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Writer | Tala Arakji

A US citizen, with Lebanese origins, born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and currently living in Dubai . Through these three worlds of the Middle East, Tala writes with the voice of the region, giving her an authentic edge. As an adult, Tala spent a big portion of her life in Lebanon where she attended the American University of Beirut and studied Business. Soon after graduation, she went on to chase her passion in filmmaking and moved to New York where she attended NYFA. After moving back to Lebanon, Tala worked in both production and postproduction on short content series and ads. She then moved into advertising where she quickly rose in the industry to become a highly awarded strategist at a young age. Within her day job, Tala learns the inner workings of Middle Eastern households through extensive research. This insight translates into her writing, equipping Tala to write about the multicultural Arab world and all its dimensions.

Even though Tala found success in advertising, her true passion remained in screenwriting. So, while working in advertising, Tala continued to seek more education by training at FADE IN Beirut in 2016 and 2019 where she wrote countless numbers of screenplays. She later attended several workshops with Middle East Media Initiative (MEMi), led by veteran television writers and writing instructors from University of Southern California. But it was her debut TV series, “Loulou” that was received so well and found success early on in the development phase and received a grant from the MENA Media Fund to develop the bible and pilot.

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