The show’s twist is that the host is the only point of contact between the couples and therapist. Viewers will watch the couples interacting with this host and the host interacting with the therapist, but the couples and therapist never meet. Robert Horowitz, Lewis Fenton and Avi Armoza are set as exec producers.
Showtime’s highly rated series “Homeland” was originally based on an Israeli program “Hatufim” and fellow pay cabler HBO got three seasons out of psychiatrist drama “In Treatment.” Also, NBC is currently running episodes of Israeli gameshow import “Who’s Still Standing?”
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It was a big weekend for Israeli TV formats. First on Friday, a drama based on the Israeli series Pillars Of Smokebecame the first in-cycle drama pilot picked up by NBC. And then on Sunday another Israeli drama adaptation, Showtime’s Homeland,became the the biggest TV winner at the Golden Globe Awards with two statuettes, for best drama series and best actress Claire Danes. That caps several years of a building momentum for formats from the Middle East country with strong ties to the U.S. and deep connections in Hollywood.
Exactly 3 years ago, the first of the current wave of U.S. adaptations of Israeli series, HBO’s In Treatment, landed 5 Golden Globe nominations, including best drama series, and won one, for best actor Gabriel Byrne. This year, Homelandconverted 2 of its 3 nominations. How significant is the show’s best drama series win? Israeli formats got to the coveted top award after a four-year presence in Hollywood and a handful of series, In Treatment, CBS’ The Ex List and Fox’s Traffic Light leading to Homeland. For comparison, U.S. adaptations of British series have a long-standing tradition, spanning dozens of series over four decades. And yet, I could only think of one American series based on an U.K. format that has landed a best series Golden Globe, the CBS classic All In The Family. (NBC’s The Office won for star Steve Carell in 2006 but never in the top series category.)
Israel’s opening to the U.S. TV market started several years ago when groups of local producers and representative came to Los Angeles to meet with leading Hollywood TV executives and agents. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, then Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Entertainment Division, was among those spearheading the initiative, which included master classes held both in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. Top U.S. TV agents began shopping Israeli formats to the U.S. networks. Last night, Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon began his acceptance speech by thanking “Rick Rosen at WME for bringing us this project.” Rosen is one of the leading agents handling Israeli formats, with CAA’s Adam Berkowitz also active in the arena.
As a result of the rising interest, the broadcast networks this season bought as many pitches based on Israeli formats as they did formats coming out of the U.K. In addition to Pillars Of Smoke, awaiting word on a pickup are comedy Life Isn’t Everything at CBS and drama Danny Hollywood at the CW. Additionally, one of the projects based on a British format, NBC comedy Friday Night Dinnershepherded by The Office chief Greg Daniels, revolves around a Jewish family and their regular Friday dinner experience. Because of the far smaller size of the Israeli TV market and thus series budgets that are a fraction of what U.S. shows have at their disposal, Israeli producers put stronger emphasis on storytelling and search for formats that would help them overcome the financial shortcomings, including setting up most of the action in one (In Treatment) or 2 rooms (dramaThe Naked Truth, an U.S. version of which was once set up at HBO with Clyde Phillips.)
Israel’s U.S. TV influence is not limited to scripted formats. NBC’s reality seriesWho’s Still Standing?, which aired as a strip last month, was based on a hit Israeli series, with other reality projects also in the works.
Looks like after last year’s participation of Eliaabetta Canalis, a model who famously dated George Clooney, Dancing with the Stars producers want to fill the ‘supermodel who was dating a movie star’ spot, and Refaeli (who dated Leonardo DiCaprio for 5 years)is one of the most successful models in the world right now, with a gossip-ish past.
“Yes they did turned to Bar,” manager and mother Zipi Refaeli commented to AbbaNibi.com about the rumor, “but ,she can’t commit to something like that ,because of her hectic work schedule.”
Unfortunately, we did not receive a comment from ABC by the time of publish, but looks like the ball has dropped and it’s up to Dancing with the Stars’ casting team to negotiate.
Bar’s “hectic work schedule” includes, in the past few months, a full promo schedule for ‘Escada’ perfume plus fashion campaigns for GAP fit and Arrow (alongside Josh Duhamel). Refaeli, who’s currently in Paris, is also leading campaigns in France, Colombia and Israel.
