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Homeland” creator Gideon Raff and “Heroes” creator Tim Kring have inked a 6-episode deal with USA Network for a new drama thriller series set in Jerusalem.

The program, called “Dig,” is an archeological thriller about an American FBI agent in Jerusalem. In an impressive new notch for Israeli television, it is the first-ever Israeli-made drama to be sold directly to series for U.S. audiences. It is also the first project commitment from NBC Universal Cable production head  Jeff Wachtel since he was tapped for the role in September.

“Dig” was developed by Keshet, the mega Israeli media company behind “Homeland” and its Hebrew-language predecessor “Prisoners of War,” in collaboration with BermanBraun. Keshet Media Group CEO Avi Nir and Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein of BermanBraun also serve as executive producers

The deal with USA Network was brokered by Wme’s Rick Rosen, a longtime friend of Nir’s, »


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