Israel hopes to be next ‘it’ location for movie productions

Published on Monday, 03 March 2014 by Webmaster

Israel hopes to be next ‘it’ location for movie productions
In the photo by Haim Azoulay: Peter Greenberg and Tourism Minister Uzi Landau promote Israel as a movie destination. 

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau is working hard to promote Israel throughout the world as a location for international movie productions and has his eye on Universal Studios and Paramount Studios, specifically.The Tourism Ministry recently announced its investment in the production in Israel of the NBC TV series Dig. Last April, the ministry facilitated the filming of the Chinese blockbuster Old Cinderellawith two of China's leading movie stars.In similar news, FX's new drama, Tyrant, is in production in Israel at the moment as is Natalie Portman's debut feature film as a director."This is just the beginning – we must turn Israel into a location for international movie productions. We have every type of set that a producer could wish for. Developing the movie industry will create revenue and employment in the periphery and cities," said Landau.The Tourism Minister is joining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a trip to the US this week. They will visit Los Angeles for the premiere of The Royal Tour: Israel, the travel program starring Peter Greenberg. The program, which attracts 300 million viewers worldwide, was filmed last July in Israel, with the participation of Netanyahu and Landau.Greenberg, who is the CBS News Travel Editor, recruits leaders of a country to act as his tour guide. Landau is also expected to visit Universal Studios and Paramount Studios, and meet with executives at NBC.

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