The International Department – Spanning the Globe
The International department of the studios was founded in 2000, as part of a strategic vision of expanding the studios activities abroad.
The international department focuses on few main missions:
- Initiation of international co-development and co-production projects.
- Distribution and sale of original content to international producers and broadcasters.
- Acquisition of international formats for local adaptation.
- Offering our production facilities and services to foreign producers shooting in Israel.
In 2017, the department brokered the distribution agreement with Banijay Rights for finished-tape and format for the drama series Juda.
In 2016, the department brokered the distribution agreement with Wild Bunch TV for finished-tape and format of the drama series The Exchange Principle.
in 2015, the department brokered the sale of United Studios’ hit drama series Zagouri Empire to U.S show runner David Shore, and the series Loving Anna to U.S producer Jamie Tarses.
In 2012, the department began promoting the development of formats for the international market, including Raid the Cage, in which the studios partnered with Sony TV International in the development stage. USI then went on to produce three successful season for Reshet, Ch2 Israel, and SPTI has sold the format in fifteen countries, with more than 1200 episodes produced worldwide. Other formats developed for the international market include the game show Who’s Asking, which has been produced in India, Thailand, Estonia, and Switzerland. Special Delivery, produced in Brazil, Can you Face It, produced in Portugal, medical fact-ent format House Call, which has been optioned in several territories, and Shuttle Battle, Dress Up, and the Hitchhiker.
In 2011 the international department oversaw the sale of United Studios’ successful drama PILLARS OF SMOKE to Universal Studios in the U.S., the co-development and distribution partnership with Sony International of a new prime-time game show, the distribution of the original game show PUSH UP, and initiated several co-development agreements for our paper formats.
The department is also in charge of the sale of bloopers produced for United Studios’ flag ship show, “Missed Out”. The bloopers were sold so far to more than 50 territories worldwide.
For More info on our shows and/or international cooperation, please contact:
Head of Acquisitions & International Operations