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Cary Fukunaga, Gideon Raff Talk ‘Maniac,’ ‘Prisoners of War 3’ in Mumbai

Cary Fukunaga, Gideon Raff Talk ‘Maniac,’ ‘Prisoners of War 3’ in Mumbai
Mumbai — Television’s golden boys Cary Fukunaga and Gideon Raff discussed the evolution of television writing at a panel at the ongoing Mumbai Film Festival.

Speaking about his new Netflix series “Maniac,” starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, based on the Norwegian series of the same name created by Espen Petrus Andersen Lervaag and Håkon Bast Mossige, and being written by Patrick Somerville (“The Bridge”), Fukunaga said, “It’s a new story, new characters and a new tone. We’ve just taken the seed from the Norwegian series. Patrick is not adapting it, he’s creating it.”

The genesis of “Maniac” was a casual affair. “I really wanted to work with Emma. And she wanted to work with Jonah. So we went to his house, had a glass of wine, and we agreed to do a show,” Fukunaga said.

The panel was preceded by the world premiere of the pilot of “P.O
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Series Mania TV Fest Unveils Jury Members

Paris’ 7th Series Mania TV fest has unveiled its jury members: Yaël Abecassis, Amira Casar, Tony Grisoni and Fanny Herrero. As previously announced, “The Sopranos” creator and seven-times Primetime Emmys winner David Chase will preside over the jury.

For the first time, an international jury will judge the international skeins competing at main section, which includes eight series, most of them world premiering at Paris fest.

Israeli actress-model Abecassis won best actress kudo for TV series “Hatufim” at the Israeli TV Academy Awards and for “Shabatot VeHagim” at the Israel Golden Screen Awards. Abecassis latest work was in Amos Gitai’s “Rabin, the Last Day.”

French cinema-legit actress Casar has worked for a broad range of directors including the Quay brothers, Carlos Saura, Catherine Breillat, Tony Gatlif and Bertrand Bonello. Credits take in Canal Plus original series “Versailles” and Tomas Gilou’s Gallic hit “La vérité si je mens!.” Casar
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India Takes ‘Prisoners Of War’; Adriana Trautman Upped At Fox Lat Am – Global Briefs

India is getting its own version of Homeland, sort of. Keshet International has sold the format rights to the original Gideon Raff-created Israeli series, Hatufim (Prisoners Of War), upon which Homeland is based, to Star Plus. The Indian adaptation will be produced by Emmay Entertainment and directed by Bollywood helmer Nikkhil Advani. Along with Showtime's Homeland, local versions of Prisoners Of War have been produced in Korea, Russia and Turkey. Star Plus is India’s…
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India Takes ‘Prisoners Of War’; Adriana Trautman Upped At Fox Lat Am – Global Briefs

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India Takes ‘Prisoners Of War’; Adriana Trautman Upped At Fox Lat Am – Global Briefs
India is getting its own version of Homeland, sort of. Keshet International has sold the format rights to the original Gideon Raff-created Israeli series, Hatufim (Prisoners Of War), upon which Homeland is based, to Star Plus. The Indian adaptation will be produced by Emmay Entertainment and directed by Bollywood helmer Nikkhil Advani. Along with Showtime's Homeland, local versions of Prisoners Of War have been produced in Korea, Russia and Turkey. Star Plus is India’s…
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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Prisoners Of War’ Drama Headed To Mexico; Nina Etspueler Rejoins Red Arrow Entertainment Group; More

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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Prisoners Of War’ Drama Headed To Mexico; Nina Etspueler Rejoins Red Arrow Entertainment Group; More
Keshet International has sold Prisoners Of War, the Israeli format upon which Showtime’s Homeland is based, to Televisa in Mexico. The deal will see a Spanish-language version of the show broadcast in Mexico (Televisa) and Colombia. while Univision also will hold rights for the U.S. Hispanic market to air the show on its sister channel, Unimas. A big order for 70 episodes based on Prisoners Of War (original title: Hatufim) Seasons 1 and 2 will be produced and adapted by Productions Rti Colombia. This adds to Keshet format sales of Prisoners Of War in such markets as South Korea, Russia, Turkey and the States. The finished show also has sold to more than 20 territories. Prisoners Of War was created, written and directed by Gideon Raff. The original show follows two soldiers as they attempt to re-adjust to their lives after returning home from 17 years of captivity. In addition to their personal struggles,
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DVD Review – Prisoners of War (Hatufim) (2009–2012)

Prisoners of War (Hatufim), 2009 to 2012.

