Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s comedy show is back

Eccho Rights, a global rights management firm, has licensed “Servant of the People”, a 2016 television series created by and starring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a global hero. The rights were sold to Channel 4 in the UK, MBC in the Middle East, ANT 1 in Greece and PRO TV in Romania, according to ‘Variety’.

Eccho Rights Managing Director Fredrik af Malmborg shared the news and said his company stands “in solidarity with our friends and partners in Ukraine”. He added: “We believe that the best support the global television industry can offer Ukraine today is to share this story.”

Three seasons of the political comedy series, presented by Volodymyr Zelensky’s Kvartal 95 production house, aired on Ukraine’s 1+1 channel and were adapted into a feature film after its successful first season in 2016. The TV channel Belarusian, Belarus-1, has been broadcasting it since November 2019.

Nicola Soderlund, Managing Partner at Eccho, said: “The series is a comedy but also an important document of Zelensky’s origin. Its fictional president is a normal man, growing into his role as a heroic and adored leader.

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Read Eccho Rights’ message for President Volodymyr Zelensky

Soderlund added: “Although the real-world scenario facing Zelensky and the Ukrainian people is far darker and more gruesome than the show’s comedy, there are clear parallels to the real-world situation, and ‘Servant of the People’ is a fascinating and important film and historical piece of television.

In a classic case of prefacing reality fiction, Zelensky plays the title character, Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko, an absent-minded high school history teacher who is elected President of Ukraine after his profane speech about corruption in the country is recorded. by one of his students, who uploads the footage to YouTube and turns him into an internet sensation.

Holoborodko’s students launch a crowdfunding campaign for his candidacy for the Ukrainian presidential race against his wishes, ultimately propelling him to political victory.

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Javier E. Swan