What inspired you to become a TV/film producer?
I’ve always loved films growing up but my first experience of making films was when my dad showed me how to use his video camera and edit together clips with the video machine. I fell in love with the process and that set me on my obsessive path of learning the craft of filmmaking.
How has Herzlia shaped who you are today?
Herzlia taught me to always question everything and instilled in me a strong sense of Judaism. I’m still also very good friends with our group from school which seems to be a hallmark of having gone to Herzlia.
Which TV/film project are you most proud of and why?
I’m very proud of our work on the Tali’s Diary series. It is one of those rare experiences of being given a lot of creative freedom to make the show that we wanted to make. It’s extra special because our creative team are old school friends (Daniel Zimbler also went to Herzlia) and I also make it with my wife Julia, who plays Tali.
If you weren’t a TV/film producer what would you rather be doing?
I would be making music or playing in a band.
What’s one skill you’ve mastered that changed your life?
Learning how to drill with the correct drill bits.
What keeps you awake at night?
My two-year-old son.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
A slime kit for my daughter.
If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
Is there life after death?
What fictional character do you wish you could meet and why?
Bugs Bunny because he’s got attitude, he’s funny and he always wins.
What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
When I was 19 years old, I spray-painted my name on the end of the unfinished highway in the middle of the night. My mother was horrified.
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