First Arabic-language soap opera to begin filming in late 2019

First Arabic-language soap opera to begin filming in late 2019
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Published: 22 September 2019 - 8:38 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira
Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced it has opened applications for a new internship programme, Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb in partnership with twofour54 and MBC Studios.

The hands-on internship will offer training and experience to 40 aspiring film and TV professionals each year the programme is in production, giving a taste of the careers in the entertainment industry, including production, script development, talent development and editing.

They will also work on Inheritance, the first Arabic-language soap opera. The show is expected to become must-see daily drama entertainment when it premieres on MBC.

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A partnership between MBC Studios, twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Inheritance will generate over 200 jobs, create a sustainable ecosystem for creative talent in Abu Dhabi and allow interns to learn by working alongside the best in the business, a statement said.

With Inheritance slated to shoot 250 episodes a year, Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb will be an ongoing programme that welcomes new interns every three months, he added.

The first cycle is scheduled to begin in late 2019 when Inheritance begins filming, with the first episode set to air in 2020.

“Image Nation’s ethos is to encourage original thinking and curiosity while providing a platform to train and inspire the next generation of locally-based creatives, and Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb allows us to expand these efforts even further,” said Gehad Darwish, Image Nation’s head of marketing & communications, who oversees the Academy Award-winning company’s training programmes.

“This internship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in an entertainment career to learn the trade on a real set and get invaluable professional experience on everything involved in producing a TV show.”

Mawaheb builds on Image Nation’s development programme Arab Film Studio, which has welcomed more than 150 participants over eight years. Films created throughout the programme have been shown over 360 times at prestigious global film festivals, winning 26 awards.

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