'Homeland' forerunner sold across Canada, Europe


The original series that is the basis for Homeland is leaving Israel behind for the bright lights of Canada and Europe.

Keshet International has sold the series, Prisoners of War, across those two areas. Deals signed for distribution of the show include ones with Universal Pictures in Germany, LUK International in Spain, Norwegian broadcasters NRK and Video Services Crop in Canada.

Video Services Crop's deal includes broadcast rights, as well as DVD and VOD rights for the program. It intends to release the program across Canada on iTunes Canada, DVD and on Super Channel later this year.

Additionally, Turkish company Medyapim has optioned the series for a local-language remake. Medyapim is the largest format producer in Turkey. It has adapted hit American series for the country, including Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives.

These deals add to the ones that Keshet has already signed with Sky Arts in the United Kingdom, SBS in Australia, Weit Media in Russia, and Netflix in the Scandinavia countries. Arte, a French-German network in Europe, has also picked up the free-TV rights for the show in France, Belgium and German-speaking Europe.

Prisoners of War has aired for two seasons so far in Israel and has been a ratings hit.

I wonder if we will get to see it in the United States. I hope so.

- Homeland
- Hatufim

Written by: Hamatosan
May 30th, 2013, 10:03 am


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Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 2:41 pm

Good to know, Loora. thanks!


Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 12:01 am
Don't expect too much out of this. It's actually quite boring and not up to "hollywood" standards by a long shot. If you've seen Homeland this will bore you to death. Hell, even if you didn't watch Homeland and go for this one first .... expect a television show that doesn't aim to entertain but to please critics. Way too emotional. No suspense, way too much crying and overly drawn out "emo scenes". This series is riding on Homeland's success in markets other than Israel. You have been warned.
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