Magazine article Variety

Drama Disrupters Hit Turkey

Magazine article Variety

Drama Disrupters Hit Turkey

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Story by NICK VIVARELLI

Make way for a new wave of Turkish dramas, with more compressed storylines and greater edge.

Though free TV still dominates in Turkey, where OTT is just a complement to pay-TV - which has a 27.5% penetration - two innovative high-end dramas, "Masum" (Innocent) and "Phi," produced respectively for local streaming services BluTV and Puhu TV, will be launched as the big Turkish TV novelty at MipTV.

"Innocent," a 50-minute crimer about a retired cop forced to contend with a murder involving his son as the culprit, bowed in January as Turkey's first online streaming series and the first original on BluTV, which is owned by Dogan, the largest media group in Turkey. It's been a hit.

"Phi" is based on a trio of local bestsellers about a womanizing celebrity shrink and pothead who falls in love with his neighbor. The hour-long show, which is shot in 4K, combines romance, drama and thriller elements. It will launch in late March on Puhu TV, a digital platform owned by Dogus Media Group.

In both shows episodes are far shorter than standard Turkish longforms, which tend to run over two hours. …

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