Amazon picks films and series from Star Media
Star Media, one of the leading production companies in Russia and CIS, is set to reach new audiences in Canada, the United States and other countries worldwide following a deal with Amazon.
The first package of Star Media films (25 titles) delivered to Amazon Prime Video was acquired by New York-based digital distributor, Janson Media, in 2017 and has since tripled in volume. The number of available countries where platform viewers can watch the Russian-language content has increased as well.
Now, the package of Star Media projects available to global subscribers of Amazon Prime Video includes 75 films and TV series.
The deal, brokered by Jesse Janson (Executive Vice President for Acquisitions & Development of Janson Media), stated: “The quality of content produced in Russia is increasing rapidly, which is confirmed by the great success of the Star Media titles on the platform. There is a large demand for Russian produced content across Amazon Prime Video. Not only from Russian language speakers, but from all viewers worldwide. Star Media projects that are available on the platform cover a variety of genres and topics. Among others we see that the audience is quite interested in drama, historical and wartime stories, which many traditional broadcasters are often shy away from licensing. This creates a great opportunity for on demand streaming, where such projects discover their audiences.”
In addition to Canada and the United States, Star Media projects are now also available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and India.
“We receive a lot of positive feedback from English speaking viewers of Amazon who are not at all discouraged by the fact that the films are produced and presented in Russian and have only English subtitles. In addition to English, we’re planning to launch Spanish language content on the platform very soon,” explained Maria Grechishnikova, Vice President, Sales and International Projects at Star Media.