‘Dig’ Moves Production Out of Israel Due to Violence

USA Network’s action thriller “Dig” has officially moved production out of Israel due to the continuing violence in the region, Variety has confirmed.

“Given the current situation and after careful consideration, we are relocating the production of ‘Dig’ partly to Albuquerque and are continuing to explore other locations,” said Universal Cable Productions in a statement. “Our experience filming in Israel was very positive and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to capture such an authentic landscape that will be threaded throughout the series.”

The move follows Middle Eastern drama “Tyrant’s” relocation from Tel Aviv to Istanbul last week. Both “Dig” and “Tyrant” hail from “Homeland” producer Gideon Raff, a native of Israel.

“I was born and raised in Jerusalem… our hearts go out to everyone in Israel and Gaza right now and hopefully it’ll be resolved very soon,” Raff told reporters at USA’s Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for “Dig” on July 14.

Militants in Gaza have targeted Israeli cities with missiles over the past two weeks, and Israel has fired back with aerial assaults. Last week, the Jerusalem Film Festival chose to postpone its opening night events, and Neil Young canceled a concert in Tel Aviv due to security concerns.

“Dig” was in the midst of a pre-scheduled hiatus after lensing the pilot in Jerusalem, but that break has now been extended to allow for alternative filming locations to be found.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Keshet Media Group reportedly campaigned hard to bring production of “Dig” to Jerusalem, creating a 22 million shekel ($6.2 million) production grant to help incentivize the producers.

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