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LONDON: An Arabic adaptation of the hit legal drama ‘Suits’ is set to launch in April 2022, coinciding with Ramadan.

The Arabic adaptation will be produced by Cairo-based media production company TVision in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. It was commissioned as an OSN Original.

The TV series is expected to premiere on OSN’s satellite platform and streaming app, while Egyptian audiences will be able to stream it on Egyptian media giant UMS’s free channels and its Watchit streaming app.

The Arabic version will be written by Mohamed Hefzy and Yasser Abdel Mageed, directed by Myriam Ahmadi and produced by the founder and CEO of TVision Media Productions, Tarek El Ganainy.

It features a star-studded cast of local talent – ​​including Asser Yassin as Harvey, Ahmed Dawoud as Mike, Saba Mubarak as Jessica, Reem Mostafa as Donna, Tara Emad as Rachel and Mohamed Shahin as Louis.

Filming began in January 2022. The first two seasons, a total of 30 episodes, will launch on April 2.

“We are thrilled to launch the Arabic version of ‘Suits’, an international adaptation of one of the most successful and popular television series,” said El Ganainy. “The reorientation of this type of programming towards regional formats is of vital importance in the context of Egypt’s continued development as a mature and attractive media market.

“While still heavily inspired by American drama, our version is unique and authentic to Egypt, featuring a celebrated cast of regional stars,” he added.

Nick Forward, Managing Director of Streaming and Chief Content Officer at OSN, said, “OSN is committed to creating and producing world-class Arabic content that resonates with audiences.

“We are thrilled to be working with TVision, especially regional storytellers like Tarek, and investing in local adaptations to bring this new take on ‘Suits’ exclusively to our Middle Eastern subscribers. It also demonstrates the continued commitment of NSOs to invest in world-class formats and adapt them to suit local audiences.

The highly anticipated Arabic adaptation is based on the American series created and written by Aaron Korsh. “Suits” aired on USA Network for nine seasons from 2011 to 2019 and was produced by UCP, part of Universal Studio Group, for USA Network.

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