Netflix reveals plans for first Middle East production

Internet entertainment service announces tie-up with Lebanese comedian and actor Adel Karam
By Staff writer
Tue 10 Oct 2017 02:11 PM

Netflix, the internet entertainment service, has announced plans to produce its first local production in the Middle East, with Lebanese comedian and actor Adel Karam.

Performing his stand-up comedy, the first Middle East original is expected to launch to all Netflix members all around the world in 2018.

In this yet-to-be-named comedy special, produced by Creative Arab Talent, Adel will tackle everything from relationships to social issues that most Arabs face everyday with his distinctly Arab blend of smart, sarcastic humor.

He is going back to his hometown to record his performances, appearing at Beirut’s renowned Casino du Liban for the first time.

Netflix has become the home of stand-up comedy specials from some of the most popular comedians around the world. Karam, a well-known actor and comedian, has appeared in several prominent late night shows, series and Lebanese movies such as Caramel directed by Nadine Labaki and lately, his movie The Insult, directed by Ziad Doueri which premiered in the official competition of the Venice Film Festival.

Now, he joins other notable comedy stars such as Gad Elmaleh, Jack Whitehall and Beppe Grillo in Netflix’s effort to bring great international talent to its global audience.

He said: “I am very happy and excited to be a part of Netflix's first original production to be produced in Middle East. It is a great honour and privilege and I can't wait to embark on this new adventure."

“Adel Karam is a very strong voice in comedy. We are extremely excited to collaborate with him, and can’t wait for the local audience, who have a deep appreciation of comedy, to watch the show, as well as to introduce him to our global audience,” added Erik Barmack, vice president of international originals at Netflix.

Netflix has 104 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films.

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