Russ Malkin's Main TV Roles
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Event producer, creative director and all-round entrepreneur Russ Malkin does not let barriers stand in his way. When it comes to producing some of the World's leading events and record-breaking challenges, Russ thrives on the challenge of the 'impossible'.
This pioneering spirit has allowed Russ to pull off a range of major stunts, ranging from taking a movie from script to screen in a record-breaking 13 days, to pitching super cars in a race against the Orient Express. He even secured Boots as title sponsors of the World's largest aerobics event with 15,000 people exercising in London's Earls Count to raise £1million for the Royal Marsden Cancer Appeal.
Recently Russ was the business brain behind Long Way Round, the global TV success story that saw Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman riding east around the World from London to New York. Their exploits formed a unique television series that went on to spawn a best-selling DVD, book and CD soundtrack. The series sold worldwide into territories including Australia, Canada, Japan, France, Spain and Italy.
Russ is currently preparing Race to Dakar, a series watching Charley take on one of the World's harshest challenges: the Lisbon-Dakar Rally. Hot on its heels will be a recreation of Amy Johnson's heroic solo flight from England to Australia, with a nationwide search to find a suitable female to don Ms Johnson's flying cap. He is also planning one of the most significant TV events of 2007, when Ewan and Charley ride from London to Cape Town in an adventure entitled Long Way Down.
This hectic schedule is nothing new for Russ, who has been producing events and TV shows for the last 15 years. It was his experience in large-scale event management, TV production and global broadcast distribution that allowed Long Way Round to be the huge success it became.
Via his TV production company, Image Wizard Media, Russ has masterminded some of the most exclusive sponsor-led global sports and event programming, including: the FIA European Drag Racing Championships 2000-2003; the FIM European Bike Championships 2000-2003; the Honda Formula One Powerboat Championships 2001; Class One World Offshore Powerboat Championship 2001; Class One Offshore Powerboat Championship; Formula One motor racing; and the Honda Formula Four Stroke, for which Russ secured carriage on Channel 4.
Image Wizard Media also produced and retain global broadcast rights to the World Wakeboarding Championships 2001, 2002, and 2003, and the European Wakeboarding Championships 2002. Their market leadership was cemented with exclusive broadcast rights for UK and European Kitesurfing competitions.
Often Russ develops a concept, secures relevant sponsors and sells worldwide broadcast rights. The Intercontinental Hotels Riviera Challenge (1992) was one such event. A unique mix of cars assembled in London's Trafalgar Square before heading off to the Hotel Carlton in Cannes. The vehicles, collectively valued at more than £5million, were driven by international celebrities and racing drivers, and competed in a series of Motor Sport Track Tests at Brands Hatch and Dijon.
Russ also devised the concept for some innovative TV sports events: the World's Fittest Woman 2003, featuring ten world-class extreme sports champions in a multi-challenge competition, sponsored by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and aired on Sky Sports, ESPN and Fox; The Blue Eskimo Adventure Challenge, a seven-show series spotlighting a 36-hour non-stop challenge incorporating mountain biking, abseiling, trail walking, rope work and canoeing, sponsored by Ordnance Survey; and the Puma Dream Team Challenge, a one-hour special hosted by Linford Christie shown on Sky and Channel 5.
One of the most glamorous sporting events must be the Venice-Simplon Orient Express Challenge, developed by Russ in the 90s. This historic race featured celebrities and drivers in a jaw-dropping line-up of Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Porsches and Ferraris dashing from London to Venice in a race to beat the World famous Orient Express train.
Russ showed a shrewd appreciation of branding by spearheading the campaign to save the floundering HEMS London Air Ambulance after it lost its sponsor. Harnessing the national media and making it a hot topic in the capital, he persuaded Richard Branson to come to the rescue with a Virgin-branded mini helicopter. Within two weeks, Virgin took over the contract and the future of London's air ambulance was secure.
This brand prowess was again to the fore when Haymarket approached Russ to produce the Clothes Show Live 2002 and 2003 as a one-hour primetime special on ITV. With presenters including Caryn Franklin, Tess Daly and Tamara Beckwith, the event achieved benchmark status as the ultimate showcase for UK fashion.
Russ and his production company Image Wizard Media have devised, developed and delivered some of the World's most exhilarating event television. Imagination and daring are all that can hold Russ back, and he has those by the barrel-load. Something tells me this is only the start.
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