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New Regency to adapt Israeli book for TV

Single-cam black comedy comes out of deal with ADD

New Regency Prods. has optioned the rights to produce a TV series based on Israeli novelist Yoram Kanuik’s “Kesem Al Yam Kineret.” Adaptation is the first project out of a first-look deal inked earlier this year between New Regency and Israeli production, management and talent agency ADD.

The book was published in 1994 and centers on a young woman who sets out to live life on her own terms. New Regency will adapt the novel into a single-cam, half-hour black comedy.

“With the recent success in the industry of adapting Israeli content for American audiences, most notably Showtime’s ‘Homeland,’ we are looking forward to adapting Kanuik’s unique vision for American television,” said Andrew Plotkin, New Regency’s exec veep of TV. “The opportunity to develop shows from IP (intellectual properties) that provide this type of unique spin and distinct voice is exactly why we are in business with ADD.”

Kanuik has already seen success on Israeli TV as his novel “Bastards” was adapted into a mini and won the miniseries category at the 2011 Israeli Emmys. Hadas Mozes, ADD’s international biz development manager, reps Kanuik and negotiated the “Kesem Al Yam Kineret” deal on his behalf.

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