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  • EVERYBODY IN ISRAEL AND POLAND TO LOVE RAYMOND
  • Sony Pictures Television Brings Local Language Versions of Hit Comedy
    Everybody Loves Raymond To Poland and Israel

    CULVER CITY, USA / CANNES, FRANCE (April 3, 2011)--Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced today that it has sold local language versions of the hit US comedy Everybody Loves Raymond in Israel and Poland. Following the success of the series in Russia, known there as The Voronins, SPT has sold 30 episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning comedy to TVN in Poland, and 33 episodes to Reshet in Israel. SPT will jointly produce both versions.

    "We're thrilled to extend our successful track record of producing quality local language scripted programs with the universally-themed and universally funny Everybody Loves Raymond," said Jeff Lerner, senior vice president, international scripted development and production, SPT. "With the expertise of our producers and the talented local producers joining forces, we're certain viewers in Poland and Israel will soon love Raymond as much as we do!"

    "We fell in love with Raymond as Everybody did! After a great experience with SPT on 'The Nanny,' we're looking forward to another successful show," said Dariusz Gąsiorowski, Head of TVN's Drama and Feature Production Department. "The original version, with its universal humor and memorable characters, offers us the unique opportunity to create an amazing show. We hope that our viewers will have as much fun watching it as we will while adapting it, preparing the production and being in the process."

    "We are very excited to be selected by Sony Pictures Television to produce and broadcast Everybody Loves Raymond in Israel," said Ilan de Vries, VP content for "Reshet" channel 2 in Israel. "This is the first time in the history of Israeli television that such a successful program of this magnitude will be launched. We are sure that everybody in Israel will love the show."

    Raymond revolves around Ray Barone, a successful writer living with his wife, Debra, his 12-year-old daughter and his 8-year-old twin sons. Ray's meddling parents, Frank and Marie, live directly across the street and manage to infiltrate their son's home to an unparalleled extent. Frank makes himself at home and Marie's cooking and cleaning "advice" is less than appreciated by Debra. Ray's brother, Robert, a police sergeant, has finally moved out of his parents' house and married Debra's best friend, Amy, making the mix even more entertaining--except to Ray and Debra, who just wish someone would knock before entering.

    SPT is currently producing 210 episodes of The Voronins for CTC in Russia, where it is the number one comedy in the country. This follows a long history of successful local language scripted series based on US formats, including Married….with Children, of which the company has produced versions of all 250 original episodes and is currently working on 100 additional new episodes for TNT in Russia.

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    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    Mark Macdonald -
    Executive Director, Corporate Communications
    Sony Pictures Television
    Email: mark_macdonald@spe.sony.com
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7533 1363