A new group of talented TV and film professionals has entered the local entertainment industry, as the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) class of 2023 graduated from the Southern Africa MTF Academy in Lusaka, Zambia.
MTF is a shared value training programme launched by MultiChoice to develop the next generation of African storytellers. Since its inception, it continues to train the next wave of African filmmakers in response to the increasing need for more quality local African productions across the continent.
The MTF Southern Africa academy class graduated on 17 November 2023, after a 12-month intensive programme inclusive of practical and in-class theoretical curriculum accredited by the University of Zambia. The graduation celebrated the talent and hard work of 19 students across six countries in the Southern region, who have put in many hours of honing their skills and expanding their knowledge and networks in the industry.
During the academic year, the graduates were also given a chance to further their career development through practical attachments with the various industry leading Multichoice productions such as Zuba, Mpali and 10 Tamanga Street.
“I thank this year’s MTF graduates for their dedication and commitment to the course,” says MTF Southern Africa Academy Director Christopher Puta. “I also look forward to seeing the work they go on to produce as they further their careers in the industry. During the programme, they have shown incredible talent. Now it is time for them to go out and apply that talent, for the benefit of the entertainment industry in Southern African, and across the continent.”
Speaking at the MTF 2023 graduation on behalf of the Minister of Education, Douglas Siakalima, Mr Ngosa Kotati, Director in the ministry said: “I’m proud to say today that the Multichoice Talent Factory fulfils so many of aspirations already: it is providing technical and vocational skills; it is providing entrepreneurial skills; it is providing mentorship; and it is supporting our youth in the most incredible way.”
The recent cohorts of MTF Southern Academy graduates have spent the past 12 months on the programme, gaining practical skills in screenwriting, editing, producing and directing. Skills are learned through training, study and practical projects such as short films, TV adverts, mini documentaries and music videos.
The curriculum includes workshops, lectures, masterclasses and assignments, and the final stage of the course sees students developing feature films for broadcast on MultiChoice local channels and Showmax.
Having now produced its fourth cohort of graduates, MTF has proven that the African entertainment industry is bursting with talent. Its partnerships with renowned organisations such as the New York Film Academy, Lights, Camera, Diaspora!,Zee World Channel and the University of Zambia have also established MTF as a premier provider of media and technology training in Africa.
“For aspiring filmmakers, the MTF Academy is now acknowledged as a great path to a career in the African entertainment sector,” says MultiChoice Southern Africa Regional Director Kemi Omotosho. “For the industry, it now functions as a production line of 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.”
Omotosho said the MTF Southern Africa academy in Lusaka was playing an important role in directly developing the industry in the region, ensuring it was sustainable, and providing a pipeline of talent for local productions.
MTF alumni have already gone on to work on several successful productions in markets across the continent. MTF graduates are working as directors, producers, sound designers, camera operators, art directors and editors on major African productions including Mpali, Zuba, My Horror Love Story and Various Productions on Channels such as Zambezi Magic, One Zed, Honey TV, Kwenda Magic and Maningue Magic.
Other alumni are even working further afield on international productions. Some are furthering their studies at institutions like the New York Film Academy (NYFA), or as part of the Mandela Washington fellowship programme. In late 2023, MTF Southern graduate Victor Lushinjilo Kasanga was sponsored to attend an eight-week programme at the prestigious New York Film Academy (NYFA), where he achieved an A grade. He has gone on to establish Grey Room Studios, an audio post-production studio in Lusaka, which was contracted to work on Night of Laughter Season 2 on Zambezi Magic.
Beyond the Academy, MTF also works to empower the industry in other ways. MTF has taken an active role in the Zambia Filmmakers Guild as well as the development and formation of the Zambia National Film Commission.
The academy has also recently launched the ‘Expansion Program’ aimed at expanding its skills development offering to practical, industry expert-led skills workshops outside of its academies. This affords local broadcasters as well as film and television professionals the opportunity to learn and upskill their filmmaking abilities.
