ROK Studios, Iroko’s film studio and entertainment brand is set to launch on DSTV Channel 168 on November 1, 2016.
The new channel will launch with ROK Studios’ exclusively-produced content, including Festac Town, Banks Chronicles and Bloodline, and will be available to DSTV Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers. Some of the ROK content will also be available on DSTVs Catch-Up service.
The channel will be fully programmed, produced and developed in-house, by ROK’s Lagos-based team. Mary Njoku, ROK CEO and award-winning Nollywood actress/film producer who has spent over 12 years at the heart of Nigerian filmmaking, will head the channel. The channel which will also be supported by IROKO, the VC-backed African technology and entertainment broadcaster and content distributor.
Talking about the launch, Mary Njoku said, “Joining the DStv family is the next step in ROK’s evolution as Nollywood’s leading film production house and brand. Broadcasting our original content to millions of movie fans across the African continent, on a platform as far-reaching and illustrious as DStv, is an exhilarating prospect.”
Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, added saying, “One of the cornerstones of our customer promise is to deliver content that our customers love and enjoy, and that is why we’re excited to introduce ROK which will boost DSTV’s local content offering and showcase even more African stories made in Africa, for us Africans”.
Since its launch in 2013, ROK Studios has produced some of Nollywood’s most talked about originals. ROK Studios recently launched a channel on UK’s SkyTV in September 2016, but the word is ROK viewers on DSTV will be the first to watch new and exclusive homegrown ROK content, before it goes anywhere else.