ATV to produce Turkish version of Lat Am format

Turkish commercial broadcaster ATV is to air a local version of hit Latin American novela Where is Elisa? after striking a deal with distributor Telemundo Interncional.

The network is launching Kizim Nerede? later this month and it becomes the fifteenth country that the fomat has been produced in following deals in countries including Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Fatih Oflaz, president, Sinema TV, which is producing the series, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Telemundo Internacional in the adaptation of this phenomenal production; we believe it will achieve high rating points, as the Latin American and the Turkish cultures are quite similar.”

The series, which originally aired on Chile’s TVN, is distributed by Telemundo Internacional, the global sales arm of the NBC Universal-owned US Hispanic broadcaster. It tells the story of the disappearance of Elisa Dominguez.

Earlier this year, Eyeworks acquired a raft of European rights to the format and separately Disney Media Networks Latin America struck a deal to produce a Colombian version of the show.

The series was written by Pablo Illanes and directed by Maria Eugenia Rencoret;