PARIS — Paris-based Atlantique Prods. is joining forces with Keshet U.K., the London arm of Israel’s Keshet Intl. (KI), to develop “Crater Lake,” a drama series created by Ron Leshem.
The show will be exec produced by Atlantique CEO Olivier Bibas and creative director Patrick Nebout, Keshet Media Group CEO, Avi Nir, KI CEO Alon Shtruzman and Keshet U.K. head of scripted, Sara Johnson.
A screenwriter, author, journalist and TV executive, Leshem (pictured) created and co-wrote spy drama “The Gordin Cell/MICE,” which was recently acquired by NBC and is being remade for the U.S. market as “Allegiance.”
Leshem won the Sapir Prize for Literature – Israel’s top literary award — for his first novel “Beaufort.” He also co-wrote the film adaptation of “Beaufort,” which earned him an Oscar nomination for foreign-language film and Berlin’s director award.
“Crater Lake” – whose first season comprises eight one-hour episodes — is described by the producers as a “life-affirming, character-driven show about death.”
Bibas said: “Atlantique Productions aims to become one of Europe’s leading studios for international TV series and, with the resounding successes of shows such as ‘Borgia’ and ‘Transporter,’ the foundations to carry out this goal are now well set. Keshet — one of the most creative and dynamic partners in global scripted entertainment — will help us in our mission to bring to life the best new content for international audiences.”
Johnson concurred, “As (Keshet Intl.) continue to make headway with some strong U.K. co-productions, this partnership presents the perfect opportunity to make our first move into Europe.”
This deal with Keshet U.K. marks Atlantique’s first move in its strategy to diversify its range of productions and forge new alliances with indie producers.
Keshet U.K. launched in December 2012 with former Sky exec Johnson on board as executive producer and head of co-productions.
Keshet, which is co-producing eight series this year, is a driving force behind Israel’s strong TV industry. The country has reportedly become the top exporter of scripted formats to the U.S.