MBC group set ‘to collaborate with Hollywood’

Updated 05 April 2018
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MBC group set ‘to collaborate with Hollywood’

  • MBC is set to collaborate with major Hollywood players
  • Jaber dismissed social media as being dubbed a news platform
MBC, the Dubai-based media group, is set to grow internationally and collaborate with major Hollywood players, a senior executive said on Wednesday.
The company’s Group TV Director Ali Jaber said during a panel discussion on the second day of the Arab Media Forum that the company’s chairman was “enthused” about the media company’s future plans following a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“After (MBC Chairman) Sheikh Waleed Ibrahim met with the crown prince, he is enthused about MBC and its future growth into an international organization,” Jaber said.
“It will be responsible for important partnerships between Saudi Arabia and international organizations and Hollywood,” he added.
Joining Jaber on the panel was Lebanese singer Najwa Karam who spoke of the role social media played with celebrities. “It’s more personal and we work on it ourselves but with the experts — we have a direct line of communication with the fans,” she said.
Jaber, however, dismissed social media as being dubbed a news platform but rather called it a “communication platform.”
 
“When you give millions of people a line of communication, you shut down the gatekeeper, making it open for all the people,” he said.
Karam spoke of the importance of knowing the backgrounds of influencers as well as dealing with negative comments that appear on her social media posts, saying that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
“Its important to know the backgrounds of these influencers: Who are they? What did they work before?” Karam said, adding that, “morality counts.”
Jaber also explained that television is not responsible for society’s health, saying that “if we do a show about reading and viewers don’t read … then it’s not television.”
“Schools, families and governmental institutions must play this role,” he added. When asked about cyber-bullying, the group TV director said that every format has its ills, with cyber-bullying being just “cyber” with the bullying always having existed.
The Lebanese singer hit out at Google’s video-sharing website YouTube, asking the company to look out for the rights of the composers, lyricists and artists when allowing a video to be uploaded.

 

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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

Viktoria Marinova. (AFP)
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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

  • Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet

SOFIA: A 21-year-old man was Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian television presenter, avoiding a life term after confessing to the crime.
Severin Krasimirov, also Bulgarian, was arrested in Germany where he had fled after assaulting and killing Viktoria Marinova on October 6.
A court in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse also ordered him to pay 450,000 leva (230,000 euros, $259,000) to Marinova’s family.
Prosecutors said the crime was “linked to sexual motives and had no links to the profession of the victim.” They added that Krasimirov was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the “brutal rape.”
The court said Marinova, 30, was killed “in a particularly brutal manner” after being grabbed while jogging in an alley along the Danube.
She was due to present a new program in which she pledged to unveil serious cases of corruption.
Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet.