Shankaboot in a Nutshell
A video presentation that gives you an overview of the web series as well as other core elements of Shankaboot.
Elle - And the Winner Is... Shankaboot!
Variety Arabia - The Most Popular Lebanese Story Ever Told
(Variety Arabia - May 2011)
NOWLebanon - Lebanese Web-Drama Shankaboot Wins International Emmy Award
(NOWLebanon - 06/05/11)
Al Mustaqbal - Culture Minister Congratulates Shankaboot Team on Emmy Win
(Al Mustaqbal - 28/04/11)
As Safir - Shankaboot Team Praised for Emmy Win
(As Safir - 28/04/11)
The National - Lebanon's online hit Shankaboot wins Digital Emmy Award
(The National - 06/04/11)
Al Hayat - Shankaboot - an Arabic Series - Wins Digital Emmy
(Al Hayat - 06/04/11)
NOWLebanon - Lebanon's Powerhouse Series "Shankaboot" Wins an Emmy
(NOWLebanon - 05/04/11)
TimeOut Beirut - Shankaboot Wins an Emmy
Al-Quds Al-Arabi - Lebanese Web-Series Shankaboot Wins Digital Emmy
(Al-Quds Al-Arabi 05/04/11)
Al Hayat - Shankaboot Receives International Emmy Nomination
(Al Hayat - 27/02/11)
Al Mustaqbal - Shankaboot Receives Emmy Nomination
(Al Mustaqbal: 25/02/11)
Asharq Al Awsat - Shankaboot, the world's first Arabic web-series, launches Season 4
(Asharq Al Awsat: 20/02/11)
Al Mustaqbal - A Shankabootee Season!
(Al Mustaqbal: 17/02/11)
Al Akhbar - Shankaboot Launches Season 4.. Despite Mubarak!
(Al Akhbar: 15/02/11)
LBC - Shankaboot in the Hood!
(LBC - 14/02/11)
Al Mustaqbal - Shankaboot Launches Season 4
(Al Mustaqbal: 14/02/11)
Al Hayat - Shankaboot Launches Season 4 from Zaweya Beirut
(Al Hayat - 13/02/11)
As Safir - Shankaboot Launches Shankactive for Social Issues
(As Safir - 09/02/11)
Al Mustaqbal - Shankaboot Launches Shankactive
(Al Mustaqbal: 20/12/10)
The Daily Star - Web drama goes on the road..
(The Daily Star - 20/11/10)
Al-Akhbar - Shankaboot and the youth of a Crazy City
(Al-Akhbar - 11/11/10)
Shankaboot Wins the "Reflet d'Or" at Cinema Tous Ecran in Geneva
Shankaboot featured in LBC News
Shankaboot on Al-Arabiya with Giselle Khoury
The interview on the TV show of Giselle Khoury discussed the use of digital media for TV and how it is affecting the production process and existing business models in the Middle East and the global economy. A lot of the discussion was focused on Shankaboot, the first online web drama in Arabic that is being produced by Batoota Films in association eith the BBC World Service Trust.
Shankaboot Around Town
(Time Out Beirut: 15/07/10)
It’s Friday morning. Suleiman jumps onto his ‘Shankaboot’ and stops by Mana’eesh Oskar in Geitawi for the perfect zaatar shankoubeh. In the meantime, Ruwaida takes off to Luanatic in Monot (70 713435) for jewellery-shopping – plus a ‘Shankeblak Shankoobe’ T-shirt and ‘Shankaholic’ earrings! In the evening Ruwaida catches up with Chadi at Obros on Clemenceau Street (03 853888, 70 650410), sipping on ice-cold Almaza.
Shankaboot is on YouTube
(Emirates Business: 15/06/10)
A second season of the first online Arab soap, Shankaboot, was out yesterday on Youtube. Driven by the online boom in the region, especially with efforts to increase Arabic content on social networks and search engines, Lebanese Batoota Films co-operated with the BBC World Service Trust, to fund a Lebanese four-minute episode soap.
