Saudi Arabia

YFE furthers international ambitions with two new deals

German kids programmer Your Family Entertainment (YFE) has furthered its international expansion ambitions with two new deals with MBC Group in the Middle East and DISH in Mexico. MBC has secured the licence rights for the new animated series Shaq’s Garage, inspired by the life of basketball player Shaquille O’Neal. The agreement gives MBC exclusive […]

MBC shares rocket on stock market debut

Middle East broadcast outfit MBC Group has debuted on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange, with its shares rising some 30% above the listing price in initial trading. MBC had earlier raised SAR831 million (US$221 million) from the IPO of 10% of its share capital. Shares were trading at SAR32.5 as the market opened, against an […]

DAZN scores Saudi Women’s Premier League rights

Sport streaming giant, DAZN, has picked up the media rights to show the Saudi Women’s Premier League across several markets, including the UK, Spain, Germany and Portugal.  The Saudi Women’s Premier League which kicked off on the weekend, will be live-streamed on the DAZN platform, with a broadcast of at least two games on every […]

DAZN to show Saudi Pro League in six countries

DAZN has acquired the exclusive rights to air the Saudi Pro League in six counties including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Canada, and Belgium for the next two seasons. The sports streamer will broadcast the top three games live of each match day with the season due to commence on Friday August 11, including the […]

MBC’s Shahid updates on partnership strategy

MBC Group-owned Arabic streaming platform Shahid has provided an update on its distribution partnership strategy, which it says has delivered growth of three and half times its base over the last 12 months.   The outfit said that partnerships including telcos, device manufacturers, banks and airlines had been key in driving growth and expansion. Shahid […]

Ronaldo factor secures European rights deals for Saudi Pro League

After all the hype surrounding his US$200m deal to play football in Saudi Arabia, Cristiano Ronaldo finally made his debut for Saudi Pro League side Al-Nassr at the weekend – starting with a 1-0 victory over Ettifaq. Ahead of the fixture, SPL rights agency IMG secured a run of TV deals – underlining the enduring […]

Middle East’s MBC Group could launch IPO in 2023

Middle Eastern pan-regional broadcaster and streamer MBC Group is working with HSBC Holdings and JPMorgan Chase on an IPO. Details about valuation and scope are sketchy at this stage, but a public listing could come as early as next year. Currently, MBC is 60% owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the balance in […]

MBC moves HQ from Dubai to Riyadh

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group has opened a new headquarters in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The move to Saudi Arabia marks a key change for the Saudi-owned group, which was founded in the UK and has been based in Dubai in the UAE since 2002. The move from Dubai comes against the backdrop of a […]

Change of management at Arabsat

Long-serving Arabsat CEO Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour has resigned and will be replaced as head of the Saudi Arabia-based satellite operator by Badr bin Nasser Al-Suwaidan, currently CTO. Arabsat’s board meeting last week selected Haitham Al-Ohali, Vice Minister at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as its new chairman, […]

BeIN Media looks to lifting of ban as Saudi Arabia ends Qatar blockade

Qatar-based BeIN Media has tentatively welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its blockade of Qatar but noted that the Saudi government has not yet addressed the ongoing permanent ban on BeIN Sports in Saudi Arabia. The ban on the sports service has meant that the English Premier League, among other high-profile sports, has not been […]

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