Dubai-UAE: 8 April, 2012 – For the first time in the Arab world, the Middle East’s only business entertainment magazine, Variety Arabia, announces a distinguished international speaker line-up for the Variety Arabia Film Summit 2012, to be held from 18-19 April, at the Al Badia Golf & Country Club in Festival City.

Organised in association with Dubai Studio City, member of TECOM Investments’ Media Cluster, the summit will bring together exclusive groups of entertainment industry leaders to discuss the state of the industry and examine major issues/trends facing industry players.
Co-Chaired by Mohammed Rouda, Senior Editor of Variety Arabia, and Premila Hoon, Founder of Entertainment Capital Advisors in London, the summit will feature two days of interactive panel discussions.

Focusing on the Middle Eastern region’s film industry in an international context, the event will draw upon the perspectives of top studio executives, independent production and distribution executives, as well as festival directors from Los Angeles, New York, London, Europe and the Middle East.
Bringing together an audience of emerging and established filmmakers and industry stakeholders in the UAE and the wider region, the event offers an opportunity to build new contacts, network and gain a valuable insight into funding and commercial opportunities that exist in the regional and global film industry.

Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of Dubai International Film Festival, and Alexander Koll, Managing Director of Swarovski Entertainment will deliver keynote speeches on opening day. Other distinguished speakers include Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Mumbai Mantra Media, Mumbai, Jamal Al Sharif, Managing Director, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Media City, Steve Hamilton-Shaw of Rocket Pictures, Elton John’s Film production firm and Michael Garin of Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

Themes that the summit will address include:

  • Seismic shifts in the global dynamics of the sector
  • Outlook for access to capital markets
  • Should producers of content become platform-agnostic?
  • Will digital technologies save the day?
  • Censorship – managing sensitivities across a multi-faceted cultural landscape
  • The Arab Spring – impact on film
  • Piracy – global and regional impact on the Industry
  • Impact of Turkish content on the Arab world
  • Women in Film – their influence behind/in front of the camera, and in the audience
  • Challenges of creating and sustaining a film industry in the GCC countries

Detailed information about the Gala Dinner and the Variety Arabia Film Summit can be obtained at

Variety Arabia

About Variety Arabia
Variety Arabia Magazine is the only publication which provides business information about the arts cultural and entertainment industry across the Middle East and North Africa region. It is the sister publication of Variety of USA, which was established in 1905. Variety Arabia provides high value and flexible information solutions to professional users in both print and digital formats. As well distribution across the Arab speaking world, Variety Arabia is distributed at all film festivals, conferences and other significant events across the globe, including, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto and London film festivals. Variety Arabia is published in both the English and Arabic languages.
Variety Arabia aims to support entertainment industry leaders in the MENA region by providing a practical and valuable focal point from which to encourage the expansion and development of their respective crafts.

Variety Arabia is headquartered in London and supported by an office in Dubai, UAE. For more information contact:
Variety Arabia
+971 (0)4 453-9066

About Dubai Studio City
Launched in Feb, 2005, Dubai Studio City (DSC), a member of TECOM Investments, offers a complete technical and community infrastructure catering to the film, TV, radio production and broadcast industries. Built on an area of more than 20 million square feet, DSC aims to attract production and broadcast companies, as well as a wide range of support services, including providers for animation, dubbing, makeup, costume design, set design and construction, casting, telnet agencies, telecine, and laboratory facilities. DSC will feature pre-built studios, sound stages, workshops, backlots and stage areas, post-production studios, and satellite communication services. The cluster will also house film & television academies, commercial offices, entertainment & retail spaces, and hotels & residential facilities to accommodate crews and cast. DSC’s Location Approval Services (LAS) provides a single window for applying for shooting permits.

Distinguished Speaker Line-Up Confirmed for Variety Arabia Film Summit in Dubai from 18-19 April

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