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MBC Group inks content deal with Turkish prodcos Medyapim & Ay Yapim

MENA-based MBC Group is expanding its Turkish content offering via a five-year partnership with Turkish production companies Medyapim and Ay Yapim. The deal, announced at MIPCOM, will see Turkish content shared exclusively with MBC Group via first look and volume deal agreements, along with original Arabic-language content being produced for the MENA market. The yet-to-be-announced […]

MBC Group strikes deal for BBC Studios scripted format ‘Doctor Foster’

MBC Group has acquired the rights to produce the first Arabic language adaptation of BBC Studios scripted format Doctor Foster.  Originally created by Mike Bartlett and produced by Drama Republic, the series centers around a doctor whose life implodes when she suspects her husband of having an affair. The local adaptation is already in production […]

Shahid VIP preps Tony Jordan drama, with Katrina Neylon joining sales team

Saudi Arabia-based streamer Shahid VIP is preparing to launch its latest project from Life On Mars’ Tony Jordan, with former Fremantle and StudioCanal exec Katrina Neylon leading on global sales. The Devil’s Promise is from Shahid VIP’s in-house production division MBC Studios and follows a man who promises to sell his soul to the devil in […]

MBC’s Shahid VIP adapts Saudi novels for ‘Rise Of The Witches’ drama

Middle East media giant MBC Studios has started production on Rise Of The Witches, which claims to be the “biggest TV series” to emerge from Saudi Arabia to date. Details of the cost have not been revealed, but MBC said the “top-budget” fantasy-adventure show destined for streamer Shahid VIP would be “the biggest series to […]

MBC orders Mid-East version of Talpa’s ‘Million Dollar Island’

MENA-based MBC Group has become the latest buyer of Talpa format, Million Dollar Island. The reality survival show, which recently sold to NBC in the US, will be produced in Saudi Arabia by Blue Engine Studios, Talpa’s regional partner. The show is set to air on a yet-to-be-announced MBC channel, as well as on streamer Shahid […]

Shahid VIP takes UK ‘Stand UP’ format to MENA

MBC Group-owned Arabic SVOD service Shahid VIP has ordered a local adaptation of comedy format The Stand Up Sketch Show. Different Productions will produce the 10 x 30-minute series, which will be known locally as Stand UP, for Shahid VIP, based on the format created by Spirit Studios for ITV2 in the UK, which is […]

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. […]

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