The practice will be offering local and international companies and stakeholders a full suite of legal and management services
African athletes, along with the continent’s entertainment, sports, advertising, and media industries are important to the regional and the global economy. In order to further support the rapidly growing sports & entertainment industry across Africa, Centurion Law Group (www.CenturionLG.com) is delighted to announce the launch of a new dedicated practice.
Across sub-Saharan Africa, sports, media & entertainment have increasingly become revenue-generating industries for African countries, pillars of jobs creation, and important drivers of economic diversification. Beyond just Nollywood, the African entertainment and sports industries have become at the center of global investments, and have capitalized on increasing technology adoption to become globally competitive.
“With its track record of delivering high-profile and high-quality deal making, Centurion is the perfect fit for Africa’s sports, entertainment and media industries,” stated Oneyka Ojogbo, Sports & Entertainment Practice Head. “We are witnessing the rise of a true African sports & entertainment industry that now requires the best possible legal and business support services coming out of the continent itself,” she added Ojogbo
As the industry grows and attracts investments, it is even more crucial to adequately protect its essence, local players, revenue streams and overall bankability. Centurion’s new practice will offer a bridge between private and public sector, ensuring that regulations embrace market trends, promote an enabling environment for investors, and protect the interests of African entrepreneurs and companies operating in that space.
“Our job goes beyond legal advice. We provide counsel for career and life, and help clients build a business around their brand, protect their assets, and take advantage of strategic business opportunities during and after their career,” concluded Ojogbo.
The practice will be offering local and international companies and stakeholders a full suite of legal and management services including finance, licensing, intellectual property rights and enforcement, competition, advertising, representation and negotiation, sponsorship, investments and compliance.
The talented Petronel Baard, will host a free online show, Sonstorie, on her Facebook page on 2 August 2020 at 19h00. Sonstorie follows after the successful online show earlier in July, Liedjies van die See. These online shows celebrate her 21 years in the music industry.
Sonstorie is a tale of a father and daughter, both incredible word artists and creators, who echoes each other, despite being separated by death. An ode to life, people who care, Afrikaans and words.
Fanie Marais lost his highly gifted daughter at a young age. Her legacy – a treasure chest filled with Afrikaans literature which still inspires today. This is also the core of Cordis Trust, who has given creative artists a platform for so many years. Cordis Trust is also the sponsor of Petronel’s online show.
This Afrikaans heartfelt story, is presented by Ilse Oppelt and sung by Petronel Baard with tone settings and original music from her pen. Sonstorie doesn’t hide from life’s realities, but transforms it into art, poetry and music.
“It is a combination of word art and music which is put together as an echo of Fanie and Mardene’s conversations. Ilse tells the story and it is echoed by me with tone settings, as well as original music from my pen with universal themes like empathy and love – something we all need at a time like this,” says Petronel.
Both artists are highly skilled in their craft and have been friends for years. Fanie and Marden’s story resonates with so many families and with Fanie’s huge heart, he has supported creative artists and given them a platform for many years. He converted the loss of his daughter to help others and it is time to tell his inspirational story. As both artists have come a long way, they have the perfect synergy to tell his story in a very creative way with great compassion.
Petronel and Cordis Trust will host various virtual online shows in the future. This is the first one with Petronel’s longtime friend and actress, Ilse Oppelt.
The show (Sonstorie met Cordis Trust) will be free of charge and will be hosted on her Facebook page, on 2 August 2020 at 19h00. Visit www.petronelbaard.com for more information.
undance Institute and Skywalker Sound today announced the composers and directors selected for the Film Music and Sound Design Lab in collaboration with Skywalker Sound, reimagined and expressed digitally this year on Sundance Co//ab. The Lab provides Fellows with firsthand experience of the collaborative process with the goal of nurturing the development of music in film.
During the Lab, composers, directors and sound designers will experiment and explore new approaches to music and sound for fiction and nonfiction film projects. Workshops and creative exercises, guided by leading film composers, directors and sound designers acting as Creative Advisors, will mentor Fellows to explore sound and music’s crucial role in storytelling. The Music and Sound Design Lab will run from July 27-August 14, 2020 as a joint initiative of the Institute’s Film Music Program (part of the newly announced Interdisciplinary program), Feature Film Program and Documentary Film Program. The Lab follows the Institute’s inaugural Film Music in Animation Intensive, which took place earlier this month and whose Fellows are also named below.
