Joining the Dots: How Arab and European Children Are Connected by Screen Media

  • Naomi Sakr
  • Jeanette Steemers


In this chapter we outline the type and volume of screen content available to be seen by children on various delivery platforms in both Arab and European countries, tracking interconnections where these take place in modes of delivery and the supply chain. We assess the changing landscape of delivery and the impact of the arrival of subscription video-on-demand. We consider what this means for provision, before comparing and contrasting trends in the spread of US content in each region, particularly animation and the consequences of a pan-Arab approach when sources of finance are limited. Analysis of the spectacular growth of online video via YouTube raises questions about the future dominance of imported animation, as well as the persistent prominence of global corporations.


Amazon Animation Online screen distribution Netflix Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) YouTube 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naomi Sakr
    • 1
  • Jeanette Steemers
    • 2
  1. 1.Westminster School of Media and CommunicationUniversity of WestminsterHarrowUK
  2. 2.Department of Culture, Media & Creative IndustriesKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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