Konstantin Ernst
Vladimir Trefilov/Sputnik via AP
Russia
2018

Channel One

Konstantin
Ernst

Director

When the 2018 soccer World Cup kicked off in Russia, the man Vladimir Putin put in charge of the opening ceremony was Ernst, the Kremlin’s go-to-guy for such showcase events, including the launch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It would be wrong to portray the head of the state-controlled Channel One as a crude propagandist. Rather, he is clearly regarded as a skilled media executive who helped modernize Russian television. Still, he is a Putin loyalist and follows the Kremlin line. Among the network’s recent high-profile shows was a lavish historical series about Leon Trotsky, which portrayed the revolutionary as having the air of a rock-and-roll star, per Ernst. A trustee of the Russian cinema fund, he is also a movie producer.

Career

  • Channel One
  • ORT
  • MATADOR

Education

  • Saint Petersburg State University (Russia)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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