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STARZPLAY strengthens content aggregation strategy with new BluTV add-on

STARZPLAY subscribers can watch a breadth of Turkish content dubbed in Arabic with the BluTV add-on, free for first three months

Fugitive gets exclusive rights to distribute M-Net and Showmax originals

The deal sees Fugitive becoming the exclusive distributor for scripted M-Net and Showmax originals. Fugitive will be launching three hit shows from the Multichoice flagship channel, M-Net, as well as the SVOD platform, Showmax, into the international market in time for this year’s MipTV.

WARNER BROS. INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PRODUCTION ACQUIRES NIPPON TV’S HIT GAMESHOW FORMAT “SOKKURI SWEETS”

DEAL INCLUDES WBITVP PICKING UP RIGHTS TO NIPPON TV’S POPULAR FORMAT IN THE NETHERLANDS PRODUCTION ALREADY UNDERWAY WITH BLAZHOFFSKI PRODUCING FOR NPO1 WHO IS SET TO AIR FIRST EPISODE ON APRIL 18 th

Palestinian short film ‘The Present’ wins BAFTA award

Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short film “The Present” has won the award for Best Short Film at the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony, which took place on Saturday.

Disney+ appoints UK commissioning exec as EMEA director of scripted content

Disney+ has appointed commissioner Lee Mason as its director of scripted content for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Film AlUla to boost Saudi film industry

Palestinian-British filmmaker Farah Nabulsi’s short film “The Present” has won the award for Best Short Film at the 2021 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ceremony, which took place on Saturday.

Eagle Films unleash its Summer blockbuster line up

Eagle Films is the home of Hollywood box office hits, major movie franchises, and award-winning movies.This summer hold on to your seats and follow the buzz. Eagle films unleash its summer blockbuster Hollywood action, thriller, horror and comedy lineup.

OSN looks to major investment in original content

Last year, Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) rebranded its streaming app Wavo to OSN Streaming with the aim of unifying its traditional and digital offering. Within two months, content consumption on the app grew by an astounding 900 percent and the download of its apps increased by 1700 percent.

Spacetoon, eOne Extend Multi-Year Partnership

Spacetoon has recently announced extending its partnership deal with eOne.Three shows are part of the extension deal.

STARZPLAY strengthens its Turkish content portfolio, announces partnership with leading content distributors

STARZPLAY has partnered with leading distributors to bring the best Turkish content for viewers across the Middle East and North Africa region.

17 top drama series and a Ramadan 2021’s special offer from WATCH iT!

The most anticipated series of Ramadan 2021, including Al Ekhtyar 2, Nasl El Aghrab, Mousa, Covid-25, Hagma Mortada and more! An exciting new offer on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan 2021.

SynProNize & ATV Take Turkish Drama Series “Hercai” to Pakistan

Nitin Michael and Hasnaa Descuns, co-Founders of SynProNize, a Dubai-based content distribution and production company, announced that it licensed popular romantic Turkish drama series Hercai from ATV in Turkey to TVOne in Pakistan, which marks over 35 countries that the program has been sold. SynProNize is also finalizing additional ATV program deals for Turkey.

Abu Dhabi Media Unveils Ramadan Line Up across Brands and Platforms

Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), the UAE’s leading public service broadcaster and media company, has launched a comprehensive Ramadan campaign “Hatha Waqtaha” across all its media channels. The campaign features 16 exclusive programs and productions with Emirati, Gulf, and Arab stars.

FRANCE TV DISTRIBUTION REACHES GLOBAL SALES FOR ITS DRAMA SLATE

The French company has sold formats, news programs and true crime series to Greece; the UK; North America; Spain; Australia; Japan; Italy; Poland, Estonia, Lithuania; Croatia and Russia.

SONY AND NETFLIX PARTNER FOR A MULTI-YEAR LICENSING DEAL

Through the agreement, which serves as a genre extension from the companies' previous deal, Netflix will have a first-look at Sony's catalog to potentially license rights to select titles.

Arabic YouTube Kids app launched in Mena

YouTube is launching its child-friendly app, YouTube Kids, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Spi/Filmbox Inked Several Deals in Africa

SPI/FilmBox have inked several deals with major operators across Africa.

Egyptian Movie “Tuk-Tuk” Reaps Awards and Admiration

A good, refined production takes the viewer into its world, which what the Egyptian movie “Tuk-Tuk” achieved.

Inter Medya Takes Distribution Rights for THE TRUSTED

Turkish distribution and production company Inter Medya announced that they have recently acquired the worldwide distribution rights to this season’s brand new and successful Turkish drama entitled THE TRUSTED. The company draws attention with its varied catalogue, which has recently grown with brand new TV hits.

