Avi Nir
Ronen Akerman
Israel
2020

Keshet Media Group

Avi
Nir

CEO

Since taking over in 2002, Nir propelled Keshet Media Group — home to leading Israeli commercial channel Keshet 12 — onto the global stage. The company made its name with “Prisoners of War,” which became Showtime hit “Homeland.” More recently, L.A.-based Keshet Studios produced “Our Boys” for HBO, winner of 14 Israeli Oscars this year, and “The Baker and the Beauty” for ABC. This year, Apple TV Plus ordered remakes of two of Keshet’s Israeli hits: the 10-episode action thriller “Echo 3,” based on “When Heroes Fly”; and the kidnap drama “Suspicion” — which had to delay its London shoot due to fears of coronavirus — adapted from 2015’s “False Flag” and starring Uma Thurman. As the COVID-19 pandemic took root, Nir ensured that Keshet 12 consistently aired rolling news, current affairs and bespoke content, all of which continued to drive up viewing numbers.

Career

  • Keshet Media Group
  • Keshet 12
  • Mako

Education

  • Tel Aviv University (Israel)
  • New York University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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