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The Managing Director of Multichoice, John Ugbe has revealed that the production of this year’s Big Brother Naija cost the company a whooping N3.5 billion.
The ongoing edition of hit reality television show, Big Brother Naija (BBN), will bring an estimated N2 billion into the Nigerian economy, financial sector stakeholders have disclosed.
MultiChoice, the show’s producers, explained that they had to ensure that the show, which is held in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is held under much more stringent measures in accordance with public health and safety protocols.
According to financial sector sources, MultiChoice’s investments in the show have risen to N2billion because of capital-intensive projects necessary for the successful hosting of the show. These include the addition of 250 square meters (sqm) to the 1800sqm Big Brother House, provision of furniture, technical equipment and other safety systems. The costs are said to be exclusive of production, marketing, talent performances and other sunk costs absorbed by the pre-existing Big Brother House.
Huge sums of money were spent on such items as building design permits, civil engineering works, and landscape management, heating ventilation and air conditioning, as well as upgrading mechanical and electrical systems. . Similar outlays have been made to ensure the upgrade of acoustics to studio specifications, purchase of power generators, water purification, information technology facilities and adaptation of the Big Brother House to conform to COVID-19 protocols. A recent report by Accenture estimated that MultiChoice invested $428million between 2015 and 2019 in local content production; the larger slice of which many believe went into the production of BBNaija.
The show has generated direct and indirect employment opportunities for Nigerians in marketing, Public Relations, production and sponsorship, who have been working from home and on MultiChoice’s monthly payroll. Also involved are hundreds of photographers, disc jockeys, interior decorators and an assortment of other small and medium sized business owners contracted as vendors to supply food, clothes, and toiletries to the house for the duration of the show. BBNaija Season 5 will run for 10 weeks and be broadcast live round-the-clock on DStv and GOtv.
Source: Sahel Standard