London/Paris- Atlantique Productions, the leading French producer of high-end, English-language drama series for the global market, and Keshet Productions UK, the London-based indie established by Israel’s Keshet International (KI), part of the Keshet Media Group, have announced a partnership to develop a new TV drama series.
Crater Lake (8 x 52 mins), billed as ‘a life-affirming, character-driven show about death’, was created by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (MICE; Beaufort), author, journalist and TV executive Ron Leshem.
Atlantique CEO Olivier Bibas and creative director Patrick Nebout will act as executive producers on Crater Lake, with Keshet Media Group CEO, Avi Nir, KI CEO Alon Shtruzman and Keshet Productions UK head of scripted, Sara Johnson, serving as executive producers for Keshet.
Renaissance man Ron Leshem has won accolades in several fields, including for his first novel, Beaufort, which won the Sapir Prize for Literature — Israel’s top literary award. He also co-authored the film version of Beaufort, which was Oscar nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category and won Leshem the Berlin International Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Director. He also created and co-wrote spy drama MICE/The Gordin Cell, which was recently acquired by NBC and is being remade for the US as Allegiance.
Olivier Bibas, CEO of Atlantique Productions, said: “Atlantique Productions aims to become one of Europe’s leading studios for international TV series and, with the resounding successes of shows such as Borgia and Transporter, the foundations to carry out this goal are now well set. Keshet — one of the most creative and dynamic partners in global scripted entertainment — will help us in our mission to bring to life the best new content for international audiences. We are very happy be co-developing with Keshet this unique, thought-provoking TV show.”
Sara Johnson commented on the deal: “We are delighted to have partnered with Olivier, Patrick and Atlantique on this unique and exciting production from the wonderful Ron Leshem. As we continue to make headway with some strong UK co-productions, this partnership presents the perfect opportunity to make our first move into Europe.”
Atlantique Productions has a strong track record in producing premium primetime drama for global audiences. The deal with Keshet Productions UK is the first move in its strategy to diversify its range of productions and forge new alliances with independent producers from around the world to develop and produce high-end dramas for the international market.
KI established Keshet Productions UK in December 2012, putting former Sky and La Plante Productions executive Sara Johnson in the role of executive producer and head of co-productions. Through this and other Keshet group outposts, KI is also committed to distributing high-quality TV formats. Israel — with Keshet in the lead, co-producing eight series this year — has become the largest exporter of scripted formats to the US.
About Atlantique Productions:
Atlantique Productions, a Lagardere Entertainment company, is France’s leading producer of high-end, English-language drama series for the global market. Over the years, it has fostered a strong network of creative and financial partners in Europe and North America, allowing it to bring together the best talent from both territories. It has produced a number of international hits including historical drama Borgia, action-packed Transporter – The Series, based on the feature-film Transporter franchise, crime series Jo and crime comedy drama Death In Paradise.
For further information about Atlantique, please contact:
Cheryl Clarke at Mushroom Media on:
T: +44 (0)9739554109
About Keshet International:
Keshet International (KI) is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes Keshet’s local production outposts (Keshet Productions UK, Keshet Australia, Keshet Canada and Keshet DCP in the US), as well as its global distribution arm. KI’s catalogue consists of over 60 tried-and-tested properties that appeal to audiences worldwide, spanning all genres. Highlights include hit drama Prisoners of War, the original Israeli version of prime time Emmy® winner Homeland; hit interactive talent show Rising Star; International Emmy®-nominated docu-reality format Dear Neighbors, Help our Daughter Find Love; talent show Master Class; cross-platform format 50 Things You Have to Know; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; game show The Vault; and the International Emmy® award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.
About Keshet Productions UK:
Keshet Productions UK is an independent production company based in London. Established in 2012, it is the first global outpost to appear under the Keshet International banner. It develops, produces and co-produces original scripted and unscripted programming for the UK and international market, as well as making local versions of Keshet formats. Keshet Productions UK is building strong relationships with local British talent, broadcasters and the independent production community at large. The management team is made up of established UK TV professionals, including former DCD Media CEO Sammy Nourmand as COO and former Sky drama commissioner Sara Johnson as head of scripted programming.
For further information about Keshet International, please contact:
Limor Gott Ronen, Keshet International
T: +972-54-6563477 +972-3-7677820, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Saunders, Keshet International
T: +44 207 7758 0038 email@example.com
Melissa Zukerman, Principal Communications Group
T: (323) 658-1555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eva Lu, Principal Communications Group
T: (323) 202-4365, email@example.com
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