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The show that you’ve come to know and love has also a second season, this time round we take you on a journey through the Emirates to discover Emirati Culture, and what it means to be Emirati through the eyes of the people that make up the United Arab Emirates.
In Emirati season 2 you will meet a vast array of personalities, young and old, those who have achieved and are at the pinnacle of their careers and up and coming entrepreneurs, people who’ve overcome challenges and have interesting stories to tell, who all represent what it means to be Emirati. Broadcasted on Dubai one television in 2010.
“Al Chef Yaktachef” is a half hour adventure travel-cooking road-show,featuring top Chef Anissa Helou and Emirati presenter Tareq Al Mehyass. Anissa and her Emirati guide Tareq are on a quest across Abu Dhabi and the UAE in search of adventure, culture and wonderful gastronomic pleasures. They meets locals and ex-pats learning and cooking local and international recipes, exchanging anecdotes and their love of life and food with all the character they meet on their journey.
The show broadcasts on the EMIRATES CHANNEL every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m (UAE)
After the success of the show, Firehorse Films produced season 2 entitled “Dubai 101: Neighborhoods”.
Dubai 101 is a presenter lead-program that documents the hosts’ journeys in the various neighborhoods of Dubai as they sample local delicacies, uncover best kept secrets, discover hidden gems and interact with interesting locals in ways that bring Dubai’s neighborhoods to life. Dubai’s varied neighborhoods range from the shiny new sky scrapers of the Marina to the historical and other-worldly life around the Creek. Packed with facts, tips and insider information Dubai 101 thoroughly explores each neighborhood to reveal “off-the-beaten-path” places and the area’s most colorful and interesting people. Broadcasted on Dubai one television in 2010.
“Bi Chaghaf” is a biography series that focuses on seemingly ordinary groups of Lebanese people
who, by following their passion, have found success in their lives; people who have performed
outstandingly in their domain, and by exploring the secrets of their success and what steered their
initial passion, we reveal what insights they have discovered about the human condition. Each
episode is built up around their personal and professional lives, so we begin to understand them
and their motivation through informal interviews with them and with other people related to this
success story (family, friends, mentors, colleagues…).
FOREIGNERS IN LEBANON looks at foreigners who have intentionally chosen Lebanon as their home. In each episode, we will look at our characters unique story, what brought him here, how he lives and the reasons behind his attachment to this place through his profession. We will also look at a sector in the Lebanese industry from his point of view. The aim of this series is to show how these foreigners have integrated in the Lebanese society and how they perceive its various aspects: social, cultural, human, professional, environmental, etc and how similar or different their
views are from the Lebanese people surrounding them.
Emirati is a presenter-led culture show for Dubai One television. Through Emirati our audience, both local and expat, will start looking around their environment from a completely new perspective, wanting to discover or re-discover the roots of their country. Through our young and adventurous presenter, each episode will seek to reveal several facets of modern or traditional Emirati culture. Our presenter will be asking questions and finding out information on behalf of the audiences. A half hour presenter-led, weekly show in English for Dubai One Television, for 2009 season 1 Have you just moved to Dubai ? Are you looking for the best school to send your kids to? Can’t decide whether to do with Du or Etisalat? Are you looking to buy or rent a home ? Are you trying to figure out which is the best bank to get a loan from ? Are you having a tough time figuring out labor laws ? Would you like to learn Arabic to understand the local culture ? Do you have 100 questions about how to where to get things done in Duba ?i Look no further; we are here to make your life easier. A half hour presenter-led, weekly show in English for Dubai One Television, for 2009 season 1 "Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting, it speaks to us... passion rules us all, and we obey.” A 26 episodes per season magazine series focusing on Lebanese people who by following their passion have found success in their lives and by exploring the secrets of their success we reveal their insights on the human condition. Broadcast on Future News :
Season 1: 2008
Season 2 : winter 2008 – 2009.
