LOCOMOTIVE GLOBAL TO DEVELOP LOCAL VERSION OF “RAY DONOVAN” FOR THE INDIAN MARKET
MUMBAI, India/LOS ANGELES – July 9, 2019 – Locomotive Global Inc., an international production company focused on developing, producing and distributing Indian-themed content for India and the world, has acquired the first scripted remake rights to the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME®drama series RAY DONOVAN from CBS Studios International. Locomotive will develop a new version of the series to be set in India and featuring an Indian cast.
“India is one of the biggest entertainment markets in the world. There is a voracious appetite for high-quality drama series throughout the region,” said Sunder Aaron, co-founder and Principal of Locomotive Global, Inc. “We think RAY DONOVAN, with its complex and gritty storylines and strong anti-hero central character, is in sync with the themes and genres that are resonating with Indian viewers right now. Our adaptation will bring Ray into the Indian milieu with the protagonist now a ‘fixer’ in Bollywood. We look forward to developing this first-rate series for a whole new fanbase.”
Roxanne Pompa, Vice President, International Formats for CBS Studios International, said: “India has become an increasingly important market for scripted drama and we are seeing more and more high-quality content coming from the region,” said CBS. “Locomotive’s idea to adapt the story and iconic central character of RAY DONOVAN in India is both exciting and timely, and we look forward to seeing how Indian viewers will respond.”
As a “fixer” for Hollywood’s elite, Ray Donovan is the go-to guy for celebrities, athletes and business moguls to make their problems disappear. Though often a messy job, it’s much more lucrative than Ray’s previous work as a ruthless South Boston thug and it’s given him status to run with the truly wealthy and powerful. But no amount of money can completely mask Ray’s past, including a troubled family and a father who threatens to destroy everything Ray has been trying to accomplish for himself.
Locomotive Global will develop, produce and film the remake in India, and is currently identifying broadcast and digital distribution partners.
About Locomotive Global, Inc.
Locomotive Global Inc. was co-founded in 2013 by media and entertainment industry executives Sunder Aaron and Scott Anderson. Prior to Locomotive Global, Aaron served as Executive Vice President for Sony Pictures Television Networks India. Anderson is also CEO and Chairman of Anderson Media Group, which has produced more than a dozen television movies for Hallmark Channels. Aaron and Anderson formed Locomotive to develop, produce, and distribute Indian-themed quality television and film content for the Indian market and around the world. The company is also active in programming sales and distribution, broadcast TV and OTT platforms. Locomotive Global Inc. is based in Mumbai, India and Los Angeles, California.
About CBS Studios International
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes programming from CBS Television Studios created for the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and other platforms, as well as content from CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures, including owning and operating Network 10 in Australia and also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.