North Africa news

Egyptian VC firm Sawari Ventures finally closes $71M fund for North African startups
Egyptian-based VC firm Sawari Ventures has closed its $71 million fund for North Africa’s rapidly growing startup ecosystem. The firm first announced its fund in 2018, when it closed an initial $35 million (which subsequently increased to $41 million) in hopes to close at $70 million, per Menabytes. The investors in the first tranche included […] techcrunch.com | 4/6/21 6:00 AM
Music Industry Moves: EMPIRE Opens West Asia-North Africa Division; Warner Chappell, LVRN Partner on Publishing
Independent label, distributor and publisher EMPIRE has opened a division in the US to help grow the local scene in West Asia and North Africa and its diaspora. To head up the territory, EMPIRE has hired Suhel Nafar (pictured above) as Vice President of Strategy & Market Development. Nafar will be based in San Francisco […] variety.com | 2/18/21 9:30 PM
Egypt’s Film Clinic to Distribute Trio of Arabic Oscar Contenders Across MENA Region
Egypt’s Film Clinic, the prominent indie shingle headed by Cairo Film Festival president Mohammed Hefzy, has scored the rare distinction of being the Middle East and North Africa region distributor of a trio of Arabic films that are in the running for the 2021 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. Film Clinic, which since […] variety.com | 12/6/20 8:45 PM
‘Ziyara’ Director Simone Bitton Looks for Morocco’s Forgotten Jewish Heritage
Simone Bitton, a Paris-based, French-Moroccan director whose work has primarily concentrated on the history and cultures of North Africa and the Middle East, makes her debut in the Masters section at IDFA—arguably the most prestigious of the documentary festival’s strands—with the world premiere of “Ziyara.” Bitton herself has mixed feelings about the accolade, as she […] variety.com | 11/27/20 12:13 PM
SundanceTV/beIN Media Arabic Shorts Competition Draws More Than 300 Submissions (EXCLUSIVE)
The first Middle East and North Africa edition of the SundanceTV Shorts competition, held in partnership with beIN Media Group and the Doha Film Institute, has received more than 300 submissions from across the Arab world, as the deadline closes today. The SundanceTV initiative to foster indie filmmaking in the Middle East and North Africa […] variety.com | 10/25/20 10:02 AM
MBC Group Forges Partnership With Facebook in Middle East and North Africa
Middle East broadcaster MBC Group has announced an exclusive content partnership with Facebook across the Middle East and North Africa involving more than 20,000 videos from the shows aired by the Dubai-based linear and digital services. Under the one-year deal, MBC Group’s digital arm will share content in the MENA region across various Facebook pages including […] variety.com | 10/7/20 9:44 AM
Lebanese Newcomer Nour Ardakani Joins Global Pop Group Now United
Now United, the global pop group formed by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, has added a new member: 18-year-old Nour Ardakani from Lebanon. Ardakani will become Now United’s 16th member following a Pepsi-sponsored search for a new member from the Middle East and North Africa that began last year. The group has a following of 20 […] variety.com | 9/21/20 10:48 AM
Jose Clayton: The Brazilian footballer who is more at home in Tunisia
Brazil-born Jose Clayton is 'in love with Tunisia' and still lives there more than 25 years after moving to North Africa to play football. www.bbc.co.uk | 8/19/20 2:03 PM