Peter Tanyanyiwa-Arts Correspondent
Producers of Zimbabwe’s first science-fiction film, “Amalgamated: The Dawn of Legends,” have spread their wings in content production, with the re-branding of their media company, Cinematic Exposure Media (CEM).
The move will see them producing a number of new productions with South African and Hollywood movie stars.
CEM is working on the story of “Rosie — The African Elephant,” a novel by Janet Kaschula of the “Lion King” fame.
They are expanding the story of “Rosie” the cinematic universe with the spinoff entitled “Nkosi — The Pride of Africa,” a fantasy series themed with African supernatural.
Cinematic Exposure Media, in association with TC-Model Management and the sister company, Anonymous Media Lab, has given birth to, “Nkosi” Series, of which some of the production was already done in South Africa.
The casting of Nkosi has returned the old ensemble of cast from the original series Rosie, the likes of Albert Nyathi, Herman Moyo, among others.
The new cast has international stars like Josh Hayes, Sam Gqaliwe and Kate-Lynn Smith.
CEM chief executive officer, Katharina Jimba, said the producers were working on expanding the story of “Rosie — The African Elephant,” with the spin-off entitled “Nkosi — The Pride of Africa.”
She said the exploration of Nkosi’s universe will give an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Zimbabwe.
“As the producers of “Amalgamated,” we are back with a lot of content, spreading into a lot of genres,” said Jimba. “Movie wise, the focus is on expanding the story of “Rosie — The African Elephant,” a novel by Janet Kaschula
“We continue ‘Rosie’ the cinematic universe with the spinoff entitled ‘Nkosi – The Pride of Africa,’ a fantasy series themed with African supernatural. In the storyline, Tabula becomes of age, he meets the love of his life, Nkosi. The two would have to fend off the new-age poachers who are after the usual wealth of the bush, and stealing the ancient sacred ivory and gold; destroying the customs of the Zambezi Valley.
“We have the Eastern Highlands and our Capital City in mind. Production will be commencing this October proceeding exactly from where we left off in South Africa. ‘Nkosi — The Pride of Africa’ is a high-end production, exploring high cinematic techniques as well as resources.
“We are proud to make it our debut production as Cinematic Exposure Media. We look forward to up the standards of the old days and bring unquestionable quality to the industry.”
CEM producers said as they re-brand themselves from Proverbial Media, they were not only focused on big budget movies, but also had spread their services into the entirety of digital media.
They now produce from small to big productions, commercial and social concepts, as well as provide digital media services.