Netflix signs deal with Saudi movie producers for eight new films

The new deal will produce more films that reflect the region’s rich, cinematic culture. (Supplied)
Short Url
Updated 13 November 2020

Netflix signs deal with Saudi movie producers for eight new films

  • The move further strengthens Netflix’s investment in the region

Netflix has struck a partnership deal with Saudi Arabian production and financing group Telfaz11 to produce eight new films. The first project is expected in late 2021.

The agreement comes after the success of a collaboration between Telfaz11 and Netflix on this year’s award-winning “Six Windows in the Desert,” a collection of short films set in the Kingdom. The new deal will produce more films that reflect the region’s rich, cinematic culture, while aiming for broad appeal among Arab and international audiences.

The move further strengthens Netflix’s investment in the region. Just two months ago, the company agreed a five-year exclusive partnership with Saudi Arabian animation studio Myrkott.

“Great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere,” said Nuha El-Tayeb, Netflix’s director of content acquisitions, MENAT.

“We are expanding our library of Saudi content and showcasing the beauty of Saudi storytelling by joining forces with its creators to produce authentic and intriguing stories that will resonate with both Arab and global audiences. We hope that Telfaz’s work will offer Netflix members around the world a chance to experience Saudi culture, humor and art.”

Telfaz11 was founded by Alaa Yousef Fadan, Ali Al-Kalthami and Ibrahim Al-Khairallah to feed a growing appetite for creative expression in Saudi Arabia and the wider region.

Al-Khairallah was one of four comedians who represented the Arab world in Netflix’s “Comedians of the World,” a first-of-its-kind global production that brought together 47 comics from 13 regions in an unprecedented stand-up comedy event series.

Al-Kalthami’s creative career spans nine years, during which he has written, directed and produced a number films, including “Wasati,” which is streaming on Netflix globally as part of the “Six Windows in the Desert” collection.

Telfaz11 CEO Fadan said: “We are thrilled to partner with Netflix in an important validation of both our success at Telfaz11 and the region’s burgeoning production ecosystem.

“These eight films will showcase for global audiences the incredible culture, locations and talent that exists within both our region and the Telfaz11 filmmaker network.”

The films will be available to about 195 million Netflix subscriber worldwide.
 


Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

Updated 28 November 2020

Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

  • Hosted by veteran journalist Frank Kane, program will interview movers and shakers, world policymakers
  • Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout

LONDON: Arab News, the region’s leading English-language Middle East newspaper, is proud to announce its latest video product: “Frankly Speaking,” a recorded show that will interview and challenge movers and shakers, world policymakers and influential deciders on topics relating to the Arab world.

Hosted by veteran, award-winning journalist and senior Arab News business columnist, Frank Kane, who has interviewed influential business leaders and key politicians from around the world including Emirati tycoon, Khalaf Al-Habtoor, president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Borge Brende, and Anthony Scaramucci, the former communications adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout.

 

 

“Frankly Speaking” will be available on Arab New’s YouTube channel and on the program page on the Arab News website.

Commenting on the launch, Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas said: “As the leading English language news source on Saudi Arabia and Middle East, it was only natural for Arab News to expand its video offering and we are very proud to present 'Frankly Speaking' as our first product for our followers worldwide.”

“While editorial integrity can only be proven, the combination of the credibility of both the Arab News brand and the long experience and interview style of Frank Kane will ensure that each episode provides an intellectually stimulating debate and plenty of material for further discussion,” he said.

 

 

The first episode of “Frankly Speaking” launches on Saturday at 5 p.m. Riyadh time (2 p.m. GMT) and will feature former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who will talk about his own recipe for change in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s reforms, the difference between Islamabad’s relationship with Iran and with Saudi Arabia, as well as his views on Israel.