June 2020

OSN signs deal with ITV to bring ‘Come Dine With Me’  to the Middle East as an original production

OSN signs deal with ITV to bring ‘Come Dine With Me’

The popular British reality TV show will air in the region exclusively on OSN

 United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 25 June 2020: OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, has signed with ITV Studios for the exclusive rights and production of the Arabic version of the widely-loved British reality TV show Come Dine with Me. The ongoing series has been a nationwide favourite for over 15 years in the United Kingdom with the format having been replicated to great success in 10 countries across the world including Australia, Canada, Greece, Ireland and South Africa. The OSN original production will be filmed in the United Arab Emirates this year where episodes will run exclusively on OSN.  A casting call for residents to apply for a chance to take part in the reality TV show will be announced in the coming weeks.

The endlessly entertaining and hugely popular television programme will follow the same format as the United Kingdom where every week a different group of four strangers take turns to each host a dinner party in their home, with the other guests rating the evening out of ten. Each contestant believes that they are the ultimate host but at the end of the week, only one can be crowned the best host and walk away with a valuable prize. The series combines elements of authenticity, witty humour and fascinating guests, making the show one of the most relatable series to wider spectrum of audience.

The 45-episode series will run weekly from Sunday to Thursday with a new group of contestants every week. Each host will cook a starter dish, a main course and a dessert and followed by a grading session by the three guests of their hosting skills and the overall experience. Contestants will come together from all walks of life and include various nationalities such as Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and Western expats.

Rolla Karam, Vice President of Acquisitions and Head of Arabic Programming at OSN commented “OSN is thrilled about the upcoming OSN Original, Come Dine with Me, which will be the first an original production of the extremely popular show comes to our region. This production further cements our commitment to providing curated content and bringing the best in entertainment to our audiences in the Middle East. She added, “We believe that Come Dine with Me will be as huge a success in the Middle East as it is in the United Kingdom and are very excited for what’s to come in the pipeline in terms of original productions.”

About OSN

OSN is the region’s leading entertainment business with the rights to broadcast in 17 countries across the MENA. The company is owned and operated by Panther Media Group, registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has two shareholders, KIPCO and the Mawarid Group Limited.

OSN has a history of providing exceptional value for customers with its focus on exclusive and in-demand content, and innovative digital platforms for anywhere, anytime access.

OSN is the exclusive distributor of The Walt Disney Company’s new Disney+ Originals in the Middle East region, across both its box and streaming services. OSN’s strength is its unbeatable range of exclusive programming and best-in-class entertainment led by its long-term partnerships with studio majors including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, Paramount, MGM, and Sony to name a few.

OSN is the home for premium and nowhere-else content in Arabic, English, Filipino. OSN broadcasts the latest content at the same minute as in the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best in kids and lifestyle programming. In addition, OSN also provides entertainment content for devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones via its online and mobile app entertainment platform, offering movies and series on the go.

OSN has been at the forefront of digital technology innovation in the Middle East introducing OSN on Demand, the region’s first VOD service.

OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivalled exclusive content and unbeatable value.

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