MBC Studios and Eagle Films are launching the thriller crime series Blood Oath during the first quarter of 2020 on Shahid, an Arabic-language VOD service in the MENA region.
Originally produced in Serbia in 2018 by Adrenalin as Besa, the crime thriller series was created by Tony Jordan. Blood Oath was shot in Lebanon, Greece and Cyprus, with Jordan adapting the drama for Arabic audiences from the original plot. The story follows a small-time businessman who falls foul of an organized crime mafia and, fearing for his family, is forced to work for them.
Safa Aburizik, director of content at MBC studios, said: “The storylines in Blood Oath are precisely adapted for local audiences, but also work for international markets; at MBC we are continuing to produce compelling, high-quality content that appeals to viewers around the world.”
Tea Korolija, managing director of Adrenalin, added: “Having experienced tremendous success in the local market, Besa is the first Serbian series to be sold and adapted as a format. Adrenalin is currently preparing for a second season which we believe will be even more successful.”