Earlier this year, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) were the first two institutions to benefit from this initiative, covering both the technical and administrative aspects of television broadcasting. During the training, MTF also donated two production toolboxes to support the engineering teams in maintaining their equipment.
“MTF is a collaborative platform for our sector to develop talent,” says Omotosho. “It is helping to build the future of Southern Africa’s film and TV industry. We thank all our partners, stakeholders and collaborators for coming together to grow local skills and invest in Africa’s future.”
MultiChoice launches GOtv Stream in Zambia. A new way to experience the best of sports and entertainment!
NO stranger to bringing entertainment into homes across the nation, MultiChoice is expanding its online offering, by introducing GOtv Stream to GOtv customers across Zambia.
“It is no secret that more and more people are leaning toward streaming services to experience uninterrupted entertainment that’s uninhibited by infomercials and ads. GOtv Stream is just another way MultiChoice Zambia is continuing our trend of upward innovation, as we strive to evolve with our audiences and their viewing needs.”, says Leah Kooma, Managing Director, MultiChoice Zambia
MultiChoice and DStv have already made their presence in the digital space with their online platform – DStv Stream, and now GOtv customers can enjoy the same user-friendly, and personalized streaming at their fingertips. The new feature allows viewers to seamlessly watch their favourite programmes and other content on electronic devices, keeping them connected at any time and from anywhere.
Ms Kooma reiterates that, “You may recall, GOtv was officially launched in Zambia on 5th September 2011, and now with the introduction of GOtv Stream customers will enjoy a great online service. What drives innovation for us, is providing our customers with the content they love, in the way that best suits them. As the home of the best sports and entertainment we will continue to deliver unrivalled value and choice for our customers”.
She adds: “GOtv Stream is an online service that will allow all GOtv customers take a subscription and enjoy our content anywhere and at any time. The launch of GOtv will allow us to expand our online offering and bring more great entertainment closure to the customers”.
Some of the functionality available are; Live TV, TV guide, CatchUp, use on up to four devices, downloading content to devices, and Live Chat. All paid up GOtv customers, with an internet connection can download and use GOtv Stream for free – available on Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Government secures an equity partner for Mopani Copper Mines
FOLLOWING the ongoing negotiations to revamp operations at Mopani Copper Mines on the Copperbelt, Government has finally secured an equity partner.
The Equity partner being International Resources Holdings (IRH) an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding was selected after an extensive process.
The process was undertaken by ZCCM-IH, together with Rose Child and Company, a company based in South Africa.
In carrying out the process of revamping the mine, which started last year in June, the process focussed on assessing Mopani’s balance sheet due to high level indebtedness and also finding a suitable partner for sustainable development.
Announcing the development, Mines and Minerals Development Minister Paul Kabuswe said the selection of an equity partner will help restore life back into Mopani.
“I wish to announce and I am so glad and exited to announce that after extensive and thorough process, Government through the directors of ZCCM-IH have appointed a strategic equity partner for Mopani. The preferred partner selected is International Resource Holding Limited an affiliate of Abu Dhabi Conglomerate International holding company,” he said.
He said the partner selected is expected to inject funds into Mopani to stabilise short term work requirements, completion of the mine projects and unlock its potential.
Mr Kabuswe also stated that the equity partner will also reset the existing relationship with Glencore.
He further added that other details of the development at Mopani will be announced in due course when signing of the deal is being made.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
Over 30 people trapped after a mine accident in Chingola
MORE than 30 people are believed to be trapped in an open pit mine in Chingola district on the Copperbelt after a mining accident.
Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu said the affected are trapped as a result of earth collapsing and has since asked the nation at large to put the affected in prayer.
Mr Mwiimbu speaking in Parliament said more than 30 people are trapped and the rescue team is on site
“May I just inform the nation that we have a tragedy that is brewing in Chingola where a number of our people have been affected by a collapse of the open pit in Chingola. We have more than 30 people under the rubble and we are struggling to retrieve them. We would like to ask all of us to put our citizens in prayer,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)