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Netflix Boarding Third Season Of Hit Israeli Drama ‘Shtisel’ With Shira Haas

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Netflix Boarding Third Season Of Hit Israeli Drama ‘Shtisel’ With Shira Haas
Netflix is finalizing a deal to carry the third season of hit Israeli drama Shtisel.

As we reported earlier this week, production on the third season is now underway in Israel. The third outing for the Yes Studios-produced drama about an Orthodox family in Jerusalem will pick up four years after the events of the previous season. The nine episodes will air on Yes TV in Israel later this year and will likely show on Netflix next year though a date has yet to be finalized.

Netflix picked up the second and third season of the drama in 2018.

The series follows a Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem reckoning with love, loss and the doldrums of daily life. Starring are Michael Aloni, Doval’e Glickman, Neta Riskin, Sasson Gabai and Shira Haas and it is directed by Alon Zingman. It was created and written by Ori Elion
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Shira Haas on Finally Filming ‘Shtisel’ Season 3

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Shira Haas on Finally Filming ‘Shtisel’ Season 3
Production on scripted television has only recently started again internationally, having been shut down since March when the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe. Now that it’s beginning again, crew members are clad in PPE, and common wisdom has dictated that actors are safest if they are socially distant even as they film — posing a challenge for fight scenes and love scenes.

But the television show “Shtisel” — the hit Israeli drama about an ultra Orthodox family in Jerusalem, which began shooting a nine-episode third season earlier this summer — doesn’t have to change any of its already modest material. “It’s ‘Shtisel,’ you know?” said the show’s breakout star Shira Haas. “There are not a lot of scenes of touching and stuff like that.”

Haas, 25, was recently nominated for an Emmy for actress in a limited series for Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” which received eight nominations in total. But
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‘Shtisel’: Production Underway In Israel On Third Season Of Hit Drama With Shira Haas

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‘Shtisel’: Production Underway In Israel On Third Season Of Hit Drama With Shira Haas
Production on the third season of well-received Israeli series Shtisel is underway in Israel.

The third outing for the Yes Studios-produced drama about an Orthodox family in Jerusalem will pick up four years after the events of the previous season. The nine episodes will air on Yes TV in Israel later this year.

Netflix picked up the second and third season of the drama in 2018, but no word yet whether the streamer will be back on.

The series follows a Haredi family living in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem reckoning with love, loss and the doldrums of daily life. Starring are Michael Aloni, Doval’e Glickman, Neta Riskin, Sasson Gabai and Shira Haas and it is directed by Alon Zingman. It was created and written by Ori Elion and Yehonatan Indursky and produced by Fremantle subsidiary Abot Hameiri.

Haas, nominated for an Emmy for her role in Netflix’s Unorthodox,
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‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Is Ready for a Big Career in Hollywood

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‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Is Ready for a Big Career in Hollywood
For the 2020 Power of Young Hollywood Issue, Variety profiled three young stars making an impact in the entertainment industry. For more, click here.

Long before Shira Haas drew universal acclaim and an Emmy nomination this year for her portrayal of the daring Esty Shapiro in Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” she co-starred in the Israeli drama “Shtisel,” about a sprawling Orthodox family in Jerusalem. As Ruchami Weiss, the oldest daughter in a family of six kids, Haas plays the character as steadfast and kind, with an undercurrent of anger that can ripen into rebelliousness. In December 2018, Netflix started streaming the two seasons of “Shtisel” that ran on Israeli television in 2013 and 2015-16, making the show an international phenomenon. As a consequence of that popularity, “Shtisel” began filming its long-delayed third season this summer.

“To be Ruchami again is amazing,” Haas says during a recent conversation from her home in Tel Aviv. “I
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Israel’s Pay TV Groups to Receive Coronavirus Coverage, Allowing Filming to Restart (Exclusive)

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Israel’s Pay TV Groups to Receive Coronavirus Coverage, Allowing Filming to Restart (Exclusive)
Israel’s leading pay TV operators Yes (“Fauda”) and Hot (“Euphoria”) are getting ready to restart filming thanks to an agreement signed with local broadcasting regulators that will cover potential damages caused by Covid-19.

The agreement will cover damages totalling up to 10% of production costs. That effectively means that if a $10 million show has to stop because one of the actors or a key crew member is diagnosed with coronavirus, the production will receive up to $1 million to cover the damages caused by the postponement of filming, explained Tzvika Gottlieb, CEO of the Israeli Producers Association, which initiated and negotiated the pact.

