‘Homeland’ acknowledges its Israeli roots

January 14, 2013 - 10:16 AM by
Homeland's executive producer Howard Gordon praises Keshet CEO Avi Nr (far left) during the acceptance speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes Awards.

Homeland’s executive producer Howard Gordon praises Keshet CEO Avi Nr (far left) during the acceptance speech Sunday night at the Golden Globes Awards.

Israel got a big shout-out at the Golden Globes Awards show Sunday night, when Homeland took home the 2013 awards for Best Drama, Best Actor in a TV Drama and Best Actress in a TV Drama.

The Showtime thriller is based on the Israeli show Hatufim, and joining the cast and crew onstage in Hollywood were show’s Israeli creators – and Homeland executive producers – Gideon Raff and Avi Nir, the CEO of Keshet in Tel Aviv.

In his acceptance speech, Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon graciously singled out Nir, saying “I want to thank Avi Nir of the Israeli show Hatufim, from which Homeland is based.”

British actor Damien Lewis, who plays Marine Sargent Nicholas Brody on the show, won the award for Best Actor in a TV Drama. Actress Claire Danes, who plays CIA agent Carrie Mathison, took the award for Best Actress in a TV Drama.

Nir, in turn, acknowledged the fact that thanks to Homeland, the doors to Hollywood for Israeli productions have swung wide open.

“Thank you to [Gideon] Raff and the Keshet crew for paving the way and allowing an entry visa to Hollywood to other Israeli creators,” he said.

He might also have acknowledged the makers of B’Tipul, the Israeli series that was turned into the successful HBO series In Treatment, as really opening the doors, but who’s quibbling.

The next Israel creation to be adapted for an American format may be Yoran Kanuik’s novel “Kesem Al Yam Kinneret” (“Magic on Lake Kinneret”). According to reports, the New Regency company has optioned the wild novel about a young women’s decision to change her life into a half-hour satirical black comedy.

Who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing it win a Golden Globes in a couple years.

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