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Quinta Communications

Founded in 1990 by Tarak Ben Ammar, Quinta Communications is a market leader in the development and production of content for the international marketplace.

 Among Quinta’s recent credits are:

  • Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now,” which won the coveted Audience Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside The Law,” about the Algerian war of independence against French colonial rule, which was Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011

 Other Quinta Communications credits include:

  • Jean-Jacques Annaud’s epic “Black Gold,” about the discovery of oil in the Arabian Peninsula in the early 20th century, starring Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Mark Strong and Freida Pinto. The $55 million film was co-produced by the Doha Film Institute and distributed internationally by Warner Bros and Universal Pictures International. It opened at number one at the Middle East box office when it was released there in December 2011.
  • Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” based on Rula Jebreal’s biographical account of Palestinian woman Hend Husseini’s establishment of the Dar El Tifl orphanage following the 1948 partition of Palestine and establishment of the state of Israel. The film received its world premiere in competition at Venice Film Festival.
  • Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”; Quinta Communications distributed the film in France and also negotiated the sales deals with multiple European distributors, including Eagle Pictures in Italy
  • Randa Chahal Sabag’s “The Kite”, about a 15-year-old girl living on the south Lebanese border, which won the Grand Jury Special Prize at the 2003 Venice Film Festival

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Quinta Communications’ media assets include Prima TV, which is the holding company for all of Quinta’s operations in Italy. Prima TV has three free to air channels called Sport Italia, which are advertising driven and are in profit. Sport Italia is the only free to air sports channel in Italy and is doing very well. It rents space on Telecom Italia’s digital bouquet.

Prima also operates a digital pay bouquet of ten channels and is the only pay competitor to Rupert Murdoch’s pay TV operations in Italy with 2.7 million subscribers. The bouquet has exclusive deals with Warner Bros and Universal, and semi-exclusive deals with Disney and Mediaset.

Prima TV also holds Quinta’s interests in Nessma, the first private, independent satellite channel catered to North African audiences. Nessma is currently the number one channel in both Tunisia and Algeria and is increasing its market share across North Africa, including Morocco and Libya.

Quinta Communications also owns Gammarth Studios: a state-of-the-art post-production suite located a short drive away from Tunis airport. This means that filmmakers can develop their rushes overnight in the same country and watch the rushes the following day in complete security.

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