Chances are you’ve never heard of Laurent Combalbert and his partner, Marwan Mery.
They’re world-renowned crisis negotiators — and the inspiration for “Ransom,” a new CBS series premiering Jan. 1 (before moving to Saturdays starting Jan. 7).
“It’s a fascinating world I knew nothing about,” says “Ransom” executive producer Frank Spotnitz. “There are something like 30,000 private kidnapping and hostage negotiations around the world each year. These guys travel all over the world, and their one job is to negotiate the safe return of loved ones … in all kinds of situations.