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MBC preps Arabic drama Boxing Girls

Middle East broadcaster MBC has ordered an Arabic-language drama about a group of young women attempting to overcome the struggles in their lives.

Boxing Girls

The show is being produced by MBC Studios-owned O3 Productions and Twofour54 Abu Dhabi, with Saudi filmmaker Samir Aref attached as director and newcomer Afnan Al Qassimi writing.

It is set to debut in February on MBC and has been shot in Abu Dhabi as well as across locations in the United Arab Emirates and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and Twofour54, said the drama was particularly unique “because it puts a real emphasis on the region’s young talent – both in front of and behind the camera.

“Sixty-five percent of the Arab world’s population is estimated to be under the age of 30, and therefore it is crucial to nurture and develop local talent to ensure that stories appeal to both a local and global audience.”

Fadi Ismail, general manager of O3 Productions, added: “We are creating a unique Saudi production for the youth, by the youth. The characters portray young women struggling to cope with life and the series examines whether they will overcome these obstacles or give in to the pressure.”

The news comes after MBC earlier this month announced a move into originals for its Shahid streaming service and the hire of former Hulu exec Johannes Larcher.

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