Saturday, 1 November 2014

ANCOP President urges global collaboration with Nollywood

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The President of the Association of Nollywood Core Producers (ANCOP) and Vice President of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), Comrade Alex Eyengho, has called on the international community to collaborate with the Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood, particularly in the areas of co-production, financing, buying, selling and contents distribution which he described as “a fertile ground for potential investors and collaborators.”

Comrade Eyengho made
this call recently in Cannes, France, in a paper he presented titled ‘Expanding Horizons in Nigeria: The Nollywood Case Study’ at the just concluded 2014 edition of MIPCOM, the biggest TV and entertainment market which holds in the town of Cannes once every year, normally in October.

Eyengho while stressing the need for a fair and transparent business relationship between Nollywood producers and national or pan-African broadcasters, he highlighted some of the issues producers have with broadcasters as buyers of Nollywood contents to include: “ Too many broadcasters don’t respect copyright law and simply broadcast our contents without our permission and without payment as well as system of “barter” whereby the broadcaster gives producer a slot and he/she has to find a sponsor for the advertising airtime around it – is neither fair nor transparent.”

The award-winning filmmaker also emphasized the need for an efficient system to collect royalty payments in Nigeria for audiovisual producers and authors.

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