Espresso sells more than 20 hours of content to Middle Eastern broadcasters

The distributor closed deals with Al Jazeera, Asharq News and OSN for titles like "On Broadway", "Beirut Blast: The Story of Warehouse 12" and "They Say It Can’t Be Done".

11 JAN 2022

"On Broadway"

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Espresso Media International announces a series of sales totalling 22.5 hours to Middle Eastern broadcasters Al Jazeera, Bloomberg’s Asharq News and OSN. “We are delighted to be extending our long-standing relationship with Al Jazeera with a further 13 titles from our new releases collection”, says Amy Freshwater, Head of Sales and Acquisitions. “They have reached into the breadth of our catalogue for a wide range of important themes and genres, whereas OSN have focused on a region-specific anniversary title for their audiences."

Freshwater also confirmed that Jessica Reilly, Senior Sales and Acquisitions Executive, has started a new collaboration with Asharq with strength and precision as they focus on cutting-edge releases from Expresso Science collection, "making this a powerful 5.5 hours launching into the Middle East.”

Espresso have licensed 15 hours of space, social and arts content in their latest package to Al Jazeera. The package includes "On Broadway" (1x52’), where in legends of the stage and screen including Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren take audiences behind the scenes of Broadway’s more beloved shows; and "I Am Gen Z" (1x52’, Raindance 2021), which explores how the digital revolution is impacting the first generation of digital natives.

In their first deal with UAE’s OSN, Espresso have licensed "Beirut Blast: The Story of Warehouse 12" (1x90’). 30 interviews and stunning 4K footage piece the event and its aftermath together, exploring the story of the dangerous stock of lethal ammonium nitrate that was mysteriously held in the port for seven years before exploding.

To Asharq News (newly launched in 2021 from Bloomberg) Espresso has sold 5.5 hours of documentary content, including "They Say It Can’t Be Done" (1x52’); a ground-breaking science documentary tracking four companies on the cutting edge of technological solutions that could solve world hunger and mitigate climate change.