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March 30, 2021

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Inter Medya Delivers Turkish Content

With an ever-expanding catalog of Turkish drama ripe to travel the globe, Inter Medya counts among its most recent slate additions Last Summer, which takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions as it explores love, family and friendship with a dose of action. According to Can Okan, the founder and CEO of Inter Medya, the company is already fielding emails and calls from those interested in the title. Okan compares Scorpion, another new title Inter Medya is representing, to Mrs. Fazilet and Her Daughters, featuring a battle between a mother and a daughter. Then there’s the true-story-inspired Ramo, which is currently in its second season.

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“As a surprise, because we haven’t announced this title yet in the international market, we would like to mention our latest addition to our slate, The Trusted,” Okan tells World Screen. “Produced by the acclaimed production house TIMS&B, the title is one of the strongest series that has been launched in 2021. The series tells the story of Marashli, who unwittingly meets Mahur and saves her life. The Trusted drags us into an adventure in pursuit of both love and great secrets. We are really excited to see its global success.”

In addition to boosting its offering of traditional, long-running dramas, Inter Medya is shining a spotlight on its new miniseries category. The miniseries are designed to appeal to the tastes of streaming platforms, counting between six and ten episodes per season, with episode durations varying between 25 and 60 minutes.

“We call these miniseries New Generation Turkish Series,” says Okan. “They certainly bring different interpretations to traditional Turkish drama, and Respect, Interrupted and Naked are the titles that we can show as the greatest examples of this new category. All of these titles stand out for being brave, bold and edgy.”

The miniseries slate is in tune with the emerging industry trends that correspond to the rising number and increasing use of online streaming platforms. But traditional Turkish drama, too, is growing in global interest, as evidenced by deals overseen by Inter Medya’s sales team, which is looking to promote established series, new titles that tick that traditional Turkish drama box as well as the miniseries additions for the OTT era and even feature films.

Joining Okan, Inter Medya sales executives Sibel Levendoglu (Africa, Western Europe, U.S., Canada, Australia), Elena Pak (CIS), Pelin Koray (OTT platforms, Asia, Poland, Macedonia, Greece, Israel), Sinem Aliskan (CEE), Ruba Zeitouni (MENA) and Beatriz Cea Okan (Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Latin America, U.S. Hispanic), discuss these slate highlights, what makes them stand out, where they’re best suited to travel and why.

“In terms of our core business, which is distribution, we continue to spread our know-how and we will do what we always do,” says Okan. “We are distributing our content in more than 140 territories worldwide. Distribution will always be at the core of our business. In parallel, after 29 successful years in content distribution, we have started producing content for streaming platforms. We are also working to produce some feature films right now. We aim to keep producing high-quality productions, locally and in cooperation with major international production companies.”

See Inter Medya’s Spring 2021 Showcase here.

More from Inter Medya


The Trusted

***Video***(Drama) Marashli is an ex-soldier who has left the special forces to open up a second-hand bookstore and spend more time with his sick daughter, Zelis. His life changes when the beautiful Mahur Turel walks into his bookstore. Mahur’s life is saved by Marashli that day when she accidentally gets herself into trouble. From now on, the destiny of the two characters will be interwoven irrevocably. Mahur is the precious daughter of Aziz Turel, one of the most powerful businessmen in Turkey. She gets into trouble because of a photo she takes that day that puts her life in constant danger. But her fearless persona is almost impossible to contain...at least by anyone other than Marashli, who is now employed as Mahur’s bodyguard. Mahur is a workaholic who has withdrawn from life after the untimely death of her mother. She watches the videos her late mother recorded for her to fill the emotional void in her life. The veil of mystery behind her family liaisons starts to unfold around the same time Marashli is hired to be her bodyguard. She will start to discover the real and dark intentions of the ones who are closest to her. On this journey, Marashli will become her closest ally, the person whom she trusts the most, and her lover. That is until she finds out who Marashli is.
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Last Summer

