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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. […]

WarnerMedia names Johannes Larcher to lead HBO Max global roll-out

WarnerMedia has appointed Johannes Larcher, MD of Middle East streamer Shahid, to oversee the international roll-out of its HBO Max service. Larcher will become head of HBO Max International from August with responsibility for the global roll-out and management of the direct-to-consumer service, which launched in the US on 27 May. He will report to […]

Exclusive: MENA streamer Shahid reveals budgets & int’l plans in TBI Talks (watch here)

To watch TBI Talks on demand, please click above Middle East-based streamer Shahid is looking to “substantially” ramp up budgets for its original high-end drama from the $1m per episode mark, as part of its “ambitious” strategy to expand partnerships outside of the region. The streamer, which is part of the Saudi Arabia-backed MBC Group, […]

MBC Studios adapts Tony Jordan crime thriller for Arabic audiences

An Arabic version of a crime thriller created by acclaimed British writer Tony Jordan is to launch in the first quarter of 2020. MBC Studios, the Dubai-based production company, and Lebanon-based Eagle Films are launching Blood Oath on Shahid, the first Arabic language video on demand TV catchup service in the MENA region. MBC Studios are global […]

Saudi-backed broadcaster hires ex-Hulu exec for streaming push

Saudi-backed broadcaster MBC Group is looking to take on Netflix in the Middle East as it ramps up streaming plans. The Dubai-based broadcaster, which is controlled by the Saudi government, has appointed former Hulu exec Johannes Larcher to expand the MBC digital platform Shahid. The broadcaster, which is the largest free-to-air Arab broadcaster and operates […]

Ampere: Saudi web users consume most TV & video

Saudi Arabian internet users watched more TV and video online than people in any other country, according to a new global study by Ampere Analysis. The research firm found that 87% of viewers in Saudi Arabia watch online video content on their smartphones, versus a survey average of 58% across 13 countries. The number of […]