NBCUniversal Formats has partnered with Dubai and Cairo-based production company S Productions for the first international adaptation of the comedy drama series’ Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce ‘, which will air on a leading Dubai-based broadcaster. MBC.
The Arabic language overhaul, renamed “45 Rules of Divorce”, is produced by S Productions in association with Universal Studio Group for MBC’s MBC4 channel and its Shahid streaming platform.
The stars of the Arab adaptation “Divorce” Egyptian actress Injy Al Moqaddem (“Al Me’adeya”) as Farida Al-Shazly, a successful spousal support writer who goes through a divorce and delicately handles every element of it. In the process, Farida reunites and falls in love with her new single life, her friends, and her freedom.
Although Islam allows divorce, it is discouraged because when it is initiated by women, they often face poverty due to the loss of all their possessions. However, across the Arab world, divorces are on the increase, according to several indicators including the United Arab Emirates Statistics Center.
“In our motivation to promote the empowerment of women and encourage dialogue on the hot topic of separation, we foresee series like ’45 Divorce Rules’ paving the way for the transformation of our society,” said Saliee Waly, CEO of S Productions.
“This series will inspire our audience to enter into a dialogue about taking control of their lives,” she added. “We aim to emphasize the idea that women are not defined by who they marry. More so, the humorous take on it all makes it easier to accept.
According to Enrique Guillén, Executive Vice President of Business Strategy and International Development at Universal Studio Group: “’45 Rules of Divorce ‘is a bold, witty and warm comedy that we are delighted to present to audiences in the Middle East. East. We are incredibly proud that this new Arabic language series represents the first international release of our successful “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” format.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” was created by Marti Noxon and produced by UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, for Bravo. The hit comedy drama inspired by the book “Girlfriend’s Guide” by Vicki Lovine raced on Bravo in the United States for five seasons between 2014-2018.
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