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Sunday, September 1 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Israeli TV in America: An Unlikely Cinderella Story

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Sharing the research from a book manuscript in progress this lecture will center on the recent popularity of Israeli television formats or programming concepts in the U.S. Grounding the analysis in historical and contemporary contexts the session will explore the way Israeli television, founded in the late 1960 as a single-channel Statist (Mamlakhti) public service transformed in the last two decades into a robust, commercial industry, with emerging international capacities in a new, more globalized media landscape. Focusing more specifically on the biggest Israeli hit in the U.S. to date, Showtime's "Homeland," and on the original Israeli series it has been adapted from "Hatufim" (Prisoners of War), the session will contemplate the new level of Israeli-U.S. cultural exchange marked by such adaptations.

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Sharon Shahaf

Sharon Shahaf (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, MA and BA Tel Aviv University) is an Assistant Professor in Communication at Georgia State University. Her research interests include television studies, media globalization, global television formats, Israeli television, culture and society, critical race theory, and post-Zionist critique. She is the co-editor of Global Television Formats: Understanding Television across Borders (Routledge... Read More →

Sunday September 1, 2013 3:15pm - 4:30pm
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