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Dori Media Group has agreed a deal with SVOD leader Netflix for two seasons of Israeli drama Shtisel.
Dori Shtisel 18Dec2018
Shtisel was created by Abot Hameiri Barkai for Yes DBS Satellite Services Ltd. Written by Ori Elon and Yehonatan Indursky and directed by Alon Zingman, it follows Akiva, a young ultra-orthodox (Haredi) bachelor, and his widowed father who share an apartment while searching for love within the strict rules of religious observance. The drama is said to allow a window into the world of ultra-orthodox Jews while introducing audiences to the story of the multi-generational Shtisel family as they deal with grief, companionship and every day struggles.

The series first aired in Israel in June 2013 with both seasons achieving success and critical acclaim. These included 11 Israeli TV Awards for its inaugural season (including Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Script for Season 1) followed by six awards in 2015 (including Best Actor and Best Actress for Season 2).

“We are delighted to see the sale of Shtisel to Netflix after its outstanding performance over the last five years,” commented Nadav Palti, CEO and president of Dori Media Group. “As a leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and films, it is a ringing endorsement that Netflix would like to include Shtisel on their platform. Both seasons were received with positive reviews, which reflects why Shtisel is recognised as one of the best Israeli television series thanks to the high quality of its production and the story’s international relevance.”

“We are excited about airing the series on Netflix, which reflects its global recognition and are expecting even wider exposure in future,” commented Dikla Barkai, executive producer of Abot Hameiri Barkai. “Ori Elon and Yehonatan Indursky are distinguished writers and together with the deep and sensitive directing of Alon Zingman, they have come up with a special viewing experience that changes the way of thinking. You think the series will expose you to a distant, exotic world, but you find yourself immersed in the energy of the programme. Shtisel is above all an excellent story, translated into so many languages, and we thank Netflix for choosing it.”