Season 3: Bechaghaf Sawa 2010
What shapes the soul of some of the most unique places of Lebanon – a street, a tree, a place, a café, a building - is it events, history or the memories of people? Whether sad, happy, ordinary or purely emotional, these recollections give us a glimpse of the spirit and magic of these chosen places through the eyes and sensitivity of ordinary people. Series of 26 episodes. Season 1 broadcast on Future News 2007 - 2008. Season 2 broadcast winter 2008 - 2009. Ever wondered why Emirati men wear white? Why Emirati women wear the burkah and why men wear a Kefiyah and A’agal? Why are kohl and henna treasured and used? What are the hidden symbols in Teli embroidery and have they influenced the architecture of the city? Why are Arabic music, poetry and calligraphy a source of inspiration and creation to the Emiratis? Answers and more in Joozoor with presenter Samah Ahmad unraveling the secrets of Emirati culture and traditions. Two seasons of Joozoor have been broadcast on Emirates Television a division of Abu Dhabi Television. “The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development” is a corporate film celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hariri Foundation. The film looks at the history of the Foundation as well as its goals, partnerships, alliances and most importantly its achievements. The film highlights the Hariri Foundation's core principles laid down by the late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and the development challenges they face in the eight sectors in which they work: Education, Information Technology, Women Empowerment, Crisis Management and Relief Services, Agriculture, Civic Engagement and Governance, Culture and Tourism and the Environment. The film’s central protagonist is an ordinary woman going about her daily life with her family, unaware of the pressure she and millions like her are putting on the environment. Slowly she becomes conscious that her activities, such as keeping the lights on, letting water run in the sink while brushing her teeth, using paper in her office are all damaging the environment and in turn putting the future of her family and country at risk. She decides to present herself as a candidate at the municipal elections on an environmental platform. The film treats these very important subjects in a humorous and approachable way, allowing the audience to identify with the protagonist and encouraging them to step up and make their voices heard. From Dilmun to Bahrain is a corporate film, commissioned by the Bahraini Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Information. The film retraces the six thousand year history of Bahrain from its legendary beginnings as Gilgamesh's 'Land of Immortality' one of the oldest and most mysterious of civilizations to the modern hub that is Bahrain today.
The film promotes the Kingdom of Bahrain as an international capital of culture, shedding light on Bahrain’s civilization rich history from the Sumerians through the Islamic renaissance to the modern economic and cultural centre that it is today. This film highlights the fact that modern Bahrain is both preserving its ancient cultures and promoting them within a modern context.
Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces
Celebrating 149 Years
A special, ten minute, celebratory film showcasing the growth and achievements of Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) since its inception 149 years ago.
The film places special emphasis on the massive developments and changes in the ISF since 2006: such as the creation of crime scene investigation labs, the upgrade of heavy duty equipment and technology, the creation of modern training centres and most importantly the improvement of its overall organisational structure and response units
The film presents the modern face of the ISF to the people of Lebanon. A face that is innovative, disciplined and eager to provide the citizens of Lebanon with security and stability.
“The Shaikh Ebrahim Center for Culture and Research” is a corporate film commissioned by Shaikha May Al Khalifa. Nestled in the heart of Muharraq in Bahrain is The Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research which opened its doors to the public in 2002. The Centre was founded by Shaikha Mai Al Khalifa as a place of dialogue with Bahraini culture.
Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa was the first intellectual to establish a cultural majlis in Muharraq – the old capital of Bahrain. The centre today is the link between the past and present, setting cultural standards for the future of Bahrain and the region. The Centre is based around seven restored houses each with its own individual and cultural character. The film presents each house separately through a visual story based on an old man taking his granddaughter on a tour of the houses. Through music and poetic imagery the houses and their individual characters come to life.
Investing in Bahrain's People A corporate film commissioned by the Bahraini Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture. The Kingdom of Bahrain is witnessing a renaissance in the development of many different areas thanks to the vision and ambition of His Royal Highness Sheikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Commander in Chief of the Bahraini Armed Forces. This film sheds light on this developmental renaissance that the kingdom of Bahrain is witnessing thanks to his vision and investment in his people in three sectors: Education, Economy and Sports Activities.
The film also features the most prominent companies and educational and university institutes all working within the range of His Royal Highness's vision.
This film will summarize all the effort being made by ALFA to provide Lebanese consumers with the best communication services and tell Alfa customers, old and new: “WE CARE”; we care about giving you the latest in state-of-the-art technology, we care about giving you the best service, with the best prices, and that the managing company Orascom is extremely experienced with a proven track record to make all our promises come to fruition.
