Prisoners of War format sale to Televisa will see a local version produced for Mexico, Colombia and the US Hispanic market
Keshet International, the global distribution arm of Keshet Media Group, has sold its successful drama concept Prisoners of War, upon which Showtime’s Emmy® Award-winning Homeland is based, to Televisa in Mexico. The deal will see a Spanish language version of the show broadcast in Mexico (Televisa) and Colombia (outlet TBC). The US Hispanic network, Univision, will also hold rights for the US Hispanic market to air the show on its sister channel, Unimas.
A 70 episode series based on Prisoners of War seasons one and two will be produced and adapted for the US Hispanic Market and Latin America by Productions RTI Colombia, producers of the hit series “Queen of the South” and most recently “Griselda Blanco – The Black Widow”. Brendan Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Pomodoro Stories assisted the deal process.
Keshet International has enjoyed unprecedented success with Prisoners of War having brokered deals for local adaptations in territories like South Korea (Star J Entertainment), Russia (WeitMedia), Turkey (Medyapim) and the US (Fox21 and Showtime – Homeland). The finished show has sold to more than 20 territories including the UK (Sky Arts), Australia (SBS), Brazil (Globosat), Arte (German and French-speaking Europe) and Norway (NRK). Prisoners of War is also available on several streaming and VOD platforms such as Hulu (availability on Hulu Japan has just recently been agreed), Netflix Scandinavia, Universal Pictures German-speaking Europe and iTunes Canada as well as through a range of physical worldwide DVD partners, including Shout Factory in the US.
In 2012 author Stephen King included Hatufim (season one) at number 8 in his top 10 TV shows of the year.* In 2013 The New York Times placed Hatufim (season two) at number 2 in its top 12 TV shows of the year.**
Prisoners of War was created, written and directed by Gideon Raff. It follows two soldiers as they attempt to re-adjust to their lives after returning home from captivity for 17 years. In addition to their personal struggles, it becomes clear that there is a profound secret that the two are keeping from everyone. The first season was the highest-rated drama of the year in Israel in 2011, achieving a 37% share (HH). Season two launched on Keshet Channel 2 in 2012, and scored a 40% average share, making it the most viewed drama of the year and peaking with an incredible 47.9% audience share during the season two finale.
* Source: Entertainment Weekly
**Source: New York Times
About Keshet International:
Keshet International is Keshet Media Group’s global distribution and production arm. Headed by Managing Director 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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