The Protector Drops on Netflix

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Lots happening with Cagatay!

On the eve of Cagatay’s birthday on September 23, Ranini broke the news the Cagatay has signed on with OGM Pictures for a new series titled Yali Capkini (“The Kingfisher”). It is inspired by a true story and written by Kemal Hamamcioglu. There are rumors that it is being prepared for channel tv8, but we do not have confirmation from the channel yet. His co-star is also yet to be announced. 

In the past, Cagatay’s name has been involved with Marasli (Burak Deniz played the lead) and Barbaroslar (Engin Altan Duzyatan is playing the lead), but eventually did not come to fruition. Both the actual eventual leads are Cagatay’s co-stars from Medcezir and Anadolu Kartallari, respectively. 

If this proposed project does happen, this will be Cagatay’s return to a dizi on public tv since his turn as Sarp Yilmaz in Icerde, 2016-2017. In September 2020, he had a cameo in Menajerimi Ara, an Ay Yapim production being directed by Ali Bilgin, who also directed Cagatay in Medcezir and Delibal

Successful Birthday Fundraiser!

With donors from more than 10 countries, Cagatay Ulusoy North America co-ordinated fundraiser for Cagatay’s 31st birthday on September 23 was very successful. With several hundred dollars sent to various childhood cancer organizations around the globe, the fans showed their love for Cagatay by standing next to the kids in need. Many donors sent a birthday message his way and we compiled them into a video.

Spotted With Friends

On September 28th, Cagatay’s friend Umut Kisa shared this photo via Instagram story.

They are out for the night. From left to right are Mustafa Mert Koc, Umut Kisa, Cagatay Ulusoy, Mali Simsek and Engin Aykanat.

He was also sighted in a chance meeting with actor Halit Ergenc, where Cagatay made a hasty exit without answering any reporter questions. Halit was asked about Cagatay later and he said:

Last week, Cagatay’s friend Mustafa Mert Koc posted a short video of the two guys playing a casual game of basketball. One cannot see Cagatay very clearly, but fans can make out his basketball prowess!

Yesilcam Is Back!

Earlier this week, fans received the happy news that Season 2 of Yesilcam will drop on BluTV on Thursday, October 28. It will release the first five episodes that day, presumably with the remaining five coming once a week. The trailer looks amazing, as the cast leaps forward in time to 1969 into the 70s, with new challenges for them to overcome. Will Semih Ates remain the hero figure we came to love in Season 1?

The filming for Season 2 concluded in the early summer and fans had been anxiously waiting. On a post on instagram where Cagatay shared the trailer on his profile, director Cagan Irmak had some wonderful things to say about Cagatay and his craft.

This young man is truly an icon in so many ways and we are proud to be supporting his journey. We will resume our series/ episode reviews once Yesilcam starts streaming. Until then, enjoy!

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As a first for Turkish entertainment, Cagatay Ulusoy starrer Netflix original The Protector dropped its first season on the platform, available in all territories at the same time. With 10 episodes ranging from ~30 – 45 minutes, the series successfully breaks away from the typical genre we expect from Turkish diziland.

A superhero series that is better aligned with a hero’s journey that we expect to see in a Marvel series, The Protector tells the story of Hakan Demir, played by Cagatay, who is an ordinary boy suddenly thrust into an extraordinary world due to his unknown heritage of being bestowed with the powers, and the responsibility, to defend Istanbul from the malicious intent of the Immortals. Requiring three talismanic items for his mission – an Ottomanic shirt, a knife and a ring, Hakan is assisted by his army of the Loyal Ones, headed by Professor Kemal and his daughter, Zeynep.


Inspired by the book trilogy Karakalem by N. Ipek Gokdel, a Turkish female producer and author, the series deviates significantly from the characters and plots in the book, but one thing is constant. Both follow the journey of an ordinary young man who must learn to triumph over the unknown, utilizing his own cleverness and inner strengths. ​

Cagatay’s new avatar as Hakan paints him well as a precious young man, who finds himself in a new world without any warning, grappling with losses and trying to understand how to live up to his destiny. As a new kind of production by Turkish filmmakers, the series does a good job of showcasing the grandeur of Istanbul while following the many action-packed adventures of Hakan and his followers.

The Protector does not even attempt to emulate the traditionally slow pace of storytelling that unfolds an epic love story, which is the hallmark of dizi stories. The show targets and delivers to a younger audience and, for what it is, the story imbibes a very Turkish way of storytelling in how family love and loyalty is shown. It is an entertaining watch, the story moves quickly, and it is great fun to see Cagatay be a completely different persona than the self-assured Sarp Yilmaz the fans remember from his last dizi stint in Icerde.

If you are still wondering if you should give it a try, watch the official trailer for Season 1 below (released on November 14, 2018). We can only hope that you enjoy it as much as we did!

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Successful Birthday Fundraiser!