The new Arabic series is led by
Egyptian stars Ahmed Khaled Saleh and Asmaa Galal
PCCW (SEHK:0008) – Dubai, UAE, September 29, 2020 – Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service from PCCW media group, has revealed the cast and production team behind its latest Viu Original, Ansaf Majaneen.
The Arabic series will be led by two of Egypt’s brightest young stars, Ahmed Khaled Saleh and Asmaa Galal.
The pair are joined by an exciting 18-person supporting cast which includes Rami El Toumbary, Mohammed Abel Azim, Sidki Sakhr, Dayana Hesham, Samia Asaad, Hani Al Mitnawi, and Ali Khalifa. Steering the ship is Director Omar Roushdy.
The psychological thriller follows the story of Anas, a heart transplant patient (played by Saleh) who hears the voice of his donor urging him to solve a mystery that he failed to solve in his own lifetime. The series is another exciting feature in a growing list of Viu Originals that span numerous regions, languages, and genres.
Ahmed Khaled Saleh said, “It is an honor to be working on this exciting and unique project with an incredibly talented team. Filming is underway and it has already been an amazing experience bringing one of the best-loved Arab books to life, working alongside my co-star Asmaa Galal and Director Omar Roushdy.”
Brilliance behind the scenes
Inspired by the beloved novel of the same name by Saudi author Dr. Shaymaa El Sharif, the series was adapted for the screen by the brilliant Mariam Naoum and written by Naglaa El Hedeeny and her team.
Boasting a stellar backroom staff, Rushdy teams up with Executive Producer Ayman Naguib, while Islam Hassan and Ali Adel are revealed as Art Director and Director of Photography, respectively.
Award-winning Egyptian composer and orchestrator Khaled Kammar will bring depth to the series through his score, while Nahed Nasrallah leads on costume design.
Ansaf Majaneen becomes Viu’s sixth Arabic original, further demonstrating its commitment and long-term ambitions in the region, both to viewers and the industry. We continue to focus on creating a lineup of original productions across different genres for Arab and Asian audiences, with the aim of unveiling other engrossing new productions throughout the year.
Viu-ers will be able to follow Ansaf Majaneen on Viu Premium in the Q1 of 2021.
Viu is a leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video streaming service operated by PCCW media group. It is available in 16 markets including: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar in Asia; Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the Middle East; as well as South Africa.
Operating with both an ad-supported tier and a premium subscription tier, Viu delivers premium content in different genres from top content providers with local languages and subtitles, as well as original production series under the “Viu Original” initiative.
Viu offers users popular and current content with streaming and download features, and localized user interfaces. With the patented Dynamic Adaptive Transcoding technology, Viu can provide the best viewing experience regardless of device or network conditions.
The service can be accessed via Viu app (available for free on App Store and Google Play) on connected devices, e.g. smartphones and tablets, selected smart TVs, as well as on web by logging into www.viu.com.
About PCCW Media
PCCW media group is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong.
PCCW media group operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand offering more than 160 linear channels and an extensive on demand library of local, Asian and international programming. Premium content can also be accessed by subscribers via the Now Player companion app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming, in addition to Asian infotainment content which complements its wide portfolio of licensed movie and international television content. Now TV also offers its content via Now E, a subscription OTT (over-the-top) service with international and Asian dramas, movies and world-class sports events, which is designed to meet the needs of millennial viewers. In addition, PCCW media group operates popular digital music streaming service MOOV in Hong Kong.
PCCW media group also provides a leading pan-regional OTT video service under the Viu brand with over 35 million users in 16 markets including countries in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as South Africa. The Viu service is available to consumers through a dual model with an ad-supported free tier and a premium subscription tier. Viu offers fresh premium TV series, movies and lifestyle programming in local and regional languages and subtitles in different genres from top content providers, as well as premium original productions under the brand “Viu Original”. The service can be accessed via app, selected smart TVs and online.
About PCCW Limited
PCCW Limited (SEHK: 0008) is a global company headquartered in Hong Kong which holds interests in telecommunications, media, IT solutions, property development and investment, and other businesses.
The Company holds a majority interest in the HKT Trust and HKT Limited, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. HKT meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.
PCCW also owns a fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong. It operates the largest local pay-TV operation, Now TV, and is engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region.
Through HK Television Entertainment Company Limited, PCCW also operates a domestic free television service in Hong Kong.
Also, wholly-owned by the Group, PCCW Solutions is a leading information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing provider in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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