ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) June 24 announced an agreement with Miramax to co-produce “The Turkish Detective,” a series set in modern-day Istanbul based on the 21-novel series The Cetin Ikmen Crime Novels by Barbara Nadel. The deal marks the first co-production between ViacomCBS and subsidiary Miramax, which is jointly owned by beIN Media Group.
The Turkish Detective depicts the lead character Inspector Cetin Ikmen and his partner Mehmet Suleyman solving crimes and experiencing euphoric highs and tragic lows. Each crime story in the series is heavily rooted in the rich and varied culture and history of Istanbul and set against the vibrant, dazzling and frenzied world of modern-day Turkey.
Production will begin in Spring 2021 in Istanbul. Each episode will be 60-minutes, and the series will be developed as a global product that will be sold to third-party distributors.
“Miramax has a longstanding reputation for award-winning, creative productions. By partnering to produce ‘The Turkish Detective,’ VIS will continue to deliver on its commitment to create the best content for all platforms around the world,” Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of studios and streaming for ViacomCBS Networks International, said in a statement.
Marc Helwig, head of worldwide television at Miramax, called author Barbara Nadel “a terrific writer,” whose page-turning novels combine “beautifully honed” storytelling with an authentic sense of place.
“I am thrilled that we are partnering with VIS to bring this hugely successful series to a global audience,” Helwig said.
The series was first announced at the MIPCOM market in Cannes, France last year as part of a larger announcement surrounding ViacomCBS International Studios U.K.’s move into scripted development.