Dubai and Cairo-based production company S Productions is teaming with NBCUniversal Formats for the first international adaptation of comedy drama series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, which starts screening to the region on Dubai-based broadcaster MBC this weekend through its Shahid VIP streaming platform.
The Arabic-language version, which has been retitled 45 Rules of Divorce, stars Egyptian actress Injy Al Moqaddem as Farida Al-Shazly, a successful marriage self-help writer, who goes through a divorce and finds herself falling in love with her newly single life, her friends and her new-found freedom. The series also features Omar Al-Shennawi, Hedy Karam, Hana Shiha, Engy Abu Zaid, Jihan Al-Shamasherji and Sedky Sakher.
Saliee Waly, CEO of S Productions has said: “In our motivation to promote women’s empowerment and encourage dialogue around the timely topic of separation, we foresee series like 45 Rules of Divorce paving the way for transformation in our society.”
“This series will inspire our audience to start a dialogue around taking control of one’s life,” she added. “We aim to highlight the idea that women are not defined by who they marry. Even more, the humorous take of it all makes it easier to accept.”
Enrique Guillén, executive VP of commercial strategy and international development at Universal Studio Group, added: “45 Rules of Divorce is a bold, witty and warm-hearted comedy that we are thrilled to bring to Middle Eastern audiences. We are incredibly proud that this new Arabic-language series represents the first international version of our successful Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce format.”
Comedy-drama Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce was created by Marti Noxon inspired by the book Girlfriend’s Guide by Vicki Lovine, and ran on US channel Bravo for five seasons between 2014-2018.