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Alon Shtruzman set to leave Israel’s Keshet International after decade as CEO

After 10 years as the CEO of Israeli producer and distributor Keshet International (KI), Alon Shtruzman will leave the company at the end of 2022.

Alon Shtruzman

The international production and distribution arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group started life in the early 2000s when the company began to export its formats and IP around the world under the Keshet Formats banner. This resulted in Keshet’s Prisoners of War being adapted by Showtime for US audiences as Homeland.

KI was subsequently established in 2012 with Shtruzman at the helm as CEO. The company has since placed series and adaptations with broadcasters including HBO, NBC and the BBC, as well as streaming platforms including Netflix, Apple TV, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.

In 2012, KI opened independent production company Keshet UK, with Keshet Studios being established in 2015 in Los Angeles.

Under Shtruzman’s stewardship, KI expanded its international footprint through the acquisition of German production company Tresor in 2017 and UK production company incubator, investor and business accelerator Greenbird Media in 2018, through which the company produces hundreds of hours of content in the UK and in Europe.

Its credits include two Apple TV+ productions: Suspicion, Keshet UK’s international adaptation of False Flag starring Uma Thurman, which launched earlier in the year; and Keshet Studios’ forthcoming Echo3, Mark Boal’s adaptation of When Heroes Fly.

Further productions in the pipeline include A Small Light (Disney+/Nat Geo), alongside The Calling (Peacock) and season two of La Brea (NBC), both coproduced with Universal Television, with which Keshet Studios has a first-look scripted programming pact.

On the distribution side, its formats catalogue includes Boom!, Singletown, Deal With It!, The Hit List and Rising Star.

Avi Nir, Keshet Media Group’s CEO, didn’t hold back in assessing Shtruzman’s impact on the industry.

“Probably for many years to come, there will be talk around the campfire and on Zoom in London, Los Angeles, New York, Munich, and Tel Aviv about Alon Shtruzman’s 10 years at KI. Perhaps historians will rightly call it the ‘glorious decade,’” he said.

“Keshet had a dream of a global Israeli content company – a realistic dream, which was based on the talent and ability of Israeli creators and the belief that this talent can reach anywhere in the world. And Alon is undoubtedly the dream maker who has created a one-of-a-kind world.”

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