Connect with us

Broadcasting

MultiChoice Talent Factory Graduates Class of 2023

Published

on

Kindly share this post

MultiChoice has graduated the class of the 2023 Talent Factory, congratulating them for successful completion of their training.

From left: Consular General US Consulate, Lagos, Mr Will Stevens; Dean, School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya; best graduating student MultiChoiceTalentFactory class of 2023, Samuel Ogundeyi; Academy Director West Africa MultiChoice Talent Factory, Atinuke Babatunde and CEO, West Africa, MultiChoice, Mr. John Ugbe, at the MultiChoice Talent Factory class of 2023 graduation ceremony in Lagos, on Thursday.

During the MultiChoice Talent Factory, the graduates honed their skills in screenwriting, editing, production, directing the business of filmmaking and gaining hands-on experience through immersions on various TV and film projects.

Like previous cohorts, the skills of the Class of 2023 shined during the programme. The students completed an intensive 3-week online New York Film Academy (NYFA) course on the production of documentaries, music videos and TV commercials, which exposed them to global networks.

They also produced two short films for Zee World as well as other short films which have been selected into film festivals such as the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and the Africa International Human Rights Film Festival (AIHRIFF).

They produced two feature films as their final projects, which will be broadcast on Africa Magic channels on DStv, GOtv and on Showmax – a testament to the success and practicality of the programme.

The Class of 2023’s top three graduates received internships in recognition of their exceptional work and achievements.

Segun Elvis Damptey from Ghana was awarded a two-week internship at a local film and TV production in South Africa; Abdulazziz Attah from Nigeria was awarded a two-week Bollywood internship with Zee World; and Samuel Ogundeyi from Nigeria was awarded an eight-week scholarship to the New York Film Academy (NYFA).

As graduates, the Class of 2023 now join the illustrious MTF alumni network and will be connected to industry professionals from across the continent through the relaunched MTF Portal – www.multichoicetalentfactory.com – an interactive Pan-African platform for African film creatives to showcase talent and network within and beyond Africa.

Beyond thoroughly equipping Africa’s finest content creators, MultiChoice Talent Factory plays the critical role of being a talent pipeline for the African creative industry.

“This is a proud moment for everyone involved in ensuring that the students successfully became graduates. The MTF Academy is now acknowledged as a great path to a career in the African entertainment industry.

It functions as a production line for talent and creativity, producing passionate, motivated young people with the exact set of skills that our sector needs to produce high-quality African content for African audiences.” CEO of West Africa MultiChoice, John Ugbe, said while highlighting MTF’s contribution to the creative industry.

Speaking further, “MTF is a collaborative platform for our sector to develop talent,” says Ugbe.

“It is helping to build the future of West Africa’s film and TV industry. We thank all our partners, stakeholders and collaborators for coming together to grow local skills in our industry. It is a positive investment in Africa’s future.”

Speaking on the journey this past year, the elated Academy Director, Atinuke Babatunde says “It is wonderful to see the growth our graduates have attained in just one year. Out of the thousands of passionate filmmakers who applied in 2022, they were selected for the one-year life changing scholarship and came with a burning desire to learn.

“We are happy that the MTF has not only fanned their fire but has equipped them with world-class learning and a thriving community of passionate filmmakers through the MultiChoice Talent Factory Alumni, who will stimulate their growth to even greater heights.”


Kindly share this post

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University. Dear Reader, Your support matters. But we believe that technology makes life more exciting and helps improve the lives of people around Nigeria and indeed the world. That is why, we have devoted our energy to independent reportage of technology and finance and how they affect lives. Our incisive and analytical view of how technology news affects the daily life help individuals and organizations make up their minds. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Kindly support our effort to deliver technology and finance journalism to everyone in the world. Donate as little as N1,000. Bank transfers can be made to: UBA Plc 1017156876 Communication Week Media Ltd

Broadcasting

NIGCOMSAT, BON Partner to Enhance Broadcasting Services

Published

on

Kindly share this post

NIGCOMSAT Limited, Nigeria’s satellite communication infrastructure provider, says it has begun a collaborative partnership with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) to provide uplink services.

NIGCOMSAT, BON Partner to Enhance Broadcasting Services

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Aisha Bantam, spokesperson, NIGCOMSAT Limited,  on Wednesday. The company said this strategic alliance aims to improve the quality and reach of broadcasting services for BON members across the country for a period of three months.

