×

Keshet Brings Dystopian Drama ‘Autonomies’ to Mipcom

Keshet International, the global distribution arm of Israeli content powerhouse Keshet, has announced that it will launch international sales at Mipcom of “Autonomies,” a dystopian Israeli drama set in an alternate-reality Jewish state.

The show, which premiered to critical acclaim on HOT cable in Israel in early September, centers on a new kind of two-state solution, one in which Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews have seceded from secular Israel and created their own sub-nation, The Autonomy, which is sealed off from the rest of the country. Tensions are ignited over a custody battle for a young girl who was raised in the secular state but is being claimed by a prominent ultra-Orthodox Jewish couple across the border.

Simultaneously, Keshet is also in the early planning stages of an English-language adaptation of the format, set in the United States and using America’s own blue state-red state divide as a substitute for the original Israeli plot.

“The show really moves between the micro and the macro, and that’s what I like about it,” said Keren Shahar, KI’s chief operating officer and president of distribution. “It can resonate with audiences around the world, both as it is and as an adaptation, and you can really apply it to the most burning [societal] issues in almost any territory.”

Autonomies” is being aired in Israel on premier cable channel HOT3, and is one of the channel’s most successful dramas ever. Ynet, the online portal of major Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, described the show as “Ultra-Orthodox society meets ‘Black Mirror,’” and Haaretz called it “an original, impressive and fascinating dystopian drama.”

A sale to the U.S. is a top priority for Keshet, said Shahar, who is also focusing on Italy, France, Scandinavia and the U.K. “Autonomies” played in competition at Series Mania this April.

“Autonomies” joins a packed Keshet slate at Mipcom that also includes “Stockholm,” the darkly comedic series about a leading contender for the Nobel Prize in economics who is found dead five days before the winners are announced. “Stockholm” premiered to critical raves at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and was the first ever Israeli drama to be put on the schedule there.

In the realm of entertainment formats, KI has high hopes for “Aviv/Eyal,” a singing contest played out against the backdrop of the rivalry between the nation’s two most popular performers. On the non-scripted side, expect a number of formats supported by Greenbird Media, the British production company incubator in which KI recently acquired a majority stake, including the music game show “Playlisters.”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Disneyland

    Disney Shares Slip Amid Reported Whistleblower Allegations of Inflated Revenue

    Sandra Kuba, a former senior financial analyst for Disney’s revenue operations unit, says she has filed a series of whistleblower tips with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that the entertainment conglomerate repeatedly and systematically overstated its revenue for years, according to a MarketWatch report, by as much as $6 billion in a single [...]

  • Bob Bakish Joe Ianniello

    ViacomCBS Sets Board Members; Bob Bakish, Joe Ianniello New Deals Disclosed

    ViacomCBS has unveiled the 13 members of its board of directors and details of new employment contracts for president-CEO Bob Bakish and CBS chairman-CEO Joe Ianniello. The disclosure came Monday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, six days after Viacom and CBS at long last set an all-stock merger agreement valued at [...]

  • Carrie Underwood, left, and Reba McEntire

    CMAs Make Hosting Change: Brad Paisley Exits, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire Are In

    The CMA Awards have had the most consistent hosting situation of any music awards show in television, but 11 years after installing Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as the reliable faces of the telecast, even ABC and the Country Music Association have decided it’s time for a switch. Come Nov. 13, Underwood will return for [...]

  • Ava Max iHeartRadio Wango Tango, Portraits,

    Megan Thee Stallion, CNCO, Ava Max to Perform at VMAs Pre-show

    CNCO, Megan Thee Stallion and “Sweet but Psycho” singer Ava Max (pictured) have been added to the performer lineup at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The three will take the stage during the VMAs’ red carpet pre-show, hosted by Terrence J and Nessa. Zara Larsson will join the two hosts as a special correspondent. [...]

  • Stacy Rukeyser

    Netflix Orders Dramedy Series 'Sex/Life' From 'UnREAL' Showrunner

    Stacy Rukeyser has landed a series order at Netflix with the dramedy “Sex/Life.” The series is based on the book “44 Chapters About 4 Men” by BB Easton. The series is described as the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past which takes a new look at female identity [...]

  • Paramount Television Adds Three to Executive

    Paramount Television Adds Three to Executive Team

    Paramount Television is continuing to add to its executive ranks. The studio has tapped Brian Segna as its new senior vice president of development, along with Kate Gill and Nicole Harjo, both of whom are joining as vice presidents of development. The trio will all report to Jenna Santoianni, executive vice president and head of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content