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Keshet ramps up series production of “Kabbalah”

Los Angeles-based Keshet Studios is launching a documentary arm with the 10-hour series Kabbalah. Produced with Toronto’s Associated Producers Ltd. (Search for Atlantis) and Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises), the program recounts ...
November 2, 2016

Los Angeles-based Keshet Studios is launching a documentary arm with the 10-hour series Kabbalah.

Produced with Toronto’s Associated Producers Ltd. (Search for Atlantis) and Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises), the program recounts the history of ancient Jewish mystical interpretations of the Bible. A U.S. broadcast partner and air date have not been announced.

Rob Lee, who became Keshet Studios’ president of non-scripted programming last year, is leading the company’s push into documentary.

“This is the perfect way to launch our U.S. premium documentary initiative,” Lee said in a statement. “We’ve assembled a team that is uniquely suited to tell this intriguing story about a powerful secret movement that has influenced so many major historical events, and which has counted such game-changing luminaries among its followers as Michelangelo, Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, just to name a few.”

“This is a series that will take us through everything from the Renaissance to WWII to the American Revolution. It really spans the whole globe. We see it as an international production. We want people to connect with it, wherever they’re watching, ” Associated Producers president Simcha Jacobvici told Playback, realscreen‘s sister publication.

“At the end of the day, this is not a lecture about Kabbalah. This is about great television. Kaballah and history is a great story,” he added.

Keshet Studios is U.S. subsidiary of Israeli-based Homeland and Rising Star producer/distributor Keshet International. The company’s previous doc titles include the Israeli current affairs series Udva (Fact) – now in its 23rd season – the docu-dramas Residents, Blue and Sabena Hijacking – My Version, as well as #uploading_holocaust, which is based entirely on YouTube material.

The company is also expanding its true crime slate as part of a first-look deal with UK-based Woodcut Media.

with a file from Regan Reid

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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