A cable series today became the second TV production this week to pull out of Israel in response to the worsening military situation in Gaza. Deadline.com reports that the USA event series "DIG" is exiting the country.
In a statement, USA said: “Given the current situation and after careful consideration, we are relocating the production of 'DIG' partly to Albuquerque and are continuing to explore other locations. Our experience filming in Israel was very positive and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to capture such an authentic landscape that will be threaded throughout the series.”
The move comes one day after the FX series "Tyrant" announced that it is permanently relocating its production from Israel to Turkey.
"As the Gaza attack started a week ago, 'DIG' extended its planned hiatus by week while the network and producers were exploring alternatives and holding conversation with the project’s insurance company," Deadline reports. "The series, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent investigating a troubling murder of a young woman archaeologist in Jerusalem, took a break after filming the first episode of its six-episode order. The pilot episode was shot throughout Israel, including Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem."
The decision comes amid a 24-hour ban on flights to Israel by the Federal Aviation Administration, in response to reports of a Palestinian rocket attack. The State Department has also warned Americans not to travel to Israel or the Gaza Strip.
"In September, the Showtime series 'Homeland,' from 'Tyrant' producer Fox 21, moved third-season scenes that were planned to be shot in Israel to Morocco over concerns about the situation in Syria," the story notes. The piece also notes that Israeli writer-producer Gideon Raff is a co-creator of "DIG," "Homeland" and "Tyrant."