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TAC Studios licenses content globally

TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel, has inked content deals with global broadcast and digital networks for several of its lifestyle shows .

Brendan Gabriel

The latest companies to have licensed TAC content are OSN and Discovery Networks in the Middle East, Tastemade (US), SBS Food (Australia), Radio Television Brunei, SABC (South Africa) and distributor Fred Media, which is part of the WTFN group.

Thirteen-part series Minjiba Entertains has been picked up by Discovery Networks, SBS Food and Tastemade; 26-parter Africa on a Plate has been acquired by SBS Food; 13-episode cooking series May’s Kitchen has been taken by SBS Food, Radio Television Brunei and OSN; and Amah Knows Best has been picked up by SABC.

Brendan Gabriel, VP of production at TAC Studios, said: “We are delighted by the reception our shows are receiving by leading global networks as the demand for African content continues to increase with international audiences. These licensing deals continue to support our mission to develop and produce content, both scripted and unscripted, that bring Africa, its stories and heritage to global audiences.”

Roger Vanderspikken, chief operating officer at Fred Media, added: “As a leading content licensing company, we are happy to facilitate the distribution of TAC Studios content to global audiences. With an increasing relevance and demand for premium African and multicultural content, TAC Studios is a great partner in enabling us to fulfil this demand.”

TAC has previously struck content agreements with US-based Urban Movie Channel and Emirates Airlines.

 

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Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for Mrs America

Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba has won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series for her role in Mrs America, the miniseries that originally aired on US pay network FX.

Uzo Aduba

The nine-part historical drama centres on the political movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment in 1970s America. Aduba plays real-life politician Shirley Chisholm, who battled against discrimination on the grounds of both sex and race.

Accepting her award, Aduba paid homage to Chisholm, who became the first black candidate to receive a presidential nomination from a major party in 1968.

“I want to say thank you for Shirley Chisholm for her championship work for all the people who have been forgotten and marginalised who she represented. Winning means a lot, particularly for the character that I was able to play. It feels especially touching to bring her story to light, and the stories of those who have not been heard,” Aduba said.

Aduba is also known for starring in Netflix prison series Orange is the New Black, for which won an Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series in 2014, an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series in 2015 and two Screen Actors Guild awards for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015.

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FilmOne inks Disney distribution deal

Nigerian production and distribution company FilmOne Entertainment has signed a content distribution deal with American entertainment conglomerate Disney.

Moses Babatope

The agreement reaffirms Disney’s commitment to the West African cinema market and covers titles from all Disney studio divisions, including Pixar, Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Blue Sky Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures.

It also makes FilmOne Entertainment the sole distributor of Disney-owned films in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, giving it titles including Mulan, The New Mutants, The King’s Man, Death on the Nile, Black Widow, Soul, Free Guy, The Last Duel and Eternals.

Moses Babatope, co-founder of FilmOne, said: “It is a major career highlight that we’re able to get the world’s biggest movie studio as a partner. What the deal means is that we are exclusive marketers and distributors of Disney titles in the English-speaking West African countries that have studio-licensed cinemas. We will distribute the films to all those cinemas in the territory.

Christine Camerer, senior VP and country manager for Africa at Disney, added: “With their in-depth knowledge of the region and expertise in bringing theatrical releases to fans, we are thrilled to welcome FilmOne as our distribution partner for this territory.”

Babatope said the partnership could lead to future collaborations involving largely African content.

“It’s true that a lot of the content we will be distributing is from other parts of the world, but if we are able to demonstrate that we are accountable and transparent, there will be room to attract future investments involving content from this region.”

In 2019, FilmOne Entertainment signed a deal with Chinese media giant Huahua to co-produce the first major Chinese-Nigerian film, 30 days in China. The firm has also distributed and produced Nigerian box-office hits such as The Wedding Party and New Money.

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Smart Money Woman arrives on TV

The Smart Money Woman is based on Arese Ugwu’s book

The TV adaptation of financial self-help book Smart Money Woman has launched on Africa Magic Showcase.

