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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Liza Lapira

Liza Lapira is an actress who was born in Queens, New York, on December 3, 1981. She began her acting career in New York where she predominantly worked on stage before moving to Los Angeles in 2004 to focus on a career in television. Although she had many small roles in film and television, it was her regular role in ‘Huff, that first brought her into the limelight. In this Showtime series, she played Maggie Del Rosario. She is now best-known for the roles of Agent Michelle Lee in ‘NCIS’ and Lisa in ‘Traffic Light’. Here are five more things

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Liza Lapira
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Israeli TV Makes Huge Inroads Stateside

Israeli TV Makes Huge Inroads Stateside
In 2008, “In Treatment,” a heady half-hour drama about a psychotherapist and his patients, landed on American TV screens, adapted for HBO from the original Israeli format “BeTipul.” It was created by Hagai Levi, who would later go on to co-create “The Affair.” Since then, Israel has exploded as one of the hottest markets for small-screen entertainment, with a rash of hit Israeli series — “Hatufim,” now “Homeland,” is the most famous example — immigrating Stateside to the tune of commercial success and a bounty of critical kudos.

Israel, a country oft solely recognized as a political powder keg rife with cultural and religious strife, has now firmly positioned itself as a TV content breeding ground — from silly game shows to subversive comedies — with massive global reach. Upcoming adaptations that will soon set sail for America include “Emmis,” adapted from “Shtisel,” an Israeli drama about an ultra-Orthodox brood in Jerusalem that was sold by Marta Kauffman’s Okay Goodnight! shingle
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6 Women of Color in Supporting Roles Who Deserve to Star on Their Own Shows

6 Women of Color in Supporting Roles Who Deserve to Star on Their Own Shows
TV trends come and go, but who would’ve thought that, with all the focus on inclusion in the past few years, there would now be an uptick of, as IndieWire’s Michael Schneider puts it, “white dudes in crisis” on TV?

To fill the diversity void, the networks have added actors of color to supporting roles. It’s heartening to see that this has created a more realistic picture on TV of what the world looks like, such as the marriage between Zach Braff’s and Tiya Sircar’s characters on “Alex Inc.” representing the growing number of mixed-race marriages in America. Unfortunately, it’s also disappointing to see so many of these favorite actresses get shunted from one supporting role to the next.

Read More: The 4 Worst New Fall Show Titles and How We’d Fix Them

It’s time for many of these actresses to move out
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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’
Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is
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Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’

Keshet Launches Film Division With ‘Skinny Dip,’ ‘Newburgh Sting’
Keshet Studios has launched a feature film development and production division, co-headed by veteran independent producers Mandy Tagger-Brockey and Adi Ezroni.

The new Keshet Films will produce features budgeted between $10 million and $20 million for the U.S. and international markets. Its inaugural development slate includes a feature adaptation of the Carl Hiaasen caper novel, “Skinny Dip,” and “The Newburgh Sting,” a fictional adaptation of the HBO documentary.

“Skinny Dip” is set in South Florida in 2003 and centers on a woman who takes revenge on her cheating husband after he has tried to murder her. “The Newburgh Sting” is a 2014 film about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s sting operation on four Muslim men involved in a 2009 terrorism plot in the Bronx.

Alon Shtruzman, CEO of parent Keshet International, said, “Ki is a premium content company that is always on the lookout for the best creative talent, and that is exactly what we have in Mandy and
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Hit Series ‘Fauda’ Tops Haim Saban’s List of Favorite Israeli Fare

Hit Series ‘Fauda’ Tops Haim Saban’s List of Favorite Israeli Fare
Over the past decade, Israel has become a booming hub for creativity and the arts, from its hearty and lush technology sector to its rash of wildly successful television series being sold for adaptation to media markets around the world, including studios and production companies in the U.S., Japan, Russia, and South America.

For Haim Saban, Israel’s ever-rising prominence in the entertainment industry makes perfect sense given its status as a country that is a true international melting pot, with immigrants hailing from all four corners of the globe.

