Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser.

World Screen Newsflash

May 11, 2020

Keshet International

KI’s Rose Hughes on Demand for
“Shared, Campfire Viewing”

***Image***Rose Hughes, VP of sales at Keshet International, tells WorldScreenings about the types of programming clients are looking for, with an aim to provide entertainment and escapism during these challenging times.
In the wake of production halts and sports being on pause, Keshet International (KI) is fielding a range of requests from clients at present regarding their programming needs. “We are definitely seeing an increased demand for our English-language scripted and factual finished-tape slates as well as quick-turnaround formats from buyers all over the world as broadcasters look to fill slots left empty by this pandemic,” says Rose Hughes, KI’s VP of sales. “We’re finding different territories have different needs—North America is opening up, particularly on the scripted side, while in Europe, German- and French-dubbed finished tape is in high demand.”
She says that high-volume series such as Singletown, World’s Most Evil Killers and Trucking Hell; and escapist, feel-good travelogues such as Around the World by Train and Weekend Breaks with Gregg Wallace are “cutting through,” as is KI’s catalog of English-language dramas that includes The Trial of Christine Keeler, Total Control and Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. “They all allow viewers to get completely swept away in their narratives for long periods, as does ABC’s The Baker and the Beauty, which as a rom-com, has exactly the right combination of feel-good entertainment and humor that so many viewers are craving right now,” Hughes adds.
Regarding formats, she highlights quick-turnaround entertainment series such as The Hit List, Contacts and BOOM! and the musical game show Can’t Stop the Music—which has just been rebooted for prime time in Israel on Keshet 12—as they can be filmed under current safety protocols. There’s also an increased appetite for feel-good formats that can be shot locally without the need for international travel, Hughes says, pointing to the dating reality format Singletown, The Great Gardening Challenge and The Wonderful World of Crafting.
“We all recognize how important television is right now because of its ability to entertain and provide escapism for people isolating at home, and we feel lucky that we can help with that,” notes Hughes.
“Our number one priority is to help buyers find and secure what they need for their viewers as quickly and as easily as possible in this difficult time, whether it’s finished tape to fill their slots or licensing quick-turnaround formats that are suitable for this time or the ‘day after.’”

As Keshet Media Group has its own TV channel in Israel, Keshet 12, KI can “empathize with other commercial broadcasters elsewhere and share genuine insight and solutions from an Israeli channel team that continues to entertain, engage and inform growing audiences at a time when it’s needed more than ever,” Hughes adds. “We are finding there is real demand for shared, campfire viewing, and for broadcasters everywhere, there is an opportunity to connect with audiences they haven’t before.”
An example of this is Tedy Productions’ reboot of Can’t Stop the Music, a prime-time celebrity-led singalong game show that sees viewers participate from home. Keshet 12 commissioned, filmed and broadcast the show during lockdown, and it has “really connected with Israeli audiences isolating at home,” says Hughes. “It was the most-watched TV show in Israel in the week that it launched.”
She adds, “Developing and producing engaging and cost-effective formats is part of our DNA at Keshet, which means that many of our titles are already good value or scalable in terms of budget. And they’re proven, too, having already found audiences in Israel.
“On the sales side at KI, we are working to creatively bundle titles together and carve out rights to give our buyers access to as much content as they need.”

See Keshet International’s Spring 2020 Showcase here.

More from Keshet International on WorldScreenings.com

The Trial of Christine Keeler

***Video***(Drama, 6x60 min.) Christine Keeler was at the center of the most controversial political sex scandal of modern times. This compelling drama goes behind the sensational headlines to tell the story of those involved in the U.K.'s infamous “Profumo Affair.”
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business

***Video***(Drama, 6x60 min. & format) A bride and her best friends fend off a ruthless ex-lover from destroying the wedding, but it soon turns into a fight for their lives in this romantic thriller drama.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Total Control (AKA Black Bitch)

***Video***(Drama, 6x60 min. & format) An unlikely national hero is catapulted into government in a cynical power play. Used, abandoned and underestimated, now she's on a quest for revenge that will send the political establishment into meltdown.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Prisoner No. 1

***Video***(Super series, 60x60 min.) An electrifying political thriller about a jailed Mexican president fighting to prove his innocence and bring down those who locked him behind bars.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com


***Video***(Reality, 15x60 min. & format) Five couples press pause on their relationships to spend a summer of fun, living their best single lives. At the end, will they choose to get back together or stay single?
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

The Good Girl’s Guide to Kinky Sex

***Video***(Fact-ent., 6x60 min. & format) Three “good girls” and their partners are in desperate need of some spice in their sex life. Their mission is to take on 18 kinky challenges that will hopefully surprise and seduce. But will they be able to escape their comfort zone or will erotic embarrassment keep them chained to a life of boredom in the bedroom?
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Prison Girls: Life Inside

***Video***(Docureality, S1: 4x60 min., S2: 6x60 min.) A raw, intimate and in-depth look into the extreme lives of women incarcerated in an American jail, as they balance love and family with violence and a life of crime. Gritty and emotional, this powerful series goes behind bars to explore what really goes on in a woman’s mind the moment she steps into a prison cell and the door slams shut behind her.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Killer Camp

***Video***(Competitive reality, 5x60 min. & format) A captivating horror-themed reality competition set in an ’80s American-style summer camp where contestants must do everything they can to stay alive!
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Weekend Breaks with Gregg Wallace

***Video***(Fact-ent., 5x60 min.) MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace is taking us on a culinary tour of some of Europe’s best cities for the perfect weekend break. In this first season, Wallace travels to the celebrated cities of Rome, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam to experience and share their delicacies.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Around the World by Train

***Video***(Fact-ent., S1: 6x60 min., S2: 6x60 min.) World-renowned comedian, actor and author Sir Tony Robinson takes his witty sense of humor and unique perspective on the road or rather—on the rail. Sir Tony takes a whirlwind journey around the globe, jumping on and off trains across Europe and then heading east through India, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, the U.S. and more.
Watch now on WorldScreenings.com

Visit Keshet International’s Screening Room here.

Keshet International Contacts: Keren Shahar, COO & President, Distribution; Kelly Wright, SVP, Distribution & New Business (Australia/NZ, LatAm, Iberia, Asia); Rose Hughes, VP, Sales (Benelux, Canada, Nordics, Global, U.K., U.S.); Anne Roder Botboll, Senior Sales Manager (French- & German-speaking Europe, Benelux, Italy); Marta Csizmadia, Senior Sales Manager (CEE & CIS, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Africa, Middle East).


Subscribe | Video | Feedback | Advertise | RSS | Twitter | App: Android - iOS | LinkedIn

Want to be featured in an upcoming WorldScreenings? Contact Ricardo Guise.

This email was sent to you by World Screen. To ensure that it is not labeled as spam, please add worldscreenings@worldscreen.com to your address book. If you would like to unsubscribe from WorldScreenings please go here.

If you were forwarded WorldScreenings and want your own copy, or would like to sign up for any of our other newsletters, please click here. For other subscription questions, please contact Dana Mattison.

Copyright © 2020 World Screen. 1123 Broadway, Suite 1207, New York, NY 10010, U.S.A.

WorldScreenings is a World Screen publication. No part of WorldScreenings can be used, reprinted, copied or stored in any medium without the publisher's authorization.