Category: MIDDLE EAST

News about audiovisual in Middle East region (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Libanon)

Saudi-Arabia / The MBC group broadcasting a series about Isis

On May 26th, the first day of Ramadan, the Saudi group Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC) broadcast the first episode of a series called Black Crows. It re-creates the massacres committed within the Islamic State (Isis), denouncing their methods of action and organization. The series tries to show as truthfully as possible the daily life …

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Israel / i24News authorised to broadcast in Israel

On May 29th the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) approved a bill authorizing Patrick Drahi’s news channel to broadcast in Israel. More specifically, an amendment has been made to existing broadcasting laws relating to international television channels working in Israel. Until now the law has imposed restrictions on international news channels such as i24News transmitting from Israel. …

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Lebanon / Sacking Télé-Liban’s provisional CEO

On May 27th, at the request of the Ministry of Information, a court dismissed Talal Makdessi, provisional head of the Lebanese public television station Télé-Liban. Acting-director since July 2013, Mr. Makdessi’s dismissal had nevertheless been anticipated for several months, after a serious internal conflict between Mr Makdessi and his editor-in-chief. A procedure to appoint a …

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Turkey / Netflix commissions its first original series in Turkish

The American giant Netflix has contracted O3 Medya to produce an original series in Turkish. After creating its SVOD platform (subscription video on demand) in Turkey in mid-2016, Netflix is now starting to offer original Turkish-language content. The group has commissioned a 10-episode series from the Istanbul-based company O3 Medya, and this is scheduled to …

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France / 11 projects chosen for FIDLab 2017

11 film projects representing 12 different countries have been chosen to participate in the 2017 FIDLab, the international co-production platform set up as part of FID (Festival international de cinéma de Marseille). More than half the projects selected are from the Mediterranean: “The Portuguese” (Portugal) a drama in development by Rita Azevedo Gomes, produced by …

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Israel / Public television sheds one skin

  Scheduled a long time ago, the closure of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), Israel’s public broadcaster, finally took effect on May 10th. It has been replaced by a new broadcasting organisation. IBA staff and journalists were warned only at the last minute that programmes would go off-air. On Tuesday evening, Geoula Even, the presenter …

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Israel / The new public service broadcaster is now operating

Kan, the new Israeli public broadcasting service, began transmitting last Monday (May 15th). After a long, expensive reform process, it replaces the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority). Like its predecessor, Kan is a composite: one television channel, Channel 11, plus eight radio stations. Eldad Koblenz, former Director of the IETV (Israel Educational Television), has been appointed …

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