Endeavor Content Goes Into Russian-Language Drama With “Hope” Series – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Endeavor Content is entering the Russian-language drama business.
Endeavor’s production and distribution arm supports action drama Hope from Russian streamer Start. The division, which has already supported series including Kill Eve and Normal people, will take care of the international distribution of the series.
Hope stars Victoria Isakova, who previously starred in the Russian adaptation of Country and drama series To the lake, which streams internationally on Netflix.
She plays Nadezhda – which means Hope in Russian – a ruthless assassin for the Syndicate – a criminal organization she was forced to work for as a teenager in exchange for being released from prison.
The spy action series, which takes place between the brutal and lawless Russia of the 1990s and today, is directed by Elena Hazanov (Petrushka syndrome) and explores the duality of the nature of women in the series by examining the psychology of the complex female protagonist Hope and the conflict between her maternal instincts and her true brutal hitman nature.
The series is produced by Russian streamer Start, co-founded by producers of Russian studio Yellow, Black and White.
Liz Tang, Content Director at Endeavor Content, said, âWe are proud to partner with Start on our first Russian-language drama. The Russian market is full of robust scripted formats that we follow with a keen eye, and this particular script is a testament to Endeavor Content’s emphasis on elevating female and under-represented voices. With brilliant director Elena Hazanov at the helm, Hope We really stood out as a premium cat-and-mouse thriller, centered around Victoria Isakova’s portrayal of a ruthless and confrontational assassin. We can’t wait to bring this show to audiences around the world and see how the story continues to unfold for seasons to come. “
Daria Bondarenko, EVP International Sales and Acquisitions at Start, added: âWith her strong female protagonist and expert direction by Elena Hazanov, it’s a very proud moment for us to have ‘Hope’ noticed and picked up by Endeavor Content. At every stage of this relationship, they have shown true love for Hope and are the perfect partners to help spread awareness of this brilliant series to audiences around the world. Hope is a film series with a captivating plot that will appeal to all continents. We know viewers will be on the edge of their seats as the story unfolds and they engage with the complex characters. Endeavor Content has an excellent track record of selling high quality international drama series to the global market, we are eager for their team to present their Russian debut series to buyers on the world stage.