“Reimagining the Lab online this year affords us the opportunity to involve a larger and inspiring group of Creative Advisors,” says Peter Golub, Director, Sundance FIlm Music Program. “Our impressive group of participants — composers, filmmakers and sound designers — will forge new relationships as they explore how music and sound can tell cinematic stories.”
Creative Advisors this year include: Michael Abels, Miguel Arteta, Steve Boeddeker, Kathryn Bostic, Kris Bowers, Miriam Cutler, Germaine Franco, Catherine Hardwicke, James Newton Howard, Pete Horner, So Yong Kim, Philip Klein, Heather McIntosh, Blake Neely, Thomas Newman, Doreen Ringer-Ross, Adam Smalley, Jacob Schulsinger and Madonna Wade-Reed. Skywalker Sound Effects Editors include Chris Frazier, Alyssa Nevarez and Dug Winningham.
“Working with the team at Sundance Institute and collaborating with the Lab Fellows is always a high point of the year for us,” explains Josh Lowden, General Manager of Skywalker Sound. “One of the goals of this Lab is to foster new relationships between composers, directors, and sound designers. We hope that together we can continue to break down barriers and push the boundaries of creative storytelling.”
Artists and projects selected for the 2019 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab are:
DeAndre Allen-Toole, from Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in music composition in 2015 and then enrolled in their Music Composition for the Screen graduate program. He was chosen as a Game Audio Network Guild Scholar before earning his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017. Upon moving to Los Angeles, DeAndre interned with Mac Quayle before being awarded a spot in the Television Academy Foundation’s summer internship program. DeAndre then served as a full-time assistant to Theodore Shapiro before returning to his freelance career. Recently, DeAndre has written music for composers Tyler Strickland, Jongnic Bontemps, and Michael Abels while also working on a handful of independent projects. He is a proud member of the Composers Diversity Collective and currently sits on the organization’s executive committee.
Cora (Yi-Huan) Chung is a composer and cellist from Taiwan. She started her classical music training at age four. As a cellist, she has performed with a number of professional orchestras in Asia, such as Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra (KSO) and Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO). As a composer, her music has been performed and recorded at the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago and 20th Century Fox Studios in 2019. She has received government scholarships for studying abroad from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and graduated from Columbia College in Chicago majoring in Music Composition for the Screen. She has been nominated for the 2020 Peer Raben Music Award at Soundtrack Cologne.
Jeff ‘Gitty’ Gitelman is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling film score composer, producer, songwriter, performer, educator and graduate of Berklee School of Music. Born in Soviet era Moldavia, he currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Gitty is lead vocalist and guitarist for his band, The Stepkids. He’s toured the world playing guitar for Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, H.E.R and Adele. Gitty’s recent writing/production credits include artists John Legend, J.Cole, H.E.R, Camila Cabello, Usher, Jeremih, Anderson Paak, Earth Wind & Fire, Mary J Blige, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller and many more. His film scores include the PBS documentary Forgiveness, and the Original Netflix movie Take the Ten. In 2015 he was inducted into his High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame. As an expression of his commitment to music education, in 2017 he founded Duality School of Music, dedicated to providing youth education and opportunity to developing musicians/composers in his hometown of New Haven, CT. Gitty currently serves as Board Advisor for the Grammy’s Los Angeles Chapter.
Sultana Isham is an award-winning film composer, violinist, writer and scholar based in New Orleans, LA. In addition to being a member of the contemporary string ensemble, Les Cenelles, Sultana is an educator and published scholar on the Black presence in art music through interdisciplinary theory with a psychoanalysis of music, lineage, and memory. An alumna of Syracuse University and Red Bull Music Academy, Sultana merges minimalist pedagogy with the electronic in her scores. Her film composer credits range from avant-garde, horror, fantasy, and archival. She was a researcher and the composer for the documentary All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk about the historic mayoral race between two Black women in New Orleans directed by Emmy-nominated Angela Tucker, which premiered on PBS. Her upcoming film scores include Sacred directed by Luisa Dantas and The Neutral Ground, her feature film debut on the removal of confederate monuments, directed by CJ Hunt.
