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Cineflix Rights acquires TV-3 drama An Ordinary Woman

September 18, 2018

Cineflix Rights, the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, has signed a deal with TV-3 Channel Russia for worldwide exclusive rights to the award-winning new Russian scripted series An Ordinary Woman. Cineflix Rights will be launching the show at MIPCOM 2018.

An Ordinary Woman (8x60’) is the story of 39-year-old Marina – an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in Moscow. She runs her own florist shop, her husband is a surgeon, her younger daughter is in private school, and her older daughter is at university. Her life seems perfect, but behind the façade of this ordinary family lurk some dark secrets. Marina herself is not actually a florist. Instead, she earns her income from running a clandestine network of prostitutes using her mobile phone and a Whatsapp group. Marina’s real source of income is a mystery to her family, and in turn, they all withhold secrets from her: her husband has a mistress, her older daughter skips lectures to deal drugs, and her youngest is a sociopath. An Ordinary Woman is the riveting story of how Marina copes as her carefully constructed house of cards begins to collapse when one of her ‘girls’ is found dead in a hotel room.

An Ordinary Woman, directed by Boris Khlebnikov and produced by 1-2-3 Production and Look Film for TV-3 Channel Russia, is the first Russian drama to be shortlisted for the prestigious Series Mania festival official competition. Its star, Anna Mikhalkova, won the coveted best actress award for a performance which judges described as a “sensitive and nuanced performance of a strong woman who constantly has to repress her most private feelings to survive in a corrupted society.”

Chris Bonney, CEO Rights, Cineflix Media said: “An Ordinary Woman promises to be a breakout Russian drama for international audiences and we’re thrilled to add it to our growing scripted slate. It’s a timely and fascinating look into life in contemporary Russia, combining strong female characters, an exceptional cast, and stunning cinematography. And it has a taut, multi-layered plot which unfolds throughout a series suiting either a weekly transmission or stacking for viewers who want to binge on a new gripping drama.”

Valery Fedorovich, CEO TV-3 said: “Cineflix Rights is the perfect partner to distribute An Ordinary Woman, which will sit alongside their other eye-catching, standout dramas which provide compelling viewing such as Marcella and Pure. We were also impressed with the team’s vision and commitment to maximising the global audiences for this far from ‘ordinary’ series.”

The deal to acquire An Ordinary Woman was brokered by Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions, Cineflix Media and Richard Life, VP Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights. 

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For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights):
mark@ohcommunications.co.uk / +44 (0) 7789 981561

About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights, a division of Cineflix Media Inc., is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor with a growing catalogue of 4,600 hours of sought-after programs from some of the world’s most creative producers. Our diversified factual and scripted shows cover a wide range of genres, including crime & investigation, documentaries & specials, history, factual entertainment, lifestyle, science & technology, wildlife & natural history, as well as formats. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in London, Cineflix Rights has sales teams in the UK and North America.

About TV-3
TV-3 is a top ten Russian national television channel and part of Gazprom Media, Russia's largest media group. Every week, 27 million viewers watch our channel in 7,748 Russian cities, towns and villages. TV-3 broadcasts TV series, studio-produced shows, and feature films, specializing in the adventure, fantasy, and supernatural genres. Our mission is to offer our viewers an unforgettable experience and to expand their knowledge of the world around them. That's why our motto is “Everything but ordinary.” It’s no surprise that TV-3 attracts more young viewers aged 14–24, an age group that generally doesn’t watch TV, than any other Russian channel.

TV-3 produced Gogol, the first TV series in the world to be widely released in movie theaters. Starting in fall 2018, TV-3’s new prime-time PREMIUM series line-up will present original drama series featuring the best Russian directors and actors. These will include Boris Khlebnikov’s An Ordinary Woman, the first Russian winner at the Series Mania festival, Roman Prygunov’s Slavic noir series The Dead Lake, Egor Baranov’s ambitious dystopian series The Outpost, and other exceptional projects.