The Moscow Gorky film Studio can get to «Gazprom». According to the newspaper «Vedomosti», the gas company has started consultations with Rosimushchestvo to acquire a controlling package of shares in the Studio.
According to the head of the press service of Federal Agency for Federal property management () Dmitry Nikitenko, «consultations are underway, which should be elaborated «the most acceptable conditions of privatization». The General Director of the film Studio Stanislav Ershov promises that relegate it will be prohibited.
The state began to sell the Studio at the beginning of last year: January 12, 2005, the Russian Federal property Fund (RFFI) opened the reception of applications for participation in auction on sale of 75% minus one share of JSC «CPS «the film Studio of a name of M. Gorky». The initial price of the package was 123,1 million rubles, but the auction has not taken place. Wanting to buy Studio was a bit: leaving a blocking stake, the state never admitting to restructure the company, the most valuable asset of which is occupied by them land plot with an area of 3.2 hectares on the streets of Sergei Eisenstein (the area of metro station «VDNH»).
Now interest to the Studio showed «Gazprom» - contrary to previous statements of the head of the concern Alexei Miller that the company embarked on getting rid of non-core assets. According to the newspaper, the negotiations are in full swing, «employees of the Federal property Agency is required to prepare (for her) documents.
The General Director of the film Studio Ershov, «Gazprom» representative Sergei Kupriyanov, a representative of Gazprombank Ilya refused to confirm the information about the transaction.
According to Director General of company «AMEDIA» Alexander Akopov, Gorky film Studio is in poor condition and will require Gazprom large investments. Assessment Ershova, investments in the reconstruction will amount to approximately 15 million dollars. Producer Valery Todorovsky believes that the film Studio can find a sufficient number of tenants among private film companies, if offered favorable conditions. One of such companies could become part of the «Gazprom-Media», «NTV-Kino» (series «Kamenskaya», «Haulers», «Blind»).