secret.
True Detective immediately acquired cult status mostly due to the work of writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga. The first episode was watched by 2.3 million viewers. It’s the best result for a premiere show since 2010 Boardwalk Empire presentation (4.8 mln). True Detective has already got a real sect on the Internet, its members are searching for hidden signs and mystical prompts to unravel the secrets of the serial killer. «King in Yellow» black stars, Carcosa, straw figurines — all this made a lasting impression on the viewers who have wanted — and finally got — something more than just another series about a maniac.
Directors: Mimi Leder, Peter Berg, Michelle Mac Laren
Producers: Damon Lindelof, Nan Bernstein Freed, John Blair
Cast: Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman
10 episodes x 60 min.
Ôîòî: Warner Bros. Television
2% of people on Earth have disappeared. The rest will have to carry on. But for how long? And by what rules? The world will never be the same. Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Peter Berg (Battleship).
The series is a screen adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name. His work as a screenwriter has already been awarded with several Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe. In one of her shows, the famous Oprah Winfrey called The Leftovers one of the best books of 2011. The script was made by the authors of Lost.
Ôîòî: CBS Television Studios
Steven Spielberg’s new science fiction series about artificial intellect and the future of mankind, starring Halle Berry. Every living thing is under threat when astronaut Molly Woods returns home from space.
A special film studio was constructed for shooting the weightlessness scenes. To imitate zero gravity, actors were flying to and fro suspended on ropes. Molly Woods, Halle Berry’s character, is pregnant. The actress got this role right after she had a baby herself. The feeling of déjà vu haunted her over the whole shooting of the first season.
Directors: J. A. Bayo na, Coky Giedroyc, James Hawes, Dearbhla Walsh
Producers: Sam Mendes, John Logan
Cast: Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Josh Hartnett
18 episodes x 60 min.
Ôîòî: Desert Wolf Productions
The Victorian London has become the most frightening place in the Universe. Here, the night shelters the heroes of your nightmares: from Jack the Ripper and Frankenstein to Count Dracula and Dorian Gray.
The most popular thriller of 2014 from John Logan, the writer of Gladiator and the latest Bond movie. For him, Penny Dreadful is the first attempt at a series. Logan wrote the first two episodes, and left a detailed guide to the characters of the future saga. After that, Showtime bought the idea. You may watch this with your eyes closed!
Ôîòî: Anonymous Content
Medicine of early XX century, no antibiotics, no anaesthesia. The story of a cutting edge New York hospital, its doctors and patients. Clive Owen plays a talented surgeon in a series directed by Oscar awardee Steven Soderbergh.
A year ago, after releasing his new TV project Behind the Candelabra (HBO), the author of Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven and Che declared that he was done with cinema. The declaration, however, appeared to be a tactical ruse — the filmmaker, successful both in art house and in Hollywood, laureate of all possible festivals, decided to try his hands in a new genre — TV drama. Verisimilitude and meticulous attention to detail makes The Knick a staggering project. As in most of his films, in this series, Soderbergh acts as a director, cinematographer and editor.
A man and a woman... And one more man, and one more woman. Noah is a married man, a father of four. After a chance meeting on the beach he falls for Alison, a married woman mourning her dead child. Each of them sees the situation and their relations from their own angle. Will they solve their problems or get even more confused? Can midlife crisis be cured with adultery?
Dominik West, Ruth Wilson and Joshua Jackson in a new drama series from Sarah Treem (writer for House of Cards) and Hagai Levi (one of In Treatment authors). Dominik West and Ruth Wilson who play lovers in this film have both been nominated for the «Golden Globe» — West for his role in The Hour in 2012, and Wilson for her role in Jane Eyre in 2008.
Directors: Michael Cuesta, Lesli Linka Glatter, Clark Johnson
Producers: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff
Cast: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis
Genre: Political thriller
48 episodes x 55 min.
The standoff between America’s No 1 terrorist and the CIA blonde analyst is over. But this is not the end. Brody is no more, Saul has been fired from the CIA, and Carrie, who has just recovered from her loss, goes to one of the most troubled corners of the planet. She’s in for a new life, new dangerous mission, and, in all probability, new relations.
For the first time in Homeland, the action is almost completely outside the US. The creators promise a real adventure. In season 4, the No 1 political thriller of our times will dwell upon the secret war America is waging in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
CTC media pilot
Director: Dmitry Kiselev
Producers: Vyacheslav Murugov, Alexand Er Kessel
Cast: Nikita Efremov, Ingrid Olerinskaya, Pavel Ilyin, Sergey Rost, Sergey Yushkevich, Gosha Kutsenko, Maxim Vitorgan
Genre: adventure comedy
20 episodes x 46 min.
This new CTC project is being shot in Moscow and London. It will connect the two capitals and show how not to lose yourself in a big city, and what living London-style is. The Forum will host an exclusive closed screening of the pilot expected to air some time in 2015.
Placing a child in an expensive college by writing all his tests? Getting the best tickets for today’s Chelsea game? Hiring a lawyer who will ‘get everything right’? Opening a tailor’s shop in Savile Road at 3 am? Taking the blame for a minor offence? The Londongrad agency is on the job.
For the first time, a Russian feature film is being shot in London! The story revolves around a unique agency that specializes in solving all kinds of problems Russians may encounter in the British capital. There are many Russians in London, and there are even more difficulties.