After a three-way cable bidding war, FX has secured the show that follows “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘Homeland’s’ Howard Gordon and ‘Lost’s’ Craig Wrights will develop Raff’s script with 20th Century Fox’s television-based production company. All three are attached to executive produce, in association with Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting.
“The brilliant and wholly original concept just blew us all away,” said Nick Grad, FX’s executive VP original programming.
“It’s pretty amazing when you read a script and can instantly imagine it becoming one of the best shows on television. We’re grateful to the producers for choosing to bring it to FX and look forward to continuing our partnership with our friends at Fox 21.”
Were pleased to announce that Miri Ben-Ari is Named Next Brand Ambassador for Harman Kardon® Beautiful Sound Campaign. The 3-year endorsement deal with Ms. Ben-Ari includes a global marketing campaign, print and online advertisements for Harman Kardon and several special appearances.
The Harman Kardon Beautiful Sound agreement with Ms. Ben-Ari continues a string of notable international artist signings for key HARMAN brands. Last year, Jennifer Lopez was announced as the first Beautiful Sound artist for the Harman Kardon brand, while the JBL® brand launched the “Hear the truth” campaign featuring Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, Tim McGraw and Academy Award®-winning composer A.R. Rahman. Additional prominent artist agreements will be announced in 2013.
“Miri Ben-Ari is the ideal ambassador for Harman Kardon’s Beautiful Sound message,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Chairman, President and CEO of HARMAN. “She is an elegant, creative woman with high standards for the unique music she creates. Harman Kardon is synonymous with incredible sound and attractive design, and we are extremely pleased that Ms. Ben-Ari will help us share that message.”
To get you ready for eight crazy nights, we’re giving a big “shalom!” to eight seriously hot Jewish sirs for every lady, from adorkable cuties like Adam Brody and Andy Samberg to smooth operators like Lenny Kravitz and Drake. These JILFs will definitely light your menorah, if you know what we mean!
Didn’t know that the Brokeback Mountain star was Jewish? It becomes easily more apparent when you find out his full name is Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal (say that five times fast!). While Jake’s father is religiously a Swedenborgian (don’t ask), the actor’s mother is from a Jewish family in New York City, and Gyllenhaal has said that he considers himself “more Jewish than anything else.” Get ready to awww—rather than have a big glitzy bar mitzvah, Gyllenhaal volunteered at a homeless shelter instead for his 13th birthday. What a mensch!
If we could pick the perfect Jewish husband, it’d be Paul Rudd. Leading man looks and funny sidekick sensibilities? For that, we’ve got to give a big “mazel!” to Mama and Papa Rudd, Jewish immigrants from London who raised Paul in New Jersey and Kansas (wrap your head around all that!). Rudd’s grandparents changed their name from Rudnitzky long ago, but Paul still had a Jewish upbringing, having a big bar mitzvah for his 13th birthday. Apparently he had a ball at the party, because Rudd actually became a DJ for bar and bat mitzvahs before hitting it big. Look. At. Those. Shorts.
NUMBER 3 – Lenny Kravitz
Yes, we were surprised too to learn that the sexy guitar-strummer was half Jewish! Kravitz’s father was from a Russian Jewish family, while his mother, actress Roxie Roker, was of Afro-Bahamian and African-American descent, and from a Christian family. When initially starting out, the rocker was told that he wasn’t “white enough” or “black enough” by record labels because of his mixed race and multi-cultural upbringing, so he decided to record his first album on his own. And with four Grammy awards under his belt, we’d say it was a damn smart move!