Film Producer Drags Multichoice To Court Over Unlawful Airing Of Yoruba Movie

A film Producer, Mr Lateef Onida and his company LAT -Larry Film Company whose film ‘Aroni Rogun Matidi’ was allegedly infringed by Multichoice Nigeria Limited has slammed N25 million suit on the Digital Satellites Television, DSTV.

In a statement of claim filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria by a Lagos lawyer, Olu Ogunmola, on behalf of the plaintiffs, it was alleged that, sometimes in 2011, the plaintiff engaged and signed a contract with a film marketing company to market his film titled “Aroni Rogun Matidi,’ which was registered with the Nigeria Copyright Commission and also submitted it to National Film and Video Censors Board and got their approvals.

The marketer was given the right of releasing the film only at the Idumota market in Lagos, and it was further agreed that the agreement shall not cover the right to exhibit the film at Cinemas, Television, Cable Network, or the selling of the film ‘s Porter by the marketer unless as may be agreed by the producer.

However, it was alleged that, Multichoice Nigeria Limited’s DSTV having had unlawful, illegal and unauthorized access to the Plaintiffs’ film aired the said film on the 27th day of July 2012 at about 5pm vide their Network Digital Statellite Television in a Caption Yoruba African Magic and the airing continued through the 30th July, 2012 in flagrant breach of the Plaintiff ‘s Copyright of the film Aroni Rogun Matidi.
The Plaintiffs averred that on becoming aware of this flagrant breach of the Plaintiff ‘s Copyright of the film, instructed their lawyers to demand for a discontinuance of airing of the film, and also demanded for compensation and damages for the breach complained of, but the defendant ignored the two letters written to them, consequently,the Plaintiffs were compelled to write a petition to the Yoruba Video Film Producers/Marketers Association of Nigeria.

While the Plaintiffs were awaiting a response or reply to the petition, Multichoice who had earlier stopped the airing of the film after letters written to them informing it of the breach recommenced the unlawful and unauthorized airing of the film by cleverly changing the film’s caption to something else, while the entire features and theme remained the same.

The Plaintiff’s counsel wrote another protest letter to the defendant, consequent upon this letter the defendant’s lawyer for the first time in their reply requested for necessary proofs, including video coverage evidencing the infringement and this were furnished to the defendant, but the defendant still denied airing the film despite clear proof sent to the defendant and went ahead to send to the plaintiffs a letter of authority purportedly given to the defendant to air other films unrelated to the Plaintiff ‘s film by one Frank Dallas Communications.

The plaintiffs averred that a check at the purported 102, Ogunsanya Drive, Surulere, Lagos address of Frank Dallas Communications shows that no such company existed in the said address. Consequently the Plaintiff wrote a letter to Multichioce demanding for copyright Documents of Frank Dallas Communications on Ayeloja, Owo -Ida and Ofin and the Films Censors Board Certificate of same but the letter was not replied by Multichoice.

Consequently the Plaintiffs is now urging the court to declare that the unlawful and unauthorized airing of its film entitled ‘Aroni Rogun Matidi’ by Multichioce and serialing same by cleverly changing the caption of the film is a flagrant breach of its copyright under the copyright Act 2004.

The Plaintiffs are also urging the court to order Multichoice to pay them the sum of N25 million as exemplary and General damages for the financial trauma, financial hardship, financial embarrassment, loss of income inflicted on them by Multichoice.

However, Multichoice in its statement of defense filed before the court by the law firm of Ogunsanya and Ogunsanya, denied almost all the claims of Mr Lateef Onida and his company and averred that it acquired some Yoruba Soap Opera series titled Ayeloja, Owo ida and Ofin which came in episode formats with 26 episodes each from their lawful owner being Frank Dallas Communications, therefore never had any unlawful, illegal and unauthorized access to the plaintiffs’ movie titled Aroni rogun Matidi and that there was never a time the defendant aired the said movies as alleged, and it is not in any position to know whether the plaintiffs checked the address of Frank Dallas communications being 102,Ogunlana Drive, Surulere to ascertain its existence or not.
The defendant prayed the court to dismiss this suit with substantial cost for being frivolous and an abuse of court process.

The presiding judge, justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo has adjourned till 4 December, 2017 for hearing to commence.

Nigeria Now 41 In Latest FIFA Ranking

Nigeria moved up to the 41st position in the World and retained the fifth in Africa in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola world rankings.
The rankings released by the World Football governing body showed that Nigeria moved up three places from the 44th position in September, but maintained the fifth spot in Africa.

