Actor Bill Asamoah has exhorted the government to release a 2 million dollar allotment to kick-start streaming services for the Ghana movie industry.
In an interview with Andy Dosty on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM, the actor explained there is a Film Producers Association out there making enquiries and speaking to banks and investors, to get assistance for the innovation of a streaming service.
“There is a Film Producers Association out there who are equally peering for investors and have put their business plan out there, so if the government should perhaps help out with a 2 million dollar funding we can get this thing done in no time”
In a previous interview on Joy FM’s Showbiz A–Z, he said that “we can’t rely on Netflix. Ghana should control a streaming hierarchy by now.”
His remarks came after movie director and filmmaker, Emmanuel Sarpong, said his movie, “Galamsey: Enemies Are Not God” has been ratified by Netflix. He added that one of the major problems in the Ghanaian movie industry is marketing and publicizing their products.
“Imagine if we have a Ghanaian app like that, and having at least 2 million subscribers subscribing on to it, how is it going to be like and what are the earnings going to come out of all this look like? That is where I was looking at because part of our problems is marketing and distributing that is one of the major problems we face as an industry”.
He also mentioned the movie industry needs to make the Ghanaian government understand that filming is what can help sell Ghana.
“We need the government to understand that filming is one of the things that can help sell Ghana instead of the things like this expo and all that we are doing. Because we have got movies out there that is selling Ghana and telling everybody in the world how peaceful Ghana is and how effective doing business in Ghana is, I think that would be very easy and it would be a boulevard where we would not have to be wasting so much money on,”
He spoke about the pledge made by the government to bestow capital to the NFA which they still haven’t received and promising to give funds to the Ghana Tourism Authority which have not also been done he confessed to Andy Dosty.