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Keshet International unveils globally relevant fall 2020 slate

Keshet International unveils globally relevant fall 2020 slate
Keshet International (KI) today unveils its Fall slate headlined by globally relevant scripted and non-scripted content with an international perspective – including the 8-part thriller Furia (NENT Group and ZDF); and the feature documentary 9/11: The Twenty-Year Anniversary (w/t) (BBC One) - alongside a raft of quality factual finished tape and COVID-safe formats. 
 
Created by International Emmy winner Gjermund Stenberg Eriksen (Mammon) and produced by Norway’s Monster Scripted and Germany’s X Film Creative Pool, Furia (8x 60’) explores the violent and disturbing world of right-wing extremism. Directed by Magnus Martens (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Good Behavior) and Lars Kraume (The People vs. Fritz Bauer), this female-led thriller starring Ine Marie Willmann (Exit) as undercover cop Ragna is currently filming in Norway and Germany for a 2021 release.

Produced by Top Hat Productions for BBC One’s 2021 schedule, BAFTA Award-winning Arthur Cary’s 1x90’ documentary 9/11: The Twenty-Year Anniversary (w/t) will provide a thorough reflection and re-examination of the tragic terrorist attacks on the United States, while sharing a parallel narrative looking at how those two hours changed the lives of those who were there, with past and present interacting throughout the film. KI has already pre-sold this film in France (Canal+Group), Denmark (TV2), Sweden (TV4), the Netherlands (RTL), and the United States (Discovery).

Keren Shahar, KI’s COO and President of Distribution, says, “We are honoured to be headlining our Fall slate alongside such prestigious and internationally relevant titles as Furia and 9/11: The Twenty-Year Anniversary (w/t). Our world may have fundamentally changed, but what we do hasn’t. We look forward to showcasing our slate to clients over the coming weeks and connecting them with content that works for their schedules – whether its quality factual finished tape, or COVID-safe formats.”

This Fall, KI’s scripted slate also boasts Keshet Tresor Fiction’s 4x45’ German adaptation of the Israeli black comedy Stockholm for TVNow and Vox and a second season for KAN and Keshet 12 in Israel. Unter Freunden Stirbt Man Nicht (You Don’t Die Among Friends) (4x60’) features a stellar cast to tell the story of a group of long-standing friends in their prime who keep the death of their friend - a renowned scientist and hottest candidate for the Nobel Prize in Business – a secret until the nominations are announced. Originally created and written by Noa Yedlin, Artza Productions’ second season of Stockholm (8x30’) sees a new-old friend enter the lives of our four remaining friends and take them on a journey of a lifetime. Meanwhile, the format is being developed as a feature film by Keshet Studios for the US and global markets.

Yoav Gross Productions’ sitcom The Farmer Wants a Life (20x30’) for Keshet 12 (Israel) centers on a grumpy yet loveable farmer who finds his grown-up children living back home with him. Despite their best intentions to help, all he wants is to be left alone.

On the formats side, KI is taking Tedy Productions’ Can’t Stop the Music (60’) to market for the first time following a successful Spring premiere on Keshet 12 (Israel), as part of its early COVID line-up. This singalong music gameshow pits two celebrity teams against each other to win a series of tricky musical challenges and puzzles, with viewers joining in on the fun from home via video.

Other quick turnaround formats that KI is relaunching this Fall include: Keshet Productions’ relationship reality format Singletown (15x60’) which has just been remade by Discovery Networks in both Denmark and Norway; KI’s most successful studio game show to date, July August Productions’ explosive gameshow BOOM! (60’ or 120’), which has already been remade in over 20 territories and has recently celebrated its 1,000th episode in Spain (Antena 3); United Studios of Israel’s hidden camera gameshow Deal With It! which has been remade in 17 territories to date; and Tuesday’s Child’s play-along musical gameshow The Hit List, which has recently been remade in the Netherlands (NPO) by Vincent TV while the third series is currently premiering on BBC One.

This Fall, KI is showcasing a significant slate of English language factual finished tape. In Rumpus Media’s Weekend Breaks with Gregg Wallace (S1 5x60’, S2 8x60’) for Channel 5 (UK), MasterChef judge, a chef and foody Gregg takes viewers to some of Europe’s best cities for weekend getaways, exploring fantastic foods, amazing traditions and hunting for hidden gems.

Recently reordered by BBC Two (UK) for a fourth season, Owl Power’s factual entertainment series Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (4 series, totalling 24 x30’) sees British comedy legends and real-life friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse form an unexpected and magnetic alliance in this multi-BAFTA-nominated cross-country fishing trip, journeying through some of the UK’s most breath-taking landscapes.

Wood Cut Media’s documentary series America’s Most Evil Killers (38x60’) - from Sky’s Pick (UK) long-running World’s Most Evil Killers (100x60’) - delves into the gripping real-life stories and analysis of America’s most terrifying and prolific serial killers, including Ed Gein (the Clown Killer) and the Milwaukee Cannibal. 
 
In Crackit Productions’ exciting new series Lesbian Guide to Straight Sex (4x60’) for Channel 5 (UK), a team of colourful and opinionated lesbians enhance the sex lives of heterosexual couples by delivering tips to couples at home.

KI’s Fall slate also showcases new seasons of other Crackit Productions’ titles for Channel 5 (UK), including Hoarders: Buried Alive in My Bedroom (S1 5x60’, S2 6x60’), a docu-series delving into the worlds of extreme hoarders whose “collections” are threatening to destroy their lives; Casualty 24/7 (S1 4x60’, S2 12x60’, S3 20x60’, S4 10x60’), a fly-on-the-wall series that delivers an exclusive look at the frontline operations of an emergency room from the perspective of those who work there; alongside Hello Halo Production’s River Hunters (S1 8x60’, S2 6x60’) for The History Channel (UK), which offers a fresh and accessible perspective on modern and ancient history, with plenty of humor and adventure, by diving to the bottom of Britain’s waterways in search of hidden treasure.
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