American television audiences are getting three new Israeli TV formats – the drama thriller New York, and comedies Little Mom and Magic Malabi Express.
Dori Media Group has sold its award-winning daily crime drama format New York to CBS. The same group recently sold its comedies Little Mom and Magic Malabi Express to CBS as a Warner Bros. entertainment production and to Fox as a 20th Century Fox production, respectively.
“We are delighted that the New York, Little Mom and Magic Malabi Express formats will be distributed to the US market. The shows have been wonderful additions to our catalogue having had great success in their domestic market, and they stand an excellent chance of replicating their success in the US. These formats can be easily adapted to other cultures across all continents, so we hope this international success can be extended in the future,” said Nadav Palti, President and CEO of Dori Media Group.
New York tells the story of the son of the head of a notorious crime family who rejects the subservience of badly exploited foreign workers and is determined to change it. In Israel, it was the most watched drama of all time on the ‘YES’ channel.
Little Mom is a prime time comedy that reveals the harsh truth of life after having kids. A deep look into the lives of 30+ women in a world in which their libido causes more grief than satisfaction. A second season is currently in production.
Magic Malabi Express is a crazy road trip comedy that takes place in Brazil and tells the story of three Israeli friends who, in order to make a living, open a stall and sell Malabi (an Israeli dessert). By accident, when preparing it, they use a wrong ingredient which gets all the locals high and brings customers from many countries.
Israel’s television formats are hot commodities in the American market right now. Fox International Channels and Keshet International recently announced that they will co-produce the US adaptation of the Israeli scripted drama series Shkufim (False Flag).