As in other countries, insurance companies in Israel have refused to cover risks due to the pandemic, forcing governments and private institutions to find solutions that allow production to resume.

The funding will be taken into account via the regulatory obligations of both Yes and Hot, which have
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CAA Signs Netflix ‘Unorthodox’ Actress Shira Haas

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CAA Signs Netflix ‘Unorthodox’ Actress Shira Haas
Exclusive: Netflix Unorthodox star Shira Haas has inked with CAA, Deadline has learned.

The Israeli-born actress won an International Narrative Feature Award in the Best Actress category for her performance in Asia at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. In the feature which is eyeing a winter theatrical release, Haas plays teenage daughter, who when stricken with a sudden illness, forms a bond with her once distant mother, Asia.

Haas made her feature film debut in the emotionally complex Israeli drama Princess which made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She also played the role of Alma in the Oscar nominated Israeli hit film Foxtrot, which garnered Haas one of her many Ophir Award nominations. She later won an Ophir Award for her performance in Broken Mirrors.

In addition, Haas stars as Ruchami on the international hit series Shtisel, also on Netflix. The series was recently renewed for a third season.
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Emmy-Winner Kirk Ellis to Write Fremantle’s Benjamin Netanyahu Series ‘Bibi’ (Exclusive)

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Emmy-Winner Kirk Ellis to Write Fremantle’s Benjamin Netanyahu Series ‘Bibi’ (Exclusive)
U.S. screenwriter Kirk Ellis, best known for adapting David McCullough’s “John Adams” biography for HBO, has been tapped by Fremantle to write the screenplay for “Bibi,” its TV series about scandal haunted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The previously announced high-end series about the personal and political life of Netanyahu – who on Sunday went on trial in Jerusalem on corruption charges one week after managing to remain in office after a protracted political crisis – is being produced by Tel Aviv-based Abot Hameiri, a Fremantle company.

It is based on prominent Israeli journalist Ben Caspit’s “The Netanyahu Years,” a bestselling biography of politically canny and deeply divisive figure known at home as Bibi who is Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, in power since 2009.

“Ben Caspit’s insightful reporting demonstrates how private life always shapes public affairs, and there’s no shortage of conflict – or opinions – when it comes to Benjamin Netanyahu,
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From ‘Golden Girls’ to ‘Property Brothers,’ What Hollywood Stars Are Binging During Coronavirus Lockdown

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From ‘Golden Girls’ to ‘Property Brothers,’ What Hollywood Stars Are Binging During Coronavirus Lockdown
After nearly two months in quarantine, you are probably running out of movies to watch and TV shows to binge.

If options on your Netflix queue are wearing thin, Hollywood stars are here to help. From directors and actors to newscasters and comics, Variety has surveyed tastemakers from the big and small screen to assemble a list of acclaimed films and venerable sitcoms — and everything in between — that are worth catching up on in the social distancing era.

From buzzy shows like “Tiger King” and “Unorthodox” to staples such as “Golden Girls” or “Mad Men,” here’s what Hollywood has been watching while staying at home.

Sandra Oh

“‘Tiger King.’ From a psychological perspective, and honestly an acting perspective, they’re brilliant character studies. It’s like when the ego hijacks everything, and reactivity hijacks everything. Also, the narcissistic need and desire to be at the forefront — it’s an
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‘Unorthodox’: How Shira Haas Crafted Her Riveting Performance in the Netflix Drama

‘Unorthodox’: How Shira Haas Crafted Her Riveting Performance in the Netflix Drama
Imagine delivering a career-defining performance in a language you don’t even speak. That was the challenge presented to Shira Haas, the Israeli actress whose galvanizing turn propels “Unorthodox,” a four-part Netflix limited series about a young woman who leaves her Hasidic community behind.

As the courageous lead character Esty, who abandons everything she knows in her search for self-actualization, Haas cycles through many different phases of her character’s journey, from childhood to marriage to her new life in Berlin. She embodies these transformations in Yiddish and English — neither one is her native Hebrew tongue — with poise, nuance, and specificity, delivering a tour de force that makes “Unorthodox” entirely gripping from start to finish.

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Based on the eponymous memoir by Deborah Feldman,
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‘Unorthodox’: Here’s the unlikely uplifting heroine you need to root for right now

‘Unorthodox’: Here’s the unlikely uplifting heroine you need to root for right now
Right now on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix sensation “Tiger King” is perched on top of the list of most-viewed TV shows. That is followed by the streaming outlet’s third season of the crime-clan drama”Ozark.” But coming in at No. 3 is the four-part miniseries “Unorthodox,” a coming-of-age story also on Netflix with thriller elements and starring a cast of mostly unknowns set in a community of Satmar Hasidic Jews in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.

