September 02, 2019
Middle East and north Africa distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has hired former Director, Sales Liaison at NBCUniversal MENA Carine Chaiban as its Senior Director of Non-Theatrical Sales. Chaiban’s primary mandate will be to bolster TV sales whilst also overseeing the post-theatrical process for the company. She will report directly to COO Nicolas Torloting and CEO Gianluca Chakra.
Front Row Filmed Entertainment , Kuwait National Cinema Co. - Cinescape, IFD and UK sales and production outfit Rocket Science announce joint venture “Yalla Yalla” to develop Arabic language content
May 14, 2019
Middle East distributor and producer Front Row Filmed Entertainmentand production, finance and sales company Rocket Sciencehave entered into a joint venture to form Yalla Yalla, a Dubai-based film and television company focused on Arabic-language entertainment.
Collaboration between Dubai, Cairo and IFD shakes up Mena film industry
April 3, 2019
A game-changing new partnership between a production house in Dubaiand another in Cairohas wrapped up its first big-budget film shoot. Luxor, a film by director Zeina Durra, which stars British actress Andrea Riseborough and French-Lebanese actor Karim Saleh, has now completed filming in Egypt.
Berlin According to Buyer Gianluca Chakra
February 02, 2019
The CEO of Front Row Filmed Entertainment gives his take on the fest.
Middle East Distributor Front Row and IFD Hires Former Disney Exec, Expands Into Production
January 30, 2019
Dubai-based Middle Eastdistributor Front Row Filmed Entertainmentis expanding into production to capitalize on the potential of the nascent Saudi market and has hired former Disneyexec Nicolas Torlotingto handle its day-to-day operations as COO.
Iflix Makes Splash in Middle East With First Arabic Original ‘Tough Luck’
November 20, 2018
Six months after launching into the Middle Eastexpanding streaming service iflixis making a splash with its first Arabic online original, a Cairo-set comedy of errors titled “Tough Luck” packed with local stars.
The Message to hit Gulf cinemas after 42-year ban
June 11, 2018
After a 42-year ban in Middle East territories, Moustapha Akkad’s The Message is finally coming home with a cinema release in the region which includes Saudi Arabia.
Saudi censors pass 'The Message' – Kuwait initially bans the film
June 07, 2018
Saudi Arabian censors have today cleared Moustapha Akkad’s classic story of the foundation of Islam, The Message, to screen in cinemas in the kingdom. The 1976 film will open in Saudi on June 14 as part of its region-wide release - this will be the first time the film will have been seen in GCC cinemas. It was banned from screens on its initial release...
More than four decades after it was banned, The Message is set for Eid release in UAE cinemas
May 22, 2018
The Message, Moustapha Akkad’s 1976 film that tells the story of the Prophet Mohammed will finally run in cinemas across the Middle East, 42 years after the movie first failed to secure a regional release due to religious objections and false rumours that the film depicted the Prophet Mohammed, in contravention of religious laws.
IFD New Middle East Distributor Launches to Capitalize on Regional Demand for South-Asian Films
April 11, 2018
A consortium of industry veterans from across the Gulf and Asia have come together to establish a new film distributor set to focus on Filipino and Southeast Asian fare in the Middle East.
Exclusive: Dubai-produced sitcom Tough Luck signs massive distribution deal alongside Front Row and IFD
April 26, 2017
The Dubai co-produced sitcom, Tough Luck, which recently shot in Cairo, has been picked up for distribution in a host of global territories by streaming service iflix, which has also come on board as a co-producer alongside Dubai’s Front Row, Kuwait National Cinema Company and Shadows Communications.
Al Jazeera’s beIN Paybox Moves Into Movies, Inks Five-Year Output Deal With Front Row
November 18, 2015
Expanding from sports into movies, Al Jazeera-owned beINMedia group has inked a 5-year first-run output deal with prominent Dubai-based independent Middle East film distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment. BeIN’s move into movies is considered a game changer for the pay-TV landscape in the region.