The A Word and Ralph & Katie sold to Disney+

17 October 2022

KESHET INTERNATIONAL SIGNS MULTI-SEASON DEAL WITH DISNEY+ FOR THE A WORD AND RALPH & KATIE

Keshet International (KI), the global content producer and distributor, has completed its first sales for MIPCOM Hot Pick Ralph & Katie, which debuted to rave reviews in the UK on BBC One from 5 October. 

KI has sold the new 6×30’ comedy-drama to Disney+ as part of a wider deal that also includes all three seasons of The A Word, the BBC One drama which inspired the eponymous spin-off series starring Leon Harrop and Sarah Gordy as newlyweds Ralph and Katie. Disney+ has licensed multiple rights for both titles across all of Europe (excluding the UK), the Middle East, and Africa.

The A Word is available on Disney+ across the Nordics and Belgium, with staggered launches slated for Portugal, Italy, Spain, and France from November, and Germany, Austria, and Switzerland following suit in the New Year. Ralph & Katie will debut in early 2023.

Keren Shahar, KI’s COO and President of Distribution says, “Being part of the team which has helped Keren Margalit’s Yellow Peppers develop from a beautiful family drama here in Israel into a returning primetime BBC One drama that has sold in more than 80 territories and spawned its own spin-off is incredibly satisfying. We are so thrilled that buyers are as captivated with Leon and Sarah’s performances as we are.”

Co-produced by ITV Studios and Keshet UK in association with Tiger Aspect for BBC One, Ralph & Katie is a feel-good comedy-drama that follows our couple during their first year of marriage, as they take on many of the challenges faced by all newlyweds… but with the added blessing or complication that they both have Down’s syndrome.  The series has been generating positive media headlines in the UK – not just for its performances, but for its progressive approach to inclusivity and representation in TV production.

The A Word is a Fifty Fathoms/Tiger Aspect and Keshet UK production for BBC One. The ground-breaking family drama is based on Yellow Peppers, an Israeli series written and created by Keren Margalit for Keshet Broadcasting.

With a new stand located in Riviera 7 (K22), KI is returning to Cannes with its biggest delegation since 2019 and a slate brimming with fresh new content to match. New titles include the colorful biopic miniseries Cuba Libre (RTP), Summer of Sorrow (Munkkivuori) (Elisa), Too Much Love (L’homme qui aimait trop) (Bell Media’s Noovo), Stockholm Sweden (Äntligen!) (SVT), How To Dad (ARD), and Pørni S3 (Viaplay) and Roomies S2 (CMore and MTV Finland) on its scripted slate; the true crime docuseries My Name is Reeva: I was Murdered by Oscar Pistorius (Mnet), Finding the Cornish Dream (Ch4), Billionaires’ Resorts (Ch5), Emergency Nurses: A&E Stories (ITV2), and Dirty Home Rescue (Ch5) on its factual slate; and I Do, But With Who and Mother’s Date (Keshet 12) on its format slate.

More information and screeners for these titles, and the rest of KI’s catalogue, can be found at www.keshetinternational.com.