'The Agency' to open at Mip TV
The Mossad is getting its own TV show.Bavaria Pictures is developing “The Agency,” based on the series of novels by Israeli writer and former Mossad officer Mishka Ben-David. The series is centered on an operative and chronicle his start at the Israeli secret service, from his induction and rigorous training to his first missions abroad. The drama will also show how his private life is often at odds with his work for the Mossad. “The Agency” is planned as a three-country co-production between Philipp Kreuzer for Bavaria Pictures in Germany, Eitan Evan of Evanstone Films in Israel and Debbie Nightingale of the Nightingale Co. in Canada. Ben-David’s works include four published novels (“Duet in Beirut,” “Encounter in Berlin,” “Forbidden Love in St. Petersburg” and “Last Visit to Moscow”) and three original stories written for the screen based on his personal experience. The series will consist of six 90-minute installments or 12 45-minute episodes. Bavaria, which is also handling rights world sales, will unveil the project at the upcoming Mip programming mart in Cannes. The producers are in negotiations with talent for the upcoming series.