MBC Studios Preps Rise of the Witches


MBC Studios is starting production on Rise of the Witches, which it is billing as “the biggest TV series to be ever made in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to date.”

The big-budget fantasy adventure is based on the best-selling Saudi mythology books by Osamah Almuslim. Set in ancient Arabia, the series tells the story of an epic war between two rival witch covens, led by Afsaar and Da’ja’a.

The cast is led by Ida AlKusay (Afsaar) and Sumaya Rida (Da’ja’a).

MBC reports that the project is the biggest series to ever be produced with a homegrown Saudi cast and holds the largest-ever budget for special effects for a Saudi production. Supported by NEOM, the series is being filmed on three purpose-built studio sets, including Saudi Arabia’s biggest purpose-built backlots to date.

Abu Alsamh, general manager of MBC Studios, commented: “Rise of the Witches is a true homegrown production and features recognizable and new faces, with talent both in front of and behind the cameras coming from our very own MBC Academy and MBC Talent hubs. This series will no doubt make household names of the cast—this outstanding fantasy adventure is not one to be missed!”