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Film commission eyes local productions to boost sector


 Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

The Kenya Film Commission will continue supporting local productions towards creating a vibrant film sector.

Chief Executive Timothy Owase said it is encouraging to see the progressive growth in Kenyan productions and their popularity.

He was speaking during the launch of a new drama series, KIU, by pay-television broadcaster StarTimes on Thursday, which premieres next week.

“We are here to celebrate another milestone in our creative industry, a production aimed at telling our own stories,” Owase said.

This year, StarTimes committed to injecting an additional Sh200 million in local content, with KIU being the latest production, following the success of the firm’s local content channel, Rembo TV.

KIU boasts of some of Kenya’s best actors and joins a variety of exclusive local content productions executed this year.

“With more than 100 episodes to its name, KIU has leveraged our audience research, rating, content analysis and development towards conceptualising this local drama and it is our commitment to continue supporting Kenya’s creative industry through commissioning more original productions,” said StarTimes CEO Hanson Wang.

Kenya Film Classification Board acting Chief Executive Christopher Wambua said the agency has redefined the role of film agents in Kenya to enable local filmmakers to obtain licences directly without going through a film agent.

 

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