Monday, July 28, 2014

GALAXY OF STARS: 'The R1 billion a year that we invest in local content is a game-changer for the industry,' says Imtiaz Patel, MultiChoice SA CEO.

"I feel privileged to be part of a company that has created the platform for talent to emerge and flourish and to be making a real difference to the lives of our people," said Imtiaz Patel, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

Imtiaz Patel addressed the 400 strong audience consisting out of South Africa's top TV talent both on-screen, as well the TV executives and producers working behind the scenes across various of the M-Net supplied TV channels to DStv. Seated in the audience were also government officials, TV guilds and union representatives, as well as TV critics and press.

M-Net and MultiChoice's Galaxy of Stars was held on Saturday evening at Gallagher Estate.

The Randburg-based South African pay-TV broadcaster and the satellite pay-TV platform running the DStv service, celebrated 27 years of making local TV content and growing the local television industry in the country.

Galaxy of Stars as a made-for-TV event will be broadcast on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Saturday 9 August at 14:00 and 21:30.

"We're celebrating some of the best local film and television productions that South Africa has to offer. The R1 billion a year that we invest in local content is no doubt a game-changer for the industry," said Imtiaz Patel.

Imtiaz Patel urged the media to report the news of South Africa's film and TV industry; to tell the stories of the business sector and its stars. "We urge you to tell the stories of these incredible talents, of these stars - of this galaxy of stars".

"Lets show South Africa and the rest of the world that we have lots to celebrate and to be proud of - a veritable galaxy of stars," said Imtiaz Patel.