Shankaboot celebrates success at launch party
(Star Scene - Daily Star Network: 14/06/10)
Shankaboot, the first web drama series in the Arab world, celebrated its underground success with a launching party on June 12th at Luna Park in Manara with fans, actors of the series and a set of amazing entertainment. The arena of Luna Park showcased what Shankaboot is all about bringing in artists such as Rayes Bek, who is the composer of Shankaboot soundtrack, Tania Saleh, Ziad Hamdan and The Wings, Mudbone from Fareeq Al Atrash, Scarface, Jade and Lazzy Lung.
Let’s Shank-on: Lebanese musicians inaugurate the second season of Shankaboot
Between an emerging youth movement entrenched in social networking and independent, local musicians pushing the limits of modern sound, Lebanon’s social scene is in the midst of a vibrant makeover.
Whether they were emailed, “poked,” or “tweeted,” attendees of the “This is Shankaboot” the launch concert – held on Saturday, June 12 at Luna Park’s incandescent Ferris wheel – were indeed a testament to this evolution in entertainment and communication.
Shankabooting and more
After a successful first season, Shankaboot (the first Arabic-language web drama) had its official launch concert at Beirut’s Lunapark in Manara on Saturday, June 12. The event started at 8:30 pm with tickets selling for 12,000 LL in advance and 15,000 LL on the door.
DJ Scarface was the first to rock the night; people were still arriving during his gig, looking forward to the night’s line-up.
Early on in the evening, previous episodes of Shankaboot, which was produced by Batoota Films in association with the BBC World Service Trust, were screened on big screens while stands sold hotdogs, snacks and cotton candy. Behind the park, a bar was selling drinks to the crowds. An hour in, Suleim, the star of Shankaboot, a 15-year-old delivery boy, showed up on his scooter.Everyone gathered around him, taking pictures of him and of themselves riding his famous scooter.
Zeid & The Wings on Ruptures
Zeid Hamdan, the man behind Soapkills, New Government, and countless others, was the guest of Ruptures to showcase his new project, Zeid & The Wings. The band performed live in the studios of Radio Lebanon (5 songs, no less), and spoke at length about its numerous activities, including its appearance in the much-touted Shankaboot concert extravaganza.
Web drama Shankaboot portrays life on Lebanon's streets
(Al Shorfa: 29/05/10)
Suleiman is a 15-year-old boy who runs his own private delivery service. The tools of his trade are two cell phones, and his Shankaboot of choice: his scooter. The web-based show is followed by thousands of young people in Lebanon, across the Arab world and in Europe and America. It has been viewed on YouTube about 25,000 times without any advertising campaign.
Alarabiya - Giselle Khoury - Ayman Itani - Shankaboot - BBC WorldService Trust - April 2010
(On Off Beirut: 24/05/10)
The interview on the TV show of Giselle Khoury discussed the use of digital media for TV and how it is affecting the production process and existing business models in the Middle East and the global economy. A lot of the discussion was focused on Shankaboot, the first online web drama in Arabic that is being produced by the BBC World Service Trust.
Shankaboot – The First Web-series in the Arab World to take on the Internet
(The Lebanese Inner Circle: 04/05/10)
From Algeria to Syria, this episode may be the buzz of the internet tomorrow. Tested secretly since March 12th, “Shankaboot” is the first web series in the Arab world, maybe be considered a little success on the internet.
Shankaboot, the Arab World’s First Web Video Fiction Series
(France 24: 01/05/10)
The Arab world’s first Web series tells the story of Sleimane, a young deliveryman from Beirut. Online since March 12, the series hopes to compete with popular Turkish and Latin American TV dramas.
Arab world’s first ‘Webdrama’: Producers seek to seduce young Arab audiences with web-based drama
(Yemen Times: 01/04/10)
An upbeat, happy-go-lucky 15-year-old delivery boy swerves through the streets of Beirut on his moped. He brings people juice, does their groceries, delivers packages, gets into serious trouble, falls in love, and so on. The plot is inventive, animated and definitively urban.
Arab World’s First ‘Webdrama’ Producers Seek to Seduce Young Arab Audiences with Web-based Drama
(The Media Line: 23/03/10)
What's unique about Shankaboot is not its ingenuity, cinematography or content, but that its viewership is not Arab families sitting on leather couches all over the Arab world: the Arab world's newest drama series can only be seen online.
