DJ Khaled to Host MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021

International MUSIC - 25 Jan 2021

In today’s Global BulletinDJ Khaled signs on to host the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021, Newen corrals its production labels as Newen France, Foxtel snags “The Drew Barrymore Show” in Australia, “SAS: Who Dares Wins” gets a Swedish adaptation, BFI Future Film Festival announces this year’s program, San Sebastian Film Festival director José Luis Rebordinos is honored by France’s Ministry of Culture, and Disney Plus and Hotstar Specials reteam to broaden the “Special Ops Universe.”


Grammy-winning producer, DJ and record exec DJ Khaled will host the MTV Africa Music Awards Kampala 2021 (MAMA), broadcasting globally for the first time on MTV Feb. 20. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Khaled will host the virtual ceremony from his home in Miami.

MAMA Kampala 2021 features 20 awards handed out to celebrate the best in African talent over the past year. In addition to more general prizes: best male artist, female artist, song and collaboration, the MAMAs will recognize work from Portuguese and French-speaking Africa with the introduction of the Best Lusophone and Best Francophone categories. Other new awards include the MAMA Generation Change AwardBest Fan BaseAlone Together Best Lockdown Performance and Personality of the Year.


Newen, the Paris-based international production and distribution company owned by French TV network TF1 Group, is bringing together its French production banners under a new umbrella, Newen France.

Newen France will regroup Telfrance (“Plus belle la vie”), Capa (“Versailles”) and 17 Juin, all owned by Newen.

The management team of Newen France will be headed by Vincent Meslet, producer of the hit daily soaps “Demain nous appartient” and “Ici tout commence.” Appointed CEO of Newen France, Meslet will work closely with Guillaume Thouret, who will act as managing director. Thouret was previously managing director of Capa Group and deputy managing director of Newen in charge of non-scripted programs.

Meslet will also collaborate with Benoît Thevenet, who currently runs 17 Juin and will also now be heading Capa Presse.

Philippe Levasseur, the current managing director of Capa Presse, has been tapped head of international for Newen France. These executives will all report to Romain Bessi, Newen’s managing director.

Newen has a footprint in seven countries and boasts a library of more than 5,500 hours of TV programming and 1,000 films spanning different genres.


ITV Studios in the U.K. has dealt a package of more than 400 hours of scripted content to Brazil’s GloboPlay, the SVOD service of Grupo Globo and largest national streaming service in the world.

Included in the deal are banner British series such as YA series “Noughts + Crosses,” WWII drama “World on Fire,” Mainstreet Pictures’ thriller “Gold Digger,” all three seasons of popular period drama “Victoria,” award-winning series “Poldark,” 14 seasons of “Murdoch Mysteries” and three seasons of family comedy “Mum.”




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