UK-based Cineflix Rights has acquired global distribution rights to Yoav Gross Productions’ Israeli crime thriller Manayek.
The 10 x 45-minute series was originally produced for Kan 11 Network and tells the story of a veteran internal affairs investigator who is nearing retirement when he is sent to interview a young police officer who has murdered a key state witness.
The investigator soon uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy within the police force involving his best friend and former partner, sparking off a ruthless game of cat and mouse.
Manayek was created and written by Roy Iddan (Kfula) and directed by Alon Zingman (Shtisel), with Shalom Assayag in the lead role, alongside Amoz Tamam and Liraz Chamani.
This is the second Israeli drama that Cineflix Rights has added to its catalogue, alongside the acclaimed Tehran, which also originally aired on Kan 11.
“Manayek is an intense crime thriller, packed with strong male and female characters and a deeply layered, hard-hitting plot delivering twists and turns with an authenticity that is rare in police dramas,” said James Durie, head of scripted at Cineflix Rights. “Like Tehran, it has been a major hit in Israel, and we look forward to it having similar global appeal as we launch it to the international market this spring.”
Yoav Gross, CEO of Yoav Gross Productions, added: “It’s been an amazing journey for us and for our partners at Kan 11 with this remarkable series and we are blessed with the huge success it already received in Israel. We are sure that the international audience will find in the series all the elements that made it so successful already.”
Founded in 2000, Yoav Gross Productions is the company behind other productions such as crime series Rats, sitcom Superdaddy and drama Uri And Ella.