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MultiChoice Group Hosts Media Showcase Event In Johannesburg.

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MultiChoice Group (MCG) hosted its second annual media
showcase, under the theme ‘Africa’s most-loved storyteller’, in
Johannesburg today with representatives from across the African
continent in attendance.

“Much has been achieved since our first showcase event,” shared
Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO of General Entertainment. “The
MultiChoice Group listed on the JSE Main Board on 27 February 2019, an
important milestone in our exciting journey of growth.”

In Africa, people love entertainment more than most, with daily
consumption of video entertainment on the continent around 50% higher
than the global average. As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, MCG’s
commitment is not only to create platforms for sharing Africa’s stories
but also investing in the development of local content and local talent
to ensure that the video entertainment industry across the continent
thrives and grows to compete with the best in the world. With over 30
years’ experience, MCG is the leading producer of local content in its
markets.

“Local content is a key differentiator for us, and we intend to
continue producing more of it for our various markets. Our latest set of
half-year results showed a 12% increase year-on-year in the number of
hours of local content production, and our local content library now
exceeds 54 000 hours,” added Phahle. “We will continue to shift a
greater percentage of spend towards local content.”

Local content highlights over the past six months have included the
launch of MCG’s first international co-production, Trackers, based on
the book by local author, Deon Meyer. The locally-produced drama, The
River, was nominated for an international Emmy Award and MCG won an
award at the Seoul International Drama Awards in Korea for The Herd. The
final votes cast in the latest season of Big Brother NAIJA increased to
a record 240 million, and the ratings for Survivor South Africa rose by
36% in relation to the previous season.

“Our investment in the development of local talent enables us to be a
contributor to award-winning entertainment content that resonates with
our 18.9 million subscribers across the continent,” continued Phahle.

Hot on the heels of Trackers, MCG has announced a new collaboration
with international producers, Mannequin Pictures. The co-produced
“Rogue” – which is set to launch on Showmax next year – is a thrilling
man vs animal drama which pits a team of ex-military fighters against
foreign terrorists and a pride of escaped lions, as they battle to save a
group of school girls from the clutches of a terror organisation.

“True to the spirit of genuine collaboration, this co-production
combines the knowhow and talent of Hollywood with our local talent and
crew, making it a perfect fit with our strategy of elevating our content
production to an international level. It also creates job opportunities
and improves the economics of filmmaking for everyone,” explained
Phahle.

Bringing top-quality international content to African screens is also
a key part of MCG’s mandate. “We constantly review our content and
channel offering to ensure our audiences are given fresh and exciting
content. We are thrilled to be launching three exciting new
international channels on DStv today,” said Phahle.

Airing for the first time in Africa and activated live at the
showcase event today, the CuriosityStream channel will deliver a world
of factual entertainment in one place, while CBS Justice will enthral
viewers with true crime documentaries. EuroNews will add a European
flavour to the already extensive portfolio of news channels on offer on
DStv’s various platforms. The launch of these channels follows MCG’s
recent agreement with A+E Networks to extend the carriage contract for
History and Lifetime, which continue to air on DStv.

In addition to this wide variety of entertainment content, MCG
continues to bring subscribers the best local and international sporting
content. MCG continues to partner with the PSL in the ever-popular
MultiChoice Diski Challenge, a soccer development programme that offers
opportunities to young aspiring footballers to enter the professional
league and to those who choose to work behind the cameras who are
involved in producing the soccer matches that are broadcast live into
the homes of thousands of soccer fans.

Over the past year, using the latest broadcasting technology,
equipment and a skilled crew, SuperSport delighted sports fans with
world-class broadcasts of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Cricket World
Cup and the Rugby World Cup, where SuperSport was one of only four
official broadcasters.

“In addition to the Springboks making history at the 2019 Rugby World
Cup Finals, another revolution has been quietly underway,” adds Phahle.
“This year marks the point that live-streaming of sports went
mainstream in Africa, breaking all-time online viewing records. The
final had an amazing three times more peak concurrent viewers than in
the first game.”

Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, also shared some exciting sports
content that enthusiastic sports fans can look forward to in 2020. The
sports channel will be broadcasting “The Match in Africa” the tennis
showdown between two of the greatest players in tennis history, Roger
Federer and Rafael Nadal in Cape Town on 7 February 2019. Also on offer
will be the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which are scheduled to take place from
24 July to 9 August 2020. With five 24-hour channels, SuperSport will
ensure that every medal event will be broadcast live.

In the ever-advancing world of video entertainment, innovation is a
key driver of the business. MCG has dedicated resources and the best
expertise to ensure it continuously improves the way in which customers
interact with the business. Using the behavioural patterns of its
customers and how they consume content, the company has been able to
create platforms tailored to customer needs.

Earlier this year, MCG launched three new self-service apps: the DStv
app, GOtv app and DStv’s Self Service on WhatsApp. The company also
redesigned its website to ensure a better user journey for customers. By
creating tailored customer experiences, MCG is driving user engagement
on its various platforms such as DStv Now, Showmax and BoxOffice.

“Ultimately, it is about improving our customers’ viewing experiences
by offering value for money, understanding customer preferences,
delivering high-quality entertainment and sports content and tailoring
platforms for diverse audiences. This also means we need to stay ahead
of technology, ensuring that our customers get access to their favourite
shows, anytime and anywhere,” concluded Phahle.

