Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Netflix Plots Move into Arabic-Language Content

Magazine article Screen International

DIFF: Netflix Plots Move into Arabic-Language Content

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"What's missing from the global stage is a scripted series about contemporary life in the Middle East," said Sarandos, speaking from Los Angeles. "Most depictions outside of the Middle East are either historical or portray caricatures of what life in the Middle East would be."

Sarandos confirmed Netflix would launch across the Middle East next year - a region of 370 million people and high levels of mobile and broadband penetration. "We're enthusiastic to find great storytellers in the region," he continued. The SVOD service has already started talks with local content producers and is working with DIFF and DFM to meet local talent.

Netflix will also acquire - not just commission and produce - Arabic-language content and is close to signing a deal for a high-profile local film.

Sarandos also said the streaming giant would buy out worldwide rights to the local-language content it acquires and produces. …

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