Dori Media’s Nadav Palti

From established hits like In Treatment to newer properties such as Dumb, Dori Media Group has found a wealth of success licensing the format rights for its trove of scripted series to broadcasters and producers across the globe. Nadav Palti, president and CEO of Dori Media, tells TV Formats about what is driving the company’s scripted remakes strategy.

***Imagen***TV FORMATS: What is driving the interest in drama remakes and reboots?
PALTI: The demand for scripted content (and especially dramas) has been growing for a few years, but the Covid-19 world situation and the fact that people are staying at home more increased it. We believe that we will face a continuing increase in demand due to customers consuming more content and the launch of new large platforms that need content, both current (library) and new. In addition, remakes enable faster production with less risk, and therefore, there is a great demand for the remakes of good formats.

TV FORMATS: What are some of the keys to successful drama remakes?
PALTI: Track-record content, old and new, that is relevant across time. Also, times change and create new situations where a certain format is suddenly more relevant. For example, Lalola today is more relevant than it was in 2007 when we produced it (and it was already a huge worldwide success) because of the #MeToo movement. Therefore, it is of huge interest today.

TV FORMATS: Can you give some examples of shows from your catalog that have been successfully remade in other markets?
PALTI: Dori Media’s titles are continuously being remade, from older titles that were remade in many territories—like Lalola, Split and Ciega a Citas—to new content. In Treatment was already adapted in 18 territories and continues to attract high interest. A Netflix Rebelde Way remake is currently in production in Mexico. Dumb, a newer title, was sold for remakes in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, following Rampensau, the successful remake in Germany. A U.K. version of Little Mom, Hullraisers, is in shooting to air on Channel 4.

TV FORMATS: Are you retaining the distribution rights to the remakes?
PALTI: Distribution rights vary according to the agreement. Our aim is to distribute the remake, but when the agreement doesn’t allow it, we still receive a percentage of the remake’s sales.

TV FORMATS: What are the challenges and opportunities in distributing multiple versions of the same show?
PALTI: The opportunity is a better and larger offer to clients, with different languages and episode counts that can better fit different cultures. The challenge is to manage sales worldwide without infringing on granted rights.