It said that Nigeria had 721 points compared to the 696 in September.

The report said that Tunisia became the new number one in Africa and 28th in the world with 834 points while the former number one, Egypt came second and 30th in the world with 818 points.
Senegal is number three in Africa and 32 in the world with 815 points while DR Congo is fourth on the continent and 35th in the world with 751 points.
African champions, Cameroon is sixth in the continent and 42nd in the world with 718 points.
In the top 10 ranked countries, Germany retained the number one position in the world with 1631 points while Brazil is second with 1619 points.
Portugal is third, Argentina fourth, Belgium fifth, Poland sixth and France seventh.

Samuel Ajibola Drops Special Episode of ‘Dele Issues’ Starring Obasanjo (VIDEO)

After several days of teasing fans with behind-the-scenes photos and trailer, popular Nollywood actor Samuel Ajibola has released the highly anticipated episode of his web series ‘Dele Issues’ (Daily Issues) starring Nigeria’s former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The episode titled ‘Dele For President’ which made its debut earlier today, Saturday, 14th October, 2017, shows Dele having a discussion with the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who ultimately declares him for president. This declaration causes Dele to jump and dance for joy then followed by a plot twist.

Inside sources also reveal that this project is a joint initiative of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Youth Development Centre, Samuel Ajibola Foundation and Cream Entertainment, and is geared towards encouraging youth participation in politics – encouraging them to register as card-carrying members of any political party of their choice.

Dele issues (Daily Issues) follows the life of Dele who is always faced with difficult situations where he is always expected to make decisions, which are mostly ridiculous. The series is garnished with funny expressions which will throw the audience into a fit of laughter.

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IN PICTURES: At The Service of Songs For Dapo Abiodun’s Son, DJ Olu


The service of songs for the Olugbemiga Abiodun (aka DJ Olu), the first son of Oil magnate, Dapo Abiodun, took place on Wednesday, 11 October 2017.
The event which took place at Olaniwun Ajayi Gardens in Banana Island saw friends and family of the late DJ Olu in attendance.

 

Picture Credit: Ovation International Media and Pulse

Glo Laffta Fest Returns To Lagos With Top Comedians

After a laughter-filled tour of 26 cities across the country, the Glo premium comedy show, Glo Lafta Fest, will this weekend berth at Ajah in Lagos State with top comedians including Bovi, Gordons, Seyi Law, Salvador from Uganda, De Don and MC Tagwaye.

The comedians who had put up spectacular performances in different cities, right from the inaugural edition of Glo Lafta Fest on the 16th of April, 2017 at the garden city of Port Harcourt will as usual treat residents of Ajah and environs to the best of jokes and entertainment.

The Glo Lafta Fest, which has been held in different areas in Lagos including Ikeja, Victoria Island, Ikorodu and FESTAC is returning to the Centre of Excellence for its 27th edition after another hilarious show in Makurdi, Benue state last week.

The Ajah edition which will be held at KFA Event Centre by Jakande Estate’s First Gate on Sunday will be anchored by the duo of Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim and Nollywood’s Mercy Johnson-Okojie and will parade Nollywood legends, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Kanayo O. Kanayo, as well as two of the best known actors in the Yoruba genres of Nollywood, Odunlade Adekola and Bolaji Amusan.

Globacom, in a statement in Lagos on Friday said “we treated the people of Ajah area of Lagos to an unforgettable evening of music entertainment when we took the Glo Mega Music Nationwide Tour to the same venue. This time, it is comedy like they have never seen it before. Our prospective and existing subscribers should keep a date for a time to remember.”

Two top comedians who will delight guests at Ajah on Sunday, Gordons and Bovi assured Lagosians of an evening of total laughter. According to Gordons, “I am turbo-charged to release fun as never before on Sunday. I call on fun lovers to find their way to that venue for an evening to remember”.

On his part, Bovi said: “I am going to be on Glo Laffta Fest stage in Ajah live on Sunday, together with some of the continent’s best comedians. Make it a date with us. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this!”

To attend the Ajah show, Glo subscribers who have used up to N2,000 credit in the last one month are required to text ‘LOL’ with the location name to the short code 240; for example, “LOL Ajah” to 240. Subscribers who do not meet this criterion but who wish to attend the show are requested to go to the event venue with N2000 to purchase airtime for their own use. They will then be entitled to a ticket.

 

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More Women Accuse US Movie Mogul Weinstein of Rape

As Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie allege sexual harassment

The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein deepened on Tuesday when three women accused the Hollywood producer of rape in an article in the New Yorker, allegations he “unequivocally denied” through a spokeswoman.

