Ben & Izzy is an animated children’s series that follows the budding friendship of two young boys, one from Jordan and the other from the United States. After discovering a time machine, the boys travel through time together, learning about each other’s rich cultural heritage and meeting key historical figures. Throughout their adventures, Ben and Izzy work together to overcome incredible difficulties and grow to appreciate each other and their respective cultures. The series crosses cultural barriers and relates to viewers on a universal level, as the characters’ friendship serves as a metaphor for acceptance and tolerance. The lesson from each episode is, “we don’t have to be the same to get along!”
Ben & Izzy premiered in primetime in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2008 and has attracted millions of viewers during its multiple re-airings. The premiere broadcast on the Middle East Broadcast Centre (MBC) children’s channel, MBC3, took place during the first two weeks of the month of Ramadan, when television viewership reaches its yearly peak.
Ben & Izzy is a Rubicon production in association with Layalina Productions. It is executive produced by Randa Ayoubi and is directed by Glenn Chaika. The series was created and written by Jymn Magon.
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