An eclectic composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ariel Marx has had her film scores premiered at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca, Woodstock, Criterion Channel, as well as Amazon, Netflix, and HBO. Ariel is releasing her new album Luthier this coming summer with Node Records, and is currently scoring an upcoming Netflix series, as well as Lindsay Gossling’s Thirteen Minutes and Paul Shoulberg’s So Cold The River. She recently completed the score for the limited series for Amazon — Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer, SXSW’s Shiva Baby (directed by Emma Seligman); Matthew Balzer’s The Catch; Ross Marks’ Walking With Herb; and co-composed the score for Edward James Olmos’ The Devil Has A Name. She also wrote the score for The Tale, (directed by Jennifer Fox); the Independent Spirit Award nominated To Dust (directed by Shawn Snyde), which won the Best New Narrative Director and Narrative Audience Awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival; Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up; and Sarah Pirozek’s #LIKE.
At 16, Aaron Parks attended the Manhattan School of Music and two years later became the pianist in Terence Blanchard’s band. He won numerous competitions and appeared on Blue Note recordings, including the GRAMMY-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), before making his own debut with 2008’s Invisible Cinema. Parks toured the world several times over in the collective band, James Farm with saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Eric Harland. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released their self-titled debut to widespread acclaim. The San Jose Mercury News named his “Alive in Japan” release as their 2013 Top Jazz Album of the year. He has released two albums on ECM including a solo piano recording and a trio record featuring Billy Hart and Ben Street. Parks also appears on Wynton Marsalis’ “Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert” for victims of Hurricane Katrina, soundtracks for Darnell Martin’s acclaimed Their Eyes Were Watching God as well as Spike Lee’s Inside Man, She Hate Me, and When the Levees Broke. He continues to tour as the leader of the Aaron Parks Trio, his quartet Little Big, as a solo pianist, and as a member of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Social Science.
Directors/Filmmakers & Projects:
Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. | Wild Indian (US): Two Anishinaabe men are inextricably bound together after covering up the savage murder of a schoolmate. After years of separation following wildly divergent paths, they must finally confront how their traumatic secret has irrevocably shaped their lives.
Lyle Mitchell Corbine, Jr. is a filmmaker. His short film, Shinaab, played at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and 2017 AFI Fest. The follow-up, Shinaab, Part II, premiered internationally at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and in the US at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. He was supported at the 2017 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab and 2018 Sundance Institute Directors Lab.
Julian Higgins | God’s Country (US): When a grieving college professor confronts two hunters she catches trespassing on her property, she’s drawn into an escalating battle of wills with catastrophic consequences.
Julian Higgins is a Los Angeles-based director, producer, and writer. His first feature, God’s Country, a neo-Western thriller starring Thandie Newton, is currently in production. Julian’s short films have screened at over a hundred festivals around the globe and won dozens of prizes. A New Hampshire native, Julian holds a BFA in Film from Emerson College and an MFA in Directing from the American Film Institute. He currently teaches directing at both institutions.
Jasmin Mara López | Silent Beauty (US): Silent Beauty is an autobiographical exploration of my family’s history with child sexual abuse and a culture of silence.
Jasmin Mara López is a journalist, audio producer and filmmaker. Born in the U.S. with familial roots in México, her childhood was affected by issues experienced on both sides of the U.S.-México border. This instilled in her a strong passion for immigrant rights, youth empowerment, and social change. Jasmin has found home in New Orleans, where she spoils her brilliant nephews and way too many animals.
Dash Shaw | Cryptozoo (US): As cryptozookeepers struggle to capture a Baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) they begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown.
Dash Shaw is a Richmond, Virginia-based cartoonist and animator. He’s the cartoonist of many graphic novels, such as Doctors, Bottomless Belly Button, and Clue: Candlestick. He wrote and directed the animated feature-length film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea which premiered in the 2016 NYFF main slate. He’s also done animation for documentaries and television, such as for the second season of 13 Reasons Why.
Jane M. Wagner | Break the Game (US): Alone in her studio apartment, Narcissa Wright live streams every minute of her quest to be the world’s fastest Legend of Zelda player. But when her isolated digital existence begins to crack, Narcissa must decide her fate: will she embrace love and adventure in the real world, or will she be seduced again by the glow of the computer screen?
