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ifactory and gotv content showcase2GOtv Ghana, on the 8th of February 2016, hosted a content briefing with content producers iFactory at the Tang Palace, to celebrate African and Ghanaian content on GOtv and AfricaMagic. The event also launched iFactory seasons offering of new Pan African, new and returning content, commencing in April, which includes the return of Omotola; The Real Me, Season 2. 

The movie and reality show Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, was a special guest and confirmed that this season focuses more on her family including her son Captain E’s chronicles in the music industry. ifactory and gotv content showcase7

Speaking at the event, the Director of GOtv Ghana, Mr. Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, emphasized the importance of the production of local content as a means to promote the Ghanaian and African  Arts industry across the continent and to create adequate content for the demand that will be created by digital migration in Ghana.

Mr. Sunkwa-Mills also touched on the newly introduced GOtv Lite package which sits on the GOtv platform providing subscribers, whose subscriptions have expired, access to several local, free to air (FTA) channels as well as some Pay TV channels for a minimal administrative fee. GOtv Lite has 14 local channels and 6 pay TV Channels, and in 2015 alone added more than 5 local TV and radio channels to the GOtv Platform. He said, “GOtv is dedicated to providing quality affordable entertainment to every home and with this package we hope to reach even more home, our consumers will only need a decoder and our recommended antenna to enjoy digital TV regardless they have a digital TV or not. We are committed to ensuring income is not an issue to receiving information or quality entertainment. We have some exciting content this season on GOtv including the Local League, new Telemundo series, new Africamagic content as well as several local channels that showcase Ghanaian movies, series and music”ifactory and gotv content showcase9

 He commended iFactory Live for consistently producing noteworthy content that sits on the Africamagic platform and used the event to introduce Fatimah Dadzie, the newly appointed Content and Marketing Executive for M-Net AfricaMagic. “Mrs. Dadzie portfolio is to liaise and negotiate with all producers and stakeholders on behalf of M-Net AfricaMagic, to ensure that we get the best of our Ghanaian content offered us, on AfricaMagic in order to showcase it to the rest of Africa.”

“Producing and distributing quality content is one of the ways we self-regulate and reward the Arts industry, with programs like the Africa Movie Choice Awards (AMVCAs), which recognizes outstanding achievement in television and film with the viewer’s help, and its worthy to note that this year, we had 7 Ghanaian nominees in the various categories vying with the usual Nollywood talent. We urge all producers and stakeholders to continue to generate quality content and we will continue to promote the Ghanaian industry to the rest of Africa through AfricaMagic

AfricaMagic continues to invest heavily in African Content with original shows like Tinsel and 53 Extra, and has made expensive development of original African programming towards a growing film library, to show the best Africa has to offer and support the thriving African film industry. ” he continued.

Michael Djaba Chief Creative Officer of IFACTORYlive said “We have fresh and exciting content that cuts across original lifestyle programming, addictive reality shows and compelling entertainment programming. From April onwards we are going to refocus our shows that inspire our viewers and celebrate the talent that comes out of the continent”.

Some of the shows include, Making Of A Mogul, At Home with Joselyn Dumas, First Ladies Africa and Make Up Diaries.

 MAKING OF A MOGUL The show was developed in order to give African Entrepreneurs a platform to describe their business and their experiences. Hosted by Award winning Media Personality Anita Erskine, Making of a Mogul Chronicles the lives of Africans who have created smart business ideas and are on the road to world domination!  

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@ HOME WITH JOSELYN DUMAS Started in 2012 as a way of introducing a fresh spin on the talk show format. @ Home with… is an exciting brand new concept in talk show filmmaking, featuring a number of on-screen personal- ities including Michelle Attoh & Joselyn Dumas hosting different seasons with some of the finest guests from across the conti- nent. Filmed in Europe, Africa, and USA, each guest is invited to one of the hosts’ homes across the globe for a no holds barred informal interview of unearthed gems and topics. Viewers enjoy the show’s varied guests as they share their passions and successes with the world in a unique form of dynamic storytelling.

FIRST LADIES Africa has Divas and they are called “First Ladies…” Hailing from Kenya,Ghana and Nigeria these entrepreneurs, actress’s and a princess are taking Nigeria and the world by storm, from renewing their vows in marriage,dealing with sisterly rivalry in their own families to travelling to China and India on business trips launching hair brands in Africa..Its all here…..The First ladies have arrived.The series kicks off with Juliet Olanipekun as she balances her building her business and making it out there as a modern African woman.

For more information on GOtv Ghana and all the bouquets, channels available please visit ghana.gotvafrica.com

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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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