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Keshet Canada winds down as focus switches

Keshet International’s joint venture Keshet Canada has effectively wound down after the agreement with industry veteran Mark Rubenstein (pictured) expired, TBI has learned.

Mark_RubensteinA Keshet spokesperson said it no longer has any projects in development with Rubenstein, and that their agreement had ended, meaning the JV has for all intents and purposes stopped operating.

However, KI will remain active in Canada through its new agreement with scripted-focused producer Facet4. It is also selling formats into the territory, notably closing a deal in January with speciality channel VRAK for unscripted dating format Girlfri3nds.

Keshet Canada launched in mid-2013, with Rubenstein attached to anchor the unscripted-focused venture. However, he took on a president and CEO role at a Canadian skiing body not long after.

KI said the time this would not affect Keshet Canada as it was a essentially an honourary role.

Former Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting and Insight Sports boss Rubenstein couldn’t be contacted for comment before press time today.

Yesterday, Keshet revealed a new co-development agreement with Canadian scripted indie Facet4. The pact will see the pair look to co-develop projects for the Canadian and international markets.

KI, the global production and distribution arm of Israel’s Keshet Media Group, operates Keshet Productions UK with former DCD Media chief Sammy Nourmand at the helm, Keshet Australia with ex-21st Century Fox TV networks boss David Haslingden, Keshet DCP as a joint venture with Dick Clark Productions and Keshet Studios, which is launched this summer.