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Exclusive: Fremantle settles ‘Masked Singer’ format dispute in Ukraine

The Masked Singer distributor Fremantle and national broadcaster Ukraine have settled their format dispute with domestic rival 1+1 over an alleged copycatting of the hit entertainment show. The disagreement began in October when the broadcaster accused 1+1 of ripping off The Masked Singer with its show Maskarad, a local remake of Romanian format Mysteries In The Spotlight, which is sold by […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max hires exec from Mid-East streamer Shahid to lead in Lat Am

WarnerMedia has hired another senior exec from the Middle East’s MBC Group to lead its streaming service HBO Max in Latin America. Luis Duran will join the company in February as general manager of the SVOD in Lat Am, reporting into Johannes Larcher, who left MBC-owned streamer Shahid last year to become the head of […]

TBI Weekly: Seven trends to look out for in 2021

2021 is off to a busy start. We’ve seen senior content execs depart in North America, global streamers hiking their prices in Europe to pay for new shows, and IP-owning behemoths such as Disney further proving their immense clout. Here are seven stories from this week that point to what we can expect in the coming months. […]

Saudi streamer Shahid VIP links with Tony Jordan for “biggest production” ever

Saudi Arabian streamer Shahid VIP has unveiled its “biggest production” to date with a new true crime drama from Life On Mars and Hustle creator Tony Jordan. Rashash (8 x 60-minute) is being written by Jordan, Sheikha Suha Al Khalifa and Richard Bellamy, with Collin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who) directing. MBC Studios, the production arm […]

Saudi Arabia’s MBC & Shahid VIP unveil writing talent scheme

Saudi Arabia media giant MBC Group has launched a new program designed to discover domestic and international writing talent, with ideas potentially then being turned into shows for its streamer Shahid VIP. Fikraty – which means ‘my idea’ – is aimed at aspiring writers and will see talent collaborating with MBC and Shahid VIP to turn […]

Arabic streamer Shahid VIP launches in North America

Dubai-based media conglomerate MBC Group is launching Shahid VIP, its Arabic-language direct-to-consumer streaming service, in the US and Canada on 1 November. Audiences in the North American region will be able to access more than 25,000 hours of Arabic content, including exclusive Shahid VIP Original series and local versions of shows including The Voice, Arab […]

MBC Group inks content deal with Facebook MENA

Dubai-based media conglomerate MBC Group has inked an exclusive content partnership with Facebook MENA to develop content for the social media service’s VOD platform Facebook Watch. The one-year agreement will see the digital arm of MBC Group, which services the Middle East and North Africa, share more than 20,000 videos from some of the most […]

MBC brings ‘The Bridge’ and ‘Crimson Rivers’ to Middle East

Dubai-based MBC Group has acquired first-run broadcast rights to all seasons of two drama series –  The Bridge (aka Bron or Broen) and The Crimson Rivers – for its OTT platform in the Middle East, following a deal with ZDF Enterprises. The original 38 x 60-minute Scandinavian version of global hit The Bridge is produced by Filmlance International and […]

News round-up: Hulu cooks with Jamie Oliver; Viaplay reveals esports drama; MBC launches MENA academy

Viaplay delves into Danish esports Nordic streamer Viaplay is preparing an esports-focused comedy series from Danish director and artist Anders Morgenthaler. Try Hard, created by Morgenthaler (Princess) and Allan Hyde (True Blood), is an eight-part comedy that tells the story of the increasingly questionable efforts of five young gamers to break into the international esports […]