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Netflix announces multi-year production deal with the Obamas

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Barack and Michelle Obama will work both in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

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The unique pact was announced on Monday. The first content from the Obamas will appear in 2019 at the earliest, according to a person involved in the deal.

Netflix did not specify a timeline. But the company’s announcement of the deal said “the Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features.”

Sometimes the former president and first lady will be on camera as hosts or moderators, the source said on condition of anonymity. In other cases they will stay behind the scenes as producers.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The Obamas are giving Netflix valuable content that many of the streaming service’s 125 million members may want to watch. And Netflix is giving the Obamas a valuable platform to stay visible in their post-White House years.

The Obamas said Monday that they want to harness “the power of storytelling” to promote common values.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” Barack Obama said in a statement.

“Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership,” Michelle Obama added.

The Obamas now need to hire a team of producers. They have set up a company called Higher Ground Productions “as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix,” Netflix said.

These types of exclusive production partnerships are common in Hollywood — in fact, Netflix has been attracting a bevy of A-listers, including Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

But this is a first-of-its-kind deal for a former U.S. president.

The talks with Netflix were first reported back in March.

Back then, The New York Times described two potential shows. In one, “Mr. Obama could moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency.” Another show “could feature Mrs. Obama on topics, like nutrition, that she championed in the White House.”

In the final days of the Obama administration, it was reported that Obama was interested in pursuing digital media ventures after he left office.

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director at the time, told CNN that “he is very interested in how people consume information and the changing trends,” citing online and mobile news consumption.

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MultiChoice launches all-Ugandan TV channel

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Albert Nga, Marketing Manager MultiChoice Uganda addresses media during the Pearl Magic TV launch on Monday.

Albert Nga, the Marketing Manager MultiChoice Uganda addresses media during the Pearl Magic TV launch on Monday.

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MultiChoice has launched an all-Ugandan TV channel dubbed “Pearl Magic” on its DStv and GOtv platform. The new channel will be entertainment-focused and will be showing content from music shows to movies to dramas to telenovelas among others.

While addressing media at MultiChoice Uganda Head office, Albert Nga, Marketing Manager MultiChoice Uganda said, “We are excited to introduce Pearl Magic, a channel that is truly Ugandan with a focus on Ugandan content. This is going to additional value to our DStv subscribers in terms of resonance with a channel that they can claim ownership to.”

“This channel also demonstrates our investment in growing local content that resonates with our subscribers and our continued support to the growth and development of the African entertainment industry.” He added.

Pearl Magic TV officially hit the airwaves on Monday and airs on DStv channel 161 while GOtv subscribers can watch it on channel 304. The channel is restricted to East Africa only.

Mariam Ndagire, a local film director and actress, has expressed excitement about the new TV channel noting that this will be another big platform to showcase Ugandan films and culture.

“This is a platform we as filmmakers have yearned for for a longtime. Now that we have a home for our content, we should fully capitalize on it by ensuring we put out quality work that will meet expectations of the viewers. This will also be another way to promote Uganda by using the TV channel to showcase our culture to the rest of the world.” She said.

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Judithiana Quits Urban Tv

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By Consolate Namyalo
Well, it looks like the “season of moving on” is upon us and has seen different media personalities quit for personal reasons, most of them saying they are simply moving on to pursue different projects.

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We have previously seen, the likes of Mackenzie, Siima Sabiiti, Rudende, and recently Crystal Newman quit shows they were popularly known for, for other ventures.

Judithiana now joins the list as she made an announcement via social media saying she will be leaving Urban TV’s Saloon talk show which she has been hosting for over four years.

She posted, “Unfortunately, I will not be HOSTING SALOON TALK any more. It’s been 4 years of fun, entertainment, tears and growth. Thank you so much URBAN TV for believing in my magic. As 4 the Salon Talk fans, thanks for riding with me.”
She however, keeps her radio show at Radiocity and hopes to grace our screens again, some time.

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KYENVU Finally Premiers In Uganda:

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KYENVU (Love and other things) only knocks as a courtesy, a short film by Kemiyondo Coutinho has finally got a date to officially be screened in the country after enjoying its fair share of success across Africa and elsewhere.

It will be screening today ,the 26th of July at Acacia Mall 7pm and 8.30pm.

It is proudly associated with Chapter Four and the Norwegian Embassy who have made this happen.

Starring our very own Coutinho Kemiyondo and Michael Wawuyo Jr, the short has already received a couple of awards at the Pan African Film Festival(best short film) and Zanzibar International Film Festival (East African Talent Award).

It is Produced by Adomaya,Kemistry Klass,Jajja productions and Quad A.

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