Starring Gal Zaid, Yael Eitan, Salim Dau, Sendi Bar, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Yaël Abecassis, Mili Avital, Assi Cohen, Adi Ezroni, Ishai Golan, and Yoram Toledano.

Synopsis:

Three Israeli soldiers one of whom is in a coffin are part of a prisoner exchange 17 years after being captured in Lebanon.

The opening takes place in a hotel where notes are being exchanged from one room to another. It turns out the negotiation involves the release of prisoners of war which includes Israeli Defence Force reservists Nimrod Klein and Uri Zach as well as a coffin containing Amiel Ben Horin.

Although the captivity and torture may be over, Nimrod and Uri are returning to a homeland that feels like an alien environment. The two soldiers are interviewed by a military psychiatrist who senses that they are not telling the whole story of their ordeal and that one or
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Why it matters that FX’s ‘Tyrant’ didn't cast a Middle Eastern actor in its lead role

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Why it matters that FX’s ‘Tyrant’ didn't cast a Middle Eastern actor in its lead role
In reviews, podcasts and tweets, it has become common in recent years for me to lament the influx of British and Australian actors masquerading as Americans, all perpetrating the same flat, generic accents as if Americans all come from the same state, which is no state at all, but rather some nether-region dialect coaches call Mid-Atlantic or something. I take semi-feigned umbrage at this infiltration and I am, indeed, a bit irked that a good 75 percent of the Brits and Aussies are trapped by exhaustively studied, but ultimately affectless accent work that leads them to give robotic performances they'd never tolerate from themselves in their native tongues. Yes, I get my hackles up, but I know it isn't actually important. The rise in work for Aussie and British actors is largely linked to the expanding TV universe, and even if this most recent upfronts season saw an encouraging uptick in
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Film Movement Says ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ To U.S.; South Korea Takes ‘Prisoners Of War’

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Film Movement Picks Up ‘A Thousand Times Good Night’ For U.S. Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to A Thousand Times Good Night, the Erik Poppe-directed drama that stars Juliette Binoche and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Film Movement will give the movie a theatrical release in the third quarter of the year, followed by home video and digital. The story follows a top war photographer who is struggling to reconcile her job with her family life. Maria Doyle Kennedy, newcomer Lauryn Canny and Larry Mullen Jr also star. The movie was released in Norway in October and has sold more than 100,000 tickets. Global Screen, which is handling worldwide sales, also just inked deals in Canada (Northwest Pictures), Japan (Kadokawa), Australia (Regency), Denmark (Smile), Turkey (Yeni Bir Film), ex-Yugoslavia (Discovery), Bulgaria (Multivision) and Latin America (HBO). South Korea Taking ‘Prisoners Of War’ South Korea will be the first Asian territory
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FX Orders Middle Eastern Political Drama Tyrant

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FX Orders Middle Eastern Political Drama Tyrant
FX has given a series order to Tyrant, the network announced today. The show comes from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff (who created the Israeli series Hatufim, on which Homeland is based) and producer Craig Wright, and follows an American family that gets caught up in a Middle Eastern revolution. Barry is the youngest son of a Middle Eastern dictator who has fled his past and made a life in the U.S. for the last twenty-odd years. But when his nephew back home gets married, Barry reluctantly attends (and brings his wife and children) — and, of course, things go awry. Pilot scripts are not perfect indicators of how good or bad a show will be, but we'll say this: The script for Tyrant is fantastic. High hopes, summer 2014!
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Keshet: Two Decades of Evolution

Keshet: Two Decades of Evolution
Keshet was founded in 1993 as one of the three concessionaires, along with fellow broadcaster Reshet and Telad, to share airtime on Israel’s Channel 2. It launched its first drama, “Bat Yam, New York” in 1996 and that same year helped Channel 2 become the most-watched channel in Israel.

