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Leading Turkish cooking competition, Gürkan Şef ile Ateş Oyunları, premiers on Fatafeat

Fatafeat, the leading Arabic cooking channel, has announced the premier of its first-ever Turkish television show - Gürkan Şef ile Ateş Oyunları (meaning Fire Games with Chef Gürkan).

Mona Zaki's Lebaat Newton is the stand-out hit of the holy month according to Esquire magazine

The best TV series of Ramadan 2021 (so far):The holy month is, amongst many things, a time for togetherness, and year after year, that means eating a meal with your loved ones and then sitting down on the couch for a great TV show—or at least, that’s the idea anyways.

Palestinian Waleed Zuaiter nominated for Best Actor at BAFTA TV Awards 2021

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Waleed Zuaiter has been nominated for Best Leading Actor at the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards.

Cedars Art Production releases hit Lebanese series internationally after recording first run success on the region’s main TV & SVOD platforms

Cedars Art Production, known for their Arabic series with an international appeal, have recently witnessed consistent viewership hikes on 6 of their drama series released earlier this month.

Eid Al Fitr 2021: Adel Imam’s ‘Madraset el-Moshaghbeen’ to be shown in colour on MBC’s Shahid

An Eid classic will be presented in a new light over the holidays.

New series 'The Alexandria Killings' to profile Egypt’s most notorious serial killers

Egyptian writer Mariam Naoum and Oscar-winning Irish writer-director Terry George have teamed up to co-write the serial killer series “The Alexandria Killings”, which George will also serve as showrunner.

Nippon TV's "Mother" heading to Spain thanks to new deal with Atresmedia

NIPPON TV FINALIZES DEAL WITH ATRESMEDIA FOR THE SPANISH FORMAT OF ITS GLOBAL MEGA-HIT DRAMA SERIES “MOTHER”

Discovery Inc. & Intigral launch discovery+ on Jawwy TV

discovery+ – the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription content service – has launched on Intigral’s leading OTT service, Jawwy TV in KSA.

Abu Dhabi Media extends partnership with STARZPLAY to broadcast new shows during Ramadan

Abu Dhabi Media has extended its strategic agreement with STARZPLAY, the region’s fastest-growing subscription video on-demand service, to broadcast six new Arabic and GCC drama series during the holy month of Ramadan.

Shahid VIP will air the live matches of the Formula 1 season all in high-definition quality

On the heels of adding M6 International, TiJi and Gulli Bil Arabi channels to its offer, MENA-based premium, subscription-based streaming platform Shahid VIP has announced that it is now bringing all the remaining action from the 2021 Formula 1 season in full HD quality.

Fatafeat launches three new cooking shows for Ramadan

Following premiere, the shows have been made immediately available on the Fatafeat app

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