Ron Leshem is an Israeli-American television and film writer and producer, best known for the television series Euphoria, and for the film Beaufort, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He is the winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s top literary award for his debut novel Beaufort which was translated into over 20 languages. The film version of Beaufort, which Ron co-wrote, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director. His second book The Underground Bazaar reached also the bestseller list and was translated into numerous languages, and his third book When We Were Beautiful published last month.
He created and co-wrote the drama series The Gordin Cell (2011) which received 11 nominations for the Israeli Academy of Film and Television awards. The TV series was adapted by NBC as an American remake, Allegiance.
From 2006 until 2009, Ron served as head of content and programming for Keshet Broadcasting. He was responsible for the development and production of some of the most popular and successful Israeli TV series, receiving outstanding industry awards. Series include: Arab Labor, the A-word, Traffic Light, and Homeland (the original Israeli show Prisoners of War adapted and screened for two seasons after being sold to 20th Century Fox Television for Showtime cable channel). The Israeli film Incitement by Yaron Zilberman, which Ron co-wrote, premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival and won the 2019 Ophir Award for Best Picture.
Leshem was the film winner of AICF’s Israeli Culture and Arts (ICA) awards in 2019