Television Producer Dies After Setting Himself Ablaze

Algerian TV Producer, Youcef Goucem. Credit: @BenbouzidOkba

An Algerian television producer died from severe burns Thursday more than two weeks after setting himself on fire over unpaid wages, his son told AFP. 

Youcef Goucem, 61, doused himself in flammable liquid and lit it in the offices of private channel Dzair TV on January 7 after claiming he had not been paid for work on a soap opera in 2017.

His desperate act stirred emotions in Algeria, with a hundred professionals working in television and cinema decrying the “anxiety” they face on the job.

Dzeir TV said it regretted “a commercial dispute that had unfortunately turned into a drama” in a statement after Goucem set himself ablaze.

The channel said Goucem had been reassured by the outlet’s new boss that his claim was being processed.


‘Wedding Party’ Two Hits Cinema This Christmas

About a year after the movie, the Wedding Party shattered the Nigerian box-office, the Producers return with a sequel ‘Wedding Party’ Two.

The Executive Producer, Mo Abudu believes that the movie addresses serious issues. Speaking with Channels Television, during the screening in Lagos on Thursday, she said the movie can compete with any other movie across countries.

“It is a very serious movie dealing with serious issues. We see Sola Sobowale crying. You can imagine the work of the Director to get her to be that emotional. It is a very big movie. This film can sit shoulder to shoulder, anywhere in the world,” she said.

The Director of part one, Kemi Adetiba passed on the directorial duties to Niyi Akinmolayan for this second instalment. Living up to the standards already set by the wedding party one, Akinmolayan admits, it comes with a bit of pressure.

The storyline relegated the lead characters from the first installment to the background and focused on support casts Nonso Onwuka and Deardre Winston played by Enyinna Nwigwe and Daniella Down.

Tinuade Coker, played by Sola Sobowale became the sensation of the Wedding Party, and the ace up Niyi Akinmolayan’s sleeves is to replicate that sensation in another character chosing South-African actor, Michael De-pinna.

Banky W and wife Adesua Etomi announced their engagement on the set of the Wedding Party 2 in Dubai and ever since this announcement, they have dominated the news tabloids. Banky who is still finding his footings in the acting world where he has forayed from music had to rely on some of the experiences of his cast mates to deliver under pressure.

Another forayer from the music industry is rapper Ikechukwu whose character, Sola enjoyed more prominence as well Harrison a character played by Frank Donga.

The film closes with Sola appearing to have found love causing many to suspect it is a foundation for a third installment.

After months of anticipation, The Wedding Party 2, shot in Lagos and Dubai will hit the big screens this Christmas season in every film theatre across Nigeria.

NEW MUSIC: ‘The Other Room’ – Cobhams Asuquo Ft Ugovinna

the-other-room-editedNigeria’s quintessential musician, producer, and songwriter, Cobhams Asuquo has added a tongue-in-cheek and humourous perspective to the controversial #TheOtherRoom comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The producer has teamed up with Ugovinna to release a song titled, ‘The other room.’

According to Cohhams, “‘The other room’ song is not an attack on the President or the Presidency.

Rather, the song is a present day representation of the Nigeria we know and love, and are very much concerned about.”

He said the song is lighthearted and “guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of listeners while underscoring very serious social issues.”

The artistes added that the song is also “a humorous recap of recent events that have been woven into the fabric of our shared political history as a nation.”

“We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it,” they added.




Funmi Holder Screens Debut Movie ‘The Grudge’

Funmi Holder, The grudge, Actress and Producer Funmi Holder, has now wrapped up production of her debut film, ‘The Grudge’.

She hosted the cast, crew and celebrities to a VIP screening of the drama in Ikeja, Lagos.

The cast while sharing their experiences working with her, expressed joy over the outcome of the film.

One of the cast, Iretiola Doyle, said she is so proud of Funmi, for being able to play her roles properly both as an actress and a producer.Funmi Holder, The grudge,

“It’s not easy and she has taken on this huge endeavor and I dare-say that she has taken it on successfully” she said.

Being an actor herself, Mrs Doyle said “Funmi knows how to handle her actors too”.

