African youth lifestyle and entertainment portal Accelerate TV has launched new drama series Corper Shun.
The story revolves around five main characters, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who are constantly hassled by a troublesome coordinator, played by Damilola Olatunji, during their service year.
Corper Shun features Nollywood actors that also include Jide Kosoko, Ayo Mogaji, Lala Akindoju, Efa Iwara, Etinosa Idemudia, Emmanuel Mordi, Chiagoziem Nwankama and Oyepelumi Alawoki.
It will air on Accelerate TV on Thursdays at 12.00.
Accelerate TV is an online lifestyle channel backed by Access Bank Nigeria offering content targeted at young adults, from talkshows to drama series.
A Lagos-based studio has licensed the rights to US gameshow format The Price is Right in Nigeria through a deal with global production giant FremantleMedia, reports Gabriella Opara.
Genesis Studios, the prodco behind So Wrong So Wright, Tales of Eve and talkshow Chat Street, is developing a local version of the format.
The company has announced that TV personality Frank Edoho, former host of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, will host The Price is Right alongside Emmanuel Essien (aka Mannie of Cool FM), who will act as the announcer.
“This is a show bursting with energy from start to finish and that force is transmitted right out of your TV monitors and into the homes of viewers. We can’t wait for it to get started,” said Edoho.
At the launch event last Friday, thought leaders, captains of industry, communications experts, figures in the entertainment industry and news gathers looked on as a demo of the gameshow was screened.
The Price is Right is one of the longest running TV series in the US, airing for more than 8,000 episodes since its inception in 1972 on CBS. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and other prices.
Speaking about having the show in Nigeria, Genesis CEO Olatubosun Olaegbe said: “The Price Is Right is a world-class gameshow that will engage and entertain the entire family. It is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a massive success in Nigeria.”
Abraham Praise, project director and producer of The Price Is Right Nigeria, added: “After the huge success of Idols, Got Talent and The X Factor in Nigeria, there are high hopes that Genesis Studios would bring The Price is Right Nigeria to life – especially as the legendary US version attracts over 5.4 million viewers per episode.
“The Price Is Right is quick from start to finish. It is openly transparent, the prizes are so diverse and anyone can get on the show regardless of background or qualifications. It’s truly for every Nigerian.”
The Price is Right was originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and created by Bob Stewart. The format has been produced locally in 43 territories.
Nigeria’s digital switchover (DSO) will power growth across the country’s TV industry and fuel a surge in production, according to the CEO of the company overseeing the roll-out.
The country began its switch to digital in April 2016 in the state of Jos before expanding into Nigeria’s administrative capital Abudja later that year.
Rajiv Mekkat, CEO of Cable Channels Nigeria (CCN) (left), told C21 the roll-out to-date had involved 600,000 government-backed set-top boxes being activated, with more than 450,000 subscribers now active.
Mekkat said the boxes were being well received by viewers and were beginning to generate numerous production jobs as the new channel operators sought additional programming.
“We’ll need more content, of course, and that means more production companies having to generate more of that content, and that goes back to more jobs and all the associated opportunities.”
Nollywood and Bollywood programming would remain major fixtures on the new platform, Mekkat said, but he added that other genres would be likely as the DSO project expanded.
“It’s more movies and telenovelas, they’re the main things going on now but I’m sure we’ll move into panel shows and reality series – at the moment there are only one or two. We’re not there yet but we’re catching up.”
The CCN boss admitted the roll-out to-date had been “a little slow” but said that once completed the DSO would mean “plenty more Nigerian content and allow OTT’s and other new media opportunities for international customers.”
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission licensed CCN to work across the switchover, with a remit to develop platform offerings and work on content for free-to-air and DTH services.
Mekkat said that the manufacture of the boxes would also create employment, with the intention of producing all the country’s set-top boxes in Nigeria rather than importing. “That will boost up employment and should give many Nigerians a job,” Mekkat added.