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‘Fauda’ storms Israeli TV awards with 11 prizes

New comedy ‘Shababnikim’ wins in three categories in local version of Grammies; new public broadcaster Kan also gets recognition

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

YES show 'Fauda' was the big winner at the recent Israeli TV awards (Courtesy 'Fauda')
YES show 'Fauda' was the big winner at the recent Israeli TV awards (Courtesy 'Fauda')

The action-packed TV drama “Fauda” took home 11 prizes at Israel’s TV awards Friday, winning best drama, best screenplay and best director, and best actor for co-creator Lior Raz.

The show’s second co-creator, Avi Issacharoff, is a regular contributor to The Times of Israel.

The YES show about an undercover unit operating in the West Bank, which was also snatched up by Netflix, also won for casting, cinematography, editing and special effects in the annual awards, given by the Israeli Academy for Film and Television.

“Shababnikim,” the new comedy series about ne’er-do-well ultra-Orthodox youth, took three awards, including best comic series, best comic script and best comic actor for Ori Laizerouvich.

The award for best actress in a drama was split this year, going to both Bat-Hen Sabag for “Dumb” and Magi Azarzar for “Virgins.” Azarzar also picked up an award for best actress in a comedy for her work in “Viki and Me.”

Public broadcaster Kan was awarded for the first time since launching last year, with prizes for best game show going to “The Chaser” and best documentary series to “Post-Army Trip.”

Journalist Ilana Dayan was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Israeli Film and Television Academy for her work on Hadashot’s “Uvda” investigative journalism program.

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