Keshet International has concluded a raft of sales of Israel’s top rating programme Line in the Sand¸ a crime drama series co-created by Rotem Shamir (Diamonds, Hostages, Fauda) and Yuval Yefet (Diamonds, Fauda).
The producer/distributor has sold Koda Communications’ eight-part thriller in France to the new youth-skewing streamer Brut X and in Germany to RTL for its RTL Crime channel. The company has also completed sales to BETV in French-speaking Belgium and to Network 10 in Australia for its streaming service Paramount+.
All four broadcasters have also optioned the second series, while active discussions are on-going with numerous other broadcast partners including Europe and Latin America.
The first season of Line in the Sand has been selected by the Monte-Carlo TV Festival for its official selection and for a prestigious Golden Nymph Award, with a delegation from the show expected to attend the 60th anniversary event in Monaco from June 18-22.
Set 15 years ago on Israel's golden coast and inspired by real events, Line in the Sand stars Tsahi Halevi (The Grave, Fauda, The Women’s Balcony) as Alon, an idealistic and morally unshakable police detective who leaves behind a high-flying career to return to his hometown. Finding a city in turmoil and the residents in the grip of a crime lord, he is forced to engage with the gangster on his terms, which means the only way to take the criminal down is to become the very thing he despises. As the tense stand-off escalates, Alon is left asking himself where the line between right and wrong lies.
Keren Shahar, KI’s COO and President of Distribution said:” We are thrilled with the fantastic response we’ve had from buyers allover the world to Line in the Sand. This crime drama is pure, unbridled entertainment, so it is appealing to networks and streamers alike. We’re looking forward to announcing a second raft of sales very shortly.”
Line in the Sand secured an average share of 27.2% across its eight-part run on Keshet 12, breaking rating records to make it Israel’s most watched TV drama since 2015. Currently in pre-production, the second series will again be produced by Koda Communications, directed by Rotem Shamir alongside visual effects specialist Dan Sachar (The Grave, Our Boys), with Ram Landes (Your Honor, Connected) producing. Keshet International will continue to distribute the series and format internationally for both series.