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Chernin’s North Road teams up with Israel’s Sipur on first international copro

The North Road Company, the US-based production group set up by former News Corp exec Peter Chernin last year, has teamed up with Israeli prodco Sipur on a new drama titled Bad Boy.

Peter Chernin

The move marks North Road’s first foray into international coproduction and sees the company working with Sipur (fka Tadmor Entertainment) on the show, which is the latest series from Euphoria creator Ron Leshem and director Hagar Ben-Asher (Bosch, City on a Hill).

Bad Boy will be co-financed by the two companies alongside Israeli cable TV platform Hot and Tedy Productions (Euphoria, The Gordin Cell).

The show was created by Leshem, Ben-Asher, Israeli comedian Daniel Chen, writers Moshe Malka and Roee Florentin, as well as Israeli-American producer-writer Amit Cohen (False Flag) and Daniel Amsel (Euphoria).

North Road president Jan Frouman and president of international film and television Kristin Jones will exec produce for North Road along with Emilio Schenker, Michael Schmidt and Gideon Tadmor for Sipur; Guy Levy, Mirit Toovi and Ori Gal for Hot; Tmira Yardeni and Meital Cohen for Tedy; and creators Leshem, Ben-Asher and Chen.

Kristin Jones

Bad Boy is described as “a gripping and dark yet witty drama” that tells the story of a star comedian whose time in prison as a young man threatens to resurface and tear his life apart.

Jones, previously exec VP of international programming at US-based AMC Networks, described the series as “exceptionally compelling and poignant,” while Sipur CEO Schenker said it has “massive global potential.”

North Road was set up last summer after Chernin acquired the US assets of Red Arrow Studios from European media giant ProSiebenSat.1 for US$200m. It houses Chernin Entertainment, Words+Pictures, Kinetic Content, Left/Right, Half Yard and 44 Blue, and the Qatar Investment Authority subsequently invested US$150m into the company.

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