Jul 02, 2019
Eight-part espionage thriller is produced by Donna Productions and Shula Spiegel Productions in association with Alon Aranya’s Paper Plane Productions.
Cineflix Rights has acquired the exclusive global distribution rights to the riveting new Israel-Iran espionage thriller Tehran.
Tehran (8x60’, working title) is the intense and thrilling story of Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker-agent undertaking her very first mission in the heart of a hostile and menacing city—which also happens to be the place of her birth. Tasked with disabling an Iranian nuclear reactor, her mission has critical implications not just for the Middle East, but for the entire world order. When the Mossad mission fails, Tamar goes rogue in Tehran as she rediscovers her Iranian roots and becomes romantically entwined with a pro-democracy activist. Tamar’s soul-searching leads her to become even more conflicted about her mission, while the tension mounts as Iranian authorities tighten the net in their desperate search to locate her and her Mossad colleagues.
Tehran is created by Moshe Zonder, who wrote the hit Netflix Original series Fauda, Dana Eden (Mother’s Day, The Stylist), and Maor Kohn. The series is written by Moshe Zonder and Omri Shenhar (The Magpie). The Director is Daniel Syrkin (Mossad 101, The Gordin Cell, Stockholm). The Executive Producers are Alon Aranya, whose credits include Hostages, Red Widow, Betrayal, and the upcoming series Your Honor for Showtime starring Bryan Cranston; Dana Eden, and Shula Spiegel. Tehran is produced by Donna Productions and Shula Spiegel Productions in association with Paper Plane Productions for Israeli public broadcaster KAN.
Julien Leroux, SVP, Global Scripted Co-Productions, Cineflix Media, who brokered the deal said: “Tehran has all the characteristics of the globally successful dramas which have come out of Israel in the past few years. The series’ compelling plot and breathtaking action draws in an audience with its high-stakes twists and turns, but also provokes them to question where loyalties lie. I’m thrilled to be working with Moshe Zonder and such a talented group of creatives to bring this high-quality drama to the global market.”
Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel added: “From the very first meeting with Julien and his team, we felt their undeniable excitement for the show and were impressed with Cineflix Rights’ vision for making Tehran into an international hit. We’re delighted to be working together with the entire team at Cineflix and appreciate the trust and support from them. We are certain that the collaboration with Alon Aranya and KAN will result in an exciting and powerful show.”
Alon Aranya, who brokered the deal with Cineflix added: “I’m very proud to be making Tehran with such great partners. Tehran is not only a powerful drama series but also an insightful and relevant story for viewers around the world. The show will be the first of several premium international dramas Paper Plane Productions is currently working on with US and European partners.”
Moshe Zonder commented: “Tehran deals with the secret war led by Mossad and the Israeli Air Force to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. At the center of this spy-thriller packed with action, suspense and romance, we find a young female Mossad agent, born and raised in Iran. Through her journey and the unfolding drama around her, Tehran aims to shed new light on the Israeli-Iranian conflict, and take on universal struggles around immigration, identity and patriotism, to examine whether it is possible to become free from these restraints.”
Mark Ogle, OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights)
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