Keshet Int’l boards South African murder mystery ‘Paradys’


Keshet International (KI) has joined South Africa-based drama Paradys as global distribution and production partner.

The 8 x 60-minute show, which was recently selected as a finalist in Series Mania’s 2022 Co-Pro Pitch competition, is being produced by Quizzical Pictures and has been created by Darrel Bristow-Bovey and Anton Visser.

The character-driven murder mystery is set in the desert town of Paradys, which looks much like any small rural community in South Africa, except everyone is white. Inspired by a real place, the show explores what happens when two black detectives are sent to investigate a horrific murder in the town.

Anke Stoll, KI’s VP of acquisitions, said: “Much like Furia and our docuseries Surrounded By Enemies, Paradys feels incredibly relevant right now. By shining a spotlight on a community that is a homogenous cultural time-bomb, Paradys is a compelling and entertaining examination of the scourges of institutional racism.”

The show will be shot location in South Africa and is being directed by John Trengove (Manodrome). Quizzical’s Harriet Gavshon, Arrested Industries’ Anthony Kimble, Keshet’s Avi Nir and KI’s Alon Shtruzman are exec producing.

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