Avi Nir
Israel
2018

Keshet Media Group

Avi
Nir

CEO

Widely regarded in Israel as a genius with a crystal ball instinct for content, Nir joined Keshet Media Group in 1993 and became its CEO in 2002. Since then, the mass-media company has broken barriers both at home and abroad and established the country as a tour de force in the small-screen universe, producing genre-busting shows such as “Prisoners of War,” which became the award-winning “Homeland” in the U.S. The recent Hebrew thriller “When Heroes Fly” won the best series prize at this year’s inaugural Cannesseries festival and will head to Netflix in 2019. In April 2017, Nir oversaw the acquisition of German production company Tresor TV for Keshet International, and the following March he claimed a majority stake in U.K. production incubator Greenbird Media.

Career

  • Keshet Media Group
  • Keshet 12
  • Mako

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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JERUSALEM — "As long as the demand from the audience is there, a lot of us can thrive," said Showtime CEO David Nevins in a Q&A with Avi Nir, CEO Keshet Media Group, kicking off the two-day long INTV conference in Israel, acknowledging that the network is trying to "punch above our weight" in the light of Netflix and other streamers.Nir peppered him with questions about competing with Netflix, but Nevins insisted the business is "not cannibalistic," he said."It’s a deluge right...

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