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Johnson, Ngwato join Int’l Emmys jury

Mbuotidem Johnson and Thabile Ngwato

Mbuotidem Johnson, founder of Lagos-based Basement Animation, and Thabile Ngwato, CEO of Ngwato Nkosi Group, parent company of Newzroom Afrika, have been appointed as jurors for the International Emmy Awards.

The New York-based International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognises excellence in television production produced outside the US and owns the International Emmy Awards, welcomed members from more than a dozen countries.

Basement Animation is behind toons such as social issues-themed Tosin’s Story, Halima’s Vote and Emeka’s Money, while Newzroom Afrika is a South African 24-hour digital satellite television news channel broadcast across Africa on pay TV platform DStv.

Johnson said: “I am delighted to announce my official election into the prestigious International Emmy Awards. It is an honour to be recognised among the industry’s finest to join this esteemed community of television professionals. I look forward to contributing to the Academy’s mission of advancing excellence in television worldwide.”

The 51st edition of the International Emmys takes place this November in New York City.

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DStv opens doors to Movie Room

Thabile Ngwato and Thokozani Nkosi of Ngwato Nkosi Group

African pay TV operator DStv is set to launch a new channel called Movie Room this month.

Movie Room is operated by South Africa-based Ngwato Nkosi Group, a company formed by TV production entrepreneurs Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato, who also founded news channel Newzroom Afrika.

The new channel will build on the platform created by Newzroom Afrika and expand the group’s entertainment offering.

“From big blockbuster hits to unforgettable cinema classics, this channel will offer entertaining local and international movies 24/7,” Nkosi said.

“We’ll be carefully curating the line-up to cater for every mood, such as edge-of-your-seat action or the comfort of an old favourite. Of course, we’ll also apply the unique perspective that we’ve become known for.”

Ngwato added: “This is an exciting next step in our journey. Newzroom Afrika has been successful beyond all expectations, and we will use the experience of setting up the channel from scratch to make smart decisions in our approach with Movie Room. Our team is entrepreneurial by nature and we have a core group of seasoned and creative talent that sets us apart.”

Georginah Machiridza, executive head of content strategy and third-party channels at DStv owner MultiChoice, said: “We’re excited to bring subscribers the widest possible choice of fine movies to satisfy all tastes and seasons.”

Movie Room will start airing on DStv channel 113 on August 27 and will be available in South Africa to all DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers.

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