Cineflix Rights acquires award winning hit Israeli drama Manayek for global distribution

April 12, 2021

has acquired exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the hard-hitting Israeli police corruption drama Manayek from Yoav Gross Productions. The Kan 11 Network series is Cineflix Rights’ second Israeli drama alongside critically acclaimed Tehran, which has had huge global success following a deal with Apple TV+.

Manayek (10X45’, Yoav Gross Productions for Kan 11 Network) is the story of a veteran Internal Affairs investigator, Izzy Bachar, who is on the brink of retirement when he’s sent to interview a young police officer turned hitman, who has just killed a key state witness in cold blood. He is shocked when the assassin offers information about a high-ranking police officer operating a vast criminal network within the force and points the finger at Barak Harel, a highly respected cop and Izzy’s best friend and former partner. Izzy is incredulous. That is, until he uncovers proof of Barak’s double identity, and a ruthless game of cat-and-mouse ensues. On one side, Izzy, an idealist, who fights against all odds to maintain justice, despite the personal cost to himself. On the other side, Barak and his gang of dirty cops, who will stop at nothing – including murder – to destroy the IA case and cover their tracks.

Created and written by Roy Iddan (Kfula), and directed by Alon Zingman (Shtisel), Manayek stars Shalom Assayag (Kfula) as Izzy Bachar, Amos Tamam (The Spy) as Barak Harel, and Liraz Chamami (Mossad 101) as Izzy’s police partner Tal Ben Harush. The series is one of Kan 11’s highest-rated dramas alongside Tehran, and won the awards for Best Drama Series, Best Director in a Drama Series, Best Screenplay for a Drama Series, Leading Actor in a Drama Series, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at this year’s Israeli Academy of Film and Television Awards.

James Durie, Head of Scripted, Cineflix Rights said: Manayek is an intense crime thriller, packed with strong male and female characters and a deeply layered, hard-hitting plot delivering twists and turns with an authenticity that is rare in police dramas. Like Tehran, it has been a major hit in Israel, and we look forward to it having similar global appeal as we launch it to the international market this spring. We are delighted to be working again with Kan 11 and starting a new partnership with Yoav Gross Productions.”

Yoav Gross, CEO, Yoav Gross productions said: “It’s a great honour to join hands with Cineflix Rights for the distribution of Manayek. It’s been an amazing journey for us and for our partners at Kan 11 with this remarkable series and we are blessed with the huge success it already received in Israel. We are sure that the international audience will find in the series all the elements that made it so successful already.”

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For more information, contact Mark Ogle at OH Communications (for Cineflix Rights):
mark@ohcommunications.co.uk / +44 (0) 7789 981561

About Cineflix Rights
Cineflix Rights is the UK’s largest independent TV content distributor, providing premium factual and scripted programming from some of the world’s most creative producers to more than 500 broadcasters and platforms.

Our growing scripted slate includes the riveting espionage AppleTV+ series Tehran; cozy crime procedural Whitstable Pearl; gritty Israeli police drama Manayek; supernatural cult sensation Wynonna Earp; multi-award-winning, Berlinale Series 2020 official selection Happily Married; and Icelandic political drama The Minister. These sit alongside multiple seasons of the highly rated hit Coroner,International Emmy®-winning Marcella that has been adapted for TF1 France as Rebecca, and the Séries Mania-winning An Ordinary Woman.

Established in 2002, Cineflix Rights is based in London, and is part of the Cineflix Media group of companies.