Artur Janibekyan, a guy mentioned in Forbes, is a famous Armenian producer, the founder of “Comedy Club Production” in Russia and the Head of the “Gazprom Media Holding” JSC.
The legendary producer of “Comedy Club Production”, Artur Janibekyan is one of the most successful and popular people belonging to the world of television. You can only admire his limitless imagination and the power of mind.
By the way, he is considered as one of the most successful Armenian businessmen and producers according to Forbes.
Those who speak Russian, watch Russian TV (at least watched once), this article will interest you a lot. Artur Janibekyan, together with his strong team of fellow Armenians are now media giants in Russian industry.
They are the once who define humor standards in Russia. Almost all Russian humorists work for their Productions and Media group. How is it possible? How he managed to become so huge in Russia?
We decided to go through Artur Janibekyan’s Career timeline and discover his way to success. We want this to be a guideline to success for those who need an inspiration right now!
Are you thrilled to learn more about this outstanding Armenian? Then stay with us, because you’re going to see lots of familiar names you see on TV every day!
Artur Janibekyan: There is No Elevator to Success, You’ll Have to Take Stairs
Famous Russian-Armenian producer Artur Janibekyan was distinguished by originality right from the day of his birth. Interestingly, he was born in the rarest day of the year, more precisely on the day that occurs only once every four years, on February 29, 1976.
He was born in Yerevan, in the family of Otari Janibekovich Akopyan and Ella Eduardovna Akopyan. You noticed something?
His father was a top-level political party member in Soviet times and his mother was a dentist. Artur Janibekyan graduated from the PhysMath School after A. Shahinyan at Yerevan State University.
Then he graduated from the faculty of economics of the Yerevan State University. He is married to Elina Janibekyan and they have two sons, Narek and Aram, and one daughter, Eva.
“New Armenians” KVN Team – Everything Started from Here for Artur Janibekyan!
It was in 1993 when young Artur Janibekyan together with a group of likeminded people decided to create the “New Armenians” KVN (Club of the Funny and Inventive) team. Initially, the team was called “The relatives from Yerevan”.
The debut of the team on the Russian stage took place in Sochi in 1994. These guys from Armenia managed to impress the audience and the authoritative jury with their incredible humor and ingenuity.
After their successful start, they got into the KVN First League. During the years of 1994-1995, the team that was already renamed in “New Armenians”, played in the seasons of the First League and became finalist in 2015.
They had tour performances in more than 50 cities of Russia and Ukraine. Also, they had six performances in the United States, in Germany and in all CIS countries.
The founding father of Comedy Club Production, Artur Janibekyan was distinguished by incredibly strong charisma.
The secret of the team’s astonishing success was the staff that consisted of such amazing talents as Garik Martirosyan, Arman Saghatelyan, Artashes Sarqsyan, Karen Mantashyan and many others.
How Artur Janibekyan Became the CEO of GasProm Media Holding?
It’s Better to Leave 30 Minutes Earlier, than 5 Minutes Later
It all started when Artur Janibekyan decided to try him in the Russian show business. However, this time he introduced himself not as an actor and performer but as a producer.
I was present on the stage with my fellows in KVN, but then, at one point I understood that I don’t belong to the stage. I loved the creative process, how we were preparing for the show, I love the organizing process, but never liked to perform. This became especially obvious because of very talented guys next to me. I watched Garik and Tash and thought to myself that I’m not like them. I’m not as funny and as artistic as they are.
So, I had to make a choice. Should I stay on the stage and become an average (or even less) actor/performer, or should I start managing the show of my talented friends? After setting tasks for myself and completing them one after another, I understood that this is what I’m good at. I understand what the audience needs, I understand what to sell and how to sell, I just can’t perform myself.Artur Janibekyan
After participating in different kind of projects in 2003 Artur Janibekyan founded the show Comedy Club along with his friends Artashes Sarqsyan (Tash), Garik Martirosyan and some others. Today the show is broadcasted on a Russian TV channel TNT.
Let’s Make Millions Out of “A Total Disaster”
Comedy Club is considered as one of the most successful projects in the past decade on Russian television. The success was guaranteed as the show introduced an entirely new and innovative genre of stand-up comedy to the millions of viewers.
As Artur Janibekyan and his friends like to remember they organized their debut show of Comedy club with just 600$. This is the moment to name the people you see on TV every day. Yes, these rich and famous guys were one day not so rich, but desperately willing to become one.
