Côte Ouest Audiovisuel: appointment of Ms Leticia N’CHO to the position of General Manager

The board of CÔTE OUEST group of companies is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Leticia N’CHO to the position of General Manager effective 1st July 2012.
Leticia has been an employee of CÔTE OUEST Abidjan regional office since January 2012 and has in a short space of time gained extensive knowledge of CÔTE OUEST business operations, customers and audiovisual products for Francophone Africa television sector. Leticia’s formal responsibilities as General Manager will include oversight of all aspects of the content acquisition and distribution value chain. She will take charge of all aspects of Abidjan office management and product support functions inclusive of marketing, communication, sales, content sourcing and production. 
Leticia’s appointment was announced by Group CEO Mr. Bernard Azria at a recent high powered CÔTE OUEST Strategy and Planning workshop in Abidjan.
Mr. Bernard Azria CEO, CÔTE OUEST Group of Companies said, “CÔTE OUEST has experienced impressive growth in French Speaking African region over the past 17 years of our existence as Africa’s premier distributor of compelling TV content from Africa and the developing South (southern hemisphere). We realize that in order to strengthen and build on our existing relationships in the region we need strong and dedicated leadership armed with an intimate knowledge of the market. Leticia’s bring to the job an extensive resume in sales, marketing and business management. I am confident that Leticia’s unique skill-set will enhance our already extensive experience in content distribution and service excellence to our customers”

Mr. Mike Dearham SVP of CÔTE OUEST Group of companies said, “Leticia is a truly remarkable entrepreneur and represents a new echelon of high powered African women dedicated to the growth and development of the African creative industry. I have no doubt that Leticia has the required skill, commitment and strength to nurture CÔTE OUEST drive for sustainable impact despite the challenging economic conditions we face in the region and globally”
Holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Accounting (DESCF) as well as a Masters in International Relations Political Science, Leticia has started her career as junior Assistant in an accounting firm, and then worked in the world of communication and events, between France and Miami.

She then became head of Development and Strategy at ESPACE IMAGE (Voodoo Group – first Communication Agency in West Africa) in Abidjan, CÔTE D’IVOIRE, where she catered for the management strategy and development of LIFE magazine – ‘TYCOON’.  She provided strategic recommendations on communication media and non media strategy: party planning, design and audiovisual production design and updating of the website.

Afterwards, she joined INITIAV as Sales and Marketing Director. Her first mission was initially to restructure the department as well as the company's products, divided into four areas: billposting, press, audiovisual production and innovative products.
In 2010, Leticia joined CÔTE OUEST group as Sales and Marketing Director. She was responsible for Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding Indian Ocean) - TV (private and public) + Pan-African Advertisers . Project manager of strategic thinking, exploration, development and supervision of local correspondents, competitive intelligence.

CÔTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL is the premier distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa. It owns a unique catalogue of TV programmes including prestigious soap operas and telenovelas, major US and African feature films, TV series, movies made for TV, documentaries and animations for the young audience.
CÔTE OUEST is an independent company with offices in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), in Ebene City (Mauritius) and in Casablanca (Morocco) to effectively serve its customers across the entire continent.

CÔTE OUEST has sealed exclusive agreements with M-Net in South Africa, Globo TV in Brazil, Majors and independent producers in the USA and many other producers worldwide, thus securing the distribution of thousands of hours of the best drama to its numerous clients. CÔTE OUEST distributes an annual average of over 20,000 hours of programmes to nearly 75 television stations spread across 42 markets. For more details, contact CÔTE OUEST here.

Source: Fin Manjoo Online Editor/Co-ordinator The Call Sheet


Ziff Chief Guest Mario Van Peebles

“Being a filmmaker is like having a really big megaphone,” jokes Van Peebles “When you can wake folks up a little in a positive way, do it.”

Mario Van Peebles is currently probably the most prominent African-American film director.

In addition to coming to join African and diaspora filmmakers at ZIFF Van Peebles will also be presenting his latest film, the dynamic  We the Party at ZIFF 2012 and in Dar es Salaam for commercial distribution.  

Just recently Van Peebles handed a copy of his film to US President Barack Obama at a special event for the  president’s viewing on Airforce One.

With his other films including Ali (2001),  New Jack City (1991) Baaadassss (2003) and Posse (1993),  Van Peebles has directed 27 films and acted in 87 in Hollywood. He has won a string of Awards and many nominations for his ouvre.

In addition to the Golden Globe nominated Boss, Van Peebles has directorial credits for other award-winning television shows such as Damages and Lost.

A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Economics and recipient of an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University, Van Peebles worked for two years for New York’s Department of Environmental Protection before moving to Hollywood to act, write, and direct.

Van Peebles directed and produced Panther, teaming up with his maverick filmmaking father, Melvin Van Peebles, who also wrote the script. Panther is the story of the Black Panther Party’s rise to power. The film became a political classic, stirring up controversy and winning awards that included the Locarno Film Festival’s Silver Leopard award.
Source: Ziff, 22 June 2012.

South Africa: Zama Mkosi, appointed chief executive of the National Film and Video Foundation in February, pinpoints skills development as one of her challenges. The NFVF has been mandated by the government to develop and promote the South African film industry both domestically and internationally. Full story here  by Karen Van Schalkwyk.

- Sony Pictures Television Networks is to split its business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa into two. Stewart is promoted to senior VP for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, continuing to oversee business across Germany, Russia, the Baltics and Africa, while adding Central Europe to his remit and leading new opportunities in Turkey, Greece and the Middle East.

- Naspers financial director Steve Pacak
tells Bizcommunity why DStv had a good year, what the future of pay-TV looks like and why, with the Media24 print business, there's some heartening news for journalists: full story here

- In South Africa, the Minister of Communications Dina Pule is inviting the public to nominate persons to serve on the South African Broadcast Production Advisory Body (SABPAB). The role of the SABPAB is to advise on how the development, production and display of local content can be supported in the country.

- Africa 24’s CEO Constant Nemale
has announced that Dakar will be a major platform for his TV channel in Africa.