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TV drama about NYC deli Russ & Daughters in development

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Russ & Daughters — the enduring Decrease East Aspect Jewish deli — may get a tv remedy.

Time Studios has signed a take care of Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper, the household enterprise’ fourth-generation and first-cousin homeowners, to buy round a scripted drama concerning the deli’s historical past.

Joel Russ immigrated from Poland in 1907, and after first promoting herring out of a barrel, opened store in 1914.

The deli moved in 1920 to its present East Houston location, the place it’s identified for its bagels and lox — in addition to its lengthy weekend traces.

“I feel that the present is…actually going to resonate as a result of we’re popping out of a second the place individuals have been feeling very disconnected and residing by means of screens,” Federman advised The Submit. “And I feel the story of Russ & Daughters and our world is admittedly about household and connection — and one thing very a lot in the actual world. We’re all ravenous for that proper now.”

Joel Russ didn’t have any sons, and so introduced his three daughters — Hattie, Ida and Anne — on as companions, including them to the shop’s title. Their husbands later joined the enterprise as effectively.

Russ and Daughters moved to its East Houston location in 1920.
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Federman and Tupper’s grandmother, Ann, “was the youngest of the three ‘Russ daughters,’” Federman stated.

The pair was approached by a producer buddy, Kim Rozenfeld, previously head of nonfiction programming at Apple and now on his personal.

“I used to be all the time actually intrigued by them and their enterprise,” he advised The Submit. “And I approached them with the thought to develop the present as a drama, as a collection.”

The following step, Rozenfeld stated, is discovering a author, adopted by a number of months of improvement. Viewers might see the present on-screen in “a few yr.”

The deal was first reported by Deadline.

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