Russian production company J.I.T.V. has licensed the rights to adapt Keshet International format M.I.C.E. which it will also distribute in Russia and CIS. A U.S. version was set by NBC as a put pilot in September with Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey’s Film 44. The series is based on the Israeli format The Gordin Cell. It was created by Ron Leshem and Amit Cohen and originally produced by Tedy Productions for Keshet Broadcasting and YES DBS. The drama tells the story of Michael and Diana Gordin, who migrated from the USSR to Israel in the early 90s and have their lives turned upside-down when an agent handler for the Russian intelligence appears on their doorstep. Keshet formats that have previously been remade in Russia include The Successor, Traffic Light and Prisoners Of War, aka Homeland.
As digital extensions of TV shows take on increasing importance, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and cross-media company Screenz are teaming to produce dual-screen apps for three formats. The new apps for Hell’s Kitchen, Who Dares Sings and Four Weddings will be launched at MIP and will be adapted for local markets featuring content related to the shows. Screenz is a joint venture between Israel’s Keshet and tech company The Box.