Turkish TV Dramas Make Further Inroads Into U.S. Market

Turkish TV dramas are making inroads into the U.S. market where hit historical romancer “Kurt Seyit & Sura” will air to Spanish-language audiences via MundoFox and revenge drama skein “Kacak” (The Fugitive) will go out via Spanish-lingo Azteca America.

Both deals were brokered by Eccho Rights, the rights management company based in Stockholm, Istanbul and Hong Kong. Eccho Rights sealed the two deals in cooperation with Miami-based Somos TV.

“Kurt Seyit & Sura” (pictured) is an epic love story adapted from a bestselling novel set in early 20th century in Russia and Turkey. It is produced by local drama powerhouse Ay Yapim. MundoFox, which is a joint venture of Fox and Colombia’s RCN, will broadcast the 46-episode series in the U.S. on a weekly basis starting this month under the title ‘”Sura y Seyit, Amor de Guerra.”

Last month ABC picked up a pilot of “Runner,” a remake of Turkish skein “The End,” also from Ay Yapim. “The End” is another Eccho Rights-represented format.

Azteca America, which is backed by Mexico’s TV Azteca, has picked up “Kacak,” centered around an ex-policeman who killed a famous gangster’s son, from Surec Films. Azteca America has licenced the U.S. Hispanic rights and will start to air the 126-episode series later this spring.

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