Roger Corman, Keshet CEO Avi Nir to Be Honored at L.A. Israel Film Festival

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A June 13 luncheon at the Beverly Hilton will honor the indie film godfather and the 'Homeland' executive producer.

The Israeli Film Festival, the Los Angeles showcase of Israeli films, is set to give career tributes to Roger Corman, the prolific film producer and director, and Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir.

A luncheon June 13 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills will honor Corman with the 2019 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award, while Nir will receive the 2019 IFF Visionary Award.

"We are so proud to honor two distinguished individuals, who made a difference in the world of film and television in the United States, in Israel and around the world," festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein said in a statement. The event will launch preparations for the 33rd edition of the Israeli Film Festival, set for Nov. 12-26 in Los Angeles.

Besides producing and directing over 400 films, Corman has been credited with discovering talent through the years such as Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Peter Bogdanovich and Robert De Niro. He also founded New World Pictures in the 1970s, which grew to become the largest independent motion picture distribution company in the country.

Nir's Keshet is famous as the production company behind the Israeli series Prisoners of War, on which Showtime's Homeland was based, and which has been rapidly expanding in recent years.