twofour54 and O3 Productions team up for a new drama production in Abu Dhabi “Love without Borders”
7 May 2017
twofour54 and O3 Productions, part of MBC Group, have announced their third collaboration to bring quality content to local and regional audiences.
O3 Productions will be filming “HOB BILA HUDOOD” (“Love without Borders”) in Abu Dhabi over 75 days, with twofour54 providing production and post-production services and will benefit from Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s 30% rebate. Directed by young Saudi director Mujtaba Saeed, “Love without Borders” features Ilham Ali, Khalid El Harbi, Sanaa Baker Younes in leading roles, alongside Najeeb Bil Hassan, Yagoub El Farhan, Nora Al Badr, Oussama Al Qas, Wael Ghazi and many more from KSA, Lebanon, Syria, Tunisia & Egypt.
The 30-episode TV drama follows the story of a young Saudi doctor who challenges traditions as she decides to follow her dream of joining a non-profit organisation, and help saving people’s lives in stricken areas.
Maryam Al Mheiri, CEO of twofour54, said: “We are proud of the reputation that twofour54 has gained as a regional hub for quality Arabic content creation, a sector of the industry that has evolved significantly over the years. Our collaboration with O3 Productions has been an important part of achieving this, bringing locally produced content that matches international standards to regional audiences by utilising twofour54’s world-class production infrastructure, services and expertise. This partnership has already resulted in two productions, Haret El Sheikh and Al Asoof, and we are excited about producing upcoming drama, “Love without Borders”, with O3 Productions.”
From his side, Fadi Ismail, General Manager of O3 Productions commented: “We feel that as we have done in the past and still doing with Kuwaiti, Syrian & Egyptian dramas, it is our duty to give special attention to Saudi drama and embark on a multi-track mission to produce diverse and carefully selected Saudi themes. We found through experience that producing these series in Abu Dhabi and with the support of twofour54 facilitates, our mission enables us to come up with the necessary quality in an affordable way.”
Abu Dhabi’s diverse range of locations will serve the project’s storyline including Al Samaliah Island, Saadiyat Island, Hudayriat Island and various spots around the city. O3 Productions will utilise twofour54’s studios as well as its post-production facilities, which are equipped with industry-leading technology including Baselight and DaVinci colour grading systems, Pro-Tools HD sound and editing software, and Avid Media Composer. The project will also benefit from Abu Dhabi Film Commission’s 30 percent rebate, the only incentive of its kind in the region.