KIPCO reports 500% increase in OSN streaming subs to 450k during pandemic

KIPCO’s investor presentation last week (24th March) positioned OSN’s streaming service as “among the top 3 players in MENA” with approximately 450,000 OTT subscribers - up from approximately 80,000 a year ago in Apr 2020.

Fatafeat wins exclusive content partnership deal with Facebook MENA

Fatafeat, the home of Arabic cooking, has achieved an exclusive food content partnership with Facebook MENA. The one-year agreement will see the region’s favourite cooking channel delivering over 2,000 long-form content pieces which viewers will be able to access via Facebook Watch – the platform’s in-build video-on-demand service.

SPACETOON INTRODUCES PROGRAMMING BLOCK FOR MOTHERS AND PRESCHOOLERS IN MENA

Family edutainment content creator, provider & streaming platform Spacetoon has introduced a new programming block targeting mothers and their preschool-aged kids on its free-to-air TV channel and Spacetoon Go online streaming service.

STARZPLAY partners with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia to strengthen regional growth

STARZPLAY, MENA region’s leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, has further strengthened its regional presence through its partnership with Virgin Mobile in Saudi Arabia to offer STARZPLAY services at no additional cost alongside select Virgin Mobile plans.

Fatafeat relaunches its Genius Kitchen cooking app, with new name and all-new features

The leading Arabic cooking channel – Fatafeat – today announces the relaunch of its famous world-first Arabic cooking course app, Genius Kitchen, into an updated, elevated version of the platform – the Fatafeat App.

OSN released the five key shows leading its line-up for the holy month

OSN is the latest major broadcaster to announce its line-up of Ramadan programmes.

'The Peacock' is present in Sharjah TV Ramadan line-up

The latest release by Stars Media the series “Peacock” directed by Raouf Abdel Aziz, written by Muhammad Nair and produced by Sheren Magdy, will broadcast on Sharjah TV.

Holy month enriched with Sharjah Broadcasting Authority's vast and exciting lineup of 137 TV and radio programmes

Sharjah Broadcasting Authority unveils its largest and most diverse programming till date for upcoming Holy Month

The Jerusalem Festival of Arab Cinema launches its first session

After being postponed more than once due to restrictions to curb the spread of the Corona virus, the Jerusalem Festival of Arab Cinema kicked off in its first session, the day before yesterday, with the participation of more than 20 films, ranging from long to short.

Tunisian star Dhafer L’Abidine to make directorial debut with ‘Ghodwa’

Tunisian acting star Dhafer L’Abidine is making his directorial debut with father and son drama Ghodwa, which he also produces and stars in.

MBC is releasing 40 new shows on its streaming platform during the holy month

What's showing on Shahid VIP for Ramadan: 'Covid-25' to 'Mousa'

Nadine Labaki to direct 'Les Invisibles' remake for Netflix

Titled 'The Invisibles', the new movie will take place at a day shelter where homeless people congregate for food, warmth, and connection.

South Korean streamer Wavve unveils $900m originals plan amid global push

South Korean streamer Wavve, which was launched by local broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS with the backing of SK Telecom, is to spend almost $900m on new content and establish a studio for originals as part of a strategy to increase its global activities.

TV Series “Covid-25″ to screen in second half of Ramadan

Egyptian actor, Youssef El Sherif’s new TV series “Covid-25” is set to be screened in the second half of Ramadan.

Atresmedia releases the Spanish adaptation of Fatmagül (Alba)

The Spanish adaptation of Turkish drama Fatmagül will premiere on Atresplayer Premium on March 28.

12 Arab projects announced for Saudi Arabia’s 2021 Red Sea Lodge

Twelve Arab projects have been selected for development at the Red Sea Lodge 2021, the Red Sea Film Festival announced on Thursday.

The Egyptian channels have released a guide for the upcoming Ramadan 2021 series.

The Egyptian channels have released a guide for the upcoming Ramadan 2021 series. So far, there are more than ten series set to air during the holy month.

