Israeli sitcom ‘Ramzor’ wins International Emmy

JERUSALEM (JTA) — "Ramzor," an Israeli sitcom about three longtime friends and their romantic relationships, won the International Emmy Award for best comedy.

The Emmy was awarded Monday night in New York at an International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awards ceremony.

"Ramzor," which means "traffic light" in Hebrew, defeated entries from Thailand, Mexico and Britain. It was selected as a finalist by a panel of 700 judges from 50 countries.

Earlier this year, the Fox network bought the rights to the show, which is being called "Mixed Signals" and is scheduled to air starting in February. The American version will be written by Bob Fischer, who wrote the Fox TV series "Married with Children" and the film "Wedding Crashers."

Russia also has purchased rights to the show.

The Hebrew version will be aired in several other countries, including Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Georgia, Ynet reported.

"Ramzor," which airs on Israel Channel 2 and is owned by its franchisee, Keshet, is taping its third season. Its second season was among the top 10 most watched shows of 2009, with 23.7 percent of Israelis watching.

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