Netflix Reveals Israeli TV Winner Aawar – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has revealed the winner of the $20,000 Israeli series development prize after a week of deepening its ties with the nation.
Last night, at a ceremony marking the end of the Scripted Israel event in Los Angeles, which was attended by top Netflix brass and senior Israeli talent, Mindi Ehrlich’s Insignificant was crowned the winner by Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
The show was described as “a powerful story with an inspiring protagonist” by a jury consisting of Andrew McQuinn (Director Overall Deals, Netflix), Samantha Blanco (Manager TV Licensing and Co Productions EMEA, Netflix) and Gregory Noveck (VP , Original Programming , paramount).
“The project balances a gripping personal story with an engaging narrative and a worldwide callwhile bringing to light an untold story,” they added.
Meanwhile, the West Endcoming Upcoming Talent Award of $10,000 was awarded to Wafa by Benjamin Friedenberg and Ihab Jadallah.
The awards are the result of the Netflix-backed Sam Spiegel School of Film and Television Series Lab, a program for eight Israeli screenwriters and production crews selected from more than 100 applicants.
Sarandos was present at Scripted Israel with figures like Knives out producer Ram Bergman, Netflix VP Series Peter Friedlander and other talent.
They met the likes of MoviePlus Productions, which co-produced the HBO drama Our boys; Dori Media, which produced Apple TV+ Lose Alice; Spiro Films, whose drama when heroes fly was picked up by Netflix; and Koda Communications, which made the scripted series that HBO Your Honor was based on.
The event came at a time when Netflix is on something of an Israeli charm offensive following a push in the country by local producers to implement streamer quotas and tougher regulations, which has yet to happen. was passed by parliament.
Following this producer campaign, Larry Tanz, Netflix Original Series Manager for EMEA, visited the country with a delegation in May and discussed the subject with producers, while meeting local talent.