Five most influential players in Russia's film industry
Meet the five most influential players in Russia's producer-driven film industry
Bio: Born 1961 in Kalmykia; trained as an industrial engineer before landing a job as a set decorator at Mosfilm from 1985-87; worked his way up to production manager in 1989, then became head of the Krug Film Studio at Mosfilm in 1994; was named general director of Interfest in 1997
Most successful film: "Lovey-Dovey" (2007), a comedy about body-swapping, was made for $2 million and took in $11.6 million at the local boxoffice.
CEO, Central Partnership
Bio: Born 1959 in Kazan; graduated in 1981 from the architecture department of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute in Armenia, where he also set up an architecture cooperative; relocated to Moscow in 1991 and became a businessman; in 1996, founded Central Partnership, now Russia's biggest independent distributor and production company
Most successful film: "Shadow Boxing" (2005), a boxing and action film, had a $3.5 million budget and took in $8.1 million. The film's sequel, "Shadow Boxing 2: Revenge" (2007), was an even bigger hit, taking in $11.8 million
CEO, Channel One Russia
Bio: Born 1961 in Moscow; graduated with a biology degree from Leningrad State University in 1983; earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the age of 25; started working for Channel One Russia in 1988 as the host of the program "Vzglyad" (View); named general producer of Channel One Russia in 1995
Most successful film: "Irony of Fate 2" (2007), a romantic comedy, was made for $5 million and earned $53.8 million
CEO, CTC Media
Bio: Born 1961 in Kiev; graduated in 1983 from the film directing department of the Kiev Karpenko-Karogo University of Theater Arts; worked at the Kievnauchfilm studio from 1983-90; in 1995, founded 1+1, Ukraine's largest independent TV channel; served as the channel's general director and executive producer; in 1997, became president of the Ukrainian Television Academy; appointed general director of the CTC TV channel and chairman of the board of directors of 1+1 in 2002; appointed CEO of CTC Media in 2004
Most successful film: The war film "The 9th Company" (2005) was made for $9.5 million and generated $23.6 million at the boxoffice.
CEO, CTB Film Co.
Bio: Born 1955 in Olonets; studied at Tula Polytechnic Institute, from 1975-78, where he founded an amateur film studio; graduated in 1980 from the screenplay department of the All-State Institute of Cinematography; founded CTB Film Co. in 1992
Most successful film: "Brother" (1997), a $200,000 crime drama, grossed just $40,000 but turned a profit on home video sales at a time when the theatrical film exhibition business was on the ropes; revenue on video is undisclosed, but the film continues to be popular on DVD.