Meet our team

NABIL EL JISR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Nabil works jointly as the CEO of Bidaya Media and the Senior Vice President in Mubadala Investment Company. Nabil’s vast experience in business transformations, business development and corporate restructuring make him an asset to the growing company. He has plans to take Bidaya Media into new heights as it evolves its content strategy and expands its production capabilities.

ADAM KHWAJA CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Adam has 20 years of experience in developing and producing world class TV and digital content for diverse children’s audiences working with international production companies and broadcasters including Turner Broadcasting and the BBC. Prior to joining Bidaya Media, Adam was the General Manager and Creative Director of Cartoon Network Studios Arabia.

TULIN ULKUTAY ERIS COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

Tulin is a multi-disciplinary media & entertainment professional with 17+ years’ experience in the industry. She specializes in both the commercial and creative sides of the business, covering the fields of animation / live action production, creative strategy and management, concept creation and development, brand assurance and creative approvals, advertising, licensing and merchandising, distribution and syndication. She joins Bidaya from Cartoon Network Studios Arabia where she held the position of Senior Producer.

Avi Katz Senior Producer & Head of CG

Avi brings over 20 years of experience to his role as Senior Producer & Head of CG at Bidaya Media. With a keen interest in all aspects of animation production, his credits span across a variety of formats that include Film, Episodic TV, Cinematic Trailers, Theme Park Entertainment, and Commercials. Avi has worked on high profile projects for clients such as Disney, Touchstone Pictures, Focus Features, BBC, and Mattel.

Manuel Almela Animator Director

Manuel is an industry veteran who spent over 15 years working on major animation projects at DreamWorks Animation such as Kung-Fu Panda, Shrek, Spirit, Puss in Boots, and Rise of the Guardians. He also collaborated with Sony Pictures Imageworks on the feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; with Reel FX on The Book Of Life and was also the Animation Director at Secret Plan Studios. In Bejing, China; Manuel joined Animation Base FX as an Animation Director where he worked on Captain America: Civil War. Prior to joining Bidaya as Animation Director, Manuel worked on the feature film Mirlo whilst at Barajoun Entertainment in Dubai.

AHMED ALI BASHEER ART DIRECTOR

Ahmed is a talented multi-disciplinary art director with over 20 years of experience in the field including 8 years as an animation specialist. Ahmed worked on many projects including: Freej, Mansour Cartoon, Mandous and The Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Saud Boksmati Story Artist & Producer

Saud has 15+ years’ experience in Animation working in different facets of pre-production. He’s worked on a multitude of TV productions as an Art Director and Storyboard artist and as a Concept Designer on feature films for LAIKA Entertainment, GURU, and House of Cool Studios. Before joining Bidaya as Story Artist & Producer, Saud wrote and directed a pilot for his own show at Cartoon Network Studios Arabia.

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