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ROK Studio to Launch Series on DStv Channel 168

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ROK, the award-winning Nigerian film studio and entertainment brand, will launch across Africa on the DStv platform on 1 November 2016.

The Lagos-based film studio, renowned for its original TV series and Nollywood movies, will join the DStv family, bringing exciting original content to 52 countries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The new channel will launch with ROKStudios’ exclusively-produced content, including Festac Town, Banks Chronicles and Bloodline.

ROK will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact customers. Some of the ROK content will also be available on the DStv Catch-Up service.

Nigerian cinema, known colloquially as Nollywood, is the second largest film industry in the world, in terms of production output. In its short history, ROK has become one of the industry’s most prolific producers of new, original content, with arguably Africa’s most extensive Nollywood catalogue of 12 TV series and over 150 movies.

The new, exclusively Nollywood channel will be fully programmed, produced and developed in-house, by ROK’s Lagos-based team. Mary Njoku, award-winning Nollywood actress and film producer who has spent over 12 years at the heart of Nigerian filmmaking, will head the channel, which will also be supported by IROKO, the VC-backed African technology and entertainment broadcaster and content distributor.

Speaking on the launch, Mary Njoku, ROK CEO said, “Joining the DStv family is the next step in ROK’s evolution as Nollywood’s leading film production house and brand. Broadcasting our original content to millions of movie fans across the African continent, on a platform as far-reaching and illustrious as DStv, is an exhilarating prospect.

“What lies beneath every ROK production, the ROK brand, be it movies or TV series, is our fanatical love of African storytelling; we want to relate amazing African stories that our fans can recognise, be swept away by and be entertained with. We work with Nigeria’s most exceptional talent, in front of and behind the camera, and we continue to push the boundaries in terms of production values. This has given us the edge, in our short history, and has helped us build a fanbase around the world. ROK on DStv allows us to bring ROK to every corner of the continent and connect viewers with content they love”. 

“One of the cornerstones of our customer promise is to deliver content that our customers love and enjoy, and that is why we’re excited to introduce ROK which will boost DStv’s local content offering and showcase even more African stories made in Africa, for us Africans,” said, John Ugbe, managing director of MultiChoice Nigeria. “This will ensure that our offering keeps the art of storytelling alive on the continent which, will in turn help to grow Africa’s creative industries like Nollywood into vibrant, economic powerhouses.”

Since its launch in 2013, ROK Studios has produced some of Nollywood’s most talked about originals, including Festac Town, Single Ladies, Stalemate, Banks Chronicles and Bloodline. The channel launches with these blockbuster titles, and going forward, ROK viewers on DStv will be the first to watch new and exclusive homegrown ROK content, before it goes anywhere else.

Nollywood is the world’s second largest film industry in terms of output, producing approximately 50 films a week and employs over one million people in Nigeria, and contributes 1.42 percent of Nigeria’s GDP. Prominent themes in Nollywood films include family, religion, love and betrayal.

ROK Studios launched in 2013. ROK Studios is a leading African film and television studio and production house based in Lagos, Nigeria.

ROK specialize in the creation of content in partnership with the industry’s foremost creative talent.

It has developed, produced and financed film and TV series for distribution platforms globally.

ROK owns one of the largest content libraries in Nigeria, with blockbuster films and series, as well as an Animation Studio called ROK Animations Studios.

 

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ICPC Quizzes Kawu, NBC Boss, Contractor over N2.5Bn DSO Fraud

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Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commissio (ICPC), is investigating the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), over the misapplication of N2.5 billion seed grant released to the agency by the Federal Government for its digital switch-over programme.

 

ICPC has so far quizzed Dr. Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu, director general, NBC, and other top management staff of the agency over their alleged involvements in the misapplication of the fund.

 

The Presidency had in 2016, released N10 billion to the Ministry of Information and Culture for the digital switch-over programme which entails migration of telephone lines from analogue to digital platforms and a White Paper was issued directing that the process be specifically handled by government-affiliated companies.

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Based on the guidelines provided by the White Paper, two companies were nominated to handle the process, one of which was ITS, an affiliate of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

 

N1.7 billion was released to it as seed grant for the commencement of the switch-over. However, ICPC through investigation discovered that the process was fraught with alleged corrupt practices.

 

It was alleged that Dr. Kawu fraudulently recommended a private company called Pinnacle Communications Limited, to the Minister of Information and Culture, for the release of N2.5 billion against the guidelines contained in the White Paper.

 

The N2.5 billion was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Pinnacle Communications Limited in May/June, 2017 for the programme. The DG NBC during interactions with the Commission could not justify why the government White Paper was flouted leading to the release of money to an unqualified company.

 

However, Mr. Dipo Onifade, managing director of Pinnacle, during interrogation confirmed the release of the funds to the company.

 

He could not justify that the money was used for the purpose of digital switch-over.

 

The Commission through investigation discovered several suspicious transfers of large sums of funds from the account of the company into the bank accounts of several organisations and individuals.

 

It found out that N100 million of the fund was paid into the personal bank account of Mr. Onifade in Zenith Bank which he claimed was for legal services that he had rendered to the same Pinnacle Communications where he is employed.

