O3 PRODUCTIONS, the production arm of free-to-air pan-Arab satellite broadcaster MBC is partnering with Beta Film on a multi-series deal to co-produce scripted projects that bridge Middle Eastern and European markets.

The deal is O3’s first major partnership with a European distributer and a number of series of series are already in development under the new agreement.

O3 Productions will develop projects out of the MENA region that include a strong European angle. The current slate includes a crime series set between Iraq and Scandinavia; a thriller that straddles Germany and Lebanon and the organized crime links between the countries; and a Cairo-set drama that follow decades of international espionage rivalry between the great powers.

“We are proud to be pioneering a unique collaboration which will combine creative talent from the Arab and European regions and bring fresh, original programming to the global market” said Fadi Ismail, group director of O3 Productions.

“With Beta Films’ connections to the international broadcast and production community and the wealth of creative talent at O3 Productions, we believe we can bring audiences around the world compelling new stories from a region that has all too often been misrepresented.”

Moritz von Kruedener, managing director of Beta Films, said: “Our partnership will mark a big step in bringing the incredible creative talent of the Arab world to an international audience.”