Ron Leshem: Israel as Number One Exporter of TV Shows
Ron Leshem, is an award-winning writer and acclaimed novelist. With only two television networks - hardly 20 years old, barely profitable - faraway, isolated and war-weary, the Israeli industry has become a premier exporter of TV formats, from drama series to game shows and docu-reality. The production cost of a drama episode in Israel is parallel to the refreshments' budget on a set of an American production. Yet Showtime's "Homeland", and HBO's "In Treatment", both adaptations of original Israeli shows, have expanded the influence of the young industry across the world.
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