|VID Television Company (1990—2017)|
|Headquarters||Akademika Koroleva Str, 12, Ostankino Technical Center, Moscow, Russia|
|Products||TV programs, entertainment shows, talk shows, documentaries|
Number of employees
VIDgital (Russian: ВИDgital), formerly and still commonly known as VID (Russian: ВИD, stylized as ВИD, lit. "View"; acronym of Vzglyad i Drugiye, "Glance and Others") is a Soviet and Russian TV production company. VIDgital produces shows for Channel One Russia (Russian: Первый канал), NTV (Russia) and OTR. It is best known for producing the television programmes Wait for Me (Russian: Жди меня), designed to help people find loved ones and Pole Chudes (Russian: Поле Чудес) which is a popular Russian version of Wheel of Fortune.
VIDgital is known both for its original logo, which has attracted controversy and popularity in equal measure for being visually creepy and austere and its wordmark, which uses the Latin D instead of the Cyrillic Д, so the logo appears as ВИD as opposed to ВИД.
The VID Television Company was founded in 1987 by Vladislav Listyev, Andrey Rasbash, Alexander Lyubimov, Alexander Politkovsky, Ivan Demidov and Alexander Gorozhankin, based on Vzglyad, a Russian creative association affiliated with the Youth Editorial Board of the Central Television of the USSR.
The company was renamed VID, an acronym of Vzglyad i Drugiye, on 2 October 1990.
In Autumn 1991, the Soviet Ministry of Press registered Vzglyad as the official newspaper of the VID Television Company. The newspaper was later renamed Novy Vzglyad, lit. ‘New Outlook’, in May 1992.
VID Predstavlyaet (Russian: ВИD представляет, translated: VID Presents), a TV programme hosted by television speaker Igor Kirillov, was aired on Friday evenings on Channel One Russia (1991-1994) and on Wednesdays on Ostankino’s Channel Four (February-March 1992).
Between 1991 and 1995 VID was in partnership with Experiment, a creative association at Ostankino, the Russian State Television and Radio Company.
Between 1992 and 1994 VID sponsored Ostankino’s editorial office for children and co-produced children’s programs, Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! (Russian: Спокойной ночи, малыши!, translated: "Good Night, Little Ones!") and The Call of the Jungle.
In 1992 VID became a shareholder of several companies, such as Muzoboz, Disk-kanal, Pole Chudes, Vzglyad, InterVID, holding 60% of the shares or more in each of them.
VID has been a co-founder of TEFI (Russian: ТЭФИ), Russian National TV awar by the Russian Academy of Television, since 1994.
From September to November 1998 RTR TV channel aired Dobroye utro, Rossiya! (Russian: Доброе утро, Россия!, translated: "Good morning, Russia!"), a morning TV program produced by VID in cooperation with Igor Shestakov’s creative workshop.
In 2001-2002 VID co-sponsored a group of VID-owned groups.
As part of the reorganization of VID, the following programs suspended their participation in it: VID-design, later renamed Pervoye Polye (Russian: Первое поле), Obshchestvo otkrytykh okon (Russian: Общество открытых окон), Putyovye sovety (Russian: Путёвые советы), Krylya-Media (Russian: Крылья-Медиа) and others.
In 2000, VID, which had considerably increased the amount of produced content by that time, decided to compete for the Channel 3 broadcasting rights in a contest held by the Russian Ministry of Press and Mass Media.
On 19 April 2000 Larisa Sinelshchikova, CEO of VID, explained this decision as follows: "Any producer dreams of moving to his own home one day. The life of the independent producer on any channel is more like living in a dormitory, so he always longs to move to his own home, all the more so if he ‘produced’ enough relatives to fill up the whole dormitory". At the same time, she believes that "the Government of Moscow wants, so it seems, to have a strong and worthy channel. We are pursuing the same goal".
The broadcasting concept of the channel and the feasibility study were based on the assumption that the new channel’s annual budget would be approximately $30,000,000.
On 17 November 2001 VID aired the first season of Posledniy geroy (Russian: Последний герой, translated: Last Hero), the Russian version of the American Survivor reality show, based on the idea that spectators can not only observe the ups and downs of competitions, but also spy on the life of people they don’t know.
VID changed its name to VIDgital (VID + digital) on 6 October 2017, explained by Alexander Lyubimov as follows: "We start to seriously consider moving onto the Internet. There you can experiment and try out new turns, new intonations and new ideas".
In September 2017 it was reported that the Zhdi Menya TV show would no longer be broadcast on Channel One Russia. According to federal media resources, Channel One Russia and VIDgital failed to sign the contract for the production of the above-mentioned programme owing to the "new team’s personnel policy" and, consequently, the parties’ failure to agree on the candidacy of the new host.
Starting 27 October 2017, the VIDgital-produced Zhdi Menya is aired on NTV.
After his death on 1 March 1995, it was Alexander Lyubimov who managed the company from March 1995 to April 1998.
The Russian financial crisis created a need for new management ideas, and Larisa Sinelshchikova in cooperation with Alexander Lyubimov took an unexpectedly bold decision to expand VID’s own television production, an initiative supported by Igor Shabdurasulov and Alexander Akopov, CEOs of ORT and Rossiya television channels respectively.
This measure enables VID to become a major content producer for ORT and, as a result, the leader of Russia’s television market in terms of both its standing and finances.
A change in the company’s shareholders took place in 1999, with Larisa Sinelshchikova and Sergey Kushnerev becoming VID’s new shareholders. The participants did not disclose any information about the sum of the deal, which resulted in all of the previous shareholders giving up their shares, with the exception of Alexander Lyubimov.
In early 2007, VID’s main shareholders Alexander Lyubimov and Larisa Sinelshchikova had a major disagreement over the company’s further development strategy.
Sinelshchikova promoted her long-lived idea of the umbrella brand, whose implementation would help diversify the management of the company through redistribution of human and financial resources and result in the shareholders’ increased profits.
Lyubimov’s rejection of this idea led to Sinelshchikova’s withdrawal from VID and her subsequent successful implementation of the umbrella brand concept in her new full-cycle television company, Krasny Kvadrat (Russian: Красный квадрат, translated: Red Square).
The headquarters of the VIDgital Television Company is located in the Ostankino Technical Center at 12, Akademika Koroleva Street, Moscow.
Original logo of VID was created by Andrey Rasbash. It became a logo of the Chinese Taoist philosopher Guo Xiang with a three-pawed toad on his head, which was found at the Museum of Eastern Art in Moscow.
After VID was renamed to VIDgital, the old logo was heavily redesigned.
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