December 10, 2019
StarzPlay, the international subscription streaming video service owned by Lionsgate, has inked an original production deal with Image Nation Abu Dhabi. StarzPlay is separate than Starz OTT, the domestic $8.99 SVOD service.
StarzPlay/Image Nation anthology co-production of Urban Legends, with each episode telling a different story. The series will explore regional tales and fables from the Middle East that seek to resonate with StarzPlay’S Arabic speaking audience. Production will commence in 2020 with the Arabic-language content set to be released towards the end of the same year.
The announcement follows Image Nation’s recent focus on episodic content, having released documentary series History of the Emirates. The series launched on local and international channels around the UAE’s 48th Annual National Day and is currently airing in 50 countries around the world on National Geographic.
“This is a real milestone in StarzPlay’s development as we enter into a new realm, producing our own original Arabic content for the first time,” Maaz Sheikh, co-founder/CEO at StarzPlay, said in a statement. “We hope this is the beginning of a long and productive journey with Image Nation as we enter into the original content space, initially with a focus on Arabic language.”
StarzPlay is available in 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, with more than 10,000 hours of content including premium movies, exclusive and Arabic series.