USA drama series to be filmed in Jerusalem’s Old City


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A new drama series to be aired on the USA Network will be filmed mostly in the Old City of Jerusalem.

“Dig” will be filmed in the City of David national park located in the Silwan neighborhood as well as the Old City of Jerusalem. The series will be produced by Gideon Raff, screenwriter of the Israeli series “Hatufim,” which is aired in the United States as “Homeland” and co-written by “Heroes” writer Tim Kring, a co-creator of “Homeland.”

The first six episodes have been purchased without buying a pilot.

The series deals with an American FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.

It reportedly will be broadcast in the United States at the end of 2014, and will be filmed using Israeli and American actors.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat worked actively to bring the project to Jerusalem.

“The new series is a significant milestone on the road as Jerusalem becomes an attractive location for international productions,” he said. “Jerusalem’s rich history attracts series and films with great stories to tell.”

Silwan has been a flashpoint in Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem, where 400 Jews live among 31,000 Palestinians.

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