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CBS develops Red Arrow’s Einstein

Einstein was commissioned by Sat.1 in Germany

US broadcast network CBS has taken Red Arrow Studios International’s scripted format Einstein into development.

Monk creator and executive producer Andy Breckman is teaming up again with Monk’s director and executive producer, Randy Zisk, to work on the US remake.

The CBS version also involves Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue Entertainment, Red Arrow Studios International and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Breckman, Einstein is a procedural based on a German series distributed by Red Arrow Studios International. It follows a smart, smooth-talking and illegitimate descendant of Albert Einstein who is recruited by the police for his skills at solving particularly complex cases.

Breckman will executive produce the US remake with Zisk, who also directs. James Baker, Bo Stehmeier and Shirley Bowers executive produce for Red Arrow Studios International, alongside Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil, Lucas Carter and Joe Wiggins, and Howard Klein for 3 Arts Entertainment.

The original series of Einstein was commissioned by Germany’s Sat.1 and produced by Zeitsprung Pictures. It aired for three seasons totalling 32 45-minute episodes.

Einstein has been sold into more than 100 territories, including Spain and Portugal, and the scripted format is being adapted in Slovenia, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Red Arrow Studios International handles global sales of the format and finished tape.

The deal with CBS follows news earlier this week that Red Arrow’s parent company, ProSiebenSat.1, in Germany has appointed bank Morgan Stanley to oversee a sale of the company.

A spokesman told C21: “We have started a strategic review of Red Arrow Studios – our international content production business. We are evaluating all different kinds of scenarios, and a sale of the business would be just one option of many.”

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