EXCLUSIVE: Middle Eastern outfit S Productions produces local versions of American hits Why women kill, crazy ex-girlfriend and The affair after entering into a format rights agreement with the licensee ViacomCBS Distribution Group.
Why women kill, which was created by Marc Cherry in the US, starring Lucy Liu and Jack Davenport and has been aired in two series on CBS All Access, recently launched on streamer Shahid as Settat Beit El Maadi and will soon premiere on the local network MBC4.
The local version, the first to go into production after the S Productions / ViacomCBS agreement, breaks down cultural barriers and takes an angular look at life for women in three different eras.
Meanwhile, a version of Showtime’s five-season hit The affair is currently in production and reworking of Crazy ex-girlfriend, which aired on The CW in four series until 2019, filming will begin shortly.
S Productions CEO Saliee Waly said like Settat Beit El Maadi could “pave the way for important conversations and transformation in our society.”
“The series also beautifully depicts three different eras for our viewers. Even more, the dark humorous perception of it all makes it easier to accept, ”she added.
Roxanne Pompa, ViacomCBS Global Distributions Vice President, Formats, added: “This local version has everything – completely unique characters, twisted plot lines and amazing sets – just like the American series.”
S Productions has offices in Dubai, Cairo and LA and has produced more than 700 hours of content, sold in 10 countries.
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