UTA, Dubai Film and TV Commission Partner on Executive Program (EXCLUSIVE)

Dave McNary
Variety

The Dubai Film and Television Commission and United Talent Agency have formed a partnership to create a new executive immersion program to support the next generation of executives from Dubai.

The partnership’s goal is to generate more opportunities for film and television production in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

The alliance will provide resources to a select group of emerging media and entertainment professionals who will travel to UTA’s Beverly Hills headquarters to develop new expertise. Participants will conduct in-depth research and meet with UTA agents across multiple practice areas with the goal of learning industry best practices, enhancing their knowledge, and identifying opportunities for future collaborations.

The program’s first participant is Razan Al Marzouqi, a media executive with the Tecom Group company Dubai Studio City. As part of the program, UTA agents and executives will travel to Dubai to work with the DFTC to identify and execute various ventures related to the local and global media business.

“We are excited to partner with Dubai in this innovative program,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “Helping to develop best practices across our respective media markets can only benefit us both as we seek better understanding of the global opportunities in content and distribution. We will have access to learn so much about media practices in Dubai and the region, while they learn the art of representation from us.”

The number of productions for film, TV, still shoots, and commercials shot in Dubai has totaled nearly 6,000 since 2005, including Hollywood movies “Star Trek Beyond,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Syriana,” and “The Kingdom; Bollywood titles “Do Not Disturb” and “Casanova”; the Chinese thriller “Switch”; and the Emirati film “City of Life.”

DFTC Chairman Jamal Al Sharif said, “We are excited to be partnering with UTA for this valuable initiative. Forging strong links between Dubai and the United States will deliver tangible benefits in terms of investing in future talent and stimulating the exchange of knowledge, whilst opening the door to new and exciting opportunities. Collaboration between mature and emerging markets is invaluable for the future growth of the global industry, merging expertise and experience with innovative ideas and fresh perspectives.”

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