Michael Garin, CEO of Oscar-winning Image Nation Abu Dhabi, explains how, unlike the rest of the world, movie production continues in the UAE.
Over a 50-year career that’s taken him from Time Inc. to co-founding Lorimar-Telepictures and on to ING Barings, media industry veteran Michael Garin has had a hand in producing everything from “Dallas” to the Oscar-winning rock-climbing documentary “Free Solo.”
Today, he’s spearheading the Middle East’s creative development as CEO of both Abu Dhabi free zone twofour54 and Oscar-winning film and entertainment company Image Nation Abu Dhabi.
With a large proportion of the world’s population currently under some form of lockdown due to COVID-19, people are consuming unprecedented levels of content. According to the Global Web Index, more than 80 percent of consumers in the US and UK alone say they are watching more. Broadcast TV and online videos, such as YouTube and TikTok, have proven the most popular platforms, while more than two-thirds seek pandemic news online over any other activity.