Anonymous Content Inks Deal With Arab Media Group MBC

The production company will work with MBC's 03 Productions to make both Arabic-language and English-language content.

Anonymous Content, the Culver City-based production and management company, has signed a deal with Arab media group Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC).

Anonymous Content, which had a strong showing at Sunday's Golden Globes with The Revenant and Mr. Robot, will create content in both Arabic-language and English-language form working with MBC's 03 Productions. The deal will allow the No. 1 media platform in the Arab world, a market of over 300 million people, to leverage the creative talent and experience of Anonymous for new content.

Anonymous also will consult on new IP acquisitions, including potential scripted formats, as well as strategic partnerships for O3/MBC with domestic and European distributors.

“As the marketplace becomes more global, we are excited to work with MBC to help them create and distribute high quality and ground-breaking programming,” Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin said Wednesday.

Launched in 1991, MBC Group is the Middle East’s first and biggest private free-to-air satellite operator. Saudi-owned yet headquartered in Dubai, it broadcasts over a dozen of its own Arabic- and English-language channels across the region, alongside Shahid.net, the first free VOD platform in the Arab world.
 
The pan-Arab broadcaster has been at the forefront of regional TV in recent years, airing envelope-pushing content including satirical shows such as El Bernameg, hosted by controversial Egyptian comic Bassem Youssef, likened to the Jon Stewart of the Middle East. It also has helped finance films, including the Toronto-bowing drama The Idol, directed by two-time Oscar-nominated helmer Hany Abu-Assad.

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