New Talent Unseats Old Favorites at Israeli TV Awards

'Arab Labor' and dramatic series '30 Shekels per Hour' pull in the most awards; Haaretz columnist Sayed Kashua wins award for best comic script for 'Arab Labor.'

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No single TV outlet won a majority of this year's prizes at the Israeli Academy of Film and Television TV awards held this past Friday, shattering the trend of previous years. Under Academy rules, shows that aired between April 2011 and June 2012 were eligible for the 2012 awards.

TV sitcom "Avoda Aravit" ("Arab Labor"), broadcast by Channel 2 concessionaire Keshet, and Channel 1 TV series "Shloshim Shekel Lesha'ah" ("30 Shekels per Hour") grabbed the most prizes.

"Arab Labor," the biting societal comedy from author and Haaretz columnist Sayed Kashua, took the trophies for best comedy, best lead actor in a comedy and best lead actress in a comedy, among others. Kashua also was honored with the 2013 award best comic script. "30 shekels per hour" took the crown for best drama, best directing in a drama and best dramatic script.

In a twist, the music reality TV show "The Voice", broadcast by Channel 2 concessionaire Reshet, beat out Keshet's version of the international reality hit "Big Brother," which has held the title of best reality show for several years. Another upset came in the category of best entertainment show, with perennial title-holder "Eretz Nehaderet" ("A Wonderful Country") losing out to "Matzav Hauma" ("State of the Nation").

The first season of "Chai Be'La La Land" ("Living in La La Land"), a reality show that follows several wannabe pop stars trying to make it big in Hollywood, won best docu-reality. Channel 8's "HaKibbutz" ("The Kibbutz") won best documentary and "Hinshufim" ("Owls") won for best talk show.

Channel 10's "Erev Tov Im Guy Pines" ("Good Evening with Guy Pines") once again took the prize for best entertainment news magazine. "HaMakor" ("The Source") won for best investigative journalism program, and "Al Tapilu et Hamilyon" (the local version of the British favorite "The Million Pound Drop") won for best game show.

Actor Amos Tamam took the trophy for best dramatic actor for his role in "Ahat Efes Efes" ("One Zero Zero") while Dana Modan was named best dramatic actress for her role in the romantic comedy "Ananda." The title of best children's show went to "Alephim"("Alephs").

Journalist and TV presenter Moti Kirschenbaum was also presented with a lifetime achievement award during this year's ceremony.

'Arab Labor,' which pulled in several awards at the event.Credit: Elrad Rafieli

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