Keshet, Dick Clark Productions form joint venture

Keshet DCP will develop, finance and produce unscripted programming for American and international audiences, while exploiting the rights to the Israeli producer-distributor's catalog of unscripted formats.
October 2, 2013

Producer-distributor Keshet International and Dick Clark Productions’ parent group DC Media have formed a joint venture to develop, finance and produce unscripted programming for English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, in the United States and international marketplace.

The company Keshet DCP will have the American rights to Keshet International’s catalog of more than 20 unscripted formats, as well as its future unscripted formats. Current titles include gameshow Sure or Insure, which launched at MIPTV 2013 and has since sold to eight territories, and children’s talent show Master Class, which sold to five territories.

One of the first formats the new company will exploit is live interactive talent show Rising Star. The series, which premiered on Israel’s Keshet Channel 2 this week, uses digital and social media to allow viewers to vote in real-time on every decision made during the broadcast.

The joint venture broadens Keshet’s presence in the United States and comes on the heels of Keshet’s recent expansion into Canada and Australia earlier this year. Keshet International managing director Alon Shtruzman and DC Media CEO Allen Shapiro will head up Keshet DCP.

Dick Clark Productions’ slate includes the hit dance competition series So You Think You Can Dance and the Golden Globe Awards, American Music Awards and The Academy of Country Music Awards.

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