Executive Producer / Writer
Jon Brown is a BAFTA-winning scriptwriter for film and television. In addition to Loaded, his current projects include the new original comedy series Avatards, which is being produced by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. Brown was also part of the writers’ room for the upcoming HBO show Succession. Brown co-created and wrote the hit BBC3 puppet show Mongrels, and his other past credits include Peep Show, Misfits, Fresh Meat, Babylon and Veep. On the feature side, Brown is working with Aardman and has an original in development, Decompression, at Film4 with Warp. His debut feature, Cuban Fury, was produced by Big Talk/Studio Canal and starred Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Coleman.
KATE NORRISH & POLLY LEYS
Hillbilly Television is run by BAFTA award-winning producers and joint MDs Kate Norrish and Polly Leys. Most recently, Norrish and Leys have executive produced the six-part crime drama The Level, which aired in 2016. Previous successes include BAFTA award-winning Random by writer director Debbie Tucker Green, Tony Roche’s Holy Flying Circus, which won the Broadcast Award for Best Original Program, and Debbie Tucker Green’s debut feature film Second Coming starring Idris Elba, which won the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
Howard Burch joined Keshet UK as its Head of Drama in January 2016, bringing significant weight to the team as it steps up its in-house premium drama production capabilities. He is Executive Producer on the second season of the Keshet UK and Fifty Fathoms drama for BBC One and SundanceTV The A Word (based on the Israeli drama Yellow Peppers).
Burch is well-known for co-developing the hit BAFTA award-winning BBC One spy series Spooks and executive produced the tenth and final season. Prior to joining Keshet, Burch was Head of Television at Vertigo Films, where he worked from 2012 to 2015 developing the upcoming shows Britannia and Monsters.
In 1999, Burch was appointed Head of Drama Development at Kudos, where, besides Spooks, his credits included Hustle, Ashes to Ashes and Moving Wallpaper. Between 2000 and 2010, Burch held a range of production, script writing and development roles at Kudos.
Prior to this, he worked in the commissioning team at Channel 4 and produced the feature film Pure starring Keira Knightley.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Assaf Harel is one of most successful TV creators in Israel. His diverse career includes screenwriting, acting, directing and hosting. He has created four comedy series to date, all of which have been awarded Best Comedy at the Israeli Academy Awards (Shotetut, Mesudarim, MK22, The Parliament). Harel has also won one Israeli Academy Award as a director (The Parliament) and two as a writer (Mesudarim, The Parliament).
Harel is best known for creating and starring in the series Mesudarim with Muli Segev, which remains one of the most-viewed comedy series in Israeli TV history.
He has also hosted the daily satiric late show Good Night with Assaf Harel and directed the first Hebrew-speaking adult animation series, MK22.
In recent years, Harel has become known for his political monologues, which started on his satiric late show on Channel 10, and now are being featured on Haaretz.com, the online site of one of Israel’s leading newspapers.
Avi Nir, Chief Executive Officer of Keshet Media Group, has led the company’s charge to secure and maintain its position as the leading broadcaster in Israel. Keshet averages a weekly primetime share of more than 40 percent of the domestic audience. In addition to overseeing the linear channel, Nir has also initiated the company’s successful new media operations, establishing Keshet as a pioneer of cutting-edge digital, dual-screen and cross-platform tools and products. He launched Keshet’s digital arm and online portal, Mako, which ranks among the top three websites in Israel, and diversified Keshet’s portfolio with the acquisition of the popular music platform Channel 24. In addition to delivering high-quality content for the domestic audience, Nir and his team are now bringing his passion for excellence in television to the world by selling, co-developing and producing sophisticated content for the international market. In 2012, Nir extended the Keshet brand outside of Israel by establishing Keshet International (KI), headed by CEO Alon Shtruzman.
Under Nir, who was named the Most Influential Person in Israeli Culture by Israel’s national newspaper Haaretz, privately owned Keshet has become a top content supplier overseas, with the CEO personally engaged in many international adaptations. Notably, Nir serves as an Executive Producer on Showtime’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning drama Homeland, for which he personally received an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012. Prisoners of War, Keshet’s original Israeli show upon which Homeland is based, has been sold to more than 30 territories internationally. KI has established local production subsidiaries in Los Angeles with Keshet Studios, London with Keshet UK and Mexico City with Keshet MX. It also has offices in Hong Kong and Mumbai under the Keshet Asia banner. Most recently, it has expanded into Germany with the acquisition of Tresor Produktions. In the past year, the company has also diversified to become active in the kids programming, film and gaming spheres.
Launched in summer 2015, Keshet Studios became an instant overachiever in its first full US broadcast network development season after receiving full series orders on two of three pilots earmarked for 2017/2018: military drama The Brave at NBC and tech drama The Wisdom of the Crowd at CBS. Nir serves as an Executive Producer on both, as well as on a third series set to go into production soon for HBO, Stray Weeds (working title).
Through Keshet UK, established in 2012, Nir serves as Executive Producer for The A Word, the second season of which is in production alongside Fifty Fathoms for BBC One and SundanceTV, and Loaded, co-produced with Hillbilly TV for Channel 4 and AMC. Keshet International also enjoys robust global sales of its non-scripted slate, including its explosive game show BOOM! and the interactive talent show format Rising Star.
Nir, who serves on the board of directors of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and Keshet host the high-profile international conference INTV, held annually in Jerusalem and focused on innovation in television.
After joining the company in 1993, Nir quickly rose through the ranks, serving as VP of Marketing and Sales from 1995 to 1999 before becoming VP of Programming. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2002, and was later named Executive of the Year and Television Personality of the Decade, respectively, by Israel’s top financial magazines The Marker and Globes.
In 1994, Nir co-authored the influential media-business book Advertising in Television: The Media, the Message, the Money. Born in Jerusalem, Nir received his MA and MBA from the Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Business, where he was awarded the Sigal Prize for excellence in marketing research. He also taught in the university’s Faculty of Management, as well as its Department of Film and Television.
Muli Segev is an Israeli writer and producer, best known as the creator and executive producer of Eretz Nehedert, the most popular and influential satire show in Israel. Going into its 15th year, the show has received eight Israeli Academy Awards and an abundance of international media attention as the provider of the country’s most incisive political and cultural commentary.
Segev also created and produced the successful comedy series Mesudarim, Imal’e, Plan B and Clues, and wrote and directed This Is Sodom, the biggest box office hit in Israel in the past 40 years.
He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and two daughters.
Charlie Leech joined the industry as a runner and then assistant director. He was 1st AD on a wide variety of productions, including Green Wing, Sex Traffic, Skins, Misfits, Getting On, The Thick of It and In the Loop. His producing credits include the Palme D’or-winning second series of Spy for Sky, The Wrong Mans, Lovesick and The Aliens.