OSN secures exclusive distribution rights to Disney+ Originals across the Middle East
OSN customers will have exclusive access to all Disney+ Original movies and series through streaming service beginning 9th of April
News comes as OSN relaunches streaming platform
Patrick Tillieux, CEO, OSN
Patrick Tillieux joined OSN in August 2016 as a Board member and was appointed to CEO in November 2018. During a long and successful career spanning over twenty-five years, Tillieux has built and reshaped major TV operations and has held key positions across leading media companies in Europe. He was CEO of SBS Broadcasting Europe (2001-09), COO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG (2007-09), CEO of CANAL+ Holland and CANAL+ Flandres (1999-2001), MD and CFO of RTL Netherlands (1995-98) and held various Director level positions within TF1 (1988-1994), where he did the start-up of Eurosport.
Faced with rapidly changing media consumption habits, Tillieux’s approach since his appointment to OSN has been one of transformation and innovation. Building further on OSN’s rich heritage of quality entertainment, Tillieux’s key area of focus is making OSN great not only in linear television but also in on-demand video consumption through streaming. At the heart of this innovation lies WAVO, OSN’s own streaming platform which launched in 2017 and relaunched under the new OSN in April 2020. The new streaming platform launched with OSN exclusively bringing Disney+ to the region for the first time, making OSN the leading destination for quality entertainment in the MENA region.
Under Tillieux’s direction, localisation and Arabisation have become key conditions. Original productions and locally produced entertainment are currently in the pipeline. OSN also deep dives into its extensive data resources to determine what content will do well to dub. Since September 2019, OSN has been dubbing certain shows in the Saudi dialect to better serve its subscribers in Saudi Arabia.
At a time when large studios are launching their own OTT streaming platforms, Tillieux has consolidated OSN as the leading provider of entertainment in the Middle East.