Jane Wagner is a documentary filmmaker and television producer based in Brooklyn, New York. She was a supervising producer on the long-running Travel Channel series Mysteries at the Museum, a director / producer for National Geographic Wild, and an associate producer on the Emmy-award winning series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Break the Game is her feature directorial debut.
Jamila Wignot | Ailey (US): An immersive portrait of a visionary artist who found salvation through dance. An outsider who, when confronted by a world that refused to embrace him, determined to build one that would.
Jamila Wignot is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose body of work includes the New York Times series, The Weekly; Emmy-nominated Makers: Women in Business; The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which won a Peabody, Emmy, Dupont and NAACP award; Town Hall, a feature-length co-production with ITVS about the Tea Party movement; and for the PBS American Experience series, the Peabody Award-winning Triangle Fire and the Emmy-nominated Walt Whitman.
Earlier this month, the Institute launched a new Intensive, Music for Animated Shorts. Four composers were paired with animated shorts filmmakers, chosen in collaboration with Mike Plante, who runs the Sundance Shorts Program.
Creative Advisors were Christophe Beck, Germaine Franco, Phil Lord, Julia Pott and Arturo Rodriguez.
Tangelene Bolton recently composed music for Disney Animation Studio’s Just a Thought and wrote additional music for the Netflix series Brainchild. She composed and conducted world premieres of her music at the Wiltern with the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra.
Connor Cook is a composer/instrumentalist who grew up playing bluegrass and Irish music and has a MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. She has written music for various projects including feature films, commercials, TV shows and short films.
Tim Fain is a concert violinist and composer who has toured internationally with Philip Glass in duo recitals, has performed at the Vatican and for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and has been featured in films such as Black Swan, 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight.
Kevin Smithers was born in Mexico City and studied at Berklee in Boston and the London Center of Contemporary Music. His work has been featured on HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, Bravo, Discovery and CNN.
Tempe Hale is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, visual artist and creative director. In addition to her own films, she has worked with composer Laura Karpman on various multi-media and operatic productions.
Alex Lopez is a Los Angeles based animator whose work prioritizes goofery, spoofery, and themes of compassionate philosophy.
Kate Renshaw-Lewis makes use of hand-drawn techniques with themes that explore how separate beings’ realities differ and affect one another.
Jamie Wolfe uses hand drawn lines and bold pallets which collide to build offbeat, high energy worlds. She teaches at CalArts.
The Sundance Institute Film Music Program is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BMI, Robert Chinn Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Film Music Foundation, and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute’s signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. Sundance Co//ab, a digital community platform, brings artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported such projects as Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On The Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams and Fun Home. Join Sundance Institute on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
About Skywalker Sound
Skywalker Sound, a division of Lucasfilm Ltd, is one of the largest, most versatile full-service audio post-production companies in the industry. Skywalker Sound offers comprehensive post-production services and utilizes the talents of Academy Award®-winning sound professionals working on sound design, editorial, Foley and re-recording mixes as a team. This provides filmmakers the most efficient model available for the audio post-production process. More information is available at www.skysound.com.
Joshua na die Reën just released the fourth single titled, SOMERAARDE, from his album with the same title. All three the previous single releases, Soos in Nou, Sterrenet and Soos die wind, taken from this album continuously stayed at the top of radio hit parades nationwide.
About SOMERAARDE he says: “My life would have definitely been much poorer without the influence that my older brother, Pierre de Villiers had on my mind and the way I think about God and life. From childhood I can remember him as someone who continuously challenged the world and challenged the society that tries to force us to think and live in certain patterns. It’s a beautiful quality to have in life, to hope that there will always be enough for everyone. Enough love, enough food, enough shelter, enough hope. And besides this hope and assurance in yourself there will always be times when your way of thinking will desert you and life and people will turn their back on you. Even in those times, I have known my brother as someone that will hold the pain of it in one hand and the understanding that everyone is on a path of growth and development in the other hand”.
“I learnt from him that it is not necessarily a place which one can move to, but rather a place that you discover in yourself by moving through the seasons in our life when you look at the road ahead of you with your eyes wide open. I think that if this ‘place’ that we all long for must have had a name, it would have been SOMERAARDE”.
The album, SOMERAARDE, includes eleven original tracks and will take you on a journey of various human emotions. It captures your attention, holds it and speaks directly to your soul.
