EXCLUSIVE: Turkey is being tipped as one of the potential new hot destinations for formats. Now the country, which straddles Europe and Asia, is making a big entrance into the U.S. marketplace with the first scripted format set up at a network by American producers, Ghost Whisperer alums Ian Sander and Kim Moses. The project, The End, to be directed and executive produced by Peter Horton and written by feature writer Michael Cooney (Identity), is one of two dramas sold by Sander/Moses Prods. The other is The Edge, written by another feature scribe, Chap Taylor (Changing Lanes), and produced by Mark Roberts (Strangers With Candy). Sander and Moses are executive producing both projects while also prepping their midseason CBS drama series Reckless.
The End, which is set up at Fox with 20th TV producing, centers on Lauren Marks, who believes she is leading a perfect life — she has a loving husband, a perfect child, a rewarding career and close friends. However, overnight her life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate: Lauren soon realizes that to uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies to The End. The Turkish series, titled Son, written by Berkun Oya and produced by Ay Yapim, aired over the first half of 2012 (watch the subtitled trailer below). Drama production is booming in Turkey, with some 60 series produced every year, and fast becoming one of Turkey’s top exports as the serialized shows are wildly popular not only in their homeland but also in the rest of the Balkans, other parts of Europe and especially the Arab world. The Son format was repped by Eccho Rights.
Taylor’s The Edge, which was sold to NBC through Universal Television, centers on a skeptical female detective who teams up with a Hispanic American mystic or “Curandero”-turned-cop who uses his non-traditional skills to help solve high-profile crimes in Miami. Horton, repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson, co-wrote and will executive produce and direct the Odyssey, the thriller drama pilot just greenlighted by NBC. He has directed nine pilots of which seven have gone to series including this year’s Ironside. Sander and Moses are repped by UTA, which also reps Cooney and Taylor, and attorney Tom Hoberman.