Keshet Studios Inks First-Look Deal With NBC – TCA


A month after Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Israeli indie producer Keshet Media Group (Homeland), launched  a U.S.-based scripted studio headed by Peter Traugott, the new unit has signed a first-look deal with NBC, which also includes a co-production pact for scripted fare with NBC’s sibling studio Universal Television.

NBC and Uni TV have a relationship with KI, which produced drama Allegiance, based on its format, for the network and studio last season. The company also recently produced drama Dig for NBCUniversal’s USA Network and Universal Cable Prods.

The pact brings Traugott back into the NBC/Uni TV fold. The former Brillstein Entertainment Partners TV president was an Uni TV-based producer for four years before leaving to take the Keshet job last month.

“Keshet International’s proven track record of producing quality programs across different genres makes them a perfect partner with NBC,” NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said.

Keshet Studios has access to KI’s current catalogue of more than 30 scripted formats as well as future scripted formats to adapt for domestic audiences, and will also develop original series for the U.S. and abroad. KI formats that have been adapted in the U.S. include Prisoners Of War, which became Showtime’s Emmy-winning “Homeland; Tyrant on FX; and Your Family Or Mine on TBS.

“Between Keshet International’s incredible library of I.P., access to original voices and Peter’s expertise as a producer and developer, NBC is well positioned for success in partnership with this innovative company,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said.

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