2021 Deals

Dubai Sports acquired rights for Japanese football’s J.League in the MENA region

26 February 2021

Japanese football’s J.League has unveiled its international media-rights partners for the upcoming 2021 season, including new deals with pay-television broadcasters K-Vision in Indonesia and Dubai Sports in the Mena region.

Egyptian film ‘One Night Stand’ to screen at the Louvre Museum in Paris

25 February 2021

Egyptian short film “One Night Stand” is set to screen at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Wednesday.

Shahid VIP partners with Asharq News

24 February 2021

Shahid VIP, the subscription-based premium service of MBC Group’s Shahid, has partnered with Asharq News.

Discovery and Saudi Telecom Company enter a new long-term strategic partnership for discovery+

23 February 2021

stc’s media arm Intigral will provide its Jawwy TV subscribers access to discovery+ content in a branded area and will also offer the full discovery+ service for 12 months when signing up for an a la carte add-on subscription

Doha Film Institute expands its global reach with largest virtual edition of Qumra 2021

23 February 2021

Directors Claire Denis, James Gray and Jessica Hausner, sound designer Mark Mangini and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael have reconfirmed their participation at the seventh edition of the Doha Film Institute’s annual talent incubator Qumra, running online March 12-17.

NBCUniversal Launches its OTT Platform Hayu in Spain

23 February 2021

NBCUniversal announced on Thursday the launch of its OTT platform Hayu in Spain and 10 additional European territories including Portugal, France and Italy.

Toonz Media Group launches new OTT platform for world-class animated content MyToonz

23 February 2021

Toonz Media Group, one of the world’s leading entertainment companies specializing in animation content production, has launched an exciting new OTT platform for kids and family entertainment called MyToonz.

Viu to showcase 11 new Korean dramas in February and March

23 February 2021

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, presents its exciting Korean content lineup for February and March, featuring 11 drama series for Viu-ers to enjoy. New titles include River Where the Moon Rises, The Penthouse 2, Times, Mouse, L.U.C.A.: The Beginning, Dear. M, Great Real Estate, Summer Guys, Love Scene Number, Breakup Probation, A Week, and Beyond Evil.

Abu Dhabi Media to Air Wild Abu Dhabi Turtles of Al Dhafra Documentary Produced by Environment Agency Abu Dhabi

23 February 2021

As part of the joint cooperation between the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company,

Disney+ adapting tragic story of Algerian student in new series

18 February 2021

The story of Algerian student Malik Oussekine, who died in police custody in France in 1986, is coming to Disney+.

Abu Dhabi TV orders ‘Celebrity Game Face’ from NBCU

17 February 2021

Abu Dhabi TV has ordered a local version of NBCUniversal Formats’ comedy gameshow Celebrity Game Face, marking its first international series adaptation.

Serie A delays MENA auction again as it struggles to secure a buyer

17 February 2021

Lega Serie A’s broadcast rights sales process in the Middle East and North Africa has been further delayed after the bid deadline was pushed back for a second time.

Rotana Audio Visual appoints Choueiri as exclusive ad media rep

17 February 2021

The partnership covers all content from Rotana FM’s radio station, as well as the production services of Rotana Audio and Video

Tapmad TV to air Pakistan Super League in MENA

17 February 2021

The Pakistan Cricket Board has joined hands with tapmad TV for streaming of the HBL Pakistan Super League 6 matches in Australia, MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions as well as the RoW* (Rest of the World).

Intigral enhances Jawwy TV user experience

17 February 2021

Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports in MENA and a subsidiary of stc group, has added several new features and accessibility options to its flagship and award-winning OTT platform Jawwy TV, alongside a multitude of exciting content titles available to be viewed and enjoyed by users during February.

Ooredoo Oman offers year's free access to OSN app with Fibre Home Internet

17 February 2021

Ooredoo is offering 12 months’ complimentary access to the OSN streaming app.

Inter Medya has announced the acquisition of new drama series SCORPION (AKREP)

17 February 2021

Turkish distribution company Inter Medya has announced that it has acquired the distribution rights to SCORPION (AKREP), this season’s brand-new phenomenon title.

STARZPLAY is now MENA’s home of anime through strategic ties with TV TOKYO

16 February 2021

STARZPLAY, the region’s leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, is now the region’s home of anime, with over one thousand episodes of anime content brought to its subscribers by TV TOKYO Corporation.

Fares Sayegh announced the launch of ROYA MEDIA GROUP

16 February 2021

Roya TV, Jordanian broadcaster, has regrouped all its operations under the newly launched banner of Roya Media Group (RMG).

