NAJAT RIZK I FOUNDER I CEO
Najat is at the forefront of programming and production in the Arab World. After serving as a Channel Manager for Orbit Satellite Channel, Al Thaniya television and Head of LBC SAT (Italy), she joined Firehorse Films in 1999. Under her leadership, Firehorse was voted the second fastest growing company in Lebanon in 2010, in a Harvard Business School programme and Najat won acclaim as the second most successful CEO in Lebanon. She is a hands-on CEO, renowned for her focus and care in the crafting and management of the company’s productions. With over 20 years of experience in the television industry, Najat has produced a wide range of programming and is the company’s primary Television Consultant. Najat is also a founding member of Beyond Reform & Development (part of BRD/I Group SAL) a consulting firm and social business established to serve individuals and organisations, specialised in public sector reform and organisational development.
MOUNA MOUNAYER I FOUNDER I HEAD OF ARCHIVE
Mouna is a leading writer-director and content architect. She founded Firehorse Films in 1992 writing and directing a multitude of films on many subjects including the ones she loves that are based in history, culture and people’s lives and traditions. Through Firehorse, Mouna helped pioneer the documentary series in the Arab world. With her partner, Najat Rizk, Mouna recognised early on in her career that the Arab world lacked accessible footage libraries and licensable images but in the late 1990’s the technology was not yet available in the region to create such a library. From the very beginning Firehorse preserved and catalogued their footage in preparation for the day it would become a business. Under Mouna’s direction and leadership the Firehorse ARC footage library is now fully digitised and curated and available online globally, licensed and distributed by Shutterstock.
DISTRIBUTION & LICENSING
Shutterstock is one of world’s leading distributors of still imagery, video and music. Offering nearly 2 million creative, editorial and archival clips. Shutterstock has created the largest and most vibrant two-sided marketplace for creative professionals to license content as well as innovative tools that power the creative process.
WAZEE Digital is a leader in content management, delivery and monetization services for media and entertainment companies. They provide one of the world’s largest managed video and metadata platforms as a cloud based service. Their clients include Sony Pictures Entertainment, National Geographic, Discovery Network, Paramount Pictures.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND CONSULTANCY
Kite Media consultancy was founded by Paul Maidment in January 2015 following a 20-year career at BBC Worldwide, during which time he ran a number of successful businesses and honed his leadership, sales and business development skills across a number of market sectors.
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