Get Ready to Benj Watch: Emmy Winner to Write U.S. Series on Netanyahu's Life

Itay Stern
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 1996.Credit: Harry Hamburg / NY Daily News vi
Itay Stern

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the main character in an American TV drama series written by Emmy winner Kirk Ellis, as reported on Variety's website. “Bibi” will be based on the book “The Netanyahu Years” by Israeli journalist Ben Caspit and will also deal with Netanyahu’s family life.

“Ben Caspit’s insightful reporting demonstrates how private life always shapes public affairs, and there’s no shortage of conflict – or opinions – when it comes to Benjamin Netanyahu,” said Ellis in a statement.

Ellis won two Emmy awards for his work on the lauded 2008 HBO miniseries “John Adams.” He was nominated for an Emmy for “Anne Frank: The Whole Story,” a two-part miniseries on ABC.

“Bibi” will be the first dramatization of the life of Netanyahu, who has been the focus of several documentaries about him, including Dan Shadur’s “King Bibi.”

The series will be produced by the Israeli company Abot Hameiri for its parent company, the British-based international company Fremantle.

Abot Hameiri co-founder Guy Hameiri was quoted by Variety as saying the new series will be “an epic political story with a very big philosophical and psychological undertone” and at the same time “a scandalous family melodrama that explores how the personal can become political, and vice versa.”

Details on the cast, the filming schedule and the director were not released.

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