NEOM, the highly anticipated future district in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea that is currently being developed, has announced the opening of NEOM Media Village and Bagda Desert Studios. Together, the structures will be the largest acoustic stages in the Kingdom with extensive production facilities.
With the opening, NEOM also officially stated that it will introduce an industry-leading 40%+ production incentive scheme for feature films, unscripted and written TV shows, and commercials. There is also an opportunity for producers to get a higher percentage of the discount based on their contribution to the development of the industry in the region.
There are three intact phases currently operating at the facilities, and seven more phases are scheduled to open by the first quarter of 2023. There are also 350 serviced accommodation units on site. Over the past 18 months, she has co-starred with The Voice Stages with 25 different productions.
NEOM Media Village has a sound theater of 2,400 square meters and has three more stages under construction. Bagda Desert Studios is enjoying its largest phase with an area of 3,000 square meters each. Four will become active at the end of 2022. One of the phases will be a highly developed volumetric production phase.
In a statement, Wayne Borg, NEOM’s general manager of media, entertainment and culture industries said: “Production incentives clearly play a vital role in terms of attracting production, but they are best utilized when the whole package is in place: infrastructure, – expertise in International production on the ground, depth of crew, ease of doing business,”
“NEOM is now in a position to offer this competitive package.”
The region has an in-house international production team to support production at all stages of operation and capacity. Outside of the accommodation capabilities, the studios contain SFX facilities, construction warehouses, fixed production offices, prop facilities, wardrobe and a large back space that can be used to enable construction operations. Equipment is also available on site with areas for cameras, complex drones, handlebars, lighting, boom lifts, and more available at both locations.
In 2021, it was a highlight of the productions hosted by Desert Warrior, directed by Robert White (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and starring Anthony Mackie, Sir Ben Kingsley and Aisha Hart.
Borg added, “This is an important milestone in achieving our goal of becoming the hub of the regional media industry. Our team, facilities and diverse filming locations mean that we can deliver a seamless, world-class production experience and use our capacity and capabilities to become a focal point for collaboration between talent, creators and major contributors to the media industry.” Globalism. “