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Pape Boye and Logical Pictures team-up to launch Black Mic Mac, a new financing and coproduction outfit focusing on African talents

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Pape Boye (previous co-managing director of sales company Versatile) and Frédéric Fiore (President of Logical Pictures) launch Black Mic Mac, a new venture within the Logical Pictures Group. Based in Paris, the company will focus on packaging, international coproduction, and sales of scripted content (TV and film) brought by African talents and producers.

The creation of Black Mic Mac is the result of the bold international editorial policy of the Logical Pictures Group, and demonstrates the shared ambition to support the thriving African creative TV and film landscape.

In order to strengthen the company’s growth, Pape Boye will be working with Nicola Ofoego, who will assist him in acquisitions for Black Mic Mac.

Pape Boye Frédéric Fiore

“I am very pleased and proud to be partnering with Frédéric. The enthusiasm and vitality of Logical Pictures Group create an ideal environment for the development of Black Mic Mac. Our common goal is to promote African talents and to accompany them in ambitious projects.” said Pape Boye, head of Black Mic Mac.

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“Pape is a widely renown professional in the industry. This project is a new step in his desire to work closely with emerging talents in Africa and we are very proud to partner in this endeavor. More than ever, the vitality and the creativity of the African film and TV landscape has proven to bring original and universal stories to audiences across Africa and globally.” said Logical Pictures Group President Frédéric Fiore.

Black Mic Mac launches with a partnership with Kourtrajmé school in Dakar
and the production of the new film by South African director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer

Black Mic Mac and Logical Content Ventures, the film and TV co- production fund of the Logical Pictures Group, are joining forces with Kourtrajmé for the launch of a new film school in Senegal. Through this partnership, Logical Content Ventures will benefit from a first look deal to

co-produce and finance projects developed by the school’s upcoming students. Black Mic Mac will act as a distribution partner on certain projects.

The school offers free and open training in the audiovisual and cinema field, with no diploma requirements. The Kourtrajmé-labelled training offers theoretical and practical classes to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to produce a film. The school aims to foster equal opportunities in the audiovisual industry, and professional integration to a larger extent, through a project-oriented pedagogy.

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The school was inaugurated on Wednesday January 19, 2022, in the presence of Ladj Ly, co-founder of the Kourtrajmé collective, Toumani and Emma Sangaré, co-directors of the school, and has actor, director and producer Omar Sy as mentor.

From left to right: Toumani Sangare (co-director of the school and founding member of the Kourtrajmé collective), Emma Sangare (co-director of the school), Pape Boye (founder of Black Mic Mac) and Ladj Ly (director and founding member of the Kourtrajmé collective)

Black Mic Mac will be partnering with SK Global Entertainment/Ivanohe and BlueLight to produce HALO DAZE, South African director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s second feature film after NECKTIE YOUTH, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2015.

Pape Boye and Frédéric Fiore will be acting as executive producers, and Black Mic Mac will handle international sales.
HALO DAZE will kick-off shooting in February 2022.

Synopsis :

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A young aspiring rapper down on his luck and lost in millennial disillusionment, “T” is trying to survive life on the less sunny side of Cape Town, South Africa’s glamour harbour city. A fatal collision in the friction zone where race and class intersect in South Africa’s most brutal and divided city, results in a savage paradise murder on the wealthy side of the mountain. With the sun setting on the Cape, no one is safe, when everyone’s out chasing the last ray of sunshine.

About Logical Pictures Group

Logical Pictures is an audiovisual group with subsidiaries specialized in the content industry. Created in 2016 by Frédéric Fiore, Logical Pictures has established itself in just a few years as a leading player in the financing of films and series in France and abroad. Since 2017, Logical Pictures has invested in more than 20 projects and today enjoys a track record recognized in the industry: Revenge (Toronto 2017 / Sundance 2018), Farming (Toronto 2018), Swallow (Deauville 2019 / TriBeCa 2019), Pleasure (Cannes 2020, Sundance 2021), The Innocents (Official Selection in Cannes 2021 – Un Certain Regard) and Petrov’s Flu (Official Selection in Cannes 2021 – In Competition). Its subsidiaries are active in distribution with The Jokers Films (Parasite, Palme d’Or, and Oscar for Best Film 2020), in international sales with Pulsar Content, in film software solutions with Cascade8 and in advertising production with Loveboat (Paris / Los Angeles).

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections. 

This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.

Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.

 In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.

Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.

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The Solar Project

This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.

 In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared:  “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”

Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.

she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.

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Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.

The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana. 

This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.pastedGraphic.png