The hit Turkish historical drama 'Kurulus: Osman' will premiere for the first time on Arabic channel Nesma TV

Turkish Series Kurulus: Osman will broadcast exclusively and for the first time on an Arabic channel 'Nesma TV', dubbed into Arabic.

discovery+ has launched on JioFiber Jio across India

Entertainment and educational streaming platform discovery+ has launched on JioFiber Jio set top boxes across India. Read more: Jio adds discovery+ to STB offer | Deals | News | Rapid TV News https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2021032660176/discovery-expands-reach-in-india-with-jio-stb-launch.html#ixzz6qRRoKlMD Follow us: @rapidtvnews on Twitter

Mona Zaki’s series ‘Newton’s Cradle’ will play exclusively on DMC channel during Ramadan

Chairman and CEO of United Media Services Tamer Mursi has revealed the promo of the series “Lebaat Newton” (Newton’s Cradle), starring Mona Zaki, which is scheduled to air during Ramadan.

Netflix Returns To This Year’s All Virtual AnimeJapan Celebrating Diverse Slate Of Original Anime And Creators

Netflix returned to this year’s all virtual AnimeJapan 2021, to showcase its diversifying slate and fan-favorite voice cast for fans in Japan and around the world.

Chinese streaming platform iQiyi launches in UAE

iQiyi International will offer audiences more than 3,000 dramas, movies and more

Chinese streaming platform iQiyi launches in UAE

iQiyi International will offer audiences more than 3,000 dramas, movies and more

Second season of Arabic series ‘The Platform’ will air on Netflix and Abu Dhabi TV

The series, which was created and written by Hozan Akko, comprises of 12 episodes and is streaming on Netflix and Abu Dhabi TV

“Elle Maloush Kbeer, exclusively on CBC, Ramadan 2021,

Producer Tamer Mursi reveals promo for upcoming series ‘Elle Maloush Kbeer’

Amina Khalil’s Ramadan series “Khali Balek men Zizzy” to be shown on MBC Masr

Egyptian Actress Amina Khalil is anticipating the showing if her series “Khali Balek men Zizzy”, which will air during the month of Ramadan on MBC Masr Channel and the Shahid streaming platform.

Moroccan documentary film «Amghar» awarded at the London international filmmaker festival

Moroccan director Bouchaib El Messaoudi's documentary film «Amghar» won the Best Foreign Language Documentary Film award at the London international filmmaker festival, which took place March 15-19.

Fugitive enters exclusive new partnership with MultiChoice

FUGITIVE BECOMES EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR M-NET AND SHOWMAX’S GROWING ORIGINALS’ SLATES

SERIES MANIA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF “EUREKA SERIES”

Call for Applications for Eureka Series opens today with a deadline of May 14 for submissions. The selected participants will be given the opportunity attend this year’s Series Mania Forum (August 30 – September 1) in Lille, France.

Discovery+ acquires over 250 hours of All3media International content in non-scripted deal covering four continents

Discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service, announced a high-volume, multi-territory SVOD deal with leading independent distributor All3Media International. More than 250 hours of premium non-scripted content features in the acquisition

Harbour Rights licenses a package of titles to DocuBay in India

Harbour Rights licensed a package of over 20 titles to DocuBay in India. The package covers various genres from current affairs, military, wildlife to history and lifestyle

DCD Rights secures international sales for multiple history and wildlife factual series

Leading UK-based distributor DCD Rights has secured a raft of international sales for a number of entertaining history and wildlife factual titles.

Four new Korean dramas coming to Viu in April

Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, presents its exciting Korean content lineup for April, featuring four drama series for Viu-ers to enjoy. New titles include Great Real Estate, Taxi Driver, Dark Hole, and Summer Guys.

beIN MENA viewers gain access to Discovery Channel following partnership renewal

Discovery Inc., the global leader in real-life entertainment, and beIN Media Group, the global sports and entertainment broadcaster, today announced that they will continue their longstanding partnership across the Middle East and North Africa.

Oscar-Nominated short-Film “The Present” will be streaming on Netflix on March 18th

Directed by Palestinian- British director Farah Nabulsi and nominated for over 40 global awards

The 5th edition of El Gouna Film Festival to Kick off on October 14

El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) continues its mission to reinforce and promote cinema in the Middle East and beyond by announcing the dates of its 5th edition, scheduled to take place from October 14-22, 2021 in El Gouna.

Front Row Buys MENA Rights On Harvey Keitel Crime Pic ‘Unto The Son’ From Iuvit Media Sales

Leading Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has struck a deal with Italian sales agent Iuvit Media Sales for MENA rights to Unto The Son, the crime drama starring Harvey Keitel, Abbie Cornish, and Tom Arnold.

M6 International debuts in the Middle East with the launch of du in the UAE

THEMA, a Canal+ Group company, in collaboration with UAE-based content licensing management company, SAWA Rights Management (SRM), is proud and delighted to announce the launch of M6 International channel on du’s TV platform in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – a leading national telco provider part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) PJSC.

