The successful TV reality show “Next Movie Star”, which is powered by digital interactive media, is intending to host candidates for five countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Liberia in its 2008 edition.
The aim of this TV reality show is to discover future movie stars, disclosed the show producer Shola Fajobi.
Fajobi explained to media practitioners at ABC/TV Siaka Stevens Street studio, yesterday that “The Next Movie Star” TV reality show is an interesting and educational show with lots of actions, excitement, training, losses and ejections, victories and continuity that will make TV viewers glued to their TV sets throughout the duration of the reality show.
He explained that viewer interaction is fully guaranteed as the viewers will decide who stays and who gets ejected through their votes, contributions and criticisms via SMS and the Internet.
The producer maintained that the objective of the “next movie star” reality show was to discover, nurture and promote new faces for the movie industry and provide measurable excitements for TV viewers of the five countries that would partake in the 2008 edition.
“It will also provide cost saving opportunities for brands and advertisers on their advertising and branding spread,” he explained.
“What the entertainment industry has done for us in Africa,” he said is “it has created newer opportunities for us to express ourselves, to express our talents to showcase what God has given us,” he explained.
Giving an overview of this $4 million project, he explained that “The next movie star” started as a hunt or drive for talents in 2005, basically in Nigeria. What we plan to do basically is to look at young vibrant new movie stars to replace the usual ones that we’ve had with the aim to refresh what viewers see,” he explained.
Fajobi explained what they started as a talent drive project- reality show is becoming a global thing. We converted “the next movie star” from a talent hunt drive to a reality TV show.
He disclosed that for 30 days 16 housemates would be kept in one house. Before the show commences we would be bring facilitators from all over the world – cameramen, producers, actors and directors- to train them on what it takes to be a movie star.
“For the 30 days in the house we will be giving them a task everyday; the task could be a script and they need to act the script- and act it well- the least marked housemate would be evicted during the course,” he disclosed.
“It is not just a talent hunt show it is a television content that must be exciting for viewers to stay glued to it, it must be really exciting. We must also deliver on our promises to discover new talent; provide excitement for TV viewers across Africa and add value to advertisers.”
Fajobi also disclosed that the prizes for the “next movie star” reality show includes: brand new car, movie contracts, $5,000 cash prize, to a flat in a choice location, and many more.
Renowned actor TJ Cole said, “it is a dream come true.”
ABC/TV Managing Director Jamaal Conteh who will be partnering with “the next movie star” applauded the venture by the Nigerian team to ensure that the movie industry develops in Sierra Leone. Registration forms will be available at the ABC/TV and online for free. Successful applicants after the audition will be flown to Nigeria to take part in the reality show.
By Ophaniel Gooding