MIPCOM 2012: Disney Launches Turkish Version of ‘Revenge,’ Mexican ‘Brothers & Sisters.’
Disney has had global success with local-language versions of such ABC hits as “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
CANNES – Disney continues to think local when it comes to drama, signing a pair of deals Monday to adapt two of its hit U.S. series for foreign language markets internationally.
The agreements, announced at MIPCOM, include a deal with Turkey’s Kanal D for a local-language version of ABC Studios’ Revenge and one with Mexico’s Telemundo Media for a Spanish-language take on Brothers & Sisters targeting the Hispanic market in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The Turkish Revenge, called Intikam locally, will bow on Kanal D, Turkey’s top free-to-air network, early 2013. Disney will co-produce with the Turkish network. Kanal D has put in a 22-episode order for season one of the series. Turkish actors Beren Saat and Mert Firat will star, playing the Turkish equivalent to the roles of Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp in the U.S. original) and Daniel Grayson (played by Joshua Bowman). Instead of the Hamptons, the Turkish version will be filmed on location in Istanbul and set on the water-front houses along the river Bosphorus. The show follows a number of successful Turkish adaptations of ABC drama formats including Desperate Housewives and, most recently, Private Practice.
Separately, Disney Media Distribution Latin America has inked an agreement with Telemundo for a local-language version of Brothers & Sisters, which Disney will produce in Mexico together with established local TV writer Alberto Barrera.