BBC Studioworks signs Scottish studio deal
BBC Studioworks, the commercial studio and facilities of the BBC, has been appointed operator of the soon to be opened 10,500 square foot Kelvin Hall studio in Scotland. Kelvin Hall will open at the end of next year and host a range of entertainment shows following a £ 7.9million ($ 10.4million) investment from the Scottish Government. BBC Studioworks was initially going to take over BBC Scotland’s facilities at Pacific Quay, but that decision was overturned due to Scottish government concerns that it would lead to layoffs. Studioworks said the Glasgow facilities deal was “in direct response to the growing demand to do more television broadcasts in Scotland” and that it plans to “open” additional studios across the UK. United.
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Frontline agency investment
MENA-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has acquired a stake in creative agency Operation Unicorn. Founded in 2010, the Middle Eastern company Operation Unicorn has worked with campaigns for the Front Row production line, Yalla Yalla and the companies would develop several projects, including a slice of life comedy series titled From the bathroom; a comedy-drama for couples covering various arab countries called Heads or Tails; as well as a feature film and a docu-series which should be unveiled next year. The teams are also working on the Arabic remake of Untouchables, with the aim of starting filming in May 2022. OU founder Nathalie Masri said of the partnership: “The key to successful content is creative and honest storytelling. We want to inject meaningful and insightful stories into local content, stories that will resonate with an audience that mostly feels excluded or detached from current content. Front Row recently filmed the Arabic adaptation of Perfect strangers in Beirut. The Nadine Labaki and Mona Zaki star is set to be released in the first quarter of 2022.