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Keshet moves into Hollywood

New studios will develop new scripted shows and adapt international properties.

Claire Danes HomelandClaire Danes HomelandClaire Danes stars in "Homeland," one of the biggest scripted hits adapted from one of Keshet International's shows. (Photo: David Bloomer / Showtime)

Keshet, the Israeli production company that's responsible for many TV shows in the U.S. – "Homeland," "Your Family or Mine," "Deal With It" and "Boom!" – will open its own studio in Hollywood, according to multiple sources.

The new Keshet Studios will be led by Peter Traugott, who developed shows for FOX such as "Married ... With Children," "The Simpsons" and "Party of Five." He'll be joined by his producing partner, Rachel Kaplan.

What does this mean? Well, for one, the studio will not only mine for adaptation ideas from Keshet's existing scripted catalog, but will also listen to fresh pitches and develop shows on its own. The studio will have access to the best writers in Hollywood. It will also develop, package, promote and market the shows to networks and streaming services through Traugott.

Your Family or MineThe comedy "Your Family or Mine" was developed by Keshet and sold to TBS. The new Keshet Studios will adapt more of Keshet's catalog for the U.S., along with developing new show ideas. (Photo: Erica Parise /TBS)

But the biggest plus: Keshet will be able to adapt shows developed at the new Hollywood studio to international markets. Even with all the successful shows in the U.S. that have been developed from international hits such as "Homeland," international markets are still looking to adapt shows that are established American hits first. With the new studios, Keshet will be able to do that.

"Keshet Studios was a natural progression for our expanding business," Keshet International CEO Alon Shtruzman said in a statement, "and we are thrilled to have an official home base in the States with executives who share our programming sensibility."

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