'The Platform' is the first pan-Arab series to be broadcast on American TV networks.
Netflix and Abu Dhabi TV have launched the second season of The Platform, a UAE-produced series, which rose to the global streaming platform’s ‘popular’ list within two days from its launch.
The series made its first debut in September 2020 across global streaming platform Netflix, making it the first-ever UAE production to be broadcast on the platform worldwide. The series, which is produced by FilmGate Productions and Al Kalema Productions, launched its second season on April 1 worldwide.
To extend its reach even further, FilmGate recently signed a partnership which will see the series being broadcast across American platforms Crackle, Crackle Plus, Popcornflix and Truli- making the very first pan-Arab production to reach American TV platforms.
The series is co-created and produced by Emirati Director, Producer and Writer Mansoor AlYabhouni AlDhaheri, working alongside Egyptian Director Yasser Sami and Syrian Writer and Creator Hozan Akko. It was filmed across various locations in Abu Dhabi including studios specially built by FilmGate for the project, in addition to those used with support from twofour54 Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission.
The Platform features actors from across the Middle East including Maxim Khalil, Abdulmohsen AlNemr, Bassem Yakhour, Salloum Haddad, Ahmed AlJasmi, Muna Wassef, Sayed Ragab, Muna Wassef, Samer Ismaeil, Motasem AlNahar, Khaled AlKaish, Oweiss Mkhallalati, Yaser AlNeyadi, Leen Ghurra, Shadi Safadi, Khaled AlSayed, Alaa AlZuabi, Reham AlKassar, Jaber Jokhadar, Ghanem Zrelli, Nazli AlRawas, Maram Ali, Noora Alaiek, Wael AbuGhazala, Osama Halal, Wael Zeidan, and Mouayad AlKharat; in addition to rising stars Emirati actor Mad Rabdan and Tunisian actress Sabrina.
The show’s third season is expected to launch in Q3 of 2021, featuring the return of Shaikha played by Mahira Abdul Aziz, along with the addition of new characters played by Maisoun Abu Asaad, Jafra Younes, and Emirati Saeed Alraisi.