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KESHET INTERNATIONAL HEADS TO MIPCOM WITH A DIVERSE SLATE OF SCRIPTED & UNSCRIPTED SERIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

October 03 2017
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Slate headlined by the ratings-hit Masters of Dance, commissioned for a second season

alongside a variety of original programing airing this fall

 

3 October, 2017 – Keshet International (KI) heads to MIPCOM with a slate of new original formats, returning edge-of-seat dramas, factual and kids programming.

Headlining the entertainment slate is Keshet’s summer ratings smash, Masters of Dance which garnered an average series share of 35%, with delayed and online accounting for an increase of 36% viewing (3.7M views on the MAKO web portal) – a second season has been commissioned. In this epic battle of skill, style and talent, four renowned dance masters put their reputations and egos on the line to crown the country’s best dancer and be named the Master of Dance. It is joined by Domination, a prime time game show also recently launched on Keshet Broadcasting. The player in the studio tests their general knowledge, picking their battles against different groups from the rest of the country – from taxi drivers to tinder users. Meanwhile, players at home can test themselves against the contestant and the groups – as some 10% of viewers did in Israel using the show’s app. Celebrity Showmance from Keshet UK – a high concept comedy entertainment show which shines a light on the public antics of celebrity couples, social media and fake news – is already building buzz in the UK in the run up to its launch on ITV2 on 4 October. In this innovative show, celebrities are challenged to go to extreme lengths to imply they are in a new relationship with one another, all played out under the glare of social media. Little do the public know, their likes and shares make them the show’s unwitting judges. From true crime specialists Woodcut Media and Nanny Jo Productions comes the hard-hitting, taboo true crime series fronted by renowned child behavioural expert Jo Frost (Supernanny, Family Matters), Jo Frost on Killer Kids. It looks into the unsettling circumstances that can lead a child to kill.

KI is also offering the action-packed Universal Television and Keshet Studios drama The Brave which premiered in prime time on NBC on 25 September increasing its time slot by 20% year on year, and the arresting Commandments which sees a group of soldiers defy the strict conventions of their closed orthodox societies and join the army, torn between an aggressive military system, an equally strict religious world and the forbidden temptations of secular life. From Belgium’s De Mensen comes the critically acclaimed dystopian social satire, Generation B. A wild and thought-provoking look at a society where the deprived younger generation, carrying the weight of the new financial crisis, stages a huge rebellion against the country’s baby boomer leadership. Also from Keshet’s production network is the highly anticipated second season of family drama The A Word. The Fifty Fathoms and Keshet UK drama is set to launch this fall following an incredible first season which out-performed its slot average on BBC One week after week and enjoyed a successful transmission on SundanceTV and resounding praise in the UK and US media.

KI also brings its slate of successful kids programming from Ananey Communications Group and Nutz Productions. Ananey has created some of Israel’s biggest kids TV hits airing on Nickelodeon, including the award-winning daily live-action teen drama The Greenhouse, (the first Israeli kids format commissioned by NETFLIX) alongside the fantastical suspense series Spell Keepers, and the kids’ comedy Bed & Biscuit, both of which are in production for a second season.

Full slate descriptions follow:

Factual and Entertainment

Title: Masters of Dance
Genre: Talent Show
Duration: 22×60/90′ Format
In this epic battle of skill, style and talent, four renowned dance masters put their reputations and egos on the line to crown the country’s best dancer and be named the Master of Dance.

Produced by: Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting
Created by: Keshet Broadcasting

Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting

 

Title: Domination
Genre: Game Show
Duration: 5×30/60′ +1×100’ Format
Players must choose their battles wisely in this national TV event where one studio contestant is challenged to outsmart an entire country, group by group, in a thrilling game of knowledge and strategy. Do they have what it takes to outsmart the nation’s vegans, Justin Bieber fans and taxi drivers? Viewers at home can also play along in real time, ranking themselves against the nation’s groups.

Created and Produced by: Keshet Broadcasting
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting


Title:
Celebrity Showmance
Genre: Comedy Entertainment
Duration: 6×60′ Finished Tape and Format
Fusing television and social media, Celebrity Showmance is a comedy entertainment show where three unlikely celebrity couples go public with their love. But are they going out, or just going viral?

Produced by: Keshet Productions UK

Created by: Keshet Productions UK

Broadcaster: ITV2


Title:
Jo Frost on Killer Kids
Genre: Factual, True Crime
Duration: 4×60’ Finished Tape and Format
Tackling thought-provoking questions, Jo Frost on Killer Kids follows the renowned parenting expert as she delves into the unsettling subject of children who have committed murder.

