ST. petersburg international media forum to premiere pilot episodes of true detective, the knick, the leftovers, extant and penny dreadful to russian audiences

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St. Petersburg, 25th September: Pilots of the most anticipated international TV series of 2014 will be screened to the Russian public for the first time over one night at the inaugural St. Petersburg International Media Forum, organised by ROSKINO with the support of the Government of St. Petersburg.

The 'Best Pilot of The Year Night', scheduled for October 4th at the Aurora Cinema, has been organised by the online service Amediateka. The programme features Russian Premieres of neo-noir True Detective, post-apocalyptic The Leftovers, sci-fi thriller Extant, Victorian horror Penny Dreadful and retro-drama The Knick

True Detective is a multi-episode noir thriller about two policemen who worked as partners to hunt down a serial killer back in the day. Seventeen years passed, the case was shelved and the time came to forget the past… but the criminal has appeared once again. Will the detectives take advantage of their second chance? The TV series is created by Nick Pizzolatto, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
The Leftovers is a new suspense drama by screenwriter Damon Lindelof, best known for the blockbuster TV series Lost. Nearly 2 percent of the population has disappeared from the face of the earth, inexplicably and without a trace. The ones who are left are panic-stricken and demand that the authorities take immediate action while the head of the city police tries to put back in order a world which is never going to be the same again. The TV series is based on a novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Starring Justin Theroux and Liv Tyler. 

Extant is a new sci-fi TV series by Steven Spielberg about artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial civilisations and the future of humanity. All of life is under threat when female astronaut Molly Woods comes back home from space after spending a year on a solitary shift. Starring Halle Berry. 

Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller from John Logan, screenwriter for the most recent James Bond film. Key characters from the most famed horror stories have gathered in one place - Doctor Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, Jack the Ripper and Dracula, ghosts and shape-shifters. The creators of this TV series have reconstructed in detail the atmosphere of Victorian-era London. Starring Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton.  

The Knick is the first TV series by Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh. A retro-drama about the life of a talented surgeon unfolding at the time when antiseptic was just beginning to be used, antibiotics didn't exist, and ambulances were driven by horses. This is gonna hurt! Starring Clive Owen. Directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Behind the Candelabra, Traffic). 
Event schedule, October 4th - 5th:

21.00–21.30: guests' arrival   

21.30–02.30: screenings of the pilots of True Detective, The Leftovers, Extant, Penny Dreadful, The Knick 

Venue: the Aurora Cinema (larger screening room), 60 Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg

Free admission

Partners in 'Best Pilot of The Year Night' at the SPIMF:


ROSKINO is the only Russian state institution promoting Russian cinema internationally. Since its foundation in 1924, it has facilitated the integration of Russian filmmakers into the world’s cinema industry. In 2014 the company celebrates its 90th anniversary.

ROSKINO promotes Russian cinema at major international film festivals (Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Toronto), markets (AFM in Los Angeles, EFM in Berlin, Marché du Film and MIPCOM in Cannes), and awards (The Oscars, Golden Globes, EFA Awards). It supports the distribution of Russian films and solicits international investments and co-production partnerships. One of the most prominent initiatives of ROSKINO is the DOORS international travelling film market that will allow the company to showcase national cinema at various markets around the world. Since 2012, ROSKINO has been operating the Russian Film Commission USA based in Los Angeles. In 2014 ROSKINO launched its London office, ROSKINO UK.
About Amediateka

Amediateka is the largest online service in Russian for watching the world's best TV series*. The platform consolidates all of the hit shows from the world's leading studios - HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS, Fox, Sony, WB, BBC, ABC and many others, and has over 90 TV series and 250 feature films and documentaries, as well as music shows and concerts. Major hit TV series on Amediateka include Game of Thrones, True Detective, Penny Dreadful, True Blood, American Horror Story, Homeland, The Newsroom and Black Sails.

The service offers translations of fan favourites, dubbing Russian and English tracks, as well as providing Russian subtitles. Programmes are shown in HD and Full HD quality and Amediateka's services can be accessed via the browser of your PC or laptop, and are available as an app on Android, iOS and Smart TV devices. Amediateka's users have access to online broadcasts from the Amedia Premium HD and Amedia 1 TV channels.

*According to IMDb ratings

SPIMF is a cross-platform cultural initiative aimed at promoting a synergy of professionals and the general public while creating a communal meeting place for representatives of the film and TV industries and also leading new media start-ups. An international content market for media business representatives and a film festival for the general public will take place under the umbrella of the Forum.

Over 1200 media industry professionals - producers, directors, distributors and sales agents representing leading companies from Europe, Asia, North America, and the BRICS countries - will participate in the SPIMF agenda. Representatives of film and TV industry giants such as NBC Universal, Warner Bros, Showtime, Starz, Fox, Sony, Fremantle Media, Lionsgate, HBO, CBS, and Endemol have confirmed their participation. Digital technologies will be showcased by Netflix, Hulu, Film London, Tribeca Film Festival, TFI New Media Fund, Vice Media, Power to the Pixel and PopUp Cinema, and the list of their Russian counterparts includes Rambler & Co, VKontakte,, and Amediateka.    
The festival line-up of the Media Forum features 50 premieres in 10 programmes created by renowned curators, as well as a creative Cinema Lab C.L.A.S.S. led by Alexander Sokurov.

Additional information and accreditation:

Head of SPIMF press office,

ROSKINO media relations officer

Elena Barkova

+ 7 985 428 48 48

International press office

Amediateka's press-service

Ekaterina Barabanova

+7 917 545 76 28

SPIMF Strategic Partners

With the support of

SPIMF General Media Partners


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