NFVCB to empower 50 youth entrepreneurs
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has said it plans to train about 50 selected youth talents and entrepreneurs on the modules for Over-The-Top (OTT) media services and its components in the country.
The Executive Director of the board, Adedayo Thomas, who disclosed this tao journalist in Lagos, explained that the initiative is driven by the need to attract young minds into the creative industry, significantly drive employment, economic growth and create an avenue for interaction between the young and the old in the digital film ecosystem.
OTT is a means of providing television and film content over the Internet at the request and to suit the requirements of the individual consumer.
He said the agency is undertaking a critical assignment to convene a conference of stakeholders, including global players like Netflix, Amazon and YOUTube, Telcos like MTN, Airtel, GLO, Pay TV encompassing DStv and StarTimes, in addition to local streamers like Iroko, Ibaka and Nevada Bridge, to vigorously dissect and discuss the contending issues on the Nigerian digital content.
He said: “We are particularly concerned about the unstructured form of the digital film ecosystem, which may breed unprofessionalism, imbalance and deny the government and people of Nigeria a form of give-back and contributory development through taxes and in the long run, might reduce acceptance and positive perception.”
Thomas said as the shift from traditional to digital content consumption and operation of local and international OTT streaming services continue to impact the growth of the local film industry with less than 30 per cent of Nigerians subscribing to OTT contents, it becomes imperative to convene a two-day forum in December to bring together operators, stakeholders and associated interest in a conversation.
“The conversation will revolve around opportunities, possibilities and challenges of regulating streaming services, digital content providers and creating an enabling environment for business to thrive in the industry,” he said.
He further said circulation of uncensored films had been reduced through its activities, adding that the bottlenecks in classifying movies had also been eliminated as movies are now censored within one week rather than the usual one-year timeline.
Also speaking, the chairman of conference planning committee, Ijeoma Onah, said there was the need to look inward and ensure that global best practices in the film industry are implemented locally.