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4 items from 2017


Image Nation Abu Dhabi Pacts With U.S. Producers Roy Lee, Steven Schneider

16 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Prominent Middle Eastern production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi has forged a three-year pact with veteran Hollywood genre movie producers Roy Lee (“The Ring”) and Steven Schneider (“Paranormal Activity”) to jointly produce a slate of high-concept, low-budget horror films destined for the international market.

Though specifics on the projects are being kept under wraps, the plan is to make at least one English-language movie with franchise potential per year, fully financed by Image Nation, according to a statement.

Directors are being decided. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The deal reunites Schneider with Image Nation after their recent collaboration on Emirati director Ali F. Mustafa’s “The Worthy,” a dystopian Arabic-language thriller set for global release via Netflix this month.

Besides “The Ring” and “Paranormal Activity,” Lee and Schneider (pictured – Schneider left, Lee right) each have a long track record churning out other hit horror franchises, including “The Grudge, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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MipTV: Mbc Group and Image Nation Abu Dhabi Forge Production Partnership

4 April 2017 9:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Top Arab free-to-air satcaster Mbc Group and prominent Middle East production company Image Nation Abu Dhabi, which has Hollywood ties, have announced a film and TV production partnership that will spawn an ambitious Saudi Arabia-set sci-fi feature film and its bold TV spinoff, plus two more TV series.

The tie-up could become a game changer in the region where edgy high-end original productions are scarce.

Mbc’s production arm O3 Productions and Image Nation have announced they will co-finance and co-produce an Arabic-language adaptation of Saudi author Ibraheem Abbas’ sci-fi novel “Hwjn,” a pop culture phenomenon across the Arab world. The book about a supernatural being described as “a friendly devout Jinn” in press materials who forges a friendship with a female Saudi medical student named Sawsan, has become a best-seller in several Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, though it has been reportedly banned in Kuwait and Qatar. The censorship may partly help to explain why »

- Nick Vivarelli

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L.A. Law Reboot Delayed

4 February 2017 6:24 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Those eagerly anticipating the return of L.A. Law will have to get their legal drama fix elsewhere — at least for the foreseeable future.

RelatedBlair Underwood Recalls L.A. Law Ep’s Prediction on His First Day on the Job

A reboot of the acclaimed 1980s procedural has been delayed, our sister site Deadline reports. The script, which was pitched to broadcast networks, will now be redeveloped to potentially appeal to a cable or streaming network.

Co-creator Steven Bochco revealed that an L.A. Law revival was in the works during an Aug. 1 interview on The Rich Eisen Show. At the time, »

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Im Global TV to Sell Groundbreaking Arabic Legal Drama ‘Justice’

18 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Groundbreaking Abu Dhabi-set legal drama “Justice,” inspired by “L.A. Law” and written by Emmy Award-winning U.S. producer and writer William Finkelstein in collaboration with a local team, is set for a shot at global exposure.

Im Global Television has taken worldwide distribution rights to the Arabic TV series which is the first legal procedural out of the Middle East and the biggest TV show out of the United Arab Emirates.

“Justice” is financed by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, which is run by U.S. exec Michael Garin. It’s produced in tandem with Walter Parkes, whose L.A.-based Parkes/MacDonald Productions has a partnership with Image Nation. Another American, former HBO Europe drama chief Marc Lorber, served as showrunner. Dubai-based Beeline Media was the on-the-ground producer.

The show revolves around a strong female character named Farah, a Western-educated lawyer, played by Emirati actress Fatima Al Taei (pictured). Upon returning home to Abu Dhabi, Farah »

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