Netflix acquires global rights of ‘When Heroes Fly’ from Keshet
MUMBAI: Internet entertainment service Netflix has picked up the rights of Keshet International’s (KI) hit production ‘When Heroes Fly’. This global deal will see all ten episodes of the original Hebrew-language drama made available with subtitles to Netflix’s 130 million subscribers around the world in early 2019.
Produced by Spiro Films for Keshet Broadcasting, ‘When Heroes Fly’ is a dramatic thriller inspired by a best-selling novel and set deep in the Columbian jungle. Written and created by Omri Givon (co-creator of Hostages), the drama centres on four friends – war veterans of a Special Forces unit – who, eleven years after falling out, must reunite for one final and deeply personal rescue mission.
It features an ensemble cast of internationally recognised actors, including Tomer Kappon (Fauda, Hostages), soon to star in Amazon Prime’s The Boys, and singer/songwriter Ninette Tayeb (Zaguri, Our Song), arguably Israel’s biggest entertainment star.
Having won the Best Series award at the inaugural Canneseries festival in April, When Heroes Fly debuted on Keshet 12 from May to rave reviews, increasing slot average by 35% in ratings and 21% in share, and making it the channel’s most watched drama since the Channel 2 split in November. As a result, the series was recommissioned min-run by Israel’s most watched commercial channel for a second season of 8-10 episodes.
KI COO and President Keren Shahar said, “We are thrilled to be announcing this global deal with Netflix. When Heroes Fly is one of those series that instantly grabs you and keeps you hooked until the very end. Featuring breathtaking cinematography and a stellar cast, this series feels completely international and totally at home on a global platform like Netflix.”
This month, KI is launching a diverse slate of 21 new quality finished tape series and formats at Mipcom 2018, spanning high-end drama, comedy and factual series, entertainment formats and game shows, alongside a raft of kids and teens content.