ABOUT

Highly praised for its creative and professional achievements, Zygote Films is a solid partner of choice for many broadcasters, financiers and co-producers who are working in the documentary market. For last three decades, we created content for Israeli and international broadcasting companies, creating dozens of inspiring award-winning documentaries - short, mid-length, feature-length and doc-series. Our offices and studio, located in the heart of Tel Aviv, is a creative hub for visual-artists, researchers and storytellers, working on one of our next insightful soon-to-be-talked-about projects.

 

Meet the Team

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Executive Director
DUKI DROR

Born in Tel Aviv and educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror is an internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker. His extensive body of work - his personal films, character-driven feature-docs, experimental docs, and unique biographies on artists, have won him international attention and success and are distributed worldwide. Dror founded Zygote Films in 2002.

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Senior Producer
LIAT KAMAI ESHED

A senior producer with over 20 years of experience in TV production. In her resume as a producer, there are 9 TV series and 17 documentary films. Liat joined Zygote Films in 2014.

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Writer and Script Editor
GALIA ENGELMAYER

A speech pathologist in the other job, Galia is splitting her professional time between helping children with communication disorders and writing and content editing at Zygote Films since 2007. 

Her writing credits include Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions (2011), Shadow in Baghdad (2013) and Partner with the Enemy (2015). 

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Junior Director
Noam Sobovitz

Noam Sobovitz is a young-generation Israeli filmmaker. A graduate of Tel Aviv University film school, Noam was the editorial producer of a docu-series about the ultra-orthodox media in Israel “The Right Not to Know” for KAN 11. His film “Homecoming” for HOT won the best short film at Astra Film Festival. 

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Post Production Producer
ALI ADI

Ali Adi is a Cinema and economics graduate with a sheer passion for politics, history, and arts. Worked as an editor and content director in several Arabic productions including documentaries and music shows. Ali joined Zygote Films in 2019. 

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Content Development
ITAY LANDSBERG-NEVO

From 2003-2017, Itay Landsberg was the head of the documentary department and a commissioning editor at IBA Channel 1. During his work, he was responsible for hundreds of documentaries and dozens of docu-series. Among them, the Oscar-nominated film "The Gatekeepers". In 2006 Itay was awarded the most prestigious award for journalism in Israel.

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Web & Game Platform Designer
Itai Dror

A fresh graduate of NB Haifa School of Design College, Itai is responsible for content development for the web and game platform. Looking at the expanding future of multi-platform era, our mission is to use our high-end documentary content production capabilities to be applied in web and gaming platforms.

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Editorial Producer
Dana Wolfe

A broadcast journalist, documentary and live event producer, radio show and podcast creator. The founding executive producer of Intelligence Squared U.S., an award-winning live debate series. After over a decade as a producer for ABC News, Nightline with Ted Koppel, Wolfe worked as an independent media consultant for countless news divisions. Her work has been recognized with five Emmys, a DuPont-Columbia Award, and six consecutive radio awards. Joining Zygote in 2017, Wolfe was the editorial producer on Lebanon: Borders of Blood and senior editorial producer on The Cassandra Prophecy.

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Doc-to-Fiction Development
David Toledano

Responsible for content development with focus on non-fiction IP for scripted adaptations in film & TV. Relocated to Israel from Los Angeles and was recruited to be head of international coproductions for The Globus Group. Since then, secured co-productions and distribution partners for feature films, docs and adaptations.

 

Awards

Best Documentary Series 2021

Best Documentary Director 2021

Best Documentary Research 2021

Best Documentary Sound 2021

Best Documentary Cinematography 2021

Best Documentary Editor 2021

Israeli Academy for TV and Motion Pictures Awards

Best Documentary Series 2020

Documentary Forum Award

Best Cinematography Award 2019

Documentary Forum Award

Best Mid length Documentary 2019

Arquivo em Cartaz Rio de Janiero

Best Cinematography Award 2019

Documentary Forum Award

Best Artistic Design Award 2019

Documentary Forum Award

Best Research Award 2019

Doc Aviv Film Festival

Golden Panda Award for Long Documentary 2015

Sichuan Doc Festival, China

Best Art Documentary 2013

Art DOC, Art Film Festival Rome, Italy

Best Documentary 2013

FILAF d'Or, Art Film Festival Perpignan, France

Best Documentary 2012

Documentary Edge Film Festival, New Zealand

Honorable Mention 2011

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Annual Cinema Award 2010

Israeli Film Council Award for excellence in film

Remi Award 2008

Houston World Fest

Best Cinematography Award 2007

Doc Aviv Film Festival

Audience Award 2004

EBS, Seoul Documentary Film Festival

Ghandy Award 2004

Documenta Madrid

2nd place 2003

Doc Aviv Film Festival

Best Documentary 2002

Valley film Festival Los Angeles

Honorable Mention 2002

San Francisco Film Festival

Best Documentary 2002

Doc Aviv Film Festival