NBC continues to forge ahead with pilot orders, greenlighting drama Game Of Silence, from CSI maven CarImage (1) DHudginsPic110926151941.jpg for post 578899ol mendelsohncarolMendelsohn, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins and Sony TV. This marks the first pilot order by a U.S. network for a scripted Turkish format.

Game Of Silence, based on the Turkish drama Suskunlar, was among the biggest sales of pitch season, landing a pilot production commitment that had a series penalty attached to it. In anticipation of a pilot order, I hear NBC and Sony TV set up a writers room with a couple of writers joining Hudgins and Mendelsohn to work on breaking the show’s first 13 episodes while Hudgins was writing the pilot script.

Game Of Silence is about a rising attorney on the brink of success who could lose his perfectly crafted life when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past. Hudgins is executive producing with Carol Mendelsohn Prods’ Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Timur Savci, of TIMS Prods, which was behind the original series, also executive produces along with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil.

Game Of Silence was one of two Sony-produced drama projects to receive a pilot-production commitment this season. The other, Endgame, also is heating up for a pilot order. NBC, which is looking to pick up about 12 comedy pilots and eight drama ones, has already greenlighted six comedies and four dramas.

Mendelsohn, who is in the first year of her overall deal at Sony TV, also co-created and executive produces upcoming CSI spinoff series CSI: Cyber. 

Suskunlar, which draws parallels to Sleepers, aired in 2012 and was hailed as the first Turkish series to become a social media phenomenon. It also won several best Turkish dramas awards that year.