Yuval Yefet and Rotem Shamir, creators of the hit Israeli drama Line in the sand, got their latest drama – a diamond thriller for Netflix and Belgian VRT.
The streamer and the Belgian public broadcaster have ordered an eight-episode fiction Diamonds.
Set in the world’s largest diamond district, the series follows the struggles and conflicts of one of Antwerp’s most influential diamond merchant families, The Wagners. When their youngest son commits suicide, his long-estranged brother Noah returns to take over the family business, using methods that are anything but orthodox in a desperate attempt to save himself and his family.
Produced by Keshet International and Belgian production company De Mensen, the series will be shot in Dutch, English and Yiddish. Filming is scheduled to begin later this summer for a premiere in 2022.
The executive producers are Van Huyck, Ivy Vanhaecke, Atar Dekel, Alon Shtruzman and Avi Nir. Shamir conducts alongside Cecilia Verheyden.
“We are delighted to join the fantastic teams from De Mensen, Keshet International and VRT in bringing the exciting story of diamonds to Netflix members around the world,” said Janey van Ierland, Head of Co-productions and Acquisitions at Netflix .
Olivier Goris, Channel Manager of VRT added: “I am very proud that our Eén channel can produce this new television series taking place in Antwerp with Netflix. Diamonds is a unique cooperation: the talented Flemish production company De Mensen works with the international talent Keshet. Combined with the onscreen talent, which we will be announcing soon, Diamonds will be a must-see TV series. With this new fiction show, we can spotlight our local talents internationally and present an exciting crime drama to everyone in Flanders.