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NBC Enters First-Look Deal With Keshet Studios

TCA 2015: Deal also includes co-production pact between Israeli company and Universal Television

NBC Entertainment is partnering with Keshet Studios in a first-look programming deal, network chairman Robert Greenblatt and president Jennifer Salke announced Thursday at the TCA press tour in Los Angeles.

Keshet Studios is the recently launched L.A.-based subsidiary of Keshet International (KI) that oversees KI’s scripted programming activities in the U.S. The deal also includes a co-production pact for scripted fare with NBC’s sibling studio, Universal Television.

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

The deal extends the existing relationship between NBCUniversal and KI, the global distribution and production arm of Israel’s leading media company and broadcaster Keshet Media Group. KI recently produced the USA Network drama “Dig” while NBC aired the KI-produced drama “Allegiance” earlier this year.

Keshet Studios, which was launched in July 2015, has access to KI’s current catalogue of more than 30 scripted formats as well as future scripted formats to adapt for domestic audiences, and will also develop original series for the U.S. and abroad.

KI burst onto the U.S. scripted programming scene starting with its globally successful format “Prisoners of War,” which was adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series “Homeland,” and more recently with shows such as “Tyrant” on FX and “Your Family or Mine” on TBS.

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