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Hollywood tycoon to help develop Israeli formats

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Israel-born producer Arnon Milchan signs deal with Israel’s ADD Content Agency to help develop Israeli formats

Renowned Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan has signed an exclusive deal with Israel’s ADD Content Agency aimed at developing Israeli formats.

Milchan, one of the top producers in the United States and owner of New Regency Productions, plans to create a sort of “content incubator” for Israeli creators.

ADD’s Head of Content Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein will be the sole representative for Milchan in Israel.

The Hollywood tycoon has previously helped produce such Israeli hit films as “Dizengoff 99.” He founded the media giant New Regency Enterprises in 1994, and produced such films as “Pretty Women,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and “Fight Club.”

Milchan’s daughter Alexandra, as well as the company’s new president and CEO Brad Weston, and Adam Berkowitz, Co-Head of Television of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will be working together with ADD agents to accompany the Israeli creators during the development stages.

“With the success of the TV series ‘Homeland’ and ‘In Treatment’ in the US, we’re excited to begin working with ADD Content. We consider the deal as a big step toward our return to the television business, and it will be gratifying that a large part of the productions at the content incubator with ADD will reach the movie and TV industry in the US,” Weston noted.

Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein said, “Our central objective is to bring the content of Israeli creators to the American audience. New Regency is the ideal partner for us to take this step. We’re talking about a win-win cooperation for both parties.”

Source: Ynetnews.com

KISS version of Angry Birds in the making

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Remember when rock bands were non-conformist rebels? Yeah, it was a long time ago. KISS, led by Israeli-born Gene Simmons, has shed its rebellious roots and is looking to get its white-painted faces marked by a new imprint — Angry Birds.

Angry Birds is that mobile game everybody seems to be playing on the subway, were you use a slingshot to fire birds at pigs. It costs 99 cents, so naturally most people use the free version and then get upset when they can’t play more levels.

Anyway, Gene Simmons told Industry Gamers that he wwants to take the already expanded KISS brand to the online gaming industry: “We’re talking with Angry Birds, KISS and Angry Birds, which will become a deal.”

Simmons uses a perfect branding opportunity he has already achieved – a KISS Hello Kitty: “So Hello Kitty is one of the biggest brands on planet Earth. Now there’s KISS Hello Kitty, which we’ve already launched in 90 countries.”

Am I the only person who is really excited about this? I was all ready to use Hello Kitty as a joke about what’s next, but I guess that they already did it.

Source: 6nobacon.com

Izabo band chosen as Israel’s rep in Eurovision

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Band sings in English, and has made some inroads on the European music scene.

The indie-rock band Izabo will represent Israel in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with its song “Time,” the Israel Broadcasting Authority announced on Tuesday. The competition will take place in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on May 22.

Izabo was founded in 1989 by musician and musical producer Ran Shem-Tov, who provides vocals and guitar for the group. Its other members are Shem-Tov’s partner Shiri Hadar (keyboards ), Jonathan Levy (bass ) and Nir Mantzur (drums ).

The band sings in English, and it has made some inroads on the European music scene. Despite its 20-plus years in existence Izabo has released just two albums, “Fun Makers” (2003 ) and “Super Light” (2008 ). A third album is set for dual release soon by both the Israeli company Anova Music and the British label 100%.

“We were very surprised and happy to hear of the decision,” Shem-Tov said after the IBA announcement, adding, “We definitely intend to prepare and to give the performance of our lives.”

The representative to this year’s song contest was chosen by a committee rather than the traditional pre-Eurovision contest on Israel Television, for budgetary reasons.

“In the name of the committee I would like to congratulate Izabo and the song’s creators,” the chairman of the selection committee, Yaakov Naveh, said on Tuesday. “I have no doubt they will represent the broadcasting authority and the State of Israel with great honor.”

The composition of the committee remained confidential until after its members made their selection. In addition to Naveh it included IBA plenum member Yitzhak Sonnenschein, Channel 1 television Program Division head Rina Hachmon, Channel 1 Entertainment and Culture producer Tal Argaman, the musicians Nimrod Lev, Mira Awad, Gilad Segev and Roni Yedidia, the music editors of a number of popular-music radio stations, the head of Israel’s Eurovision song contest and a representative from the Education Ministry.

Shem-Tov produced the most recent album of Israel’s representative to the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, Harel Skaat.

Source: Haaretz.com

Don’t worry Biebs Israel’s got your back (Via TMZ)

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February 8, 2012
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Justin Bieber’s bodyguard — a former Israeli soldier — just laid the smackdown on an overly aggressive paparazzo — not ours — at LAX airport moments ago … according to sources connected with the Biebs.

Sources inside Bieber’s camp tell us, Bieber had just arrived and was getting into an SUV to leave the airport … when a photog ran in front of the car to take several shots.

