MBC Studios


Amazon Studios & AMC alum to lead Middle East’s MBC Studios

Former Amazon Studios and AMC exec Christina Wayne has been appointed to lead the studio division of Middle East-based MBC Group. Wayne becomes MD and will oversee all shows for the in-house production arm, replacing Pete Smith who departed earlier this year. His next move is not yet known but he continues to hold an […]

Shahid VIP preps Tony Jordan drama, with Katrina Neylon joining sales team

Saudi Arabia-based streamer Shahid VIP is preparing to launch its latest project from Life On Mars’ Tony Jordan, with former Fremantle and StudioCanal exec Katrina Neylon leading on global sales. The Devil’s Promise is from Shahid VIP’s in-house production division MBC Studios and follows a man who promises to sell his soul to the devil in […]

Saudi Arabia’s MBC to open ‘The Office’ after striking BBCS format deal

Saudi Arabia-based MBC has ordered a local version of BBC comedy The Office. The 20-episode show – titled Al Maktab – will be produced by Shahid VIP’s production sibling MBC Studios, with support from the BBC Studios, which sell the format’s rights. The Arabic-language series has started filming and is being directed by Egyptian filmmaker Hisham […]

Drama round-up: AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s ‘Straight Man’; ITV tracks ‘Raoul Moat’; Shahid preps detective show

AMC orders Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man AMC Networks has greenlit Straight Man, its Bob Odenkirk-starring drama that is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, TriStar TV and Gran Via. The project, which was announced as fast-track development earlier this month in advance of AMC Networks’ upfront event in New York City, is based on Richard Russo’s novel […]

Exclusive: MBC Studios hires Carnival, MOPAR alum to lead drama development

Middle East-based MBC Studios has hired former BBC, Carnival and Mopar Studios exec Jessica Pope as its director of development for scripted, TBI has learned. The hire comes amid a raft of activity at MBC’s production division, which has been increasing its original output as sibling streamer Shahid expands globally. Projects include Rashash, which has been […]

Shahid VIP, BBC prep Carlos Ghosn doc from MBC Studios & France’s Alef One

Middle East streamer Shahid VIP and the BBC have picked up rights to an upcoming documentary about the escape from Japan Carlos Ghosn, which features the automotive titan himself. Carlos Ghosn: The Last Flight is from Shahid VIP sibling MBC Studios and executive producer Nora Melhli’s France-based producer Alef One, with filmmaker Nick Green directing. It tracks […]

Saudi streamer Shahid VIP links with Tony Jordan for “biggest production” ever

Saudi Arabian streamer Shahid VIP has unveiled its “biggest production” to date with a new true crime drama from Life On Mars and Hustle creator Tony Jordan. Rashash (8 x 60-minute) is being written by Jordan, Sheikha Suha Al Khalifa and Richard Bellamy, with Collin Teague (Torchwood, Doctor Who) directing. MBC Studios, the production arm […]

MBC Studios adapts Tony Jordan crime thriller for Arabic audiences

An Arabic version of a crime thriller created by acclaimed British writer Tony Jordan is to launch in the first quarter of 2020. MBC Studios, the Dubai-based production company, and Lebanon-based Eagle Films are launching Blood Oath on Shahid, the first Arabic language video on demand TV catchup service in the MENA region. MBC Studios are global […]

Zodiak Media, Canal+ alum appointed to head up Middle East’s MBC

Former Zodiak Media and Canal+ executive Marc Antoine d’Halluin has been appointed as CEO at MBC Group, the Saudi Arabia-controlled broadcaster that is the largest in the Middle East. D’Halluin will join the company on January 5 and replaces Sam Barnett, who left in October after 17 years. The new CEO previously served as chairman […]