Russian production company J.I.T.V. has licensed the rights to adapt Keshet International format M.I.C.E. which it will also distribute in Russia and CIS. A U.S. version was set by NBC as a put pilot in September with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44. The series is based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell. It was created by Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen and originally produced by Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting and YES DBS. The drama tells the story of Michael and Diana Gordin, who migrated from the USSR to Israel in the early 90s and have their lives turned upside-down when an agent handler for the Russian intelligence appears on their doorstep. Keshet formats that have previously been remade in Russia include The Successor, Traffic Light and Prisoners Of War, aka Homeland.
As digital extensions of TV shows take on increasing importance, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and cross-media company Screenz are teaming to produce dual-screen apps for three formats. The new apps for Hell’s Kitchen, Who Dares Sings and Four Weddings will be launched at MIP and will be adapted for local markets featuring content related to the shows. Screenz is a joint venture between Israel’s Keshet and tech company The Box.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment will launch crime drama Shetland in Cannes next week. The ITV Studios-produced show has just been renewed by BBC One for a second season. The series is expanding from its original two parts to become a six-parter the next time around. Douglas Henshall plays detective Jimmy Perez who returns to his home in Scotland to lead a murder investigation. The series is based on the novels by Ann Cleeves.
Keshet International, the folks behind the original Israeli format for Homeland, will offer scripted and non-scripted programming at Mip, also expanding into third-party fare for the first time. Included on the slate are Mother’s Day, which has gone to pilot in the U.S. for CBS starring Debra Messing; The A Word, a drama about a five-year-old autistic boy; and The Gordin Cell, which NBC is developing as MICE. New unscripted programming includes trivia game show Sure Or Insure and docu-reality reverse makeover show Remember Me?. Keshet’s third party titles including drama-noir Light & Truth; romantic drama Devout Love; sitcom Fox Force; and comedy drama Honey Africa. Read More »
Keshet International and Hulu have entered a deal for the second season of Prisoners Of War, the original format upon which Emmy-winning series Homeland is based. The streaming service will run the Israeli show … Read More »
Way To Blue Becomes Full-Service Agency
Brit-founded international digital marketing agency Way to Blue will go full-service with the hiring of teams dedicated to social and offline publicity. The web specialists run offices in London, LA, Paris, Madrid and Sydney, and have hired Daniel Heale, former Vue Entertainment head of marketing, and Laura Pettit, former head of film at Diffusion PR. Heale will become associate director of social, while Pettit takes up a post as UK entertainment director. “We believe that being able to offer clients an integrated service is the future for the film and entertainment industry,” said Adam Rubins, the company’s entertainment CEO. Way to Blue’s clients have included 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment. – Joe Utichi Read More »