Sundance Channel, eOne Pact on Israeli Format 'Reaching for Heaven'


TORONTO – Entertainment One has found religion.

The Canadian indie producer is partnering with the Sundance Channel to co-develop a TV series based on the Israeli format Reaching for Heaven, produced by Assaf Amir’s Norma Productions.

The family drama focuses on a marriage and family after one parent becomes religious.

The U.S. version, with writer Mike Seid attached, will be set in Las Vegas.

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"Sundance Channel has always been drawn to original stories that explore the emotional truth and intimate nature of relationships. Reaching for Heaven does that and introduces the provocative topic of religion within a family dynamic in a way we have never seen before," said Nena Rodrigue, senior vp of programming and production at the Sundance Channel, in a statement.

The original version of Reaching for Heaven aired for two seasons on Keshet in Israel and ran to 14 episodes.

Previously, eOne signed a distribution agreement with AMC Networks that gave the Canadian company the international rights for original scripted series from AMC and Sundance Channel, including Sundance Channel’s upcoming series The Red Road.

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