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CBS Studios preps first Dutch original

Production has begun in the Netherlands on Bestseller Boy, the first Dutch-language original series for CBS Studios as it expands its footprint internationally.

Mano Bouzamour (photo: Linda Stulic)

Inspired by the novel of the same name by Mano Bouzamour, the series has been commissioned by Dutch broadcaster NPO.

CBS Studios is expanding its production business, led by senior VP of international coproduction and development Meghan Lyvers, based in Amsterdam.

The studio is also working on the previously announced Ze Network, a German-language series starring David Hasselhoff for TVNOW.

CBS says its focus is on premium scripted series that have the ability to travel to a broader global audience through their themes, characters and relevant stories.

Bestseller Boy focuses on Bouzamour’s struggles as a Dutch-Moroccan Millennial navigating two cultures, overnight success and identity in Amsterdam.

Emerging talent Shahine El-Hamus, who starred in De Belofte Van Pisa (The Promise of Pisa), will play the lead role of Momo Zebbi.

Created by producer Robert Alberdingk Thijm (A’dam & Eva, De Belofte Van Pisa) and Bouzamour, the series is written by Thijm and Bouzamour and directed by Norbert ter Hall and Sharif Abdel Mawla. Alon Aranya (Tehran, Your Honor) serves as executive producer alongside Hall and Bouzamour.

The series is produced by CBS Studios and local outfit Willy Waltz International in association with Paper Plane Productions. CBS Studios has remake and other derivative rights for the series and ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group will handle sales outside of the Netherlands.


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