Commissioned for Dar Al-Handasah by H&C Leo Burnett Commissioned for Dar Al Handassah by H&C Leo Burnett Commissioned by the Urban Design & Development Company Millennium Commissioned by the Urban Design & Development Company Millennium for a new project in Khartoum, Sudan. Commissioned by the Urban Design & Development Company Millennium for a new project in Khartoum, Sudan. Commissioned by Procter & Gamble. Commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi for IDAL on the new duty Free Zones established in Lebanon. Commissioned by Cellis, the French Cellular Network provider. Commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi for Mr Rafic Hariri and IDAL. Commissioned by SOLIDERE on the design and reconstruction of Beirut Central District. Muthir Lil Jadal is a hard-hitting talk show with multiple interviewees some in the studio and the rest via satellite. Muthir Lil Jadal asks the difficult questions and gets behind the current events and hot issues taking place in Abu Dhabi and the region, from political and religious leaders to corporate decision-makers, from intellectuals to ordinary individuals facing huge challenges. The hard hitting questions asked by presenter Fadila Swissy are the result of detailed research and in-depth investigations by the Firehorse Films team. Muthir Lil Jadal is broadcast on Abu Dhabi Television. Nabad is a socio-political Talk show, presented by Mathilda Farjallah, whose main aim is to highlight and discuss controversial/hot socio-political issues and topics in a lively and fast paced manner. Nabad is a smart formula of interesting questions, solid information and direct answers.
The show broadcasts on Future news every Thursday from 9:00PM till 10:00PM
(Digital Newspaper) is a live one-on-one daily talk show strand for Emirates/Abu Dhabi Television. Each day the show covers a different aspect of in-depth analysis on: Sunday: Social Issues, Monday: Business & Economy, Tuesday; Multi Media, Wednesday:Culture and Thursday, Entertainment. Political debate show broadcast on Future News. Beyt El Yek is a debate show with a twist; in each episode two guests debate an issue in front of an audience with only 60 seconds to answer questions posed by the host. This creates high tension in the programme because the debaters cannot embelish or go around the question. Each episode is composed of several stages. An introductory report on the subject sets the scene, followed by a question and answer session in which the guests have one minute to answer the host, followed by section called Meet The Press where the contestants have to analyse news reports on the subjects, followed by a hypothetical scenario set by the host which the guests must complete. The show concludes with a free minute to each guest in which they get to say whatever they want on the subject. Beyt El Yek is a new political format created for Firehorse Films. First series broadcast 2007-2008. “Baad Al Khabar”, a weekly one hour current affairs programme investigating the stories behind news headlines. The angle of the investigative reporting is from the point of view of Lebanese citizens as opposed to officialdom.
Two twenty minute in-depth investigative reportages on current political and social issues are linked by journalist/anchor Hisham Bou Nassif. Example of topics discussed in the programme; the narcotics trade, arms trading, alternative farming, the Lebanese fishing industry, rise in car theft, the Beb Al Tebeneh Palestinian Camp stand-off between the Lebanese army and Islamist insurgents, Israeli cluster bombs in South Lebanon, economic inflation.
Two seasons were broadcast on Future News Television 2007/2008.
East-West is a 2.5 hour special current affairs talk show with host Marcel Ghanem (for LBCI Lebanon Satellite). The show was broadcasted live between New York and Beirut. Special guests in New York included State Senator Marty Golden, Paul Reickhoff, Jeremy Glick, John Alpert, Paul Miller, Louis Gelormino, William Vendley, Aaron O’connell, Kerry Picket and Anton Srdanovic and in Beirut included Dr Khalil El Khalil from Saudi Arabia, Fouad Hussein from Jordan, Issam Sultan from Egypt, Magid Hadab from Iraq, Katia Srour from Lebanon, Rami Abou Hamdi from Palestine, Tarek Haji from Algeria, Khaled Msalmeh from Syria, Bouchra El Khalil from Lebanon, Abou Bakr Al Saddik from Sudan, Mouhanad Ghaleb Bin Hani from Jordan. The panel of 20 (10 in New York and 10 in Beirut) conducted a lively debate on East-West relations. The show took the Arab World by storm. A fourteen part documentary series on religious communities around the world. Commissioned by Al Jazeera Documentary Channel. The films cover The Druze (Lebanon) , The Maronites (Lebanon), The Syriac (Lebanon, Syria, Turkey), The Buddhists (Thailan, HH Dalai Lama in India), The Sikhs (India), The Greek Orthodox (Jordan, Lebanon), The Arab Jews (Morocco, Israel), The Zoroastrians (Iran), The Shi’a (Iran, Lebanon), The Bahai (USA, Israel), The Hindus (India), The Copts (Egypt), The Protestants (Germany, Lebnon) and The Mormons (USA, Jordan).
Broadcast: 2006-2007 Al Jazeera Documentary Channel.
Broadcasted in October 2009 on Al Jadeed television (New TV Lebanon).