We’re told the bodyguard asked the photog to get out of the way — but the guy refused, and persisted to take photographs.

At that point, we’re told the bodyguard tried to guide the photog to the sidewalk — and the guy took a swing at him.

That’s when the bodyguard ducked, and then knocked the photog out with one punch. We’re told the bodyguard then held the photog down until cops arrived.

We’re told the photog was detained — so far no word if it will turn into an arrest.

Source: TMZ.com

Backstreet Boy’s Howie D invites fans on Israel trip

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February 8, 2012
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Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough is inviting fans to accompany him on a trip through Israel.

Dorough will take 100 travellers with him as he visits historic sites, including the Western Wall, the Red Sea and the ancient city of Jerusalem, on Howie D’s Backstreet Tour of Israel.

The vacation package, which costs $3,995, will also include photo opportunities, private dinners, nightclub outings and a performance from the singer.

Bookings for the September trip are currently being taken by Israel Theme Tours LLC.


Day 1—Sunday, September 2

Departure from New York City to Tel Aviv aboard our EL AL Flight. We will meet in front of the EL AL ticket counter. Please do not continue to the gate area or go through security until you have checked in with an Israel Theme Tours staff member. You must be at the airport 3 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Day 2—Monday, September 3

Arrive in Israel. We will be met by our Israeli tour guide. Transfer to our hotel on the the beach in Tel Aviv. The afternoon is yours to enjoy. Swim in the Sea, walk along the beach or just relax! Then join us for a Welcome Dinner with HOWIE D! After dinner there will be a mandatory orientation meeting where we will be collecting the $120 tip fee. Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 3—Tuesday, September 4

Free day to enjoy the exotic and beautiful city of Tel Aviv! There will be a special evening event with HOWIE D at a local night club! Dinner and overnight in Tel Aviv.

Day 4—Wednesday, September 5

We start the day with a scenic drive to Caesarea: the ancient port city built by King Herod during the time of Jesus. HOWIE D will join the group at the 2000 year old theatre and ruins of the palace. From there we will head North to Mount Carmel to see the site where the Prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal. You will enjoy a spectacular view of the Valley of Armageddon! Our final stop will take us to Nazareth: there we will visit a recreated village from the First Century to experience life as Jesus knew it. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 5—Thursday, September 6

We head north towards the Golan Heights and continue to Caesarea Philippi to visit an ancient Pagan Temple. From there, we will visit the enormous and spectacular 1000 year old ruins of a Crusader castle known as Nimrod’s Fortress. The bird’s eye view of the Golan Heights will take your breath away. We will end the day with a stop at the famous Golan Winery for a tour and wine tasting hosted by HOWIE D. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 6—Friday, September 7

We will board a boat and sail on the beautiful and historic Sea of Galilee, where HOWIE D will perform a private mini-concert for us. Then on to the Jesus Boat Museum to see the remains of a 2000 year old boat. You will also be given the chance to do some shopping. We continue by visiting the ancient ruins of Capernaum where Jesus established His ministry. Then we travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered one of His most beloved sermons. We will drive to the top of Mount Arbel for a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee as well learn about an epic battle between the Jewish Zealots and King Herod the Great. Tonight you will enjoy a beautiful Shabbat dinner (dress code is semi-formal). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Day 7—Saturday, September 8

As we head South, we will stop at Israel’s largest archaeological site, Beit Shean, where HOWIE D will join us for a tour of the breathtaking ruins! We will enjoy a cable card ride top the top of Masada, an ancient site of an epic battle between Jewish Zealots and the Romans. There is a spectacular view of the Dead Sea. You will be given an opportunity to float in the water, and enjoy a mud and mineral treatment on the beach. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 8—Sunday, September 9

We begin our day by going to the Mount of Olives for an unforgettable view of the Old City of Jerusalem. From there we walk down the path where Jesus rode the donkey into the Eastern Gate on Palm Sunday. We will have the opportunity to reflect on the last night of Jesus’ earthly life with a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane. Then we visit the Western Wall: the only remaining section of Kind Herod’s Temple area. HOWIE D will join us at the Western Wall for a group photo, and then we will all go underground to walk through the Western Wall Tunnels from the First Century. You will enjoy lunch and shopping at the famous Ben Yehuda Street market. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 9—Monday, September 10

Start the day with a walk on the ancient walls of Jerusalem! On to the Pools of Bethesda where one of Jesus’ most memorable miracles took place. Then we visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; a site dedicated to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus! Farewell Dinner with HOWIE D at a restaurant in Abu Gosh. Evening departure from Ben Gurion Airport.

Day 10—Tuesday, September 11

Arrival in New York City.

Check out the trip’s website

Source: SunTV