The Smart Money Woman premiered on September 23, highlighting the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of African women as they carry out their day-to-day activities despite gender inequality.

Arese Ugwu, who wrote the book and exec produces via Smart Tribe Media, said: “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African woman who is exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day-to-day activities, especially in their career, friendships, relationships and, of course, families.”

The 13×30’ series is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and coproduced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia TV Africa. Its cast includes Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

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Azam TV shifts services to Eutelsat 7C

African pay TV operator Azam TV has migrated its video platform from the Eutelsat 7B satellite to Eutelsat 7C, alongside agreeing a multi-year extension of its existing contract and entering an incremental capacity commitment.

Azam TV will utilise Eutelsat 7C to distribute some 120 channels in a mix of standard and high definition across its footprint covering Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda.

Patrice Paquot, Eutelsat’s deputy regional VP of sub-Saharan Africa, said: “We are honoured to continue to partner with Azam, one of our anchor customers at the 7° East position, as it successfully expands its broadcast offer. 7° East has become a new DTH hotspot for Sub-Saharan Africa and a key pay-TV neighbourhood for Eastern Africa with some of the fastest growth rates in the region.”

Jacob Joseph, deputy CEO of Azam, added: “Every Azam TV household will have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of local and international programmes with excellent signal quality. We are delighted to rely on Eutelsat to leverage the unparalleled reach of its 7° East position.”

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TStv to expand across Africa

DTH pay TV operator TStv Africa is preparing to launch and operate its pan-African TV channels and data centres in Nigeria and other African countries.

Bright Echefu

Telecom Satellite, the media and technology company that owns TStv Africa, has been expanding from Abuja to other parts of Nigeria. It has developed five network operations centres, has satellites covering 232 cities in 35 African countries, and has invested in 98 HD premium channels.

TStv Africa founder and CEO Bright Echefu said: “[In] the first half of 2020, we have undergone tremendous changes, commissioning a state-of-the-art data centre in Nigeria, building a satellite teleport that hosts hundreds of high-definition television channels and launching the TStv product offering across Africa.

“We have also expanded the TStv-owned and managed television and radio channels to 52 while hosting over 180 multiview televison channels on the TStv pay TV platform, broadcasting across Africa with premium content.

“My dream is that an entire generation will grow with the daily sight of telecom satellites products. Our investments are in 10 key interests which include video and radio entertainment, content aggregation, dubbing services, linear and non-linear content distribution, pay TV operation and eCommerce.”

In related news, TStv Africa has reportedly acquired rights to broadcast English Football League Championship matches live in Nigeria.

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NCC boss receives award

Umar Garba Danbatta, the executive vice-chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has been awarded a National Service Excellence Award.

Umar Danbatta

National Association of State Assembly Legislators (NASAL) honoured Danbatta with the award in recognition of his transformational leadership in deepening access to telecommunications services across Nigeria in the last five years.

NASAL director general Uchechukwu Chukwuma, who led a five-member delegation to the commission to present the award in Abuja, said the award also recognised Danbatta’s role as a change agent, a catalyst for national development and a great Nigerian patriot.

“Danbatta’s efforts have manifested in enhanced access to the internet by our people, which has given them the opportunity to participate and ventilate their views constructively,” Chukwuma said.

“As you know, citizens’ participation in political activities is one of the attributes of an ideal democracy, and Professor Danbatta has helped to promote this ideal.

“The NASAL’s award to Danbatta is justified by the statistics from the commission, which showed that when Danbatta came on board five years ago, 217 access gap clusters were identified in the country, with 40 million Nigerians excluded from access to telecoms services. Five years after, however, the access gaps have reduced to 114 clusters, with additional 15 million Nigerians now connected.”

NCC director of public affairs Ikechukwu Adinde, who accepted the award on behalf of Danbatta, said: “It is heartwarming that NASAL has found our EVC and CEO deserving of this award. The award is an acknowledgement that his accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. We at the NCC value this gesture, which writes the history of Professor Danbatta’s achievements in a very distinctive and enduring way.

