Content business

Netflix announces $1 billion investment in EMEA content
Netflix revealed the investment plans at a media briefing event in Rome, where it also announced a slate of new originals.
Global business and financial news TV network launches new studios in Abu Dhabi Global Market. First episode of Middle East focused show 'Capital Connection' begins broadcasting from new studio.
Analyst says Starz Play is SVOD market leader in MENA
According to a study by analyst IHS Markit the subscription video-on-demand service is leading the way with 26% of market share compared to Netflix at 16% and ICFLIX at 11%.
Abu Bakr Shawky's Yomeddine set for Cannes main competition
Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky’s upcoming feature film “Yomeddine” is first independent film from Egypt invited to screen at the Cannes Film Festival
iflix launches in Morocco
Leading telecommunication provider Inwi has signed a partnership with iflix to launch the OTT service
Dubai's Shock Middle East launches Arabic pop radio station
Hala 95.6 FM is designed to cater to a youthful, Arabic-speaking audience in the UAE – and is the first Arabic-language brand in Shock Middle East's portfolio.
Ipsos Names New Country Manager in Saudi Arabia
Ipsos has appointed Rami Abudyab, as Country Manager of its offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Based out of the Ipsos offices in Riyadh, Mr Abudyab will be overseeing the business throughout the Kingdom.
Gulf Asia Entertainment launches to distribute movies from Philippines in Middle East
A group of Asian industry veterans have teamed up with leading regional distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment to launch a new distribution company with a mission to serve the sizable Filipino population in the region.
Three women appointed to Saudi culture authority board
Among those appointed to the board were three women, two of whom are theatre and film directors. Saudi Arabia’s first female director, Haifaa al-Mansour will be on the board of directors.
First Original series for South Asian expats airs on Viu and Zee
Vuclip has launched its first-ever Original series targeting South Asian expats in the Middle East. Music Garage is an eight-episode series that will shine the spotlight on six aspiring bands and singers handpicked from across the region.