Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Brooklyn-based Futurism, one of the web's most popular sci-tech publications, have entered into a content partnership. Via the new partnership, Image Nation & Futurism will jointly develop and produce feature films and documentaries, along with scripted and unscripted television series.
Co-founded by U.S. entrepreneurs Alex Klokus and Daniel Sutera, the Futurism website runs curated content about future looking breakthroughs and tech innovations and gets over 140 million monthly video views. The Futurism portal also has an Arabic version called Mostaqbal, which was launched in 2016.
The companies will also collaborate across existing platforms to market and distribute content across their Middle East platforms. This will include Quest Arabiya, Image Nation and Discovery’s free-to-air channel broadcasting across MENA, and Mostaqbal, Futurism’s Arabic-language content portal.
“This deal brings two leading content creators together to tackle some of the biggest topics of our time, including technology, science and societal change,” said Ben Ross, Head of Narrative Film and Television at Image Nation Abu Dhabi. “Image Nation is pleased to be partnering with Futurism and we look forward to working together to promote the media industry in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.”
Alex Klokus, CEO of Futurism: “The most important storytelling today involves imagining humanity building a better future, and with the rapid technological change and innovation happening in the Middle East, makes the region an ideal home to be sharing news and stories with. Image Nation is the perfect partner to propel us into this new terrain and we look forward to leveraging our relationship to create premium content both about and for this important market.”
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is one of the most prominent media and entertainment companies in the Arabic-speaking world. The company recently premiered its local production SHABAB SHEYAB in North America to critical acclaim at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Futurism Studios, the video creation arm of Futurism, is currently in production with EnTech Studio SingularDTV on the documentary feature Trust Machine, about the blockchain movement and its potential to radically change the world. The film is directed by award-winning filmmaker Alex Winter (DEEP WEB) and is the first film to be completely funded and distributed via blockchain technologies.
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