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Film Producers Trained To Effectively Market Their Films.



ACCRA, GHANA, February 9th, 2020/ The Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) has held a three-day workshop for film makers on how to effectively market their films to get their monies worth.

The workshop, which formed part of the “Fresh Craft” intercultural training programme for TV series, gave participants the opportunity to learn more about the African landscape of film distribution and the world at large.

The Fresh Craft programme was launched by the German Film and TV Academy Berlin (DFFB) in collaboration with the African Film Schools; MAISHA Film Lab, Uganda and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Ghana.

It focused on the development, production and marketing of a web series with the participation of students of all fields of study from all three institutions. Participants at the workshop included students and film makers from Germany, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda, and had previously worked on documentaries and films.

Mr Jurgen Seidler, the Head of the Fresh Craft programme and a lecturer, speaking at the opening of the workshop, said it was an important programme to make students know the kind of market they would be facing and strategize accordingly to distribute their films.

He said this was an intercultural exchange between people from different countries. This is a way of working together to create a kind of new energy for the student film makers.

Mr Seidler said film makers needed to know their audience to give them the right content to enhance their marketing and distribution.

Mr George Bosompim, NAFTI Head of Film Directing, commended Fresh Craft and other sponsors for the initiative, adding, this will ensure that these students do not leave their work on shelves but rather make money out of it.

Mr Cosby Bikpe, a content developer, distributor and facilitator at the workshop, said film makers were facing challenges in the sector because content producers had stuck to one particular mode of content distribution for far too long and there was the need to change.

He said the film market in Ghana had suffered through the digital transformation and producers needed to move with the times. This is the only way to claim back the market.

“This has brought about a fall in the market share to the extent that you do not get people buying Ghanaian content,” he stated.

Mr Bikpe said it was important for a change in the thought process, commodity delivery and processes of film marketing.

He said there was also the need to use different variable medium in film marketing, which is safer and encrypted so that they could get their monies back.

Source: Ghana Web

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Nana Ama McBrown Celebrates Her Daughter’s First Birthday With A Newly Built Canteen For An Orphanage



ASHANTI REGION KUMASI, GHANA, February 23rd, 2020/ Actress Nana Ama Mcbrown went on a gift-giving spree on February 21 as her daughter turned one.

Actress Nana Ama Mcbrown went on a gift-giving spree as her daughter turned one.

A day to baby Maxin’s birthday, the actress announced on her social media handle she would be giving out goodies to some of her followers.

Baby Maxin turned one year old on Friday, February 21, 2020. Later, McBrown, in the company of family and friends headed out to Ashan Children’s Village in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region to commission a 100 seater canteen, she built for the orphanage.

The canteen which will also serve as an assembly hall has a fixed television set and stocked refrigerator.

Speaking during the donation, McBrown indicated her actions were to honour the promises she made to God prior to the childbirth.

She also distributed gift items including drinks, biscuits and water to the orphanage.

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Lauren London Speaks On Dating Rumors With Diddy; This Is What She Had To Say.



Lauren London is still grieving, so she does not have time for relationship rumors.

According to Page Six, some fans started speculating if the girlfriend of the late Nipsey Hussle had struck up a romance with P. Diddy after he posted a photo of them at the Roc Nation pre-GRAMMY brunch on his Instagram, with the caption:

“More Lost Files … Me & My Sister @laurenlondon at the @rocnation brunch.”

Lauren London took to her Instagram to make sure fans know that she still only has eyes for Hussle. She wrote:

“I’m all love and peace but never forget….I’m a woman in grief and I don’t play about Nip, my family ,my character and code. Bout to drink a green juice to start the day though.”

She also posted the message: “Stop f**king with me and my name. Now let me get back to healing.”

Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s death and he is certainly not forgotten.

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Tyler Perry’s New Comedy About Kid Rapper ‘Young Dylan’ Drops Trailer



Young Dylan, also known as Dylan Gilmer, is set to take his talents to TV with the help of Tyler Perry. Nickelodeon’s new series, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan, will premiere Feb. 29, at 8:30 (ET/PT).

According to the press release, the show description states, “Dylan’s grandmother Viola (Aloma Wright) realizes that raising her grandson is too much to take on, so she decides to send him to live indefinitely with her affluent son Myles Wilson (Carl Anthony Payne II), his wife Yasmine (Mieko Hillman) and their two kids Rebecca (Celina Smith) and Charlie (Hero Hunter). Suddenly, the Wilson family household needs to adapt as lifestyles clash between rising hip-hop star Young Dylan and his straight-laced cousins.”

Perry made a surprise visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show last October, when Gilmer was a guest, and announced that the young rapper would be starring in his own TV series.

“I’m excited to work with Brian (Robbins) and the team at Nickelodeon and find creative ways to reach new audiences,” Perry told Degeneres. “I love creating comedy television and can’t wait to work with the talented Young Dylan.”

The 10-year-old phenom has been seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2019.

Watch the first clip of Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan below:

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Kenyan Director Lands Hollywood Gig



NAIROBI – KENYA, Thursday February 20, 2020/ – Award-winning Kenyan director, Wanuri Kahiu, known for her controversial, locally produced film, “Rafiki”, has been selected to direct an upcoming movie in the United States based on the novel The Black Kids.

Taking to social media, the producer cum author shared the new project alert, expressing her excitement for the major, upcoming task.

“New project alert: Excited to be working with Gotham on this,” she tweeted.

In the film, Wanuri, who is under Gotham Group’s management, will share the stage with among others; Allison Davis- a world-renowned producer and writer who will be adapting it.

Kahiu’s previous film, Rafiki was banned in Kenya ahead of its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it made history as the first Kenyan film to be selected.

In September 2018, however, the High Court temporarily lifted the ban imposed on the film to allow it to be considered for an award at the Oscars. However, it missed out on the nomination.

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