The long-time residents of this show are such famous and beloved members as Garik Martirosyan, Tash Sarkisyan, Misha Galustyan, Pavel Volya, Garik Kharlamov, Timur Batrutdinov, Aleksandr Revva and many others.
Initially the show was really held in an underground club. And the beginning was kind of not really promising.
They tried to adjust to local humor and figure out what the audience really needed. Artur Janibekyan’s job was the hardest and most crucial one. He was responsible for finances, organizing, media relations and connections.
Artur turned out to be a really an excellent manager! Very quickly he started making connections until they finally got to TV. And this small stand-up comedy show turned into something huge.
Creative People are not Enough, One Needs a Badass Manager Like Artur Janibekyan
In 2006 Artur Janibekyan founded Comedy Club Production, a multi-functional producer center, where he is the CEO and general producer. And, it’s not accidental, that in 2007 GQ magazine named Artur Janibekyan as Person of the Year in the “Producer of the Year” category.
Now the Comedy Club Production represents an overwhelming majority of entertainment shows and TV series that are aired on TNT channel. Some projects of Comedy Club Production include: “Comedy Club”, “Comedy Woman”, “Tantsy” (Dances), “Once Upon a time in Russia”, “Stand-Up”, “Comedy Battle”, “Nasha Russia (Our Russia)”, “Univer”, “Interns”, “Where is the logic?”, “Improvisation” and many other projects.
It should be noted that all the projects of Artur Janibekyan are doomed to success. Ok, now we’re going to name all the boring stuff, but they only seem boring. Because this is what everyone in Russia watches and this is what makes Artur a multi-millionaire!
In 2008 he also launched the 24-hour humor and entertainment channel Comedy TV (now called TNT-Comedy). You think this is the full list of his professional activities and carrier? Well, absolutely not!
Since 2015 he is the general director of GPM Entertainment TV at Gazprom-Media Holding. The company operates as a media holding that includes TV channels, as well as Comedy Club Production, cinema production, advertising, etc.
During his long and productive carrier, Artur Janibekyan obtained many prizes and awards.
Among them are the “Media-manager of Russia 2016” professional award and seven statuettes of Russian Television Award “TEFI”.
In 2016, Janibekyan was also awarded the first-class medal “For Merit for the Motherland” for his contribution in cultural and educational life of Armenia.
Ending up in Forbes’ Top Ranking List, this is When Things Get Serious for Artur Janibekayn
The person who knows how to make the biggest country on the planet laugh, now has an empire that acquired very serious achievements.
In 2006, the project “Comedy Club” entered the top 10 of the most commercially successful Russian projects according to Forbes magazine.
This was not the only time when the name of Janibekyan was mentioned in the Forbes Magazine. For instance, we can continue the list by noting that according to the Russian Forbes, the turnover of Artur Janibekyan’s company in 2008 amounted to $ 60 million.
Should we continue? In 2013, Comedy Club Production took second place, once again, in the Forbes Magazine in the list of the largest companies producing content for major Russian TV channels. Impressing, right?
In general, Artur Janibekyan is a non-public man. He rarely communicates with journalists, unlike his other famous colleges. Along with all his business activities, Artur Janibekyan is also a great patriot of his motherland.
Time for Serious Stuff – Artur Janibekayn Never Stops Being a Patriot
Throughout many years, Artur has organized many cultural and educational programs for maintaining and developing the rich Armenian heritage. In 2015, “Intellectual Renaissance” Foundation that belongs to Artur Janibekyan purchased William Saroyan’s house in Fresno.
By the way, William Saroyan is one of the giants and one of the most beloved figures of 20th century American literature. By the help and investments of Artur’s foundation the house is renovated. Now it operates as William Saroyan’s home-museum.
It will take us ages if we enumerate the full list of the achievements of this foundation. Artur Janibekyan is also one of the founders and sponsors of the first innovative Armenian educational center, the Ayb Educational Center. It includes a school, a church, a community center and a kindergarten.
Also, by his initiative and sponsorship two sculptures were erected in the capital of Armenia that are: “The Life of Eternity” and “Men” inspired by the eponymous film of Edmond Keosayan.
Nevertheless, this is just the shortlist of Artur Janibekyan’s all activities that are aimed to revive and prosper the intellectual and cultural background of Armenia.
Artur Janibekyan can be described with lots of positive words. He is a talented man, excellent manager, businessman, wonderful friend, head of a family.
One thing is for sure, everyone in Armenia knows and admires him. For making this more visual, we challenge you to pronounce his name to any Armenian and you’ll see the prove on their proudly smiling face.
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