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iProductions’ Film Al Daif Available on Netflix as of December

Produced by iProductions, Al Daif film by director Hadi Elbagoury will be available on Netflix in December, 2020. The film has previously reaped six awards from across international and Arab film festivals. It was a huge success upon its release across the Arab world.

mena.tv joins Sharjah Art Foundation’s Sharjah Film Platform 3 (SFP3) as Distribution Market Partner

mena.tv joins the third edition of Sharjah Art Foundation’s annual film festival, Sharjah Film Platform (SFP3), as Distribution Market Partner to provide exposure for all the feature films and a selection of the festival’s local and international short films.

MBC GROUP and Rotana Media Group sign landmark deal to bring Rotana’s channels and content to Shahid VIP

MBC GROUP and Rotana Media Group are joining forces to bring Rotana’s TV channels to Shahid VIP, MBC GROUP’s premium subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform.

Intigral unveils its rich lineup of November content for Jawwy TV

Intigral has announced a compelling lineup of new and exclusive titles coming to its flagship OTT service Jawwy TV during November

Synergy reveals their new Ramadan 2021 drama ''Covid-25'' starring Youssef Al-Sharif

The artist Youssef Al-Sharif is running the drama race next Ramadan for the year 2021, in the series “Covid 25”.The series was written by writer Engy Alaa, wife of Youssef Al-Sharif, directed by Ahmed Galal, and produced by “Synergy” by Tamer Morsi.

Netflix show ‘The Platform’ begins filming season two in UAE

The hit Arabic series is filming in Abu Dhabi following its success on Netflix

Sudan joins Oscars race for first time in history

“You Will Die at 20,” the award-winning feature from Sudanese filmmaker Amjad Abu Alala was submitted as Sudan’s official nomination for the Best International Feature Film category at the upcoming 2021 Academy Awards.

Prestigious Italian film festival features Moroccan movie ‘Fadma: Even Ants Have Wings’

The movie will make its debut in Italy on Più Compagnia, an online cinema platform that has been specially set up for the festival due to COVID-19 restrictions

THE RED SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL TO SHOWCASE EXCITING NEW FILMS EXCLUSIVE TAJREEB SCREENINGS DEBUT ONLINE THIS MONTH

The Red Sea International Film Festival is excited to announce digital screenings of its Tajreeb program.

Egypt’s horror film ‘Ammar’ to have its world premiere at Cairo International Film Festival

Egyptian horror film ” Ammar” will have its world premiere within The Midnight Screenings section at the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF).

Emirati short film ‘Athel’ receives an award from Calcutta International Cult Film Festival BY

Announced in September this fall season at a private screening at Vox Cinema Nation Towers, the Emirati short film Athel is an Award Winner at the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival in India

Viu to premiere two Original productions at Cairo International Film Festival

The Cairo Worldwide Movie Pageant will likely be held from December 2 to 10 and the third version of Cairo Trade Day will likely be held from December 4 to 7.

Award-winning Saudi film Last Visit opening at cinemas Across The Kingdom

Last Visit directed by Abdulmohsen Al-Dabaan and produced by Mohammed Al-Hamoud to open in all Saudi theaters on November 18, 2020

Scorpion TV makes inroads into Spain, Portugal and Latin America

London-based independent content distributor Scorpion TV has claimed a string of documentary sales into the Iberian peninsula and further afield in Latin America.

SPI/FilmBox and Orion Launch Timeless Dizi Channel in Russia

SPI/FilmBox and Orion Group have partnered to bring SPI’s Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to Russia. The channel is available via both the extended basic and premium packages of the Telekarta satellite TV service.

Canal Sur eyes VOD platform

Andalucia’s Canal Sur (RTVA) is set to become the first regional broadcaster in Spain to launch an on demand platform.

Klan has launched its first OTT service

Antik enables Albanian OTT

Doha’s 2020 Ajyal festival kicks off in theatres, online and its first drive-in

The Doha Film Institute (DFI) kicked off a hybrid eighth edition of its youth-focused Ajyal Film Festival on Wednesday with the MENA premiere of Iranian director Majid Majidi’s Venice prize winner Sun Children.

Netflix teams with Realness Institute on African series development lab

Netflix is partnering with African filmmaking organisation Realness Institute on a development lab for writers of series content.

INTER MEDYA’S THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER GOES TO UNIVISION IN THE U.S.

One of this season’s biggest hits THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER is continuously being licensed to new territories worldwide. Recently, its distributor Inter Medya announced that the successful Turkish drama has been sold in the U.S. Hispanic market. The series will make its U.S. debut on Univision.

Play Suisse taps You.i TV technology as it goes live

Play Suisse, the new combined streaming service launched by Swiss pubcaster SRG SSR, is using technology from You.i TV is being utilized by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) as the underlying technology behind the recently launched Play Suisse.

EGYPTIAN FILMMAKER MOHAMED DIAB TO DIRECT MARVEL'S NEXT BIG SUPERHERO SERIES 'MOON KNIGHT'

Award-winning Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab was just tapped to shoot Marvel Studio's upcoming superhero series 'Moon Knight', which will appear on streaming platform Disney+.

Orion launches OTT platform

The Russian pay-TV operator Orion has launched a new online service named Telekarta Premiere Cinema.

SA series Kings of Joburg lands on Netflix in December

Netflix has teamed up with a South African production company to create Africa’s next Original series, with Kings of Joburg premiering next month on the platform.

Discovery partners Megogo to bring streaming service to Eastern Europe, Central Asia

Discovery is to launch the real-life entertainment streaming service discovery+ in 13 countries across Eastern Europe and Asia through a strategic partnership with The online video and TV services provider Megogo.

Multichoice reports over 20m subscribers for the first time

South Africa-based pay TV operator MultiChoice surpassed the 20 million subscriber milestone at the end of Q3 after adding 1.2 million 90-day active subscribers in the year to September.

Egypt’s movies ‘Photocopy’, ‘Talea Sena’y’ to screen at Arab Film Festival Stockholm

Two Egyptian films will be screened at the upcoming Arab Film Festival Stockholm (30 November - 2 December) held in the Swedish capital.

Mediaset benefits from Italian ad recovery

Mediaset has benefited from a strong recovery in the Italian advertising market in the third quarter, with the broadcaster’s ad sales in the country bouncing back with 4.7% growth.

Netflix Inks Multi-Picture Deal With Saudi Arabia’s Telfaz11 Studios

As it begins to ramps up production in the Middle East Netflix has announced a partnership with Saudi Arabian digital media studio Telfaz11 to produce eight new feature films.

INTIGRAL TO ROLL OUT JAWWY TV APP IN EGYPT

Jawwy TV app will be available across Egypt and will offer 30-day free trial exclusively to Telecom Egypt ‘WE’ in partnership with Tpay Mobile

16 films selected for international, world premiers at Cairo International Film Festival

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) revealed another batch of the film selection to showcase under its 42nd edition scheduled to kick off from December 2-10.

Multichoice Supersport renew UEFA Agreement

SuperSport have reached an agreement with UEFA for another three years. Both UEFA Champion League and UEFA Europa League will be broadcasted on SuperSport and there will also be a new UEFA competition which will be available on local screens.

Egyptian short film 'YELLOW' wins at Cinefem

The Egyptian independent short film "yellow" won the best cut award in the official competition of Cinefem - Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer on November 2 in Uruguay.

OSN Announces Ambitious Plan to Transform Region’s Entertainment Landscape by Doubling Investment in Arabic Content and Original Productions with Strategic Launch of OSN Originals

OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, announced today plans to double its investment into Arabic content in 2021 through the launch of OSN Originals, a new content umbrella dedicated wholly to regionally produced content.

DOP Ahmad Al Morsy Receives Two Awards from the Australian Cinematographers Society

For the third year in a row, DOP Ahmad Al Morsy receives two awards from the Australian Cinematography Society (ACS), raising the tally to nine awards from the ACS since his joining in 2017.

Ro’ya TV pursues the Arabic-speaking audiences in Turkey with new satellite deal

Roya TV (HD), one of Jordan's leading television channels, started broadcasting on Türksat communication satellites as of November 2.

Dubai Media City celebrates 20-year milestone

Dubai Media City has celebrated its 20th anniversary as region’s largest business community dedicated to media and content creation.

NETFLIX TESTS LINEAR CHANNEL IN FRANCE

Netflix has launched a new service that puts its content into a regular linear channel.

myCanal is to shortly launch in Africa as the Canal+ OTT service

myCanal is to shortly launch in Africa as the Canal+ OTT service makes its debut on the PS5 and Xbox consoles.

MBC GROUP appoints Ahmed Al Sahhaf as CEO and Nadim Samara as COO of MBC Media Solutions (‘MMS’), its New Commercial and Ad Sales Unit

MBC GROUP announced the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors of MBC Media Solutions (‘MMS’), the new in-house commercial and advertising sales unit

Screen International hires Pierre-Louis Manès-Murphy as director of Asia, France, Middle East and Africa

Screen International has appointed Pierre-Louis Manès-Murphy as director of Asia, France, Middle East and Africa.

New Season of '' Al Anisa Farah'' Coming out this Week!

The creators of Miss Farah announced that the second season will be available on SHAHID as of the 15th of November.

Eutelsat's Sat.TV Is Launched As Its Electronic Programme Guide For Free-To-Air Channels

Eutelsat has announced the successful launch of a product it is calling Sat.tv. Eutelsat says it is the Enhanced Program Guide for free-to-air (FTA) channels.

ABS-CBN Global Launches Rebranded Filipino American Media Platform Myx

The Philippines-based ABS-CBN Global is looking to bring new life to a familiar Filipino music-centered media brand. Myx, which first launched in the Philippines in 2000 and then stateside in 2007, is getting a makeover.

MADD ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS “FLAMES OF FATE” TO THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET

This exciting new show is an adaptation of the original story of “Bazar de la Charite,” a period drama based on a real tragedy in the 19th century in Paris, in which over 100 women died in a fire at a charity ball.

ZEE5 Global named ‘Digital Content and Streaming Service of the Year’ at the 2020 Telecoms World Middle East Awards for 2nd consecutive year

ZEE5 Global, a digital entertainment platform for Indian content, has won the ‘Digital Content and Streaming Service of the Year’ award for 2020 at the Telecoms World Middle East Awards for the second consecutive year.

El Gouna Film Festival supports MENA films during global pandemic

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the 4th edition of the El Gouna Film Festival went ahead this October, along Egypt’s Red Sea’s coast.

Egyptian actress & activist Menna Shalaby launches initiative to support female filmmakers

Attending this year’s El Gouna Film Festival was celebrated Egyptian actress & women’s rights activist, Menna Shalaby.

“So Be it” won the Audience Grand Prize at the Digital Gate International Film Festival

The Jury of the International Short Film Festival Digital Gate revealed the identity of the winning films in the seventh session of this event.

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” Best Arab Narrative Film & "Their Algeria" Best Arab Documentary Award at the El Gouna Festival

El Gouna Film Festival concluded its fourth edition with a closing ceremony on October 30 that was held at the Gouna Conference and Culture Center, in which the winning films of the festival’s prizes, worth $224,000, were announced.

Global Agency's Daydreamer Debuting in MENA

Daydreamer follows the love affair between a fun-loving grocer’s daughter and a world-famous photographer. It will be broadcast on OSN, starting this month.

Viu expands international offering to its MENA audiences with FOX+ partnership

Viu and Fox+ have announced a new partnership to expand its tailored international content to its audiences across the MENA region.

NIPPON TV’S HIT DRAMA SERIES I’M MITA, YOUR HOUSEKEEPER. TO AIR IN TURKEY FOLLOWING NEW DEAL WITH MEDYAPIM/MF YAPIM FOR THE TURKISH SCRIPTED FORMAT RIGHTS

Nippon TV finalizes new deal with Medyapim and MF Yapim for the Turkish scripted format rights to its mega-hit drama series "I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper."

OSN strengthens OSN Originals offering with brand new series No Man’s Land in partnership with Fremantle

No Man’s Land dives into the depths of the Syrian civil war through a multi-dimensional story The gripping new series tells the emotional story of family bonds, packed with intriguing alliances and conflicts

Shahid VIP To Launch In North America

MBC Group will soon roll out in North American Shahid VIP, the first direct-to-consumer streaming service dedicated to Arabic content.

"Matares" by Algerian director Rachid Benhadj won the Dikalo Prize for the best feature film in Cannes Film Festival For African Film

The film "Matares" by Algerian director Rachid Benhadj was crowned with Dikalo Prize for the best feature film in the 17th edition of Cannes Film Festival for African Film in France

THE NEW CANAL+ ORIGINAL SERIES ‘HANTÉS’ TO BE AVAILABLE SOON IN AFRICA

The CANAL+ Group is showing its commitment to African creation and production with a new TV series of a new genre, never produced before in Africa, ‘Hantés’.

El Gouna Film Festival announces winners of fourth edition !"Their Algeria" wins Best Arab Documentary Award

El Gouna Film Festival concluded its fourth edition with a closing ceremony on October 30 that was held at the Gouna Conference and Culture Center, in which the winning films of the festival’s prizes, worth $224,000, were announced.

NENT GROUP AND ELISA TO LAUNCH COMBINED STREAMING SERVICE ELISA VIIHDE VIAPLAY IN DECEMBER

Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the Nordic region's leading streaming company, and Elisa, Finland's market-leading telecoms operator, will launch their combined streaming service Elisa Viihde Viaplay in Finland on 3 December.

3 Nomination for InterMedya drama BITTER LANDS!

Inter Medya’s rating smasher drama series BITTER LANDS has been nominated in 3 categories at the PRODU AWARDS 2020.

STARZPLAY announces partnership with Jumia offers media entertainment service to loyalty members

STARZPLAY, the MENA region’s fastest-growing subscription video on demand service, today announced a strategic alliance with Jumia, the leading eCommerce platform in Africa.

Arab vampire horror ‘Bloodline’ sets Halloween release on MBC’s Shahid VIP

Groundbreaking Arabic-language vampire feature Bloodline has secured a Halloween launch on Shahid VIP, the rising MENA region streaming platform which has seen subscriber numbers surge since a revamp by parent company MBC Group earlier this year.

Caracol’s “Bolivar” premieres on Dubai TV

Caracol Television’s super series Bolivar premiered on Dubai TV across the Middle East and North America this week.

MBC Studios producing high-end English-language series about Carlos Ghosn

After churning out several successful Arabic originals, Dubai-based MBC Studios is entering the international TV dramas arena with a high-end English-language doc and series about Carlos Ghosn,

SundanceTV/beIN Media Arabic Shorts Competition Draws over 300 Submissions

The first Middle East and North Africa edition of the SundanceTV Shorts competition, held in partnership with beIN Media Group and the Doha Film Institute, has received more than 300 submissions from across the Arab world,

YouTube appoints Tarek Amin to become Director for Middle East East & North Africa

Amin's experience include Chief Digital Products Officer at Sky News Arabia and CEO of Digital at Adline Media Network.

SPI/FilmBox, Multichoice launch Timeless Dizi Channel

SPI/FilmBox and Multichoice have entered into a partnership to bring the Turkish drama channel Timeless Dizi Channel (TDC) to DStv for all Sub-Saharan Africa subscribers from November 2.

MADDNEXT BRINGS THE LEADERS OF TURKISH DRAMA ONLINE

MADD Entertainment, the world’s leading distributor of Turkish dramas, announced its second MaddNext for November, 3 2020. MaddNext is a special online event for broadcasters, journalists and other media professionals who want to keep up with the latest trends in Turkish drama.

Streaming service Quibi shuts after six months

Quibi to Wind Down, Sell Technology and Content Assets

Verley’s France Channel teams up with Netgem ahead of US launch

France Channel, a BritBox-like international SVOD service for French original programming, is to launch in the US early next year after concluding an agreement with Netgem to provide its distribution technology platform.

Netflix wraps production on Abla Fahita’s first series 'Drama Queen'

Netflix, the world's leading streaming entertainment service, announced that Season one of Abla Fahita Series “Drama Queen”, has officially wrapped production. Abla Fahita, Netflix Arabic original series is set for release in the first half of 2021

Busan set to serve up latest Asian, world cinema despite pandemic restrictions

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) would normally have opened to crowds of fans cheering international stars and arthouse film directors alike on the red carpet at the Busan Cinema Center.

Australian 'The Furnace' starring Egypt's Ahmed Malek to have its Arab world premiere at 4th El Gouna Film Festival

The film will participate in El Gouna Film Festival's Feature Narrative Competition

NETFLIX RAMPING UP INVESTMENT IN TURKEY WITH 10 NEW EXHILARATING PROJECTS

The film will participate in El Gouna Film Festival's Feature Narrative Competition