According to Bantam, the development which aligns with the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy under the supervision of the Minister, Dr. Bosun Tijani, will see NIGCOMSAT leverage its state-of-the-art satellite technology to empower BON and its member organisations.

“This partnership will enable BON to seamlessly access NIGCOMSAT’s reliable and high-performance uplink services, ensuring their broadcast signals are delivered with unparalleled quality and consistency to viewers nationwide,” Bantam said.

Mrs. Jane Egerton-Idehen, managing director/chief executive officer, NIGCOMSAT Ltd, said the company is committed to driving digital transformation and enhancing connectivity across Nigeria.

She said: “By collaborating with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria, considering the strong influence it has in the media space and its contributions to the development of the society, we have the opportunity to elevate the country’s broadcasting landscape and bring the benefits of satellite technology to millions of Nigerians who rely on these vital services”, she added.

“The collaboration will commence immediately with NIGCOMSAT’s technical team working closely with BON to integrate their systems and ensure a seamless transition. This partnership underscores NIGCOMSAT’s dedication to supporting the growth and development of Nigeria’s media and communications sectors, ultimately empowering citizens with access to reliable and informative content,” the stated noted.

 


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Broadcasting

Big Brother Naija Returns for 9th Season with a New Twist

Published

on

Kindly share this post

Nigeria’s popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) is set to return for its ninth season on Sunday, July 28, 2024. The show still maintains its cash prize of N100 million and a brand-new SUV, among other prizes.

This season however will mark the first-time contestants will be entering the game as pairs, setting the stage for unprecedented alliances and thrilling competition.

The show’s organiser, MultiChoice Nigeria, revealed that this season will uphold the high standards of entertainment and drama that have come to be expected from the reality show series. Contestants from all over Nigeria with diverse backgrounds will compete for the grand prize over a total of 71 days.

“We are delighted to introduce a brand-new season of Big Brother Naija. The excitement on social media and the curiosity about this ninth season have been incredible,” said the Executive Head, Content and Channels, West Africa at MultiChoice, Dr Busola Tejumola.

“The theme for this season will be announced at the premiere as housemates enter the house in pairs. This innovative format promises to deliver fresh dynamics and unforgettable entertainment.”

Tejumola announced that the Showmax exclusive recap show, ‘The Buzz,’ featuring on-air personality Toke Makinwa, will return for this season. The show plays a complementary role in highlighting BBN’s high points and bringing more perspectives to viewers.


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Broadcasting

World PR Day: APRA Advocates Ethical, Responsible Use of AI

Published

on

Kindly share this post

African Public Relations Association (APRA) has called on its members to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and associated technologies for insights towards transformation of lives, the PR industry and contemporary life, with a caveat for ethical and responsible use of AI.

WPRD

This advice came in a message sent to members of the continental body by its president, Mr. Arik Karani. The message which came in commemoration of the 2024 World Public Relations Day (World PR Day) and resonates with the theme of this year’s celebration, “The Future of Public Relations in a Changing World”, noted that the unfolding reality of contemporary world signaled ‘unprecedented change and opportunity’.

The president stated that communication, analyses and strategies in PR such as “sentiment analysis, predictive analytics, automated content creation” are spheres where AI enhances the human agency and capabilities of the public relations practitioners and bolsters capacity for improvement in crisis communication, brand and stakeholder relationship management and otherwise complex issues.

In sounding a note of caution in AI utilisation, Mr. Karani urged PR practitioners in Africa to ensure that “the principles of transparency, accountability and inclusivity should guide our use of AI in public relations”, because PR practitioners have a duty to promote truth, bridge gaps and cultivate trust.

He reminded all members of APRA that those precepts are in congruence with the vision of APRA and promised the organisation’s dedication to advancing PR practice to foster promotional development, promote ethical standards to enhance the contribution of APRA to society through sustainable development of all sectors to drive social impact.

Karani, who is also the President of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK), appealed to APRA members to be open-minded to explore the endless opportunities of AI as a force for good in public relations so the profession can continue to play its central role in building understanding, enable dialogue and “creating a more connected and compassionate world”.


Kindly share this post
Continue Reading

Trending