DStv brings the best of Korean entertainment home

16 February 2021

The best of K-POP and K-dramas will burst onto South African television screens as the MultiChoice Group and its counterpart CJ ENM HK partner to bring the best of Korean entertainment to DStv. This marks the first foray for Korea’s number 1 entertainment brand into the continent.

Saudi Arabia’s Muvi Cinemas Forges Partnership With Studio Telfaz11

16 February 2021

Saudi Arabian exhibition chain Muvi Cinemas has forged a strategic partnership with local digital media studio Telfaz11, under which they will take an undisclosed stake in the expanding Saudi outfit that recently inked an eight-picture deal with Netflix.

United Media Services to release ''Al Medina'' series for Ramadan 2021

16 February 2021

Egyptian actress Donia Samir Ghanem is participating in Ramadan 2021 with TV Series “Al Medina”. Tamer Mursi, Chairman and CEO of United Media Services, announced Saturday that Ghanem’s upcoming series will consist of 15 episodes.

MBC Group chooses WHATS’ON to manage on-demand and linear

16 February 2021

MBC GROUP, a media company in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, has chosen WHATS’ON — the BMS by MEDIAGENIX — to replace their current Broadcast Management Systems and manage all their on-demand services and linear channels in a unified process.

SERIES MANIA ANNOUNCES REVISED DATES FOR 2021 EDITION

16 February 2021

Series Mania Festival to be held in Lille, France from August 26-September 2,with the Series Mania Forum set for August 30-September 1

French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri lands major role in ‘The Three Musketeers’

16 February 2021

French-Algerian actress Lyna Khoudri is set to star in a new two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French novel “The Three Musketeers,” according to reports — and she has a major role.

OSN announces the latest addition to its Original Productions: Kayd Majhool (Anonymous) launching this March

16 February 2021

The psycho-thriller drama is a story like no other starring Syrian superstars Basel Khayyat and Abdelmonem Ameri

NIPPON TV ANNOUNCES ITS NEWEST GAME SHOW FORMAT “CRUSH PARK”,

16 February 2021

Similar to Nippon TV’s successful format Mute it!, Crush Park is adaptable during this global pandemic

WARNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION (WBITVP) ACQUIRES NIPPON TV’S AWARD WINNING FORMAT “MUTE IT!”

16 February 2021

DEAL SEES WBITVP PICKING UP RIGHTS TO NIPPON TV’S AWARD-WINNING FORMAT IN EUROPE, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FIRST PRODUCTION ALREADY UNDERWAY, WITH BLAZHOFFSKI PRODUCING IN THE NETHERLANDS FOR SBS6

‘Mission Impossible 7’ director praises filming experience in Abu Dhabi

16 February 2021

The director of “Mission Impossible 7,” Christopher McQuarrie, has taken to Instagram on Sunday to gush over his filming experience in Abu Dhabi.

beIN renews feature films partnership with leading independent distributor, Front Row Filmed Entertainment

16 February 2021

beIN Media Group, the global sports, entertainment and independent media group, has renewed its multi-year agreement with leading Indie film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment LLC, securing first pay and Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) window for independent feature films across the Middle East and North African territories.

SKY ANNOUNCES “THE RETURN:LIFE AFTER ISIS” DOC

15 February 2021

The Sky Original documentary, an Alba Sotorra Production in association with MetFilm and Ronachan Films, will launch on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV this summer. The deal was negotiated by Alba Sotorra Productions and MetFilm.

New Documentary Streaming Platform FILMPIXS Launches February 17, 2021

15 February 2021

HF Productions announced its new documentary streaming service FILMPIXS will be launching this month. The indie film fest-backer said its new platform will be available globally beginning Feb. 17, 2021.

Cinedigm Acquires Horror Streaming Service Screambox

15 February 2021

Cinedigm’s portfolio just got a lot scarier. The Company announced it has acquired Screambox, a streaming service that caters to all things in the horror and thriller movie genre. The service is widely available and can be accessed on mobile devices, the web, Connected TVs, as an Amazon Prime Channel, and more.

Atresmedia to premium Turkish Drama Sisterhood

15 February 2021

ECCHO RIGHTS SELLS SISTERHOOD TO ATRESMEDIA

Egypt’s movies ‘Souad’, ‘Seven Years Around the Nile Delta’ will screen in Berlin International Film Festival

15 February 2021

Egyptian movies ‘Souad’ and ‘Seven Years Around the Nile Delta’ will screen in Berlin International Film Festival.

Legendary Arab divas of film and music immortalized in Paris

15 February 2021

An interactive exhibition paying tribute to Arab divas of film and music from the 1920s to the 1970s will open in Paris next month.

