STARZPLAY strengthens its Turkish content portfolio, announces partnership with leading content distributors

Apr 08, 2021 by bcw-global

A library of over 20 Turkish series is available on the region’s leading SVOD service ahead of Ramadan

STARZPLAY, MENA region’s leading subscription video on demand (SVOD) service, has partnered with leading distributors to bring the best Turkish content for viewers across the Middle East and North Africa region. 

The platform has joined forces with MISTCO, an international brand management and content distribution agency and Calinos, the Istanbul headquartered Turkish company that distributes Turkish series, movies and television programmes across international platforms, to stream the very best of Turkish entertainment.  

With these partnerships, STARZPLAY subscribers will have exclusive access to the most popular Turkish series of all time. From Resurrection: Ertugrul to The Innocents, Our Story and Filinta, STARZPLAY will bring fans of Turkish entertainment all the exciting series to binge-watch this season. All the titles will be dubbed in Arabic with English subtitles.

Nadim Dada, VP Content Acquisitions, STARZPLAY, said: “The demand for quality Turkish series dubbed in Arabic hasn’t really changed in our region, especially when it comes to smart and compelling stories. This is why we at STARZPLAY have partnered with globally recognised content distributors MISTCO and Calinos to bring some of the best stories for our subscribers. Through these partnerships, we will gain access to a vast selection of popular TV shows and also introduce new and exclusive content to our region. With Ramadan approaching, we are confident that these new stories will be a popular household addition.”

Mahmut IpsirlI, Chairman MISTCO commented: “We are proud to partner with the leading SVOD service-STARZPLAY who will further enable us to reach a significant number of viewers across the region. We are excited to bring them the most diverse Turkish catalogue to date and we look forward to our continued collaboration with STARZPLAY.” 

F?rat Gülgen, Calinos Entertainment's CEO, added: “At Calinos we take pride to bring incredible Turkish entertainment to international platforms. We have seen an increasing interest towards Turkish content from various countries and we are thrilled to partner with MENA region’s leading streaming platform STARZPLAY. The platform’s strong presence in the region will certainly help us take Turkish content to newer audiences.”

Some of the shows available this Ramadan on STARZPLAY are:

The Innocents: Season 1 (same time as Turkey)

Adapted from the memories of psychiatrist Gulseren Budayicioglu, the story is based on real life experiences. The Innocents (Masumlar Apartmani) tell the lives of Han’s (Birkan Sokullu) family and the love story between him and Inci (Farah Zeynep Abdullah) who has her own complicated relationships with family and friends. The series of over 100 episodes is the first-run Turkish content on STARZPLAY and will be exclusively available throughout Ramadan.

Resurrection: Ertugrul; Season 1-5

Resurrection: Ertugrul talks about the heroic story of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman (Uthman) who founded the Ottoman Empire. The Arabic dubbed series features English subtitles and will be available on STARZPLAY on April 1. Watch the trailer here.

Filinta: Season 1 & 2

Filinta brings the stories of the Ottoman Judiciary called ‘Kadilik’ based justice, friendship and fraternity. The series narrates the lives of well-educated judges (Kadis), who maintained harmony in social life and sustained peace for 600 years of Ottoman Empire rule. Two full seasons of over 140 dubbed episodes will be available on STARZPLAY starting April 2021. Watch the trailer here.

Our Story: Season 1 & 2

Our Story (Bizim Hikaye) is the Turkish adaptation of popular American series Shameless. Filiz (Hazal Kaya) is a young girl who takes care of her five siblings due to her mother’s absence. She tries to do her best to keep her family together and dedicates her life to her family. She leaves her school and starts to work at low-skilled jobs to support her family financially. Watch the trailer here.


Feriha: Season 1 &2

This heart wrenching drama reveals the dreams and desires of a young girl stuck between two worlds. Feriha is a girl who lives in a luxurious neighbourhood while her father works as a janitor in an apartment block. Feriha is in the middle of a world, where desires and opportunities seem endless. Her dreams and reality are stirred up when she secures a full scholarship at a private university, where she poses as a rich girl. She quickly starts being the centre of attention among the upper-class students at the university, including the rich and handsome brat Emir. Feriha lies about her life and family background and Emir falls in love with her not knowing who she really is. She also falls in love with him and is trapped in her own lies. Watch the trailer here.

STARZPLAY offers incredible entertainment for the whole family featuring thousands of premium titles, such as original hit shows like Baghdad Central, Power, Outlander and Spartacus, and much-loved classic shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Office, Modern Family and Grey’s Anatomy, plus the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and the freshest Arabic content. The platform also recently announced two add-on channels discovery+ and UFC. Subscribers can enjoy Discovery’s wide range of exclusive content on the platform as well as UFC Live events along with an extensive VOD content library of previous fights, shows, interviews, and special content such as Dana White’s Contender Series.

With more than 10,000 hours of premium content including blockbuster movies,  exclusive TV shows, kids content and Arabic series, STARZPLAY is today the number one player in the MENA region. The service is available in 20 countries across the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan for fans to enjoy quality content anytime, anywhere and from any device.