ABOUT MAD SOLUTIONS
MAD Solutions is the first Pan-Arab independent studio and fully integrative marketing and creative consultancy for the Arab film and Entertainment Industry. Under the umbrella of MAD Solutions, the studio is supported by five pillars: MAD Marketing, MAD Content, MAD Distribution, MAD Culture and MAD Celebrity, which together are helping to usher in an exciting new generation of Arab filmmakers and entertainment talent.

We attend at least 20 film festivals (Arab and International), summits, and workshops annually including Cannes, Berlinale, DIFF, ADFF, Toronto, Locarno and many more. Besides our energetic, contemporary approaches to collaborating with our MAD partners, we pride ourselves on having the most extensive and up-to-date database on the Arab film industry, spanning over 20 years of a rich heritage that is still growing to this day, despite the political and socio-economic challenges.

Realizing the potential growth of the film industry in the Gulf States, and the opportunities to hatch a pan-regional strategy, MAD Solutions has expanded to Abu Dhabi, UAE, focusing on the GCC in specific and the Arab world as a whole. We are thrilled to become industry partners.

The MAD Founders
AlAA KARKOUTI
Alaa is a renowned Film Analyst and an influential professional within the cinema and entertainment industry in the Arab world, known for his efforts in assembling complete statistical and analytical archives on the economics of filmmaking.

This expertise has provided him with numerous opportunities to participate in various panels and juries in film festivals worldwide. He established three cinema magazines during the first ten years of the Millennium. Alaa has also worked in film distribution, film production and theater management. He was involved as a publisher for many prominent publications worldwide.

In his 15 years as a prominent journalist, Alaa had the opportunity to profile and interview numerous movie stars. His annual ranking of the 50 most powerful people working in the film business across the Arab world was the first list of its kind in the Arab world.

As a film analyst, Alaa regularly provides quotes, analysis and editorial comment on the film business in the Arab World in several internationally respected film and business publication outlets including Forbes Middle East, Variety and Screen International.

The MAD Founders
MAHER DIAB
In 2010, Maher co-founded MAD Solutions, the first pan-Arab studio dedicated to the promotion and distribution of Arabic content to the Arab world and beyond. Diab is MAD Solutions’ Creative Director. His creative vision is summoning in a new era of visualising the Arab film and Entertainment industry, ranking it amongst its international peers.

Active on international fronts, Diab is concerned with inspiring up-and-coming talents in the industry through panel discussions and sessions in international film festivals and seminars. In 2012 Maher took part in Berlinale Talent Campus within "Meet the Experts" program to discuss the film industry in the Arab world, and a panel discussion in Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival. Ever since, Maher has been continuously present on the industry stage, acting as a jury member on various festivals around the world, allowing for a broader narrative of Arab films to be shared with an ever-increasing global audience.

website:www.maherdiab.com .

The MAD PARTNERS
ABDALLAH SHAMI
A Lebanese National who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Abdallah is a Multimedia and Graphic Design graduate from the American University of Sharjah.

Stints at two global advertising agencies, Young & Rubicam and Wunderman, introduced him to the world of bespoke and niche luxury publication through Dar Dubai Printing and Publishing, with their exquisite lifestyle publication, Jumeirah Beach Magazine.

Later on, the same management behind what was considered the Middle East's best luxury publication set out to publish Abu Dhabi's first bilingual culture, art and design publication, Shawati' Magazine. Under Shawati' Publishing, and with the guidance and creative vision of its initiator, Abdallah had the privilege of working with international liaisons to help build cultural bridges between Abu Dhabi and the world, be they through the magazine, special publishing projects or public cultural initiatives. The result was an array of collaborations with local and regional cultural projects, such as the Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Art Fairs and Qatar Museums Authority – and the personal opportunity to interact with several heads of states, ambassadors and thought-leaders across all manner of fields from politics to economics and energy.

