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AbuDhabi Media’s Chairman appointed as UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology

The new UAE government structure, approved and announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been revealed. It included an announcement that H.E, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, current chairman of AbuDhabi Media, the country’s main state broadcaster, is now appointed to a Minister role in the UAE government.

Saudi Arabia reportedly looking to snatch Bundesliga rights from beIN Sports

The Saudi government has reportedly entered into talks with Germany’s Bundesliga in an attempt to beat Qatar’s beIN Sports to the league’s broadcast rights across the Middle East.

GLOBAL AGENCY OBTAINS EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO “RISE OF EMPIRES: OTTOMAN”

The six-episode docudrama is produced by Karga Seven Pictures. Through this deal with STXtv, Global Agency will distribute across Latin America.

Ten Cent buys into Asian streaming platform iFlix

Chinese entertainment titan Tencent said it has purchased Southeast Asian streaming service Iflix to extend the reach of its own streaming platform WeTV into the region.

Doha Film Institute Announces New Grants, With Nearly Half for Female-Directed Projects

The Doha Film Institute, which is a leading incubator for quality Arab fare, has announced the 39 projects receiving its Spring grants - Three-quarters of the selected projects are from the Middle East and Africa.

MIPCOM preps for Cannes return as Reed Midem unveils Covid-19 strategy

MIPCOM organiser Reed Midem has revealed how the 2020 edition of its sprawling content market will look in October and provided details of a raft of Covid-19 prevention measures being introduced.

Malaysia's iflix in sale talks after co-founders exit

Malaysia-headquartered video streaming platform iflix is in talks for a sale to avoid a looming debt crisis and has appointed distressed asset specialists to its board of directors

44 Iconic and Contemporary Arabic Films to Stream on Netflix Now

As Netflix continues its quest to champion regional storytelling on an international level and rapidly expand its diverse collection of Arabic titles for all audiences, dozens of critically-acclaimed Arab films will be added this week, on the worldwide streaming platform

‘Adam’ ,‘It Must Be Heaven’ top Arab Critics Awards nominations

Maryam Touzani’s Adam and Elia Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven received four nominations each in the first round of voting in this year’s Critics Awards for Arab Films.

SIC'S "NAZARÉ" Has Been Licensed TO MBC GROUP

After the success of titles like ‘More than Love’, ‘Frozen Memories’ and ‘Living Passion’ on MBC, it’s time to pick a new title, ‘Nazaré’.

Inter Medya Announces Further Deals for The Ambassador’s Daughter

One of this season’s biggest hits THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER has been licensed to new territories worldwide

ViacomCBS new Regional EVP, and planning relaunch

Bob Bakish, CEO of ViacomCBS, announced plans to relaunch the CBS All Access platform with other 15 thousand hours of content from Viacom and CBS, with the aim of expanding it internationally in 2021. The most recent ViacomCBS OTT launches in Latin America are Pluto TV and Paramount+.

Ramadan 2020 report: filled with pleasant surprises!

The mena.tv Ramadan report, an annual report providing in -depth analysis of the region’s most popular TV month of the year, will be available as soon as next week.

Intigral launches linear channel, undertakes remote operations

Intigral launched a linear channel called Jawwy TV on IP last month to complement the Jawwy TV streaming service.

mena.tv named Distributor Initiative of the Year at Digital Studio Awards 2020

For the second consecutive year, mena.tv has been recognised by the region’s longest-standing industry awards.

Ouarzazate, Capital of Moroccan Cinema, Deserted by Foreign Filming

The city, described as the capital of Moroccan cinema, normally attracts film crews from all over the world. But since the beginning of the pandemic in Morocco, which began in March, causing an interruption in international air traffic, foreign film crews have left Morocco in a hurry, forced to stop filming.

