ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) announced an agreement with Miramax to co-produce The Turkish Detective, a detective series located in the current city of Istanbul and based on Cetin Ikmen, the collection of 21 novels by Barbara Nadel.
ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) announced an agreement with Miramax to co-produce The Turkish Detective, a detective series located in the current city of Istanbul and based on Cetin Ikmen, the collection of 21 novels by Barbara Nadel, winner of the CWA Silver Dagger.
The agreement seals the first co-production between VIS and Miramax, the global film and television studio of beIN Media Group and ViacomCBS, whose shareholding was acquired in December 2019.
The Turkish detective is based on the series of 21 novels that accompanies the main character, Inspector Cetin Ikmen and his partner Mehmet Suleyman, solving crimes and going through different ups and downs. Each of the crime stories in the series is deeply embedded in Turkey’s diverse history and culture and unfolds in the exciting, dazzling, and frenetic world of modern Turkey.
Jill Offman will be executive producer on the series, becoming her first project after leaving her position as executive vice president of VIS UK in May.
The series will begin production in 2021 in Istanbul. With 60-minute episodes, it will be developed as a global product to sell to third parties.
“Miramax has a long-standing reputation for its award-winning creative productions. By partnering with Miramax to produce The Turkish Detective, VIS continues its commitment to creating the best content for all platforms around the world,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, President of Streaming & Studios at ViacomCBS Networks International.
“Barbara Nadel is an excellent writer, and her engaging novels combine a beautiful and detailed narration that is both captivating, multi-hued and with a true sense of space,” added Marc Helwig, Head of Worldwide Television at Miramax. “I am delighted that we are partnering with VIS to bring this successful series to the global audience,” he added.
The series was announced last year on the Mipcom market in Cannes, as part of a broader announcement about fictional developments from ViacomCBS International Studios UK.