Viu Set to Launch New Original Thriller Series, ‘Zodiac’
New crime thriller is the adaptation of best-selling novel Hazak El Youm by the late Egyptian author Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq
Dubai, UAE, 1st April, 2019 – Viu, a leading OTT video service, has today revealed the details of its upcoming Viu Original titled “Zodiac”. It is a captivating crime thriller series based on the novel series “Hazak El Youm” by the late renowned Egyptian author, Dr. Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq, well-known as the pioneer of Arabic science fiction. This is the fifth Arabic Viu Original and follows the recent launch of the Egyptian Ana Sherry dot Com and the Saudi Doon, which were introduced earlier this year and received with much excitement by millennials and Gen-Z across the Middle East.
Zodiac follows the lives of a group of students who encounter a curse that takes the lives of individuals around them. The curse follows a pattern determined by the victim’s Zodiac sign. The three-season series is written and conceptualized by the talented Egyptian screenwriter Mohamed Al-Motasem alongside his team, Menna Ekram, Mohamed Hisham Abiya, Omar Khaled, and Rawiah Abdulla, directed by Mahmoud Kamel and produced by “Film Clinic” in collaboration with “El-Masa Media Production”. It combines the genres of drama and supernatural mystery to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Wesam Kattan, Vice President Content, Viu MENA, said: “We aim to deliver compelling local entertainment with world class production quality.. Adapting a novel series by the late Dr. Ahmed Khalid Tawfiq with Zodiac, gives us the opportunity to invest in the local creative ecosystem with a story that matters and resonates locally, while putting it on a global stage. ”
Speaking about the announcement, Mohamed Hefzy from “Film Clinic” said: “As one of the leading production companies in the region we strive to create unique features and with this cooperation with Viu, we are confident that we have cracked the right success formula of creativity and quality. Audiences are in for a real treat and we look forward to working with the brilliant creative team assembled to bring this intriguing story to life.”
Commenting on this collaboration, Hisham Abdel Khaliq from “El-Masa Media Production”, one of the largest media and production companies with a leading portfolio in developing the cinema scene in Egypt, said: “Egypt has a rich film and entertainment history and is teaming with local talent looking for opportunities to express themselves creatively. Viu’s vision to offer the creative freedom to deliver unconventional narratives without the restrictions of traditional formats that often accompany TV and films makes this collaboration unparalled. We are excited to be a part of this maturing digital ecosystem with Viu,” said .
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Viu is a leading OTT Video service by PCCW Media available in 17 markets including the Middle Eastern countries of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, and South Africa. Viu’s unique value proposition of fresh and localized regional and local premium TV shows, movies and originals entertains millions of consumers every day. Viu Originals bring to light compelling stories with world class production quality, also providing the opportunity for local talent to showcase their skills on a world stage. The service can be accessed via the Viu app available for free on the App Store and Google Play, on connected devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as on the web at http://www.viu.com.