That wasn’t too much of a feat, considering that Israel only has two local stations, one of which is government-run. But it was a nod toward Keshet’s future of dominating the market and continually pushing itself to the head of the pack.

The company began trading in formats in 2001, selling “The Vault,” an interactive reality/game show, to 18 territories. In 2003 it launched the wildly popular “Eretz Nehederet” (What a Wonderful Country), a spoofy, satirical program in the vein of “Saturday Night Live.” “Eretz Nehederet” this year celebrated a decade of airtime.

In 2007, Keshet began looking internationally for expansion. A year later, Keshet forged forward with reality television,
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New Footage From "Homeland: Season 3"

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Sneak Peek more spoiler footage and images from the third season of Showtime's Emmy award-winning dramatic series "Homeland", starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, debuting September 29, 2013.

In the series, Danes ("Temple Grandin") plays bipolar CIA agent "Carrie Mathison' with co-star Lewis ("Band Of Brothers") as 'Sgt. Nicholas Brody', a former 'Us Marine Corps Scout Sniper'.

Mathison believes that Brody, held captive by terrorists as a Pow, was 'turned' by the enemy and now threatens the United States.

Developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa the series is based on creator Gideon Raff's Israeli series "Hatufim" (aka "Prisoners of War").

"...'Homeland' Season 3 opens during the aftermath of the attack that decimated the Us intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, 'Nick Brody' (Lewis).

"As 'Carrie' (Danes) and 'Saul' (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives,
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"Homeland" Is In "Vogue"

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Sneak Peek new images from the August 2013 issue of "Vogue" magazine, supporting the third season of Showtime's Emmy award-winning dramatic series "Homeland", starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, debuting September 29, 2013.

In the series, Danes ("Temple Grandin") plays bipolar CIA agent "Carrie Mathison' with co-star Lewis ("Band Of Brothers") as 'Sgt. Nicholas Brody', a former 'Us Marine Corps Scout Sniper'.

Mathison believes that Brody, held captive by terrorists as a Pow, was 'turned' by the enemy and now threatens the United States.

Developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa the series is based on creator Gideon Raff's Israeli series "Hatufim" (aka "Prisoners of War").

"...'Homeland' Season 3 opens during the aftermath of the attack that decimated the Us intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, 'Nick Brody' (Lewis).

"As 'Carrie' (Danes) and 'Saul' (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives,
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Spoiler Footage From "Homeland: Season 3"

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Sneak Peek a new trailer revealing spoiler footage, plus a synopsis from the upcoming Season 3 of Showtime's award-winning 'dramatic thriller' TV series "Homeland", debuting September 29, 2013.

Developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on creator Gideon Raff's Israeli series "Hatufim" (aka "Prisoners of War") the Us series stars Claire Danes as 'Carrie Mathison', a 'Central Intelligence Agency' officer with bipolar disorder and Damian Lewis as 'Nicholas Brody', a 'Us Marine Corps Scout Sniper'. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by terrorists as a Pow, was 'turned' by the enemy and now threatens the United States.

"...'Homeland' Season 3 opens during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the Us intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, 'Nick Brody' (Lewis).

"As 'Carrie' (Danes) and 'Saul' (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives,
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House of Cards meets Borgen, literally

As House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs plans to work with Danish TV writer Adam Price on a new political drama, we applaud the collaboration

The breeding of racehorses aims to bring together two genetically complimentary thoroughbreds in the hope of creating an even stronger winner: for example, Saturday's Grand National winner, Auroras Empire, was bred in Ireland by combining the dam Sama Veda and the sire Second Empire. So it's fitting that, shortly after TV's biggest race, television announced its own attempt at breeding a new winner from two frontrunners.

A planned political drama, hoped to be seen by 2014, will, in stud-farm parlance, be "by" House of Cards "out of" Borgen. Or, possibly, the other way round. Because while, in the case of horses, it is pretty clear which of the partners should be on top, the announced collaboration between Michael Dobbs, creator of the British parliamentary thriller, and Adam Price,
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Homeland's Howard Gordon: 'The Brody-Carrie story has to evolve'

The show's developer and co-creator Gideon Raff on what inspired the hit Channel 4 series and their latest project – Tyrant

The last time we saw Homeland's Nicholas Brody he was being ferreted by his lover, Carrie Mathison, into a foreign land where not even the American intelligence agencies' finest minds could find him. Canada.

