USA Orders 6 Episodes of Drama 'Dig' Created by Tim Kring & Gideon Raff

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November 13th, 2013

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via press release:

UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS COMMITS TO SIX EPISODES OF ‘DIG’
FROM KESHET MEDIA GROUP
 
‘Dig’ is Co-Created and Co-Written by Tim Kring and Gideon Raff
and Will Shoot in Jerusalem
 
The Event Series Will Premiere on USA Network
UNIVERSAL CITY – November 13, 2013 – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) announced a six episode event series commitment today for DIG, an action adventure drama from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring (“Heroes”) and Gideon Raff (“Homeland”).  The series, which was developed by Keshet in association with BermanBraun, marks the first project commitment since Jeff Wachtel was tapped for the newly created role of President and Chief Content Officer and studio head for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
DIG will premiere on USA Network in late 2014.  Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein of BermanBraun also serve as executive producers.  DIG is a production of Keshet Media Group for UCP in cooperation with the city of Jerusalem.  The deal was brokered by WME.
DIG tells the story of Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.
“As we enter this new chapter for our studio and our portfolio, we’ve been looking for a project that makes a statement,” said Wachtel.  “This team of storytellers has put together a smart, sophisticated and compelling show that will hit the market with a big bang and a lasting impression.”
“We cannot think of a more outstanding group of partners with whom to collaborate on such a captivating and original project as DIG.  With the talented Gideon and a showrunner as prolific and prominent as Tim at the helm, the show is in the hands of those who are able to capture human nature and drama at its rawest moments,” said Nir.  “DIG is a very special kind of Keshet project, and we appreciate Jeff and his team’s passion as we look to develop the best incarnation of the show.  Plus, we greatly appreciate Mayor Nir Barkat for opening the gates of his city to us to set the scene for authenticity and a thrilling backdrop.”
“When we combine Hollywood’s creative potential with Jerusalem’s historic backdrop, it will result in the ability to connect hundreds of millions of viewers around the world to this unique and beautiful city.  There is an undeniable inspiration and creative energy in Jerusalem, which is why it has become a center for international film production.  When Hollywood and the Holy City meet, the sky is the limit,” said Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem.
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution.  UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Psych,” “Playing House,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray.  Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Established in 1993, Keshet is the leading Israeli media company specializing in reaching coveted audiences through existing and emerging media platforms with top rated programs and innovative, groundbreaking content.  Keshet’s TV shows have been widely embraced by international markets.  Most notably, Showtime’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning spy drama “Homeland” is an adaptation of Keshet’s hit Israeli drama “Prisoners of War.”  The original program has also been sold to more than 20 territories.  Formats such as “Dear Neighbors, Help Our Daughter Find Love” and “The Vault” have been sold to 14 and 18 territories, respectively, and “Deal With It,” a hidden-camera ambush show, has been sold to 14 territories with the US version receiving a second season order.
 
The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal.  The award-winning website is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.  Characters Welcome.
 
 
  • AllOfHerTw!st

    No mention of his “Touch” pedigree? ;-) :-)

  • Tom

    “we’ve been looking for a project that makes a statement….”

    The statement is clearly that the USA Network has the most superficial collection of programs anywhere. There is absolutely no edge to anything on its schedule, including this project. They should call it the Fluffy Channel.

  • milo

    Sounds very Dan Brown.

    And Tom, I don’t think the network nor all the happy viewers care whether you think their shows are “edgy” enough. Frankly I’m happy as long as the show is simply good, which many USA shows have been over the years.

  • Jazz

    LOL! Fluffy Channel.

    LOL! I do like it, though. I must be fluffy.

    I like that their shows don’t get cancelled on me left and right and are consistent. They don’t all of a sudden show up second season (yes many get another season) as whole different show. Unrecognizable like many network shows. Some networks show flip the script mid-season. Viewers walk when their show is no longer their show.

  • Tom

    @ Jazz

    Necessary Roughness was completely rebooted for season two. The eight episode first season centered on Danni and her contentious family life. It was reasonably entertaining. Season two was an ensemble program with subplots about three different characters that alternated about every five minutes. And Danni’s family virtually disappeared. That’s when I walked.

    However, the biggest problems with USA programs are the contrived storylines. I lost count of how many times characters escaped tough situations in totally unbelievable ways. White Collar and Burn Notice are infamous for that. I’m willing to suspend my sense of disbelief on occasion, but not to the extent required by most USA programs.

  • Carl

    Why does Tim Kring keep getting work?

  • groove365

    Sounds slightly more interesting than USA’s current run of procedural shows.

  • Tom

    @groove365

    It may sound interesting now. But, don’t expect anything resembling Homeland. In the hands of USA, it’ll be dumbed down until it’s just another tedious and predictable drama.

  • Feedback

    Unless it’s time travel, I don’t see how it can change history.

  • Gus

    Why does Tim Kring keep getting work? [2]

  • MonkeyPaw

    Dig sounds like yet another rip off of Richard Sapir’s 1983 classic The Body.

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