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More money for original TV content

The Israel Broadcasting Authority has announced it will allocate NIS 85 million in 2013 for original productions from outside the authority, though the law obliges it to invest only NIS 70 million. The IBA’s financial committee made the decision last night, after a delay in introducing reforms forced it to keep to this year’s emergency budget. Without the reforms, the IBA will not receive NIS 140 million from the Finance Ministry. The increase comes despite NIS 73 million in cuts, mainly through layoffs of temporary workers and reductions in shifts and salaries. While IBA chairman Amir Gilat said the increase was made because “content is above everything,” one source familiar with the situation said the move may help the IBA in an upcoming court case to show that it is investing in productions despite dragging its feet on a film tender from last summer. ‏(Gili Izikovich‏)

Cannes adds another Israeli to its roster

The Cannes film festival will screen French-Israeli director Raphael Nadjari’s new film, “A Strange Course of Events,” as part of its Directors Fortnight lineup next month. Nadjari is the second Israeli to get onto this year’s list, after Cannes announced over the weekend that it would open the fortnight with “The Congress” by Ari Folman. ‏(Nirit Anderman‏)