The show has been bought by French distribution company Double V and is expected to be aired in France and in French-speaking countries with simultaneous translation.
In Britain, the show's production rights have been sold to Company Pictures, which produced British comedy-drama series "Shameless." The deal was finalized by Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, international business development manager at the ADD content agency.
The series, which was produced by Tedy Productions and aired in Israel in late 2012, was written by scriptwriter and journalist Avner Bernheimer. It tells the story of two homosexual men, played by Yehuda Levi and Yiftach Klein, who have a child with a straight single woman portrayed by Maya Dagan.
Yehuda Levi, Yiftach Klein and Maya Dagan in 'Ima Ve'abaz' (photo courtesy of HOT)
"'Ima Ve'abas' has the ability to sweep away a wide audience around the world, just like it swept away viewers and critics in Israel," said Yoram Mokady, vice president for content at HOT. "The original and outstanding script along with an excellent production company abroad could work out great in the wide world as well."
The Company Pictures production company said in a statement that the Israeli version of "Ima Ve'abaz" was filled with quality and originality. "We are very excited to work together with ADD, HOT and Avner Bernheimer in order to bring Avner's wonderful and unique series to the British audience. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship."
The Double V company said, "We are proud to distribute 'Ima Ve'abaz' in the French territories. We believe it is a high-quality series dealing with a modern issue which we all relate to as parents, children and members of a developing society.
"We were drawn to the series' simple and human approach, and we expect it to be a great success."