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Keshet Studios, Universal Television’s The Missing finds a home at Peacock

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to The Missing, an eight-part crime drama from Keshet Studios, Universal Television and writer/producer David E Kelley.

David E Kelley

Keshet Studios, the US production arm of Keshet International (KI), and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studios Group, are collaborating with Kelley, who is adapting the series from Israeli crime novel The Missing File by author Dror A Mishani.

Coproduced by Universal Television and Keshet Studios, it tells the story of NYPD detective Avraham Avraham, whose belief in mankind is his superpower when it comes to uncovering the truth. Guided by a deep sense of spirituality and religious principles, he is left to question his own humanity when a seemingly routine investigation turns upside down.

Kelley, who has created shows including HBO’s Big Little Lies and The Undoing, ABC’s Big Sky and Hulu miniseries Nine Perfect Strangers, serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer.

Also executive producing is Kelley’s producing partner Matthew Tinker, in addition to Keshet Studios’ Peter Traugott, KI’s Alon Shrutzman, Keshet Media Group’s Avi Nir, Keshet Broadcasting’s Karni Ziv and author Mishani.

Kelley, whose other creator credits include Picket Fences, Boston Legal, Boston Public, The Practice and Ally McBeal, is repped by literary and talent agency CAA and attorney Michael Gendler. Keshet Studios is repped by WME.

Keshet Studios currently has more than a dozen projects at various stages of development or production, including Echo 3 for Apple TV+ and La Brea, co-produced with Universal Television for NBC.

Its other recent projects include The Baker and The Beauty (ABC), Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC), Our Boys (HBO), Dead Girls Detective Agency (Snap) and feature films The Sound of Silence and Save Yourselves!

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