Produced by Mehmet Bozdağ, "Diriliş Ertuğrul" (Resurrection Ertuğrul), a popular series of Turkey's public broadcaster TRT, started filming in 2014 and released its final 150th episode in May 2019. Although a year has passed since the final episode, “Resurrection Ertuğrul” is still being watched with great interest on YouTube and in the countries where it has been exported to.
Turkey, which ranks second in TV series exports after the U.S., has exported the popular “Resurrection Ertuğrul” series, which sheds light on Turkish history, to 71 countries.
In addition to the U.S., the TV series has been exported to Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Burundi, Ecuador, Indonesia, Armenia, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Georgia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Chile, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela, Zambia, Wales, the U.K., Scotland, Northern Ireland and other 25 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and its sales rights have been licensed in these countries.
The international audience of “Resurrection Ertuğrul” is increasing in the digital world with every passing day.
The TV series has been translated into more than 25 languages, including English, Urdu and Arabic. According to operation data in different languages in digital media, the TV series has achieved an audience of 2.9 million subscribers and 515 million views.
The TV series has reached more than 21 million viewers in the last 90 days as the world has turned to digital platforms during the period of the fight against the coronavirus.
At the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country’s state television PTV has been broadcasting one new episode and two previous episodes dubbed every day since the start of the month of Ramadan. Moreover, the TV series has been viewed more than 101 million times, reaching over 1 million viewers and almost 11 million singular views over the first two weeks at TRT Ertugrul by PTV YouTube channel followed by a Pakistani audience.
Struggle of Kayı Tribe
The series addresses Kayı Boyu (Kayı Tribe) and their struggle against the Knights Templar, the Mongols, the Byzantine Empire and the Isfendiyarids.
Directed by Metin Günay, the script of the series was written by Mehmet Bodağ and Atilla Engin.
The series stars Engin Altan Düzyatan, Hülya Darcan, Ilker Aksum, Hande Soral, Cengiz Coşkun, Nurettin Sönmez, Ayberk Pekcan, Engin Benli, Kayra Şenocak, Arif Diren, Burçin Abdullah, Orçun Iğnemli, Emre Üçtepe, Kerem Bekişoğlu, Ali Buhara Metin, Celal Al, Hakan Serim, Edip Zeydan, Melikşah Özen, Oğuzhan Yarımay, Çağla Naz Kargı, Enes Göçmen, Armağan Oğuz, Aytek Şayan ve Koray Şahinbaş, as well as the addition of new actors every season.