News in Brief

Zvika Hadar recovering after heart attack

The popular actor and television personality Zvika Hadar, 46, was hospitalized yesterday morning after he had a heart attack in his doctor's office. Hadar, the host and producer of "Kochav Nolad," the Israeli version of "American Idol," underwent a scheduled cardiac catheterization several weeks ago and returned to work shortly afterward. He went into cardiac arrest yesterday morning while waiting to be examined by his cardiologist at her office. The physician, Dr. Hana Tamir, performed CPR on Hadar and stabilized his condition. Hadar was then taken by ambulance to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital, where officials later said his condition stabilized further. The doctor who treated him said that had Hadar suffered cardiac arrest on the street or at home rather than in the cardiology clinic he probably would have died. (Ronny Linder-Ganz )

'Potato Borscht' nets $10,000-plus at auction

Montefiore Auction House's last sale saw some hundred works of art auctioned off for a total of over $500,000. The house last Wednesday auctioned off works by Nahum Gutman, Yosl Bergner and Yehezkel Streichman, as well as lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Juan Miro. The original catalogue for the sale included 214 works of art valued at around $1.5 million. A 1965 Yigal Tumarkin work, originally valued between $15,000 to $20,000 sold for more that $25,000. Auction house officials said that young realist artists were also successful at the sale, with Eran Reshef's "Potato Borscht" selling for more than $10,000. (Camea Smith )

NBC-TV purchases rights to Israeli spy series

Production rights to Israeli spy series "The Gordin Cell" were recently purchased by NBC-TV. The series, produced by Tedi Enterprises for Yes and Keshet, will be called "Ego & M.I.C.E" (for Money, Ideology and CoErcion ), and will be written and directed by Peter Berg, producer of "Friday Night Lights." Avi Nir, Yona Vizental, Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen and Giora Yahalom will be on the production team. The series focused on the Gordin family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1990s from the Soviet Union, and formerly served as Soviet spies. Their life changes when a Russian agent demands that their son, an IDF officer, join Russian intelligence services. This is not the first Israeli television series to cross the Atlantic. Showtime's hit is based on a local show, 'Hatufim,' and is about to enter its second season. (Ruta Kupfer )