Shira Haas & Lior Ashkenazi Drama ‘The Wordmaker’ Gets US Cast – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: The American streaming service Topic has acquired the North American rights to Israeli drama series, The Wordmaker, for a spring release.

The cast includes Shira Haas (Unorthodox), Lior Ashkenazi (Big bad wolves), and Adir Miller (Traffic light).

Set in the mystical world of Kabbalah studies, the 2015 series explores religious fanaticism, the blurred lines between dreams and reality, and the dark corners of the psyche. When Dr Ari Milus wakes up one night in a bar not remembering how he got there, he returns to his old Jerusalem neighborhood to see the doctor who treated his childhood parasomnia – but in the morning the doctor is found dead, and Dr Milus is the prime suspect. A series of murders force him to confront his troubled past within a religious sect, led by a charismatic, revered and dangerous figure known as the “Wordmaker”.

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The thriller drama was created, written and directed by Dror Sabo and produced by Lee Yardeni and Aviram Buhris of MY TV.

“Like all the great programming that Topic has to offer, The Wordmaker is a unique, complex and thought-provoking story, ”said Ryan Chanatry, Managing Director of Topic. “It’s a perfect addition to our growing collection of international crime thrillers, and we can’t wait for it to woo North American audiences.”

“We are delighted that ‘The Wordmaker’ is airing on TOPIC,” said Nadav Hanin, vice president of content and innovation at the Israeli producer-distributor of HOT. “HOT continues to establish itself in the international content market and The Wordmaker is the latest in a long list of HOT series that have recently found a home outside of Israel, including shows like Losing Alice, Uri and Ella, Nehama, and Euphoria among many others. “

Jennifer Liang, vice president of acquisitions at Topic, negotiated the deal with ADD Content Agency. Hadas Mozes, co-founder and international director of Israel-based content agency ADD, manages international sales.

Topic Original Productions Include Sundance 2021 Docuseries Philly DA, Call center blues, The letter room with Oscar Isaac, Chris Gethard’s Beautiful / Anonymous, and Release, created and directed by Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison.

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