“From the recent industry statistics and other relevant macro indicators, the telecoms sector, under Danbatta, has recorded positive growth in terms of active voice subscriptions, internet subscriptions, teledensity, broadband penetration and contribution to the gross domestic product.”

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Edo-based series set for DStv

MultiChoice channel Africa Magic is lining up a new series that has been filmed in the Nigerian state of Edo.

Ukinebo Dare

Enakhe comes as part of Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki’s drive to boost creative industry in the region, with 90% of the show shot in Edo State.

This initiative is a product of the Edo Creative Hub, which was formed after a meeting between stakeholders in the industry who had asked for more robust and constructive engagement to boost the state’s status in the sector. Enakhe deals with family feuds and illicit business deals.

Ukinebo Dare, executive director of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, said: “This project is being supported by EdoJobs and is introducing creative talent in Edo to the world, as well as telling the world that Edo is poised to host first-class productions.”

Dare said Enakhe’s showrunner, Victor Aghahowa, was born in Edo and was one of those hosted by Obaseki on International Youth Day in 2018.

“The interaction was held with various illustrious sons and daughters of Edo in Nigeria’s creative industry,” Dare said of that day in 2018. “His Excellency’s message to them was one of encouragement to join hands in building the new Edo and take the state to its pride of place in the world, something they were all passionate about.”

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MultiChoice, Televisa launch novela channel

MultiChoice has partnered with Mexican broadcaster Televisa to launch a pop-up channel on the African firm’s pay TV platform DStv.

John Ugbe

TLNovelas features Mexican telenovelas of various genres, offering romantic comedies, epic dramas and binge-worthy stories aimed at different viewing demographics.

Titles include flagship show Love Spell (Sortilegio) as well as Teresa, My Heart is Yours (Mi Corazón es Tuyo), Passion & Power (Pasión y Poder) and Fooled Into Love (Amores con Trampa).

John Ugbe, CEO of MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure we continue to find the best available content and stories to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment.”

Fernando Muñiz, general director of Televisa Networks and Televisa International, said: “This channel launch showcases the growing value of the TLNovelas brand worldwide, with the English version of TLNovelas. Televisa continues its position as a leader in the pay TV market by offering content with the best quality.

“We continue to experience rapid growth all over the world due to partnerships with outstanding media players such as MultiChoice, and we are excited to take the next step of this expansion around the world.”

TLNovelas is available from now until August 2021 on channel 133 and is open to DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers. Televisa is the largest broadcaster in Mexico and also delivers satellite TV via subsidiary Televisa Networks.

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Emeka’s Money selected for SVAFF

Emeka’s Money comes from Basement Animation

Emeka’s Money, the animated family film based on a book by Nigerian author Onyinye Ough, has been selected for the Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF).

The movie was produced via an agreement between Lagos toon studio Basement Animation, Nigerian NGO Step Up for Social Development & Empowerment (aka Step Up Nigeria) and the MacArthur Foundation (aka Mac Found).

The film aims to help children understand the impact of corruption upon Nigerian society and also to encourage a new generation of leaders to effect change in Africa.

The SVAFF is the only film festival in California that is exclusively focused on films made by African filmmakers. Its aim is to curate a world-class festival of African films and provide audience access to the richness, diversity and vitality of Africa’s creative expression.

It also seeks to promote cultural literacy by hosting post-screening dialogues so audiences can engage and interact with African filmmakers on issues of personal, local and global significance, and to promote idea exchange and collaborations between American and African film professionals.

Basement Animation is the Lagos studio behind shows including DownTown Lagos, Adefellas, l’Arbre à Palimpseste, Raga Shaga Mama and Tech Timi Out.

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Gov’t halts DSO subsidies

Nigeria’s federal government has announced that it will no longer offer digital switchover (DSO) subsidies for either set-top boxes or signal carriage as it prepares to resume rolling out the switchover.

Lai Mohammed

Information and culture minister Lai Mohammed revealed the news during a meeting with various DSO architecture stakeholders.

He noted that although the government was looking for money to pay outstanding debts and restart the DSO roll-out, the process would be fully private sector-driven and self-sustaining.

