Screen Africa reports PANA TV (COO) Mandy Roger recently quit, only to emerge with her own film distribution company. What’s particularly interesting is that it appears she is distributing films under her new company in the same marketing channel. It is unclear.
Even more interesting is that SANI Films, her new film company, has acquired over 600 feature films and 60 television series in diverse languages and serves as a distributor to sub-distributors/media retailers including owners of VOD platforms. Where are the 600 films and 60 television series coming from?
Where they amassed during her time at PANA? If so, in what scope and capacity? PANA TV has not even really officially launched, just yet. They had the major exclusive licensing deal that saw them acquiring Half of a Yellow Sun. It’s unclear what became of the execution of that deal and whether in fact it was worth the licensing dollars spent on it.
The PANA TV site is inaccessible (as of the time of this post) to see what the latest news is on the brand, but I find this news rather peculiar. Check it out for yourselves and tell me what you think.
“We acquire non-exclusive distribution rights and pitch the content to all broadcasters, VOD platforms, mobile operators and telcos worldwide,” says Roger.
saniFilms currently has approximately 600 feature films from all African countries in various languages, as well as 60 television series. Roger is focused on building the factual catalogue and is interested in acquiring more content and negotiating deals on the contributor’s behalf. All African content is considered, whether from Africa or abroad, so saniFilms also accepts Afro-Brazilian, African American and Caribbean material. . .” – Screen Africa
Sani Films description:
We aggregate & distribute the finest and most compelling African inspired films and TV content across all genres and languages to the world.
saniFilms acquires & distributes the finest and most compelling African inspired films and TV content across all genres and languages to the world. Our mission is to uplift public appreciation of African film, taking it to new global audiences accessible on multiple platforms.”- Sani Films Facebook page description
PANA TV description“Company Overview
Pana Television is an Internet television service that legally streams African inspired video content worldwide. Our catalogue of videos include; movies, documentaries, music videos, fashion, animation, sports, sitcoms, news, reality, business and lifestyle videos in various languages such as English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic. Pana Television also provides one of the largest databases of African actors, actresses, producers and artists.
The mission for panatelevision is simple: to entertain, educate and spur positive discussions about Africa.” PANA TV Facebook page.