The Vice President led a public-private investment delegation to showcase Nigeria’s improved business structure and operations, particularly in the Entertainment and Technology sector, to a host of investors and business leaders from these sectors. The Government turned to entertainment industry leader, Filmhouse and FilmOne, to lead discussions and give a presentation on the film and cinema landscape in Nigeria.
Managing Director of FilmOne, Moses Babatope, delivered a presentation and had this to say about the event:
“As an industry leader, FilmOne is so humbled and privileged by this opportunity to accompany the Vice President and contribute the efforts to position our industry and our country as a heavyweight in global conversations on Entertainment and Technology.
"We are looking forward to continued work with the Federal Government on what is an ingenious initiative. We would like to thank His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for this opportunity. We are also appreciative to our studio and industry partners who attended the summit and look forward to working with them even closer as our country grows into the global entertainment leader we all know it can be.”
Kene Okwuosa MD Filmhouse Cinemas who unfortunately could not make the trip added 'We are delighted to note that this much needed spotlight in the creative sector is coming at a time in our business where we are set to announce investments in soon to be announced Imax locations, a 4D cinema and our pilot community cinema project, all going to underscore our firm belief in the opportunities available in Nigeria's budding film sector. We thank the Vice President for playing a crucial role in instilling the much needed confidence in our partners, some of who attended the summit'
Also in attendance were music superstar, TufaceIdibia, Ebonylife Media CEO MoAbudu, CEO of Terra Kulture and foremost theatre entrepreneur BolanleAusten-Peters, StellaAlbright of Silverbird Group, Chocolate City Group Boss AuduMaikori, Music Video Director SesanOgunro, the Director- General of the NFC, the Director-General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Board (NTDB), the CEO of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), delegates from the Nigerian Bank of Industry (BOI).
We also had a plethora of Hollywood Studio Executives including:
KieranBreen (President, International Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox/BAFTA Chairman, L.A), BryanSong (Senior Vice President, International Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox), HelenMoss (Senior Vice President, International Distribution, Paramount Pictures), John Fithian (CEO, National Association of Theater Owners NATO), KarenMbanefo (Vice-President of Production Planning Twentieth Century Fox), MaryAnnHughes (Vice President of Production Planning, Walt Disney), MoniqueEsclavissat (Executive Vice President, Local Acquisitions and Productions), FumbiChima (Chief Information Officer, Fox Networks Group), as well as CraigDehmel (Head of Global Distribution, Imax Entertainment), ShehuGarba (Chief of Staff, Imax Corporation) and OziMenakaya, BenjaminKramer and AkshayMehta from the Creative Artists Association (CAA).
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