Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, who served as CEO of OSN from 2006-2010, will join MBC Group from January 5, 2020.
MBC Group Chairman, Waleed Al-Ibrahim has announced the appointment of Marc Antoine d’Halluin as the incoming CEO of MBC Group. D’halluin replaces Sam Barnett, who was with the broadcaster for the last 17 years. D’Halluin is scheduled to join MBC Group on January 5, 2020.
Al-Ibrahim commended Marc Antoine for his wealth of experience and track-record of corporate growth and value creation in the broadcast industry, which includes Pay TV, production and satellite TV in Europe and the Middle East. D’halluin was one of the most dynamic CEOs OSN had from 2006-2010.
On his part, Marc Antoine d’Halluin has thanked the Chairman and MBC Group’s Board of Directors for their nomination and appointment, stressing the pivotal role played by his predecessor Sam Barnett in growing the company. D’Halluin also stressed the importance of working closely with all of the Group’s executives, managers and employees in pursuit of set targets.
Beginning his career at Sony Pictures Entertainment (1995-1997), Marc Antoine d’Halluin is a prominent media executive with an international career in television broadcasting and production. Prior to joining MBC Group, he was the Chairman of the Luxembourg-based M7 Group (2016-2019), which operates satellite Pay TV bouquets in Holland, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. M7 Group was recently sold to Vivendi’s Canal+ Group.
Before that, d’Halluin was CEO of the international TV production firm, Zodiak Media Group (2013-2016); partner and co-founder of Rubis Media Partners (2011-2013); President and CEO of Showtime Arabia and Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), headquartered in Dubai Media City (2006-2010); CEO of C More Entertainment – Canal+ Nordic (2003-2005); and also previously, Group Managing Director of FOX Kids Europe – Channel Division (1997-2003).
D’Halluin is also involved in premium content productions in Europe.
Marc Antoine d’Halluin holds a bachelor’s degree from “Sciences Po” in Paris and a master’s degree in Business Administration from “Harvard Business School” in the U.S.