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Fracker’s Tin Foil Hat too Tight

by Dory Hippauf on September 28, 2012

The Fracker blogs and twitters are screaming CONSPIRACY!   Apparently, one of the financial backers to the soon to be released movie, Promised Land, is Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

Image Nation describes itself as : Launched in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the world’s leading feature film producers.  Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the company’s local division, produced its first Emirati film this year – the coming of age story “Sea Shadow”.  The division also oversees a number of training and internship programs designed to encourage the growth of local film talent.

Image Nation International, the company’s international film division, maintains strategic partnerships with a number of major producers.  These include Participant Media, National Geographic Films, Hyde Park Entertainment, Parkes /Macdonald Productions, Warner Bros., and Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA).

The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including the Bollywood hit “My Name is Khan”, “Fair Game”, “The Help”, “Contagion” and “The Double”.

Per Wikipedia:

Incorporation – The company was created in June 2007 by Law No 13 of 2007 as a joint stock company (wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi) from the assets of Emirates Media Incorporated. The law was passed to permit more comprehensive mass media development in the emirate. The emirate’s leaders also wished to reposition Abu Dhabi as a cultural hub of the Middle East, and focus attention on Abu Dhabi as the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Decision No. 32, issued by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces), formed the five-member board of directors, which include Sheikh Al Nahyan, Mohammad Khalaf Al Mazroui (chair of the board), Ahmad Ali Al Sayegh (deputy chairman), Mohammad Omar Abdullah, Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, and Abdullah Musleh Al Ahbabi. The company’s initial capitalization was Dh100 million (about $27.3 million in inflation-adjusted 2009 U.S. dollars). Riyad al-Mubarak was named the company’s chief executive officer.


The tin foil hatters are claiming the Image Nation backed Promised Land to undermine fracking in the United States and therefore make the US more dependent on UAE oil. 

If this is a conspiracy, it’s extremely clumsy.  One of the things which make for an effective conspiracy is secrecy.

Why list Image Nation in the credits?  It sort of undermines the conspiracy when you out your own conspirators.  

Image Nation is also involved with Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hour, a movie about the 2010 oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.   Gee, that sounds like a good PR movie for the oil producers to me.

Might as well claim Image Nation’s involvement in the movie “The Help” is the UAE’s attempt to undermine hiring housekeepers or to avoid eating chocolate pies.     

Conspiracy?  No. 

Poor choice for financial backing ? Probably.   

Damaged the credibility of Promised Land?  Yep.  

Will I still watch Promised Land?  You bet. 

{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Chip Northrup September 29, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Arab money is in most of the oil and gas plays in the US, either directly or via offshore or UK intermediaries. . . .


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