ABOUT MAD SOLUTIONS
MAD Solutions is the first Pan-Arab independent studio and fully integrative marketing and creative consultancy for the Arab film and Entertainment Industry. Under the umbrella of MAD Solutions, the studio is supported by five pillars: MAD Marketing, MAD Content, MAD Distribution, MAD Culture and MAD Celebrity, which together are helping to usher in an exciting new generation of Arab filmmakers and entertainment talent.

We attend at least 20 film festivals (Arab and International), summits, and workshops annually including Cannes, Berlinale, DIFF, ADFF, Toronto, Locarno and many more. Besides our energetic, contemporary approaches to collaborating with our MAD partners, we pride ourselves on having the most extensive and up-to-date database on the Arab film industry, spanning over 20 years of a rich heritage that is still growing to this day, despite the political and socio-economic challenges.

Realizing the potential growth of the film industry in the Gulf States, and the opportunities to hatch a pan-regional strategy, MAD Solutions has expanded to Abu Dhabi, UAE, focusing on the GCC in specific and the Arab world as a whole. We are thrilled to become industry partners.

The MAD Founders
AlAA KARKOUTI
Alaa Karkouti is a renowned Film Analyst, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC). He is an influential professional within the cinema and entertainment industry in the Arab world, known for his efforts in assembling complete statistical and analytical archives on the economics of filmmaking. Through MAD Solutions, Karkouti contributed to distributing Arab films ranging from long and short features to documentaries that have found their place on the international scene, including director Naji Abu Nowar’s feature film Theeb, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and the Academy Award nominated short film Ave Maria by director Basil Khalil.
In 2015, Karouti launched the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) through MAD Solutions as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The Arab Cinema Center's activities vary between film market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.
As a Film Analyst, Karkouti has written about the Arab film industry in a number of renowned publications specializing in both cinema and economics, such as Forbes Middle East, Variety and Screen International among others.

The MAD Founders
MAHER DIAB
In 2010, Maher co-founded MAD Solutions. He is currently MAD Solutions’ Creative Director and Managing Partner. His creative vision is summoning in a new era of visualizing the Arab film and Entertainment industry, ranking it amongst its international peers.
Active on international fronts, Diab is concerned with inspiring up-and-coming talents in the industry through panel discussions and workshops at international film festivals and seminars. Diab has been selected as a jury member at various prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Doc Post Production Platform of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, the main competition of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) and the Feature Documentary Panel at the BBC Arabic Festival. Maher took part in many panel discussions such as the Berlinale Talent Campus within "Meet the Experts" program to discuss the film industry in the Arab world, and a panel discussion in Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival.
In 2015, Maher co-founded the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) through MAD as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The Arab Cinema Center's activities vary between film market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

The MAD PARTNERS
ABDALLAH SHAMI
A Lebanese National who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Abdallah is a Multimedia and Graphic Design graduate from the American University of Sharjah. With a short stint in two global advertising agencies, Young & Rebican and Wunderman, Abdallah was introduced to the world of bespoke and niche luxury publication through Dar Dubai Printing and Publishing, with their eponymous luxury and lifestyle publication, Jumeirah Beach Magazine. During his period, Abdallah had the chance to collaborate exclusively with leading figures in the luxury world.
Later on, the same management behind what was considered the Middle East's best luxury publication set out to publish Abu Dhabi's first bilingual culture, art and design publication, Shawati' Magazine.
In 2013, Abdallah was appointed Managing Partner at MAD Solutions, working closely with leaders in the Arab film industry, promoting for a more robust co-production platform between the Arab world and the international markets worldwide and liaise with regional film theatres and cultural institutions for the screening of award-winning films from the Arab world, with the mission and vision to raise the awareness on the importance of soft power in reshaping the future generations of the Arab world through the medium of film.

The MAD PARTNERS
COLIN BROWN
Based in New York City, Colin is part of the senior team of Slated as Editorial Director, the private marketplace for accredited investors to track independent film projects online. He also teaches "The Future of Film" class to graduate film and business students at New York University's Tisch School, affiliated with The Cinema Research Institute.
Colin was an award-winning Editor in Chief in Screen Daily. He has also been Contributing Editor at CNBC Business. Brown launched the essential news service Screen Daily in 2000, and presided over the publication's push into film industry conferences targeted at global dealmakers and financiers.
As a Film Critic, Colin has been invited on numerous film festival juries including that of the Sundance Film Festival 2009. Colin remains a longstanding industry consultant for the Dubai I nternational Film Festival.
Colin recently joined the board of New York University's Cinema Research Institute. He also facilitates "Salons"- a filmed roundtable discussion on burning film topics in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and Illy, the Italian coffee company. Colin's blog "Filmonomics" is widely syndicated across film websites including Indiewire and Hope for Film.
The latest series appeared as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival coverage. Brown was asked by the Sundance Institute to join a panel discussion in New York on the future of independent film finance and has been interviewed extensively for radio shows including those for Monocle Radio and CIO Radio.
The MAD Founders
AlAA KARKOUTI

