MBC launch crime thriller on Shahid VOD platform in MENA

MBC Studios, the production company based in Dubai, and Eagle Films, based in Lebanon, launch the thriller crime series Blood Oath in the first quarter of 2020 on Shahid, the first Arabic-language video on demand for the television of the region MENA.

Originally produced in Serbia in 2018 by Adrenalin under the name Besa, a criminal thriller series format created by Tony Jordan, the acclaimed British screenwriter who is among the BBC credits, Eastenders and Hustle. Blood Oath has been slaughtered in Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus. Adapted to the Arab audience for the original plot, and co-written and adapted by Jordan, Blood Oath tells the story of a small businessman who falls victim to an organized crime mafia and, fearing for his family, is forced to work for them.

Safa Aburizik, Director of Content at MBC studios, declared: “The storylines in Blood Oath are precisely adapted for local audiences, but also work for international markets; at MBC we are continuing to produce compelling, high quality content that appeals to viewers around the world.” Tea Korolija, Managing Director of Adrenalin, producers of Besa, the original series, added “Having experienced tremendous success in the local market, Besa is the first Serbian series to be sold and adapted as a format. Adrenalin is currently preparing for a second season which we believe will be even more successful.”

Pete Smith, CEO of MBC Studios, initiated the development of locally produced dramas in 2018, including Beirut Bride and Blood Oath, and more projects are expected to be developed.