FremantleMedia International (FMI) announced a format sale for a local version of FremantleMedia Australia’s long-running drama series Neighbours to Turkey. The first global format commission of the successful original series, watched by audiences in Australia and the UK, is being produced by No:9 Productions and will air on Turkish network Fox.
The Turkish adaptation, entitled Komşular, is set in a fictional suburb of Istanbul called Karanfil Yokuşu. The imagined setting is called one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of Istanbul, home to people from all walks of life, from seamstresses to doctors, businessmen to movie stars. In reality, the location is a blend of three different areas in Istanbul, creating a Turkish Erinsborough.
Each episode of Komşular is one hour long and based on original Neighbours storylines from 2012 onwards, starting from when the Turner and Willis families joined Ramsay Street. The original Australian character names have been adapted to Turkish versions, along with a couple of new additions, and the series will air every weeknight before the evening news on Fox Turkey.
The series launched in Turkey this week.