As part of the business program of the First St. Petersburg International Media Forum, organized by ROSKINO with support from the Government of St. Petersburg, leading experts from Russian and abroad will take part in a range of discussion panels, round tables and master classes.
The business program will open with a discussion titled "Is the Golden Age of Piracy over?", in which film producers, TV producers, representatives from new media companies, government agencies, and legal institutions, as well as attorneys and directors of professional associations will look at the most effective solutions in the sphere of content protection and copyrights. The moderators of the discussion will be Alexey Pimanov, president of the media holding Krasnaya Zvezda, and Chris Marcich, president of the Motion Picture Association for Europe and the Middle East. Participants in the event include Alexey Volin, Deputy Minister of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation; Alexander Akopov, president of the AMEDIA company; Trevor Albery, vice president of Warner Bros. for antipiracy activities; Fyodor Bondarchuk, director, producer and chairman of the board of directors at Lenfilm Studio; Sergei Selyanov, producer and head of the film company SGV; leading attorneys dealing with copyright issues, and representatives of legislative and executive governmental bodies.
The business program will also include discussions focusing on the future development of the paid TV market, and new ways to distribute and monetize content. Taking part in the discussion on the digital distribution of content will be representatives of international companies (Netflix, PopUp Cinema, Distrify) as well as Russian companies (Amediateka, STS Media, IVI.ru). At the panel discussion "International formats: adaptations and co-production," leading Russian and international TV producers will discuss the demand for Russian content on the international market, experiences with joint TV production, and adaptations of famous international formats to domestic TV.
A separate, large-scale discussion will be dedicated to the topical subject of Russian domestic film quotas for cinemas. The moderator will be Dmitry Litvinov, general director of the Planet Inform group of companies; the discussion will include Paul Heth, general director of Concern KARO; Fyodor Bondarchuk, director, producer and chairman of the board of directors of Lenfilm Studio; Alexander Tsekalo, president and general director of SREDA Productions; Yuri Sapronov, general director of Global Russian Studios; Eduard Pichugin, general director of Lenfilm Studio; Dmitry Rudovsky, general director of Art Pictures, and other Russian producers and representatives of distributors and major cinema chains.
SPIMF is the first-ever event to feature, under one roof, projects from both the film world and the television world. Leading production studios and TV channels will present all-new TV series, ones that haven't been broadcast yet, and they will discuss the development of the Russian and foreign TV markets. International producers and distributors will also be able to see content showcases from the main domestic film and TV companies - STV, RWS, Interfest, Art Pictures, Trety Rim, Pimanov and Partners, Gorky Film Studio, Lenfilm, animation company Wisart, Disney Russia, AMEDIA, Star Media, Mars Media Entertainment, and STS Media\Domestic.
As part of the co-production market organized with the participation of the Northern Seas Film Forum, Russian producers will present to their foreign partners finished projects as well as those still in production.
Frederic Boyer, one of the world's leading film curators and artistic director of the TriBeCa Film Festival (New York), will conduct a master class on how to put together a film festival under the growing influence of new media.
As part of the New Media section, master classes for guests and participants of SPIMF will be led by Nathan Hull, director for digital development at Penguin / Random House; Lance Weiler, founder and producer of the Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University; Ben Huh, creator of Circa News; Adam Sigel, founder and CEO of Cutbait Productions; Mikhail Tabunov, creator of the video service Coub, and other experts.