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Monday, May 08, 2017

Nickelodeon Poland Acquires Rights To Nick Israel's Supernatural Drama "Spell Keepers"

Nickelodeon Poland (Polska) has picked up the broadcast rights to Nutz Productions' popular Israeli supernatural drama series Spell Keepers!

Scheduled to air in its original-language version in 2018, the 50 x 22-minute daily series - one of four new live-action series for tweens from Israeli partners Keshet International and Ananey Communications Group - follows determined heroines Kirki and Layla, who have set out to perform their critical roles in the world. As they do their best to save humanity from evil forces, they must choose between finding their own personal happiness and fulfilling their destinies, all while facing an inevitable collision between good and evil.

Ananey's production arm is the leading producer of original content for Viacom brands in Israel, and Nutz has seen the series become a ratings success for Nickelodeon Israel since national satellite-TV provider yes commissioned season one last year. Spell Keepers debuted on Nickelodeon Israel in February 2017.

Spell Keepers, titled כדברא in Hebrew, is created by screenwriter Michal Cooper-Keren alongside co-creators Sivan Shiknagy and Einat Shahak. Cooper-Keren also created Disney Channel Israel original teen drama North Star (כוכב הצפון), which was produced by Herzliya Studios. The series was remade by Zodiak Kids Studios in the U.K. as The Lodge for Disney Channel UK.

Cast of The Greenhouse

In related remake news, Nutz was recently commissioned by Netflix to produce Greenhouse Academy, an original live-action tween drama based on Nutz' hit The Greenhouse, an original live-action daily-drama series that was broadcast for four seasons on Nickelodeon Israel exclusively for yes DBS. The remake marks the first time an original Israeli series has been acquired by the global SVOD giant.

Content for tweens will also be getting more eyeballs in Israel following the launch of TeenNick by yes DBS in March 2017. To celebrate the launch, TeenNick Israel aired a special TV reunion of the cast from The Greenhouse.

Sources: Kidscreen, TVKIDS; Additional sources: Wikipedia (I, II)
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