Entertainment, Media And Film Production

Hamed Ahli

Hamed Ahli

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Entertainment, Media, and Film Production encompasses the creation, development, and distribution of various forms of entertainment content, including films, television shows, music, digital media, and other related products. This industry involves a range of activities such as scriptwriting, casting, production planning, set design, filming, editing, post-production, marketing, and distribution. It brings together a diverse group of professionals, including filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, technicians, musicians, and creative professionals, who collaborate to bring captivating and engaging content to audiences worldwide through various mediums such as cinemas, television, streaming platforms, and other digital channels.

The business activities that fall under Entertainment, Media And Film Production are:

Retail sale of music and video recordings in specialised stores (4762.00): This refers to the selling of musical records, audio tapes, compact discs, cassettes, video tapes, DVDs, and blank tapes or discs in dedicated retail establishments. This class of business involves the physical retailing of music and video recordings, where customers can browse and purchase a wide range of recorded music and video content. Specialised stores in this industry typically offer a variety of genres and formats, catering to different tastes and preferences. 

The primary focus of this business activity is to provide consumers with a convenient and specialised retail experience for acquiring music and video content for personal enjoyment. It plays a crucial role in distributing and making available entertainment content to consumers. These specialised stores serve as intermediaries between content creators and consumers, offering a dedicated retail experience for music and video enthusiasts.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 4762.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 4762.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Motion picture, video, and television programme activities (5910.00): This encompasses a range of operations related to the creation, production, distribution, and projection of motion pictures, videos, and television programs. This includes the production of both theatrical and non-theatrical motion pictures, whether recorded on film, videotape, DVD, or other media formats, including digital distribution for projection in theatres or broadcasting on television. Additionally, it involves supporting activities such as film editing, cutting, dubbing, and other post-production processes. The distribution of motion pictures and other film productions, such as video tapes and DVDs, to various industries is also included. The buying and selling of distribution rights for motion pictures or any other film productions are part of this business activity as well.  

This business activity directly contributes to the generation of entertainment content, involving the development of visual media for both theatrical and non-theatrical distribution. It aligns with the broader industry’s goal of producing engaging and captivating content for audiences through various mediums, including film, video, and television.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5910.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5910.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Motion picture, video, and television programme production activities (5911.00): This involves the creation and production of motion pictures, videos, television programs, or television commercials. This class includes the entire process of developing, shooting, and producing visual content for various media platforms. It encompasses activities such as scripting, casting, location scouting, filming, directing, editing, and other production-related tasks. However, it excludes activities such as film duplicating, reproduction of audio and video tapes or CDs, wholesale and retail trade of recorded video tapes, CDs, DVDs, post-production activities, television broadcasting, film processing unrelated to the motion picture industry, and the activities of personal theatrical or artistic agents or agencies. Additionally, it does not cover renting of video tapes or DVDs to the general public, real-time closed captioning of live television performances, and the activities of actors, cartoonists, directors, stage designers, and technical specialists who work on their own accounts.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5911.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5911.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Motion picture, video, and television programme post-production activities (5912.00): This involves the final stages of production after filming or recording, including editing, titling, subtitling, credits, closed captioning, computer-generated graphics, animation, special effects, and film/tape transfers. It also encompasses the activities of motion picture film laboratories, including developing and processing motion picture film, as well as reproduction of motion picture film for theatrical distribution. Additionally, this class includes activities of stock footage film libraries. 

However, it excludes film duplicating (except for theatrical distribution), reproduction of audio and video tapes or CDs, wholesale and retail trade of recorded video tapes, CDs, DVDs, film processing unrelated to the motion picture industry, renting of video tapes or DVDs to the general public, and the activities of individual actors, cartoonists, directors, stage designers, and technical specialists.

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5912.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5912.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Motion Picture, Video, and Television Programme Distribution Activities (5913.00): This involves the distribution of film, video tapes, DVDs, and similar productions to motion picture theatres, television networks and stations, and exhibitors. It encompasses the process of delivering content to various outlets for public viewing. This class also includes the acquisition of distribution rights for film, video tape, and DVD releases. However, it excludes film duplicating (except for theatrical distribution) and the reproduction of audio and video tapes, CDs, or DVDs from master copies. Additionally, it does not cover the reproduction of motion picture film specifically for theatrical distribution.

This business activity focuses on delivering motion pictures, video recordings, and television programs to theatres, television networks, stations, and exhibitors for public viewing. By ensuring the availability and accessibility of entertainment media, it complements the broader goals of the industry to produce, promote, and distribute captivating content to audiences worldwide. 

  • Third-party Approval (POST): After obtaining a license from Meydan Free Zone, it’s necessary to obtain third-party approval from the Ministry of Culture and Youth.
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 5913.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 5913.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Photographic activities (7420.00): This involves a range of operations related to the production, processing, and distribution of photographs. This includes commercial and consumer photograph production for various purposes such as passports, schools, weddings, commercials, publishing, fashion, real estate, tourism, and aerial photography. It also encompasses videotaping of events like weddings and meetings. Film processing activities, such as developing, printing, and enlarging from client-taken negatives or cine-films, as well as operating film developing labs, one-hour photo shops, mounting of slides, and retouching photographs, are part of this class. The activities of photojournalists, as well as microfilming of documents, are also included. However, this class excludes processing motion picture film related to the motion picture and television industries, as well as cartographic and spatial information activities.

By capturing and documenting visual moments, this activity aligns with the broader goals of the entertainment, media, and film production industry to create compelling and engaging visual content for audiences.

  • Third-party Approval: No third-party approvals are required for this business activity
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 7420.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 7420.00 is exempt from this requirement.

Creative, arts and entertainment activities (9000.00): This involves the operation of facilities and provision of services that cater to the cultural and entertainment interests of customers. It encompasses the production, promotion, and participation in live performances, events, or exhibits intended for public viewing. This includes the production of theatrical presentations, concerts, dance productions, and other stage productions by groups, companies, or individual artists. It also covers the operation of concert and theatre halls, activities of sculptors, painters, writers, journalists, and the restoration of works of art. Additionally, this class includes the activities of producers or entrepreneurs of live arts events. 

However, it excludes specific activities like stained glass window restoration, statue manufacturing, motion picture and video production, operation of cinemas, personal theatrical or artistic agency services, ticket agencies, museum operations, sports and recreation activities, and non-museum furniture restoration.

By contributing to the development and promotion of artistic content and experiences, this activity aligns with the broader industry’s goal of producing and delivering engaging entertainment and media products to audiences.

  • Third-party Approval: No third-party approvals are required for this business activity
  • Filing of Economic Substance Return: Business activity 9000.00 is exempt from this requirement.
  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance: Business activity 9000.00 is exempt from this requirement.

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