***Video***(Drama) Idealistic prosecutor Selim Kara receives an offer too good to refuse from the mob leader Selcuk Taskin, who he put into prison eight years ago. Selcuk Taskin wants to testify against his organization in Kara’s case. But he has one condition: Kara will protect Taskin’s son Akgun Gokalp Taskin. Growing up in a world full of crime and danger, Akgun, an emotional young man behind his tough-guy exterior, finds this situation too difficult to accept. All of a sudden, life tests Selim in the most unexpected way: his wife, Canan, who lives with their kids in Izmir, wants to file for divorce. Now Kara has to take Akgun, who he identifies as a troublemaker, to “Justice Residence,” where his family resides. Selim’s unexpected guest will throw all the family members off balance. This wind that started in the Aegean region will become a storm that will change everyone’s lives.
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Scorpion

***Video***(Drama) Perihan Emgen, her daughter, grandchildren and her son-in-law Fikret, who she only tolerates for her daughter Berna, live under the same roof comfortably and prestigiously due to Perihan literally clawing her way to the top. Ferda is also the daughter of Perihan Emgen—she was abandoned at the age of one. She runs a hair salon with her daughter Merve and is deeply loved by all the women in her neighborhood. Ferda blames her mother’s abandonment for all of her troubles. Her step-sister Berna is married and has three children. In a quest to avenge her mother, Ferda has an affair with Fikret, her step-sister’s husband. No matter how much Perihan tries to prevent this relationship, she never succeeds. Ferda is determined to take the life that was taken from her. And while doing so, she accidentally causes the death of her sister. Perihan’s granddaughter Duru, who studies in the United States, arrives at the house for the funeral. While the Emgen household is mourning the death of Berna, Ferda pays the family a surprise visit with Merve. She calls Perihan “mother,” and now everyone in the family finds out Perihan’s secret. Ferda’s stubbornness and Perihan not wanting her causes a great war between the mother and daughter.
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Ramo

***Video***(Drama) The series tells the extraordinary story of Ramo, inspired by a real person, a man who goes against his superiors. It’s a story that encompasses the deep conflicts of family, justice, revenge, friendship and love. A gang known for smuggling diesel fuel works for a powerful family who runs the entire area. The only thing they get in return is, as Ramo says, “bones given to dogs.” While the gang does the dirty work, Cengiz, the boss, gets all the money. Ramo, unable to accept the treatment that his family gets, decides to change the system no matter what it takes. He raises riot flags the first opportunity he gets, just like how his father did during his time. Ramo’s deepest wound is also the sole reason why he is ready to fight with everything he has. His war will not only be against his enemies, but also his family, friends and even himself. Throughout all these tumultuous events, his biggest test is love, as the only woman he will ever love is Sibel, the daughter of his archnemesis.
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The Ambassador’s Daughter

***Video***(Drama) Sancar is the son of a poor woodchopper and has never left Muğla. Nare is the daughter of an ambassador and a world citizen who grew up in Oslo, Tokyo, Cape Town, New Delhi and Ottawa. Growing up, Sancar learned about the world from Nare, while Nare learned about her country. Always longing for one another, they only saw each other two days a year, but there were never two minutes they did not think of each other. Fighting for their love, they resisted dragons, talked against pharaohs and swung their swords against heathens. But on the night they were going to unite, Nare disappeared. Some said she fell into the sea and died, others said she ran away to Europe. Now, the ambassador’s daughter who disappeared on one wedding night reappears on another wedding night. As you know, swashbucklers only kneel down while dancing the zeibek. Sancar put his knee on the ground and came to a stop in front of the ambassador’s daughter. After this, was neither an epic nor a lie, only a war.
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Bitter Lands

