OSN has secured the Middle Eastern premiere rights for ‘Qalb Al Adala’ (Justice), the new legal drama from Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Beelink Productions. OSN acquired the rights from IM Global Television.
The deal was negotiated by Shibley on behalf of IM Global Television.
The show is expected to raise the bar for local Arabic series, having been created by Oscar nominee Walter Parkes (He Named Me Malala, Flight), and Emmy Award winning producer, William Finkelstein (L.A. Law, NYPD Blue).
The legal cases in the series are based on real cases from the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, which partnered on the production for authenticity.
‘Qalb Al Adala’ focuses on Farah, an ambitious young lawyer who has returned home after gaining a law degree in the U.S. Farah’s father is one of the UAE’s top lawyers, and has big ambitions for his daughter at his firm. Although she has always looked up to her father, Farah has other plans. She is determined to succeed on her own, and does so while pushing the legal and cultural envelope in the process.
Justice is directed by Ahmed Khaled, and stars Fatima Al Taei, Mansoor Al Feeli, Mohamed Alamiri, and Malak Al Khalidi. While Marc Lorber, Safa Aburizik and Mohammed Mashish serve as executive producers.
Eli Shibley, IM Global Television’s president of international distribution and co-productions, said: “This creative partnership between Image Nation, Beelink, Walter, and William is the first of its kind in the region, which sets the bar for local drama and production value in the Middle East. We're proud to be working with this world class creative team, alongside OSN, to bring the premiere broadcast window of ‘Qalb Al Adala’ (Justice) to this territory.”
Emad Morcos, chief content officer, OSN, added: “Our goal is to put our customers first, bringing premium and in-demand content to them first. Regional content is hugely sought after and this recent deal with IM Global Television and Image Nation will see us adding to our premium Arabic entertainment choices.”
Ben Ross, head of narrative film and television at Image Nation Abu Dhabi, added: “Image Nation Abu Dhabi collaborated with world-class partners at every step of this production, and we are now pleased Justice has found the perfect home on OSN. Justice is a great example of Image Nation’s commitment to the MENA audience, to produce top-class Arabic language entertainment with high production value and storytelling that reflects the experiences and locations of modern day life in the region.”
Dr Salah Khamis Al Junaibi, director of corporate communication and international cooperation at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said: “The participation of the Judicial department in the production of Justice was to educate UAE audiences about the legal system and spread awareness about our efforts through non-traditional avenues.
“We are hoping to teach our rules and regulations through a simple method that will reach all walks of life in the UAE and contribute to the effective consolidation of social security in Abu Dhabi.”