40 internships available for aspiring TV and entertainment professionals to get an introduction to the various careers available in the industry.
11 September 2019: Image Nation Abu Dhabi has now opened applications for a new internship program, Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb in partnership with twofour54 and MBC Studios. This hands-on internship will offer valuable training and experience to 40 aspiring film and TV professionals each year the program is in production, giving a taste of the diverse careers in the entertainment industry, including production, script development, talent development and editing.
‘Inheritance’ is the first Arabic-language soap opera. The show is expected to become must-see daily drama entertainment when it premieres on MBC. A partnership between MBC Studios, twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, ‘Inheritance’ will generate over 200 jobs, create a sustainable ecosystem for creative talent in Abu Dhabi and allow interns to learn by working alongside the best in the business.
“Image Nation’s ethos is to encourage original thinking and curiosity while providing a platform to train and inspire the next generation of locally-based creatives, and Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb allows us to expand these efforts even further,” said Gehad Darwish, Image Nation’s Head of Marketing & Communications, who oversees the Academy Award-winning company’s training programs. “This internship is a brilliant opportunity for anyone interested in an entertainment career to learn the trade on a real set and get invaluable professional experience on everything involved in producing a TV show.”
With ‘Inheritance’ slated to shoot 250 episodes a year, Arab Film Studio: Mawaheb will be an ongoing program that welcomes new interns every three months. Applications will be open continuously for each cycle.
Aspiring creative professionals, students, previous Arab Film Studio participants and all other potential candidates who are 21 or over can visit afs-program.com/mawaheb to find out more and submit their applications. The first cycle is scheduled to begin in late 2019 when ‘Inheritance’ begins filming, with the first episode set to air in 2020.
Mawaheb builds on Image Nation’s well-established development program Arab Film Studio, which offers in-depth training across narrative, documentary, scriptwriting and corporate communications. Arab Film Studio has welcomed more than 150 participants over 8 years, and many have gone on to successful careers in the creative industries. Films created throughout the program have been shown over 360 times at prestigious global film festivals, winning 26 awards.
About Image Nation Abu Dhabi
Image Nation Abu Dhabi is an award-winning film and entertainment company which has built its reputation on breaking boundaries and unleashing imagination. It creates films, TV series, documentaries and entertainment for consumers throughout the world and is the first UAE company to have multiple productions stream globally on Netflix. Its success spans the globe – screening content at over 400 international film festivals and receiving the industry’s highest honors, including two Academy Awards, a BAFTA and an Emmy.
Image Nation has a strong track record of producing high-quality productions through a combination of local talent and international expertise. The company encourages original thought and curiosity while providing a platform for inspiration and practical training through its robust development program, Arab Film Studio.
Its mission is to help build the film and entertainment industry across the GCC and MENA – a pioneering ambition in line with Abu Dhabi’s vision to shape a competitive, sustainable and globally open economy. Image Nation enables all those who engage with it to become guardians of culture and ambassadors of change.