The movie also stars fast rising actress, Ijeoma Aniebo who played the role of a poor woman, struggling by all means to support her family.

Ijeoma said she has been asked a lot of questions concerning her choice of role and Funmi Holder, The grudgein response to that she says “the human experience is a global experience and getting to understand what people are going through is incredible”.

For her, working with industry experts such as Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe Damijo among others, was a career dream come true.

Richard Mofe–Damijo on the other hand is well aware of his influence on the younger generation of colleagues in the film industry, including the movie director, who is also just having his first shot at directing.Funmi Holder, The grudge,

According to him, if he notices the team involves a younger generation, he tries to make them as comfortable as possible.

The movie whose theme is centered on how to manage relationships and as the name implies, the effects of holding resentment for close associates with a focus on marriage and family, was directed by Yemi Morafa.

Respect Celebrities’ Rights To Privacy – Joseph Benjamin

Joseph BenjaminNollywood actor, Joseph Benjamin, has advised fans to allow the lives of celebrities to remain private.

Speaking with Channels Television Entertainment News, he said that most celebrities do not enjoy the criticisms or scandalous comments about them, “Everything that concerns us is personal and should remain private, we are human beings and are sensitive.

“We spend our time and talents entertaining you, what we expect in return is love, support and constructive criticism, not to rundown the brand because it affects you as a person psychologically.”

The Nollywood star also encouraged his colleagues going into politics but noted that he has no interest in joining the bandwagon, rather he would be further building his grip on the entertainment business.

He revealed that he would be going into music soon and fans should watch out for him, “The music side of Benjamin will be unveiled soon” he stated.

Joseph Benjamin also revealed that he is currently working on a movie but producing “is still in the offing, you all should stay glued.”

I Got My Fame From Reality Show – Mcnwizu

Reality ShowNollywood actress, Bayray Mcnwizu, believes appearing on a reality TV show was a good foundation she built her career on.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Ms. Mcnwizu, who joined the industry in 2008 has already featured in a number of top movies and stage plays.

Sharing her experience during the reality show, she noted that it was rigorous, “You were watched 24 hours, you have to write a short film and I was once a captain of the house”.

Mcnwizu admitted that her exploits on the reality show gave her fame, as she got the opportunity to build a fan base from an early stage. Since then she has maintained her love for challenges and has taken every role as it comes.

She, however, said that her inspiration and encouragement to continue in her line of career had always come from her late sister who she said always believed in her.

Mcnwizu sees herself as a global producer representing Nigeria in 10 years’ time.

Tarantino Sues Website, Publisher Over Script Leak

Quentin Tarantino is suing online publisher Gawker Media and the website for more than 1 million dollars for posting a copy of his unproduced screenplay.

The lawsuit accuses of illegally posting Tarantino’s script for “The Hateful Eight” and accuses Gawker Media of copyright infringement for posting a link to the script.

Tarantino said last week that he was halting production on the film due to the script’s release.

The Oscar-winning director had planned to shoot his next movie, a tense, contained and very bloody Western, centred on bounty hunters, using 70-millimeter stock, a rare and expensive high-definition film, according to a copy of the script obtained by TheWrap.

Tarantino accused agents for one of the three actors he had met with for parts – Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen – for the leak, although the actual source is still unknown.

Quentin Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, and an aestheticization of violence that often results in the exhibition of neo-noir characteristics

One of his works, Pulp Fiction, a neo-noir crime film that became a major critical and commercial success, has been widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. It was ranked the greatest film in 25 years between 1983 to 2008 by American magazine, Entertainment Weekly.

Unemployment Is Like Poverty– Pascal Dozie

The Chairmen MTN Communication Pascal Dozie clearly stated that unemployment is a problem in Nigeria.

In looking at the solutions to end the plague of unemployment in Nigeria, Pascal said that “Unemployment is like Poverty and Nigeria has to grow out of it, and the only way to grow out of unemployment is by employment”.

He said Nigeria has to have those opportunities to get people employed and he feels that the SME’s are the best opportunities to create employment.

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