Kids round-up: Kartoon Genius block launches on YFE; Moonbug Kids comes to EMEA

Kartoon Genius block launches on YFE Genius Brands International has unveiled a new block of children’s animated series and expanded distribution for its international channels, following its pending acquisition of Canada’s WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. and strategic investment in Germany’s Your Family Entertainment (YFE). The new block on the YFE International channels will be branded […]

Middle East’s OSN appoints Fremantle, HIT alum to replace CEO Patrick Tillieux

Middle East operator OSN has appointed former Fremantle and HIT Entertainment exec Sangeeta Desai as interim CEO to replace Patrick Tillieux, who is leaving the broadcaster. Desai takes up her role immediately having been a non-executive director on the board for over a year. Before that, Desai was group COO and CEO of emerging markets […]

OSN to debut ‘The Way Out’ & ‘No Activity’ adaptations

Dubai-based broadcaster OSN is launching two new original series next month – escape room competition Al Shifra and comedy drama Elwada’a Mustaqer. Both are based on existing global formats and will debut on the OSN streaming app on 5 September. Al Shifra, is a local adaptation of the Roses Are Blue format The Way Out, […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Digging into the MENA OTT boom

Max Signorelli, senior analyst for entertainment at research powerhouse Omdia, examines the current state of the OTT market in the MENA region. Paid OTT video subscriptions rose by nearly 77% year-on-year (YoY) in MENA last year, reaching just over six million at the end of 2020. The majority, 70% of the total of these subscriptions, […]

Stan names Cailah Scobie content chief, as Nick Forward moves to Dubai’s OSN

Australian SVOD service Stan is promoting Cailah Scobie to chief content officer, taking over from Nick Forward, who has landed a new role at Dubai pay-TV company OSN. Scobie, who is currently commercial director of content at Stan, will take on the role following Forward’s departure in May. The exec joined the streamer at launch […]

OSN looks for ‘The Way Out’ in Middle East adaptation

Dubai-based broadcaster OSN has ordered a Middle Eastern adaptation of escape room format The Way Out. This new version is currently being produced in Belgium by Be-Entertainment, alongside original format creators Roses Are Blue. This will be the fifth adaptation of the format and follows three seasons on VTM in Dutch-speaking Belgium, as well as […]

Disney+ originals will play on OSN in Middle East

Dubai-based OSN has secured exclusive distribution rights to Disney+ Originals in the Middle East, across both its box and relaunched streaming service. OSN says that the deal strengthens its “position as the region’s leading entertainment network” and “further underscores the relationship between OSN and Disney,” which has no plans to launch Disney+ in the Middle […]

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