Oscars 2021: Two films by Arab directors are shortlisted

15 February 2021

'The Present' and 'The Man Who Sold His Skin' are in the running for the 2021 Academy Awards

Egyptian Manal Khaled's Trapped to world premiere at 'South By Southwest Festival' US

15 February 2021

Trapped, a feature debut directed by Egyptian filmmaker Manal Khaled, will have its world premiere during the upcoming 'South By Southwest Festival' which will take place between 16-20 March.

“Exhibition 421” announces a digital cinematic program

15 February 2021

“Gallery 421”, in Abu Dhabi, announced the return of the Contemporary Arab Cinema Program, which will be held via the Internet, under the title “Blessed are those who discussed”, in partnership with Cinema Akil.

beIN walking away from Serie A deal?

10 February 2021

BeIN Media Group is unlikely to bid for the rights to show Italian soccer across the Middle East and North Africa, as one of the world’s biggest sports broadcasters continues to take a tough negotiating stance with leagues across Europe, people familiar with the matter said.

Fares Sayegh and Nick Grande share their MENA views on Tellycast

10 February 2021

TellyCast - the TV industry news review this week focuses on the Middle East and North Africa Content Market with mena.tv's Nick Grande and Fares Sayegh, GM of Jordan’s biggest independent TV network Roya TV.

Shahid VIP subscribers have grown ten-fold in a year

09 February 2021

Shahid Original series, Shahid Premieres, new partnerships and more have transformed Shahid VIP into the largest provider of original Arabic-language content

Saudi short Silah to premiere in Finland at Tampere Festival

09 February 2021

Short Saudi film Silah by director Hussam Alhulwah is slated to land its international premiere at Tampere Film Festival in Finland (March 10-15). The film has previously landed its world premiere at Saudi Film Festival, where it won Golden Palm for Best Director Award.

Ooredoo Oman to bundle free Starzplay subscriptions in multiple territories

09 February 2021

Giving its customers even more to enjoy, all Ooredoo Shahry Omanuna users can enjoy a complimentary subscription to STARZPLAY and data for only OMR 49.

Choueiri Group expands in Egypt with Al Nahar TV deal

09 February 2021

The deal expands on a partnership struck with Sony in 2018 and adds to a multi-title deal the company has with Netflix.

Sony Pictures TV, Mo Abudu's Nigerian Giant EbonyLife Sign First-Look Deal

09 February 2021

The deal expands on a partnership struck with Sony in 2018 and adds to a multi-title deal the company has with Netflix.

I Am LAYCON will stream in the UK, France, Australia and 23 other countries outside of Africa

09 February 2021

ICONS in the United Kingdom and the rest of the diaspora will be able to watch Laycon’s reality series on Showmax.

Viu hits 45 million MAU, 5.3 million paid subscribers and ranks no. 1 for number of users in SEA according to MPA

09 February 2021

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, announced several key milestones.

ZEE5 Global unveils a massive content slate for February 2021

09 February 2021

ZEE5 Global, the largest OTT platform for South Asian content has announced a massive line-up of new releases for February across Originals, television shows, and non-fiction shows to keep its audiences across the world completely riveted.

SLING TV launches Voot with India’s top-rated content

09 February 2021

SLING TV expanded its South Asian content with the addition of Voot, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform owned by Viacom18, a Joint Venture between Network18 & ViacomCBS in India. Available exclusively on SLING TV in the U.S., Voot launches today at no cost to select subscribers, and for $7 per month as a standalone service.

Adel Imam’s “Bodyguard” — the Egyptian superstar’s final stage production — coming exclusively to Shahid VIP February 26

09 February 2021

For the first time in Arab entertainment history, the critically acclaimed play arrives on the small screen Available for streaming worldwide, “Bodyguard” streams exclusively on Shahid VIP under the patronage of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and MBC GROUP

Netflix reveals multi-genre slate from Obama’s Higher Ground

09 February 2021

Netflix has announced an upcoming slate of multi-genre programming from US-based Higher Ground Productions, the prodco founded by former US president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama.

Bassel Khaiat Joins TV Series “Harb Ahliya”

09 February 2021

Syrian actor, Bassel Khaiat has recently joined the cast of TV series “Harb Ahliya” (Civil War), starring Yousra.

‘Al Ens W El Nems’ to Hit Cinemas in Eid al-Fitr

09 February 2021

The markers of renowned actor Mohamed Henedy‘s new film “Al Ens W El Nems” (The Mongoose and the Humans), will release it in the cinemas during the Eid al-Fitr movie marathon.

ZDF ENTERPRISES STARTS DISTRIBUTION OF HITLER’S SLAVES

09 February 2021

ZDF Enterprises announced today that filming has been completed and the worldwide distribution of the three-part documentary Hitler’s Slaves will start immediately.

Beyond Rights acquires ‘The World According to Grandpa’

09 February 2021

Beyond Rights is pleased to announce that it has acquired the worldwide distribution rights for vibrant new kids’ series The World According to Grandpa, which it will be officially launching to the international market during Kidscreen.

ITVS bags TF1 format from Can’t Stop

09 February 2021

UK producer and distributor ITV Studios (ITVS) has picked up the local production rights to upcoming French singing format Mystery Duets in eight territories.

Starzplay secures $25m debt financing from Abu Dhabi-based Ruya Partners

09 February 2021

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) service Starzplay has secured $25m debt financing from Abu Dhabi based Ruya Partners.

Abu Dhabi Media appoints Choueiri Group’s Media Sat as its exclusive advertising media representative

03 February 2021

Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company, has appointed Media Sat, a Choueiri Group company, to handle advertising sales for its general entertainment TV channels, radio, digital and publishing, across the MENA region and beyond.

Industry professionals honoured at ASBU BroadcastPro 2020 Awards

03 February 2021

A mix of established and new companies, as well as individuals, were feted at the celebrations last evening in Dubai.

The Franco-Algerian Tahar Rahim gets Oscars boost from Santa Barbara Film Festival awards

03 February 2021

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival just made the wide-open Oscar race a little more interesting.

Spacetoon partners with Moonbug Entertainment to bring ‘CoComelon’ in MENA

03 February 2021

Spacetoon has announced a partnership with Moonbug Entertainment, one of the largest digital media companies in the world, to bring CoComelon,

France’s TF1 joins Media Ranch’s Horsepower 3.0 format initiative

03 February 2021

French broadcaster TF1 has joined the third edition of format project Horsepower, the incubation initiative from Canadian producer and distributor Media Ranch.

Intigral launches its Jawwy TV App for Samsung TV’s and Android TV Devices

03 February 2021

Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports in MENA and a subsidiary of stc group, has announced the launch of new applications for its flagship OTT service, Jawwy TV.

Univision buys Spanish-language streamer VIX to bolster AVOD push

03 February 2021

US-based Hispanic broadcaster Univision has acquired Spanish-language streamer Vix, which it will use to supercharge its upcoming AVOD service PrendeTV.

Rotana Media Group launches social media management platform Rotana Stars

03 February 2021

The communication industry has witnessed numerous changes during the last decade, and by far the social media proliferation was the pinnacle, hence the impact was not just on communication but on business overall.

Zeina to Participate in Ramadan 2021 Drama Marathon

03 February 2021

Egyptian actress, Zeina will participate in the Ramadan 2021 drama marathon, which is scheduled to begin filming on February 14th.

Bertelsmann explores potential sale of French media group M6

03 February 2021

Germany’s Bertelsmann has approached potential bidders including French media giant Vivendi and Altice Europe about selling its controlling stake in French broadcast group M6

Saregama strikes licensing deal with India’s leading short video platform, Josh

03 February 2021

Saregama, one of India’s largest music labels, has announced a music licensing deal with made-in-India, short-video app, Josh by VerSe Innovation.

‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ starring Sofia Boutella premieres at Sundance

03 February 2021

French-Algerian actress Sofia Boutella’s latest film is finally here. “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” starring Nicolas Cage, made its world premiere at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival this week, and critics can’t get enough.

Moroccan film “Oliver Black” competes in the new version of “Golden Globe”

03 February 2021

The Moroccan film “Oliver Black” will compete with 6 Arab works in the foreign films category among the works participating in the new edition of the “Golden Globe” award 2021.

Birdbox.Film launches short films channel

03 February 2021

Birdbox.Film, the curated film streaming platform from Goldfinch, has launched a new channel dedicated to short films.

Actress Yara Shahidi to produce new comedy series

18 January 2021

Actress Yara Shahidi is set to produce a new single-camera comedy series “Smoakland” for Freeform via her production company 7th Sun.

Viu launches new Arabic show, ‘Ansaf Majaneen’

18 January 2021

One of the hottest new Arabic shows to come to the region is finally on air, with ‘Ansaf Majaneen’ airing now on Viu.

Sky and StudioCanal sign exclusive film rights deal agreement

18 January 2021

Sky and StudioCanal agree on a multi-year rights deal valid from 2021. Sky acquires comprehensive linear and on-demand rights and shows future cinema hits from StudioCanal as exclusive pay-TV and streaming premieres in Germany and Austria.

