28 MAY 2024

Middle East broadcaster OSN signed film and series deal with Warner Bros Discovery

The deal gives the broadcaster rights to new Max Originals and Warner Bros. Pictures feature films.

28 MAY 2024

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Middle East Broadcaster OSN and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) have announced a comprehensive multi-year partnership which grants OSN exclusive rights to stream a host of content from WBD, including Max Originals and films from Warner Bros. Pictures, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The collaboration aims to bolster OSN's content offerings by incorporating a diverse array of premium programming. OSN+ and OSNtv’s subscribers will have access to movie titles such as “Barbie”, “Wonka”, “Dune: Part Two”, and “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire”, as well as upcoming Max originals such as “Dune: Prophecy” and “The Penguin”.

Joe Kawkabani, group CEO at OSN, said: “Today we strengthen our longstanding partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery with yet another exclusive deal that will further expand OSN+ and OSNtv’s content libraries and bring the studio’s biggest global films and new Max Originals to our platforms first.”

The move follows the completion of a merger in April between parent company OSN Group and music streamer Anghami, which created one of the Middle East's largest streaming platforms. Currently, Anghami and OSN are subscribed to separately.

Kawkabani stated that he is open to offering Anghami customers previous seasons or previews of upcoming OSN content to gain new audiences, and he said the newly bolstered company is already reaping the benefits of the partnership behind the scenes. “It's one engine with millions of subscribers that sit on it,” he added. “Now that we are one platform, we know a lot about our subscribers, what they like and don't like and we can learn from that. Now we know better how to target and curate when it comes to our audience.”