He said: “On our part, we have made tremendous progress in our efforts to get the much-needed funds for the DSO process, in particular to pay outstanding debts that will ginger stakeholders to resume the roll-out and bring the massive benefits of the DSO to Nigerians.

“As I speak, we are putting finishing touches to a memo we plan to send to the federal executive council as part of our relentless efforts to secure the funds to restart the process, and we are very optimistic that our efforts will pay off soon. The analogue to digital switchover must not be delayed any longer than absolutely necessary.”

Following the successful DSO in April 2016 in Jos, Plateau State, the government announced the reduction of the price of set-top boxes from the N10,000 to N1,500 in order to make them affordable to all Nigerians. In addition, around 200,000 boxes were given out free of charge, while the Plateau government announced subsidy plans for its citizens and promised to distribute 300,000 boxes to them.

Mohammed said that moving ahead with the DSO was critical to the post-Covid prosperity of the creative industry. He recalled the enthusiasm that greeted the DSO in Jos, noting that the process had been delayed by many factors, especially lack of funds.

“After the launch of the pilot phase in Jos, the launch train moved fairly quickly to Abuja on December 22, 2016, then to Ilorin, Kwara State, on December 20, 2017, and Kaduna two days later,” he said.

“We then proceeded to Enugu on February 12, 2018, and finally to Osogbo, Osun State, on February 23, 2018. Over two years later, we have not launched the DSO in any state, even when we have 31 more states to cover.

“The bottom line is that we need to think out of the box if we are to complete this process. Nigerians have waited far too long to enjoy the benefits of digital television,.”

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SA gov’t helps students via TV

The South African government’s Department of Basic Education (DBE) has launched a programme on free-to-air (FTA) TV to support grade 12 students preparing for their exams during the pandemic.

Angie Motshekga

Woza Matrics will air for 12 weeks from September 1. It will cover subjects including maths, life sciences, geography, economics, maths literacy, history and business studies.

The programme is led by the DBE, assisted by the National Education Collaboration Trust and developed in collaboration with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, MultiChoice and eMedia Investments, as well as with a number of educational content providers including Digicampus, Mindset, Monyetla Trust and the Programme for Improved Learning Outcomes.

Woza Matrics will air on SABC 3 on all DStv packages and on Openview (channel 122) from 08.00-10.00 and 13.00-15.00, seven days a week. It will also be available for free on the DStv Now catch-up app.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga said: “It is abundantly clear that additional support is required for learners and we will continue to provide this. There are a few months left before the end of the year and Woza Matrics will give learners the support they need to prepare for the final exams.

“I am most grateful to SABC, MultiChoice and eMedia Investments, who have so generously made their broadcast networks and expertise available to Woza Matrics; and to the content providers including DigiCampus, Mindset and Monyetla Trust, who have shared all their excellent content with Woza Matrics.”

 

DigiConverge launches in Africa

DigiConverge, a platform that provides e-broadcasting and global content syndication services, has launched operations in Africa.

Celestine Achi

Starting with Nigeria, the platform has signed an exclusive content distribution partnership for Africa with the Viva Entertainment Group US to broadcast original and exclusive African movies on the Flikontv Channel and bridge the gap between Hollywood and Nollywood through collaborations.

DigiConverge founder and CEO Celestine Achi said: “Solutions under DigiConverge include DigiBlastream, which is best for virtual studio, virtual meeting, virtual learning and live streaming; and DigiGbedu, a music streaming platform on over 200 global platforms including Amazon, Spotify, Deezer and more. It ensures owners of creative work earn 100% of their royalties as they have unfettered access to the back end of the portal, which enables them monitor all transactions in real time.”

DigiCoverge co-founder and executive director of partnerships Nkechi Ali-Balogun added: “Top on the pack of products is FlikonTV, an e-broadcast platform designed to enable subscribers to launch their own TV channel, talkshow or video news on international platforms such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon and VivaLiveTV.”

Johnny Falcones, president and CEO of Viva Entertainment Group US said: “Africa is going to be one of the leading markets in technology as it keeps innovating and pushing forward. The partnership with DigiConverge will bring great innovations, collaborations and ensure for a quality content and monetisation process.”