Based on Deborah Feldman‘s New York Times bestselling memoir of the same name, it shines a light on an insular millieu where marriages are arranged, men run the world and women are expected to give birth to as many babies as possible to help repopulate the community. #MeToo doesn’t even describe how gender and sex is depicted in this culture.

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‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Brings Yiddish, Hassidic Judaism and Contemporary German Culture to Netflix

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‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Brings Yiddish, Hassidic Judaism and Contemporary German Culture to Netflix
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Unorthodox,” steaming now on Netflix.

There’s a scene in Netflix’s limited series “Unorthodox,” which is streaming now, in which its then-17-year-old protagonist, Esther “Esty” Shapiro, a young Jewish woman from the Satmar Hassidic sect in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, stares deep into the mirror, sobbing. Esty has just been married off to a man she barely knows and, per Satmar tradition, a local woman in the community takes an electric razor to Esty’s head. Section by section, Esty’s long, auburn hair falls in feather-like clumps onto the floor. Esty, eyes possessed with dread, fights to smile through the torrent of tears. But there is no stopping them. She is married now. And she is lucky to have found a husband, to start a new life. This is just what one does.

From now on, a sheitel
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Hit Russian drama 'Fidelity' tempts international buyers for M-Appeal (exclusive)

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Hit Russian drama 'Fidelity' tempts international buyers for M-Appeal (exclusive)
Fidelity’ is making its Euroepean debut at the Rotterdam festival.

Fidelity, Russian director Nigina Sayfullaeva’s steamy drama about female sexuality, has sold to multiple territories worldwide. The deals were confirmed this weekend by the film’s Berlin-based sales agent, M-Appeal.

It has sold the film to Capelight Pictures for Germany, Austria and Switzerland; to At Entertainment for Japan; to Entermode Corp for South Korea and to MovieCloud for Taiwan.

Fidelity is making its European premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, screening first on Monday January 27,

M-Appeal said it has received further multiple bids on Fidelity, about a
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TV Series on Life of Benjamin Netanyahu Being Developed by Fremantle (Exclusive)

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TV Series on Life of Benjamin Netanyahu Being Developed by Fremantle (Exclusive)
The personal and political life of Benjamin Netanyahu is being developed into a high-end TV series by Fremantle through its Israeli production company, Abot Hameiri.

Abot Hameiri has bought adaptation rights to prominent Israeli journalist Ben Caspit’s “The Netanyahu Years,” a bestselling biography of the politically canny but divisive and scandal-haunted figure known at home as Bibi. Netanyahu’s bid to continue his tenure as Israel’s longest-serving prime minister is currently in doubt.

The book sheds light on little-known aspects of Netanyahu’s life and focuses on how his personality has shaped Israel’s political and security establishment.

“It’s the biggest IP we can deliver out of Israel today to the world,” said Guy Hameiri, co-founder of Abot Hameiri. “Nobody has influenced our country in the past 20 years more than Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Hameiri described the series as “an epic political story with a very big philosophical and psychological undertone.
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'Gentle Monster' wins top prize at Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel International Film Lab

Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama won award worth $50,000.

Hungarian writer-directors Anna Nemes and Laszlo Csuja’s female body building drama Gentle Monster has scooped the top prize $50,000 prize at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel International Film Lab (Jsfl).Gentle Monster[/link]

A total of 12 feature projects hailing from Brazil, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Georgia and Israel participated in the eighth edition of the eight-month lab.

The awards were handed out at the end of a final wrap up session in Jerusalem, running July 4-8, at which participants pitched their projects to a jury of industry professionals.

Gentle Monster revolves around
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Holy Land Meets Hollywood With ‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘Shtisel’ Stars on the Rise

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Holy Land Meets Hollywood With ‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘Shtisel’ Stars on the Rise
Adaptations of such international shows as “BeTipul” and “Prisoners of War” introduced American audiences to Israeli formats. Now a batch of popular Israeli series are thrusting up-and-coming actors into the spotlight, poised to take Hollywood by storm.

Tomer Capon, who was cast by Natalie Portman in her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” and has starred in two hit series overseas, “Fauda” and “When Heroes Fly,” is one such actor making headway in the States.

“Everything happened really fast for me,” Capon says. “When I got the call that Natalie [Portman] wanted to meet with me, I thought it was a joke. I was so naive and green, I didn’t know what was happening. I didn’t know anything.”

