Afolayan, Netflix, USC target Nigerian talent

By Content Nigeria reporter
January 26, 2022


The KAP Film & Television Academy, owned by Nigerian filmmaker and producer Kunle Afolayan, has partnered with Netflix and the School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) at the University of Southern California (USC) to host post-production workshops in Nigeria.

Kunle Afolayan

The talent-development initiative is aimed at nurturing professionals and upskilling the existing talent pool to master the new forms of post-production techniques, including picture editing.

The 10-week workshop will cover topics such as picture cropping, editing and sound post-production, led by world-renowned editors and SCA faculty members Douglas Blush, Stephen Flick and Richard Burton.

Allison Triegaardt, manager for Africa at Netflix’s Grow Creative initiative, said: “Africa is a hugely important region for Netflix and as we grow the number of productions, it’s important for African stories to be able to meet the growing demand for quality storytelling.

“Our Grow Creative partnerships like the one with USC and KAP in Nigeria will help bridge the skills gap, upskill experienced crew and improve diversity head-on. This will also ensure an even stronger diversity of voices, stories and points of view for our global audience.”

Afolayan added: “It has been amazing working with the Netflix team to produce dynamic Nigerian films, and it will only get better now that we are partnering with Netflix and USC to train the newest crop of film post-production experts. These editors and sound designers will go on to craft Nigerian stories on a world-class level.”

Rachel Gandin Mark, director of international programmes for the SCA, said: “For over 90 years, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has trained Hollywood’s top picture and sound editors. Now, thanks to this exciting partnership with Netflix and Kunle Afolayan’s KAP Studios in Lagos, our world-class and award-winning faculty, Douglas Blush, Stephen Flick and Richard Burton will bring their expertise in helping to train the next generation of Nigerian cinematic storytellers.”

Applications are open from now until January 31. The advanced editing workshop commences in March, while the Advanced Sound Post-Production Workshop begins in May.

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