CBS Studios announced that the company is developing a new international local-language production for the Dutch broadcaster Avrotros via NPO (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep – or Dutch Foundation for Public Broadcasting) in the Netherlands. The project joins the Studio’s slate of international series in development, including the previously announced Israeli drama, “District Y.”
“Bestseller Boy” is a dramedy inspired by the scandalous best-selling novel of the same name and the real life of rising Dutch-Moroccan literary star Mano Bouzamour, about his struggles as a millennial navigating two cultures, overnight success and identity in Amsterdam. Writers are Robert Alberdingk-Thijm, (creator of “A’Dam & Eva” currently in development for remake at NBC), Franky Ribbens (creator of “Hollands Hoop” in development for remake at SHOWTIME) and Pieter Bart-Korthuis (creator of “Penoza,” which was adapted for ABC as “Red Widow”). The series is being produced by Alberdingk-Thijm, Ribbens, Bart-Korthuis’ Midpoint Productions, Bouzamour and Alon Aranya, whose Paper Planes Productions also has a deal with the Studio. The project is slated to be shot in Amsterdam and Morocco, and is being commissioned by the NPO for air on Avrotros.
“It is an incredible time to be working in the international content space, and this latest collaboration is another example of local-language series that can leverage our creative and global distribution resources,” said Meghan Lyvers, Senior Vice President, Co-Productions and Development, CBS Studios International.