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Dubai’s OSN appoints interim chief after CEO Patrick Tillieux resigns

The company has appointed non-executive board director Sangeeta Desai as the interim CEO

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Cinépolis opens GCC’s first Luxury Cinemas concept in Muscat

It is located at the Oman Avenues Mall in Muscat

OSN gets exclusive streaming rights to Gangs of London in the Middle East

The Gareth Evans-created crime drama, one of the UK’s most popular original dramas of all time, is available in the region on OSN

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Five minutes with Patrick Tillieux, CEO of OSN

Over the last 18 months, OSN have produced new content, launched a revamped platform, forged new partnerships and entered new markets

Why UAE entrepreneurs must listen to this podcast

Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Shailesh Dash has launched The Entrepreneurial Dash, a podcast that offers guidance and motivation to budding entrepreneurs

Video: ‘We’re more of an e-commerce firm than an entertainment one’ – Starzplay CEO

Maaz Sheikh on how the online streaming service has grown its reach in the MENA region

Ian Fairservice, Managing Partner and Group Editor of Motivate Media Group, and Frank Melloul, CEO of i24 News

UAE’s Motivate Media Group partners with Israel-based broadcaster i24 News

Both companies will partner on multiple fronts including producing new forms of content across digital, print and broadcast

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UAE allows distribution of magazines, newspapers to resume in all public spaces

In March 2020, the UAE National Media Council ordered the temporary suspension of distribution of these materials in certain public places as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

Omnicom Media Group MENA appoints new CEO

Elda Choucair, who was serving as the group’s COO, will take on the role of chief executive

Dubai launches new strategy to double companies and jobs in the creative sector

The Dubai Creative Economy strategy aims to double the creative industries’ GDP contribution to 5 per cent of Dubai’s economy by 2025

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Dubai’s Motivate Media Group relaunches men’s title Emirates Man

It will include four print editions over the course of the year, with the next edition out in June 2021

Clubhouse: Everything you need to know about the trending app

The new ‘Clubhouse’ app is a global platform where users can listen and converse in real-time

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UAE-based lifestyle brand What’s On launches new website for the Saudi market

The site will focus on food, news, travel and local culture in Riyadh and Jeddah – with expansion to more cities towards Q4 2021

GCC advertising veteran and Memac Ogilvy founder Edmond Moutran dies

Moutran, 77, founded the agency Middle East Marketing and Communications (Memac) in 1984

‘No longer possible for us to offer content for free’ – Gulf News CEO

The Dubai-based daily has announced plans to launch a paywall for its online content

Qatari media ‘undermining’ efforts to end GCC dispute – UAE minister

The political and social climate in the GCC looks toward ending the Qatar crisis, Anwar Gargash said

MBC Group reappoints Sam Barnett as CEO

Marc Antoine d’Halluin, who spent a year as group CEO at MBC, has now been appointed as a board advisor

Business leaders rank UAE as global leader in innovation

Business executives in the UAE rank the country as a global leader in creating an ‘innovation-conductive’ environment

Elie Khouri

Is art collecting only for the rich?

Elie Khouri doesn’t think so, but I disagree

Abu Dhabi to expand media hub in effort to diversify economy

Twofour54, named after Abu Dhabi’s geographical coordinates, was set up in 2008

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Sharjah Book Authority launches new literary agency to stimulate Arabic publishing market

The Sharjah International Literary Agency will promote Arabic literary and cultural content globally

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Obituary: Ibrahim Al Abed, an inspirational journalist

Al Abed, founder of the Emirates News Agency WAM, passed away on October 20

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Founder of UAE’s state news agency WAM, Ibrahim Al Abed, dies

He was a prominent figure within the country’s media industry

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Dubai Lynx announces line-up of speakers for virtual event

The virtual media and advertising event will be held from October 5-7

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CNN opens first training academy for journalists in Abu Dhabi

Starting January 2021, the academy will offer a full-time five-week course with a combination of online learning sessions and in-person workshops at CNN

Abu Dhabi and Israel to cooperate on film and TV content production

A regional annual film festival will be held in rotation between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv

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Netflix signs five-year partnership with Saudi studio Myrkott

The partnership will involve the production of new and exclusive seasons of the Masameer series

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UAE video streaming service Starzplay adds 600,000 subscribers so far this year

The increase was driven by user growth in Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the Covid-19 period

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UAE detains two for ‘spreading false rumours’ about five Covid deaths in a family

Authorities have warned of strict action against anyone found spreading false and inaccurate information related to the coronavirus

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Abu Dhabi cinemas to reopen at maximum of 30% capacity

All staff members must undergo Covid-19 testing before these cinemas resume operations