I was invited to the Shankaboot launching on Friday March 12th, 2010 along with many other Lebanese bloggers. It took place in Art Lounge - Karantina. Shankaboot is an interactive web-based video series filmed in and around Beirut, Lebanon. It is the world's first Arabic Web Drama Series.
Suleiman Stole my Heart..
(This is Bambi: 23/03/10)*
I've got the Monday Blues! Stayed late at work cause I'm swamped. Deadline for my 1248745875687 projects at hand? April 9th! *sigh* But anyway, today I don't want to complain about how I hate Mondays, I wanted to share with you, a finding. Some people might have heard of it, or are familiar with it, but I’m A'antar and I discovered it last night...
Online Serial 'Shankaboot' Brings Arabic Drama into the New Millennium
(Los Angeles Times: 21/03/10)
A beautiful girl with a checkered past and the poor delivery boy who loves her – it could be any soap opera on one of hundreds of Arabic channels, but it's not. "Shankaboot" is a digital experiment in storytelling made for the Web, and its success could usher in a new genre of serial drama in the Arab world.
(Mashrou3 Leila: 19/03/10)*
If you haven't seen Shankaboot yet, you're missing out - it takes you to the streets of Beirut - and the streets of Armenia, the other side of the river - See Beirut from the rooftops - day and night. Fun story, very well shot and amazing music - watch first three episodes now - and wait for new ones every week - shankebooha.
As-Safir: Shankaboot is in Beirut
As-Safir - 17/03/10
'Shankaboot': Delivering Day Labor to the Web
(The Daily Star: 15/03/10)
Of all the species of motorists thronging Beirut's chaotic thoroughfares, the moped-driver is probably the most terrifying. Where car-drivers are constrained by the size of their vehicles in the range of journey-quickening manoeuvers they can attempt, the relatively lithe moped specializes in zipping in and out of lanes of traffic and nipping directly across red-lit crossings.
(Now Lebanon: 15/03/10)
“Suleiman is young and ignorant, but cheerful… he resembles me,” said 17-year-old Hassan Akil of the character he portrays in Shankaboot, the Middle East’s first professionally-produced web drama.
Shankaboot - Arabic Web Drama in Beirut
(Independence 05: 14/03/10)
Shankaboot - the world’s first Arabic webdrama – takes us into the beating heart of modern Beirut street life through the eyes of Suleiman, our 15 year old, happy-go-lucky delivery boy. Along for the ride are the beautiful Ruwaida and the mysterious Chadi, along with a host of other memorable characters.
Shankaboot Premieres on the Web
(Think Tink: 13/03/10)*
Last night, the new Arabic-language web drama Shankaboot, directed by Amin Dora and produced by Katia Saleh, premiered at Art Lounge. The series belongs to a new genre and is one of the first of its kind in the Arab world (Flying Kebab is another but it’s not in Arabic), intends to portray a lesser-known, and sometimes grittier side of Beirut and its environs by tracing the path of a moped-mounted delivery boy, the 15-year-old Suleiman.
Shankaboot is an interactive web-based video series filmed in and around Beirut, Lebanon. It is the world's first Arabic Web Drama Series.
More (or Less) Than a Cool Ass Name
(Jamal’s Propaganda: 13/03/10)*
Ok, I'll revive this blog for a shameless plug. Shankaboot is out. It is being billed as the first Arabic Web Drama. Although, personally, I would've taken a different marketing approach. Being first gives you a carte blanche to claim all the superlatives so why stop at First? It's the Best damn Arabic Web drama out there. It's the most watched Arabic Web Drama out on the world wide web. It's the smartest, funniest, most action packed Arabic web drama in the cyber world.
(Ramy H: 13/03/10)*
Shankaboot– the world’s first Arabic webdrama – takes us into the beating heart of modern Beirut street life through the eyes of Suleiman, our 15 year old, happy-go-lucky delivery boy. Along for the ride are the beautiful Ruwaida and the mysterious Chadi, along with a host of other memorable characters.
Shankaboot: The first Web drama in the Arab World Kicks off on Friday
The exclusive Internet-broadcast drama “Shankaboot” is part of the "web drama” concept ", which is already a smash hit in both USA and England. Funded by the BBC agency (World Service Trust), this series reaches the Arab world, mainly Lebanon, in collaboration with Zico House.