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OSN acquires Fremantle’s Syrian war drama

Mélanie Thierry in No Man’s Land

Middle Eastern pay TV platform OSN has acquired a forthcoming Hulu/Arte France action thriller about the Syrian civil war from Fremantle.

OSN will air eight-part series No Man’s Land from November 2, ahead of the show’s US debut on Disney-owned Hulu on November 18.

The series examines the Syrian war through the eyes of a young Frenchman searching for his estranged, presumed-dead sister. While unravelling the mystery, he ends up joining forces with a unit of Kurdish female fighters as he travels with them in Isis-occupied territory.

Co-created by Ron Leshem (Euphoria), Maria Feldman (False Flag), Eitan Mansuri (When Heroes Fly) and Amit Cohen (False Flag), No Man’s Land is written by Cohen and Leshem in collaboration with Xabi Molia (Commes Des Rois).

It is produced by Maria Feldman for Masha Productions; Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck for Spiro Films; Caroline Benjo, Simon Arnal and Carole Scotta for Haut et Court TV; and Christian Vesper for Fremantle. Arte France and Versus Production are coproducing the show.

Rolla Karam, interim chief content officer at OSN, said the acquisition of No Man’s Land comes as the company seeks to create “engaging, relevant content for the region” as part of a push into originals.

Karam added OSN’s goal is to “support a new generation of storytellers. We want to develop bold storylines and strong narratives that reflect the evolving aspirations of the region. Our guiding principle is simple: authentic and entertaining content will achieve commercial success. If you have a meaningful story to tell, OSN can make it happen.”

Amac Us, VP of sales, Middle East, Africa and South East Europe at Fremantle, described the series as “an emotional and fast-paced drama with a story that is very close to everyone’s heart in the region.”

It joins other productions launching on OSN this year including Yalla Neta’asha, a local adaptation of ITV Studios unscripted format Come Dine With Me, and talkshow A’adet Rigala.

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