Cannes: Image Nation, MBC Studios, Vox Cinemas Forge Production Partnership

Variety | 5/15/2019 | Nick Vivarelli
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Production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, exhibitor Vox Cinemas and broadcaster MBC have entered a production partnership that “in essence creates a fully integrated studio” for Middle East film and TV projects, said MBC Studios managing director Peter Smith.

The alliance between the trio of Middle East heavyweights, unveiled Wednesday in Cannes, is focused on the nascent Saudi Arabia market, but also the UAE and Egypt, which now cumulatively form a regional audience “well in excess of 100 million people,” said Image Nation CEO Michael Garin.

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Image Nation is already the leading regional producer, the company behind landmark Abu Dhabi-set legal drama “Justice,” which plays on Netflix, and this year’s Oscar-winning doc, “Free Solo.” Vox operates 400 Middle East screens, while MBC is the top Arabic free-TV broadcaster and also runs a streaming service.

In Cannes, the trio announced two feature film projects: a “vampire family drama” titled “Three Four Eternity,” produced by Egypt’s Mohamed Hefzy, who had “Yomeddine” at Cannes last year, and directed by Rami Yasin, a Jordanian/Canadian multi-hyphenate, for his feature film debut; and “HWJN,” the adaptation of a best-selling...
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