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YouTube launches first creator studio in MENA

YouTube has opened its first YouTube Space in the Middle East and North Africa region, having launched its latest creator studio in Dubai. The YouTube Space is located at Dubai Studio City, a production facility owned by local investment company TECOM Group. It is designed to be a place where YouTubers can learn, connect and […]

Discovery targets Iranian market with Home & Health Farsi

Discovery has teamed up with Dubai-based media management and playout specialist BHS Media to launch a new free-to-air channel targeted at the Farsi-speaking market in the Middle East. Home & Health Farsi will be created by the Dubai-based outfit using Discovery content and branding and will launch exclusively on the Eutelsat Hotbird and Eutelsat 7B […]

OSN hails Ajman piracy crackdown

Officials in the UAE Emirate of Ajman have conducted a series of raids on retail outlets to combat piracy in an initiative pushed by pay TV operator OSN. Following a recent crackdown on piracy in neighbouring Dubai, Abdullah Ahmad Al Ali and Abdulaziz Qaed Murad from Ajman’s Department of Economic Development (DED) conducted raids in […]

Kipco receives offer for OSN

Kipco, the majority owner of Middle East pay TV provider OSN, has received an offer for the company from an unspecified bidder. Kipco said it would evaluate the non-binding confidential offer and present it its board and minority ownership partner Mawarid Group. The group didn’t identify the buyer or the price. Dubai-based brokerage firm Arqaam […]

Brightcove opens Dubai hub for MENA

Online TV specialist Brightcove is to open a new office in Dubai as part of its plan to expand in the Middle East. The new office, which will be the central hub for the company in the Middle East and North Africa, will be led by Brahim Laraiki, regional director for Middle East and Africa. […]

Arqaam raises OSN valuation ahead of possible IPO

Dubai-based Arqaam Capital has raised its estimate of pay TV group OSN’s worth from US$2.5 billion (€1.8 billion) to US$4.3 billion ahead of the company’s potential IPO. Arqaam said that OSN’s acquisition of South Asian channel provider Pehla Media & Entertainment in August would boost its performance. According to Arqaam, OSN posted revenue growth of […]

Mid East ‘Netflix’ signs Starz deal

Dubai-based VOD platform icflix has scored a major deal with Starz for titles including the upcoming pirate drama Black Sails and BBC period piece The White Queen. The hybrid SVOD/TVOD platform, which commentators have dubbed as the Middle East’s answer to Netflix, has also acquired the other Starz Original series, Magic City and Spartacus. The […]

Dubai Media channels on AsiaSat

Satellite operator AsiaSat has signed a contract with Dubai Media to provide capacity for free-to-air channels Dubai TV and Dubai Sports throughout the Asia Pacific region on the AsiaSat 5 satellite. State channel Dubai TV broadcasts events and activities taking place in Dubai and in the UAE along with local news, financial programmes and Arabic […]

Sony opens distribution office in the Middle East

Sony Pictures Television is opening a sales office in Dubai. It will be run by Ziad Yaghi who has worked at Dubai Entertainment and Media Organisation, Tecom Authority and Orbit. Yaghi also founded the Dubai Film Market. SPT already has a production business in the Middle East after launching Sony Pictures Arabia in November 2010. […]

Ex-Discovery Germany chief Kastner joins Rotana

Former Discovery Networks Germany chief Magnus Kastner has joined Dubai-based Rotana Media Group as president of Rotana Media Services. In his new role Kastner, who left Discovery earlier this year, will look after the marketing of Rotana’s 13 channels, which include Fox Movies and Fox Series via its ownership crossover with News Corp, in the […]