GOQUEST MEDIA LOCKS IN DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH TELEKOM SRBIJA
Mumbai, 18 January 2021: Global independent content distributor GoQuest Media and Serbian telecommunications and cable TV operator Telekom Srbija have signed a distribution deal for two new powerful series.
The deal gives GoQuest Media exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the intriguing Serbian dramas, Civil Servant (S01: 12 x 50’ & S02: 12 x 50’) a spy thriller produced by Telekom Srbija and Film Danas and Debt to the Sea (11 x 50’), a mystery drama produced by Telekom Srbija and Monte Royal Pictures International.
Directed by Miroslav Lekic and Ivan Zivkovic, Civil Servant is a gripping thriller series that follows a young, ambitious Serbian Secret Service (BIA) agent, Lazar Stanojević (played by Milan Marić, who recently received the Shooting Stars Award at Berlinale and the Chopard Talent Award at the Moscow Film Festival) as he negotiates the rules of the international spy game in the modern world. He quickly learns that all is not what it seems, and he is left fighting the distrust that he has for everything he thought to be true. Despite this, his sense of duty still makes him make dangerous decisions to try to protect his nation, his family and himself. Will Lazar emerge from being a servant of the state to its ultimate protector?
Civil Servant is created and produced by Predrag Antonijevic, the director and producer of ‘Dara Iz Jasenovca’ (Dara of Jasenovac) an epic WWII feature film which has been chosen by Serbia as its official entry for the 2020-2021 Academy Awards.
Dark secrets, ancient myths and an unrelenting sea determine the life of the characters in Debt to the Sea directed by Goran Gajic and produced by Bojan Maljevic. The arrival of a mysterious stranger triggers an unstoppable wave of events for the unnerved inhabitants of a beautiful but deadly Montenegro coastal village. Fractured families, old friends and young lovers are forced to find answers in their tragic pasts and uncertain futures.
Commenting on the deal Paula McHarg, Head of Europe and North America at GoQuest Media said, “As the New Year sets in – with viewer demand for high-quality series rising — we are excited to team up with Telekom Serbia, who have been a steady leader in the recent boom of premium content emerging from Serbia. We are thrilled to partner with them on these unique, stand-out series and pleased to bring them to the global stage.”
Vladimir Lučić, Chief Executive Officer at Telekom Srbija added, “For two decades now, Telekom Srbija has been the leader in the market of telecommunications services, both in Serbia and regionwide. Keeping up with global trends, we have over the past few years expanded our operations to production, predominantly in the series genre, which has rapidly become synonymous with quality. As a result of our cooperation, we are convinced that worldwide audiences will have a chance to see and recognize the quality of Serbian productions as represented in the series Civil Servant and Debt to the Sea.”
Headquartered in Mumbai and founded in 2013, GoQuest Media initially built its distribution network as the leading independent global distributor of South Asian content. Building on its widespread success placing local content–both format and finished tape across markets in territories such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, GoQuest has evolved into a frontrunner in the global entertainment landscape specializing in the distribution of drama and scripted formats from markets across the world. With additional offices in the UK and Vietnam–and local sales presence in Istanbul and Tel Aviv, GoQuest continues to strongly expand its catalogue and distribution footprint around the globe.
Telekom Srbija occupies the leading position in the Serbian telecommunications market, providing a unique and integrated customer experience. Operating under the mts brand in Serbia, the company offers mobile and fixed telephony, TV and internet services. By introducing new services and implementing state-of-the-art technologies, the company strives to facilitate global connectivity and to enrich people’s lives by creating conditions for outstanding communication.
Thanks to continuous investments in development and modernization of telecommunications infrastructure, network and services, the company can successfully respond to various challenges, customer demands and expectations. Telekom Serbia Group boasts a versatile portfolio of telecommunication services and direct operations in several countries in the region, maintaining also a global presence by selling television services throughout the world.
Over the last decade, as the owner of Arena Sport TV channel, the company has been building its own capacities in the domain of TV content through the production and distribution of exclusive sports programmes. It has upgraded the acquired experience by producing series and films, which have very quickly become synonymous with top quality and modern standards in this sphere in the West Balkans. As a result, the SuperStar TV channel, featuring such exclusive content, has very quickly ranked amongst Serbia’s top 10 most-viewed channels. Keeping up with the global trends, the company has thus supplemented its portfolio of top services with the production of high-quality documentary and featured programmes, delivered across all Telekom’s multimedia platforms and partners’ TV networks, presenting relevant and attractive content for further distribution worldwide.
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