A Netflix partnership to support the next generation of creators in Israel

Shtisel Season three. The Israeli drama is one of Israel's most famous exports on Netflix in recent years (Credit: Ohad Romano)
Shtisel Season three. The Israeli drama is one of Israel's most famous exports on Netflix in recent years (Credit: Ohad Romano)

Over the past 30 years, the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School has played a key role in nurturing some of Israel’s brightest lights and fostering its rich creative ecosystem. That’s why we’re sponsoring the school’s first annual Series Lab.

The Series Lab, similar to Sam Spiegel’s world-renowned Film Lab, is open to writers and producers based in Israel who have demonstrated extraordinary potential. The Series Lab will represent a broad range of cultures, perspectives and languages, just like our series. So, applicants are invited to submit projects in a variety of languages including Arabic, Amharic, Russian, Yiddish, and Hebrew. Because great stories shouldn’t just reflect one viewpoint or one type of journey.

The successful applicants will take part in an extensive three-month development and mentoring process with industry luminaries including Jill Condon, professor, writer and producer on Friends. At the end of the program, one team will be selected for the Netflix Series Development Award. The award will give the winning creatives the financial security to further develop their series project.

Israel has long been a creative powerhouse when it comes to film and TV. Ultimately, we want the Series Lab to find up-and-coming local talent who will create the next Fauda, Shtisel, or Hit & Run — Israeli stories that have been embraced globally.

At Netflix, we are committed to supporting the next generation of local creatives and ensuring the talent pipeline is truly inclusive. We’re proud to support this programme and be a small part of these creators’ journeys.

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Larry Tanz is Vice President EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Series
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