The Arab Advisors Group’s latest report titled, “Arabic Film Production Houses in the Arab World” released on June 20, 2019, has found that film production continues to play a major role in the world of entertainment.
The 30-page report, which has 38 detailed exhibits, provides an overview of Arabic-language film productions produced by a selection of 25 production houses.
The production houses that were analysed are based in seven Arab countries, namely – Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Qatar.
The report says that Arab audiences are watching more films in cinemas and through mobile on-demand applications like Apple TV, Netflix or HULU. This has encouraged Arab-language production houses to collaborate with foreign houses and compete on a global level with European, Turkish and Indian productions.
According to the report, production houses based in Egypt have produced the highest number of Arabic-language films which aired for the first time in cinemas in 2017 and 2018. Among the analysed production houses, those based in Egypt produced a total of 14 Arabic-language films which aired for the first time in cinemas in 2018 compared to a total of 11 Arabic-language films in 2017, Zaina Zawaideh, Arab Advisors Group’s Research Analyst noted.
The report finds that the analysed production houses produced a total of 25 Arabic films, which aired for the first time in cinemas in 2017. The report further stated that the production houses understudy produced a total of 18 Arabic films that aired for the first time in cinemas during 2018.