Avi Nir
Israel
2019

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 CEO in 2002. Since then, the mass media company has broken barriers both at home and abroad. Its tours de force in the small-screen universe have included such genre-busting productions as “Prisoners of War,” which became Showtime’s award-winning “Homeland,” and in 2019 the visceral “Our Boys” on HBO. Up next are NBC’s forensic drama “Lincoln” (formerly “The Bone Collector”) and ABC’s romantic drama “The Baker and the Beauty,” with additional network and major streaming projects lined up. In 2017, Nir oversaw the acquisition of German production company Tresor TV for Keshet International, and the same year he acquired 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
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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