Dubai, UAE: Martin Stewart, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OSN, the region’s leading entertainment network, has been recognised as ‘Broadcast Executive of the Year’ at the Digital Studio Awards 2018.
The award cements his position as one of the Middle East and North African (MENA) region’s foremost broadcast industry leaders.
The Digital Studio Awards 2018 acknowledge and reward excellence in the broadcast and production industry, and is attended by the region’s TV and film movers and shakers, including producers, CEOs and dignitaries.
Martin Stewart, CEO of OSN, said: “It is an honour to be recognised as the ‘Broadcast Executive of the Year’ and receive such a remarkable distinction from the region’s industry leaders. This award is a true testament to the talent, commitment and passion of the team at OSN, whose collective efforts have enabled us to consistently transform the region’s broadcast landscape and continuously enhance the customer experience across MENA.”
The award highlights OSN leadership’s and product innovation to enhance customer experience through various key initiatives, including the launch of WAVO, OSN’s online and mobile app entertainment platform that combines a unique blend of live and catch-up TV.
The launch of ASLI, the region’s first licensing ecosystem for content creators to produce and broadcast their original work, housed on WAVO and free for all to enjoy; and most recently the partnership with Netflix that marks a bold first step for industry collaboration and integration.
This year’s Digital Studio Awards 2018 shortlist comprised 16 categories that represented the broadcast industry’s finest in content production, projects, installations and innovations from out of more than a hundred nominations.
OSN is the region’s leading entertainment network with the rights to broadcast into 24 countries across the MENA. The company is owned and operated by Panther Media Group, registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and has two shareholders, KIPCO and the Mawarid Group Limited.
OSN has a history of providing exceptional value for customers with its focus on exclusive and in-demand content, and innovative digital platforms for anywhere, anytime access.
With over 150 channels, OSN’s strength is its unbeatable range of exclusive programming led by its long-term partnerships with studio majors including Disney, HBO, NBC Universal, Fox, Paramount, MGM, Sony, DreamWorks and Warner Brothers.
65 HD channels mean OSN is the home for premium and nowhere-else content in Arabic, English, Filipino and South Asian languages. OSN broadcasts the latest content at the same minute as in the US, including popular series, blockbuster movies, and the best sports events. In addition, OSN also provides entertainment content for devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones via its OSN Play, online and mobile app entertainment platform, WAVO, offering movies, series and sports on the go.
OSN has been at the forefront of digital technology innovation in the Middle East introducing the first Digital Video Recorder HD, OSN Play, an online TV platform, an internet-enabled satellite receiver and recorder and OSN on Demand, the region’s first VOD service.
OSN also expanded its language services when it acquired Pehla Media & Entertainment, offering around forty channels in a variety of South Asian languages in the MENA region, with content such as Bollywood movies and cricket, including the ICC Cricket World Cup.
OSN’s ambition is to deliver entertainment everywhere for everyone, which is informed by the company’s three key pillars: A customer-first approach, unrivalled exclusive content and unbeatable value.