Young Lebanese Minister of Industry and leading member of the Kataeb Party, Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in a mafia like hit in November 2006. His body was riddled with over thirty bullets - his executioners ambushed and machine gunned his car in broad daylight, killing him and his bodyguard instantly. During his father former Lebanese President Amine Gemayels exile in Paris, Pierre, almost single handedly resurrected the Kataeb Party based on its original manifesto. Who Said Pierre Gemayel Is Dead? is a retrospective on Pierres life and career. Broadcasted on LBCI in November 2008. A two part presenter-led documentary series based on the best-selling book Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation by David Rohl. Based on his own archaeological research British Egyptologist David Rohl investigates an extraordinary and contentious theory which attempts to explain the origins of Egyptian civilisation as coming from ancient Mesopotamia. In the process, this spectacular documentary series provides solutions to some of the great-unsolved mysteries of ancient Egypt – astounding new discoveries which illuminate mankind’s most tenacious legends. David Rohl presented Pharaohs and Kings, based on his book A Test of Time – produced by Discovery Channel/CH 4 and Journey to Eden – produced by TLC/Discovery Channel. Locations; Iraq, Egypt, London, Paris. The Egyptian Genesis is produced and owned by Firehorse Films and is for sale. French version bought by Canal + and Arte. In the early 20 century an independent Arab World emerged from decades of colonial rule. But the race for statehood among Arab fledgling countries was soon taken over by a hasty struggle for unity. Although strong divisions existed among Arab leaders, social movements and intellectuals concerning what unity meant and what practical form it should take, a consensus was emerging that an Arab association of some sort was necessary for an Arab revival. The mix of anticipated independence and Arab nationalism steered efforts among Arab states toward a new regional order, one which today we call the Arab World. But was there ever a ‘unified’ Arab World?
This nine part documentary series investigates the story of the struggle for Arab unity which is entangled with the modern history of the Middle East and steeped in conflicting ideologies, revolution, oppression, betrayal and war. The series was commissioned by Al Jazeera English Channel. Broadcast 2008 on AJE and You Tube simultaneously.
What is the most effective bargaining tool in politics? Human lives. This series offers rare insight into the intricate world of Middle Eastern politics by investigating the issue of prisoner exchange - telling the story of why people get imprisoned and how they are eventually released. The two part documentary series looks at what it is like being held captive, for both Israelis and Lebanese. The series includes exclusive footage of downed Israeli pilot Ron Arad and how the abduction of three Israeli soldiers was planned and executed by Hizbollah, explaining all for the first time. Broadcast on Canal + and LBCI in 2006 and sold worldwide. A co-production with Article Z (France) and ARTE (France). A powerful 90min documentary following the rise of Abou Musa’ab Al Zarqawi who, by 2004, became the most wanted man in the world with a bounty of $25 Million US Dollars on his head. Broadcast by ARTE in 2005. A powerful two part documentary series following the rise of Abou Musa’ab Al Zarqawi, allegedely the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq. By 2004 Al Zarqawi became the most wanted man in the world with a bounty of $25 Million US Dollars on his head. Broadcast by LBCI (Lebanon Satellite) in 2004. The subject of football is wide ranging and encompasses, in the Arab World, many different countries and cultures and approaches. But they all have the same problem. Football clubs around the region, no matter how well endowed have not been able to make it as top international teams! Why? Is it the lack of players, expertise, training? It certainly is not a lack of money or fans. Football in the Arab world is up there as a topic of conversation with Food and Democracy! This two hour documentary looks at the business of football in the Arab World and the economics and politics of the game. Broadcast 2005 by Alhurra TV. Ellen Saracini’s husband was the pilot of the plane that crashed into the South Tower in the 9-11 attack on New York. This documentary film investigates the post 9-11 airline safety programmes and what measures were taken to prevent terrorism in the world. Filming took place in New York with Ellen and with a Palestinian woman in a camp in Lebanon, who had lost her family, as well as an Iraqi woman who lost everything due to two Gulf wars and 12 years of sanctions. The three women communicated with each other via satellite. A co-production with Article Z (France), France 2, LBCI, Worldlink (USA), SBS (Australia), CBC (Canada) and Firehorse Films. Broadcast: LBCI, France2, SBSTV and CBC La Guerre de L’Ombre, is a powerful one hour documentary on the covert war between the secret police of Israel and the Palestinians. Firehorse Films consultanted on story and provided production services in Beirut and Syria on a film commissioned by Theophraste. Broadcast on FR2 and TV5 2001. Mustapha is 10 years old. He is bright, intelligent, speaks English fluently. His father was a suicide bomber. His mother thinks that Mustapha must grow up to be like his father. Through Mustapha the film focuses on the issues of martyrdom and sacrifice within Hizbollah.