Production Company: Woodcut Media

Director: Matt Blyth
Producer: Nick Mavroidakis

Broadcaster: Crime + Investigation UK

 

Drama:

Title: Generation B

Genre: Social Satire / Comedy

Duration: 6 x 35′ Finished Tape and Format

Created and written by: Joost Vandecasteele, Pieter Van Hees

Produced by: Marijke Wouters, Pieter Van Huyck

Production Company: De Mensen

Directed by:  Pieter Van Hees

Broadcaster: Canvas

 

Title: Commandments
Genre: Drama

Duration: S1 11×60’, S2 5×60′ Finished Tape and Format
Commandments tells a compelling story about the dilemmas of personal and religious identity, as it follows a group of young adults who choose to defy the strict conventions of their closed orthodox societies and join the army. 

Production Company: Abot Hameiri Barkai

Created by: Yoav Shoten-Goshen, Ayelet Gondar-Goshen, Raya Schuster, Avner Bernheimer

Directed by: Alon Zingman
Broadcaster: Keshet Broadcasting

Title: The A Word Series 2
Genre: Drama
Duration: 6×60′ Finished Tape and Format
The A Word returns to the idyllic landscape of the Lake District and Joe, now aged seven, has begun to look at the world and find he doesn’t fit in.
Created by:  Peter Bowker

Based on the original KI format by Keren Margalit.

Produced by: Fifty Fathoms and Keshet Productions UK

Broadcaster: BBC One and Sundance TV

 

Title: The Brave
Genre: Drama
Duration: 13×60′ Finished Tape and Format
The Brave is a heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes, who use advanced surveillance technology to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Writer: Dean Georgaris

Studios: Universal Television & Keshet Studios
Broadcaster: NBC

 

 

Kids & Young Adaults:


Title:
The Greenhouse
Genre: Drama
Duration: S1 50×30’, S2 50×30’ and S3 75×30’ Finished Tape and Format
The basis of the recently launched Netflix series, The Greenhouse is about a brother and sister, who after losing their mother in a spaceship crash, arrive at an elite boarding school for gifted future heroes.

Created By: Giora Chamizer

Produced by: Nutz Productions for Nickelodeon Israel

Broadcaster: Nickelodeon Yes/91


Title:
Spell Keepers
Genre: Teen Drama
Duration: S1 50×30’ and S2 50×30’ Finished Tape and Format
The Spell Keepers sees the Kadabras – a secret and powerful group of good witches, protect humanity from the constant threat of evil supernatural creatures who wish them harm.

Genre: Daily Teen Drama

Created by: Michal Cooper Keren, Sivan Shiknaji, Einat Shahak

Produced by: Nutz productions for Nickelodeon Israel

Broadcaster: Nickelodeon YES/91

 

Title: Bed & Biscuit
Genre: Children’s Sitcom
Duration: S1 12×30’, S2 20×30’ and S3 20×30’ Finished Tape and Format
Bed & Biscuit follows an energetic father and his intelligent daughter, as they uproot their lives to move to the countryside and open a boarding kennel for dogs.

Created by: Chagit Biliya, Lior Kfir , Roee Florentin, Yuval Friedman

Produced by: Nutz productions for Nickelodeon Israel

Broadcaster: Nickelodeon YES/91

 

Visit the Keshet International stand R8.C9, Riviera 8, Palais Des Festivals, at MIPCOM 16 – 19 October 2017.

 

ABOUT KESHET INTERNATIONAL:
Keshet International (KI) is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman, it includes KI’s local production subsidiaries (Keshet UK, Keshet Studios in the US, Keshet Asia, Keshet MX in Mexico and Tresor Produktions in Germany), as well as Keshet Digital Studios, Keshet Films, Keshet International Gaming and its global distribution arm. KI’s catalogue spans all genres including drama, comedy, game show, talent show, documentaries, factual entertainment/reality dating and kids, and includes both original content developed within the KI network of companies and select third-party IP. 

Highlights include BBC One’s family drama The A Word; Channel 4’s comedy drama Loaded; the international hit Prisoners of War, upon which the prime time Emmy® winner Homeland was based; gripping espionage thriller False Flag; the high octane game show BOOM!; hit interactive talent show Rising Star and children’s talent show Master Class; reality dating format Girlfri3nds; and international Emmy® Award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.

More Information:

Shereene Witter
Franklin Rae
T: +44 203 011 1023
E: shereene@franklinrae.com

Jim Benson / Kevin Broderick / Kate Olivia
The Lippin Group
T: +1 323-965-1990, jbenson@lippingroup.com / kevin@lippingroup.com

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