Disney to Air TV Show on Russian School, But Filmed in Estonia
- The Moscow Times
- Nov. 14 2012 00:00
- Last edited 13:02
Aánew television show developed byáDisney andáChannel One will feature theáadventures ofástudents atáa Russian schoolá— but all theáfilming will be carried out ináEstonia.
Theáfamily-friendly show, “After School,” was made especially foráthe Russian market andáwill debut atámidnight Friday on the state-runáChannel One.
Each weekly episode will feature aáninth- or 10th-grade student atáa regular Russian school.
But theáseries, theáfirst toábe produced under aácollaboration between theáU.S. entertainment giant andáChannel One, will be filmed entirely ináTallinn, Interfax reported Tuesday, citing Channel One.
Co-producer Andrei Boltenko said theáBaltic city was chosen foráits “fabulous andánonbourgeois atmosphere,” Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported Monday.
Theáhead ofáDisney Russia, Marina Zhigalovo-Ozkan, told theánewspaper that theáshow feeds onáthe best traditions ofáSoviet TV shows such as “Prikluchenia Elektronika” (The Adventures ofáthe Electronic Boy), which, incidentally, was also filmed ináthe Baltics, ináthis case Lithuania.
Channel One head Konstantin Ernst praised theáshow Tuesday as aá“fresh” way toáreach aáyoung audience more tuned in toáthe Internet than television.
“I am delighted that our first joint project with Disney has turned out toábe so fresh andánot banal,” he said, Interfax reported. “I think this is theáonly way toáinterest aáyoung audience brought up onáthe Internet.”
Several well-known actors will star ináthe series, including Sergei Shakurov ináthe role ofáthe principal, Ksenia Rappoport as theádeputy principal andáSpanish teacher, andáMikhail Porechenkov as theáPE teacher.
Theáshow will air on Fridays atámidnight andábe suitable foráall audiences. Nine episodes have been ordered so far.