Israel schools America in the art of television

15.09.2011                      16.Elul, 5771

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Israel schools America in the art of television

The ‘green-lighting’ of programs such as HBO drama In Treatment and Showtime’s Homeland signals Israel’s growing influence on American entertainment and pop culture.

The past several years been rather kind to the Israeli television industry, thanks to both Israeli ingenuity, as well as a stumbling world economy. The 2007 economic recession, coupled with the subsequent Writers Guild of America strike, which lasted 14 weeks, essentially froze the industry and cost the major Hollywood studios billions in revenues, Israeli television was able to make waves across the pond.
The ‘green-lighting’ of programs such as HBO drama In Treatment (“BeTipul”), or Showtime’s highly-anticipated thriller Homeland (“Hatufim”), which are almost entirely derived from the Hebrew originals, signal a consumer-based need for a new brand of ingenuity, as well as Israel’s growing influence on American entertainment and pop culture….