Marking the company’s first foray into the acquisition of scripted formats, Something Special, Seoul-based international Format agency, has announced that they have optioned the award-winning scripted series “Hostages” from Israel’s Armoza Formats.
“Hostages” is the highly acclaimed Israeli crime-thriller that follows a renowned female surgeon about to perform a routine operation on the President when her family is taken hostage. She is ordered to sabotage the procedure and kill the President – or her family will die. As we follow one woman’s battle to save both her family and the President, we are taken on an emotional journey where all are fighting for survival, and nothing is as it seems. The series was created by Rotem Shamir, Omri Givon, and Yezira Ivrit.
The show originally aired on Channel 10 in Israel in 2013, and has since been adapted in India on Hotstar and in the United States on CBS. The finished tapes of the original series have traveled globally including in the UK (BBC4), Germany (RTL Crime), France (Canal+), Brazil (Globosat), Australia (SBS), and Ukraine.
“We are very excited to work with the Armoza Formats team to bring a local version of 'Hostages' to Korea, and are finalizing the production details very soon. This is Something Special’s first scripted format acquisition, and we are looking forward to expanding into the scripted space as our company goes into its fourth year,” stated Jin Woo Hwang, President & EP; and InSoon Kim, EVP & Head of Content at Something Special.
Adi Brukner, Sales Executive of Asia, Africa, Southern Europe, Benelux, Canada, and MEA at Armoza Formats, added: “We are thrilled that Something Special has chosen our award-winning format ‘Hostages’ as their first scripted adaptation for the Korean market. Adding to the format’s global success, this new commission is further proof that a good story can travel anywhere.”