“It used to be that people lived off of the land, but Israel is a classic case of the land living off of the people,” says Saban. “It’s about the people, people that came from 70 countries, each one with his or her own culture and habits and somehow they managed to put together this miracle place. It is a miracle place.”

While
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Atf: Asia Growth Keeps Keshet Chief Alon Shtruzman Buoyant

Atf:  Asia Growth Keeps Keshet Chief Alon Shtruzman Buoyant
Singapore — Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, the international distribution and production arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group, is extremely optimistic about his company’s meteoric growth. Especially in Asia.

From a company that used to mainly focus on selling mainly Israeli formats in multiple international versions, Israeli-origin content now constitutes only 30% of Keshet’s output.

Speaking to Variety on the sidelines of the Singapore Media Festival’s Atf, Shtruzman said: “In terms of Ki as a whole, we are just killing it. In the last four years, we’ve grown so quickly and next year we’re going to grow even quicker. Ki is set up to keep expanding and proliferating.”

Keshet already has offices in Beijing and Hong Kong and will open in Singapore and Mumbai in 2017. In October, Keshet, in partnership with India’s Star TV, launched “Prisoners of War: Badhi Yudh Ke,” the Hindi-language version of Israeli show “Hatufim” on which “Homeland
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Amir Ganor Tapped CEO of Endemol Shine Israel as Elad Kuperman Exits

Paris – Amir Ganor has been tapped to replace Elad Kuperman as CEO of Endemol Shine Israel.

The top exec shuffle follows the recent launch of Endemol Shine’s Tel Aviv-based studio, which is dedicated to producing international scripted TV series.

Kuperman has been CEO of Endemol Shine Israel since its launch in 2013, when Endemol Shine acquired a majority stake in his outfit Kuperman Productions. The company is behind a number of popular unscripted and scripted shows, including “The Successor” and “Miller Junction,” the follow-up to “Traffic Light” (pictured), which was optioned last year by Fox in the U.S.

Ganor was previously COO of Endemol Shine Israel. Ganor, who also worked as VP of programs and head of productions at Kuperman Productions, said that Kuperman “was leaving the business in exceptionally good shape.”

“After 11 years building what has become Israel’s leading independent producer and the success of our great partnership with Endemol Shine, I
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MipTV: Endemol Shine Group Launching Scripted Drama Studio in Israel

MipTV: Endemol Shine Group Launching Scripted Drama Studio in Israel
Endemol Shine Group is launching a new hub dedicated to developing and producing scripted drama in Israel, where it will invest in local writers, showrunners and thesping talent, in a move that clearly aims to further capitalise on Israel’s status as a hot territory in the international scripted content arena.

Based in Tel Aviv, Endemol Shine Studios Israel, will be led by Director of Drama and Comedy Gal Zaid, who will report to Endemol Shine Israel CEO Elad Kuperman.

“It has been our long held ambition to establish a world class scripted hub here in Israel,” said Kuperman in a statement. “Gal is responsible for some of Israel’s most successful drama and has worked with the best showrunners, writers and talent in the market,” he enthused.

Israel has become recognised internationally for standout scripted programming that travels to markets all over the world. It’s a great time
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Televisa Licenses Four Keshet Intl. Scripted Formats

Madrid – Underscoring the rapid globalization of taste in Latin America, Keshet Intl. has pacted with Televisa for the Mexican TV giant Televisa to acquire remake rights to four scripted formats in the Ki slate over the next three years.

Televisa will broadcast the Spanish-language redos will in Mexico; U.S. Hispanic network Univision holds U.S. rights to air the makeovers to its audiences.

Deal kicks in with “Loaded,” a four-time Israeli Academy award winner, including for best comedy, created by Muli Segev and Assaf Harel produced by Keshet Broadcasting, and already the subject of an English-language remake at the U.K.’S Channel 4.

