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New USA Network TV Series Dig Filmed in Jerusalem

November 25, 2013



A groundbreaking conspiracy series featuring archaeology in Jerusalem is set to appear in late 2014 on the USA Network in the United States, Universal Cable Productions (UCP) recently announced.

The six-episode action series called “Dig” will spotlight ongoing archaeological excavations in the City of David, just south of the Temple Mount wall.

“It has a kind of Indiana Jones meets ‘The Da Vinci Code’ vibe,” said Jeff Wachtel, the chief content officer for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, which owns the USA Network.  (NYT)

Central to the story is an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem.  While investigating the murder of a female archaeologist, he discovers a plot 2000 years in the making that is capable of changing the course of history.

“When we combine Hollywood’s creative potential with Jerusalem’s historic backdrop, it will result in the ability to connect hundreds of millions of viewers around the world to this unique and beautiful city.  There is an undeniable inspiration and creative energy in Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat.

The mayor has allowed the filmmaker access to all of the city’s historical treasures.

Nir Barkat_Mayor of Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s Mayor, Nir Barkat

“Dig” is the brainchild of the major Israeli media company Keshet, producers of the popular TV series “Homeland” and its Hebrew language predecessor Hatufim (Prisoners of War).

The Israeli creator of “Homeland,” Gideon Raff, is returning to his own homeland to film entirely in the Holy City.

The idea for “Dig” came from Keshet CEO Avi Nir while he was visiting a series of ancient underground tunnels in the Old  City.

He realized they were the perfect setting for a thriller.  He took the idea to Raff who in turn brought in “Heroes” producer Tim Kring.  (Variety)

“This team of storytellers has put together a smart, sophisticated and compelling show that will hit the market with a big bang and a lasting impression,” said Wachtel.

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