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Off the Fence Explores New Partnerships, Digital Diversification

Off the Fence has been diversifying its business, taking a 360-degree approach in doing so and proving to be a valuable partner in the marketplace.

Netflix inks five-year deal with Saudi animation studio

Streaming giant says exclusive partnership with Myrkott will produce Saudi-focused shows and films

TAC Studios Announces International Content Licensing Deals

TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel, has concluded deals for several of its lifestyle shows to leading broadcast and digital networks around the globe.

DISCOVERY TO LAUNCH NEW OTT GLOBALLY SOON

David Zaslav, CEO at Discovery, has confirmed days ago that the company will join the OTT universe with a new platform, which will soon be launched globally, including Latin America

GOQUEST MEDIA SIGNS INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR "RATS"

The global content distributor has partnered with Heaven’s Gate to acquire the international distribution rights for the gripping crime thriller about the Czech drug trade.

FilmRise & NENT Group Enter Content Pact

FilmRise and NENT Studios UK, the production and distribution business within the Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group, have entered into a partnership that includes the licensing of over 500 hours of content.

Adventure-comedy Trolls World Tour will be released in Egyptian cinemas on September 23

Aiming at saving all the trolls from the upcoming danger of the Hard Rock, the Trolls are back again to lead a dangerous adventure in the second sequel of the adventure-comedy film Trolls World Tour.

MBC announces parental controls, new content line-up for kids on Shahid

The features aim to limit kids’ access to what is chosen for them while also helping them work on their language skills due to the availability of Arabic dubbing.

STARZPLAY is now available through Apple TV channels across MENA

STARZPLAY, the MENA region’s fastest-growing subscription video on demand service, is now available to customers across the region through Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs.

CARACOL PREMIERES 'LA MAMA DEL 10' IN THE UNITED STATES

The Colombian production will be available in the category 'Mis Raíces Latinas', within the Canela TV streaming platform.

MISTCO Licenses Four Dramas into Iran

MISTCO has secured a deal with Iran’s DD TV for four drama titles, including Beloved, produced by A23 Media.

VIS & La Claqueta Pact for Jamila

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) and La Claqueta have inked a co-development deal for Jamila, a fictional drama series.

GLOBO CONTINUES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNEY OF 'TIEMPO DE AMAR'

The Brazilian telenovela was licensed for Grupo Albavisión's channels in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

NIPPON TV’S YOUR TURN TO KILL RECEIVES AWARD AT 2020 SEOUL INTERNATIONAL DRAMA AWARDS

Nippon TV announced today that Nippon TV’s hit scripted format Your Turn to Kill (20 x 60’ min eps.) received an award at the 2020 Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA)

NIPPON TV PREPS TO LAUNCH A MYSTERY DRAMA FILMED REMOTELY

Mr. Atsushi Sogo, President of International Business Development for Nippon TV, announced the upcoming launch of Double Booking, a mystery drama scripted format which takes place entirely on a computer screen.

PORTUGAL TVI TO PRODUCE 30 MORE EPISODE OF SUCCESSFUL TELENOVELAS ''QUER O DESTINO'' LOCAL ADAPTATION OF MGE TELENOVELA ''AMANDA'' DISTRIBUTED BY MEDIASET DISTRIBUTION

TVI in Portugal will produce 30 more episodes of successful telenovelas Quer o Destino, local adaptation of MGE Amanda.

DANDELOOO'S TAINÁ AND THE AMAZON GUARDIANS TREK AROUND THE WORLD

Emmy Award-winning French animation production and distribution company Dandelooo announces sales for the new preschool adventure CGI series Tainá And The Amazon Guardians,

Nippon TV Adapts ''To The Times''

Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), Japan’s leading multiplatform entertainment powerhouse announced the forthcoming launch of new unscripted game show format.

Kanal D Drama to Air You Are My Life

Kanal D Drama is to premiere the Turkish drama Mi Vida Eres Tú (You Are My Life) to the U.S. Hispanic audience.

BBC Four Orders Gaddafi Doc from Brook Lapping

Eurosport has announced plans to cover the delayed Roland Garos in Ultra High Defintion.

Etisalat rolls out 5G home internet service in UAE

Etisalat subscribers in UAE can now access fast 5G services on fixed-line networks as Telecommunications Regulatory Authority allocates new frequency which will allow provides to expand the 5G application.

Euronews taps Globecast for Asia and Oceania expansion

Euronews has selected Globecast to provide distribution services for the launch of its new HD version of Euronews English HD, covering Asia and Oceania.

MultiChoice, Celestial Tiger Entertainment launch KIX on DStv

The leading Asian action entertainment channel brings the best of action movies from Asia to Africa. Watch it from 1 October 2020 on DStv 114.

FILMONE ENTERTAINMENT TO DISTRIBUTE DISNEY FILMS IN WEST AFRICA

Disney, is joining forces with a Nigerian production and distribution company to market some of the American entertainment conglomerate's new releases such as "Mulan" in English-speaking West Africa. The deal makes FilmOne Entertainment the sole distributors of Disney-owned films in Nigeria, Ghana, and Liberia.

OSN IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ORANGE TUNISIA

Orange Tunisia customers can now access the streaming platform OSN by purchasing weekly or monthly subscriptions and watch unlimited movies, TV shows and documentaries all under a simple click.

OSN and Zain Kuwait sign Strategic Partnership

OSN and Zain Kuwait enter strategic partnership to offer OSN streaming app bundled with Zain’s new 5G plans. Zain’s new 5G plans subscribers will enjoy OSN streaming content as part of their plans, other customers will enjoy unique offers through Direct Carrier Billing.

In-depth study on streaming video in MENA reports 141% growth in number of unique users by STARZPLAY

STARZPLAY, the leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service in the MENA region, reported a robust and durable growth of 141 percent in the number of unique users during April 2020, when the COVID-19 crisis peaked in the region, according to a new study on ‘The Rise and Rise of Streaming Video in the MENA Market.’

TV5 MONDE launches its new VOD service in Africa

The new video on demand platform, TV5 MONDEplus has just been launched for the French Africa market

REVEALED: first Egyptian dramas slated for Ramadan 2021

A number of Egyptian series will be aired during Ramadan 2021 with several producers confirming new productions, while those postponed from Ramadan 2020 due to the pandemic will also resume production.

STARZPLAY launches the first spinoff of STARZ original 'Power' Exclusively in MENA

StarzPlay has aired the first of the four planned spinoffs of Starz Original drama series Power exclusively in the MENA region. Titled Power Book II: Ghost, the crime-drama was broadcasted exclusively on September 7.

ZDF ENTERPRISES announces ditribution start and pre-sales of new WW2 series frontline

ZDF Enterprises has commissioned and is the global distributor of a new WW2 history series, Frontlines. P

MBC Group acquires ZDF Enterprises' drama series Bron/Broen and The Crimson Rivers

MBC Group have acquired rights to all seasons of the drama series Bron/Broen (a.k.a. The Bridge) and The Crimson Rivers for their OTT platform in the Middle East from ZDF Enterprises

ONZA, ViacomCBS International Studios and RTVE begin production of new police drama series Parot in Madrid

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) confirmed a deal with Spanish television network RTVE and television production company Onza to start production on Parot, a police thriller based on a controversial and debatable judicial reform carried out in Spain in 2013.

STARZPLAY to air V10 R-LEAGUE SIM RACING EXTRAVAGANZA in MENA

StarzPlay, BT Sport and ESPN are collaborating to broadcast the V10 R-League, a new sim racing series that will see Rachel Stringer, Nicolas Hamilton and Ben Daly compete among other sim racing stars.

Jawwy TV Unveils an Exclusive Content Plan for September

Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports content in MENA, is releasing an array of sensational new titles this September on its flagship platform, Jawwy TV. The new entries bring Jawwy TV’s subscribers exceptional viewing options with a variety of genres catering to different audience segments and age groups, ranging from original Jawwy TV titles execlusivly.

‘Nomadland’ Wins Top Prize at the Venice Film Festival

The first major international movie event since the coronavirus pandemic began drew to a close and handed out its biggest award.

Three Films Distributed by MAD Solutions at the Arabisk Filmfest in Norway

Three films distributed by MAD Solutions will screen at this year's Arabisk Filmfest (September 15-20) in Bergen, Norway. These films are: Blue Elephant: Dark Whispers by Marwan Hamed, Between Two Seas by Anas Tolba and Mafak by Bassam Jarbawi.

GAZA MON AMOUR receives wide critical acclaim at Venice International Film Festival

Directed by Tarzan and Arab Nasser, Palestinian film Gaza Mon Amour received wide critical acclaim during its world premiere at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.

Haifa Street Extends Its Cinematic Tour in Tunisian Theatres

Iraqi film Haifa Street by director Mohanad Hayal will continue to screen in Tunisian cinemas for another week after a successful launch in Tunisia since June 24

MBC Group is to launch MBC Media Services after ending the advertisement deal with Choueiri Group

The television giant is partnering with EHG, signaling the end to a long relationship with Choueiri's AMS

Algerian War legacy drama ''Des Hommes'';starring Gérard Depardieu,will hit cinemas on November

French actor Gérard Depardieu will star in a film about the Algerian war “ Des hommes ” - ''Home Front'' ; directed by Lucas Belveaux, which will hit cinemas on November,11

Telecinco premieres the series' Mothers. Love and life'

Mothers is a drama about the patients of the pediatric wing of a Madrid hospital and the mothers who are by their side

OSN Signs Multi-Year Partnership with Vodafone Egypt

OSN and Vodafone Egypt enter multi-year partnership to offer OSN streaming app bundled with mobile plans. Vodafone subscribers with premium packages will enjoy unlimited access to OSN streaming bundles as part of their packages while basic plans will enjoy unique offers through Direct Carrier Billing

MBC GROUP partners with iwonder to bring over 100 hours of real-life stories to Shahid VIP

MBC GROUP, the largest and leading media company in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), announced a new licensing partnership with iwonder, Asia-Pacific’s fast-growing subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform dedicated to documentaries and current affairs.

WEYYAK and HUAWEI signed new content deal in MENA

Weyyak announced a new deal with Huawei which will allow all Huawei and Honor device users to access Arabic content across the UAE and Egypt. Subscribers will be able to enjoy over 18,000 hours of premium Arabic content including films, series and TV shows all via the Huawei app.

MULTICHOICE to boost video content production in ETHIOPIA

MultiChoice is planning to invest in infrastructure and content creations in Ethiopia. Being in operation since 1992, the company owns its satellite TV, Dstv, is looking to significantly expand its reach, investment in people and infrastructure, and its support of Ethiopian content and content creators.

DIFF 2020 shines spotlight on African continent

If there is something that no one will be able to strip Africa of, it’s the authentic stories that have shaped its history and its people. Many directors from all over the continent have taken to the big screen to share their authentic storytelling in compelling feature films debuting at the 41st Durban International Film Festival.

OSN announces its first original production: a re-imagined version of the hit talk show Aa’det Rigala

OSN, the Middle East’s leading entertainment network, has announced the return of the hit talks how Aa’det Rigala on OSN Ya Hala Al Oula and OSN Streaming App, returning to screens with a revamped look and feel.

BLACK MONEY LOVE REMAKE PREMIERES IN MEXICO AND USA!

The Mexican remake of BLACK MONEY LOVE (KARA PARA AŞK), the successful Turkish Drama distributed worldwide by Inter Medya, is launching on Mexico’s Las Estrellas on September 14 at 9:30 PM, and on Univision in the United States on September 21 at 9:00 PM.

ZEE launches premium VOD service in MENA

ZEE announced the launch of premium video on demand on its distribution platforms where viewers will be able to watch their favourite show at a competitive price. This new distribution model will allow film producers to showcase their project to a wider range of audiences.

AMMAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF AMMAN FILM INDUSTRY DAYS PITCHING PLATFORMS

Organised within the framework of the inaugural edition of the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film, the Amman Film Industry Days (AFID) has wrapped up its activities today culminating in the AFID Award Announcement of its pitching platforms

10 buzzy films headed to the Toronto International Film Festival

For once this pandemic year, that tingling sensation you’re feeling isn’t coming from the fear of COVID-19.

​Film industry hits Venice with trepidation, hope and optimism

A steady stream of cinema professionals have been disembarking at the Venice Lido over the last 48 hours, getting in position for the Venice Film Festival which officially kicked off its Covid-era 77th edition on Wednesday evening (September 2).

SHAHID is now available on all smart TV brands across MENA

Consumers in Middle East, purchasing any smart TV will receive a complimentary subscription to Shahid’s premium offering, Shahid VIP.

600+ BUYERS CONFIRMED IN AUGUST FOR MIPCOM 2020

MIPCOM 2020 in October announced more than 600 buyers from around the globe have confirmed their participation in the first three weeks of August

Exclusive MENA marketplace data presented at NATPE

Last Wednesday at NATPE Virtual Budapest, mena.tv shared some exclusive insights from our marketplace database, showing where the buyers are and what genres they have been acquiring, and what countries they have been buying from over the past four months.

Ramadan 2021: Amr Youssef to Play AHMOSE I in TV Series “The King”

Egyptian actor, Amr Youssef will participate in the Ramadan 2021 drama marathon with TV series “El Malek” (the king).

NIPPON TV GROUP ACQUIRES THE RIGHTS TO THE TURKISH REMAKE OF MOTHER

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV has acquired the rights to Turkish drama series Anne, an adaptation of its own series Mother. It will be the first Turkish series to air on Nippon’s free-to-air satellite channel BS Nippon TV.

STREAMING PLATFORM ‘SHOFHA’ LAUNCHES ITS SMART APPLICATION IN MENA

ArpuPlus, a subsidiary of digital products and technology company A15 and MENA’s biggest content aggregator with more than 200,000 pieces of diversified content, has rolled out Shofha smart application to allow subscribers and users of its video-on-demand (VOD) portal ‘Shofha’ to access the content platform on their smart phones with just one click.

Fight Net Signs Middle East Distribution Deal with Sawa

Anthem Sports & Entertainment’s Fight Network has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with SAWA Rights management, which has put the network on TV platforms in the Middle East and Northern Africa region.

VIACOMCBS NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATES WITH OSN TO ROLL OUT PARAMOUNT+ IN MENA

Deal is set to strengthen its streaming business in the Middle East with content from ViacomCBS brands, including Paramount Channel, Comedy Central, MTV and ViacomCBS International Studios and third parties

Online Iraqi Film Festival starts on 21st August

Later this month, a free online film festival will run that is dedicated to independent films both from and about Iraq.

Tricolor unveils OTT plans

The Russian DTH platform operator Tricolor plans to launch its own OTT service this October.

STARZPLAY's first english language original series 'Baghdad Central' records overwhelming response in MENA

More than half of STARZPLAY subscribers who watch its original content have lapped up 'Baghdad Central' while 41% of active users too watched the series

beIN SPORTS launches major global media campaign

beIN SPORTS launched a major international media campaign – called “Love It Like The First Time” – for fans to celebrate new football seasons across the world.

‘Yalla Neta’asha’ begins filming in the UAE

OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, in collaboration with ITV Studios Middle East, has started filming the highly anticipated reality show Come Dine with Me, ‘Yalla Neta’asha’.

Bitter Lands Renewed for Season Three

The successful Turkish drama distributed by Inter Medya, will return to ATV with a third season this year. Production will resume in the coming days.

MBC to launch new Egyptian film exclusively on Shahid VIP

MBC has announced the released of the Egyptian film ‘Al Hareth’ and will be streamed exclusively on Shahid VIP.