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Hollywood type international movie studio heading to Israel

By Mason White 12:30 PM August 20, 2013
Arnon Milchan 

By: Shifra Unger
Israel could soon be home to a Hollywood type international movie studio, according to new plans revealed today.

Israel-U.S. movie producer Arnon Milchan, and former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, are considering the creation of an international movie studio in the desert town of Arad, overlooking the Dead Sea. The two are expected to visit the proposed studio on Tuesday.

The idea apparently came up in a conversation between the two after Milchan told Liberman that he had just finished shooting a movie in Morocco. When Lieberman asked why he did not shoot in Israel, Milchan said that there were no proper studio facilities in the country.

The $150 million project will be built on 50 square kilometers, or about 20 square miles, and will have its own world-class studio facilities.

Lieberman, the leader of the right Yisrael Beiteinu Party, said that the project has a special meaning for him since he had worked as an extra in the “Massada” movie, a shoot produced by Milchan in 1979 in the Negev Desert. “I did know Milchan at that time, but it was good money. Now, I am going back to the desert with Milchan in a joint venture,” Lieberman said.

It is expected that the facility will create 700 jobs.
Milchan, whose personal fortune is estimated at $4 billion, has previously invested in Israel’s movie industry.