TBI Tech & Analysis: Why MBC took a 30% stake in Greece’s Antenna Group

Middle East broadcast giant MBC Group recently invested almost $240m to take a stake in Greek operator, Antenna Group. Omdia analyst Constantinos Papavassilopoulos explores why and explains how it fits into a broader international strategy. MBC Group, the largest broadcaster in MENA, acquired a 30% stake in Greece’s largest broadcaster, Antenna Group, earlier this year, […]

Saudi Arabia’s MBC to open ‘The Office’ after striking BBCS format deal

Saudi Arabia-based MBC has ordered a local version of BBC comedy The Office. The 20-episode show – titled Al Maktab – will be produced by Shahid VIP’s production sibling MBC Studios, with support from the BBC Studios, which sell the format’s rights. The Arabic-language series has started filming and is being directed by Egyptian filmmaker Hisham […]

Exclusive: ‘The Masked Singer’ retains crown as world’s best-selling format in 2021

The Masked Singer has held onto its crown as the world’s best-selling format for a third consecutive year, according to K7 Media’s annual report on the top 100 travelling unscripted TV formats, Tracking The Giants. The musical entertainment format from South Korea, which is distributed by MBC & Fremantle, secured 12 new local adaptations in […]

MIPTV formats round-up – updated throughout the day

Banijay snags Korean duo Banijay has acquired exclusive multi-territory format rights to a competition show from Korea’s MBC. Bloody Game follows contestants who live together in a secret house and face a series of challenges with no contact from the outside world. To avoid elimination, they must use tactics, form alliances, or else engage in player-to-player […]

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen exits Middle East streamer Shahid

Former Viaplay chief Jakob Mejlhede Andersen has stepped down as chief content officer at fast-growing Middle East-based streamer Shahid. Mejlhede Andersen joined the MBC Group-backed streamer in May 2020 and had a remit across all of Shahid’s original content and acquisitions. His arrival came three months after MBC relaunched the streamer, which has since been […]

Korea’s MBC links with Hervé Hubert for latest ‘Masked’ format

French producer Hervé Hubert has linked up with the South Korean broadcaster behind The Masked Singer to launch a new singing format. The Masked Talent is a non-celebrity audition show that requires members of the audience to don the extravagant costumes normally worn by celebrities and impress judges, who cannot see who the singers are. […]

Saudi’s Shahid VIP expands drama push with sci-fi show ‘Hell’s Gate’

Saudi Arabian streamer Shahid VIP is expanding its big budget drama offering with a new a sci-fi show set in Lebanon. Hell’s Gate is being produced by Cedars Art Production and is set in Beirut in 2025. The story explores how a band of revolutionaries attempt to overthrow a group of private investors and businesses, who […]

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