Dubai – MENA Herald: OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, rolled out the red carpet in Dubai to launch its exciting new line-up for 2016.
The glittering evening of entertainment was hosted by Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssuf and featured Hollywood heartthrob Antonio Banderas and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, as well as leading Arabic figures George Kordahi, Omar Hussein, Ahmed Sahab, Hassan Asiri, Yamour, Saba Moubrak, Amir Karaka and Dina Koraim, Shady Alfons, Khaled Mansour, Bassem Moughniegh, Amr Youssef, Abed Fahd, Asala Nasry and Tarek Al Eryan, Bassel Khayyat, Magie Bou Ghosn and Jamal Sannan, Ahmed Helmy, Abdul Mohsin Al Nimer, Zaynab Salbi and Hayat Al Fahd.
Over 300 people attended the event, which provided a sneak preview of OSN’s exclusive new programming line-up for 2016, the launch of three new channels and innovative experiences that will further add to the anywhere, anytime television experience of family viewers across the Middle East and North Africa region.
2016 will see over 50 new and exclusive shows plus 70 continuing series premiering only on OSN. Over 25 of the biggest and award-winning shows will premiere at the same time as the US so OSN viewers see the most talked about shows first.
OSN will also launch a dedicated channel that will showcase all HBO’s exclusive content including groundbreaking award-winning series, talk shows, comedy specials and documentaries. The long-term deal also marks the expansion of OSN’s On Demand service with more than 2,000 hours of HBO programming including more than a thousand hours of complete box sets of HBO series, available to watch anytime, anywhere.
Deals have been signed with Eagle Films and Gulf Film, which has seen OSN buy out the transactional window for over 300 blockbuster movies, weeks after their theatrical release.
And the stars from Saturday Night Live Arabia, Shady Alfons and Khaled Mansour provided the audience a taste of what’s to come when the eagerly awaited comedy sensation launches next year.