U.S. Spanish-Language Networks Take Turkish Dramas

Kurt Seyit and Sura Turkish TV
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Turkish drama is heating up following ABC's pilot order for 'Runner,' a remake of a Turkish series.

Turkish television drama, which already dominates programming in the Middle East, is slowly making inroads in the U.S.

In a pair of new deals, U.S. Hispanic networks MundoFox Broadcasting and Azteca America have, respectively, acquired broadcast rights to hit Turkish-language series Kurt Seyit and Sura and Kacak. Both deals were with Scandinavian group Eccho Rights, which handles international sales for many high-profile Turkish dramas.

MundoFox will begin airing Kurt Seyit and Sura later this month, while Azteca will premiere Kacak later this spring.

The deals follow in the wake of ABC's pilot order for Runner, a drug cartel drama based on the Turkish series Son, aka The End. CSI: Miami star Adam Rodriguez has been cast to headline Runner alongside Paula Patton.

Kurt Seyit and Sura is an epic period drama set in Russia and Turkey in the early 20th century. Kacak is a crime drama about a cop living under a new identity in a small town whose dark past catches up with him. Both have been ratings hits at home and strong performers in the Middle East region.