The Israeli production and distribution company yes Studios — best known for the hit shows Fauda, Your Honor, and Shtisel — announced on Monday that it will unveil a new Israel-based documentary series this year at MIPCOM Cannes, an annual international gathering of television and entertainment executives.
Lifeline takes viewers behind the scenes of the ERAN Association (Emotional First Aid), a helpline center in Israel that responds to a range of calls, including family violence, heartbreak, loneliness, and suicide. The single-camera series will provide exclusive first-time access to the ERAN Association and follows the hotline’s actual highly trained professionals. To preserve anonymity, in some scenes actors improvise using notes from selected real-life cases to help bring some of the stories to life.
“With compelling — and sometimes shocking — storytelling, plus genuine jeopardy and high emotion, Lifeline shines a light on a wide range of problems and contemporary mental health issues, as well as the work of kind-hearted people who will do anything to help and guide troubled individuals,” said yes Studios, which is also the producer and distributor of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem. The company will offer Lifeline at MIPCOM as either a four-hour project, eight half-hour series, or a 74-minute feature documentary, and is shopping format rights.
Each one-hour episode of Lifeline will feature two stories. Audiences will be introduced to a Druze manager at ERAN named Aref, who receives a call from a fellow Druze who was sent to murder his sister in a proposed ‘honor killing.’ Viewers will also listen in as ERAN volunteer Marcella talks to an overworked and exhausted medical intern, which gets her emotional as it relates to her own life experiences. And viewers will meet branch manager Lydia, who decides to celebrate a holiday with an elderly caller who feels lonely. Another ERAN volunteer, named Ziv, must decide if he will violate anonymity rules to save a father who called in with suicidal intentions.
Lifeline is produced by yes Docu and Endemol Shine Israel for yes TV, and directed by Golan Rise and Sharon Yaish.
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