Oscar Provencal, a film producer and veteran actor has urged the local film industry stakeholders to learn the film production practices of the foreign telenovelas to boost the industry.
He opined that the reason why the foreign shows are so popular with Ghanaians is due to the producers identifying and meeting the demands of the local audience.
In a report by AdomOnline.com, the veteran actor stated that local film industry’s decline is not the fault of these Mexcian and Hindi soap operas.
The 'Inspector Bediako' actor said rather than whine about the lack of screen time for their shows, industry stakeholders should produce unique content which will be distinguishable from the foreign shows.
“I think that, it’s an unfortunate situation. There is nothing wrong with demonstrating but Telenovelas are not the problem. It is only now that the local industries are letting the Telenovelas stand out. TV stations want content that bring revenue, if that is not happening, they will look for new avenues…” Oscar added.
The film producer’s comments follow the call for the proposed demonstration against the influx of telenovelas on the local channels, by the Film Producers Association of Ghana.
According to FIPAG, these Spanish and Hindi soap operas that are translated to Twi for the local audience is negatively affecting their film industry in Ghana.
They said the influx of these foreign soaps takes business away from the industry, as they have captured the interest of the masses and has left no room for the local movies to be patronized.
A member of FIPAG had earlier disclosed that soon, with approval from the Information and Arts Ministries, there will be regulatory policy that will limit how often these shows will be televised per week.
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