“Fauda” and “False Flag” writer Leora Kamenetzky will pen the show. Pubcaster Kan will air the series in Israel, and Paper Plane and L. Benasuly Productions will produce. The latter made “Fauda” and “Hatufim,” the Israeli series that was the inspiration for “Homeland.”
The new series will run to 10 episodes. It centers on a special police unit in Jaffa, by Tel Aviv, a neighborhood where Jews and Arabs live together. When a 17-year-old Jewish girl is murdered, the local police are under pressure to solve the crime. They form a task force and, as part of that, an Arab-Jewish cop and a Christian Israeli-Russian cop are assigned to investigate.
The drama follows the police, the local crime families, and the Arab and Jewish residents of Jaffa. They are forced to reconsider their allegiances when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict gets in the way of the investigation and the death toll rises.
The drama was pitched at Series Mania this year, and CBSSI has now come on board. It is the first co-production deal for a non-English-language drama for CBS’ international division, which will take “District Y” out internationally and also handle the remake rights. The co-production agreement has come out of CBS’ first-look deal with Alon Aranya’s shingle, Paper Plane, which was announced in May.
“We have been searching for a provocative, character-driven drama that evolves the international returnable series,” said Meghan Lyvers, SVP of co-productions and development for CBS Studios International. “Leora Kamenetzky has created a genuinely distinct and culturally unique story in ‘District Y.’”
“CBS Studios International and Paper Plane Productions’ vision for making a premium drama overseas is now a reality with ‘District Y,’” said Aranya. “This is yet another groundbreaking achievement for Israeli drama and a promising day for the future of global drama.”