India is getting its own version of Homeland, sort of. Keshet International has sold the format rights to the original Gideon Raff-created Israeli series, Hatufim (Prisoners Of War), upon which Homeland is based, to Star Plus. The Indian adaptation will be produced by Emmay Entertainment and directed by Bollywood helmer Nikkhil Advani. Along with Showtime’s Homeland, local versions of Prisoners Of War have been produced in Korea, Russia and Turkey. Star Plus is India’s top Hindi general entertainment channel and is owned by Fox’s Star India.
Adriana Trautman has been appointed Vice President of Marketing for Fox Latin America. The position was previously held by Martha Cavalheiro, who is stepping down to pursue other interests. As part of the new regional structure, Carlos Castillo, currently Promotions Manager for Mexico, will become Director of Promotions for Latin America, and will report to Trautman who will continue to be based in LA; Castillo will continue to be based in Mexico. Trautman began her career in Chile working in business and marketing for Sony Music. She then transitioned to mobile provider Telemedia, where she worked as a business development manager. Trautman first joined Fox Chile in 2002 as a Marketing Director. In 2011, she moved to LA to serve as Executive Director of International Strategic Marketing for Fox International. She was promoted to Vice President of that division in 2013.
Elsewhere Works, the LA-based agency for non-American writers and directors working in the U.S. and internationally, has signed Jacques Toulemonde Vidal, co-writer of Oscar nominee Embrace Of The Serpent. His directing debut, Anna, is screening at the International Film Festival of Cartagena this week ahead of its Colombian release. The drama later opens the Colombian Film Festival in New York on March 22. Toulemonde Vidal is currently developing Cariño, the true story of a Colombian rapper whose quest to make it in Bogota leads him into a spiral of violence; and The Help Of The Goat, a drama about a defiant teenager who must find his way in a rehab facility which fights drug abuse and tries to re-educate gang members with rather shaky methods.
Discovery Communications has set Michael Lang as EVP of International Development & Digital. In the newly created position, he will lead Discovery Networks International’s corporate development with responsibility for both the strategy and execution of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and other equity-related transactions and third-party partnerships. Lang also will work with the international management team to accelerate existing initiatives, including the Eurosport Player, Dplay and Discovery K!ds Play, and to help shape and execute the division’s overall digital strategy. He will be based in London beginning in April. Lang currently leads Lang Media Group, an advisory and sponsor equity firm, which advises traditional and digital media clients on strategic issues. Prior to launching the firm, Lang served as CEO at Miramax and led business development for Fox Entertainment from 2004 to 2010.