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Israeli and Chinese TV broadcasters collaborate E-mail

Israeli-based Armoza Formats has inked a co-development deal with major Chinese broadcaster, Hunan TV.

The first show to come out of the partnership is dance competition Dance Smash, which began airing in China last month. The show is based on Quebecor Content and FairPlay’s format as seen in Dance Revolution, which originally aired on Canada’s TVA.

It places performers in the middle of a circle of cameras that provide a real-time 360-degree view of their moves, allowing judges to analyse and critique their performance from all angles as they compete for a cash prize.

The new Chinese programme recently debuted with some of the highest ratings for a televised dance competition in the past two years. Lester Hu, Hunan TV’s head of formats and international business, said his firm was “happy to have found the right partner.”

For Dance Smash, the
 broadcaster’s in-house producers “worked heavily on its redevelopment to [make it] the perfect fit for China,” making changes to certain aspects such as the casting process.

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History bites back: 40,000 yearold human teeth unearthed Print E-mail

Israeli researchers found six human teeth dated to 40,000 years ago, according to TelAviv University (TAU).

A study, led by TAU researchers and published in the Journal of Human Evolution, examined the teeth that were found in a cave in the Galilee region of northern Israel. With dental research, the team determined that the teeth belonged to modern humans (Homo sapiens) and Neanderthals.

The teeth were found in archeological layers belonging to the rich and developed Aurignacian culturewhich first appeared in Europe some 43,000 years agoand is associated with the end of the Neanderthal era in Europe.

The discovered teeth point to are the first anthropological evidence of a population that emigrated from Europe to ancient Israel, supposedly to stay away from extreme climatic conditions during the last glacial period. One of the teeth showed a combination of Neanderthal and Homo sapien features, which, to date, had only been found in European populations from the late stone age.

(Issue Dec 2019/ Jan 2020)

 
‘Charming Beijing’ promotion held in Tel-Aviv E-mail

Held at the Dizengoff Centre shopping mall a promotion event titled “Charming Beijing” was held in October.

Organised by the Beijing Municipal Culture and Tourism Bureau, the event strove to teach Israelis of Beijing’s historical background and tourism features in a bid to attract further interest in the city as a holiday hotspot.

“Beijing is a fascinating tourism destination rich in traditional culture and modern civilization,” commented Ju Qiang, deputy director of the Bureau’s Festival and Events Organising Department.

During the event, a photo exhibition presented audiences with a both traditional and modern Beijing.

A series of interactive cultural activities further attracted many participants, many of them showing an interest in trying Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, and other crafts such as painting lanterns and opera masks.

Delighted by the activities, many of the visitors expressed wishes to visit Beijing and other places of China.

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