The accusations come just days after nearly a dozen women recounted sexual harassment by Weinstein – producer of the Oscar-winning films Shakespeare in Love, The Artist and The English Patient, and patron to Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh – to the New York Times and other publications, causing the Weinstein production company to fire its once formidable co-founder.

Model tells of how a naked Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage

On Tuesday the actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie joined the women in making accusations of sexual harassment against Weinstein.

Asia Argento, an Italian actor and director, Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actor, and one unnamed woman accused Weinstein of forcing them to engage in sex or sex acts in the New Yorker piece, authored by Ronan Farrow. The son of the actor Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow previously helped reignite his sister Dylan’s accusations that their father, Woody Allen, groomed and sexually assaulted her as a child, an allegation Allen denies.

Four other women told the magazine that Weinstein touched them without their consent in a way “that could be classified as an assault”.

Others, including the actors Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, alleged sexual harassment on the part of the Hollywood mogul.

Farrow also revealed audio from 2015 New York police department sting operation in which Weinstein allegedly admitted to groping Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, a model who reported his behavior, and said he was “used to” behaving that way.

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Audio posted by the New Yorker in which Harvey Weinstein allegedly admits to groping Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,” a spokeswoman told the New Yorker, adding that he never retaliated against women who refused his sexual advances. “Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

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After last week’s New York Times article, Weinstein apologized for his past behavior but denied many of the specific allegations against him. Attorneys on Weinstein’s legal team denied that he engaged in illegal sexual harassment and have threatened to sue the New York Times over inaccurate statements. His team has not filed a libel suit or specified which statements are inaccurate.

On Tuesday, Paltrow and Jolie both accused Weinstein of sexual harassment early on in their careers. Paltrow claimed in the New York Times that the incident took place just after she signed on for the lead role in Emma, the Jane Austen adaptation that would launch her as a star.

At the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, Paltrow claimed, according to the New York Times, that Weinstein ended a business meeting by “placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages”. She says she refused.

Jolie told the paper in an email: “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.” The actor and director added: “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

A statement from Weinstein’s spokeswoman to the paper repeated his denial regarding allegations of “non-consensual sex” and added: “Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”

Also on Tuesday, Louisette Geiss, a former actor, accused Weinstein of offering to greenlight her screenplay if she watched him masturbate.

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The incident occurred in Weinstein’s hotel accommodation at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Geiss claimed, after Weinstein excused himself during a professional meeting and reappeared “buck naked” under a bathrobe.

Geiss spoke at a press conference organized by Gloria Allred, the women’s rights lawyer whose daughter, Lisa Bloom, recently resigned from Weinstein’s legal team.

“She is in a separate law firm, she makes her own decisions,” Allred said of Bloom. “I love her and I’m very proud of her.”

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Weinstein’s precipitous downfall sent shockwaves through the industry he dominated for several decades. Although many major film stars and studios have reacted publicly with silence, the accusations have riveted Hollywood and caused some of Weinstein’s most famous collaborators, such as Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, to sever ties.

 

The accusations have also prompted a discussion about who in the movie industry, which is still dominated by men, may have been complicit in hiding Weinstein’s behavior. Most of the celebrities who have reacted or face demands to react are women, critics note, while many of those remaining silent are men.

Shortly after the New Yorker’s story was published, the actor and director Ben Affleck – who worked with Weinstein on Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone and Dogma – wrote that the allegations “made me sick. This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.”

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His Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon also spoke up, to deny an accusation by a former New York Times reporter that he intervened to kill a negative story about Weinstein in 2004. (The New York Times has also denied this.)

The accusations against the Hollywood mogul jolted some of Weinstein’s most elite friends and collaborators out of silence, including Barack and Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein,” a statement from the Obamas read. “Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories.”

On Twitter, Clinton said: “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

Weinstein has donated or raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats – some of whom have hastened to return his contributions – and in 2016 produced a star-studded fundraiser for Clinton on Broadway.

In the New Yorker story, Evans claims she met Weinstein in 2004 when she was a college student with aspirations as an actor. She declined several of Weinstein’s invitations to meet him late at night, but agreed to go to a daytime meeting with him and a casting executive.

Evans says she was led to an office where Weinstein met her alone. After they discussed some of his upcoming projects, including Project Runway, Evans claims Weinstein exposed himself and physically forced her to perform oral sex for him.

“I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,’” she is quoted as saying. “I tried to get away, but maybe I didn’t try hard enough. I didn’t want to kick him or fight him.”

