×

Wayne Borg Exits Abu Dhabi’s Twofour54

Twofour54 is in charge of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Media Summit

DUBAI – Wayne Borg, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi media and production hub twofour54 is leaving his post after six years during which the former Universal exec expanded the scope of the government-backed industry driver which now oversees the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Media Summit.

Borg joined twofour54 in early 2008 with a broad mandate under which he set up the entity, named after Abu Dhabi’s geographic coordinates. Twofour54 has since grown into a “media zone” that houses more than 160 media companies including CNN, the BBC, Fox Intl. Channels and Cartoon Network. It also runs training programs, state-of-the art studio and post facilities, and operates the Abu Dhabi Film Commission which in 2012 launched a 30% production rebate, touted as the first of its kind in the region.

In 2012 the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, formerly a separate affair, became an integral part of twofour54, part of the plan to make the emirate the region’s main entertainment and media industry center. Borg also oversaw the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, Tropfest Arabia and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.

A native of Sydney Australia, Borg will be returning to his homeland. “I have decided after six great years here it’s time to head back home and join my family who moved back to Sydney at the beginning of the year,” Borg said in an email.

There is no word yet on who will replace Borg, but it is likely to be an Emirati exec, as is common practice in this region, once the foundations of an ambitious venture are in place.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • Game of Thrones Season 6

    British Directors Guild Issues Guidelines for Filming Nudity and Simulated Sex

    Directors UK, the professional guild for screen directors in Britain, has launched guidelines for directing nude and simulated sex scenes to prevent unprofessional conduct in film and TV. Described as the “first of their kind in the U.K.,” the new guidelines “are born of the need to set clear and shared professional expectations that apply [...]

  • People attend the opening ceremony of

    Korean Festival Selectors Resign Over Programming Independence Complaint

    Three programmers who have headed the Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea’s second largest festival, resigned en masse on Tuesday. They say they are protesting the encroachment on their independence by the board of directors and city authorities. The three – Kim Young-jin, Lee Sang-yong and Jang Byeong-won – have led the Jeonju film festival [...]

  • Yuni Hadi

    Singapore Film Festival to Reflect South East Asian Spirit of Cooperation

    Yuni Hadi, executive director of the Singapore International Film Festival, says South East Asian cinema contains exciting talent. And that the way forward involves cooperation with the video streaming platforms. What have been the high and low points of the cinematic year for Southeast Asian cinema? “There are some amazing short films and documentaries that [...]

  • Adele Haenel Adèle Haenel

    Accusations Against Roman Polanski, Other Filmmakers Propel #MeToo in France

    When the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke two years ago, the news was mostly met in France with a Gallic shrug. Screen icon Catherine Deneuve even denounced the #MeToo movement as creating a “totalitarian” environment. But bombshell accusations this month from actors Adèle Haenel and Valentine Monnier may finally have turned the tide in the local film [...]

  • Peppa Pig

    U.K. Competition Watchdog to Examine Hasbro's $4 Billion Deal for Entertainment One

    Britain’s competition watchdog will investigate Hasbro’s $4 billion takeover of Entertainment One. The Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday that it would examine whether the intended acquisition of eOne would result in a “substantial lessening of competition” under U.K. rules. The CMA was deeply involved in scrutinizing the sale of Sky, which was ultimately bought [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content