ANNA GERMAN Won Poland!

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28.02.2013

First Episode of ANNA GERMAN Produced by Star Media and Launched on Polish Public Channel TVP 1 at 20.30 on 22 February, 2013, Had a 39% Share of All Polish TV market!

 

The premiere airing of the biography series ANNA GERMAN produced by Star Media was launched on 22 February, 2013, at the peak prime time (20:30) on the Polish public channel TVP 1.

 

With respect to the general audience (4+) the average figures for the Episode 1 were 17.78/38.81% (rating/share) and 8.89/25.04% for the commercial audience (16-49) respectively.

The first episode was watched by over 6,355,000 Polish viewers aged 4+ and over 1,615,000 aged 16-49.

The maximum 4+ audience share was 40.77% and 26.74% for the 16-49 audience.

TVP 1 is a national public channel leading among 20 Polish TV channels for the 4+ audience. Its average share makes up 13.5 to 14.6%. Its closest competitors are Polsat, TVN and TVP 2 channels.

TVP 1 airs films and series of Polish production on every Friday prime time, with the average figures for the 4+ audience being 9.64/21.5% and 5.65/15.68% for the 16-49 audience.

 

Thus, the Episode 1 of ANNA GERMAN actually doubled the channel’s general audience in the slot and increased its commercial audience one and a half times as much.

The figures of viewing for both audience categories indicate to both successful announcement of the project and a very strong and undiminishing viewer’s interest in its content itself.

Back in the beginning of February 2013, the Polish television decided on the premiere airing of the series ANNA GERMAN, produced by Star Media, in memory of the legendary singer and dedicated to her 77th anniversary.

A series of special solemn events in honour of Anna German and Star Media, the creators of the much-talked-of project, were carried out along with the broadcast announcement. A press screening of the series and a solemn reception at the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Warsaw with participation of the Russian Embassy in Poland was one of such events, where abstracts of the series were exhibited and the actors and the members Star Media’s author team shared their experience of their work on the project and told on its success in the television markets in Russia, Ukraine, CIS and….

Star Media's magnificent 10-part biopic drama, ANNA GERMAN was at the top of the TV pop charts in Russia and Ukraine when it was aired in September 2012. The average share on Channel One Russia was 20.6%, with an audience share for the last episode of 22.7% representing over 23 million Russian viewers. The average share on Inter TV channel (Ukraine) was 19.72%, with a maximum audience share of 22.36% equal to approximately 25.5 million Ukrainian viewers.

The movie by Star Media not only created a profound empathy with audiences, but it also inspired a huge surge of new interest in German’s creative work. Younger people, who were born after the singer died, have discovered not only a new "favourite performer", but also a new set of criteria defining labels such as “music star”, “talent” and “the art of singing”. The downloading of clips on Youtube of Anna German's original performances have increased many hundred times over, and, according to recent data from Russia's leading bookstores, the autobiography Echo of Love Мы долгое эхо») by Anna German as well as the collection of her autobiographical memoires, Come Back to Sorrento?.. («Вернись в Сорренто?..») have become such huge bestsellers that most stores quickly sold them out.

Producer of ANNA GERMAN and founder of the Star Media Group, Vlad Ryashin says of the series:
ANNA GERMAN is a unique project. We had the rare opportunity to work on the script with the help and advice of Anna’s relatives - her husband Zbigniew Tuсholski, members of her family, friends as well as her official biographer, Mr. Endriсhowski. The main expert was Zbigniew, of course. Once he had understood what we wanted to film, what we wanted to say, and how we wanted to say it, and after he had seen the first working materials, he agreed to work together with us on the whole project. Moreover, he believed in the project so much that he even gave us the rights to use her original soundtracks. So it means that the real Anna German herself sings in our series. A truly wonderful woman but with such a hard burden to carry.”
 

Joanna Moro, actress for Anna German:

 “Anna German was very popular in Russia; even more popular than in Poland, because the Russian people are very openhearted and musical; they have passed on her creative heritage to the next generation. This is why she is loved and remembered in Russia. I am glad to see the interest in the life of this great singer rising worldwide and in Poland; the public recognizes, discovers, continues and begins to love her; her songs are aired on the radio and her biography books are sold in the bookstores. I am delighted to see this attention and interest of our young generation in the creative work of Anna German. This heritage must be preserved.

This role is the role of my life, because I have passed through her way and all her feelings, highs and sufferings. The creative team of Star Media was very diligent in preparations to the shooting. The facts from her life were checked up again and again; we talked to her relatives and visited places Anna had visited in her time; together with makeup artists and stylists, we spent hours to find a trustworthy image of the main character. Each of us contributed in this project. This is why it is not only true in historical terms, but interesting to the viewers aw well.

Known as the ‘White Angel of Polish Song’, Anna German recorded dozens of albums during her short career and was admired and adored by all, including Pope John Paul II. Such was her professional approach to her work that she would record tracks in one take and always performed live at her numerous concerts. Her life story was all about overcoming adversity; To love and to sing no matter what!”

The love that Anna shared with people through her songs brought happiness to millions, restoring their aspirations to a better life and purer ideals. Her memory lives on in the hearts and minds of admirers all over the world - truly a beautiful and gifted woman.

