Cameron Mitchell, CEO Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas

Cameron Mitchell
Updated 30 March 2019

Cameron Mitchell, CEO Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas

  • Mitchell has been with Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas since January 2007
  • He has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the cinema industry

Cameron Mitchell is the chief executive officer of Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures LLC based in Dubai, UAE. 

Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas is the owner and operator of the VOX Cinemas brand, which is the largest cinema exhibitor in the Middle East.

Mitchell’s responsibilities include overseeing Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas’ existing businesses and leading its expansion plans across the Middle East and North Africa region.

He has been with Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas since January 2007. Under his supervision, the company started a massive growth plan in 2013, which includes doubling its screen count and expanding into Oman and Lebanon. 

He has more than 20 years of extensive experience in the cinema industry. At the beginning of his career, Mitchell held various operational positions across Australia where he was responsible for setting up and the opening of several new complexes and cinema concepts across the country.

He then served in regional management for various territories in Australia.  Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Australia’s Griffith University.

Jeddah’s first VOX Cinema opened its doors to the public in January.  Speaking at the opening ceremony for Vox Cinemas in Jeddah‘s Red Sea Mall, Mitchell said Saudi Arabia had the capacity for high audience numbers.

“If you look at Dubai we have some 15 million customers there per annum. On the short-term goal in Saudi Arabia, we are expecting the market to reach about 30 million customers,” he said.


Anime fans enjoy music by giants

Isao Sasaki responses to his fans during the event. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)
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Anime fans enjoy music by giants

  • Clark, dressed in a Grendizer biker jacket, was extremely touched, telling them: “The world would envy me because of you”

RIYADH: Closing the three-day Anime Expo with a bang, Arab and Japanese legends Sammy Clark, Isao Sasaki and Ichiro Mizuki serenaded anime fans with classical tracks from their favorite shows.
They were joined by Chromatic Orchestra, from Egypt, playing the tunes of nostalgia led by maestro Saif Al-Yazan.
When Ichiro Mizuki took the stage to perform his songs for anime shows Mazinger Z and Astroganger, the fans’ cheers echoed across the walls as they called him “Aniki.”
“I’ve waited for tens of years to come to Saudi Arabia,” he told them, after greeting them in Arabic.
Isao Sasaki was greeted with enthusiasm as he sang the opening tracks to Grendizer and Grendizer UFO and the crowd raised their arms high in salutation to their favorite anime series.
But when the melody to Treasure Island (Takarajima) began to play, the crowd cheered the loudest as Sammy Clark’s operatic voice carried them back to their childhood with John Silver and Jimmy.
Clark, dressed in a Grendizer biker jacket, was extremely touched, telling them: “The world would envy me because of you.”
He told the audience the “philosophy of life that Japanese people have” is good for Arabs know more about, “and it’s good for them to know us in the Arab world like this.”

FASTFACT

• When Ichiro Mizuki took the stage to perform his songs for anime shows Mazinger Z and Astroganger, the fans’ cheers echoed across the walls as they called him ‘Aniki.’

• ’I’ve waited for tens of years to come to Saudi Arabia,’ he said.

• Isao Sasaki was greeted with enthusiasm as he sang the opening tracks to Grendizer and Grendizer UFO and the crowd raised their arms high in salutation to their favorite anime series.

• When the melody to Treasure Island began to play, the crowd cheered the loudest as Sammy Clark’s operatic voice carried them back to their childhood.

After he had performed Grendizer songs and Astroganger, Mizuki and Sasaki joined Clark on the stage. The trio performed renditions of Astroganger, Mazinger Z, Grendizer and Grendizer UFO, harmonizing together in Arabic and Japanese, and singing in each other’s language as well.
Before ending the show with Treasure Island, Mizuki addressed a sweet message to Clark, saying: “If it weren’t for Sammy singing all these songs, we wouldn’t have been standing here with you.”
Sammy Clark told Arab News that this was his fifth visit to Saudi Arabia.
He said: “Saudi people are very close to my heart. The people here are genuine and honest, something that we need more of during these times.
“Here, you feel a gentleness in the reception, and hospitality and love, which is mutual on my part.”