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Chioma Ude’s LaVida Studios Inks $50m Investment Deal with The Story Lab U.S

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Nigeria’s LaVida Studios has received a $50m production investment as well as a 10-project deal with Dentsu‘s The Story Lab U.S, Variety reports.

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The deal is for a 3-year collaboration which will focus on bringing African stories to the global stage, using scripted and unscripted film and TV projects, the report states.

Chioma Ude, managing partner in LaVida Studios, speaking on the deal, said: “We are thrilled to be working together with Dentsu and its The Story Lab team in the U.S. to bring authentic and compelling African stories to the world.”

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This deal will also see LaVida Studios service all Africa-based production out of The Story Lab. Also, LaVida and Dentsu will be working with African International Film Festival (AFRIFF), founded by Chioma, on an initiative to recruit and support African writing talents to create original African stories for a global audience.

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Geneva Wasserman, Executive VP and Head of Scripted Content at The Story Lab U.S., said: “The combination of LaVidas partnerships with top Nigerian creators and Dentsus global network and presence will serve as a bridge between these top content creators and the global market through this collaboration. We are honoured to bring these stories to the world.”

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Mike Ferry, Head of The Story Lab U.S. added, “It is partnerships like this one which really help move the dial when it comes to discovering and elevating emerging talent. Im so pleased we can be part of amplifying the diverse voices of Africa alongside our friends at LaVida and AFRIFF.”

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“My behaviour was unacceptable” – Will Smith Apologises to Chris Rock in New Video

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Will Smith has finally addressed the altercation he had with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and the present situation between the two parties.

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The “King Richard” actor caused a stir at the event when he hit Chris Rock onstage after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s appearance.

He shared a video entitled Its been a minute, on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, addressing the matter directly. Answering questions that were posed to him, the first question raised was about why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock in his Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actor. He answered, “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy.”

I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behaviour was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.

Will Smith also apologised to Chris’ mum, Rosalie “Rose” Rock, referring to an interview she gave after the Oscars saga in which she said that when Chris Rock was hit on stage, she felt slapped as well.

I want to apologize to Chriss mother. I saw an interview that Chriss mother did. You know, that was one of the things about that moment I just didnt realize. I wasnt thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chriss mother, I want to apologize to Chriss family, specifically Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man. And this is probably irreparable.

He went on to say that he has spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment and while he says he wont unpack all of that now, he says that there is no part of him that thinks it was the right way to behave.

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Deyemi Okanlawon takes us on his Nollywood Journey in this Episode of “Inkblok’s Meet & Greet”

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In this episode of “Meet and Greet” by Inkblot Production, Nigerian actor Deyemi Okanlawon takes the hosts and audience on his journey through Nollywood.

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The movie star has gone from being paid little amounts to starring lead roles in blockbuster movies and even having his own signature like his own movie mentor Denzel Washington.

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