Shahid VIP

Shahid VIP forecast to overtake Netflix’s MENA market share

Netflix is forecast to lose its market leadership to Shahid VIP in MENA n the next five years, according to a report from Digital TV Research. There will be 26 million SVOD subscriptions across 13 Arabic countries by 2029, up from 14 million in 2023, said the research’s firm’s recent Middle East and North Africa […]

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 […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Why MENA online ad revenue will double by 2027

Online video advertising revenue in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is set to more than double to $2.3bn in 2027, reveals Omdia’s Maria Rua Aguete. “MENA is generating worldwide interest in the online advertising market thanks to the immense growth potential linked to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. With more than half of […]

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 […]

Shahid VIP moves into Nordic Noir with ‘The Killing’ remake in Egypt

Middle East-based streamer Shahid VIP has launched its local remake of Danish scripted classic, The Killing. The Arabic version (Monataf Khater, منعطف خطر) changes location from rainy and gloomy Copenhagen to sunny Cairo in Egypt, where the series is also filmed. The show is believed to be the first Nordic Noir drama to be remade in […]

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 […]

Drama round-up: AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Straight Man’; ITV tracks ‘Raoul Moat’; Shahid preps detective show

AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man AMC Networks has greenlit Straight Man, its Bob Odenkirk-starring drama that is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, TriStar TV and Gran Via. The project, which was announced as fast-track development earlier this month in advance of AMC Networks’ upfront event in New York City, is based on Richard Russo’s novel […]

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 […]