The third edition of the Royal Film Commission Jordan’s three-day Halaqat training programme, The Producers Lab, has recently wrapped. The in-person workshop in Amman featured professional producers working with the new producers from each team on budgeting, scheduling and other production aspects.
This is the third instalment of the Halaqat Project, which is held in partnership with the Drosos Foundation. It aims to support and develop six Jordanian TV series through a programme designed to assist selected teams, mentored by professional local, regional, and international advisors and each team will be granted up to $14,110 (JDs10,000) to produce their pilot episode.
The Lab was supervised by Rula Nasser and Joelle Bitar. Nasser is an independent Jordanian producer with an extensive experience in different aspects of production. She started with BBC and Discovery Channel projects, entailing self-exploration of local stories across Jordan. Nasser worked at RFC from 2005 until 2010 in developing the Filmmaker’s Support Programme.
In 2011, she established Imaginarium Films,, a company focusing on discovering local talents and developing appealing international stories embedded in the Arab world. Her credits as a producer include The Alley (2021), Transit Cities (2009), The Last Friday (2010), The City (2015). Writing on social media she said: ”Always great to be back to the place where I left my heart...and witness a great talents and projects to be developed.”
Joelle Bitar is a Lebanese producer. Early in her career, she worked as an assistant director, executive director, and director and eventually ended up as an executive producer, setting up her own company in 2014 under the name 7 Hands Productions. She is currently an executive producer with Eagle Films. Her credits as an executive producer include a number of TV series, such as Till Death (2021), Awlad Adam (2020), Blood Oath (2019), and others.