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Hugh Laurie in Israel to address TV conference

Former ‘House’ star joined by TV heavyweights from CNN, FOX, and HBO for 2-day Jerusalem event

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

Hugh Laurie gives his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe he won for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Night Manager' on January 8, 2017. (Screen capture/YouTube)
Hugh Laurie gives his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe he won for Best Supporting Actor for 'The Night Manager' on January 8, 2017. (Screen capture/YouTube)

Acclaimed British actor Hugh Laurie arrived in Israel Sunday, and met with President Reuven Rivlin, ahead of his participation in a Jerusalem conference.

The celebrity, best known for his portrayal of the cantankerous Dr. Gregory House in the hit American series “House” (2004-2012), was accompanied by colleagues Susan Bier and Stephen Garrett, the director and producer, respectively, of the British show “The Night Manager,” in which Laurie also starred.

Laurie is set to speak Tuesday at the Innovative TV (INTV) Conference hosted by Keshet Media Group, a two-day conference, now in its fourth year, that brings top leaders and creatives from the show business industry to Jerusalem for a series of talks, interviews, and brainstorming sessions. The event aims to tap the specifically Israeli brand of creativity that has created such international TV successes as Homeland,” “In Treatment,” “Rising Star” and “Traffic Light.”

Laurie, 57, will be speaking on the convention’s closing panel Tuesday evening along with Bier and Garrett. The trio will discuss their award-winning six-episode miniseries, “The Night Manager.” In the 2016 hit, an ex-military night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited by the MI6 to infiltrate the inner circle of an arms dealer, played by Laurie.

The show earned Bier an Emmy award for her directing and Laurie a Golden Globe for best performance by a supporting actor.

The INTV attendees met with Rivlin at his official residence in Jerusalem on Sunday, the day before the event kicked off.

Other big names in attendance include CNN president Jeff Zucker, chair and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and HBO Miniseries president Kary Antholis.

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