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Al Waleed bin Talal
Owner of Rotana Media Group
Turki Al-Shabana
CEO of Rotana
In November, Turki told an audience of fellow CEOs that Rotana wanted to focus on nurturing local talent in Saudi Arabia and developing the country’s creative thinkers, building on top of a commitment that has already seen it support films such as WADJDA and become one of the biggest supporters of Arab productions as a whole through Rotana Studios. Everyone now waits to see to what extent Rotana’s plans will be affected by the agreement that Al Waleed made with the Crown Prince in order to be released from 83 days under house arrest. Reports suggest $6 billion was forked over – although that money might also be channeled into KSA’s huge plans to become an entertainment superpower.