The MAD PARTNERS
COLIN BROWN
Based in New York City, Colin is a respected international business journalist, award-winning editor and global film financing authority known throughout the entertainment industry.
Among his current roles, Colin serves as Editorial Director for Slated, the first private film financing marketplace that allows investors to discover, track and also fund commercially viable film projects for business reasons. He is also a strategic advisor in Slated's international expansion plans.
Colin is an Advisory and Faculty Committee member of of New York University's Cinema Research Institute (CRI), a community of filmmakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs who are committed to exploring new models of financing, producing, marketing, and distributing media and entertainment.
Prior to these ventures, Colin was the award-winning Editor-in-Chief of Screen International, widely regarded as the leading publication business authority on the international film industry. Colin worked at the title for 21 years, during which he launched the essential news service Screen Daily and presided over the publication's push into film industry conferences targeted at global dealmakers and financiers.
In terms of his Arab media world credentials, Colin remains a longstanding industry consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival. As part of that long association, Colin serves as mentor for the Festival’s Young Journalist Award, teaching media students from the UAE the art and craft of film journalism and film criticism.
The MAD Founders
AlAA KARKOUTI

Alaa is a renowned Film Analyst and an influential professional within the cinema and entertainment industry in the Arab world, known for his efforts in assembling complete statistical and analytical archives on the economics of filmmaking.

This expertise has provided him with numerous opportunities to participate in various panels and juries in film festivals worldwide. He established three cinema magazines during the first ten years of the Millennium. Alaa has also worked in film distribution, film production and theater management. He was involved as a publisher for many prominent publications worldwide.

In his 15 years as a prominent journalist, Alaa had the opportunity to profile and interview numerous movie stars. His annual ranking of the 50 most powerful people working in the film business across the Arab world was is the first list of its kind in the Arab world.

As a film analyst, Alaa regularly provides quotes, analysis and editorial comment on the film business in the Arab World in several internationally respected film and business publication outlets including Forbes Middle East, Variety and Screen International.

The MAD Founders
MAHER DIAB
In 2010, Maher co-founded MAD Solutions, the first pan-Arab studio dedicated to the promotion and distribution of Arabic content to the Arab world and beyond. Diab is MAD Solutions’ Creative Director. His creative vision is summoning in a new era of visualising the Arab film and Entertainment industry, ranking it amongst its international peers.

Active on international fronts, Diab is concerned with inspiring up-and-coming talents in the industry through panel discussions and sessions in international film festivals and seminars. In 2012 Maher took part in Berlinale Talent Campus within "Meet the Experts" program to discuss the film industry in the Arab world, and a panel discussion in Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival. Ever since, Maher has been continuously present on the industry stage, acting as a jury member on various festivals around the world, allowing for a broader narrative of Arab films to be shared with an ever-increasing global audience.

website:www.maherdiab.com .

The MAD PARTNERS
ABDALLAH SHAMI
A Lebanese National who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Abdallah is a Multimedia and Graphic Design graduate from the American University of Sharjah.

Stints at two global advertising agencies, Young & Rubicam and Wunderman, introduced him to the world of bespoke and niche luxury publication through Dar Dubai Printing and Publishing, with their exquisite lifestyle publication, Jumeirah Beach Magazine.

Later on, the same management behind what was considered the Middle East's best luxury publication set out to publish Abu Dhabi's first bilingual culture, art and design publication, Shawati' Magazine. Under Shawati' Publishing, and with the guidance and creative vision of its initiator, Abdallah had the privilege of working with international liaisons to help build cultural bridges between Abu Dhabi and the world, be they through the magazine, special publishing projects or public cultural initiatives. The result was an array of collaborations with local and regional cultural projects, such as the Dubai International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Art Fairs and Qatar Museums Authority – and the personal opportunity to interact with several heads of states, ambassadors and thought-leaders across all manner of fields from politics to economics and energy.

The MAD PARTNERS
COLIN BROWN
Based in New York City, Colin is a respected international business journalist, award-winning editor and global film financing authority known throughout the entertainment industry.
Among his current roles, Colin serves as Editorial Director for Slated, the first private film financing marketplace that allows investors to discover, track and also fund commercially viable film projects for business reasons. He is also a strategic advisor in Slated's international expansion plans.
Colin is an Advisory and Faculty Committee member of of New York University's Cinema Research Institute (CRI), a community of filmmakers, scholars, and entrepreneurs who are committed to exploring new models of financing, producing, marketing, and distributing media and entertainment.
Prior to these ventures, Colin was the award-winning Editor-in-Chief of Screen International, widely regarded as the leading publication business authority on the international film industry. Colin worked at the title for 21 years, during which he launched the essential news service Screen Daily and presided over the publication's push into film industry conferences targeted at global dealmakers and financiers.
In terms of his Arab media world credentials, Colin remains a longstanding industry consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival. As part of that long association, Colin serves as mentor for the Festival’s Young Journalist Award, teaching media students from the UAE the art and craft of film journalism and film criticism.