Arab Awakenings: New Production Partnerships and Market Opportunities in the Middle East

Friday 8th July 2011, 9:30am - 10:30am BST

Showroom Cinema 2

The number of pan-Arab children’s TV channels has expanded rapidly since the mid-1990s, serving countries where the proportion of under-18s is almost 50 percent of the total population. With this market growth some broadcasters like Al-Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) and its preschool outlet Baraem, are actively supporting homegrown production as well as production partnerships with non-Arab programme-makers such as 3Line Media Ceidiog Creations, Chocolate Moose Media, Rival Media and Zodiak.

This panel will discuss how producers can successfully collaborate with Arab partners to produce quality children’s content in the region. It will provide insight into the type of content made for the region by Arab, British and non-British programme-makers right now. It will explore the cultural and business factors that affect the process of production and content, and examine the type of programming that works for this market including reality, entertainment, information and preschool shows. How do you secure collaboration? What is the best way of working with local programme makers and writers, and how do you go about this? What is to be gained from these initiatives? And what is the best route for building lasting relationships where all parties benefit in a region that is undergoing immense political upheaval and change?

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