Keshet CEO Avi Nir Named Tops List of ‘Israeli Culture’s Most Influential Figures’
Keshet CEO Avi Nir ranks as the most influential figure in Israeli culture, according to a new project by Israel’s oldest newspaper and its website. Haaretz calls Nir “the person who is able to predict what the viewing audience wants, satisfy their tastes precisely and, time after time, create shows that will keep them glued to the screen.” Shows he has greenlighted range from Big Brother and MasterChef to Traffic Light and Hatufim — which was adapted into the worldwide success Homeland. Ranked right behind Nir are brothers Moshe and Leon Edery, who produce and distribute movies and run a thriving theater chain and home video business.

Scott Free London Partners With Universal Music Publishing
Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free London and Universal Music Publishing announced today a long-term partnership for the music publishing rights to the production company’s slate of TV and film properties. The companies will work closely in areas including licensing music from UMP’s vast catalog and advising on score composers. UMP also will advise on all music-related aspects of Scott Free London’s feature length-film and TV projects.

Nigeria Is ‘Guest Country’ For Discop Africa 2013
The DISCOP Organization today announced an initiative to celebrate the content, production and distribution industries in key territories served by its two regional markets, as it introduces a “Guest Country” focus at both DISCOP Africa and DISCOP Istanbul. Nigeria will be the first country to take center stage, at the Johannesburg-based eighth annual DISCOP Africa in November, which will highlight the rapidly growing Nigerian movie industry. More than 2,000 delegates from 70-plus countries are expected to attend.