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‘Homeland’ and ‘Heroes’ Creators Team Up for USA Series

Gideon Raff, Tim Kring to create archeological thriller 'Dig'

“Homeland” creator Gideon Raff and “Heroes” creator Tim Kring have inked a 6-episode deal with USA Network for a new drama thriller series set in Jerusalem.

The program, called “Dig,” is an archeological thriller about an American FBI agent in Jerusalem. In an impressive new notch for Israeli television, it is the first-ever Israeli-made drama to be sold directly to series for U.S. audiences. It is also the first project commitment from NBC Universal Cable production head  Jeff Wachtel since he was tapped for the role in September.

“Dig” was developed by Keshet, the mega Israeli media company behind “Homeland” and its Hebrew-language predecessor “Prisoners of War,” in collaboration with BermanBraun. Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein of BermanBraun also serve as executive producers

The deal with USA Network was brokered by WME’s Rick Rosen, a longtime friend of Nir’s, along with Kring, who were in the country last week for INTV, Keshet’s annual confab on innovation in television.

“Dig” returns to Raff’s trademark formula of suspense, Middle Eastern intrigue and razor-sharp plot twists. The program will follow a U.S. agent named Peter stationed in Jerusalem. While investigating the murder of a woman, he stumbles into a 2,000-year-old conspiracy embedded in the archeological mysteries of the ancient city.

The program, which doesn’t have any specific actors attached yet, will be filmed entirely on location in Jerusalem’s Old City. Access the city’s historical treasures is being granted by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who has been at the forefront of a drive to lure film and television production to the city with a series of tax breaks and other incentives.

“When Hollywood and the Holy City meet, the sky is the limit,” said Barkat.

The idea for the program came from Nir, who realized during Keshet retreat at the ancient tunnels in Jerusalem’s City of David that the scene was the ideal setting for a thriller. He took his idea to Raff, and together they selected Kring to serve as the script’s American partner.

“Jerusalem is a city of great drama – religious drama, archeological drama, even the mere fact that the city is divided among Christians, Muslims, Jews and Armenians,” Nir told Variety. “And I realized that this drama of archeology, it had never been dealt with before.”

Lensing will start in about six months, and the series is set to premiere in late 2014.

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