‘Fauda’ producer Yes Studios taps Armoza’s former sales boss as MD, following Danna Stern exit

Sharon Levi

Yes Studios, the Israeli producer and distributor behind Fauda, Your Honor, and Shtisel, has appointed Sharon Levi as its new MD, replacing outgoing company founder Danna Stern.

Levi joins the company having most recently been head of sales at ITV Studios-owned Armoza Formats, which she left in March last year, as revealed by TBI.

Her new remit will see her lead Yes’ distribution and co-production arm, after Stern announced her departure on LinkedIn last month, following more than 20 years with the company.

As part of her new role, Levi will oversee the distribution of Yes Studios’ series as well as develop co-production opportunities for Yes’ scripted titles with international partners.

Danna Stern

The Yes slate

Recent Yes Studios projects include As We See It, the Jason Katims’ helmed adaptation of the studios’ On The Spectrum, which debuted last month on Amazon Prime Video.

Fire Dance, the inaugural series by filmmaker Rama Burshtein-Shay about impossible love in a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox religious sect, is set to launch later this year, as is Bloody Murray, a romantic comedy, starring On the Spectrum’s Naomi Levov and Rotem Sela.

The US adaptation of the company’s scripted format Your Honor has meanwhile received a 10-episode second season pickup from Showtime, while the family drama Shtisel and thriller Fauda, which will launch its fourth season on Israel’s Yes TV in mid-2022, have both proved hits for global streamer Netflix.

Levi said: “I look forward to working on the exciting new series we have launching in 2022 as well as our existing line-up of award-winning and audience pleasing titles. I’d like to thank Danna for the amazing work and contribution to the positioning of Israeli drama at the forefront of the TV industry.”

Stern wished Levi and the company “continued success in bringing Israeli productions to global viewers” and added that was looking forward “to new and exciting opportunities in international production.’

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