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MultiChoice to add five channels

African pay TV company MultiChoice is launching five new channels alongside releasing a pair of new decoders.

Calvo Mawela

The Naspers-owned firm’s new channels focus on a range of genres, from telenovelas and kids’ entertainment to action programming and Korean dramas.

Tlnovelas will present an array of English-dubbed Mexican telenovelas from Latin America’s second largest producer and the channel’s owner, Televisa. It will run from September on DStv channel 133.

ZooMoo, a Canadian kids’ preschool channel from Blue Ant Media and aimed at 2-7s, will launch as a pop-up channel from October 1 to March 31 on DStv channel 314.

Kix is a Sony Pictures Television channel dedicated to action, martial arts and thriller movies. It will launch on October 1 on DStv channel 114.

Timeless Drama is a Turkish telenovela channel from SPI/Filmbox. It will launch in November on DStv channel 123.

Finally, TVN is a South Korean drama channel from CJ ENM. It will launch in November on DStv channel 134.

As well as the new channels, MultiChoice has unveiled two new decoders. The DStv Explora Ultra looks like a bigger set-top box and will carry third-party video streaming services in 4K, while the Streama decoder comes with a small remote control featuring YouTube and Showmax buttons, allowing subscribers to stream content from DStv, Showmax, YouTube and also stream music via the Joox app.

“Our DStv Explora Ultra brings the best of two worlds together by introducing streaming apps, adding depth to the entertainment offering available,” said MultiChoice in a statement. “It also sees the addition of built-in WiFi, making it easier to connect to the internet. It includes features previously available to PVR users, including Catch Up, Box Office and Showmax.”

MultiChoice hasn’t disclosed when consumers will be able to purchase the decoders.

MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela said: “If you look at video entertainment in Africa, it’s still at its infancy stage. In the past three years, we have grown over one million subscribers each year. It has shown time and time again that Africans watch more TV than any other place in the world.

“This is the basis upon which we have built this company. We believe there is still opportunity for us to grow over 40 million subscribers across the whole continent. We want to be a one-stop-shop platform for video entertainment in the country.”

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Nollywood duo say AARGH

AARGH will be available on YouTube next week

Nollywood actors Moshood Fattah and Mike Afolarin have produced a short film called AARGH, which is set to be released on YouTube.

The film follows two discordant friends who come up with an idea that could change the country for the better after finding themselves frustrated with Nigeria’s political climate.

Aimed at encouraging young Nigerians to take more active roles in politics, the movie is slated for a YouTube release on August 25.

Commenting on the inspiration behind the movie, Fattah, who also wrote it, said: “I didn’t just want to write any movie, I wanted to do something important. I was so angry about the country and so I wrote the script.”

AARGH is executive produced by Nollywood actor Osas-Ighodaro and Africa Magic Unbrethren star Afolarin. Kelvin Mary Ndukwe is the director.

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Canal+ renews La Liga deal

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is among La Liga’s biggest stars (photo: L F Sala via CC)

France-based pay TV operator Canal+ has renewed its sub-Saharan African broadcasting rights deal with Spanish top-flight football division La Liga.

The broadcaster – which also holds rights to the UEFA Champions League, France’s Ligue 1, the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A in the region – will continue to offer La Liga coverage to its customers in sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius via the four-season renewal.

Melcior Soler, director of the La Liga audiovisual department, said: “We are pleased to bring French-speaking fans of La Liga another exciting way to discover the competition in sub-Saharan Africa, while extending our successful partnership with Canal+. These are important steps to continuing our global growth together with a historic partner that has broadcast our games in this territory for years.”

Jacques du Puy, sresident of Canal+ International, added: “We are very happy to welcome La Liga for four new seasons, one of the championships most appreciated by our African subscribers and which completes our incomparable offer in terms of international football.”

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Wi-flix launches in Kenya

African streaming platform Wi-flix has launched in Kenya via a partnership with teleco Safaricom.