She encountered the casting director afterwards and Weinstein occasionally called her late at night, Evans claims. She says she experienced years of guilt.

So did Argento, the Italian actor and director. Argento said Weinstein assaulted her in 1997, after one of his producers brought her to his hotel room on the French Riviera. Argento said she was told that Weinstein’s company Miramax, her film distributor, was having a party.

Argento said she reluctantly agreed to give Weinstein, who was wearing a bathrobe and offering her a bottle of lotion, a massage. After she agreed, she claims, he pulled up her skirt and forcibly performed oral sex on her while she told him several times to stop. Like Evans, she said she found his physical size intimidating.

When Weinstein would not stop, Argento claims, she pretended to enjoy the act, hoping that would end the assault.

Argento acknowledges that after the alleged assault, she entered into a consensual sexual relationship with Weinstein on and off for the next five years. While she says she consented to their future sexual encounters, she also claims at times she felt she had no choice, because of her professional connection to Weinstein’s company, and because he had already overpowered her.

In 2000, a film she wrote and directed contained a scene in which a movie producer attempts to assault a character played by Argento in a hotel room. Argento claims the scene prompted other women to describe similar encounters with Weinstein to her. She claims Weinstein saw the film and said: “Ha, ha, very funny.”

 

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Sixteen former or current executives and assistants at Weinstein’s companies told the New Yorker about unwanted sexual contact or advances in the workplace or at events surrounding Weinstein-produced films.

Echoing previous claims, many of these sources said Weinstein made sexual advances on young women in entertainment under the guise of professional meetings. They also claimed that they feared Weinstein’s retaliation for refusing his advances, and that executives within Weinstein’s company knew about complaints over his behavior.

Evans said she doubted the casting executive she met with was aware of Weinstein’s behavior; a producer who allegedly brought Argento to Weinstein’s hotel room denied doing so.

In addition to the accusations of unwanted sexual contact, four women claimed Weinstein exposed himself to them or masturbated in front of them.

The television reporter Lauren Sivan came forward in the past week with a similar story.

Mo Abudu Makes List Of 25 Most Powerful Women In Global Television

Mosunmola Abudu, Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Television (EL TV) has been listed among 25 most powerful women in global TV by Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter is one of the most respected show business magazines in the world.

EL TV is Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment & Lifestyle network which began broadcasting in July, 2013 to a pan-African audience, on Multichoice DSTV Ch 165.

According to Hollywood Reporter’s review, Abudu, popular called Mo, has been at the forefront of media innovation on the continent since transitioning from a career in human resources at oil giant Exxon Mobil to hosting a talk show “Moments with Mo”.

Mo’s global network, EbonyLife TV, the largest pan-African network is available in about 50 countries.

Her media empire now extends to movies.

In 2016, EbonyLife’s film division co-produced Nollywood rom-com The Wedding Party, which smashed local box-office records, taking in more than $1.3 million at the Nigerian box office.

Her goal for the coming year: “To successfully produce Africa’s first sci-fi TV series.

Mo in her reaction to the listing said it was an honor and privilege to be included in global review.

“It’s an honor to continue to fly the flag for Nigeria and the continent.

“I continue to give God all the glory.

“Thank you Lord and a big thank you to the EbonyLife team, my family and friends, partners and sponsors who give me so much support,” Mo said.

I’ll Open Up Soon On Tagbo’s Death With Video – Davido

Nigeria’s music sensation, David Adeleke aka Davido has said that he’ll soon be releasing a statement and footage on his friend Tagbo Umeike‘s demise.

Davido, in his statement on Instagram said that he has refused to speak out of respect for Tagbo and his family.

“Enough is enough. God bless you guys!! Everyone be safe please!!” he wrote.

This is coming after the release of the autopsy report which stated that the deceased died of suffocation.

Davido’s Instagram message on Tagbo
Lagos police commissioner Edgar Imohimi had said Davido was reinvited for questioning, adding that his driver and two others dropped Tagbo’s body at the hospital and left.

In a statement at a briefing on Monday, Imohimi said:

 

Davido had told the police he had left Shisha Bar for DNA Night Club in Victoria Island without the deceased and was only informed by mutual friends of his death while he was at DNA.

However, investigation revealed that Davido’s white Toyota Hilux escort driver, Tunde Usutu, accompanied by one Agbeje Olaoye and one Idris Busari, both Davido’s friends, took the deceased to the General Hospital Lagos and abandoned him in his vehicle on the instruction of Davido.