MIPCOM: 'The Returned' Producer, Germany's Tandem Partner on 'Rubber Ducks'

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France’s Haut et Court has worked on such shows as 'The Returned'

The psychological and ecological drama will fictionalize a 2008 NASA experiment

France’s Haut et Court (The Returned) and July-August Productions will float Rubber Ducks, a one-hour psychological drama. The companies will partner on production of the show, co-developed with Germany’s Tandem, which will also handle worldwide distribution.

The show, unveiled at MIPCOM, will fictionalize a 2008 experiment conducted by NASA, which set out to explore the human reactions to ecological change by releasing 90 rubber ducks in Greenland to track glacial melting. The ecological and psychological thriller will track the ducks as they pop up in locations around the globe and the consequences of climate change in those locations on relationships and communities.

Haut et Court TV managing director Caroline Benjo said: "We are thrilled to be producing this amazing high-concept/character-driven series, playing with the viewers’ expectations like any great modern TV storytelling — entertaining, complex, frightening and funny at the same time, while scrutinizing our modern world’s intimate idiosyncrasies through the most fascinating events."

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The series will be penned by Yael Hedaya, who wrote the original Israeli version of In Treatment.

"Hedaya’s ability to merge our innermost thoughts and feelings with global-scale environmental disorders will surely bring something fresh to our TV screens," said July-August's Eilon Ratzkovsky. "The more we dig into this concept, the more fascinated we get."

Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais, Carole Scotta and Simon Arnal are producing for Haut et Court, while Ratzkovsky, Lisa and Yossi Uzrad and Guy Jacuel are producing for July-August.

Added Tandem executive vp Jonas Bauer: "We have great admiration and respect for the incredible success and critical acclaim Haut et Court and July-August Productions have achieved with their remarkable projects and are very excited to be co-developing and distributing this thrilling and unique show with them."

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