Russian Director Fyodor Bondarchuk Beefs Up Production Company

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He brought to Art Pictures Group two major local producers with ties to CTC Media.

Fyodor Bondarchuk, the director of Russia’s all-time local box office champion Stalingrad, also reportedly attached to Warner’s Odysseus, has partnered up with two major local producers for his production company Art Pictures Group.

Vyacheslav Murugov, former general producer of broadcaster CTC Media and currently head of production company Prime Time, and Sergei Arlanov, a co-founder of production company Kostafilm, which has made top-ranked TV series for CTC, have each become owners of 10-percent stakes in Art Pictures, according to the Russian shareholder register

Art Pictures would not reveal the details of the deal, which made Murugov and Arlanov the company's shareholders, but co-founder Dmitry Rudovsky was quoted by the Russian business daily Kommersant as saying that the two were brought onboard in in a bid to "strengthen the team."

Over the last few years, Art Pictures, which started out back in the early 1991 making music videos and commercials, has emerged as a major producer of features and television series.

Murugov left CTC Media last December to head Prime Time, which he co-owns with the state-run broadcaster VGTRK and National Media Group (NMG), controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk, an entrepreneur close to President Vladimir Putin.