Alaa Karkouti is a renowned Film Analyst, CEO and Co-founder of MAD Solutions and Co-founder of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC). He is an influential professional within the cinema and entertainment industry in the Arab world, known for his efforts in assembling complete statistical and analytical archives on the economics of filmmaking. Through MAD Solutions, Karkouti contributed to distributing Arab films ranging from long and short features to documentaries that have found their place on the international scene, including director Naji Abu Nowar’s feature film Theeb, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, and the Academy Award nominated short film Ave Maria by director Basil Khalil.

In 2015, Karouti launched the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) through MAD Solutions as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The Arab Cinema Center's activities vary between film market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

As a Film Analyst, Karkouti has written about the Arab film industry in a number of renowned publications specializing in both cinema and economics, such as Forbes Middle East, Variety and Screen International among others.

The MAD Founders
MAHER DIAB
In 2010, Maher co-founded MAD Solutions. He is currently MAD Solutions’ Creative Director and Managing Partner. His creative vision is summoning in a new era of visualizing the Arab film and Entertainment industry, ranking it amongst its international peers.

Active on international fronts, Diab is concerned with inspiring up-and-coming talents in the industry through panel discussions and workshops at international film festivals and seminars. Diab has been selected as a jury member at various prestigious film festivals around the world, including the Doc Post Production Platform of the Malmo Arab Film Festival, the main competition of the Cape Town International Film Market & Festival (CTIFMF) and the Feature Documentary Panel at the BBC Arabic Festival. Maher took part in many panel discussions such as the Berlinale Talent Campus within "Meet the Experts" program to discuss the film industry in the Arab world, and a panel discussion in Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival.

In 2015, Maher co-founded the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) through MAD as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides the filmmaking industry with a professional window to connect with their counterparts from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes. The Arab Cinema Center's activities vary between film market main wings, introduction and networking sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, as well as meetings with international organizations and festivals, and the issuance of the Arab Cinema Magazine to be distributed at the leading international film festivals and markets.

website:www.maherdiab.com .

The MAD PARTNERS
ABDALLAH SHAMI
A Lebanese National who was born and raised in Abu Dhabi, Abdallah is a Multimedia and Graphic Design graduate from the American University of Sharjah. With a short stint in two global advertising agencies, Young & Rebican and Wunderman, Abdallah was introduced to the world of bespoke and niche luxury publication through Dar Dubai Printing and Publishing, with their eponymous luxury and lifestyle publication, Jumeirah Beach Magazine. During his period, Abdallah had the chance to collaborate exclusively with leading figures in the luxury world.

Later on, the same management behind what was considered the Middle East's best luxury publication set out to publish Abu Dhabi's first bilingual culture, art and design publication, Shawati' Magazine.

In 2013, Abdallah was appointed Managing Partner at MAD Solutions, working closely with leaders in the Arab film industry, promoting for a more robust co-production platform between the Arab world and the international markets worldwide and liaise with regional film theatres and cultural institutions for the screening of award-winning films from the Arab world, with the mission and vision to raise the awareness on the importance of soft power in reshaping the future generations of the Arab world through the medium of film.

The MAD PARTNERS
COLIN BROWN
Based in New York City, Colin is part of the senior team of Slated as Editorial Director, the private marketplace for accredited investors to track independent film projects online. He also teaches "The Future of Film" class to graduate film and business students at New York University's Tisch School, affiliated with The Cinema Research Institute.

Colin was an award-winning Editor in Chief in Screen Daily. He has also been Contributing Editor at CNBC Business. Brown launched the essential news service Screen Daily in 2000, and presided over the publication's push into film industry conferences targeted at global dealmakers and financiers.

As a Film Critic, Colin has been invited on numerous film festival juries including that of the Sundance Film Festival 2009. Colin remains a longstanding industry consultant for the Dubai I nternational Film Festival.

Colin recently joined the board of New York University's Cinema Research Institute. He also facilitates "Salons"- a filmed roundtable discussion on burning film topics in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and Illy, the Italian coffee company. Colin's blog "Filmonomics" is widely syndicated across film websites including Indiewire and Hope for Film.

The latest series appeared as part of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival coverage. Brown was asked by the Sundance Institute to join a panel discussion in New York on the future of independent film finance and has been interviewed extensively for radio shows including those for Monocle Radio and CIO Radio.