Entitled “Realidad Aumentada,” and to be directed by Jorge Aragon, working with an in-house production team at Televisa, the first remake will go into production this month in Mexico.

Expanding Televisa- Keshet relationship, it turns on four bet friends who develop a video game which
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Casbaa: Formats Giant Keshet Opens Hong Kong Office, Hires Gary Pudney

Leading TV formats company Keshet International is to open a new office in Hong Kong. It also confirmed the hiring of veteran executive Gary Pudney as its head of Asia.

The new office and Pudney’s hiring “are indicative of Ki’s growing business and commitment to the Asian market,” the company said in a statement.

Based in Hong Kong for more than a decade Pudney held the position of MD at Typhoon Media before moving to Galleon as sales and marketing director, prior to joining Sparks | Eccho Group in December 2010. There he was most recently head of Asia Pacific.

In recent years Keshet has seen several successful local versions of its formats on air throughout the region. It has also acquired rights to Asian IP for third party distribution and production in the U.S.

“There is a misconception that international companies are only interested in exporting to Asia,
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Mipcom: Keshet Intl. Joins Forces With Huace Group On Format Adaptations

Mipcom: Keshet Intl. Joins Forces With Huace Group On Format Adaptations
Cannes– Keshet International is joining forces with leading Chinese shingle Huace Group/Croton Media on several format adaptations for the Asian and American markets.

The two way deal will allow Huace Group/Croton Media to develop local versions of Keshet’s scripted properties “Traffic Light” and “Loaded” for Chinese audiences. Keshet Studios, meanwhile, optioned Huace Group/Croton Media’s “Dating Hunter” for the U.S market.

Both “Traffic Light” and “Loaded” are in pre-production and don’t have a broadcaster attached at this point. The Chinese version of “Traffic Light” is expected to be broadcast in 2018.

Alon Shtruzman at Keshet International said the deal “demonstrates the versatility and global appeal of each company’s formats. It is also a firm step towards furthering our growth in the burgeoning Chinese market.”

Liu Zhi, Huace Group/Croton Media VP, said the idea behind the deal was “not only to produce scripted shows
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Keshet International Options Chinese Comedy ‘Dating Hunter’ For U.S. – Mipcom

This is a two-way partnership under which Keshet International has optioned Chinese romcom Dating Hunter for the U.S. market from production company Huace Group/Croton Media. The latter will in turn develop local versions of Ki comedies Traffic Light and Loaded for the Middle Kingdom. The deal for Dating Hunter marks the first time a Chinese format will be re-versioned for the U.S. and comes as the Middle Kingdom is keen to access export markets for its content. The…
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Mipcom: Keshet Forges Partnership With China’s Huace Group/Croton Media

Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Israeli media powerhouse Keshet, has forged a partnership with Huace Group/Croton Media, one of China’s largest production companies, on a two-pronged deal which will see Keshet Studios optioning Huace Group/Croton Media’s “Dating Hunter” for the U.S. market, marking the first ever Chinese format to be potentially re-versioned for American TV audiences.

Huace Group/Croton Media is also developing local versions of Keshet’s award-winning scripted properties “Traffic Light” and “Loaded” for Chinese audiences.

The Keshet International projects are in pre-production in China with broadcasters yet to be attached, as is customary in the Chinese market. That said, the plan is for the Chinese version of “Traffic Light” to be produced in 2016-2017 and broadcast in China in 2018. These titles will become two of a handful of scripted formats to be imported to China from outside of Asia,
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Google Doodle Celebrates 101st Birthday Of The Traffic Light

The traffic light is the subject of Google’s Doodle today, Aug. 5, 2015 – the 101st anniversary of the invention. Traffic Light Google Doodle In Cleveland, Ohio on Aug. 5, 1914, the first electric stoplight system was established. Ohio inventor J.B. Hoge got the patent for the invention, which featured four pairs of red and […]

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You're the Worst's Aya Cash Teases Season 2, Her Serpentine Sirens Stint

You're the Worst's Aya Cash Teases Season 2, Her Serpentine Sirens Stint
Let it be known: When You’re the Worst star Aya Cash found out her Sirens guest gig involved working with a giant python, she was more than prepared to get close-up with her scaly co-star.