Back home, the CIA's headquarters in Langley had been devastated by a car bomb, with more than 200 dead. Brody, the kidnapped Us marine who returned home a national hero only to cut short his political career by murdering the vice president, was the No 1 suspect. Again.

The third season of Homeland, which will return to Channel 4 in the autumn, feels like a watershed moment for the breakout global hit.

The first series met with almost universal critical acclaim but the second, with its extravagant twists and turns, put a strain on viewers' ability to suspend their disbelief,
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Ang Lee Will Direct an FX Pilot

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Ang Lee Will Direct an FX Pilot
Ang Lee has signed on to direct the pilot of FX's upcoming drama Tyrant, the network announced today. It'll be Lee's first foray into television and his first directing gig since winning an Oscar for Life of Pi. Tyrant is from Homeland's Howard Gordon, Hatufim's Gideon Raff, and Six Feet Under's Craig Wright, and centers on an American family that gets caught up in a political conflict in the Middle East. The show plays into that who-i-am-on-the-inside-versus-who-i-am-on-the-outside that's sort of Lee's specialty, even if a political thriller seems outside his typical work.
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Ang Lee to Direct and Executive Produce FX Pilot Tyrant

“So Ang Lee, you’ve won the Oscar for best director what are ya gonna do now?” “I’m going to direct and executive produce a TV show!” Once again cluing us all into just how the TV landscape has changed over the last fifteen years from second-tier to top notch storytelling, the Life Of Pi director is set to helm the pilot of Tyrant, a new show that is being set up at FX which will follow an American family caught amidst the inner workings of a Middle Eastern nation. Hit the jump for the lowdown. The announcement of Lee’s involvement today comes via FX, and the filmmaker will be traveling to Morocco in the next few months to oversee production. If the pilot heads to series then Lee will remain on the show as an executive producer. There is no further word on the story and nor have they started casting,
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Miptv 2013: 'Homeland' Producers Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff to Give Mastermind Keynote

Miptv 2013: 'Homeland' Producers Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff to Give Mastermind Keynote
Cologne, Germany -- Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff, executive producers of Emmy-award winning Showtime series Homeland, will give a Media Mastermind Keynote address at the upcoming Mip TV international television conference in April. Photos: Spying on 'Homeland' Homeland, the big winner at last year's Emmys with six wins including Outstanding Drama Series, is based on the Israeli format Hatufim - Prisoners of War from Keshet Broadcasting, which Raff created, wrote and directed and which was first introduced to international buyers at Mip. Prisoners of War was Israel's highest-rated drama series and won nine Israeli Television Academy Awards.  Gordon, whose

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Prisoners of War producer Ran Telem talks about Israeli TV

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On January 19th, the Israeli TV series Prisoners of War premiered on Sbs One..For those who haven't heard it it, Pow.is the drama that the award-winning American series Homeland is based upon. Written by the Israeli director Gideon Raff, Prisoners of War tells the home-returning journey of three Israeli soldiers. After 17 years in captivity, they returned to their homeland, two of them alive and one in a coffin. The original script Hatufim, the Hebrew name for Pow, was sold to Twentieth Century Fox in 2009 and adapted into Homeland by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, producers of Fox hit 24. With 1.08 million viewers, Homeland broke the viewership marks for the American TV channel Showtime. As the executive producer of the show, Ran Telem shared in Homeland.s victory at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards 2012. He is also the executive producer of Prisoners of War and VP Programming for Keshet Broadcasting,
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FX orders very Homeland-y pilot from the guys who made Homeland

Among the first to cash in on the hot new terrorism-and-families trend sparked by Homeland, FX has ordered the drama pilot Tyrant from Gideon Raff, who created the Israeli series Hatufim (Prisoners Of War) that Homeland is based on. Adding to the general Homeland-iness, Homeland producer Howard Gordon is developing Tyrant alongside Lost producer Craig Wright, who will serve as showrunner while also contemplating bemusedly how we got to the place where terrorism replaced Lost-like supernatural "events" as the drama format everyone wants to replicate. Also Homeland-y: The show concerns an "unassuming American family drawn into the ...
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