DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The Turner Broadcasting System, the operator of CNN and the Cartoon Network, plans to open an office in Dubai, a United Arab Emirates newspaper said.
The National reported Sunday that the Time Warner media conglomerate also plans to syndicate the Emirati animated series "Freej" outside the Middle East and North Africa, as well as open a local production center.
Alan Musa, the vice president and general manager for the MENA region at Turner Broadcasting System, told the newspaper the company plans to open an office in Dubai in the latter half of this year and at the same time will start broadcasting its new free-to-air Cartoon Network Arabic channel.
"We are going to be opening an office in Dubai. Initially, it'll be more on the commercial marketing side, with some public relations," Musa said.
Earlier this year, Turner formed a collaborative licensing and development deal with Lammtara, the studio behind the popular animation series "Freej," the paper said. The agreement allows Cartoon Network the rights to air the animation on its platforms as well as syndicate the show internationally.
Negotiations for the international distribution of the animated series have yet to be finalized, the paper said.