RUMOURS THAT FILM STUDIOS WAS BOUGHT BY SUPERSPORT ARE FALSE
Late last year, there were news flying around from all quarters that Kenya's prime and biggest studio, Film Studios, was taken over by South African Company Super Sport. This brought about a chain reaction from different quarters of the Kenya's Film Fraternity crying foul saying that Kenyan Film makers will now loose opportunities to the South African companies and revenues will stream down south instead of remaining where they belong right here at home.
One of Kenya's top website Kenyan-post.com also posted the news with the title SuperSport buys Kenya Film studios property.
In the wake of all these allegations, James Ndaiga, a senior manager at film studios, addressing members of the Kenya Film Television and Producers Association(KFTPA) has publicly cleared the air on that matter stating:
"Film studios Kenya Ltd is now over three decades in existence. During the course of its history it has provided services to international films that have won over a dozen Academy Awards between them, these are more than those won in other African countries put together. Film studios has also over the period worked hand in hand with all players in the Kenya film Industry to uplift filming in Kenya be it in television commercials, documentaries ,music videos ,comedy shows, talk shows, events and many other related fields and this partnership has a long future.
However, despite assuring and re-assuring members of KFTPA and the players in the industry that Film studios was not and will not be sold the message seem not to have reached all the quarters .
Film studios Kenya Ltd has recently concluded an agreement with Super sports to utilize facilities and space within the Film studios Complex.
This does not mean we have sold the company to them, Film studios is here to stay as you have always known it and continues to grow further in the region beyond our borders.
Super sports has initiated development plans that include construction of ultra-modern new studios together with more office facilities.
These are not for their sole use but there will be complete fitted studios available to the local industry for hire.
All equipment in these studios are being upgraded and new lighting equipment and grip equipment being installed and maintained by Film studios.
Super sports has not and will not be taking over Film studios Kenya Ltd or for that matter our local TV & Film industry
Super sports are engaging new talent in the industry and training them in the process. There is over 200 local Kenyan crew and support staff who have been given this opportunity and this is job creation. There are currently productions underway in the two studios which are fully Kenyan crewed productions, only a few South Africans involved in a training capacity.
Once again ,Film studios has not been bought out by anyone nor will it be and we will continue to serve the industry as we have always done.
Film studios Management"By Gerald Langiri