Abbanibi is getting the phone ready to vote, just in case Bar and ABC are able to work the schedule out.
She’s a beauty, an Israeli comedian, actress and singer. She played Yael Hoffman on Weeds and Abby in the play Stitching. She’s recently extended her presence to the Music industry, with her famous track “Yummy Boyz” which she recently performed in Hollywood with famous DJ Hector Fonseca (Watch here). Meital has been named one of SDM’s hottest Israeli ladies of 2011 (Check out the list here) She is one hot Israeli export! That is why you need to read the following interview…
Who is Meital Dohan, what would you want people to know about you ?
You’d have to ask my pet tiger if you really wanted the true scoop about me. I’m a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Sugar and spice , a little bit feisty, and a little bit nice. But behind all that spiciness, I believe in real emotions: laughing, loving, and connecting with each other. I want to give the world some hope for some real principles and I hope to inspire people to connect to their own roots and respect one another.
You started out in TV, and now Music? Why the switch, were you always a singer ?
It’s not a switch. I’m still acting. I just see music as another extension of myself. Another channel of expression. It happened organically so I just went with it and I’m happy I did!
Before you tell us about your music, a little something about your experience on one of my favourite show, WEEDS!
Weeds was a total blast to work on! I mean, you’re pretty lucky if you get to spend your day on camera with Justin Kirk and a strap on. The whole cast and the creators of the show are just a really great, unique team.
How would you describe your music ?
The pop tracks are the kind of music you can’t help but get off your ass and dance to. The kind of music that gets stuck in your head. You’ll be singing and dancing to it in your sleep. The other tracks are a little more laid back with lounge type of vibe. You know, the kind of song you’d put on at the end of a hot date. Oh and laughing too, because it’s also funny
Who are some of the artist that have influenced your music ?
There are so many…I really like Serge Gainsborg, Bjork, PJ Harvey, Madonna, Aphex Twin, Prodigy, LMFAO, Ali G, and so on… They are the kind of artists and performers who offer people the kind of experience I want to give people when they are watching me or listening to my music. I want people to laugh – dance and like what they see!
Where is your favorite place to play ?
I like the bath tub. I like my pool. Now I seem like I have a water fetish. St. Barts is probably my favorite place to just find solitude and total internal peace. If I could play anywhere, why not do it in the most beautiful of places?
Does being Israeli influence your music ? How are you received internationally ?
Israel is in my blood so of course it informs who I am and what I think about. But I don’t think my music is particularly Israeli or American. I’m not trying to embody a country, I’d rather embody fun. That’s what it’s about. Internationally I have a large fanbase because I think Europeans are really open to provocative content and I’ve never been one to shy away from such a thing.
What is your favorite city in Israel ? why ? do yo have any spots you’d recommend ? (restaurants, cafes, clubs etc…)
Tel Aviv is an amazing city. You can walk or bike it. There’s the beach. Every club serves dinner. You’ll run into everyone you know in a 24 hour time period, weather you’d like to or not! Israel is an amazing small country. It combines spirituality, happiness, courage, and an in-your-face approach to honesty.
Does Size Matter ?
Size definitely matters! Size of your brain. Size of your heart. Size of your closet. Oh, and Shoe Size. Those are the sizes that really matter. When it comes to Israel though its small in size, but a lot of big things have and continue to come out of it!
Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation has purchased production rights to Israeli single camera comedy series “Mitlahavet” (loosely translated to ‘Enthusiastic’) from “Gil Productions” and channel 10. The show, which aired in 20120, revolves as a semi mockunmentary of main character actress Maya Dagan, as the storyline features animated flashbacks from her life, especially traumatic memories from her adolescence.
The show is a the latest in a crop of TV formats sold in recent years, this time to Lionsgate, whose TV department includes such high profile producions as “Weeds”, “Nurse Jackie” and the Emmy Award-winning “Mad Men”. An official statement by Channel 10, who’s going through a rough patch right now, says that “it is very encouraging that even through this tough times, the channel’s programming is still of great interest worldwide”.
No further details were made possible about possibly immediate plans for the show’s production. In the meantime you can get acquainted with Dagan in the show’s original trailer.