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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

Nilesat, Saudis talk deepening cooperation

This week SpaceX will launch Nilesat 301, Egypt’s latest addition to its long-established satellite fleet. But Cairo-based Nilesat has a few domestic problems of its own to address, and as a result is talking to fellow MENA states about deepening cooperation in space and TV broadcasting. Ahmed Anis, Chairman of the Egyptian Satellite Company, announced […]

June 6, 2022

Dizi expands in MENA with Digital Virgo

SPI/FilmBox has furthered the MENA expansion of its drama hub Dizi with Digital Virgo, integrating into DV CONTENT, a catalogue of digital services designed for mobile operators. FOllowing a new distribution deal between the long-standing partners, Dizi will now be available in Arabic on the products, PlayVOD, Veedz and Unlimited Streaming in Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, […]

May 20, 2022

Arabsat orders giant satellite

Arabsat is ordering a new satellite, Arabsat-7A,that will add considerable sophistication to its fleet. The Saudi Arabia-based operator has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space to build a fully ‘software defined’ ‘Space Inspire’ geostationary satellite and beam its signals over the Middle East, Africa and much of Europe. Arabsat-7A will replace the bulk of […]

May 3, 2022By Chris Forrester

beIN wins rights to World Rugby Sevens in 25 countries

beIN Sports has announced a broadcast deal with World Rugby covering the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the remainder of the 2022 Series and the full 2023 Series. The agreement also includes rights to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022. The deal means that beIN will be the only place to watch World Rugby’s sevens […]

April 7, 2022

MENA: Over 64m watch World Cup draw on beIN

beIN Media Group and its flagship sports channel beIN Sports, has unveiled international slogan for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament: One World One Home. The slogan reveal marked the occasion of the World Cup Final Draw event, which took place in the host country’s capital, Doha, on April 1st. Over 64 million […]

April 7, 2022

Kawkabani new OSN CEO

OSN, the Middle East pay-TV platform, has appointed Joe Kawkabani its new CEO. Kawkabani is already a board member and has previously served as the group chief investment officer at KIPCO, OSN’s parent company. Kawkabani takes over from Sangeeta Desai, whose term as interim CEO since August last year. Sheikha Dana, chair of OSN/Panther Media […]

April 6, 2022

AFC extends rights deal with beIN

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and beIN Media Group have agreed to extend the portfolio of rights to be broadcast by its flagship channel, beIN Sports, for the 2022 season to now include rights to the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup. The agreement grants beIN Sports rights in certain MENA territories, excluding KSA, UAE, […]

April 5, 2022

World of Wonder announces Drag Race Sweden

World of Wonder, LA-based Media company, has added a new international iteration of its hugely successful entertainment reality format, Drag Race, to its roster in Sweden. The new edition of the global franchise joins existing versions in Thailand, the US, Chile, Canada, Holland, the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, France, the Philippines, and Italy. […]

April 5, 2022

Forensic to premiere on ZEE5 Global

ZEE5 Global, the platform for streaming South-Asian content, has set a benchmark when it comes to thriller series and films and continuing the success rate, 2022 saw some of the best thrillers so far – such as Mithya, Love Hostel, Bloody Brothers and a glimpse of Abhay 3. Coming up next is another psychological thriller […]

April 5, 2022