Abu Dhabi Media Office and VICE Media Group to launch online youth content platform

Lamma aims to connect Arab youth online through content creation and build a virtual community that is focused on a brighter future

OTT Revenue Now Projected To Double By 2025

Global OTT revenues are expected to reach US$167bn in 2025, more than doubling the US$83bn recorded last year, according to industry analysis firm Digital TV Research.

The most watched series in Morocco in Ramadan 2020

The Moroccan channels captured most of the TV audience over the month of Ramadan

Virtual Screenings 2020 hailed as a huge success

Virtual Screenings 2020 is a comprehensive global event. According to its organizers, after its eighth day it involves 3,510 participants from 101 countries, 306 cities.

IPSOS MENA CEO highlights changes in MENA Ad Market

In a personal address to the industry, Elie Aoun, CEO, Ipsos Media Cluster in MENA, last week outlined the new shape of the advertising industry.

26% surge in Netflix' UAE subscriber numbers

Netflix is coming off of its best quarter yet for subscriber growth not just in the region, but globally

STARZPLAY partners with Zain to boost customer acquisition and make content access easier than ever

Middle East SVoD service Starzplay has partnered with Zain Group to offer easier payment options for subscribers. Starzplay expects to accelerate customer acquisition through direct carrier billing integration with Zain in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq

Huawei Video announces new Ramadan series in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

The new content lineup is free to stream for Huawei and Honor Mobile users during Ramadan.

MENA networks buying more 3rd party content

Recent trends are recording a continuous surge in content consumption in the MENA region, a pattern that is shared with many countries across the globe.

Rotana+ Arabic TV Launches on the Roku Platform

Rotana Media Group announced today that its much anticipated streaming platform, ROTANA+ ARABIC TV will now be available on all Roku® streaming devices in the United States and Canada.

New Deal Between Kanal D International & Tring

Kanal D International, the owner of the widest catalogue of Turkish dramas and the most important Turkish content broadcaster in Albania, Tring; signed a 3 years of output deal.

Mondo Globo/MCNC launches Arabic multi-delivery TV platform in Europe

The platform is a result of cooperation between Mondo Globo/MCNC Group and major broadcasting groups and TV channels across the Arab world.

YouTube TV Adding More ViacomCBS Channels Through New Deal

ViacomCBS and Google have come to terms on a multi-year distribution agreement that will see Google’s YouTube TV vMVPD service continue to carry ViacomCBS channels.

Netflix launches ‘Made In Africa’ collection

The collection aims to honour and celebrate Netflix's commitment to Africa and the African creative community.

International Buyers asking for more Middle Eastern content

mena.tv is receiving numerous enquiries from broadcasters and streaming platforms outside the Middle East region, mainly enquiring if Arabic content listings are available for their respective territories. Most of their questions relate to rights available, pricing and dubbing/ subtitling.

For the first time ever: A New Genre is released in the Middle East

“Al Nihaya” which translates to “The End” (of the world) is promoted by Egypt’s government- supported production house, Synergy,as the Middle East’s first ever SciFi series. The 30- episode SciFi Thriller will be airing exclusively on Egypt’s FTA channel ON Drama, available to the vast majority of viewers residing in the Arab World.

Sabbah Brothers productions will see the light in Ramadan 2020

The crisis of the Coronavirus outbreak affected all sectors, especially the artistic production sector that was in a race against time in preparation for the Ramadan season. This year Sabbah Brothers Company had a lineup planned of nine television works, including eight series from Lebanon, Egypt and Morocco, in addition to a huge TV program "Ghaleb Al Saqqa" starring Ahmed El Saqqa.

Abu Dhabi TV and Emarat TV unveil Ramadan shows

Abu Dhabi TV and Emarat TV have announced a raft of star-studded shows for viewers in the region during the holy month of Ramadan. The shows include 13 Emirati and Arabic-language series and more than nine diverse programmes.

