Yu-Gi-Oh! Heads to the Middle East: Three Series to Air on MBC3

MBC to Air Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the All New Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC V

NEW YORK – April 19, 2016 – 4K Media Inc., the Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. subsidiary that manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand outside of Asia, today announced it has secured a broadcasting agreement with MBC Group—specifically with MBC3, the specialized children's edutainment channel, which will premiere the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V series in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region.

The agreement was announced by Kristen Gray, SVP, Operations and Business & Legal Affairs at 4K Media, and MBC3's Management.

“We are absolutely thrilled to work with MBC in bringing the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise back to the children of the Middle East,” said Gray. “This is an incredible opportunity to expand the fan base for Yu-Gi-Oh! and to introduce the fun adventures the new series provides to MBC's pan-regional Arabic speaking audience.”

MBC3 management expressed that they are looking forward to airing the well-known Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters series on both their English and Arabic feeds. The network will also debut additional series from the franchise including Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

With this new agreement, MBC3 has licensed the entire library of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, as well as Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the first two seasons of the all new Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. MBC3 has Arabic-language rights around the world outside of Asia, and also has English-language rights for Middle East/North African territories.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters - Meet Yugi and his best buds Joey, Tristan and Téa. They share a love for the newest card battling game: Duel Monsters! Duel Monsters is a card-battling game in which players put different mystical creatures against one another in creative and strategic duels! Packed with awesome monsters and mighty spell cards, Yugi and his friends are totally obsessed with the game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL - When aspiring duelist Yuma meets Astral, a mysterious visitor from another universe, it seems like destiny. Yuma needs Astral to teach him how to duel, and Astral needs Yuma to help him regain his memories! They would be dueling's greatest tag team…. except they don't get along! Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL – Rule the Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (Season 1) - Yuya Sakaki's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps and become the greatest “duel-tainer” in history – and he just might pull it off when he suddenly discovers Pendulum Summoning, a never-before-seen technique that lets him summon many monsters at once! But when countless rivals emerge to steal his spotlight, Yuya needs to gear up his game because dueling has evolved into a non-stop world of action! In the all-new Action Duels, monsters literally come to life with advancements in holographic technology! Duelists no longer stand by and let their monsters battle for them on the playing field - they now ride their monsters as they race through real locations to take down their opponents with their Action Cards! Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Where dueling gets REAL!


About MBC Group
MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region. For the past 24 years, MBC Group was able to enrich people's lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, back in 1991, and as the 1st private free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC Group moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.

Today, MBC Group includes 20 TV channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children's edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with a female-focus); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); Al Arabiya News Channel (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with a specific focus on real events in the Arab world and beyond); WanasahMBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama); MBC MASR (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC MASR 2 (providing the Egyptian audience with superior quality entertainment); MBC + Drama (a joint paid-for channel between MBC and OSN); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently four sports channels, MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards the “Saudi Football Premier League” fans in the Kingdom); and MBC USA (the channel is present on “Dish Network” in the US, and targets Arab audiences aboard; the channel is dedicated to offer and broadcast a wide range of content from the prominent MBC channels including movies, series and global formats).

In July 2011, seven channels within MBC Group began to broadcast in HD across the MENA Region: MBC1 HD, MBC2 HD, MBC4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD. In 2013, MBC3 HD joined the collection of HD channels followed by MBC Variety HD in 2014.
MBC Group also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 Productions, a premium content drama production company. Furthermore, MBC Group includes online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net (the first free VOD and catch-up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, and www.mbcprosports.net among others.

About 4K Media
New York City-based 4K Media Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.) is a brand management and production company best known for its management of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. This year, the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime brand celebrates its 15th anniversary of entertaining and engaging young audiences in the United States and Europe, and 2017 marks its next exciting theatrical release. Beyond Yu-Gi-Oh!, 4K Media is also actively expanding both its licensing and production slate to incorporate other brands including the recently announced representation of Rebecca Bonbon. The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at www.yugioh.com

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