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SONY PICTURES TELEVISION ANNOUNCES TWO SCRIPTED DEALS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST


ARABIC ADAPTATIONS OF BETTY LA FEA AND EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND COMING TO OSN
 
Dubai, 20 December 2013: Sony Pictures Television has confirmed the first deal for its Arabic version of telenovela Betty La Fea with leading pay TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, OSN, acquiring the premiere rights. The regional broadcaster has acquired all 90 episodes of the series, which will be called Hebal Regal El Ghorab (Crow’s Foot) in Arabic and is due to premiere in January 2014. The local adaptation is developed and produced by SPT Arabia, based on the original format from RCN.
 
In addition, OSN has acquired the exclusive premiere window for season three of El bab x el bab, SPT Arabia’s local adaptation of sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. OSN has also licensed the first two seasons of the Arab language sitcom.
 
Ziad Kebbi, president of SPT Arabia, said: “SPT Arabia is leading the way in adapting international series for Arab audiences. Hebal Regal El Ghorab is our latest local production of an iconic global series, bringing our Arabic scripted catalogue to well over 150 hours.”
 
SPT has already successfully adapted Betty La Fea in Russia and Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia and Poland. 
 
SPT Arabia was founded in November 2010 with offices in Dubai, Cairo and Beirut. The company represents SPT’s extensive catalogue, as well as third parties, across 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  
 
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About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. In addition to its US production business, SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 11 countries and also maintains offices in 31 countries. SPT’s worldwide television networks portfolio includes 150 channel feeds available in 178 countries, reaching more than 1.3 billion cumulative households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages the studio’s premium streaming network, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns US production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of the cable channel Game Show Network (GSN). SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT’s syndicated series as well as the Rural Media Group and DoctorOZ.com.