Tshikululu Social Investments to administer the R8 million Netflix donation to help support the hardest hit below-the-line workers whose productions were suspended due to the pandemic
Today, the South African Screen Federation (SASFED), supported by the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO), announced the establishment of a COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund in collaboration with Netflix to provide emergency relief to the hardest-hit workers in South Africa’s creative community.
Netflix will donate over ZAR 8, 3 million, which will be administered by Tshikululu Social Investment, who will screen the applications for eligibility as well as disburse the funds to beneficiaries.
The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated creative communities all around the world, including South Africa, with many film and TV productions experiencing disruptions that have left thousands of workers without income. Netflix, in collaboration with SASFED and the IPO, will provide a one time emergency relief grant to to below the line workers such as electricians, carpenters, hair and makeup artists, drivers, costume designers and many other freelancers who are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis. The workers will be eligible to apply for the R15 000 one-time benefit.
Starting from August 3, 2020 the members of South Africa’s creative community will be able to apply by filling out an online application at Tshikululu’s website (tshikululu.org.za) or mailing physical applications. The eligibility criteria will be posted on Tshikululu’s website on 3 August 2020 when applications open.
Unathi Malunga, SASFED Executive Director: “SASFED is delighted about the announcement that the COVID-19 Film and Television Relief Fund will provide relief for workers in the film and TV sector who are not eligible for other available relief funds. The S.A. economy has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netflix fund supporting the local film industry brings hope to struggling industry professionals. We hope other potential partners will follow Netflix’s example and support SASFED’s broader initiatives which offer assistance to industry professionals across the whole value chain – an initiative undertaken by industry, for the industry. SASFED applauds Netflix’s support of the local industry during the global crisis.”
Sisanda Henna, IPO co-Chairperson: “Following months of extreme hardship for most of our sector, the IPO is overjoyed that Netflix is providing this desperately-needed relief for those most hard hit by the pandemic – the industry’s below-the-line freelancers to whom no other relief has been available. This is a clear demonstration of Netflix’s commitment to the sustainability of the South African film and TV production industry, and we welcome them – with wide open arms – as a partner in our broader efforts to support the screen sector.”
Dorothy Ghettuba, Netflix’s lead for African Originals: “We’re proud to be working with The South African Screen Federation and the Independent Producers Organisation to support the hardest hit workers in TV and film production. South African crews are vital to Netflix’s success and we want to help those freelancers who most need support in these unprecedented times.”
In March, Netflix announced a $100M hardship fund to help the hardest-hit workers in the creative community across the world affected by the pandemic, which has since been increased to $150M. The ZAR 8, 3 million contribution in South Africa is part of this initiative.
Known as “The leading voice and champion of the South African Screen Industry,” the South African Screen Federation (SASFED) is the national federation of independent film, television and audio-visual industry organisations in South Africa. SASFED is proudly representative of the collective core of South Africa’s independent screen industry and is driven and rooted in an appreciation of the specific interests, concerns and programmes of each of its members, with current full member organisations: Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA), Independent Producers’ Organisation (IPO), Personal Managers’ Association (PMA), Animation South Africa (A.S.A), South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), South African Guild of Editors (SAGE) and Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA).
About the IPO:
The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) is a representative, national organisation of independent South African film, television and video producers, and is constituted to represent, protect and promote the interests and needs of producers. The IPO currently represents the interests of over eighty percent of working producers in South Africa. The IPO strives towards creating an empowered and representative film and television industry in South Africa that ensures the advancement of a sustainable and stable environment for producers.
Established in 1998, Tshikululu is a Level 3 B-BBEE contributor with more than 22 years’ experience in the social investment space. Our purpose is to catalyse social change. We provide agile, end-to-end strategic social investment solutions, informed by our real world experience and our deep understanding of South Africa’s social landscape. We deliver through hands-on engagement with our programme partners, clients and other stakeholders. As custodians of some of the country’s largest social investment programmes, non-negotiable adherence to strict corporate governance best practices is paramount to how we operate. We are the most concentrated group of social investment experts in South Africa, with more than 60 highly-experienced and dynamic social investment professionals. Social investment is serious business. Bringing about real, lasting change requires high-level skills, thinking and drive. In order to achieve our goals, we will always apply our minds, learn continuously, push our limits, form powerful partnerships and never compromise on quality. We aim, very simply, to be the best social investors in the world.
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