 

Also investigation revealed that another N450 million was transferred into the account of Sabdat Investment Limited, a Bureau de Change, which then converted the money into dollars and handed it over to the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr. Lucky Omoluwa, in his Kaduna residence as he usually did with other funds.

 

Omoluwa had repeatedly failed to honour invitations from the Commission to come and explain his role in the alleged fraud.

 

He had also sought the leave of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to stop the investigation as well as unfreeze the Zenith Bank account of the company that was frozen by ICPC, but was however ordered by the same court to appear before ICPC for interrogation before the next adjourned date of 3rd December, 2018 before his case would be heard.

 

In compliance with the court order, Mr. Omoluwa has appeared before the Commission where he made useful statements to investigators.

 

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StarTimes Secures 3-year Exclusive Media Rights for Coppa Italia

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Africa’s leading digital TV operator StarTimes and Lega Serie A reached a 3 years deal for the exclusive all media rights to Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the agreement, StarTimes claims the exclusive rights of the two Italian premier Cup competitions in English, French, Portuguese and African indigenous languages from 2018/2019 season to 2020/2021 season.

Coppa Italia is Italy’s single-elimination domestic Cup competition, and Supercoppa Italiana is the annual matchup between the winner of Italy’s Serie A versus the Coppa Italia champion.

The 2018/19 Coppa Italia is already well underway, with 16 teams from Serie A, Serie B and Serie C set to take on each other in December, before the eight sides to win their ties will join Serie A’s top eight outfits, who enter the competition at the last-16 stage.

“Italian football is one of the best in the world and we are so glad to offer the matches of Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana to our 20 million users in Africa,” said Shi Maochu, StarTimes Sports Director.

Shi said: “Consistent with StarTimes’ mission and values, our search for best sport contents is always at the heart of our commitment to service excellence. In this regard, our partnership with Lega Serie A will definitely help to serve up a football feast to African football fans in the coming days.”

“We are delighted to have closed this important 3 years partnership for the Sub-Saharan Africa” commented Marco Brunelli, Lega Serie A CEO “We deem that Coppa Italia and SuperCoppa Italiana deserve visibility all over the world and with StarTimes we will cover a wider part of the African continent, assuring the valorization of our properties.”

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Kwese iflix Leads Digital Entertainment Revolution in Africa

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Econet Media’s Pan-African broadcast network, Kwesé, has announced that it will grant loyal Kwesé TV subscribers complimentary access to Kwesé iflix for 12 months, aimed towards rewarding its loyal customers with game-changing, digital entertainment.

 

The company in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos stated that Kwesé TV subscribers with active subscription as at 31 October, can indulge in one year’s worth of uninterrupted access to a vast library of the best international, regional and local content programmes.

 

Joe Hundah, President & Group Chief Executive, Econet Media, said that “We have seen a noticeable shift in consumer viewing habits in recent years namely; increased video consumption on mobile phones, and growing popularity of OTT services across our markets.

 

“It is with these changes in mind, that Econet Media has taken the strategic decision to refocus efforts towards a digital product offering.

 

“We believe that the future of TV in Africa is the internet, and the home of the internet in Africa is mobile,”

 

“In making these changes however, we do not want to leave our loyal DTH customer base behind. We hope they will continue to support Kwesé well into the future, as we remain committed to providing the best sports and entertainment content.”

 

Since the launch of Kwesé iflix in June 2018, the business has quickly gained market share of over two million registered users in 4 countries.

As numbers continue to grow each day, Kwesé iflix is well on its way to becoming the number one mobile entertainment app in Africa.

 

In recent years, there were only two models of streaming video-on-demand services available to the African market.

 

The statement further stated that “Kwesé iflix found a niche in a third offering by expanding on the traditional video-on-demand model it introduced new, engaging, localised programming and features, providing a one-stop-shop for all generations’ preferences.

 

“With over 240 studio partnerships Kwesé iflix combines thousands of hours of top quality international and local movies and TV shows, with live sporting events, news programming, educational series and kids’ entertainment.

 

“It is the first app in Africa to provide mobile customers with standalone access to on-demand content (not connected to pay TV subscription), and a unique live sport and entertainment content offering through its our live content hub feature.

 

“Kwesé intends on growing its home-grown content offering, by commissioning ground-breaking originals to support regional media industries.

 

“November will mark the launch of Kwesé iflix original programming with a slate comprising of local scripted dramas.

 

“The first a riveting portrayal of life in the streets of Eastlands in Nairobi Kenya, and the second an exciting telenovela from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

“In the coming months, Kwesé will double its original content catalogue with raw stand-up comedy, educational pieces, as well as the roll out of short form content.

 

“These innovative originals will encompass many firsts for African entertainment.

 

“Kwesé’s goal is simple; to bring the world’s best content, with a strong localised offering in each market, at a price everyone can afford with daily, 3-day, 7-day and a monthly subscription options.

 

“With exciting business changes, improved content offering and complimentary 12 month subscription to Kwesé iflix for qualifying DTH customers, there has never been a better time to be a Kwesé consumers.”

 

For more information regarding Kwesé iflix visit www.kweseiflix.com.

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