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Further MENA anti-piracy success for ACE

Anti-piracy coalition the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), is claiming a landmark victory for content creators after working with Egyptian authorities to shut down the largest piracy ring in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. Operating since at least 2015, the Shahed4U ring was based in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt. More than 25 per […]

February 27, 2023By Colin Mann

ONE Channel expands Korean content offering with MBC

KC Global Media, the Asian entertainment network and multi-channel operator, has announced a content partnership with Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), South Korea’s leading national broadcasting network, bringing more premium drama and variety shows to ONE. Fans can now enjoy all genres from MBC including romance fantasy series, Kokdu: Season of Deity, express within 24 hours […]

February 1, 2023

MBC intends going public

MBC Group, the Dubai and Riyadh-based pan-Arab broadcaster, will reportedly mount an IPO next year. Reports out of the Gulf say that MBC is working with investment bankers HSBC and JPMorgan Chase on the potential plan. At the moment, the amount to be raised and the structure of the float are unclear. Current ownership of […]

November 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

BBC Studios licenses Doctor Foster format to MBC Group

BBC Studios announced has completed a licence agreement with the MBC Group, the MENA media company, to bring the first Arabic language adaptation of Doctor Foster to audiences across the region. Originally created by Mike Bartlett and produced by Drama Republic, the series centres around a trusted doctor whose life implodes when she suspects her […]

October 19, 2022Nick Snow @ MIPCOM

MBC, Barajoun animation partnership

Dubai-based broadcasting giant MBC is linking with Arabic animation house Barajoun Entertainment to co-produce five Arabic language animated feature films over the next three years. MBC’s Shahid VIP streaming service will air the originals exclusively. MBC Drama and Shahid VIP Content Tareq Al-Ibrahim, commented: “It is important for us to tell stories that reflect the […]

June 9, 2022

MBC channels launch on Le Bouquet Maghreb

THEMA Company, a specialist of the edition and distribution of multicultural audiovisual contents, and a subsidiary of Canal+ International, has announced the integration of seven channels from MBC portfolio, commercialised in exclusivity within the offering of “Le Bouquet Maghreb” and “Le Bouquet Maghreb+”, available on all French operators. Since October 1st, the premium channels MBC […]

October 6, 2021

Ninetnine signs European distribution agreement with MBC

Ninetnine, a provider of content distribution services to cable and OTT platforms, has signed an agreement with MBC Group, a media company in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). The multi-year agreement, which begins on October 1st, will see Ninetnine become the exclusive distributor of MBC channels in Europe with TV rights to its […]

September 30, 2021

Extreme E signs with MENA’s MBC

Extreme E, the off-road electric race championship, has confirmed that the Middle East’s extreme sports and adventure satellite channel, MBC ACTION, will televise all five of the series’ X Prixs across its territories in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. AlUla, Saudi Arabia will host Extreme E’s inaugural race, and people from 23 […]

March 15, 2021

MBC Group chooses WHATS’ON to manage on-demand and linear

MBC GROUP, a media company in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, has chosen WHATS’ON — the BMS by MEDIAGENIX — to replace their current Broadcast Management Systems and manage all their on-demand services and linear channels in a unified process. Aus Alzubaidi, Senior Manager – Tech Ops at MBC GROUP commented: “After […]

February 16, 2021

Barnett rejoins MBC as CEO

In October 2019 it was announced that Sam Barnett would be leaving his CEO role at MBC, the Dubai-based broadcasting giant. He was in post for some 17 years. He stayed on as an ‘advisor’ to the business, but has now returned as CEO of the MBC Group. Barnett is replacing Marc Antoine d’Halluin who […]

December 17, 2020By Chris Forrester