Arabic streaming, cinema to see global surge, says Fox Networks

The rise in local filmmaking talent is also expected to boost Arab cinema says FNG regional head.
Arab cinema is also expected to develop to compete on a global level, as the UAE in particular is experiencing a rise in local filmmaking talent, according to Sanjay Raina, general manager and vice president of Fox Networks Group Middle East.
Copyright of ITP Publishing LTD No reproduction without permission ITP Publishing PO Box 500024 Dubai Media City Dubai Uni
Arab cinema is also expected to develop to compete on a global level, as the UAE in particular is experiencing a rise in local filmmaking talent, according to Sanjay Raina, general manager and vice president of Fox Networks Group Middle East.

Share

Arabic-language streaming services are expected to grow in the Middle East in 2019, according to the general manager & senior vice president at Fox Networks Group MENA & Pakistan.

In an opinion piece looking ahead to 2019, Sanjay Raina said there is high global and regional demand for local Arabic content.

“I see Arabic streaming services coming of age over the next 12 months across the region. Streaming cannot be limited to a foreign language in an Arab-speaking region,” he said.

“In addition to local or regional audiences, there is a large diaspora of Arabic speakers all over the world who have an appetite to purchase and consume streaming services that give them access to homegrown content from their native countries,” he added.

Arab cinema is also expected to develop to compete on a global level, as the UAE in particular is experiencing a rise in local filmmaking talent, according to Raina.

“I believe that Arab cinema, to a large extent, is coming of age on an international scale. I have no doubt that high quality Arab movies can travel far around the globe and have the same appeal as their Hollywood counterparts. This is equally true for the UAE, where we are seeing the emergence of highly talented Emirati film-makers, both men and women,” he said.

He added that great storytelling has universal appeal, “regardless of what language it is delivered in.”

Raina said the popularity of cinema will continue to endure during 2019 despite the emergence of new content formats such as online streaming, with films continuing to constitute a large portion of TV content today.

“We are witnessing the enduring popularity of cinema, despite this emergence of new content formats. This is true globally, as recently confirmed by Disney’s box office windfall this year. It is also true in large parts of MENA and certainly in the UAE,” he said.

Raina said last year that consumers in MENA will continue to use traditional linear TV regardless of the rise of the online subscription video market, which is expected to increase over 50 percent in the region by 2020.

Most Popular

Editor's Choice

Interview with Hadi Ghanem, CEO of 7 Production
With an outside broadcast vehicle fleet unsurpassed in the region, custom-built studio production facilities and end-to-end host broadcasting capabilities, 7 Production is well on its way to achieving international recognition.
Managed Broadcast Services Special Report: Knowledge Partner Interview with Red Bee Media
As part of Digital Studio's Knowledge Partnership for the special report on Managed Broadcast Services, we invited Houssam Al Khaled from Red Bee Media Middle East and Richard Cranefield, Head of Portfolio for Playout at Red Bee Media, to talk about the benefits of using managed services in broadcasting to manage success during this time of change and how the Red Bee Media way of working has led to innovations like the world’s first software only uncompressed playout deployment.
Interview with Ulrich Voigt, Qvest Media Head of Design
At IBC 2018, Qvest Media introduced Qvest.Cloud an advanced management platform to integrate and operate media services and applications using web technologies. Qvest Media’s Head of Design Ulrich Voigt explains the reasons for developing the platform and benefits of solution design and system integration using cloud-native technology.

Don't Miss a Story