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StarTimes tap Chinese bureau in joint local production venture

By Noel Wandera
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019
StarTimes. Photo/Courtesy

StarTimes Kenya has tapped Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio and Television for a joint broadcast content development initiative between Kenyan and Chinese actors.

The development will see the first-ever Sino-Africa reality television show highlighting a cross-cultural exchange whilst building capacity for local creatives and content developers.

The show is designed to search for the next outstanding movie superstar.

Funded by the Chinese government and produced by StarTimes in collaboration with local content partners, the show will see Raymond Ofula, Neomi Ngang’a, Peter Kamau and Nick Mutuma act as judges and mentors for the hundreds of aspiring and established thespians and actors with the grand prize being an opportunity to be in a local movie to be launched on international platforms across the globe.

Speaking during the 5th Anniversary for the Exhibition Beijing Top TV Dramas and Movies Broadcasting Season which also marked the official unveil of the Next Superstar Show, the Director of Culture, Ministry of Sports Culture and Heritage Dr. Kiprop Lagat said: It is encouraging to see theBeijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television explore collaboration opportunities with local broadcast content developers key in availing opportunities for the local talent to equally share experiences with the people of China through film.

“Congratulations to the shortlisted actors who will feature in the television show, as we mark the 5th anniversary of our TV series Africa exhibition, we are impressed with the warm reception and adaptability and look forward to growing our audience in Kenya,” said Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television Xu Liquo,

The twelve episodes of the Next Superstar show will broadcast on StarTimes Sino Drama channel from December 8th adding to the growing list of local content productions that the pay-television broadcaster continues to roll out towards enriching the subscriber offering having already injected over 200 million towards the establishment of Rembo TV, an exclusive local channel available on the platform.

Actors James Webbo, Ellah Maina and Faiz Francis Ouma were shortlisted from a pool of over 100 participants who auditioned for the show who will now form the main cast.