20/09/2017 : Press release - On-demand: a new opportunity for film?

European Audiovisual Observatory announces Moscow conference on the legal VoD market in Russia!

The legal offer of VoD services in Russia grew by a massive 32% between 2015 and 2016. This is in spite of the fact that 2 out of 3 Russians reportedly consider that viewing and downloading pirated content is legal, according to a survey conducted by software company Irdeto. In addition, Russian legislators have recently imposed a 20% foreign equity limit on ownership of OTT platforms with over 100,000 subscribers: so what of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video?  This is clearly a market in flux! High time for the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe, to bring out a new report on VoD services in Russia and to invite you to this year’s free Moscow conference:

On-demand: a new opportunity for film?

This free entry public conference will take place in Moscow on Tuesday 10th of October, (9:30-14:00) at the Hotel Sheraton, 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya str. 19, Moscow. A networking buffet lunch will follow the conference from 13:00 - 14.00. Participation is free but registration is now closed.  Link to complete programme.

The Observatory’s Executive Director, Susanne Nikoltchev, looked forward to a “much-needed roadmap of the new VoD landscape in Russia both from an economic and legal standpoint”. She added that this year’s Observatory conference in Moscow would “present the legal face of VoD in Russia as a potentially dynamic business opportunity for filmmakers all over Europe.”

This conference will be opened by long-standing Russian representative within the Observatory’s Executive Council, Vladimir Grigoriev, Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication. Observatory’s Experts, Gilles Fontaine and Maja Cappello, will then provide some economic and legal scene setting of the VoD market

The Observatory’s’ brand new report, The Russian legal on-demand video services market, will be presented by Dmitriy Kolesov, Head of TV and Content Department of the Russian consultancy J’son, authors of this new report. All conference participants will receive a free copy of this new report.

A panel discussion led by Dmitriy Kolesov will engage our speakers and audience in a debate on the new opportunities which VoD distribution offers to films and programmes. Among our panellists, we will be wecoming Dmitriy Karmanov from CTC Media, Egor Yakovlev, CEO of Start.ru and Viktor Chekanov, CEO of Megogo.net.

The working languages of this conference are Russian and English with translation provided. Participation is free but upon registration only.

Registration is now closed.