Epic to help bring contemporary Arabic series to the global market.

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April 14, 2023

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Scene from “Mansour.”
Scene from “Mansour.”Bidaya Media

Bidaya Media has signed a deal with independent I.P. creator and kids franchise company, Epic Story Media (ESM), a full-service kids’ franchise company, as the content and licensing agent for the new 2D animated series, “The Adventures of Mansour: Age of A.I.” 

The series will join ESM’s growing portfolio of franchises in the upcoming MIPTV event in Cannes, France, and will be represented throughout the upcoming licensing and content distribution forums. ESM will represent the new series globally (excluding in the MENA and China territories) with the aim of securing broadcast rights across multiple linear and streaming platforms as part of Bidaya’s efforts to globally promote the series. 

The rebooted series will build on the success of the original “Mansour” series, which currently has over two billion views on YouTube and more than 25 million unique viewers. As an action/adventure series, developed and produced by Bidaya in English and Arabic, the series covers universal issues and themes that speak to the current generation of children globally. The show addresses the benefits and challenges of artificial intelligence, the balance between the usefulness and overreliance on technology, climate change issues and the complexity of social interaction in the digital age. 

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 “‘Mansour’ has captured the imagination of children across the MENA region in a powerful way,” says Nabil El Jisr, chief executive officer, Bidaya Media. “We are inspired to build on this success with the production of the new season of ‘Mansour’ and by partnering with Epic to achieve global reach and inspire a new generation of children around the world. As a uniquely entertaining show that harnesses positive, universal values, ‘Mansour’ addresses the major influences affecting children’s lives and has the potential to create a positive impact for future generations.” 

Bidaya plans to produce four seasons of “Age of A.I.,” of which the first 26 episodes will be ready for Q3 2023. 

“We’re extremely excited to start this partnership with one of the top production companies in 

the Middle East and help deliver compelling stories that match our commitment to diversity and finding cultural and authentic content, relatable for a global audience,” says Ken Faier, 

president, Epic Story Media. “We’re proud to work with Bidaya Media and to bring ‘Mansour’ to our unique slate that we’ll be presenting at MIPTV. As with all our projects, we love properties that have those unique elements that can deliver an expansive 360 experience. ‘Mansour: Age of A.I.’ has so much to offer fans who want to delve deeper into their favorite characters and stories, and we look forward to exploring this over the coming years with Bidaya.” 

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