Keshet International’s sizzling spy drama MICE (also known as The Gordin Cell) has been sold to South Korea in a license deal which will see it become the first ever Israeli – Korean drama to air.
The scripted format will be adapted and produced by IMTV for KBS (Korean Broadcasting System). Production is soon to commence on the first season which is planned to air in early 2015. The local Korean adaptation will look at the life of a Korean pilot as he is torn between his loyalty to his family, who have associations with North Korea and his loyalty to his country.
Soeck-gu Hong, Chief Producer at KBS, said, “MICE is a spy drama but at the same time it naturally tells a story about conflicts and reconciliation between family members. We expect it to have great appeal to Korean viewers.”
Seo-jung Lee, President at IMTV, said, “Koreans love a story about family. This will be the first Israeli drama released in Korea and we hope it will be a great hit.”
Keren Shahar, GM Distribution Keshet International, said, “We’re delighted that KBS and IMTV have decided to bring MICE to viewers in South Korea. We know that this market loves drama and does the genre very well, so it’s a great endorsement to have MICE selected as one of the few international imports in the region.”
MICE has also been adapted and written by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean’s Twelve) for US audiences and ordered to series by NBC in 2014. It will begin airing under the title Allegiance in 2015. JITV has also acquired the rights to the format in Russia where an adaptation will be produced by Elion Media for a leading state broadcaster.
A second season of the original Israeli series, produced by Tedy productions for Israeli satcaster YES will air on satellite channel YES on December 12.
MICE is an espionage drama/thriller. The acronym refers to the influences a good case officer knows how to create the right combination of to maintain tight psychological control over his agent: Money, Ideology, Coercion and Ego.
In the original version, two former Russian spies’ lives are turned upside down when, after emigrating to Israel and enjoying six years of normal civilian life, their former handler appears on their doorstep. Except this time he is not asking for their loyalty to their home country, but their son’s. Eyal Gordin has no idea his parents were spies, he has become a decorated air force officer in a high-security post. Eyal is keen for the family to erase their cultural heritage and behave as Israeli natives. The story sees him facing an unbearable and dangerous dilemma, where must his loyalties lie? In protecting his family (who has betrayed him) or in serving the country which he loves? It soon emerges that Eyal has his own secrets which leave him vulnerable to blackmail and that someone very close cannot be trusted.
MICE was created by Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Giyora Yahalom and Danny Sirkin and produced by Tedy productions headed by Tmira Yardeni.
In summer 2014 NBC ordered to series the spy drama Allegiance from writer George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ocean’s Twelve), who also directed the pilot episode. The show is adapted from the original award-winning Israeli series MICE (Gordin Cell), which is produced by Tedy Productions for Israeli satcaster YES and Keshet Broadcasting, and distributed internationally by Keshet International.
In Allegiance, Alex O’Connor, a young idealistic CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs, learns a shocking secret and his close-knit, affluent family is about to be split apart when its revealed that his parents, Mark (Scott Cohen, Necessary Roughness) and Katya (Hope Davis, The Newsroom, In Treatment) are covert Russian spies deactivated decades ago. But today the Kremlin has re-enlisted them into service as they plan a terrorist operation inside the U.S. border that will bring America to its knees. Years ago, Russian-born Katya was tasked by the KGB to recruit American businessman Mark O’Connor as a spy and the two fell in love. A deal was struck: as long as Katya remained an asset for Russia, and it was agreed that her services could be called on in the future, she would be allowed to marry Mark and move to America. After years in America building a happy life and without word from Moscow, they thought they had escaped. Now it seems that the new Mother Russia has one more mission — turning Alex into a spy. For these anguished parents, the choice is clear: Betray their country or risk their family.
Allegiance is executive produced by Nolfi and Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir (Homeland) along with Yona Wisenthal from Yes and creators of the original Israeli show Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen and Giyora Yahalom. The series is a production of Universal Television, Keshet Media Group and YES.
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.
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