MIPTV: Endemol Shine Sets Up Studio in Israel

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Endemol Shine is producing serveral Israeli series through its local division, including the follow-up to hit sitcom 'Traffic Light.'

Based in Tel Aviv, the new studio will act as a hub for Endemol Shine's production of fictional series from around the world.

Production giant Endemol Shine will set up a studio in Israel to act as a hub for producing TV series from around the world.

The new operation, based in Tel Aviv, marks a further move into scripted series for Endemol Shine, which is best known for its hit reality formats such as Big Brother, Deal or No Deal and Masterchef.

But in recent years the company has built up an impressive slate of fictional series, including Broadchurch, Humans and The Fall. In developing and producing fiction, however, Endemol Shine is looking to utilize some of the same production techniques that made it a leader in reality TV, including using regional production hubs to produce shows faster and more efficiently. The new Israeli studio fits into that model.

Gal Zaid, director of drama and comedy at Endemol Shine, will head up the Israeli studio, reporting to Endemol Shine Israel CEO Elad Kuperman.

Endemol Shine Israel has several scripted series on its current slate, including thriller The Orpheus Project for the HOT network in Israel, drama The Harem for Reshet and sitcom Miller Junction for Keshet. Miller Junction is a follow-up to the hit series Traffic Light, which was sold for remake to Fox in the U.S.