Israel’s indie film industry trembles, as satellite giant mulls big sale

13.12.2011                      17.Kislev. 5772

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Israel's indie film industry trembles, as satellite giant mulls big sale

Assaf Amir, chairman of the Israel Film and TV Producers Association, says move is 'liable to cause serious damage to documentary work'.

The satellite television provider Yes is considering selling off its documentary channel because it could face millions of shekels in sanctions, a change that independent filmmakers fear would make it harder for them to get their documentaries aired.
"Since documentary work is not particularly profitable, whoever takes control of this channel will be forced to produce cheap content in-house and bring just the minimum necessary to the market," said Assaf Amir, chairman of the Israel Film and TV Producers Association. "In practice, this move is liable to cause serious damage to documentary work."…