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October 2013

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About Us | Mediadante

Mediadante is an award-winning independent production company based in Doha, Qatar and London telling the stories of the Middle East and North Africa to a global audience. 

We make films that make a difference.

Our  network of award-winning film makers based across the region have the access, understanding, experience and creativity needed to make documentaries, news and innovative content about the complex societies with whom we live, love and work.

In 2014 Mediadante won the CINE Golden Eagle award for Documentary making for our series following the first Saudi woman, Raha Moharrak, the first Qatari man, Sheikh Moe Al Thani and the first Palestinian man, Raed Zidan, up Everest. 

WE CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT ALMOST NOWHERE IS OFF LIMITS FOR OUR TEAM. IN 2013 MEDIADANTE PRODUCED THE URBAN SOLUTIONS SERIES, SECRETS OF AN ARAB CITY, FILMED IN 38 CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD – FROM SAUDI ARABIA TO BAGHDAD AND SAN’AA, AND EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY IN THE MENA REGION (BARRING SYRIA).

Mediadante has established a solid reputation for producing ambitious and adventurous documentary series across the Middle East region.

We are also bringing documentary style branded storytelling to the region and have made commercials and corporate films for dozens of NGOs, government organisations, businesses and individuals across the middle east and in the UK; including the United Nations, coca cola, the british council, FIFA 2022 world cup in qatar, Qatar Museums, and Qatar Foundation.

We have become the go-to production company in Qatar for the international news media, working with CNN, BBC, CBS and a dozen other global networks on breaking stories and features; we are a unique resource with access to stories others cannot reach and the capability to produce quality reports and lives to newsroom deadlines.

Rosie Garthwaite

Executive producer

Rosie is an award-winning British film maker and author based in the Middle East. She is the Executive Producer of Mediadante; an award-winning independent production company she co-founded based in Qatar making documentaries and news about the region for the world. In 2003 as the southern Iraq correspondent for The Baghdad Bulletin, the first English-speaking newspaper published after the war, and stringer for Retuers, The Times and the BBC,  she exposed the first British Army torture case – the death of Baha Moussa and injuries of his colleagues. She was part of the start up team at Al Jazeera English in 2006 and spent five years in the Doha newsroom and travelling the world for them running field teams and sometimes bureaus as a producer and then reporter. Rosie is the author of the ITB “2012 Special Travel Book” of the year How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Rosie joined the British army as an officer in the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery in 1999 for a one year commission before gaining an MA hons at Oxford University in 2003.

 

Adam Sobel

Director & Senior Producer

A long time director and producer at Mediadante, Adam tells stories across the Middle East and beyond. Recent work has taken him from Uganda to Berlin to document the impact of war and conflict on education, and to Tunisia and Egypt to look at the five-year aftermath of the Arab Spring. In 2013, Adam spent two months at Mt. Everest base camp creating the 12-part series On the Top, which won the CINE Golden Eagle for best documentary series. He is the director of the feature-length documentary The Workers Cup, which will be making its world premiere at Sundance in January. Adam currently lives in Chicago with his wife, three cats, and the world’s best baby.

Ramzy Haddad

Senior Producer

Ramzy has worked in documentary, factual entertainment and edutaintment production for 15 years. Having lived and worked in Qatar, Canada and the UK – and filmed abroad in over a dozen countries – Ramzy is adept at working with multinational teams and for a variety of audience types. At a young age, he collaborated on the first creative documentary shot in Qatar: “Linda and Ali: Two Worlds within Four Walls”. He’s currently producing two other feature length creative documentaries shot in Qatar.  While studying for his MA at Goldsmiths in London, Ramzy also currated gallery and screen events for the Palestine Film Foundation.

Paul Robert Miller

Head of Business Affairs

Paul is an independent producer working in the United States, Europe and currently, in the Middle East. Now the head of business affairs at Mediadante, Paul Miller was previously Director of Film Financing at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar. His filmography includes; Lone Star, Dir: John Sayles, 1996 (Oscar Academy nominated); Men with Guns, Dir: John Sayles, 1997 (Golden Globe nominated); Prozac Nation, Dir: Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 2001; A Love Song for Bobby Long, 2004 (Golden Globe nominated). Miller produced a feature length documentary, Poor Consuelo Conquers the World, with Les Films d’Ici for ARTE in 2011. Miller also Executive Produced the feature length documentary, The Man Who Drew the Future with Una Films and ARTE.

Tom Lancaster

Producer

Tom got into TV production in 2005 as a way to make a living from sports and adventures when it became clear he was never going to be a pro sportsman. He has worked in London, Dubai and Qatar as a director, editor, cameraman and producer across all areas of film and TV, with clients such as London 2012, Qatar 2022, COP18, Crayola, Rolls Royce, Lynx, and Vodafone. In 2011 he earned a Guinness World Record™ by becoming the first person ever to climb the height of everest on an artificial wall.

Shereena Qazi

Assistant Producer

Shereena Qazi, a journalism graduate from Northwestern University in Qatar, has one aim in life, and that is, to go beyond limits in order to report the unreported! She traveled  to the Northwest region of Pakistan while she was in her sophomore year at NU-Q to report on internally displaced person’s camp in the Northwest of the country. The following year, she traveled to Sudan two weeks after the succession of South Sudan to report on the identity crisis in the country. The most challenging trip for her was to Afghanistan where she reported on opium addiction in children as young as three.

And in memory of Anthony Abou Khalife – Director – 1981-2013

” Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. ”

Robert Bresson

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