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Former 03 Chief Fadi Ismail Launches Shingle With Eye on Saudi Arabia (Exclusive)

Dubai-based Middle East producer Fadi Ismail, the former general manager of Saudi-controlled broadcaster Mbc’s 03 Productions arm, is launching his own company with a slate largely made up of TV projects based on Saudi intellectual properties.

Ismail’s new shingle, Dkl Studio, is developing a dozen skeins, some of which push the envelope of what is considered viable content for Saudi Arabia.

The standout project in this respect is transgender drama “Confined,” based on a novel by the same title by Sahar Bahrawi. The book is said to be the true story of a Saudi hermaphrodite named Rola who “fights her family and community to reunite with her real sexual identity, to change her sex to male,” said Ismail. The producer noted that the novel, which he has optioned, is sold in Saudi Arabia.

Ismail, who as head of 03 Productions was behind Netflix’s first Turkish original, the sci-fi thriller “The Protector,

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