Youssef El Deeb is joining MediaGates in the newly created role of Managing Director.
El Deeb has been a key figure in Arab television as the founder of Fatafeat TV which was sold to Discovery Networks and is still the only indigenous Arab brand acquired by a global broadcaster. He is also an award winning film and TV producer, and before launching Fatafeat TV he was MBC1 Channel manager and group head of production and programming.
Samir Abdulhadi President and CEO of Orbit Group said: “We are delighted to have Youssef lead the business and his appointment marks a significant step in our relaunch and growth plans as we continue to focus on developing a more successful bouquet across a range of Arab markets.“
Established in 1998 as Orbit Productions, MediaGates is the fully owned content arm of the Orbit Group and provides its exclusive thematic premium Arabic Alfa Package (Al Yawm, Al Safwa, Series, Cinema 1, Cinema 2, Fann & Music Now) to OSN, as well as to other media platforms worldwide.
Through Orbit Productions, MediaGates produces around 3,000 hours of live and recorded content per year from Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. In addition to premium and exclusive Arabic series and movies, production themes include political, social, entertainment, art, dialogue, religious, contests, fashion and many other award winning shows.