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In the two years since Abu Dhabi announced its intention during the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to become a global film player, those ambitions have started to become a reality--and a team is in place to turn the emirate into the regional production hub outlined in those initial blueprints.
Recent months have seen the high-profile appointments of former Tribeca exec director Peter Scarlet as the exec director of Abu Dhabi's Middle East Intl. Film Fest and David Shepheard, previously a film commisioner at U.K. regional agency South West Screen, as head of the newly created Abu Dhabi Commission.
The org, which falls under the auspices of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, will nurture emerging film talent in the …