MENA streamer Shahid & Dubai Media land Spanish drama ‘Boundless’ from ZDF Studios

MENA streamer Shahid and Dubai Media have become the latest companies to pick up rights to Spanish drama Boundless. The 6 x 45-minute show, which is sold by ZDF Studios, tells the story of the first circumnavigation of the Earth 500 years ago by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Shahid has acquired the series across MENA […]

Exclusive: MENA streamer Shahid eyes int’l content as AVOD surges

Saudi Arabia-based streamer Shahid is looking to expand its non-English language programming as it experiences surging growth across its AVOD offering. Shahid moved around 85% of its content from behind its SVOD paywall last year as part of a strategy to refocus efforts on its AVOD service, but the streamer’s chief commercial & marekting officer […]

Saudi Arabia’s MBC Group extends kids pact with Paramount’s Nickelodeon

Saudi Arabia-based MBC Group has extended its programming deal with Paramount Global Content Distribution, with a raft of kids shows heading to the MENA-focused media giant. The three-year pact will see a minimum of 350 episodes of Nickelodeon shows heading to MBC’s children’s channel MBC3 and its VOD service Shahid, with the group securing free-to-air […]

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 […]

MENA streamer Shahid expands anime offering via TV Tokyo, Toei & Aniplex deals

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) media giant MBC Group has struck an expanded deal with a variety of anime studios and production houses in Japan to take more content into the region. MBC’s streamer Shahid has taken exclusive rights in MENA to TV Tokyo’s Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, which is a 52-episode series based […]

Jakob Mejlhede Andersen & ex-Shine Int’l CEO launch prodco The Yard Films

Former Viaplay and Shahid exec Jakob Mejlhede Andersen has linked up with former Shine International CEO Camilla Hammer to launch a new MENA-based production company. The Yard Films will focus on developing and producing scripted and unscripted shows for both local and international players from its bases in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company said […]

WarnerMedia hires Shahid’s AVOD chief to lead HBO Max in Asia

WarnerMedia has hired Jason Monteiro from MENA streamer Shahid to lead its direct-to-consumer operations across Southeast Asia, including the transition of HBO Go to become HBO Max. Monteiro becomes GM of HBO Max Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan with immediate effect, linking up with fellow Shahid alum Johannes Larcher, who leads HBO Max outside […]

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 […]