Israel not only provides ideas to the American entertainment industry (as I reported in an article for the Forward this week), but a warm welcome to its filmmakers, as well.
David Nevins, President of Entertainment for Showtime, took advantage of that hospitality when he okayed three weeks of shooting there for the network’s hit series, “Homeland.”
“I don’t want to say what they went to Israel for,” he told the Forward. “It’s the story. [Writers] Howard [Gordon] and Alex [Gansa] had an idea for a pretty explosive story for season two of the show.”
“Homeland” is based on the Israeli series “Hatufim.” The American series was able to use the “Hatufim” crew while filming there, one of several examples of cross pollination between the two shows.
“I actually watched the premiere of the second season of ‘Hatufim’ when I was there and there were stories clearly influenced by some of the stories in Homeland,” Nevins said.