EXCLUSIVE: Tel Aviv-based producer and distributor Yes Studios, the firm behind hit exports such as Fauda, has scored international sales on two of its latest hit series, Your Honor and Asylum City.
Your Honor, the Series Mania Grand Prix-winning drama, which just returned for a second season in Israel, is heading to Sweden with Bonnier Broadcasting on platforms TV4 Play and C More, and to Poland with Canal+ on their Ale kino+ channel.
The show was created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, produced by Ram Landes and aired in Israel on yes TV. The drama follows how the life of a brilliant judge is drastically changed after his teenage son is involved in a hit-and-run where the victim is the member of a crime family.
The U.S. remake of the showis currently in production at Showtime starring Bryan Cranston with additional versions in production in multiple territories.
Asylum City, the drama-thriller nominated for six Israeli Academy Television Awards, premiered earlier this year in the International Panorama program at Series Mania. Yes has struck a deal for France with Canal+ Group’s Polar+ platform, and with SBS TV for Australia.
The drama, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Liad Shoham, is set in the underworld of people trafficking and charts the fallout when a young social activist is found dead. It was created by Eitan Tzur, Uzi Weil, and Liad Shoham, directed by Eitan Tzur and written by Uzi Weil, produced by yes TV and July-August Productions and distributed by Yes.
Both series will also be available on Pickbox Now in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Macedonia, and will air on Pickbox TV. They’re also heading to Brazil following a deal with Globo for their platform Globoplay.
Among Yes’s latest releases have been Netflix original documentary series The Devil Next Door. Recently announced as in-development was comedy Shared Spaces while drama Magpie was recently renewed for a second series in Israel.
Fauda recently wrapped its third season and will launch in Israel next month and on Netflix next year. The series will also be adapted in India by Mumbai-based content studio Applause Entertainment.
Additional U.S. adaptations of Yes originals include 68 Whiskey at Paramount, On The Spectrum at Amazon and The Good Cop with Netflix.
The annual Annecy International Animation Film Festival, originally scheduled for June 15-20, has cancelled its 2020 edition given the current coronavirus pandemic. The event, which takes place each summer in the south east of France, will instead operate an online version with the lineup due to be announced April 15. While this would have been Annecy’s 60th anniversary, those celebrations will now be held next year.
Organizers said that “rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest. Annecy is a party, a ‘family gathering.’ We cannot bring ourselves to celebrate animation and our 60th anniversary when some amongst you would not be able to attend.” See full release below
Rather than postponing the festival to a later date, organizers decided to move online with further details to be disclosed on April 15. Annecy also operates a bustling market whose details will also be elaborated upon next week. The full program schedule will be revealed at the end of April.
A planned tribute to African animation as well as the 60th anniversary festivities will be moved to 2021 when the festival and market are due to take place from June 14-19.
Other international events that are normally held in June and which have been cancelled or postponed include the Cannes Lions conference and the CineEurope exhibition convention. The latter is currently scheduled for August.
Here’s the full memo from Annecy:
It is with tremendous disappointment that we are resigned to cancelling the Annecy 2020 edition.
Over the past few weeks, driven by our passion and our enthusiasm, despite the confinement constraints we were nevertheless hoping to maintain the exceptional edition that we had in store for you. We were so looking forward to greeting you as we do every year in June, in Annecy, the animation film capital of the world.
But today, the rationale and the international situation compel us to act with lucidity and responsibility. To show our respect and our deep gratitude to the health care providers, as well as all those who choose solidarity and the public interest.
Annecy is a party, a “family gathering”. We cannot bring ourselves to celebrate animation and our 60th anniversary when some amongst you would not be able to attend.
We took the decision not to move the Festival to a later date. The necessary facilities and the regular events' calendar, as well as scheduled postponements of other events, do not provide us with a reasonable option.
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Emmy winning actress Margo Martindale The Americans is set to recur in Showtime’s forthcoming legal thriller Your Honor starring Bryan Cranston. The 10-episode limited series is currently in production in New Orleans and is set to premiere in 2020.
Martindale will play Senator Elizabeth Guthrie, the mother of the deceased wife of Cranston’s Michael Desiato, a respected whose son Adam Hunter Doohan is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.
The series also stars Carmen Ejogo Selma, Isiah Whitlock Jr. The Wire, Sofia Black-D'Elia The Night Of, Hope Davis For the People and Michael Stuhlbarg Call Me By Your Name. Lorraine Toussaint Orange Is the New Black, Chet Hanks Shameless and Jimi Stanton The Punisher are also set to recur.
The limited series is adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Your Honor is executive produced by Robert and Michelle King The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Evil and Liz Glotzer Evil, The Good Fight. BAFTA winner Peter Moffat — whose Criminal Justice was the basis for The Night Of — serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes, including the first episode. Edward Berger Patrick Melrose is directing the first three episodes and executive producing. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with King Size Productions. Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg Hostages, Betrayal of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment will also serve as executive producers.
Martindale is the first person in Emmy history to win Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series two years in a row 2015 and 2016 for her role as the deadly KGB handler Claudia in The Americans. She also received an Emmy nomination for her role in Justified and a Tony nomination for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She recently appeared in the Hulu series The Act as well as the feature The Kitchen. She recently wrapped the feminist-driven series Mrs. America where she stars alongside Sarah Paulson, Margo Martindale, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Cate Blanchett as Bella Abzug. She is also set to star as Lucianne Steinberger Goldberg in Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Her other TV credits include The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Sneaky Pete and Dexter. On the film side, she has appeared in numerous films including Instant Family, Blow, Million Dollar Baby, August: Osage County, The Hours, Dead Man Walking and many others.