Keshet Launches European Drama Fund

Damian Lewis

While Claire Danes received an acting nomination for her turn as Carrie Mathison, Damian Lewis — whose Nicholas Brody was sacrificed at the end of season three — failed to get an honor for his Homeland swan song.

The Israeli powerhouse behind 'Homeland' is looking to fund 3-4 projects a year with the new initiative.

Keshet, the Israeli TV titan behind Gideon Raff's Homeland precursor Prisoners of War and FX's political thriller Tyrant, is looking to expand its European reach with a new drama fund.

Announced on Thursday, the European Drama Initiative is being set up through Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and aims to finance three to four new productions per year.

The initiative will be managed by Sara Johnson, Keshet’s scripted exec producer and head of co-productions, and Sebastian Burkhardt, its head of business development and acquisitions. No figure was attached to the fund.

“We are excited to partner with existing and new producers who share the same creative vision and passion for quality drama,” said Burkhardt.

“By harnessing our existing pool of creative talent, matching that with development funding and KI’s international reach and ability to deficit finance, we are confident that we have all the ingredients to build a robust co-production vision in Europe.”

Last year, Keshet U.K. announced a co-development deal with France’s Atlantique Productions for the drama series Crater Lake from Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Leshem (Beaufort).