Netflix, AMC, CBC & SBS in Oz buy Israeli hit ‘A Body That Works’

A Body That Works (Source: KI)

Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC in Canada and SBS in Australia have picked up Israel’s highest-rating drama of 2023, A Body That Works (aka Goof Shlishi).

The show is produced by Kuma Studios and follows a childless couple who enlist the help of a surrogate, exploring themes about fertility, family and the autonomy of women’s bodies.

Netflix has snagged streaming rights in territories across Europe, Latin America and the US, as well as non-exclusively in Israel, while AMC Networks International has taken rights in Portugal and Spain for its channels SundanceTV and AMC, respectively.

CBC has streaming rights for its CBC Gem platform in Canada, with KI reporting completed deals in a further 19 territories.

A Body That Works stars Rotem Sela (The Baker And The Beauty) and Yehuda Levi (Fire Dance), debuting on Keshet 12 last year. Writers Shira Hadad (Preso No. 1) and Dror Mishani (The Missing File) co-created the series alongside director Shay Capon (The Writer).

The eight-episode show is sold by Keshet International, which said it secured a consolidated rating of 22.5% TVR last year.

Kelly Wright, KI’s MD of distribution, said the show offered a “captivating journey to parenthood that had all of Israel buzzing with every new episode.”

A remake is also being developed for the UK and global market by Keshet UK, with format options also taken in “multiple territories elsewhere”, KI said.

The deals come ahead of London Screenings later this month, which will see KI selling shows including Spiro Films’ romantic drama The Best Worst Thing and Shenhar Productions’ thriller Trust No One, which recently sold to Netflix.

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