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Public Lecture Series – Dissecting the Deal
May 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dissecting the Deal
Public Lecture with America’s top business executives in mixed-media, arts and entertainment at Rutgers Business School CUEED.
About the Speaker
Tonjé Bakang is the Founder & CEO of Afrostream, the “Netflix for African, African-American and Caribbean content” a streaming site serving the European and African markets. Afrostream is a platform for the digital distribution of Black films and series produced by major Hollywood studios and independent distributors seeking an international audience. Prior to founding Afrostream, Tonjé worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, first in music business as a creator of videos, then as a producer of comedy shows and theater. He scouted and mentored a new generation of comedians of color, and was the first to introduce stand-up comedy shows in France inspired by HBO Def Comedy Jam. His passion for storytelling led him to develop a screenplay for a major network in France and he will use this expertise to produce original content for Afrostream. Tonjé tweets @Tonjebakang.
Afrostream is Netflix for African-American, African and Caribbean content primarily serving the African diaspora in Europe. Since launching four months ago, the site has seen a growth rate of 141% in paying subscribers, which now numbers over 7,000. The site boasts an international library of 1,000+ hours of premium content subtitled or dubbed, according to the local market. Afrostream has licensing deals in place with Warner Brothers, Sony, Viacom, Lionsgate, and Sky Vision among others. The company has signed distribution deals with TF1, Orange and Bouygues telecom and will debut in April 2016 on set-top boxes in over 12 million households in Europe. Afrostream was previously incubated by Silicon Valley’s prestigious Y Combinator and has secured investments from Warner Brothers, Orange, Comcast Ventures, Cross Culture Ventures, ACE & Company and M6.