The Exchange to sell hit Iranian TV series ‘The Frog’ at Cannes market – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In an unusual move, but one that reflects the fluidity of the distribution landscape and the growing demand for foreign language series, Los Angeles-based film company The Exchange is launching global sales (excluding Iran) in the next virtual market of Cannes on hit Iranian television series Frog.

The series follows Ramin, a man dissatisfied with a life of poorly paid petty crime in Tehran, who decides with friends to rob an extremely wealthy former classmate. However, the theft goes awry and Ramin finds himself embroiled in a dangerous web of deception involving the police, local gangsters and greedy family members.

It is rare that television series are launched in the film markets. But the very notion of the market has been unraveling in recent years, especially in the era of Covid. Sales are increasingly taking place throughout the year, and traditional film companies are increasingly working on television.

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The Exchange also secured the rights to the remake of the crime drama written and directed by Houman Seyedi (sheep).

The series in Farsi and Thai stars Navid Mohammadzadeh, Saber Abar and Sahar Dolatshahi. Mohammadzadeh won the Orrizonti Award for Best Actor at the 2017 Venice Film Festival for his role in No date, no signature.

The show became a huge hit on Iranian national platforms Namaya and Rubika, the latter being an Iranian channel for smartphone users. Both platforms are geo-blocked in Iran.

“Houman is an undeniable talent and a rising star. His award-winning feature films sharpened his incredible eye and ability to punctuate a suspenseful storyline and build a complex filled world that entertains audiences who love all genres). We are incredibly happy to bring this amazing series to the rest of the world. A little like Fauda, Elite, and others, this foreign language series is poised to take the world by storm, ”said Brian O’Shea, CEO of The Exchange.

The company’s virtual lineup in Cannes also includes films by Bruce Willis White elephant and city ​​of paradise and star Liev Schreiber Across the river in the trees, who is in office.

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