The first of its kind partnership between the GFC and THD24 – a 24 hour streaming service has been signed to train and stream local content produced by residents of Gauteng. But there is a bias towards unemployed film graduates from universities and film schools who are strongly encouraged to submit their content. The content will be produced by locals in English and all the South African languages. The graduates will have an opportunity to produce scripts for series, short films and documentaries using the THD24 facilities both in Sandton and Bryanston studios.
Tbo Touch the owner of THD24 said,
“The SABC is sinking under the burden of debt, Multichoice is retrenching almost 3 thousand people, and obviously content creators will have limited avenues to distribute their material. For those who will be lucky enough to have their content shown, it will be very unfavourable terms. This is where my forward looking streaming THD24 comes in. The Netflix of South Africa, as Touch calls it will stream be a free service and accessible through the website THD24.com.
“The delay of the government initiative of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), has resulted in a lot of content that has not seen the light of day and will be irrelevant once it is up and running. Furthermore, the GFC is a pilot programme as we intend rolling similar services to other Film Commissions countrywide. The call to action is that all budding film scriptwriters and producers to send their material to the GFC where it will get vetted, says Touch.
This first of its kind endeavour in the South African television and audio- visual industry includes 8 new shows on video. He is following the leadership of the Gauteng’s Public- private partnership and Tshepo 1 million drive to give young people jobs, which is the vision of Premier Makhura.