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Beta Film and MBC's O3 Productions ink multi-series coproduction partnership


Apr 11 2018

Cannes, 11 April 2018. Beta Film and O3 Productions, the production arm of Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC, are partnering on a major multi-series deal to coproduce scripted projects which bridge the Arab and European worlds. The deal marks the first major partnership O3 has undertaken with a European company, and a number of series are already in development under the new agreement.

O3 Productions will develop projects out of the MENA region which also feature a European angle; the current slate includes a crime series set between Iraq and Scandinavia;  a thriller which straddles Germany and Lebanon, and the organised crime links between the two countries; a post-World War II project set in Italy that will chart the creation of the global narcotics trade between the Middle East, Europe and America; as well as a Cairo-set drama will follow through decades of international espionage rivalry between all the great powers. 

Fadi Ismail, Group Director of O3 Productions: “We are proud to be pioneering a unique collaboration which will combine creative talent from the Arab and European regions and bring fresh, original programming to the global market. With Beta Films’ connections to the international broadcast and production community and the wealth of creative talent at O3, we believe we can bring audiences around the world compelling new stories from a region that has all too often been misrepresented.” 

Moritz von Kruedener, managing director Beta Film: “Our partnership will mark a big step in bringing the incredible creative talent of the Arab world to an international audience. This cooperation introduces fresh ideas of the MENA region to our European partners and combine the production potential of both areas.”

For more information, please contact:
Aimee Norman, DDA Blueprint +44 7957 564 050

Dorothee Stoewahse, Beta Film Press + 49 170 63 84 627

Notes to editors:

About Beta Film:

Beta Film is one of Europe’s leading international distributors of licenses rights for TV, HV, new media and theatrical with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program and established itself as a producer and co-producer of national and international high end drama. While the Beta Cinema portfolio comprises many Academy Award-nominated and -winning films, Kineos is responsible for licensing German-language rights to 12,000 titles. In the classical-music domain, Unitel is the global leader in the production of audiovisual music recordings, with a film stock of around 1,500 productions. The corporate group also has stakes in several national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto's company group since 2004.

About O3 Productions:

O3 Productions is the production arm of leading Middle East media company MBC Group. It has produced hundreds of hours of original Arabic content, including the local mega series’ Omar and, most recently, the hard-hitting ISIS drama Black Crows, which was recently sold to a global SVOD platform. Founded in 1991 as the first private, free-to-air, pan-Arab satellite channel, MBC has since grown into the dominant media company in the Arab world, with a bouquet of channels and online platform Shahid that has an audience penetration in excess of 100 million people weekly.