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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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Sequel to crime drama Domitila lined up

A sequel to 1996 Nollywood crime drama movie Domitila is set to make its debut in cinemas in 2021.

Moses Babatope

The new feature be coproduced by FilmOne Entertainment, Zeb Ejiro Productions and Omoni Oboli’s Dioni Visions.

It will follow the adventures of a young woman, called Domitila, who accidentally witnesses the mysterious death of a politician. With law enforcement on her and her friends’ trail, she decides to go to any lengths to prove her innocence.

Zeb Ejiro, director of the original, said: “When we first made Domitila, it was a story inspired by societal challenges that have, over time, proven to not only be [relevant] to the 1990s but trans-generational. And so, in recognition of its relevance in these times, we have decided to make a sequel to the story, factoring in recent socio-cultural advancements.”

FilmOne Entertainment co-founders Kene Okwuosa and Moses Babatope said: “We are happy to once again bring magic to the big screen by producing this breathtaking movie. In Domitila, we have identified an entertaining and artistic masterpiece that would appeal to different generations of film lovers.”

Oboli, the sequel’s creative director, added: “When I was a teenager, I auditioned for Domitilla but I didn’t get a part; perhaps, I was too tiny. Today, I’m proud to be one of the stars, executive producers, producer and creative director of the sequel. It’s going to be a very exciting ride and I can’t wait.”

The 1996 film starred Anne Njemanze, Sandra Achums, Kate Henshaw and Enebeli Elebuwa. Production of the sequel is set to kick off later this year.

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FilmOne movie collaboration kicks off

Nigeria’s FilmOne Entertainment has begun production on the first film set to be backed by the US$1m fund it launched with China’s Huahua Media and South Africa’s Empire Entertainment in December.

Moses Babatope

Moses Babatope, co-founder of the producer and distributor, said that Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards, directed by Kayode Kasum, is the first coproduction between China and South Africa and the first of eight to 10 films the fund will co-finance.

The romantic comedy, one of the first full productions undertaken by FilmOne in a bid to create more inspiring Nollywood content, was written by Isioma Ogbaji and follows a young woman’s efforts to get married before she turns 30.

The film stars Jide Kene Achufusi, Elvina Ibru, Vanessa Akpofure, Uzor Arukwe, Koye Kekere-Ekun, Sharoon Ooja, Mawuli Gavor and Toyin Abraham.

“The global appetite for Nigerian content is growing,” said Babatope, adding that FilmOne is developing two more high-end projects.

Greenland is about a young soccer player who follows the treacherous human trafficking route to reach Europe and Darling Biliqis is a romantic drama based on a myth about the biblical Queen of Sheba.

Babatope believes both films will have broad international appeal and could hit the festival circuit in 2021. “We believe that we are going to have an Oscar contender,” he said.

Kambili: The Whole 30 Yards opens in cinemas on June 12.

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