8 September 2017
Dabo Denies $20,000 Kumawood Fees
Actor Yaw Dabo has debunked claims that some actors, including himself, are paid $20,000 each for lead roles in local language Ghanaian films.
The diminutive actor, who was adjudged the discovery of the year at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards, mentioned that the rumour is far from the reality.
“Everyone likes money and we get paid but not to the extent you are talking about,” he denied the figure on when he took his turn on Yvonne Okoro’s cooking show, Dinning With.
Ghanaian and majority of African actors do not display their rate cards in public, unlike in other acting jurisdictions.
Most of them shy away from talking about figures in public, but Dabo dares to be different. He was not scared to drop hints to his acting salary when he was asked.
He went on to say, “We get paid but not to that extent. However, the least I take is three thousand cedis (GH₵3,000).”
But he won’t elaborate on the highest amount he has ever taken home.
He was on the cooking show with Kalybos to show their cooking prowess while they shared jokes on the platform.
Dabo also reacted to various questions about his career and acting in general, and had confirmed to the hostess that some local language actors sometimes don’t use script to act.
He said reading scripts and improvising stifles creativity sometimes, instead, acting extempore is the best.
In March 2016, Dabo reportedly disclosed that he has become a rich man courtesy the movies. He even sometimes gives loans to people in need of money and added that he does not give less than a thousand Ghana cedis.
His position is a direct contrast to Yvonne Okoro’s views, who recently claimed that acting doesn’t pay in Ghana. Dabo seems to be enjoying his career.
New Urban Brew Studios CEO appointed
Urban Brew Studios announces the appointment of Verona Duwarkah as their new CEO. Verona, who has extensive television and content production management experience, takes over from Richard Tsai who’s been the acting CEO since the beginning of this year. Tsai takes up the role of COO at Urban Brew Studios.
Verona takes up the position of Urban Brew Studios CEO with immediate effect. During her 26 year career in the media industry, she has held various leadership positions at the SABC including General Manager of Strategic Projects between 2007and 2012 and Group Executive of SABC Television between 2012 and 2016. Most recently, Verona has been a Consultant and Business Manager at Cote Ouest, the largest distributor of content in Africa.
Kagiso Media Group CEO Mark Harris says, “We look forward to Verona sharing her experience, which spans various aspects of the business, including finance, TV channel management, content production management, strategy development and implementation as well as general and executive management. We welcome her to the Kagiso Media family and know she will be an asset.”
Verona says she looks forward to working with the talented Urban Brew Studios team, “I am incredibly excited to take on this challenge as I move on to the next level of my career in an entirely different business environment. I look forward to applying my many years of media experience in this business ensuring that it grows and adapts to a rapidly changing landscape.”
The Johannesburg-based Urban Brew Studios latest productions include; #WTF Tumi, Tyres & Braaiers, E! Host, Break da Beat and Top Chef South Africa. It also has numerous legacy productions like YOTV, Live AMP and RGB under its banner.
Paris Mashile back in the hot seat at Icasa
The former chairman of communications regulator Icasa, Paris Mashile, is back in the hot seat, albeit in an acting capacity.
He replaces outgoing acting chairman Rubben Mohlaloga, whose term as councillor ended last month.
Mohlaloga joined Icasa in July 2013 as a councillor. He was then appointed as acting chairman on 22 June 2016, a role he fulfilled until the end of his term.
During his tenure, Mohlaloga led a number of major projects, including the process for licensing of new spectrum for broadband (currently the subject of a high court challenge by telecommunications & postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele), the licensing of free-to-air television broadcasting services, and the review and updating of the national radio frequency plan.
“In order to ensure continuity, the council of Icasa has unanimously agreed to appoint councillor Paris Mashile as the acting chairperson pending the formal appointment of a permanent chairperson,” the authority said in a statement. — (c) 2017 NewsCentral Media