« Bringing together soap opera fans and religious figures » – Al Arabiya

« Last summer, airplanes traveling to Turkey were filled with young man and women who were fans of the Arabic-dubbed Turkish soap opera « Noor. » Record number of Arab tourists paid a visit to Turkey last summer, holidaying in the land of « Noor. »

As for this summer, it is preachers, imams, and religious figures who are rushing to Turkey, with preachers appearing on television screens calling for viewers to support Turkey and spend their summer holidays there.

Therefore this summer soap opera fans and religious people have – unusually – joined in their love of Turkey, which has become a common ground between them whereas previously it was a source of dispute between the two groups. This was after Imams last year attacked Turkey’s « shameless » soap operas, and called for the Arab public to boycott them. In contrast, merely mentioning Turkey this year elicits praise and support from everybody for the first time since the collapse of the Turkish Ottoman Caliphate. […] »

Source : Al Arabiya

« Turkish soap operas influencing Arab culture and politics » – The Peninsula

« Culture within a community varies from place to place. In the Arab world, and the GCC in particular, culture has a distinctly private and isolated nature consisting of habits, traditions and historical legacies that control the intellect and mind. These traditions command respect and demand sanctity – even those that violate norms, laws and perhaps even some religious teachings relating to justice, equality, acceptance, coexistence, citizenship, and partnership. Evolution of societies’ structure is often a long and complicated process with unidentifiable consequences. Thus, good governance of implications of cultural changes is unachievable until after the evolution has seceded to other generations. In recent years, a different culture has emerged, sweeping down from the north. More specifically, it began in Turkey and gained acceptance and spread widely in the structure of Arab society in an unprecedented manner compared to other cultural influences across the world. Turkish soap operas, movies, and songs dubbed in Arabic are storming GCC homes uninvited. Such media content is dominating public viewership as it is gaining popularity and is watched by millions from across the Atlantic to the Gulf and across continents by Arab expatriates living in Europe and the USA. It is sweeping across online forums and blogs, recording the highest rates of viewership and commentary. So popular is Turkish pop culture amongst Arabs that Turkish productions have surpassed those from Arab and Western countries.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet recently published a report on Turkish dramas and soap operas over the past few years. The report indicates that 22 countries are currently importing Turkish dramatic television series. Since Turkey started to export such productions in 2006, they have achieved record sales in the Arab world, Greece and Brazil. Further, the proceeds of Turkish TV production sales exceed $3m annually. Eighteen Turkish series are now airing in North Africa, Greece and Iran, and are among the most widely circulated productions in Egypt, the UAE, Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The Turkish soap opera titled “Noor” has attracted over 85 million Arab viewers over the age of 15 years, consisting of nearly 50 million women, the equivalent of more than half of the adult Arab female viewers of any TV drama in the Arab world in recent years. As for the second most popular Turkish dramatic series in the Arab world, the show “Years Gone Past” has totalled 67 million viewers, including nearly 39 million women.

It would not be an exaggeration to state that there is a significant cultural impact wrought by these TV programmes on the cultural structure of Arab societies. The shared historical and religious circumstances between Turks and Arabs may have played a large role in endearing Turkish culture to Arabs more than to others, and made the impact of its media much stronger. There are several media reports on incidences of jealousy spurred by the stars of Turkish soap operas dubbed into Arabic. Among these incidences are divorce cases in the Arab world where women request that their husbands treat them more romantically, along the lines of what they see on the TV series “Noor”, or show them greater emotion, such as displayed by the star Yahya in the series “Years Gone Past”. One of the most amusing news stories in this regard is that of a Bahraini family that arranged a marriage between a Bahraini young woman named Noor and their son, Mohammed. To the family’s surprise, the reason for a delay in the response to their arrangement was the prospective bride’s desire for Mohammed to change his name to “Mohannad” (similar to the hero’s name on the Turkish series “Noor”). […] »

Source : The Peninsula

 

« Turkish soap opera becomes popular in Greece » – Hürriyet Daily News

"Binbir Gece". Source : Hürriyet

« A new trend in Greece comes from Turkey and its name is « Binbir Gece » (Thousand and One Nights), a Turkish soap opera.

The soap focuses on a Turkish love story that has magnetized Greece’s television audience in such a way that the majority of the Greek press speaks about a Turkish invasion of Greek TV. « (…)

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-soap-opera-becomes-popular-in-greece-2010-07-18

« Kriz dizileri vurdu, olan emekçiye oldu » – Sol

« İSMMMO yaptığı “Dizi Ekonomisi – Mayıs 2010” araştırması krizle birlikte küçülen dizi sektöründe istihdamın yaklaşık 50 bin kişi daraldığını, ücretlerin yüzde 40 oranında düştüğünü ortaya koydu.

İstanbul Serbest Muhasebeci Mali Müşavirler Odası’nın (İSMMMO) yaptığı “Dizi Ekonomisi – Mayıs 2010” araştırması medyada star oyuncuların aldığı ücretler öne çıkarılarak yer aldı. Ancak araştırma krizin vurduğu dizi sektöründe ağır koşullarda, düşük ücretlerle çalışan dizi ve set emekçilerinin şimdi de işsizlik sorunuyla yüzyüze olduğunu ortaya koydu.

Rapora gore tüm hareketliliğe karşın sektör 2008’e göre yüzde 30 oranında küçülerek 1 milyar TL’den 700 milyon TL’ye geriledi.

Sektör, kriz nedeniyle her üç diziden birini kurban verdi. Eylül 2008’de 11 ulusal kanalda yayınlanan yerli dizi sayısı 63 iken, Mayıs 2010 itibariyle bu sayı 7 ulusal kanala ve 42 yerli diziye indi.

Raporda, 150 bin kişinin istihdam edildiği sektörde krizle birlikte 50 bin kişinin işini kaybettiği belirtildi. Veriler büyük bir çoğunluğu güvencesiz çalışan emekçilerin krizle birlikte ilk tasarruf kalemi olarak görüldüğünü de ortaya koydu.

Sektördeki ücretler yüzde 40 oranında düştü

Eylül 2008’de yaptığı araştırmayla 2005-2008 yıllarında adeta “patlama” yaşayan dizi ekonomisinin, 1 milyar TL’lik bir ekonomik güce eriştiğini ortaya koyan İSMMMO, son yaptığı araştırmayla sektördeki küçülmeye işaret etti. İSMMMO’nun araştırmasına göre geçen yıl yaşanan krizle birlikte kanallar, yapımcı şirketlere ödedikleri ücretlerde yüzde 30 ila 50 oranında değişen indirimler yaptı. »[…]

Source : Sol