Netflix No. 2 TV Group in Europe in Revenue

18 January 2021

The Netflix star just gets brighter. New data from Ampere Analysis reveals that the SVOD behemoth became the second largest TV group in Europe by revenue in 2020. Comcast, through its acquisition of satellite TV operator Sky, is the Euro leader with 12% market share compared to Netflix’s 6.1%.

Serie A details specifics of ‘territorial’ Mena rights tender

17 January 2021

Lega Serie A has today (Friday) published its invitation to tender for broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2021-22 to 2023-24, offering a region-wide package and individual packages in each country, including Saudi Arabia.

Megogo secures UEFA rights

17 January 2021

The online video and TV services provider Megogo has won a tender for the exclusive right to broadcast the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League in Ukraine for the 2021-2024 seasons.

MENA Art grants eight artists film commissions for new series of shorts

17 January 2021

A group of eight artists has been selected by the foundation MENA Arts UK to create a series of short films on what unites creatives in turbulent times.

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

17 January 2021

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service.

GUY RITCHIE, MIRAMAX AND STX FILMS’ UNTITLED ACTION SPY FILM SET TO BEGIN PRODUCTION IN DOHA, QATAR

17 January 2021

Guy Ritchie’s highly anticipated upcoming untitled film will kick off production this Thursday, January 14th in Doha, Qatar and will also shoot in Antalya, Turkey.

‘Scream 5’ starring Sonia Ben Ammar finally has a release date

17 January 2021

It has been announced on Twitter that “Scream 5” – officially known as “Scream” – will release in one year’s time, on Jan. 14, 2022.

Egyptian film ‘Tuk-Tuk’ goes international

17 January 2021

The Egyptian film “Tuk-Tuk” is set to make its international premiere at France’s Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival on Jan. 29.

Front Row & Muvi Cinemas Launch Saudi Arabia Distribution Venture Front Row Arabia

14 January 2021

Nascent theatrical market Saudi Arabia, which saw its first cinemas open back in 2018, is set for a new distribution player to enter the ring after leading MENA distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment teamed with Saudi exhibition outfit Muvi Cinemas to launch a joint venture.

Showmax and CANAL+ announce first Kenyan Original series

13 January 2021

Streaming service Showmax is expanding its investment in Africa with its first original Kenyan series and second co-production with global broadcaster CANAL+.

Abu Dhabi Media announces UFC Arabia on STARZPLAY ahead of “Fight Island” Abu Dhabi

13 January 2021

Subscribers across MENA can now enjoy UFC live events as well as an extensive Video-on-demand (VOD) Library on STARZPLAY

Serie A international rights ‘attract 14 agency bids’, Mena tender readied

13 January 2021

The rights in the Middle East and North Africa were carved out of the 2021-24 tender and an invitation to tender for those rights will be discussed on Thursday ahead of its launch.

Molotov to expand its footprint in Tunisia and other 6 French-speaking African countries

13 January 2021

Molotov is willing to expand its footprint this year with a dozen countries on the roadmap.

Saudi Telecom appoints Olayan Alwetaid as group CEO

12 January 2021

Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) appointed Olayan Mohammed Alwetaid as the group chief executive officer, starting March 28, 2021.

Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ Becomes First French Series To Debut On Streamer’s U.S. Top Ten List

12 January 2021

Netflix’s Lupin made its debut on the service Friday January 8, and quickly became the first French series to land on the streamer’s U.S. Top 10 list.

ONTime Sports 3 Channel Launches in Egypt

12 January 2021

ONTime Sports Channel Group has launched a new channel called ONTime Sports 3 to broadcast the 2021 World Cup Handball Championship matches

Stage Set For Bahrain Film Festival First Session

12 January 2021

The Bahrain Cinema Club has announced the staging of the Bahrain Film Festival first session from April 1 to 5 after obtaining the approval of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA).

BeIN Sports extends NBA deal in France, streams Australian Open qualifiers in Doha

12 January 2021

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and beIN SPORTS today announced a multiyear expansion of their broadcast and digital partnership that extends to a now decade-long collaboration.

Spacetoon debuts original “The Moshaya Family Animation” series

12 January 2021

Spacetoon has collaborated with the Moshaya Family to bring the brand new series to its MENA audiences

Former Disney and Discovery Execs Launch OTT Platform

12 January 2021

Former Disney and Discovery executives, Thomas Wadsworth, Paul Pastor, Lauren DeVillier and Eugene Liew, announced the launch of Struum, an OTT platform backed by Michael Eisner.