After re-entering the space last season with Political Animals, USA Network has given the green-light to a new event series titled Dig. The six episode series, which hails from Heroes creator Tim Kring and Homeland scribe Gideon Raff, is set to enter production early next year for a fall 2014 premiere.
Developed by Keshet Media and the Universal Cable Productions based BermanBraun, Dig tells the story of Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. Dig is a production of Keshet Media Group for Universal Cable Productions in cooperation with the city of Jerusalem. The executive producers are Kring, Raff, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun, Gene Stein and Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir.
“As we enter this new chapter for our studio and our portfolio, we’ve been looking for a project that makes a statement,” said Jeff Wachtel. President and Chief Content Officer of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “This team of storytellers has put together a smart, sophisticated and compelling show that will hit the market with a big bang and a lasting impression.”
Avi Nir, CEO of Keshet Media Group, commented: “We cannot think of a more outstanding group of partners with whom to collaborate on such a captivating and original project as Dig. With the talented Gideon and a showrunner as prolific and prominent as Tim at the helm, the show is in the hands of those who are able to capture human nature and drama at its rawest moments. Dig is a very special kind of Keshet project, and we appreciate Jeff and his team’s passion as we look to develop the best incarnation of the show. Plus, we greatly appreciate Mayor Nir Barkat for opening the gates of his city to us to set the scene for authenticity and a thrilling backdrop.”
While Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, added: “When we combine Hollywood’s creative potential with Jerusalem’s historic backdrop, it will result in the ability to connect hundreds of millions of viewers around the world to this unique and beautiful city. There is an undeniable inspiration and creative energy in Jerusalem, which is why it has become a center for international film production. When Hollywood and the Holy City meet, the sky is the limit.”