***Video***(Drama) Tells the story of a legendary love that begins in Istanbul during the 1970s and continues in the fertile lands of Çukurova in southern Turkey through the trials of evil, ambition and tyranny. Yılmaz, who commits murder in order to protect Züleyha from the cruelty of her own family, and Züleyha, who would rather die than give up on Yılmaz, embark on a grueling escape journey. Fate takes these passionate lovers to Adana, where they will end up on the vast and fruitful lands of the modern and powerful landowner Demir and his dominant mother Hünkar. A simple lie the runaway lovers tell in order not to be separated from each other will turn their lives upside down and destroy any hopes of salvation they had, leaving them in the midst of utter turmoil. Will Yılmaz and Züleyha’s legendary love overcome all obstacles? How long will a modern-day lord, accustomed to getting everything he wants, continue to love a woman who only allows him in physically but never into her heart? Bitter Lands asks all the essential questions about love and possession.
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The Light of Hope

***Video***(Drama, 164x60 min.) Tells the heartbreaking story of a family torn into pieces. Many years ago, Ipek’s husband, Omer, was imprisoned due to theft charges. Meanwhile, Ipek, who was pregnant at the time, went into early labor and lost her baby shortly after birth. She had no idea that it was her greedy cousin Halil and his wife Neslihan who had set a trap for Omer and had him thrown into prison. Neslihan, who wanted to break Ipek's ties with Omer for good, gave Ipek’s newborn baby to Kadir to be killed. Not having the heart to do it, Kadir and his wife Selma raised Ipek’s daughter Bahar like their own. Eleven years later, Omer returns to take revenge from Ipek and her family. Will hatred prevail or will it be love? Will Bahar be able to unite with her mother and father?
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Respect

***Video***(Drama, 8x60 min.) Ercüment Çözer is a sociopath obsessed with the idea of respect. However, this time, he is not alone on his obsessive journey. The young lovers Helen and Savas, who have just stepped foot into the real world, find themselves in the middle of difficult situations after being mistreated by a group of people and end up being responsible for a chain of murders that take place in Istanbul. The concept of disrespect instantly turns into a social and mediatic struggle between the two generations. As for the mediatic follow up, Turkey’s most famous morning show host, Hasret, will undertake it, however, nobody knows that she is also about to take part in this journey on another level. By getting to the core of this obsession, we will be witnessing the reflection it has on society.
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Interrupted

***Video***(Drama, 8x60 min.) Ozan, a young and idealistic journalist, loses his life in an unfortunate traffic accident. But not everything is finished for him just yet. He gets a second chance at life. He’ll come back to life and find answers to the question marks he left behind with his mysterious death. But he will not be in his own body. When Ozan uses his chance to come back to life, he’ll find himself in Kadir’s body. Meanwhile Ozan’s girlfriend Elif, who is also a journalist, will already be after the people who took Ozan’s life. The two lovers who have crossed paths again will have a stranger’s body between them: Kadir. In Kadir’s body, Ozan tries to unveil the mystery of his death together with Elif. Not only does he suffer facing the woman he loves in a different body, but also through encounters with Kadir’s past. Not just adapting to a new body, adapting to a whole new life will not come easy for Ozan.
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Miracle in Cell No. 7

***Video***(Drama, 1x132 min.) Set during the early 1980s during Turkey’s coup d’état period, Miracle tells the heartbreaking story of Memo, who lives with his beloved little daughter and grandmother in an Aegean town. With a mental deficiency, Memo is a shepherd who lives happily in his small world. In 1983, when Memo is framed for the murder of the martial law commander’s daughter, his life is turned upside down. He is sentenced to death and gets locked up in the seventh ward, where he has a small chance of staying alive. The inmates treat him hatefully at first, only to see after some time that he’s a gold-hearted person. They are convinced that Memo can’t be a killer. In time, everyone Memo has done right by gets mobilized to save his life. While everyone is seeking justice, Memo and his daughter Ova’s only wish is to get reunited. An innocent man, Memo now needs a miracle to be able to get back to his old life.
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Inter Medya Contacts: Can Okan, Founder & CEO; Beatriz Cea Okan, VP & Head, Sales & Acquisitions; Sibel Levendoglu, Sales Executive; Pelin Koray, Sales Executive; Sinem Aliskan, Sales Executive.

 

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