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Keshet Studios has renewed its first-look overall deal with Universal Television.
The deal, which is the company’s third with UTV, will see the Peter Traugott-led production arm of Keshet International develop two new dramas for NBC: The A Word and Ties That Bind.
The pact marks the latest collaboration between NBCUniversal and Keshet. Broadcast network NBC recently picked up Keshet drama LaBrea to series (after a pandemic-delayed pilot process). The companies previously collaborated on ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty, NBC’s Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, NBC’s The Brave and CBS’ Wisdom of the Crowd.
“We’ve had an incredibly fruitful relationship with Keshet Studios since 2014 and are excited to continue our collaboration. They have a keen eye for distinct and commercial material and terrific talent relationships, and we look forward to creating emotionally resonant and successful projects together in the years ahead,” said Erin Underhill, who replaced Pearlena Igbokwe as president of UTV last year.
On the development front, family drama The A Word is based on Keren Margalit’s Yellow Peppers with Arika Mittman. Ties That Bind is a remake of Seven Studios’ Secret Bridesmaids’ Business with Deirdre Shaw. Keshet is also behind the series spinoff of its second feature Save Yourselves! which is in theaters and streaming.
“We are thrilled to be extending our formal programming partnership for a third time with UTV. Pearlena, Erin and the entire Universal team have been the perfect creative and collaborative partner right from the get- go. Together we have brought some fantastic adaptations of Israeli shows, shows from all over the world and original ideas to screen. It’s exciting to be busy working on a slate of projects for a variety of networks and streamers, including The A Word, Ties That Bind and La Brea for NBC,” said Keshet Studios president Traugott.
Added Alon Struzman, CEO of Keshet International: “This production pact renewal is a fantastic way for us to follow a year where our scripted teams around the globe have made significant headway despite a very challenging climate. Congratulations to the teams at Keshet Studios and Universal Television for the great partnership and thriving creativity.”
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