PRAGUE: The Czech internet TV station Stream.cz has launched a new series, Pěstírna directed by Andy Fehu.
After attracting growing audiences and media attention with comedies and satiric series, Stream.cz is now betting on a very different genre: an internet thriller. Nine episodes of the 15-minute series are set in the environment of the illegal growing of cannabis. The series was written, directed and edited by Andy Fehu, who made his feature debut in 2015 with a sci-fi horror, Greedy Tiffany /Nenasytná Tyffany (produced by Company F). The cast includes Vojtěch Johanik, Leoš Noha, Karel Hung, Hany-Huong Thanh Duong, Martin Bao and also Slovak actress Judith Bárdoš. Jakub Ševčík was the DoP. The series has already reached almost 5,000 subscribers and 1.147 m views.
Stream.cz understood that internet is a conducive environment for creativity when it started with its own original production in 2013, focusing on three main pillars: internet series, infotaimnent and programmes for children. In 2014, Stream.cz started to stream its hit mockumentary series Blanik Office / Kancelář Blaník, loosely inspired by the British series The Thick of It and directed by Marek Najbrt. This political satire reflecting the real topical political development in the country benefits from the flexibility of internet broadcasting, which is inconceivable for a classic television series. The series is now in its 5th season. In 2016, it won a Czech Lion for the best move of the year in the audiovisual category. The series has 34,000 subscribers and 39.3 m views.
Stream.cz has also had great success with Semester / Semester. The six-part series about Amalia and her boyfriend, who leave to study in Berlin for a semester, plays out exclusively on computer and smart phone monitors. The series protagonists represent the generation, which studies, works and dates online. Semester, directed by Adam Sedlák, was nominated for the Czech Lion for the best move in the audiovisual area this year and was in competition at the national film festival Finale Plzen, where it won the student award for the best internet or TV non-cyclic project.
Sten-Kristian Saluveer was the organiser of the 2016 edition of the European Film Forum conference in partnership with the European Commission in Tallinn within the frames of the Black Nights Industry Days. The event focused on innovation, new technology and the digital single market initiative and other key topics for Europe’s audiovisual industries. Saluveer is an Estonian film and audiovisual media producer, festival manager & programmer, consultant, and film researcher focusing on East-Asian film industries, specifically Japan and South-Korea. He graduated from Concordia International University in Electronic Media and has followed up in Culture Management(Estonian Music Academy) and Japanese Studies (Department of Asian Studies, Tallinn University). Most recently he holds a Master’s Degree from University of Tokyo (Japan) with an awarded thesis on film industry development and international co-productions in Hong Kong, Japan,and South Korea.
Peeter Nieler is an innovator and former film and television producer, developing Virtual Reality technologies. He is a sought-after speaker and - as he calls himself - Venture Catalyst having started already two Virtual Reality companies. Criffin is focused on hardware design and Virtual Neuroscience Lab is researching VR scientifically. His companies already have two technologies in portfolio and some in the pipeline, most important being omnidirectional treadmill for natural locomotion in Virtual Reality.
Jorik Jakubisko is one of the leading European experts in transmedia problematics. He is co-owner of the Prague based Transmedialist which will publish the comic book Bouquet at November (CZ+SK). It is first pillar for transmedia project Czech Grimm.PhD He is student at FSV UK (Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University - Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism) and he writting his doctorate dissertation on Transmedia in context of single European digital market . He also works as a creative partner in Jakubisko Film in Prague together with his mother and father Deana and Juraj Jakubisko.
Agnes Salson graduated from the French cinema school La Fémis and Mikael Arnal, filmmaker, created the project "Tour d’Europe des cinémas", a journey across Europe visiting a hundred cinemas, seeking for innovative ideas and trends for independent cinema exhibition.
Adam Široký is a ventuz designer, data integrator, software developer, VJ XLAB. The Prague based XLAB specializes in 360 degrees video and VR.
Muriel Joly is in charge of business development for Under The Milky Way. She began her career at StudioCanal (Canal + Group) first in the Domestic Home entertainment department, as a product manager (2004-2006) and then as a marketing VP for international Home Entertainment (2006-2009). After 2 years (2010-2011) in consulting, where she became interested in issues of the Video on Demand emerging market, she became in charge of marketing development for Canalplay, the VOD brand of Canal + group.