Then series co-creator Bob Fisher informed her, “‘Aya, there’s no python,'” she recalls, laughing. “I was ready to go full Britney Spears with it and think I was a badass.”

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Cash’s appearance on the USA Network comedy (Tuesday, 10/9c) gave TVLine an opportunity to
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Endemol Taps Top Exec to Oversee U.S.-Israeli Scripted Joint Venture

Endemol Taps Top Exec to Oversee U.S.-Israeli Scripted Joint Venture
Tel Aviv — Furthering its march into Israel, one of the most hotly-watched territories for fresh television content, Endemol has tapped prominent exec and producer Gal Zaid to oversee scripted operations for its startup division in partnership with Endemol North America.

Zaid, whose credits in Israel include “Homeland” predecessor “Prisoners of War” as well as “Hostages,” will serve as director of comedy and drama for Endemol Israel. He has served as director of drama at both Israel’s Channel 10 and for industry leader Keshet. His appointment continues Endemol’s push into the Israeli market last year when the company acquired top Israeli indie producer Kuperman TV.

Endemol broadened its reach further in December when it nabbed a 33% stake in Keshet rival Reshet, a deal that came with the signing of a strategic pact to focus on the creation, production and distribution of new multi-platform content.

Zaid, one of Israel’s most respected producers and actors,
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Dave Hemingson Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

Exclusive: Comedy writer-producer Dave Hemingson has closed an overall deal at ABC Studios after a decade-long stint at 20th Century Fox TV. The signing is part of a roster-building effort on the part of ABC Studios, which is looking to bring in several high-level writers heading into next season. At 20th TV, Hemingson most recently served as executive producer/co-showrunner on the studio’s upcoming CBS multi-camera comedy series Friends with Better Lives alongside creator Dana Klein. He previously served in the same capacity on 20th TV’s single-camera comedy series Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 for ABC and Traffic Light for Fox. Hemingson also worked on 20th TV’s animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, live-action comedy How I Met Your Mother and drama Lie To Me. He created several projects that were picked up to pilot, two of which — the 2005 single-camera comedy Kitchen Confidential
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Sirens First Look: The EMTs of Denis Leary's USA Network Comedy Ride to the Rescue (?)

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You had better hope that laughter is the best medicine, because the key art poster for the new USA Network comedy Sirens suggests misplaced priorities for its star EMTs.

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From Rescue Me‘s Denis Leary and writer Bob Fisher (Traffic Light), the single-camera comedy (adapted from the UK series of the same name) follows the antics of three Chicago EMTs, played by Kevin Bigley (Game Change), Kevin Daniels (Modern Family) and Michael Mosley (Scrubs, Pan Am).

Though unruly men in their personal lives, these EMTs are the best in the biz professionally,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Fresh Meat, MasterChef

Fresh Meat: 10pm, Channel 4

Series 3 of the university drama comes to Channel 4 tonight. Episode one sees the gang (apart from Josie who has moved to Southampton) back in the house. Desperate to attract some more female attention, Jp and Howard set up a fake skiing society to see if that'll pull any 'hotties', as Jp calls them. As Kingsley pines after recently relocated Josie, the gang decide to go and visit her down in Southampton for a 'Traffic Light Party'.

MasterChef: The Professionals: 8.30pm, BBC1

MasterChef: The Professionals brings a whole new batch of cooks desperate to please judges Gregg Wallace, Michel Roux Jr and Monica Galetti. In tonight's first episode, we see the hopefuls having to make a dish using a variety of ingredients including quinoa, artichokes, mushrooms, chocolate and mascarpone. Who will impress and who will make a dog's dinner out of their first challenge?
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