Louis Manu (left) and Bright Yeboah

The deal will give Safaricom users full access to the service, which offers both African and foreign content.

Wi-flix Kenya country director Anthony Mugendi said viewers would be able to choose from thousands of hours of tailor-made content via daily, weekly or monthly bundles on Safaricom for as low as Ksh 50.

The service is also launching globally for a monthly subscription fee of $5.99 (Ksh 648).

Wi-flix co-founder and chief commercial officer Louis Manu added: “Today we are witnessing the historic birth of a global video-on-demand service offering distinctive and representative content for the African and diaspora market.

“Over the last several months, the team at Wi-flix has spent an enormous amount of time understanding the needs of consumers on the continent. Our target market wants relatable, exciting and evocative content. They want movies and TV series that tell their story and resonate with them. And that is exactly what Wi-flix is about – original and representative content for the African and diaspora market available on-demand anywhere, anytime and on any device.

“We are delighted to be launching in Kenya with a connectivity agreement with Safaricom, a regional telecoms giant, to make this service available to subscribers on the network through M-Pesa to democratise premium content for Kenyans and the rest of the continent”.

Co-founder and chief operating officer Bright Yeboah added: “Wi-flix has a collection of some of the best titles purposely for our audience. Our partnership with content providers such as TRACE, Rushlake Media GmbH and MGMediaguru allow us to provide subscribers with the most diverse content at the most competitive rate.”

Subscribers can download the Wi-flix App on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Wi-flix is also available via its website, and customers can subscribe with Safaricom’s M-Pesa or debit/credit cards.

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Smart Money Tribe coming to TV

The series will comprise 13 episodes

A financial help book that shares the experiences of five young women in Nigeria is being adapted into a TV series set to premiere in September on Africa Magic.

The Smart Money Tribe: An African Woman’s Guide to Making Bank, was written by Arese Ugwu. It came soon after Ugwu’s previous bestseller, The Smart Money Woman.

The 13×30′ drama adaptation is being executive produced by the author, directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and coproduced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akintunde ‘Marine’ Marinho and Arcadia TV Africa

The show is described as a thought-provoking exploration of African millennials’ relationship with personal finance in contemporary Nigeria and how it affects their dating and personal relationships.

It stars Nollywood actors including Osas Ighodaro (Merry Men, Bling Lagosians), Toni Tones (King Of Boys), Ini Dima-Okojie (Sylvia, Who’s the Boss), Lala Akindoju (Your Excellency, Fine) and Eby Eno (Last Days).

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Lagos producers must register with censors

Parties that produce or sell content in Lagos State must register all content with the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board within 30 days from now on.

Bamidele Balogun

This notice was given by the board’s executive secretary Bamidele Balogun while unveiling new a platform from the Performing Musicians Employers Association and Lafrique Promedia that tracks and generates revenue for entertainers.

Balogun said producers that failed to register would face severe sanctions by the board, and called for the co-operation of stakeholders.

He said: “The board will advise practitioners involved in production, sale and distribution of audio and visual products to register their products through the board’s authorised agent within 30 days. Practitioners and stakeholders are also informed that, henceforth, all audio and visual contents produced and sold within Lagos State shall attract the payment of 5% levy on each item.

“This exercise will, however, assist the Lagos State government in policy formulation, with regard to planning and funding for the sector. All practitioners and stakeholders in the entertainment sector within the state are advised to comply with this directive and co-operate with the authorised agent of the board.”

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Falz sets up film & TV prodco

Nigerian rapper and actor Folarin Falana, better known as Falz, has launched a film and TV production company.

Falz

Falz announced the launch of the prodco, named House21 TV, via Twitter, writing: “Super excited as I’ve officially set up a film & TV production company House21 TV with the aim of bringing you artistically sound and thoroughly entertaining content. Outside-the-box stories, peculiar storytelling, all-round original content.”

House21’s first project is web series Therapy: Banana Island Vs Lekki, which follows a dysfunctional couple trying to settle their marital disputes through with therapy. Starring Falz alongside Toke Makinwa, Josh2funny and Bovi, its first episode is already available to watch on YouTube.

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