Singapore-based Bitsmedia has acquired more than 20 hours of content from UK distributor Espresso Media International for its upcoming SVOD platform Qalbox.
Bitsmedia, which is the developer and publisher of the lifestyle app Muslim Pro, is launching Qalbox this coming October, with the new streaming service looking to provide Muslim lifestyle content and celebrate Muslim identities and cultures.
It has picked up titles from Espresso’s catalogue including the 1 x 60-minute The Story Of… Ramadan and the 3 x 50-minute Hidden Algeria.
Other acquisitions include 4 x 45-minute history series Pirates Of The Mediterranean, which explores the drama of the high seas, where the great powers and the Ottomans fought for dominance in the Mediterranean, and the 1 x 90-minute Beirut Blast: The Story Of Warehouse 12, a feature documentary investigating the deadly ammonium nitrate explosion.
“We are very excited to have Espresso as a launch partner. As a fresh, new streaming service serving Muslims around the world, we are always seeking the best distribution and production partners to provide compelling content for our viewers,” said Fara Abdullah, co-CEO of Bitsmedia.