*By Gonzalo Larrea and Rodrigo Ros, from Cannes, France.
Turkish dramas, with compelling stories and strong characters, have engaged audiences and spread across Spain like a fever. And as the first strand, Fatmagul by Kanal D was the one that kick-started the whole trend back in 2018.
“We are actually the first company who opened the doors to Spain. It was the start of it all,” Kerim Emrah Turna, executive director of Kanal D International, said to ttvnews.
Produced by Ay Yapim and aired originally in Turkey in 2010, Fatmagul
premiered in January of 2018 on Atresmedia network Nova and went on to become the highest-rated series in the channel’s history
, with an average 4.1% share and 744,000 viewers since its premiere.
“It will be the first remake of Fatmagul in any other territory,”said Emrah Turna. “We are looking forward to the quality production that Atresmedia is very well known for. We are very happy with this project.”
The Spanish version will become the first Spanish title in Kanal D International’s distribution catalog, as announced by the executive to ttvnews at the last Miptv in Cannes. “Kanal D will be distributing it. It will be our first Spanish title from Atresmedia, one of the most successful stories in Turkey.”
“Fatmagul was the start. And now we are very excited to have new upcoming content in Spain. We have now Forbidden Love and Bidding Farewell with Atresmedia, and we will soon be announcing upcoming deals,” added Mikaela Pérez, Sales executive at Kanal D.
And when it comes to deals, Kanal D International signed a flurry of them at the event in Cannes, where it was presenting its newest title Ruthless City, a story of love and revenge, with “all the elements” of a good drama.
“It’s a great story. It has a little bit of love, hate, all the elements that not only in Latin America but worldwide most of our clients are looking for, and that the audience is expecting to watch from our Turkish content,” Perez explained. “We are extremely happy to show it and looking forward to having it soon everywhere.”
As the first step in this expansion, Kanal D can already celebrate its first five international sales for the drama
, which were signed in Cannes.”We have already secured more than five deals so far,” Emrah Turna said. “We will be announcing them very soon, they are mainly Europe,” he added.
Directed by Cevdet Mercan and written by successful writer Sırma Yanık, the successful drama’s first episode was watched by 6 million unique viewers when it first aired on Kanal D and by 21 million viewers in total from the re-runs within 7 days. This represents more than 36% of the total audience in Turkey.
It stars Fikret Kuşkan, Deniz Uğur, Mine Tugay, Ozan Dolunay, Simay Barlas, Berker Güven, Bahar Şahin, Sera Kutlubey, İdris Nebi Taşkan, Ayşen Sezerel and Gamze Demirbilek.
All this news about the Turkish distributor’s productions is bolstered by the growth of its pay TV channel, Kanal D Drama, which was launched last year and has already reached several territories in Latin America.
“Launched in October of 2018, Kanal D drama is like our baby. We had a very good start. The channel is now in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama and other countries. We are extremely happy about that,” the executive said.
“We are happy with the audience’s reaction and how people have accepted it, and look forward to exploring more of Kanal D content in Latin America. New series that are missing but will soon air through our channel will give us a great new window and new opportunities in the region,” he added.
The plan now, he explained, is to launch the network in new regions, something they are actively working on and will announce deals for very soon.
“We will be announcing important updates from Western Europe and Central-Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Those are the territories we are focusing on right now and we are almost finalizing deals,” he said.
“The channel will be in local languages and hopefully the feeds will be on air soon,” he concluded.