Rotana to distribute new Arabic movie channel with Alchimie

OTT subscription video aggregator Alchimie has struck a partnership with Middle Eastern media company Rotana Media Group. Alchimie and Rotana will jointly publish, manage and distribute a new movie channel AflamPlus TV as a premium, subscription on-demand movie service. Aflam means movies or film in Arabic. Rotana offers five popular movie channels across the Middle East. The […]

Al Waleed arrested in Saudi corruption crackdown

21st Century Fox shareholder and Rotana Media owner Prince Al Waleed bin Talal was among senior Saudi Arabian figures arrested in Riyadh at the weekend as part of an apparent corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al Waleed was the most high-profile of the 30-odd individuals detained in the luxurious Riyadh Ritz-Carlton […]

Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition adds six members

The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has added six new members to its ranks, following its second meeting, which took place in Cairo. The new members are ART, IAA, The Egyptian Chamber of Commerce, Gulfsat, Rotana and WWE. At the meeting, coalition members agreed to “strengthen and speed up” the process of identifying pirated material, communicating details […]

Middle East focus: Egyptian channels lead rebound in pan-Arab ad market

The advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake of the revolution, seeing a recovery. Egypt has also been the source of a number of new channels with pan-regional appeal. The Middle East TV […]

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 […]