Producer Alexander Rodnyansky is one of the types of people who always stand at the forefront of their profession and try to do everything so that Russian cinema is on a par with foreign ones, where innovations are constantly being introduced and innovative projects are being implemented.
Rodnyansky is convinced that nowadays popular TV shows can be no worse than foreign ones produced by reputable companies Fox, HBO and others. The main thing that needs to be implemented, in his opinion, is a new approach to writing scripts, making them more interesting. Not to release analogs of foreign projects and TV series, baking them like "hot cakes", but to come up with something of your own, exclusive.
Alexander Efimovich Rodnyansky was born in 1961 in Kiev in a cinematic family. His parents worked in the Kiev film studio "Contact" and often took their son with them to work. Probably, my mother gave little Sasha an interest in producing, because that was her profession.
The family had a difficult situation: the parents were at work all the time, so Sasha was raised by his grandfather Zinovy Borisovich Rodnyansky. He was also from the world of cinema - in the past he worked as an editor in a film studio. Moreover, the grandson was given his surname in order to preserve the name of the Rodnyansky dynasty.
In Kiev, Alexander graduated from high school, then the faculty of film directing at the Institute of Theater Arts. During his student days, he was very passionate about making documentaries. The main themes that he raised in his works were the themes of ecology and political issues. Somehow he was noticed by the employees of the German TV channel "ZDF" and in 1990 they invited the young specialist to work. Rodnyansky lived in Germany for four years, working as a documentary filmmaker, and then returned to Ukraine.
In Germany, Alexander learned all the subtleties of working on television, gained experience and could already independently initiate any project. This experience helped him create the 1 + 1 TV channel, which broadcast in Ukrainian and was completely independent. Rodnyansky himself became the head of this channel and brought it to the forefront of popularity among national channels.
Rodnyansky on his channel introduced a policy of new genres and formats - something that was previously unusual for the Ukrainian viewer, and this aroused great interest. On "1 + 1" began to show talk shows, the international television magazine "Telemania", political debates, humorous shows. Viewers also got access to the best films from the piggy bank of world cinema through this channel: in Ukraine they saw the creations of Martin Scorsese, Peter Greenaway, Sergio Leone and Jim Jarmusch. Also thanks to this channel, viewers saw the series "Dynasty", "Detective Nash Bridges", "Beverly Hills" and "Melrose Place".
In 1995, Rodnyansky became the producer of the film 1001 Recipes for a Culinary in Love with Pierre Richard in the title role. The film tells about the journey of a French culinary specialist in Georgia. Then the main character opens a restaurant in Tbilisi, and then comes the revolution and all the horrors associated with it. The film makes a huge impression with the measure of the hero's dedication to his cause and the measure of his grief when he loses everything. The film was recognized abroad and nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
In 1999, Rodnyansky joined the production group of the film "East-West" directed by Régis Warnier. This was not his first experience in this business, but it was no less pleasant that he was again nominated for an Oscar as the best foreign film.
In 2002, a big change took place in Rodnyansky's life: he moved to Moscow and became the head of the STS TV channel. Thanks to the producer's instinct and the desire for innovation, he managed to almost double the audience of the channel in less than two years. Colleagues admitted that the STS channel from little-known has turned into one of the most popular. Many people still remember the series "Poor Nastya" and "Don't Be Born Beautiful", which attracted a huge number of viewers from the screens.
In a short time, the producer received his first awards for his professionalism: the Grand Prix of the national award “Media Manager of Russia - 2004”, as well as the prizes “TEFI” and “Kinotavr”.
Later, there were new films that also received critical acclaim. The best of them are the paintings "Dislike", "The Sun", "Elena", "Driver for Faith", "Peter FM".
Among the best serials, we list "The Multiplier of Sorrow", "My Personal Enemy", "Girlfriend of a Special Purpose", "Demons", "Galileo".
Rodnyansky also produced foreign films: in 2011, Jane Mansfield's Car was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. In the same year, Andrei Zvyagintsev's film "Elena" received the "Special Look" prize in Cannes and the "Golden Eagle" prize.
At the same time, the film "Dislike" has three nominations for prestigious awards: the nomination for the European Film Academy in 2017, the nomination for the British Film Academy in 2018 and the nomination for the Golden Eagle in 2018.
The film "Leviathan" by Andrey Zvyagintsev was nominated for the 2014 European Film Academy prize.
Unlike most media personalities, Rodnyansky has never been in the spotlight of the press regarding his personal life. They did not write about his novels and connections anywhere, because the producer connects popularity, first of all, with professional activities, and not with scandals.
The wife of Alexander Efimovich Valery is a candidate of technical sciences. When the Rodnyansky family moved to Germany, she retrained as a radio journalist. She worked with her husband on the 1 + 1 channel, and then on STS.
The couple have two children. The eldest son Alexander is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, he is a businessman. El's daughter is a student at the University of Chicago.