Facebook, CNN International Partner on ‘Stories of Ramadan’ Series

Facebook is rolling out a 10-part series with CNN International as part of a slate of programming collaborations celebrating Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic.

beIN announces Ramadan programming

BeIN’s Ramadan programming, launching today, will offer entertainment for all ages its exclusive channels – including beIN Movies, beIN Drama, beIN Gourmet, Fatafeat, Baraem Channel and Jeem TV – with various announcements to follow over the coming days.

Industry speculation surrounding Lebanese Ramadan Series

Until last year, the Lebanese content creation industry was on the rise, in terms of both quality and quantity of Dramas released during the peak season. 15 brand new titles aired last Ramadan, 25% more than the year before according to mena.tv’s exclusive annual Ramadan report.

Pandemic causes a huge jump in MENA region’s TV and streaming audiences

As quarantine becomes the new norm, new research suggests that people are watching more and more TV content, both on channels and streaming services.

Kalevala World Ltd presents its TV / VOD drama series in development to the global financiers, producers and distributors

‘’ KALEVALA – The Return of The Golden Age’’ It’s a mythical adventure which explores one of the most important issues of our time: The interdependence and unity of human life with Nature.

Egypt’s Content Creation industry staying strong in the face of Corona Virus

Producers of Egyptian Dramas and TV Content, announced that the Ramadan line-up of TV Dramas and shows so far will remain un altered. Egypt is amongst numerous countries affected by the pandemic. The Content Creation industry around the globe is suffering, with many big budget productions being cancelled or postponed.

OSN launches streaming service with new branding and even more exclusive content

OSN has today announced the unveiling of its new streaming service available on osn.com and OSN mobile and tv apps. Featuring a fresh new brand identity and the largest entertainment content ever, OSN brings an unrivalled offer of quality content though its channels via cable and satellite, and on-demand via its streaming app.

Egypt’s UMS provides Watch iT! VOD services free of charge after Government imposes curfews and travel bans.

After the decision to partially ban the movement of citizens; to generate entertainment in each Egyptian house during the period of banning the movement of citizens declared from the government, and participating with the Egyptian family in enjoying watching Egyptian drama, programs and films.

mena.tv CEO Nick Grande announces free services in solidarity with global content community

TV has a vital role to play at the moment: inspiring people, keeping them informed and offering an escape from the monotony of quarantine. We at mena.tv are a small team, but we are privileged to be in a position to be able to connect buyers and sellers of TV content at a time when business continuity is under threat.

Weyyak Launches its premium digital web series

Weyyak Launches its premium digital web series with a variety of Youth Oriented content ranging from Action, Thriller, Comedy, Drama & Romance. Users can subscribe to watch this exclusive content along with enjoying additional features such as Ad free streaming, continue watching and a lot of new upcoming exclusive content.

Miss Farah delivers another audience hit for MBC

Miss Farah” is the latest MBC4 acquisition to hit the spot with TV audiences, and is now also airing on the regional streaming giant Shahid

Watch STARZPLAY Original Series ‘Baghdad Central’ exclusively on STARZPLAY starting 12 February

STARZPLAY, the leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in the MENA region, presents its original series, the crime drama Baghdad Central, available exclusively on the platform from 12 February 2020.

Saudi Prodex opens its doors in Riyadh this week

Saudi Prodex starts on Wednesday and promises to open up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the global content market like never before

Weyyak Reveals its First Original Arabic Content for Ramadan 2020

As part of its ongoing strategic planning initiatives, Weyyak has kickstarted 2020 by announcing their first original content production, for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan.

Cedars Art Production "Al Sabbah Brothers" concludes global format rights deal with Disney for the TV comedy classic "The Golden Girls"

Cedars Art Production (Sabbah Brothers) announces their first collaboration with Disney "Nissa’ Menn Thahab”, their first collaboration with Disney. The premiering of the Egyptian series will be during the month of Ramadan 2020.

mena.tv investor presentation in Dubai on Wednesday evening

The global Equity platform Eureeca will be holding is first Pitch Night for investors on Wednesday evening, showcasing exciting upcoming start-up business investment opportunities