NETFLIX ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR IMAGE NATION’S LANDMARK EMIRATI LEGAL DRAMAJanuary 2019
Netflix have acquired the worldwide streaming rights of Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Beelink Productions’ legal drama ‘QALB AL ADALA’ (JUSTICE), which is now streaming globally.
The 18-episode production is the first Emirati series run on the global streaming platform and the third Image Nation production, followingZInzana and The Worthyto be picked up Netflix.
Ben Ross, Chief Content Officer at Image Nation, said: “Image Nation is delighted to have Netflix onboard to bring QALB AL ADALA to global audiences. This is a landmark series not just for Image Nation, but for Abu Dhabi and the whole UAE.
“Part of our mission is to continue to change perceptions about our region and we’re excited to showcase the region’s culture positively and authentically to audiences around the world.”
The deal was negotiated by Eli Shibley, President of International distribution and co-production at IM Global Television.
The series was produced in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, who acted as consultants on the show and provided access to real local cases to ensure authenticity on storylines.
Dr Salah Khamis Al Junaibi, Director of Corporate Communication and International Cooperation at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said: “The participation of the Judicial department in the production of Justice was to help educate audiences about our legal system – both in the UAE and abroad.”
JUSTICEfollows Farah, an ambitious and passionate young lawyer who has just returned home after having attained a law degree in the US. Farah’s father is one of the UAE’s top lawyers, and has big ambitions for his daughter’s career at his prestigious firm. Although she has always looked up to her father, Farah, however, has other plans. She is determined to succeed on her own, and does so while pushing the legal and cultural envelope in the process.
JUSTICE was created by Oscar® nominee, Walter Parkes (HE NAMED ME MALALA, FLIGHT), and Emmy Award® winning producer, William Finkelstein (L.A. LAW, NYPD BLUE). The series is directed by Ahmed Khaled, stars Fatima Al Taei, Mansoor Al Feeli, Mohamed Alamiri, and Malak Al Khalidi. While Marc Lorber, Safa Aburizik and Mohammed Mashish serve as executive producers.
The show premiered regionally on OSN Yallah in September 2017.