Yuval Yefet and Rotem Shamir, creators of the Israeli hit drama Line in the Sand, have secured their latest drama – a diamond thriller for Netflix and Belgium’s VRT.
The streamer and the Belgian public broadcaster have ordered the eight-part drama Diamonds.
The series is set in the largest diamond district in the world and follows the struggles and conflicts of one of Antwerp’s most influential diamond trading families, The Wagners. When their youngest son commits suicide, his long-estranged brother Noah returns to take over the family business. He uses anything but orthodox methods to save himself and his family.
The series, produced by Keshet International and the Belgian production company De Mensen, is shot in Dutch, English and Yiddish. Filming is slated to begin later this summer for a premiere in 2022.
Executive producers are Van Huyck, Ivy Vanhaecke, Atar Dekel, Alon Shtruzman and Avi Nir. Shamir directs alongside Cecilia Verheyden.
“We are excited to work with the fantastic teams at De Mensen, Keshet International and VRT to bring the exciting history of diamonds to Netflix members around the world,” said Janey van Ierland, manager of co-productions and acquisitions for Netflix.
Olivier Goris, Channel Manager of VRT, added: “I am very proud that our Channel Eén can realize this new TV series in Antwerp together with Netflix. Diamonds is a unique collaboration: the talented Flemish production company De Mensen works with the international talent Keshet. Combined with the on-screen talent we’re about to reveal, Diamonds is going to be a TV series not to be missed. With this new fiction show, we can put our local talent in the spotlight internationally and bring an exciting crime drama to everyone in Flanders. “