Applause acquires India rights to three of Armoza’s scripted series

MUMBAI: Indian content and IP creation studio, Applause Entertainment, an Aditya Birla Group Venture, has now taken the local rights to three of Armoza Formats’ scripted series: the crime-thriller ‘Hostages’ and comedies ‘La Famiglia’ and ‘Honey Badgers’.

Produced by Yetzira Ivrit, ‘Hostages’ is a psychological crime-thriller that follows a renowned surgeon about to perform a routine operation on the president. But there is nothing routine about it when her family is taken a hostage and she is ordered to sabotage the procedure and kill the President – or her family will die. As viewers follow the battle to save both her family and the President, they are taken on a journey where all are fighting for their survival.

Produced by United Studios of Israel, ‘La Famiglia’ follows the lives of a perfectly normal suburban family living in the divorce capital of the country. With many reasons to be happy, they have even more reasons to go to therapy – their sex life, his best friend, her complaints, and of course, his mother. Their therapy sessions provide the entertaining basis for the series, through which we flashback to the comical, stand-alone scenes from their daily life. Each episode is a new therapy session in which they bring up the most embarrassing, bizarre, awkward and insane moments that are a part of every family’s life.

‘Honey Badgers’ produced by Naor Zion and originally aired on Reshet’s Channel 2, follows the lives of 4 small-town friends who change their identities to get jobs at one of the world’s top financial firms. They will fake it all to appear more sophisticated and achieve their fantasy of opening up their own investment company. Modeling themselves on the strongest, toughest, animal that they know- the honey badger- they will do anything to get to their honey! Will they keep their identities intact long enough to reach their goal?

Applause Entertainment CEO Sameer Nair said, “We are most excited to be adapting these Armoza shows for India. I have been a big fan of Israeli content as our countries have a close cultural affinity and I believe stories like ‘Hostages’, ‘La Famiglia’ and ‘Honey Badgers’ are incredibly universal. Writing, casting, and production on all three shows is already underway and filming should commence soon.”

Armoza Formats CEO Avi Armoza said, “As we continue to expand our scripted and ready-made series catalogues, we are thrilled that Applause Entertainment, a highly acclaimed creative house, has chosen to take three of our top scripted series to be adapted in one of the most important content arenas in the world.”

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