More exclusive film premieres set for MBC2 after network signs new contracts and renews further partnerships with Hollywood's major studios and producers for the coming years

More exclusive film premieres set for MBC2 after network signs new contracts.

Since showing more than 6,000 films in 13 years, MBC2 has attained a strong fan-base of over 100 million viewers in the Arab world

MBC2's official Facebook page now has over 17 million users, while the channel's official Twitter account has more than 5 million followers...and MBC2 movie guide App has 4 million downloads

MBC Group's Ali Jaber announces the continuation and extensions of contracts with major Hollywood studios, including MGM, Paramount, Marvel, Fox, Eagle and Disney

Group also announces a six-year renewal with NBC Universal Studios

Dubai, November 14th 2016

MBC Group hosted an event for its strategic partners focusing on MBC2, the Arab world’s biggest free-to-air Movie channel that offers new and exclusive Hollywood productions, as well as world cinema. The event was attended by a number of major advertisers, executives from some of the world’s best-known film and television production companies, as well as directors from MBC Group and the media representation company Choueiri Group.

Ali Jaber, MBC Group TV Director told attendees: “Today MBC2 is celebrating its phenomenal success with its partners, led by our viewers and advertisers, a channel that has seen major growth over the years. Since its launch 13 years ago, MBC2 has shown over 6,000 films to our audience of more than 100 million viewers in the Arab world. Meanwhile, on MBC2’s official Facebook page, 17 million users have ‘Liked’ us – a token of love and trust – while MBC2’s Twitter account features around five million followers.”

He continued: “This gathering comes in light of the continuation of MBC2’s contracts with some of Hollywood’s biggest international studios, including MGM, Paramount, Marvel, Fox, Eagle and Disney. It’s also at a time where we have proudly renewed our agreement with NBC Universal for the next six years. These agreements confirm that MBC2 will be the only free-to-air platform that continues to show the best, most critically-acclaimed and biggest box-office blockbusters from Hollywood, as well as the world’s best-known classics.”

It is worth mentioning that MBC2 movie guide App has been downloaded by 4 million users.


About MBC Group:
MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region. For the past 25 years, MBC Group was able to enrich people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, back in 1991, and as the 1st private free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC Group moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.

Today, MBC Group includes 20 TV channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children’s edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); Al Arabiya News Channel (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with a specific focus on real events in the Arab world and beyond); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama); MBC MASR (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC MASR 2 (providing the Egyptian audience with superior quality entertainment);  MBC + Drama (exclusive on MyHD, Selevision, Telco Operators & GOBX); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently four sports channels, MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards the “Saudi Football Premier League” fans in the Kingdom); and MBC USA (the channel is present on “Dish Network” in the US, and targets Arab audiences aboard; the channel is dedicated to offer and broadcast a wide range of content from the prominent MBC channels including movies, series and global formats).

In July 2011, seven channels within MBC Group began to broadcast in HD across the MENA Region: MBC1 HD, MBC2 HD, MBC4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD. In 2013, MBC3 HD joined the collection of HD channels followed by MBC Variety HD in 2014.

MBC Group also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 Productions, a premium content drama production company. Furthermore, MBC Group includes online platforms: , ,  (the first free VOD and catch-up portal in the Arab world) and , and  among others.

For further information, contact:
Ruba Al Ayed
Sr. Group PR Manager
MBC Group
Tel: +971 56 6038358

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