Arabic SVOD subs to hit 28 million by 2029, says report

The number of SVOD subscriptions across 13 Arabic countries will rise to reach 28 million by 2029, according to new report by Digital TV Research. This is a 13 million rise on the current 15 million in 2023, with Netflix still expected to lead the market, said the report. Local players are however predicted to […]

Deals round-up: Netflix orders ‘The Corps’ & renews ‘The Diplomat’; ‘Morning Show’ returns to Apple; ‘Black Snow’ travels

Netflix orders ‘The Corps’ & renews ‘The Diplomat’ Netflix has ordered comedy drama series The Corps (working title) and renewed political drama The Diplomat for a second season. The Corps hails from executive producers Andy Parker, Norman Lear, Brent Miller, Rachel Davidson, Scott Hornbacher and Sony Pictures Television. Inspired by the memoir The Pink Marine, […]

Former OSN & Warner Bros. Discovery execs launch MENA banner Rise Studios

Former OSN execs Emad Morcos and Amel Farag have teamed with Warner Bros. Discovery alum Amanda Turnbull to launch Dubai-based Rise Studios. Morcos, former chief content and commercial officer at Middle East broadcaster OSN will act as chairman, alongside Farag, OSN’s former head of content commercial strategy as non-executive director and Turnbull, ex-GM at Warner […]

OSN & BBC among MENA deals for TVF International

Middle East broadcaster OSN and BBC News Arabic are among buyers of shows from TVF International. Pan MENA news network BBC News Arabic picked up factual titles including Disease Hunters and the BBC-commissioned series Super Tunnel, as well as Lost Pyramids Of The Aztecs and long-running travel series No Luggage. OSN licensed titles including My Perfect Family from […]

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, […]

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