Broadcast on Al Jazeera Television, in Iran, Italy, Austria, Holland and Japan and acquired by Discovery Channel (America). The documentary was selected for the Independent Arab Screen Awards and nominated for Best Film and Best Director. It was also shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in September 2001 and was released for a three months cinema run by the British Film Institute in the UK (Dec 2001 – Feb 2002).
A French game show format (Vis Ma Vie) for Dubai Television. Trading Places is a studio based show with two documentary film segments. The concept of the show is to allow one person known as the ‘Explorer’ to trade places with another person known as the ‘Initiator’ for two days and the consequences are then filmed. Seasons 1 and 2 broadcast on Dubai Television 2004 – 2005. This musical series follows the adventures of Rami, who is afraid of everything, and Lamia, a very naughty little girl. The themes of the series are ‘Things Not To Fear’ and ‘Things Not To Do’. Animated characters and songs created by Firehorse Films. Broadcast on Al Jazeera Children’s Channel.
Firehorse is one of the Middle East's leading independent television production companies with an outstanding reputation for producing high quality, popular and innovative programmes. We back talent, invest in and work with leading writers and programme makers to produce original, creative and successful programming for audiences everywhere. Firehorse is a television production company specializing in creating and developing programmes and formats for and about the Arab World. We produce documentary series, political and current affairs programmes, magazine, entertainment and reality shows as well as television drama/comedy, children's animation and docu-dramas.
Firehorse specialize as TV consultants in the set-up, recruitment, programming, production and management of new television stations.
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In 2007 Firehorse launched its news and current affairs story gathering service. We provide a stable of journalists and political analysts in Lebanon to gather new and up to date events for broadcasters.
- Content Development Documentary, Educational, Political, Social, Drama/Comedy, Magazine, Animation, Reality, Gameshows, Corporate, Music
- Interactive Content Development
- Mobile Content
- Creating Formats for Television
- Television and Film Production
- News and Current Affairs Output
- Consultancy in setting-up and management of Television Broadcasting Companies
- Script Writing
If you have any queries or are interested in any of our services, please fill the form below and we well get back to you as soon as possible.
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Phone: 961 1 203064
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OUR CLIENTS INCLUDE
- Abu Dhabi Television
- Al Hurra Television
- Al Jazeera Childrens Channel
- Al Jazeera Documentary Channel
- Al Jazeera English Channel
- Dubai Television
- France 2
- Future News
- Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International
- MTV (Lebanon)
- Dubai One Tv
- Cellis (French cellular network)
- DAR Group (Dar Al Handassah Shair and Partners)
- Grey Advertising
- H & C Leo Burnett
- HARIRI FOUNDATION
- IDAL (Investment Development Agency of Lebanon)
- Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Culture
- Millennium (Real Estate Development)
- Procter & Gamble
- Saatchi & Saatchi
Firehorse has one of the largest independent archives in the Middle East with more than 3000 hours of visual material providing a substantial overview of the Arab region, the Far East and parts of Europe and North America.If you are interested in acquiring footage please contact our Head of Archive on the appropriate email or telephone numbers below.
Begun in 2003 our visual archive spans the following countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Tunis, Morocco, Qatar, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, India, Thailand, Iran, Germany, UK and France and America (New York, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Utah).
The archive contains current events in the Arab region, general views as well as subject specific footage and interviews with leading personalities, presidents, politicians, religious figures and stars as well as job or manufacturing related footage.
We offer a comprehensive research service and are happy to handle any requests regarding the usage of tape and photo materials for film and TV production and publications. We can also provide the following formats for viewing; Digibeta, miniDV, DVD and VHS.
Do you have the skills to make popular and innovative television? The imagination to create the programmes of the moment that draw in viewers, get rave reviews and win awards? If so Firehorse would love to hear from you.Firehorse employs many freelance staff each year in our offices in Beirut. If you are interested in working at Firehorse please ensure that you email your CV to the appropriate address below.Firehorse is always on the look out for Producers and Directors, Assistant Producers, Journalists, Researchers and Runners as well as Filming crews (Lighting camera - DOP, Assistant Directors, Sound Engineers, Gaffers and Assistant Camera). We are also extremely interested in Animators, Graphic Designers, Music Composers and Television script and narration writers in Arabic and English.