NBCUniversal Formats said Wednesday that the first international version of Universal Television’s NBC medical drama New Amsterdam will be produced for Turkey.
Turkish adaptation Hayat Bugun, which means “Life is Today,” will be produced by 03 Medya in association with Universal International Studios. Original show creator David Schulner is consulting on the series. It is scheduled to air in Turkey on Show TV in 2023.
The series will follow Dr. Bariş, the newly appointed medical director at one of Turkey’s oldest and most famous public hospitals, as he works to reform the neglected facility by breaking abandon its bureaucracy to deliver exceptional care to patients with innovative solutions.
“Hayat Bugun boasts an exciting cast played by Ulaş Tuna Astepe as Dr. Max Goodwin (“Dr. Bariş Güvener”), who will join Hazar Ergüçlü as Dr. Helen Sharpe (“Dr. Suzan Mayer”), Tansel Öngel as Dr. Floyd Reynolds (“Dr. Aras Demirci”), Hande Doğandemir as Dr. Lauren Bloom (“Dr. Derin Nalbantoğlu”), Mert Denizmen as Dr. Iggy Frome (“Dr. Andaç Sağlam”) and Şerif Erol as Tien Dr. Vijay Kapoor (“Dr. Ali̇ Haydar Oruçov”),” said NBCUniversal Formats.
Original New Amsterdam was inspired by the memoirs of Dr. Eric Manheimer Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital and 15 years as medical director at the hospital. It was created for television by Schulner, who has also served as an executive producer alongside Peter Horton. Produced by Mount Moriah, Pico Creek Productions and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, the show’s fifth and final season will premiere September 20.
The original cast included Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Jocko Sims, Janet Montgomery, Tyler Labine, and Anupam Kher.
New Amsterdam licensed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, part of Universal International Studios, a division of NBCUniversal’s Universal Studio Group.
“I couldn’t be happier to be working with 03 Medya and the talented team behind Hayat Bugun,” Schulner said. “They took the hard-earned optimism of New Amsterdam and make it their own. The Turkish audience is coming for a real meal. “
Ana Langenberg, senior vp production and sales specialist, NBCUniversal Formats added: “We are delighted to be partnering with 03 Medya to produce the first international adaptation of the series. New Amsterdam. Together with David Schulner, we will bring Hayat Bugun come to life in a way that connects with Turkish audiences, celebrates local culture and celebrates what made the original so special. ”