PRODUCER, AFRICA, USA BUSINESS EXPO
Earlier in 2005, Tony Abulu had produced the first Nigerian International Film Festival in New York City and established the African Artists Collaborated (AAC) in the US to support African arts products with Pro Bono US Copyright legal services. Abulu had also found time to write, produce and direct other feature films including “American Dream,” “Superstar” “Spellbound” and “Crazy like a Fox” which was nominated in the Best film category at the prestigious American Black Film Festival in Hollywood. By 2012 Abulu decided it was time to raise African film profile in the US and consequently produced and directed the acclaimed Afrocentric piece “Doctor Bello” which premiered at the prestigious Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC and was released unprecedentedly through AMC Theatres all over mainstream American Cinemas.
Abulu also received the great opportunity through AMC Theatres, to distribute select African film titles through the mega global cinema chain. “Doctor Bello” starring Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean Louis and Genevieve Nnaji has been acquired by Netflix in a Two-year global release deal, presently streaming live.
Continuing on his quest to empower Africa’s youth and create massive job opportunities for them, Abulu leveraged on Africa’s under- appreciated and under-utilized low hanging fruit, its Creative Industry already busting with limitless talent. He embarked on a strategy to facilitate training, content production, global distribution and monetization of the creative industry. Tony Abulu has consequently created and mobilized Blaze Channel Digital monetization platform www.blazechannel.com a self-sustaining and innovative digital monetization instrument to create millions of good paying jobs and hope for Africa’s languishing youths.