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Sigal Avin

Writer, Playwright and Director

Sigal Avin2018-10-08T19:51:20+00:00

Project Description

Sigal Avin Sigal Avin is an American-Israeli writer, playwright and director. In December 2016 she created, wrote and directed 5 short films that show the dynamic behind sexual harassment. They launched on Facebook and went viral in a couple of hours. She then teamed up with David Schwimmer and Mazdack Razzi who produced the American version she wrote and directed. Most recently (January 2018) they launched the #THATSHARASSMENT campaign, after teaming up with AdCouncil, RAINN and the NWLC- with their films airing digitally on television wit support from Amazon, CBS, The CW, FOX, Freeform, HULU, Showtime, Starz and the NYC mayor’s office and Media entertainment. In June of 2014 she was featured on Variety’s list of “10 TV Scribes to Watch.” In 2016, Sigal completed the second season of her comedy series called Bilti Hafich (Irreversible) for Israeli television. The first season premiered in January 2013 and was the number one comedy in Israel that year. After airing in Israel, Sigal teamed up with Peter Tolan/Sony TV to develop the show for American television. In April 2014 she wrote and directed the American pilot for ABC network.In 2007, Sigal created, wrote and directed the dramedy Mythological Ex for the Israeli channel 2 (Keshet). CBS bought the format and the American version entitled The Ex List premiered in 2008. She is the creator and executive producer of three of Israel’s most acclaimed Telenovelas: Game Of Life (2003), Michaella (2004), and Telenovela Inc. (2005). Sigal’s career began in theatre, writing and directing for children in countless stage shows.Her first show for adults, With A Gun And A Smile, produced at the Yoram Lowenstein Acting Studio, was chosen by the Israeli Culture Department to participate in the prestigious Australian International Playwrights Festival. In 2002, Sigal created a passion-project entitled Freaks — a show with no words inspired by the Todd Brownings film of the same name. The show was highly praised and invited to festivals all over the world. From 2005-2007, Sigal was artistic manager and director of the Young Habima Company (Israel’s national theatre).

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