ROK Studios, Iroko’s film studio and entertainment brand is set to launch on DSTV Channel 168 on November 1, 2016.
The new channel will launch with ROK Studios’ exclusively-produced content, including Festac Town, Banks Chronicles and Bloodline, and will be available to DSTV Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers. Some of the ROK content will also be available on DSTVs Catch-Up service.
The channel by the Nigerian film production company with its production studios at Anthony Village in Lagos, Nigeria will be fully programmed, produced and developed in-house, by ROK’s Lagos-based team. Mary Njoku, ROK CEO and award-winning Nollywood actress/film producer who has spent over 12 years at the heart of Nigerian filmmaking, will head the channel. The channel which will also be supported by IROKO, the VC-backed African technology and entertainment broadcaster and content distributor.
Mary Njoku, ROK Studios’ CEO had this to say about the development, “Joining the DStv family is the next step in ROK’s evolution as Nollywood’s leading film production house and brand. Broadcasting our original content to millions of movie fans across the African continent, on a platform as far-reaching and illustrious as DStv, is an exhilarating prospect.”
Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, added saying, “One of the cornerstones of our customer promise is to deliver content that our customers love and enjoy, and that is why we’re excited to introduce ROK which will boost DSTV’s local content offering and showcase even more African stories made in Africa, for us Africans”
Recall that, Rok Studios, the irokoTv film division had earlier announced its intention to launch a channel on UK’s Sky TV in september. The new channel launched on Thursday, September 29, 2016, and also available as a free-to-view for all Sky subscribers.
With the way these guys are going, they’ll not just take over Nigeria’s film industry, they’ll also be viable competitors in the world’s film industry. Don’t you share this same view?