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 […]

Saudi’s Shahid VIP expands drama push with sci-fi show ‘Hell’s Gate’

Saudi Arabian streamer Shahid VIP is expanding its big budget drama offering with a new a sci-fi show set in Lebanon. Hell’s Gate is being produced by Cedars Art Production and is set in Beirut in 2025. The story explores how a band of revolutionaries attempt to overthrow a group of private investors and businesses, who […]

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max hires exec from Mid-East streamer Shahid to lead in Lat Am

WarnerMedia has hired another senior exec from the Middle East’s MBC Group to lead its streaming service HBO Max in Latin America. Luis Duran will join the company in February as general manager of the SVOD in Lat Am, reporting into Johannes Larcher, who left MBC-owned streamer Shahid last year to become the head of […]

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 […]