César for Best Short Film goes to French-Moroccan director Sofia Alaoui

New consecration for Sofia Alaoui. The French-Moroccan director has just won the César for best short film for her “What if the Goats Die?”

The off-road electric race championship Extreme E signs up MBC for MENA

Extreme E, the new electric off-road racing series, has agreed rights deals with over-the-top streaming service DAZN in Japan and Saudi media group MBC for the Middle East and North Africa region.

HBO Max to launch AVOD tier

AT&T had revised upwards the number of subscribers it is anticipating from streamer HBO Max.

15-episode series dominate Ramadan drama season

As Ramadan 2021 approaches, the 15-episode drama has emerged as a strong force to compete against the abundant dramas released during the holy month.

Oscars 2021: Two Arab films are nominated for this year's Academy Awards

The Oscar 2021 nominations are finally here, and there are two Arab films competing for an award at this year’s ceremony set to take place on April 25.

Riz Ahmed is the first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar

Riz Ahmed made history Monday as the first Muslim nominated for the Oscar for lead actor. He earned the nod for his role in “Sound of Metal.”

Egypt’s ‘Elle3ba’ series to start filming third season

Actress Mai Kassab has confirmed that the makers of Egypt’s “Elle3ba” (The Game) series will film a third season of the show.

TF1 mulls expanding MyTF1 into full AVOD platform

French commercial broadcaster TF1 is considering riving its MyTF1 video-on-demand service, by relaunching it as an advertising-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) platform.

France Channels to make US debut in Q2 2021

France Channels, the Britbox-like streaming service, is to launch in the United States in the second quarter of 2021.

The Roku Channel Launches' Demand Africa' Streaming Service

In a quest to bridge cultures and connect Black audiences and the African diaspora to the continent, Demand Africa, a Streaming Video-On-Demand (SVOD), has launched a subscription service on 'The Roku Channel'.

Horror drama ‘The Cup Reader’ among Shahid’s top 10 after just two episodes

The airing of the first two episodes of Arabian horror drama “Qariat Al-Fengan” (The Cup Reader) has captivated viewers, jumping to the Top 10 list on the Shahid platform in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Lebanon.

'Tell Them, I Am': Barack and Michelle Obama to produce Ramadan podcast series for Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama are behind a new podcast that aims to shed light on diverse Muslim experiences.

OSN SECURES THE RIGHTS TO AIR “CBS PRESENTS OPRAH WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY” IN THE REGION

OSN, announced today CBS PRESENTS OPRAH WITH MEGHAN AND HARRY, featuring Oprah Winfrey as she sits down with Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for an intimate conversation to air on March 17 (20:00 KSA) and March 20 (20:00 KSA) on “OSN Woman,” channel number 222 on the OSN Box.

Discovery announces Mother’s Day programming line-up

Discovery announces Mother’s Day programming line-up Featuring the perfect shows to enjoy with Mum this Mother’s Day

Nippon TV and ITV Studios Announce New Game Show Format "Stacking It!"

ITV Studios and Nippon TV today announce Stacking It! a brand-new global format created through the co-development deal agreed between the two companies last year.

MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7 GOES TO U.S. HISPANIC AND PUERTO RICO

Turkish distribution and production company Inter Medya recently announced that the phenomenon Turkish movie titled MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7 has been licensed in the U.S. Hispanic and Puerto Rico.

THEMA and Rotana Group renew their partnership

THEMA, a subsidiary of CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL and specialist of the edition and distribution of multicultural channels, is delighted to announce the renewal of its longtime partnership with the leading Arabic media group ROTANA.

Medialink granted exclusive distribution rights to ‘TSUKIMICHI -Moonlight Fantasy-‘ and ‘Joran The Princess of Snow and Blood’ from Nippon TV in Asia territories excluding Korea

Medialink Entertainment Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Medialink Group Limited is pleased to announce the latest pick up of the new titles, TSUKIMICHI -Moonlit Fantasy- and JORAN THE PRINCESS OF SNOW AND BLOOD from Nippon TV for the exclusive distribution rights in Asia territories (except Korea).

HUAWEI Video has extended its partnership with STARZPLAY

HUAWEI Video, the region’s rapidly growing subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, has extended its partnership with STARZPLAY, a leading regional SVOD provider

ViacomCBS Inks Format Deal With South Korea's Something Special

The deal gives the U.S. company exclusive first-look rights to globally represent and co-develop up to ten of Something Special's top unscripted and factual entertainment formats.