Deals round-up: ITVS invests in Israeli drama; Fox buys eOne’s ‘Diggstown’; GRB’s global sales


ITVS invests in Israeli drama

ITV Studios (ITVS) has invested in upcoming Israeli thriller Jerusalem, which is being produced by Drama Team for local network HOT.

The show, which recently started production in Jerusalem’s Old City, has been created by David Ackerman (Blank Bullet) and is inspired by work in his previous national security career.

The 10-parter follows a superintendent who is fluent in Arabic, knowledgeable about Islam and Christianity, and able to walk the tightrope between the different faiths in the city. The show tracks him as he and his fellow officers race to prevent a devastating atrocity in the heart of the ancient Old City.

The series is being directed by Ilan Abudi (Stockholm) and produced by Chaim Sharir (Hostages) and Mosh Danon (The Grave). ITVS is producing the show in association with HOT and has taken global sales rights.


Fox buys eOne’s ‘Diggstown’

Fox in the US has acquired seasons one and two of legal drama Diggstown, following a deal with distributor Entertainment One (eOne).

The series, created by Floyd Kane, is s co-produced by Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, Waterstar Entertainment and DHX Media, in association with Canada’s CBC.

It follows Marcie Diggs, a corporate lawyer who moves to work in a legal-aid office and takes on cases exploring issues of social injustice among other topical matters.

The cast is led by Vinessa Antoine and also includes Natasha Henstridgem C. David Johnson and Stacey Farber.

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GRB makes global sales

Broadcasters and platforms in Africa, Europe and the Middle East have acquired a range of content across multiple genres, following deals with US-based distributor GRB Studios.

MNET Africa acquired eight Comedy Dynamics stand-up specials, including Eddie Griffin: E-Niggma, Finesse Mitchell: The Spirit Told Me to Tell You, Jermaine Fowler: Give ‘Em Hell, Kid, Jesus Trejo: Stay Home, SonMarina Franklin: Single Black Female, Michael Yo: Blasian, TJ: January 3rd and Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This.

UK-based SVOD platform NextUP also picked up a range of stand-up specials, including Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted, D.L. Hughley: Clear, Danny Bhoy: Subject to Change, Janeane Garofalo: If I May, Loni Love: America’s Sister, Margaret Cho: Psycho, Maria Bamford: Weakness Is the Brand, Marina Franklin: Single Black Female, Moshe Kasher: Live In Oakland, and Whitney Cummings: Money Shot.

Comedy Central Middle East meanwhile took stand-up comedy special Maz Jobrani: Pandemic Warrior andProSieben Germany took docuseries Turquoise Fever and reality series Auction Kings.

ViaSat also acquired Turquoise Fever for CEE & Scandinavia, while AETN UK took Auction Kings season three as well as real-life investigative series, On the Case season 10.

New UK & Ireland AVOD platform  You Look meanwhile took three culinary series; Eat Your Words S1 &2, and Recipe Rehab as well as two seasons of soul food docuseries, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.

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