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“DJs Are Guardian Angels, Don’t Disrespect Them. – Merqury Quaye To Musicians.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA (www.georgebritton.com) - Astute Ghanaian media personality & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Merqury Republic; organizers of the annual Ghana DJ Awards, Merqury Quaye has urged recording and performing artistes to duly give respect to professionally trained persons who introduce or play existing recorded music for a live audience, especially on radio, tv or at a club; Disk Jockeys (DJs).

According to the founder of Ghana DJ Awards (a ceremony curated to celebrate and appreciate the talents of Disc Jockeys (DJs), as well as to foster the development of the Ghana music industry), Disc Jockeys, including Radio, Mobile and Club DJs are guardian angels who enormously and practically play a pivotal role to elevate musicians' craft.

In Facebook post sighted by www.goergebritton.com, the "Cruise Control" radio show host on Accra based Hitz 103.9 FM bemoaned, in perspective, expressed discontent or displeasure in musicians, precisely the Ghanaian performers who only generate humongous interest in their music streams, event bookings and organizations, neglecting the toils the DJs employ to make their respective fans love their craft.

The Joy Tv presenter, who doubles as a musician, revealed that, Ghanaian artistes need to understand they can’t look down on DJs, disrespect DJs, refuse to support DJs who repeatedly play back their songs to their audiences to fall in love with and expect the same DJs to passionately hype them, support them, and ultimately propel them to literally reach the diaspora.

Merqury Quaye also stated that, musicians should not be in exciting moods when the Disk Jockeys are pushng with their music career and making themselves unavailable when their presence is need, urging them to defy all odds as far as supporting the DJ is concerned. He explained that, in unity, they can conquer the world.

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Doreen Avio Chalks “Best Female Television Personality” At NELAS Awards.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM/U.K. (www.georgebritton.com) - On-Air Journalist serving at Ghana's leading broadcast media house; Multimedia Group Limited (M.G.L.), Doreen Avio has been adjudged the "Best Female Television Personality" at the just ended 5th installment of the Nollywood Entertainment and Leadership Awards (NELAS AWARDS).

This year's edition was staged at Epping Forest Hotel, 30 Oak Hill, Woodford Green, London IG8 9NY, and the Ghanaian born Journalist added the prestigious trophy to her laurel of awards alongside privately owned radio station in Accra-Ghana, Adom FM. The station which is owned and run by the media group company Multimedia Group Limited won the Best Radio Station Category.

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The awards ceremony is a platform dedicated to bring both celebrities and Leaders under one roof, as they cerebrate the achievements of well deserved Actors, Musicians, Leaders and individuals that stands out in the community. It also indulges in extensive research on an individual or group performances and recognises outstanding personalities and leaders who have made invaluable contributions in their various fields of human endeavours.

"NELAS founded five years ago, held its first edition on 9th, December 2017 at 02 Arena in London, UK with well over three hundred people in attendance", and it has become a rallying point for crème de la crème of the entertainment industry, Royal hierarchies, Sportsmen and women, successful business tycoons and members of the diplomatic corps. It has a high televisual potential which can be maximized to the benefit of the up and coming artisan, young leaders, sportsmen and women.

NELAS AWARDS core values is giving back to the community, by pioneering and championing the training project on renewable energy and solar panel since her inauguration in 2017. This project is serving as a gateway in enriching the youths with skills and development they need, giving them the skills to become employable, entrepreneur, not limited to; electrical, electronic engineer and much more resourceful to their communities at large.

Recipients of awards in previous years include Ghanaian dancehall artiste Jupitar, Nigerian artiste Flavour N'abania, Judith Jacob ( British actress from the BBC drama series Eastender).

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Naa Ashorkor, Jay Foley To Host New Morning Show On Joy Prime.

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“Prime Morning”, a new morning show soon to air on Joy Prime will star Ghanaian actress Naa Ashorkor alongside radio and television presenter Jay Foley as co-hosts.

For two hours every morning, Naa and Foley will take viewers through a series of motivational, dietary, lifestyle and health, sports, social, financial, traffic reports among other issues to get them ready for each day.

The show, which premieres on Friday the 6th of December 2019, falls in line with Joy Prime’s mission of providing 24 hours of non-stop, real entertainment in Ghana and Across Africa with programmes from the world’s best studios.

AE Media, producers of the show and partners of Multimedia Group on the project, say the show promises to be entertaining, modern, trustworthy and is created to present an unbiased view point for the average Ghanaian viewer.

Known by many for representing Ghana to cover the 2013, 2015 and 2016 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards, Jay Foley and his cohort Naa Ashorkor, two media giants in their own right will look to capture the attention of viewers and get them hooked on a channel that is fast becoming Ghana’s premier entertainment channel.

Prime Morning will premiere on Joy Prime on Friday the 6th of December and will air on Mondays to Fridays from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.

(Source: ameyawdebrah.com)

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Berima SeanBills Encourages People Of Ashaiman As He Hosted Stonebwoy’s ATTWC.

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Ghana’s finest Hype man Berima SeanBills (BSB) took center stage as the official MC for Stonebwoy’s annual Ashaiman To The World Concert (ATTWC).

Berima SeanBills who also hails from Ashaiman, took the opportunity to advise ‘his’ people to aim for greatness, as the municipality had produced stars such as Stonebwoy, actor Abraham Attah, footballer Thomas Partey, and many more prominent people.

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ATTWC was reportedly attended by over 100,000 people with performances from Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Quamina MP and many more other great artistes.

Berima SeanBills is the host of MuseAfrica’s Muse Tops, which is the premium Ghana countdown show aired every Saturday at 8:00 pm on Kwese TV.

He is also a record label executive at Twist Entertainment Legacy and also doubles as the MC for Ghana’s best nightclub Twist Night Club.

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