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Yoram Kaniuk. 'Most extreme work' Photo: Oz Mualem
Yoram Kaniuk. 'Most extreme work' Photo: Oz Mualem

Israeli novel to become US TV series

New Regency plans to adapt Yoram Kanuik’s popular 1994 book, 'Magic on Lake Kinneret,' into half-hour satirical black comedy

Ashley Baylen
Published: 12.14.12, 07:36 / Israel Culture

With the massive success of "Homeland" and "In Treatment" in the United States, both adaptations of popular Israeli TV series, New Regency signed a deal back in February with Israel’s ADD to export Israeli content to the US. The first project to be born of this relationship was just confirmed.


Yoram Kanuik’s novel, "Kesem Al Yam Kinneret" ("Magic on Lake Kinneret") has been optioned.


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"Kesem Al Yam Kinneret" was published in 1994 and, according to, is “considered Kanuik’s most extreme work” and has been described by critics as “the closest to Tarantino an Israeli creation has ever gotten.”


New Regency plans to adapt the book, following a young woman’s spontaneous decision to “live life on her own terms," into a half-hour satirical black comedy.


“The opportunity to develop shows from IP that provide this type of unique spin and distinct voice is exactly why we are in business with ADD,” said Andrew Plotkin, New Regency’s new EVP Television.


“With the recent success in the industry of adapting Israeli content for American audiences, most notably Showtime’s 'Homeland,' we are looking forward to adapting Kanuik’s unique vision for American television.”


Reprinted with permission from Shalom Life



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