NBC To Produce Drama from HUMANITAS Board Members Carol Mendelsohn and David Hudgins
In a competitive situation, NBC has landed Game Of Silence — a drama project from CSI maven [HUMANITAS Board of Directors'] Carol Mendelsohn, Parenthood executive producer [HUMANITAS Trustee] David Hudgins — with a pilot production commitment. The deal, which I hear has series penalty attached to it, marks the first major sale for Mendelsohn and Hudgins, both in the first year of their overall deals at Sony TV. Based on the Turkish series of the same name (original Turkish title Suskunlar), Game Of Silence centers on a rising attorney on the brink of spectacular success who could lose his perfect life when his long-lost childhood friends threaten to expose a dark secret from their violent past. Hudgins will write the script and executive produce with Carol Mendelsonhn Prods’ Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Timur Savci, of TIMS Prods, which was behind the original series, also will executive produce along with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil.
Suskunlar, which draws parallels to Sleepers, aired in 2012 and was hailed as the first Turkish series to become a social media phenomenon. It also won several best Turkish dramas awards that year.
Game Of Silence was one of the formats spotlighted in Deadline’s feature in April about the rise of Turkey as a source of scripted and unscripted formats. The country made an entrance last season with The End, the first Turkish scripted series adaptation set up at a network by American producers, Ian Sander and Kim Moses, which remains in development at Fox. Meanwhile, CBS gave a pilot order to the Nigel Lythgoe-exec produced competition reality series In The Spotlight, based on a Turkish paper format.
WME-repped Mandelsohn moved to Sony TV after 14 years at CBS TV Studios. She continues as executive producer on CSI, which she ran for 14 seasons, and on its latest offshoot, CSI: Cyber, which she co-created. Hudgins also is with WME. The Game of Silence format is repped by Global Agency.