Keshet to co-produce ‘Diamonds’ with Belgian producer De Mensen

MUMBAI: Keshet International (KI) is co-producing a drama series ‘Diamonds’ with leading Belgian producer De Mensen.

The series, which will be available in Flemish, English, and French, focuses on an ultra-orthodox Jewish family which works in the diamond industry. Based on an idea from De Mensen’s Jan Theys, who will be producing the series. Diamonds will be written by Israeli writers Rotem Shamir and Yuval Yefet who are working in association with Belgian writer Paul Piedfort.

‘Diamonds’ is largely set in Belgium and follows the story of the Wagner family. When their youngest son commits suicide, his long-estranged brother Noah who has abandoned the orthodox life, returns from America shrouded in mysterious intentions. He soon learns that his supposedly successful family is in fact on the brink of collapse. A devastatingly shady deal and has been made in a last-ditch fight for survival. When confronted with this Noah decides to take charge and fix things his own way. As a result, he is forced to dig deep into the dark criminal underbelly of the diamond trade.

This co-production is in line with Kl’s on-going commitment to building creative cross-border partnerships designed to pair off-screen talent with the company’s network of producers. A key aim is to exploit projects rich in international potential and simultaneously to bolster De Mensen’s ambitions to strengthen its international development as well as the vast appeal of its successful Flemish productions.

Keshet International head of global original drama Atar Dekel said, “We are delighted to be working with our valued partners De Mensen to develop this series. We knew instantly what a brilliant idea it was when Jan Theys pitched it to us early last year. We all loved the story immediately. This co-development, brokered by Anke Stoll, our Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, shows the strength of KI’s ability to attach highly talented Israeli writers and directors to International projects. We want to give stories like Diamonds an organic and true co-production model.”

De Mensen executive producer Jan Theys stated, “There couldn’t be a more natural combination of talent to tell this unique story about the diamond trade. KI and De Mensen are both ambitious companies, driven by creativity in content and Diamonds will be reflective of that.”

Keshet and De Mensen have started talks with potential international co-producers and co-financiers. The co-production partnership builds on several recent projects between KI and De Mensen including the recent Keshet Studios remake of De Mensen’s crime drama Salamander (piloted in the US in May 2017) and the comedy satire series Generation B which was launched to the international market by KI at MIPCOM.