Israeli Emmys: ‘Fauda’ Wins Best TV Drama, ‘Shababnikim’ Best TV Comedy

At the Israel Academy for Film and Television’s awards ceremony, Channel 10 won for best news broadcast, 'A Wonderful Country' for best satire program and Ilana Dayan for lifetime achievement

Itay Stern
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A still from the second season of “Fauda.”
A still from the second season of “Fauda.”Credit: Ronen Akerman/YES
Itay Stern

“Fauda” and “Shababnikim” were the main winners in the Israel Academy for Film and Television’s awards ceremony on Friday. “Fauda,” on the Yes satellite channel, which is in its second season, took 11 prizes, including best drama series, as well as the prize for direction, which was awarded to Rotem Shamir.

The prize for best actor went to Lior Raz and the show also won for best screenplay, casting, cinematography, recording, special effects and in other categories. Yes also received awards for “Tom Yaar on the Israel National Trail” in the docu-reality category, and for documentary series with “A Standard Love Song,” about Arik Einstein.

“Shababnikim,” produced by Hot telecom, won the prize for the best comedy series, screenplay and direction, and for best actor in a comedy, which went to Uri Laizerovich. Magi Azarzar won two prizes: Best comic actress for her role in “Viki and Me,” and best dramatic actress for “Virgins,’ which she shared with Bat Chen Sabag for her role in “Metumtemet.” The best daily drama prize went to the second season of “Metumtemet,” on Hot.

The prize for the best news broadcast was won by the prime-time Channel 10 newscast. In her acceptance speech, Tamar Ish Shalom, the presenter, mentioned the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who a few weeks ago admitted that he had tried to close Channel 10. “It makes me very happy to stand here and receive on behalf of the program that continues to broadcast with hard work, on a channel that’s alive and kicking.” “London and Kirschenbaum” won the current events award. Keshet took the prize for the best satirical program for “A Wonderful World,” and the reality show award for the seventh season of “Master Chef.”

Media personality Ilana Dayan received the lifetime achievement award, and her program “Uvda” (Fact) also received the best investigative program award.

In her acceptance speech, which brought the audience to their feet, Dayan said: “We aren’t Turkey. Our press is still kicking. Democracy has yet to fall. Democracies don’t fall overnight, but they fade in the dark and our job is to ensure that nobody will succeed in turning out the light. That’s why it’s so worrisome to see how they have corrupted news sites, traded in journalists, and whoever wasn’t bought, was marked. And nevertheless, something good is happening. All the black boxes are being opened. We won’t be able to say that we didn’t know.”