Although Capon says he “wasn’t that well-known and my career was not that stable” at the time, while shooting with Portman he got an audition for “Fauda,” which
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Netflix Sets Cast & Director For Original Series ‘Unorthodox’ From ‘Deutschland 83/86’ Creator, Shoot Underway In Berlin

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Exclusive: Production is underway in Berlin on Netflix Original mini-series Unorthodox, which will star Shira Haas (The Zookeeper’s Wife) and be directed by actor-filmmaker Maria Schrader (Deutschland 83).

The Yiddish and English-language four-part mini-series, executive produced by Deutschland 83/86 creator Anna Winger, will see Haas star as a young woman who leaves an arranged marriage in New York and sets out on her own to Berlin. The story is inspired by Deborah Feldman’s bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect. Also starring are Jeff Wilbusch (Little Drummer Girl) and Amit Rahav (Dig).

Feldman’s novel has been adapted for screen by Winger and Alexa Karolinski (Oma & Bella). Eli Rosen of the New Yiddish Repertory Theater in New York is translating. The series is produced by Anna Winger’s Studio Airlift, Henning Kamm at Real Film Berlin. It marks the first project out of
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Federation Entertainment Acquires Popular Israeli Series ‘On the Spectrum’ (Exclusive)

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Federation Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman’s critically acclaimed original Israeli series “On The Spectrum” which took home the top Grand Jury Prize at Series Mania last year after premiering at Tribeca.

Produced by Sumayoko Productions and YesStudios, “On The Spectrum” was commissioned and broadcast on Israel’s premium platform YesTV which is behind “Fauda,” “Shtisel” and “Your Honor.”

Under the deal, Federation secured the distribution rights for both the format and the finished series in the French speaking territories. Amazon recently ordered the North American remake of the series with Emmy-Award winning showrunner and writer Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) on board to write the adaptation.

A heart-warming series mixing drama and comedy, “On The Spectrum” explores the everyday struggles of three 20-something roommates with autism.

On The Spectrum,” which was created by Idisis and executive produced by YesStudios’ Danna Stern, follows Amit
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Film News Roundup: Sam Richardson Joins Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Superintelligence’

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Film News Roundup: Sam Richardson Joins Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Superintelligence’
In today’s film news roundup, Sam Richardson will play an Nsa agent, Stefi Celma joins “Happy Times” and “Pretty Bad Actress” gets distribution.

Castings

Sam Richardson will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in New Line’s action-comedy “Superintelligence.”

McCarthy’s spouse Ben Falcone will direct from Steve Mallory’s script. The movie was set up last year with McCarthy and Falcone as producers through their On the Day production company.

McCarthy will play a former corporate executive whose life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world’s first super-intelligence — an artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.

Richardson will play an Nsa agent. James Corden, Bobby Cannavale and Brian Tyree Henry also star. “Superintelligence” opens Dec. 25, 2019.

Richardson appeared with McCarthy in “Spy” and stars in HBO’s “Veep” and Comedy Central’s “Detroiters,” which he co-created. He is repped by UTA,
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Beta Cinema boards Israeli drama 'Before Memory'

Beta Cinema boards Israeli drama 'Before Memory'
Exclusive: Film marks debut feature of Yehonatan Indursky, director of award-winning short The Cantor And The Sea.

German sales agent Beta Cinema has boarded worldwide sales on Before Memory, the debut feature from Jerusalem-born director Yehonatan Indursky.

The Israel-France co-production recently wrapped a 23-day shoot in Tel Aviv and the nearby city of Bnei Brak.

Indursky won the best director prize in last year’s Jerusalem Film Festival short film competition for The Cantor And The Sea.

He previously made documentary Ponevez Time, which was nominated for an Israeli Academy Award. His graduation short from the Sam Spiegel Film School Driver played at Jerusalem in 2011, while he is also known for co-creating the award-winning Israeli TV series Shtisel.

Producers on his debut feature are Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren for Pie Films and Moshe Edery and Leon Edery of United King. French outfit Haut et Court co-produce.

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FremantleMedia Acquires Israeli Production Company Abot Hameiri

Growing its international footprint, FremantleMedia has taken a 51% stake in Israel’s Abot Hameiri. The production company specializes in entertainment formats, scripted reality and drama. Since being founded by Eitan Abot and Guy Hameiri in 2006, the outfit has produced local versions of The X Factor, Survivor and Amazing Race. Abot Hameiri also develops and produces its own formats, including Power Couple. Scripted programming has included Shtisel and A Good…
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