NBC, Universal TV Set Development Deal with Keshet Studios

NBC has set a first-look deal with Keshet Studios, the newly created Los Angeles-based outpost of the fast-growing Israeli media company.

The deal gives the Peacock a first-look at scripted projects that come through Keshet Studios, and it includes a co-production agreement for projects with NBC’s sibling Universal Television.

The deals were announced Thursday during NBC’s presentations at the Television Critics Assn. annual summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton.

“Keshet International’s proven track record of producing quality programs across different genres makes them a perfect partner with NBC,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “We’re very much looking forward to finding the right projects that bring out the best in both our companies.”

TV development veteran Peter Traugott recently joined Keshet Studios to spearhead development in the U.S. Keshet and NBCUniversal channels have already worked together on such format adaptations as USA Network’s “Dig” and NBC’s “Allegiance.” Keshet has become a global player with series and format exports after making a big splash with “Prisoner of War,” the series that spawned Showtime’s “Homeland.”

“Our history and success with NBC is a wonderful platform for which to launch a formal and long-term relationship. Bob, Jennifer and the leadership team are among the best in the business and Keshet Studios looks forward to developing and delivering more Keshet quality and branded programming for U.S. audiences,” said Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International.

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