Keshet International sells Israeli drama “A Body That Works” in 92 territories

Israel’s 2023 drama was licensed by global distributor to Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC, and SBS, among others.

16 FEB 2024

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Keshet International has completed a raft of sales for Israel Kuma Studios' drama "A Body That Works" to Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC, and SBS, among other streamers, in 92 territories. Netflix acquired the rights to stream the series exclusively in territories across Europe, Latin America, and the US, as well as non-exclusively in Israel. AMC Networks International will stream it exclusively in Portugal and Spain on channels SundanceTV and AMC, respectively. In addition, Keshet International has also licensed the drama to CBC in Canada for its streaming platform CBC Gem and to SBS in Australia while closing deals in 19 more territories.

Kelly Wright, Keshet International's MD of Distribution, said: "We are thrilled our partners at Netflix, AMC Networks International, CBC and SBS have boarded this beautiful series. Now audiences around the world will get to enjoy this couple's captivating journey to parenthood that had all of Israel buzzing with every new episode."

Starring Rotem Sela ("The Baker and the Beauty") and Yehuda Levi ("Fire Dance") as a childless couple who enlist the help of a surrogate (Gal Malka), this intimate drama - which also stars Lior Raz ("Fauda") - stimulated national debate in Israel about fertility, family, and the autonomy of women's bodies when it debuted strongly on Keshet 12 ahead of its international launch-to-market at last year's London TV Screenings.

Co-created by writers Shira Hadad ("Wisdom of the Crowd," "Preso No. 1") and Dror Mishani ("Wisdom of the Crowd," "The Missing File") alongside director Shay Capon ("The Writer," "Dumb"), "A Body That Works" bucked decades of viewing trends to build viewership throughout its eight-episode run, garnering rave reviews along the way and cementing its position as Israel's #1 rating drama of 2023 with a consolidated rating of 22.5% TVR. "A Body That Works" is currently being developed for the UK and global market by Keshet UK, with other options in discussion in multiple territories elsewhere.

Other titles in Keshet International's current pipeline of dramas from Israel include Spiro Films' romantic drama "The Best Worst Thing," which premieres in Israel on February 18 on Keshet 12, Shenhar Productions' hotly anticipated thriller "Trust No One" (9x60'), recently sold to Netflix, and Koda Communications' second season of crime drama "Line in the Sand" (8x60'). Keshet 12's upcoming pipelines of Israeli dramas feature shows at various stages of production and post-production, with more news to be announced to buyers at the 2024 London TV Screenings, where Keshet International will preview its new Spring Slate at two invite-only showcase events hosted on February 28.