Israeli public broadcaster Kan and CBS are producing a new television drama focusing on a police unit's efforts to crack down on crime in Jaffa.
The new series, "Disrict Y," is produced by many of the same people who made the Israeli series "Fauda," including Screenwriter Leora Kamenetzky and producer Liat Benasuly. Fauda was picked up by Netflix, and was extremely successful.
As part of the agreement between Kan and CBS, the series' executive producer will be American-Israeli Alon Aranya.
"District Y" will run for 10 episodes. The plot opens after the murder of a young Jewish woman in Jaffa, after which a special unit is created to investigate the crime.
The series centers on a pair of Jewish Israeli cops, one of Russian descent and the other of North African descent, investigating local crime families, along with the interactions between the Jewish and Arab residents of the city. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will also play a prominent role in the series.
This marks the first time that CBS is purchasing the rights to an Israeli series while still in the screenwriting phase. CBS is expected to sell distribution rights to other networks to air in additional languages. This is also the first major success of Kan's drama division, which is headed by Ronny Perry.
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