Alon Shtruzman, an executive producer, former FOX senior vice president and one of the founders of Israel’s multi-channel industry where he commissioned thousands of hours of programming, has led Keshet International (KI) since its launch in 2012.
Today, KI serves as a major worldwide creative and distribution force with offices worldwide; 120-plus scripted and non-scripted series across 200 countries including Prisoners of War (the original Israeli version of Primetime Emmy® Award-winner Homeland), False Flag and The A Word, a top-10 format business on par with companies many times larger; and a top-five exporter of formats, both globally and in Asia.
KI’s portfolio includes seven local production and distribution hubs in addition to its Tel Aviv HQ – Keshet UK, Tresor in Germany, Keshet Asia in Hong Kong, Keshet India, as well as Keshet Studios and Keshet Films in the US – and a majority stake in GreenbirdMedia. KI offers original content developed and produced within this network of companies, as well as curated third-party IP. KI’s boutique catalogue of finished content and formats spans a broad range of scripted and non-scripted programming, including drama, comedy, entertainment, game shows, kids’ and factual.
Among KI’s most recent dramas drawing raves and awards at major festivals around the world are series in which Shtruzman serves as an executive producer including When Heroes Fly, SleepingBears, Autonomies and Stockholm. He is also among the executive producers of a new untitled comedy from Justin Noble (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) in development at NBC from Keshet Studios and Universal Television (through KI’s non-exclusive, first-look deal with the network and studio); two HBO collaborations including a co-produced untitled drama series now in production and a second series based on KI’s option of the best-selling Ronen Bergman book,Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations; as well as the comedy Fallet in development at Showtime.
KI also continues to see global success across all genres with series including the high-octane game shows BOOM! and The Search; successful talent shows Rising Star and Masters of Dance; and international Emmy® Award-winning ‘buddy comedy’ Traffic Light.
Shtruzman began his career at Israel’s Cable Programming (ICP) consortium, where he became Creative Director and Head of Original Production before founding the nation’s first interactive TV studio, Zoe Interactive. He returned to ICP as Managing Director, merging the company into the newly unified national cable provider, HOT.
There, he launched one of the world’s first VOD services and commissioned a large volume of scripted projects, including the program which became HBO’s In Treatment, the first Israeli scripted format to sell into the US and worldwide. In 2007 Shtruzman joined Fox International Channels and relocated to Europe before becoming COO and President of Playcast in London – the position he held prior to being named CEO of KI.