Yael Abecassis
Yael Abecassis accepting her award for best actress in a drama series at the ceremony on July 13, 2010. Photo by Daniel Bar-On
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Channel 2's Keshet franchisee has grabbed the most prizes - 14 - in Israel's annual television awards. Keshet won for best comedy "Ramzor" ("Traffic Light" ), best entertainment show "Eretz Nehederet" ("It's a Wonderful Country" ) and best drama "Hatufim" ("Captives" ).

Overall, 28 prizes for excellence in television were awarded last night in Jerusalem at the ceremony sponsored by the Israeli Television Academy.

The gala event, which will be broadcast on Friday on Channel 10, marks a break with the past. In the past cable television provider HOT shined, but this year it walked away with only four awards.

This was the first time in the eight years since the award ceremony was established that it was held in Jerusalem, and organizers said this was done to benefit from the Jerusalem Film Festival currently underway.

'Hakol Dvash' wins big

The standout among recipients this time was Reshet television's "Hakol Dvash" ("Everything's Honey" ), which didn't attract a large viewing audience this past season but garnered the prizes for best director and best comedy screenwriter. The latter went to Yael Poliakov, who also won for best actress in a comedy.

The evening's big winner was Keshet's drama series "Hatufim." The show's Yishai Golan won the award for best dramatic actor. Yael Abecassis of "Hatufim" won for best dramatic actress. Best director in a drama went to Gidi Raff from the show; the program itself grabbed recognition as best dramatic series.

The best daily drama went to HOT's "Asfur." HOT also won for best documentary series for "Mehubarot" ("Connected" ). For the best miniseries, HOT was the winner with "Tamid Oto Halom" ("Always the Same Dream" ) about singer Tzvika Pik's music.

Satellite television broadcaster Yes won four awards, including for best drama screenplay for "Srugim," a series directed by Eliezer Shapiro and Hava Divon. It also won or best children's television show, for the second season of "Deus."

The most veteran award-winners yesterday were the creators of "Good Evening with Guy Pines" of Channel 10, which picked up the award for best culture and leisure show. The program has won the award for the past eight years, ever since the category was instated.

News talk show "London and Kirschenbaum," also broadcast on Channel 10, picked up its sixth award for best current affairs program.