Zim­pa­pers TV — lo­cal is lekker!

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SHOWBIZ - Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe

A GI­ANT in the broad­cast­ing in­dus­try is here — Zim­pa­pers Tele­vi­sion Net­work (ZTN).

ZTN is gun­ning for a tele­vi­sion broad­cast­ing li­cence once Gov­ern­ment com­pletes digi­ti­sa­tion, which will see 12 TV sta­tions op­er­at­ing in Zim­babwe.

For months now, ZTN has been flight­ing ad­verts of their nu­mer­ous “21st cen­tury pro­grammes” in print as well as on­line, prompt­ing many to ask who or what this crea­ture is.

The Sun­day Mail So­ci­ety caught up with one of ZTN’s ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, El­ton Mjanana, to find out what is brew­ing be­hind the scenes.

Far from the spotlight, the ZTN team is putting to­gether su­perb pro­duc­tions that will have view­ers once again rav­ing that “lo­cal is lekker!”

“The ZTN team has been busy work­ing on dif­fer­ent types of pro­duc­tions not only tar­get­ing the lo­cal au­di­ence but the in­ter­na­tional one too. We have var­i­ous types of shows that cover ar­eas such as sport, lifestyle and en­ter­tain­ment, cur­rent af­fairs, and com­edy among many oth­ers,” said Mjanana.

“Our mind­set is to have pro­duc­tions that chal­lenge those on the global scene and, there­fore, we have in­vested a lot of time and en­ergy to pro­duce good con­tent, mean­ing a well re­searched script. We have also en­sured that the vi­su­als and sound are top-notch.”

But where is all this con­tent go­ing if ZTN has no broad­cast­ing li­cence yet?

“Many have been say­ing the con­tent we are mak­ing might be­come ir­rel­e­vant with the de­lay of the digi­ti­sa­tion pro­cess but we are not wor­ried. This October we launched our web­site (www.ztn.co.zw) and some of the con­tent, such as the com­edy show ‘Pa­chiteshi’ and cur­rent af­fairs talk show ‘Our Con­ver­sa­tions’, among many oth­ers, are al­ready show­ing on the plat­form.

“How­ever, there are some shows, which we have de­lib­er­ately de­cided not to show on the web­site be­cause they are al­ready some broad­cast­ers from out­side Zim­babwe who are will­ing to buy them,” he re­vealed.

Mjanana high­lighted that one of their shows “Glam Watch”, had been a hit in Zam­bia.

“The team from Zam­bia’s Fresh TV watched a trailer of our fash­ion show ‘Glam Watch’ and they were im­pressed. When one of their shows took a four-week sea­son break they then aired ‘Glam Watch’ and it was a hit in Zam­bia.

“We are now in talks to pro­duce more shows for that plat­form. This is just proof of how our con­tent can cause a stir on the global stage,” bragged Mjanana.

This past week, a del­e­ga­tion from ZTN was in South Africa at­tend­ing the pop­u­lar DISCOP mar­kets. DISCOP was launched in 1991 to help en­ter­tain­ment con­tent pro­duc­ers, sell­ers and buy­ers con­nect, build re­la­tion­ships, pitch projects and make deals in Africa and the Mid­dle East, two of the world’s fastest grow­ing mar­kets.

Continued Mjanana, “We are con­fi­dent that the team in South Africa will strike some ex­cit­ing deals. I am sure that with the cat­a­logue they have, some­thing tan­gi­ble will come through.

“Let me has­ten to say that not only are we push­ing lo­cal con­tent on our web­site, we are also look­ing to have other unique African con­tent on the plat­form. ‘‘We will be show­ing on our web­site an ex­cit­ing show, ‘The Scoop’ from Kenya.

“It is a cur­rent af­fairs talk show hosted by the award-win­ning, Salim Amin, who will be grilling African lead­ers. More in­ter­na­tional shows ex­clu­sive to ZTN will also be show­ing on the web­site.”

Be­sides the pro­duc­tion of tele­vi­sion con­tent, ZTN is also run­ning a com­mer­cial unit which can be con­tracted for its pro­duc­tion ser­vices.

“Our com­mer­cial unit gets us to make the money that helps sus­tain our in­ter­nal pro­duc­tions.

‘‘So on this front, we have been shooting videos for mu­si­cians and also some ad­verts for a num­ber of cor­po­rates,” added Mjanana.

Some of the pre­sen­ters of ZTN shows

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