Israeli drama series about four friends living in abandoned buses on property worth millions bought by John Wells Productions, which is currently based at Warner Bros. studios
How do you say ‘Asfur’ in English? The Israeli drama series has been sold to a production company in the United States.
John Wells Productions, which is currently based at Warner Bros. studios, has bought the rights to the program and is expected to begin the American adaptation soon. This is the first time an Israeli series is sold to a production company rather than to a television channel.
The program is slated to be broadcast on one of the Warner channels, and the final goal is to sell it to additional networks worldwide.
The Consulate General of Israel in Montreal and Ga’ava invite you to an intimate and interactive culinary session with gay Israeli food/wine superstar TV personality Gil Hovav
Wednesday, November 9 · 2:30pm – 3:30pm
6600, rue St-Jacques St.
Gil Hovav is Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and JK Rowling all rolled into one. We talk to the multi-talented chef known by Israelis as ‘Captain Cook’
If you have spent much time in Israel recently, you will be very well acquainted with culinary personality Gil Hovav. In fact, he was hard to avoid when his TV show, Captain Cook, was on screens every night on Israel’s Channel Two, and a supermarket chain used Hovav’s face on an advertising billboard towering over Tel Aviv’s highways. But Israel’s most famous television chef and cookery-book writer adores all the attention.
“Friends ask me if I’m embarrassed, but I love it,” says the youthful-looking but bald and bespectacled star. Where Britain has Jamie Oliver advertising supermarkets, bringing out recipe books and cooking on TV, Israelis have Hovav. He has been credited with changing the image of Israeli cuisine from a country of basic traditional foods into a “gourmet nation”.
The 48-year-old, who lives with his male partner in Tel Aviv, is a bit of a renaissance man — producing his own TV shows as well as writing fiction and even newspaper-editing. He was in London recently with the New Israel Fund, giving talks on modern Hebrew (he is the great-grandson of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language), and performing cookery demonstrations. But of course he does not get the same attention over here as he does in his native Israel. “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be a celebrity worldwide,” he admits. “
First of all, my novels are all in Hebrew. I don’t think this will travel very well. The other rule is: cookbooks don’t travel well. We in Israel don’t have any foreign cookbooks apart from Jamie Oliver, who is on TV. I’m based in Israel. I’m good with that.” In his latest show, he sought to find Israel’s best dish by travelling round the country asking experts to judge two favourite dishes from a city, village or kibbutz, and then getting the nation to vote. For all its status as humble street food, falafel was the winner. “Israel is supposed to have gone beyond falafel, but I think we’re coming back to our roots,” he says.
“After the second intifada, and following a financial recession, the posh restaurants closed and we went back to restaurants serving simple Israeli food. Now the economy is doing well, but the food is getting more simple rather than chi-chi.” But he adds that falafel should not be made in the home.
“Personally, I never make falafel. It’s nice, but it’s a street food.” Instead, he talks about one of his signature dishes — butterfly soup. He has named it thus because the tomato-soup recipe — passed on from his grandmother — contains rice that opens up like butterflies. His Moroccan grandmother, whom he remembers as “educated, theatrical and funny”, never let him help her in the kitchen as a youngster, because traditionally it was bad luck for a man to cook. But he watched her like a hungry gannet, and was even allowed to skip school to spend time with her.
“As a kid, I’d much rather stay at home with her than go to school,” he confesses. “I used to tell my mother I didn’t feel well, and she knew I was making it up but she thought I’d learn more with her than with my teachers.” Later he would try out her dishes until he got them right. “I tried and tried for some time to make the soup.
Then one day I remembered she added two carrots, and immediately the soup had that sweetness.” Hovav talks about his love for simple, honest food, but one of his TV shows, Captain Cook, focused on the higher end of the gastronomic food chain by seeking out the best restaurants in the world. His team went to the US, Japan and, of course, Old Blighty, to check out the world’s best restaurants, including Locanda Locatelli and traditional British eaterie Rules. But one chef chucked him out, even though he had arranged to film in his restaurant in advance.
“It’s Gordon Ramsay, you expect that,” laughs Hovav, with more good humour than you would imagine to come from a certain Michelin-starred chef.
Meet Israel’s Jamie
By Alex Kasriel, April 24, 2008
The “Jersey Shore” virus is spreading … and no country is immune — because Israel has a Snooki of their very own … but she’s adamant about one thing — she’s no “f**king whore!!”
Her name is Lihi Griner — she came in second on “Big Brother: Israel” — and she’s an aspiring reality train show wreck … who’s hoping she can one day out-trash The Snook.
It’s gonna take hard work … a TON of booze … and a punch-resilient face. God speed.
Homeland, the new Showtime thriller series based on the Israeli hit series “Hatufim,” has been earned glowing reviews from U.S. critics for its highly anticipated October 2 premier.
The series, which stars Claire Danes as a CIA operations officer who follows a U.S. Marine (played by Damien Lewis) whom she suspects has turned into a spy after being held by al-Qaida as a prisoner of war, has been called a “big winner” by The Daily News.
British fashion gurus to change couples’ lifestyles, external appearance in new program developed especially for Israel
British fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah are developing a new television program format for Israel, Ynet has learned.
After years of fashion makeovers in Britain, Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine are working on an innovative format with the Abot Reif Hameiri company and Channel 10, which will be broadcast in Israel next year as a sequel to the “Trinny and Susannah Do Israel” show.
In the new program, the two women will visit the homes of Israeli couples (husbands and wives, colleagues, friends, etc) and attempt to create an overall makeover in their lives – and not just clothes. Naturally, they will also work on the couple’s external appearance.
This is the first time in Trinny and Susannah’s career that they are taking part in the development of a program outside Britain, with the intention of testing it and perhaps even selling it to other countries.
Auditions for the new show will begin in the coming days, and the shooting is planned for the fall.
Trinny and Susannah are best-known for presenting the BBC television series “What Not to Wear”, which turned them into fashion gurus all over the world. Following the show’s success, the two developed their own fashion line, released fashion advice books and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” as makeover experts.
In the past three years, the two women have traveled with their makeover program to the United States, Belgium, Poland and Israel. In 2010, the Guardian reported that the two were working on mockumentary-style spoof online series.