In 2020, filming of the historical television series “Sultana” will start in Uzbekistan. The project will be implemented by the largest producer of television content in the CIS, the movie company Star Media.
Upcoming plans for cooperation to create an international project – the television series “Sultana” were discussed in Tashkent at a meeting with the founder and general producer of Star Media Vladislav Ryashin. He came to Uzbekistan not alone. Together with him was his partner, French-American producer Jean Charles Levy, known for films such as Jerusalem, Race, and Ghostland.
It is planned that the shooting of the television series will take place in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The project will be in English, actors from Hollywood will take part in it, but the cast has not yet been revealed. The plot of the series will immerse the viewer in the era of the 17th century, although the topics covered are relevant today: geopolitics, the struggle for power and love.
The budget for the first season, which will include six episodes, will be $ 20 million. Then, shooting is planned for the second season.
In addition, Star Media plans to begin filming next year the film “Tashkent – the city of bread.” The Uzbekistan National Film Commission explained that in this case we are not talking about a remake of the legendary film by Shukhrat Abbasov, it will be a completely new story.
“We are very pleased that we will be filming, in addition to the television series“ Sultana ”, another film“ Tashkent – the city of bread ”together with the Russian“ Channel One. ”We will implement all the projects here with the support of the Uzbekistan National Film Commission, which, incidentally, organized our visit to Uzbekistan, “said Vladislav Ryashin.
He also held talks in Tashkent with representatives of the State Committee for Tourism Development and the Uzbekkino National Agency. Ryashin drew attention to the fact that starting January 1, the rebate system was launched in Uzbekistan, thanks to which foreign film companies creating film production in the republic would be compensated for part of the cost. This, in his opinion, is a good incentive for foreign film companies to turn their attention to unique platforms for filming films of various genres in Uzbekistan.
It is important to note here that the Uzbekistan National Film Commission with the support of the State Committee for Tourism provides free of charge organizational and industrial and technical assistance to foreign film companies in the creation of audiovisual production in the country.
Star Media was founded in 2006. Now it is one of the largest film and television content companies in the CIS – its library has more than 5,000 hours of its own production. One of the main directions of the company’s development is the distribution of content to the markets of other countries. Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, China, Japan, the USA, Israel – more than 50 foreign countries are constantly acquiring rights to Star Media projects.