Israela Margalit
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“A first-rate production”
Variety International


At age eight, Israela Margalit was selected as a young journalist for Israel’s children magazine, Haaretx Shelanu, for which she wrote in Hebrew. Later she became consumed with piano playing and stopped writing. During a five-year sabbatical from the concert stage to care for her two small children, she studied literature, philosophy, and political science at Case Western Reserve College, perfected her writing skills in English, and began to write professionally.

She has written television specials for ZDF, ARD, Transel, Deutsche-Welle, EuroArts, Arts & Entertainment, Oregon Public Broadcasting , and Wisconsin Public Television. She has served as a Script Consultant for Columbia TriStar, and developed a 100-episode primetime series about Pushkin for Russia Channel 1 in association with Russia World Studios. She was fortunate to work with producers Curtis Davis, Dr. Ulrich Schaeffer, Tom Doggett, Byron Knight, Christian Stehr, Hans Vetter, and Helmut Rost, and directors Rudy Goldman, Jochen Richter, Jose Montes-Baquer, Dereck Bailey, and Peter Stein.

Her television shows, including a celebrated series with Sir Peter Ustinov, have been shown in more than twenty countries, and received an Emmy nomination, a Gold Medal at the New York Film & Television Festival, two NEA Media Awards, and a Certificate of Merit (Finalist) at the Long Island Film Festival.

Her television shows include:

The Well-Tempered Bach with Peter Ustinov
A two-hour PBS Special, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Television, Deutsche Welle, Transtel.
Emmy nomination.

Celebrating Haydn with Sir Peter Ustinov
A two-hour PBS Special. Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting , Wisconsin Public Television, EuroArts, SAT 3, ORF, and Transtel.
Gold Medal, the New York Film and Television Festival.
National Education Association Media Award.

The Mozart Mystique with Sir Peter Ustinov
A two-hour PBS Special, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting , Wisconsin Public Television,  SAT 3, Deutsche Welle, Transtel.
National Education Association Media Award.

The Immortal Beethoven with Peter Ustinov
A two-hour PBS Special, produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting , Wisconsin Public Television, Deutsche Welle, Transtel. 

 

“Part biography, part performance, and part career analysis, (it’s) a
first-rate production.”
(The Mozart Mystique)
Variety International

“An intriguing portrait. Perhaps the real star is Israela Margalit, who wrote the fresh, provocative script, and offers jolts of genuine Beethovenian spirit in her performance.”
(The Immortal Beethoven)
USA Today

“Mozart had his due with Amadeus. Now it’s Beethoven’s turn to get his due. (A) superb bio narrated by Peter Ustinov at his classiest and written by Israela Margalit, one of the many musicians who add just the right amount of wonderful music to these two hours.”
(The Immortal Beethoven)
People Magazine

“A superlative rich script by Israela Margalit”
(The Immortal Beethoven)
The Washington Post

 

Classic Changes from Rubinsten to Shostakovich to Schnittke
A one-hour television special, produced by Moonlight Productions
and Music and More, Inc.
Certificate of Merit (Finalist) The Long Island Film festival.

Beethoven, the Prodigy, the Titan
A one-hour television special, produced by Arts & Entertainment.
Selected for permanent display at the New York Museum of Broadcasting.
“We regard (this program) among the very cream of the Arts & Entertainment crop.”
Curtis Davis, Vice-President, Programming, Arts & Entertainment

Clara
A one-hour drama special, produced by ZDF.
Selected as one of the ten best television programs of the year by
Bild und Funk.
 

“A wonderful gift for music lovers. Exceptional artistic talent.
Her playing is impressive.”
Bild Und Funk

Pushkin
A 100-episode prime time drama series, bible.
RWS, Russia Channel 1