There's as much acting, singing and other talent in the Middle East as there is in the USA.
That's why in April 2015, Amr Koura launched the Arab region's first ever talent agency called Creative Arab Talent (CAT).
“Talent agencies don’t exist in the Middle East. The concept isn’t really known. There are managers for singers but when it comes to film and TV talent there aren’t any agents. Actors, directors and writers tend to get work through their network, cultivating strong ties with producers,” Koura said.
Proving successful in his native Egypt, the Cairo-based company is expanding.
Koura will be opening a CAT office in Los Angeles this June "with the aim of acting as a bridge between the Arab world and agencies like CAA and UTA," reports Screen Daily.
CAT's founder and CEO Amr Koura. (screendaily.com)
Cat represents actors such as Egyptian iconic actress Yousra, Jordanian producer-actress Saba Mubarak and upcoming talent Amina Khalil.
Koura is currently at the 69th Cannes Film Festival to promote his agency as well as "find a festival berth for One Day For Women, from leading Egyptian female director Kamla Abou Zikri, which CAT helped package," according to Screen Daily.