Apple TV + to add multiple Russian-language shows in new deal

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Russian producer Alexander Rodnyansky has signed with Apple TV + as part of a deal that gives the streaming service a first look at its film and series offerings, both in Russian and in multiple languages.

Apple TV + hopes to finance several Russian-oriented series or films. No plans have been announced, and no time limits have been revealed for Apple’s first deal with producer Alexander Rodnyansky.

However, the producer said Variety that the agreement covers projects taking place both in Russia and abroad, and that they must be directed by Russian and international screenwriters and directors.

“Apple is extremely interested in exploring the possibilities in this part of the world,” he said. “This will be the very first of all global streaming platforms to sign a strategic partnership with a company of Russian origin.”

Rodnyansky says the rise of streaming services has led viewers to see a lot more international shows, and more opportunities for producers as well.

“It’s a chance for filmmakers around the world to deliver their stories, about life they know very well, to an international audience without limits,” he continued. “That’s what turns me on. It’s part of the contemporary world, and it can break down boundaries to make the world one, and can change it completely.”

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb