Actress Yara Shahidi is set to produce a new single-camera comedy series “Smoakland” for Freeform via her production company 7th Sun.
One of the hottest new Arabic shows to come to the region is finally on air, with ‘Ansaf Majaneen’ airing now on Viu.
Sky and StudioCanal agree on a multi-year rights deal valid from 2021. Sky acquires comprehensive linear and on-demand rights and shows future cinema hits from StudioCanal as exclusive pay-TV and streaming premieres in Germany and Austria.
The Netflix star just gets brighter. New data from Ampere Analysis reveals that the SVOD behemoth became the second largest TV group in Europe by revenue in 2020. Comcast, through its acquisition of satellite TV operator Sky, is the Euro leader with 12% market share compared to Netflix’s 6.1%.
Lega Serie A has today (Friday) published its invitation to tender for broadcast rights in the Middle East and North Africa from 2021-22 to 2023-24, offering a region-wide package and individual packages in each country, including Saudi Arabia.
The online video and TV services provider Megogo has won a tender for the exclusive right to broadcast the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Conference League in Ukraine for the 2021-2024 seasons.
A group of eight artists has been selected by the foundation MENA Arts UK to create a series of short films on what unites creatives in turbulent times.
Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service.
Guy Ritchie’s highly anticipated upcoming untitled film will kick off production this Thursday, January 14th in Doha, Qatar and will also shoot in Antalya, Turkey.
It has been announced on Twitter that “Scream 5” – officially known as “Scream” – will release in one year’s time, on Jan. 14, 2022.
The Egyptian film “Tuk-Tuk” is set to make its international premiere at France’s Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival on Jan. 29.
Nascent theatrical market Saudi Arabia, which saw its first cinemas open back in 2018, is set for a new distribution player to enter the ring after leading MENA distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment teamed with Saudi exhibition outfit Muvi Cinemas to launch a joint venture.
Streaming service Showmax is expanding its investment in Africa with its first original Kenyan series and second co-production with global broadcaster CANAL+.
Subscribers across MENA can now enjoy UFC live events as well as an extensive Video-on-demand (VOD) Library on STARZPLAY
The rights in the Middle East and North Africa were carved out of the 2021-24 tender and an invitation to tender for those rights will be discussed on Thursday ahead of its launch.
Molotov is willing to expand its footprint this year with a dozen countries on the roadmap.
Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) appointed Olayan Mohammed Alwetaid as the group chief executive officer, starting March 28, 2021.
Netflix’s Lupin made its debut on the service Friday January 8, and quickly became the first French series to land on the streamer’s U.S. Top 10 list.
ONTime Sports Channel Group has launched a new channel called ONTime Sports 3 to broadcast the 2021 World Cup Handball Championship matches
The Bahrain Cinema Club has announced the staging of the Bahrain Film Festival first session from April 1 to 5 after obtaining the approval of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA).
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and beIN SPORTS today announced a multiyear expansion of their broadcast and digital partnership that extends to a now decade-long collaboration.
Spacetoon has collaborated with the Moshaya Family to bring the brand new series to its MENA audiences
Former Disney and Discovery executives, Thomas Wadsworth, Paul Pastor, Lauren DeVillier and Eugene Liew, announced the launch of Struum, an OTT platform backed by Michael Eisner.
African OTT movie and TV episode revenues will reach $1.725 million by 2026 – up from $392 million in 2020.
ZEASN, the world’s leading provider of OTT and Smart TV solutions, announced that Thailand’s prime online video platform LINE TV has successfully launched its Smart TV App Store (ZEASN App Store).
ZEE5 Global, announced the world premiere of its second Bangladeshi Original WTFry on 9th January, for its audiences across 190+ countries.
“Haifa Street” by Mohanad Hayal and “Between Heaven and Earth” by Najwa Najjar will compete within the Asian film competition at the Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh (January 16-24).
Independent cinema buffs will be pleased to hear the Reel Palestine Film Festival is set to return for a seventh time from January 22.
Tunisian star Fares Landoulsi has recently joined the cast of the upcoming Tunisian drama Welad El Ghoul by director Mourad Ben Cheikh. Slated to premiere in Ramadan 2021, the new drama will mark Landoulsi's debut appearance in a Ramadan drama, following his massive success in the Netflix series Messiah in 2020.
Since its launch on November 11, Asharq News, a multiplatform Arabic-language news service providing 24/7 coverage across the Arab world and beyond, has broadcast live from its studios in Dubai.
Al Ain Film Festival has announced the launch of its third edition, Under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan member of the Executive Council, which will take place in Al Ain city, between 23rd – 27th of January 2021, under the slogan “Future Cinema”.
Discovery Inc., the global leader in real life entertainment, today announced a strategic partnership with STARZPLAY, the MENA region’s fastest-growing subscription video on demand service, to launch discovery+ – the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service – across the Middle East and North Africa.
Leaders of the six-member GCC signed the AlUla declaration at the conclusion of the Gulf summit, ending the dispute with Qatar and restoring full ties with it.
The biggest Saudi Arabian true-crime series “Rashash” is set to debut on January 21 on MBC’s Shahid VIP online streaming service, a press statement said.
On the back of its influx of work in the region, MediaMonks is growing its presence in the Middle East. S4Capital’s content practice adds several key senior executives to the teams.
Intigral, an over-the-top content provider in the MENA region, has announced a strategic partnership with Orange Egypt, an internet data network provider in Egypt, to offer its subscribers access to Jawwy TV app.
The new ‘Box of Wonders’ is set to transform the region’s entertainment offering, promising easy content discovery in just 3 clicks to viewer’s favorite shows and a dedicated kids’ page!
The new markets are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Cambodia, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Tajikistan
Digiturk continues to build its executive team with the appointment of Rashed Al-Marri as Executive Vice President of Digiturk Sports Content.
In a new deal between the media giant and the Disney-owned over-the-top service which has enjoyed strong growth over the last year, ViacomCBS has announced a new distribution agreement that adds more content from its portfolio of news, entertainment and sports networks to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service, Hulu + Live TV.
Non-scripted content streamer DocuBay has expanded its offering by launching a global linear feed to complement its existing VOD service.
First introduced into South Africa, Mondia has announced it, second African market entrant, with the introduction of Monsooq into the Nigerian market.
Disney+ will launch in Singapore with all six content brands on the streaming service – Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star.
Egyptian leading production company Synergy Films releases promo of comic movie ” Wa’fet Regala”.The promo amasses over 10 million views.
US-based factual giant Discovery has struck a far-reaching deal that will see its newly launched streamer made available via mobile operator Vodafone across 12 counties in Europe.
AVOD streamer and device manufacturer Roku is nearing a deal to acquire programming from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s defunct short-form streamer Quibi.
Brexit has brought an end to UK travellers being able to view their pay-TV subscriptions when overseas.
Canal+ Group subsidiary THEMA has announced a partnership with Greek pay-TV provider Cosmote TV with the first fruits seeing the arrival of the Museum TV channel in Greece.
After numerous delays, the Arabic-language remake of the Italian hit “Perfect Strangers” is set to begin shooting in February,
After a successful ATF, Passion Distribution announces a raft of deals across Asia from its latest documentary programming slate including the recently launched landmark factual series The Great Plague (3 x 60’), Future Warfare (4 x 60’), and 1000 Years of History (6 x 120’).
Manga Productions, a subsidiary company of Mohammed bin Salman “Misk” Foundation, announced a partnership agreement with NEOM whereby the location for the second Season of the Saudi Animation Series Future’s Folktales
The US weekly entertainment magazine Variety has named the six-part Egyptian horror ‘Ma Waraa al-Tabea’ (Paranormal) as among The Best International TV Series of 2020.
Netflix, Inc. today announced the appointment of Strive Masiyiwa to its board.
Spacetoon, the family content provider, producer and broadcaster, has recently announced its collaboration with Google to support “Abtal Al Internet”, (“Internet Heroes”), an initiative that teaches children aged 7 to 12, different methods of keeping safe while being online, with the help of their parents and teachers.
Since launching in 2011, Jordanian production house, Progressive Generation, has aimed to be a leading producer of educational Arabic content through investing in creative content and intellectual properties.
ABS-CBN continues to gain a foothold in the international entertainment scene as its crime drama A Mother’s Guilt, the first adaptation of a Filipino series in Turkey,
ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has added its flagship kids’ brands Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. to key platforms in Southeast Asia.
First celebrity adaptation in the region of the Banijay’s hit reality show format will arrive on Noovo and Noovo.ca on Sunday January 10. 15 Quebec personalities from all walks of life will enter the Big Brother house, a sumptuous manor on Île-Bizard. Living together around the clock, under the watchful eye of the cameras, the celebrities will be completely cut off from the outside world.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has taken on a significant role in developing Catsaway, an animated feature film by Emirati director Fadel Saeed Al Muhairi, as part of its strategy to both support local talent and to develop the local animation industry. Catsaway is slated for release in 2022.
beIN MEDIA GROUP and Premier League have announced a new right deal until 2025 for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This means beIN SPORTS will broadcast 380 matches live in each season across all 24 countries in the region.
Several Algerian featured films, short films and documentaries are on the program for the 31st Carthage Film Day, scheduled from December 18 to 23 in Tunis without official competition, the organizers announced.
OneFootball, the football media platform, has acquired clubs-owned fan platform Dugout.
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has partnered with Film Fund Luxembourg (FFL) and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to contribute over C$792,000 ($620,000) in either the co-development and co-production of five projects.
“Scales,” an award-winning Saudi dystopian film exploring the role of women in society, has been selected to represent the kingdom for Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Academy Awards (Oscars).
Algerian documentary "Anamil Etaine" (Clay Fingers) has won the gold award of the first Arab Festival of Heritage Film, held in Egypt, the documentary movie maker, Hichem Remadeni, said Monday.
Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s upcoming TV drama Mornings In Jenin is among 39 projects to have secured Doha Film Institute (DFI) funding as part of its autumn 2020 grants round.
The movie MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7, Turkey’s Oscars contender for the 93rd Academy Awards, distributed worldwide by one of Turkey’s leading distribution company Inter Medya, continues to increase its international success.
British film “Limbo,” a wry refugee drama, directed by Edinburgh-born director Ben Sharrock and produced by Spain’s Irune Gurtubai and Angus Lamont of Crabapple Films, won the Golden Pyramid for best film at the Cairo Film Festival on Thursday.
Only 14 months after his departure from MBC, Barnett has been reappointed as leader of the MENA region's media powerhouse. His return marks a resumption of his renowned 17-year partnership with the Chairman of MBC Group, Sheikh Walid Al Ibrahim
Al Arabiya News Network has appointed MMS to exclusively sell advertisements and sponsorship across all of its TV channel and digital platforms, starting January 2021
Intigral, a leading provider of digital entertainment and sports in MENA and a subsidiary of stc group, has announced a new collection of entertainment content titles to be released on its flagship OTT service Jawwy TV during December to wrap up a year filled with the finest digital content offerings, exclusive title releases, and significant regional expansion for the platform.
Egypt’s Film Clinic, the prominent indie shingle headed by Cairo Film Festival president Mohammed Hefzy, has scored the rare distinction of being the Middle East and North Africa region distributor of a trio of Arabic films that are in the running for the 2021 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
‘Tickety Toc’ Gets MENA Agent
MBC ACADEMY – the educational and training arm of the MENA region’s largest and leading media company, MBC GROUP – announces the launch of “Fikraty” (note to English-language media: “fikraty” translates into “my idea”), an initiative aimed at discovering and fostering writing talent from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Arab world.
A collaboration between Roya TV and Shahid was made, where the Arab Broadcasting Service Shahid, that offers Video on Demand service, bought the TV program “Tahqeeq Amni” from Roya TV
Filming the second-largest film project in terms of budget in Morocco’s history will launch in April. The video is inspired by the famous 1988 novel The Alchemist by Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho, with a budget of 18 million euros.
The Saudi film “Had Al-Tar” won the special jury prize “Salah Abu Seif” at the closing ceremony of the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival.Receive the prizeDirector Abdulaziz Al-Shalahi, and Saudi actor Faisal Dokhi won the Best Actor award for the film itself.
Free StarzPlay subscription on Huawei's Mate 40 Pro Customers to get one-year free subscription to StarzPlay when they buy a Huaweu Mate 40 Pro smartphone
Canal+ owned channel distributor Thema, as the distribution partner of M6 Group’s international channel, has announced major launches for the channel in the United Arab Emirates, M6 International will launche on Du’s TV service, where the channel joins a French package offer alongside 14 other French channels.
At a recent signing ceremony held at the Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) Headquarters in Dubai, Choueiri Group’s Middle East Media Services (MEMS) renewed its long-standing exclusive media representation contract with all DMI platforms.
Seven Moroccan productions will take part in the 31st edition of the Carthage Cinematographic Days (JCC), which will take place in Tunis from December 18-23, as we learned from the organizers.
Gondwana-City Productions and Dark Smile Productions are launching the first 100% African comedy platform, accessible by SVOD anywhere in the world.