Ron Leshem

Best-selling Israeli Author of Beaufort

TV Producer and Screenwriter

Ron Leshem is an author and screenwriter, winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel's top literary award. His novel Beaufort was on Israel's bestsellers list for two years, has been translated into 14 languages. The book was adapted into a film by the same name (coauthored by Leshem), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Beaufort also won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director. Leshem's second book, The Underground Bazaar, is a richly imagined novel, set in modern-day Teheran. At times appalling, at times funny, this is a tale of love, friendship, and repression. The novel moves between euphoria and paranoia, taking the reader to the black market of Teheran, where one can buy everything that is illicit, to the public squares where adulterous women are executed.


Leshem also served as journalist and senior editor for Israeli dailies Yedioth Ahronoth and Ma'ariv . He was deputy director for content and programming for Keshet, one of Israel's main commercial TV network. He was a producer of the successful Israeli TV show "Chatufim", which later was adapted into the hit TV show "Homeland". Leshem was also executive producer of NBC's TV drama "Allegiance". Leshem is also the co-creator of the Israeli TV show "Euphoria", which was adapted to HBO, and of which Leshem is co-executive producer.  Leshem also wrote a new drama TV show for Hulu, which takes place in the midst of Syria's recent war. 

Ron currently lives in the states, and splits his time between Boston and Los Angeles. 

Lecture Topics

   •  Israel as #1 Exporter of TV Shows to the U.S.

   •  Beaufort

   •  The Underground Bazaar

   •  On Euphoria and Adaptation to HBO

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