The series reveals many unknown facts from the singer’s life and the private dramas of the main characters. The main roles were played by the Polish actors: Joanna Moro as Anna German, Szymon Sedrowski as her husband, Zbigniew Tucholski; and the Russian star actors such as Maria Poroshina, who plays Anna’s mother, Irma Martens, Marat Basharov as Valentin Lavrishin (Valya), an NKVD General, who was in love with Irma all his life, and Yekaterina Vasilyeva is Anna’s wise grandmother.

Choosing the actors was a daunting task. Maria Poroshina was the only actress to be chosen at once, being seen from the very beginning as perfect for the role of Anna's mother. The opposite was the case when it came to choosing the actor to play the main antagonist, Valya. According to the film creators, Marat Basharov played his role brilliantly.

The producers' first principal was to cast actors according to the nationality of the role.

Producer of ANNA GERMAN, Galina Balan-Timkina says:

“We worked with many leading European talent agencies. The Polish agency Gudejko organized casting sessions, but Joanna Moro came to us quite accidentally, because she wasn’t a client from this agency. Joanna’s friend had told her about the casting, having herself unsuccessfully applied for the role of Anna earlier as a client of the Gudejko agency. But it was Joanna’s grandmother who told her: “Go and try yourself, you look like Anna German so much”. Plucking up the courage, Joanna asked us to give her a chance, even if it would cost a day’s waiting for her turn in the queue. Luckily she auditioned together with Szymon Sedrowski, who, as a result, was unanimously given the role of Anna's husband, Zbigniew. The two of them made magic together, creating a beautiful and sincere performance."

The shooting 'geography' of ANNA GERMAN is vast - from the Crimea, Kiev and Lvov in Ukraine to Poland, Russia and Croatia. The scenes in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, where Anna spent her childhood, were shot in the Crimea, where parts that have not much changed since 1938 were found in the historical area of Bakhchysarai.

Six languages were involved during shooting - Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Italian, Croatian and English. Interpreters were always on hand, but during such a long shooting period the group soon learned to understand each other well - often without words! The main star, Joanna Moro knows Russian very well (she was born in Vilnius) as well as Polish and English. Joanna's proficiency in Russian was a great advantage for the role, as Anna herself was a fluent Russian speaker.

 

 

Star Media Group was founded by Vladyslav Ryashin in 2006. Presently, Star Media is one of the leaders in production and distribution of theatric and television movies, telenovelas and series, TV shows and docudramas successful on leading TV channels in Russia, CIS and internationally.

Star Media Group has its own shooting floors, shooting equipment, pool of special transport and postproduction studios in Moscow (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine) and Astana (Kazakhstan). The Group’s production companies produce annually over 600 hours of telenovelas, primetime series, dozens of TV movies as well as theatrical films. As of 2012, Star Media’s copyright library comprised over 3,100 hours of content produced by the Group in various genres.

The movies and series produced by the Group are invariably rated high and reach the Top-10 of the pop charts on leading TV channels in Russia and CIS. Among them are the series ANNA GERMAN, NIGHT SWALLOWS, TROUBLE IN STORE, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ODESSA, KOTOVSKIY, SKY ON FIRE, THE RIVER WIDE, SPIES MUST DIE!, THE TRAP, NORTHERN WIND, IN THE FORESTS AND MOUNTAINS, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, docudrama THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, animated cycles THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN STATE and NAPOLEONIC WARS IN RUSSIA, TV movies THE GRASS UNDER SNOW, DOWNSIZING THE FAMILY, ANTI-SNIPER, TIME TO BE HAPPY and a lot more.

Star Media Group successfully develops international sales of its content. The broadcast rights to Star Media’s content are purchased by TV channels from Eastern and Western Europe, China, Japan, the USA, Israel, Middle East countries and countries of other regions.

Thus, options for the production of Star Media’s dace entertainment show format Go Dance! have been purchased by the companies from the USA, Norway, France, China and Russia.

Star Media actively develops the production of full length theatrical films, including in co-production. Among its theatrical releases are the adventure comedy O, LUCKYMAN! (2009, directed by Eduard Parri) and the psychological thriller THE WEATHER STATION (2010, directed by Johnny O’Reilly). In 2011 the rights to THE WEATHER STATION were purchased by Hollywood studios for remake and distribution in the USA.

Based on the facilities of own 3D animation and graphics studio Babich-Design, the Group develops formats of historical animated cycles and docudramas unique successfully competing with the best western educational and popular science programs (THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN STATE, BATTLE FOR MOSCOW, THE HOLY BAPTISM OF RUSSIA and others). In 2009, Babich-Design became the only studio in CIS that was enlisted as one of the priority vendors of graphics and 3D animation for the BBC TV channels. In 2011, the docudrama THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, fully dubbed in English as SOVIET STROM, was released on the History channels (UK).

Star Media’s products have been nominees for and winners of such prestigious international film festivals and awards as the AFI (USA), Monte Carlo Television Festival (Monaco), WorldFest Houston International Film Festival (USA), Seoul International Drama Awards (South Korea), International TV Festival Bar (Montenegro), TEFI (Russia), “The Golden Eagle” (Russia), “Spirit of Fire” (Russia), “Kinoshock” (Russia), the “Golden Chest” International Television Festival (Bulgaria), the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad” (Belarus), TV and Cinema Forum “Together” (Ukraine), the “Teletriumph” Award (Ukraine),  the FSB (Federal Security Service of Russia) Award, the Yuri Ozerov Wartime Film Festival (Russia), the “Golden Knight” International Film Festival (Russia) and many others.

 

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