Eddie Redmayne on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' which screened on OSN Movies Festival in 2017. Courtesy Warner Bros
Eddie Redmayne on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy adventure 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,' which screened on OSN Movies Festival in 2017. Courtesy Warner Bros

OSN closes Movies Festival channel after four years



Cinephiles across the Middle East were left with one less option for viewing indie and underground cinema with the largely unannounced closure of OSN’s Movies Festival channel over the weekend.

Customers who subscribe to OSN's channels directly from the company were advised by email of the channel's imminent closure. However, most viewers in the UAE subscribe to OSN's service as part of their du or Etisalat package, and these customers were seemingly not informed of the changes.

The channel, which launched in 2014 and provided a regular diet of international fare including regional TV premieres of films such as Hidden Figures and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and had also in recent years played host to live coverage of the annual Oscars ceremony was taken off the air over the weekend, taking many viewers by surprise. Customers who attempt to view the channel now see a ticker advising them how to access the content online.

Emad Morcos, OSN’s chief content officer, insisted that the move would not mean the end of quality non-blockbuster movies on the OSN schedules, however, and that the OSN Movies Festival content would be redistributed to other channels in the OSN stable: “OSN is providing its customers with even more convenience and choice by moving all the critically-acclaimed OSN Movies Festival HD films to one of its highest viewed channels, OSN Movies HD, to expose these award-winning movies to a bigger audience,” he said.

Morcos added that subscribers would also be able to access the former channel’s content via a new folder in the broadcaster's OSN Play service, an online streaming service which is offered free of charge to existing OSN subscribers, as well as via the pay-tv platform’s on-demand service: “These movies are also available in a dedicated 'Movies Festival' curated folder on OSN Play, the companion app for OSN subscribers, and OSN On Demand to watch anytime, anywhere,” Morcos said. “OSN is investing heavily in the digital delivery of content to meet the changing ways in which customers consume entertainment. This move means that independent and award-winning film on OSN is digitally accessible and convenient for fans to explore and enjoy on any device, anywhere at any time, and at no additional cost.”

OSN did not give a reason for the decision to close OSN Movies Festival. OSN does not release viewing figures.

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Mercer, the investment consulting arm of US services company Marsh & McLennan, expects its wealth division to at least double its assets under management (AUM) in the Middle East as wealth in the region continues to grow despite economic headwinds, a company official said.

Mercer Wealth, which globally has $160 billion in AUM, plans to boost its AUM in the region to $2-$3bn in the next 2-3 years from the present $1bn, said Yasir AbuShaban, a Dubai-based principal with Mercer Wealth.

Within the next two to three years, we are looking at reaching $2 to $3 billion as a conservative estimate and we do see an opportunity to do so,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Mercer does not directly make investments, but allocates clients’ money they have discretion to, to professional asset managers. They also provide advice to clients.

“We have buying power. We can negotiate on their (client’s) behalf with asset managers to provide them lower fees than they otherwise would have to get on their own,” he added.

Mercer Wealth’s clients include sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and insurance companies among others.

From its office in Dubai, Mercer also looks after Africa, India and Turkey, where they also see opportunity for growth.

Wealth creation in Middle East and Africa (MEA) grew 8.5 per cent to $8.1 trillion last year from $7.5tn in 2015, higher than last year’s global average of 6 per cent and the second-highest growth in a region after Asia-Pacific which grew 9.9 per cent, according to consultancy Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In the region, where wealth grew just 1.9 per cent in 2015 compared with 2014, a pickup in oil prices has helped in wealth generation.

BCG is forecasting MEA wealth will rise to $12tn by 2021, growing at an annual average of 8 per cent.

Drivers of wealth generation in the region will be split evenly between new wealth creation and growth of performance of existing assets, according to BCG.

Another general trend in the region is clients’ looking for a comprehensive approach to investing, according to Mr AbuShaban.

“Institutional investors or some of the families are seeing a slowdown in the available capital they have to invest and in that sense they are looking at optimizing the way they manage their portfolios and making sure they are not investing haphazardly and different parts of their investment are working together,” said Mr AbuShaban.

Some clients also have a higher appetite for risk, given the low interest-rate environment that does not provide enough yield for some institutional investors. These clients are keen to invest in illiquid assets, such as private equity and infrastructure.

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