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Muffy & Trudi Present at the 1st Africa Social & Behaviour Change Conference in Kenya

In February 2019, Muffy and Trudi travelled to Kenya to attend the 1st Africa Social & Behaviour Change Conference. Together with Ishaku Dashon and Umar Turaki (Watershed Entertainment – Nigeria) they presented a case study on writing, producing, marketing and broadcasting In Love and Ashes – an eight-part drama series that was broadcast in Nigeria in early 2018 on the national broadcaster, NTA, and Ebony Life.  The presentation was selected as 1 of 30 oral sessions held during the 3-day confab.

549 individuals from 80 organizations and 25 countries attended the conference in Nairobi which presented a platform for practitioners and stake holders to share knowledge and best practices on Social Behaviour Change from across the globe.

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Muffy Potter Attends 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Summit in Bali

In April 2018, Muffy Potter attended the 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Summit, featuring Education-Entertainment, in Bali, Indonesia. This bi-annual event is organised to better understand what works in shifting social norms, changing behaviours and in amplifying the voices of those who have most at stake in the success of development efforts.

The development community has increasingly well-documented and recognized evidence that shows that how people gain information and act on it, significantly determines development success.

The summit hosted hundreds of presentations, screenings and skills-building workshops with some of the leading experts in Communications for Development and Education Entertainment from around the globe.

In Love And Ashes Broadcast Launch

PIOTP’s latest TV drama, In Love And Ashes, celebrated its broadcast launch with a gala red carpet premiere event held in Lagos, Nigeria on March 28, 2018.  PIOTP’s Muffy Potter attended the event and was excited to be reunited with the fantastic Nigerian cast and crew.

It was terrific to see the team interviewed by both entertainment and news journalists from across the country. Everyone worked so hard to make the series come to life and it’s always wonderful to celebrate the fruits of that labour,” said Muffy.

Hosting the event was 2Baba, one of Nigeria’s most beloved pop stars, who sang the incredible title sequence theme song for the series. Its release and exposure on FM stations across the country helped generate buzz about the series across multiple media platforms.  See the full video below.

Please visit the links below for more coverage of the event, and see our gallery for photos.

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Social Media Campaign for In Love & Ashes Begins

The social media campaign for In Love & Ashes – a Nigerian television drama which Muffy and Trudi helped write and produce – is currently being rolled out across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the lead up to the series’ broadcast. A central theme of the show is internally displaced persons (IDP) in the North East of the country, and the above video describes the current situation.

PIOTP Supporting the Work of the Favoured Sisters Christian Foundation in Nigeria

The Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in close to 2,000,000 Nigerians being driven from their homes. Half of the internally displaced are children, with an estimated 20,000 currently separated from their families.

The Favoured Sisters Christian Foundation in Jos, headed by Naomi Mankilik, is home to 241 children who have been orphaned by the conflict in north-east Nigeria.

The orphanage was a primary filming location for the television drama series In Love & Ashes and Muffy and Trudi witnessed first-hand the incredible work that Naomi and her small team are doing to accommodate, feed and educate the children in their care.

Despite its great work, the Foundation receives no government funding and relies on private donations to continue its mission. PIOTP is committed to providing financial support to the orphanage and can vouch for the positive impact that any gifted money makes on the lives of these children. Please contact us if you’d like to help.

Muffy Potter hosts Producing Masterclass at the Nigerian Film Institute

PIOTPs Muffy Potter and the Producing Masterclass she taught at the Nigerian Film Institute.

PIOTPs Muffy Potter and the Producing Masterclass she taught at the Nigerian Film Institute.

While based in Jos, Nigeria working on their latest television project, Muffy had the great pleasure of hosting a Producing Masterclass for over a hundred students at the Nigerian Film Institute.

Her 3-hour interactive lecture covered a variety of topics from raising finance, budgeting, casting, production and postproduction to visual effects, broadcast and marketing. “Often the best way to teach the principals of producing is to use real-world anecdotal examples of my own experiences,” Muffy says. “I very much explain what happens when things go right and when things wrong. A large part of producing is problem-solving and talking through some high-stakes issues I’ve experienced as a producer and what I did to find solutions to those issues can give a greater insight into the realities of filmmaking when young people are starting out in the industry.”

Part of the company vision for Put It Out There Pictures is to support young and emerging filmmakers to pursue their career goals. We try to support local educational institutions when traveling to various countries as a way to give back and support local industries.

PIOTP Currently in Post-Production of Nigerian Drama Serial Funded by USAID/OTI

Put It Out There Pictures is currently in the post-production phase of an 8-part drama serial funded by USAID/OTI for broadcast on Nigerian television, entitled In Love & Ashes.

Acting as Media Consultants for Creative Associates International, Muffy and Trudi recently spent five months in Nigeria working with local production company, Watershed Entertainment, to devise, script and produce the show. They also worked with a local agency to develop and implement an extensive, strategic social media campaign to promote the series and the themes of the show.

In Love & Ashes will air nationally across Nigeria in early 2018.

2016 Seoul International Drama Awards

The telemovie ‘Journey’ received the Jury’s Special Prize at the 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards. This year’s competition attracted 270 entries from 51 countries, and Muffy and Trudi together with the film’s Director, Mohammad Ghorbankarimi, attended the ceremony in South Korea on September 8 to accept the award.

PIOTPs Muffy Potter and Trudi-Ann Tierney with 'Journey' director Mohammad Ghorbankarimi at the 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards.

PIOTPs Muffy Potter and Trudi-Ann Tierney with ‘Journey’ director Mohammad Ghorbankarimi at the 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards.

The 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards Jury's Special Prize.

The 2016 Seoul International Drama Awards Jury’s Special Prize awarded to ‘Journey.’

Trudi-Ann Tierney – Panelist; Dramatising Democracy; ‘BBC Day of Democracy’; BBC Radio 3

In January 2015, Trudi-Ann Tierney was invited by BBC to participate in a panel discussion with Author Michael Dobbs, dramatists James Graham and Paula Milne to debate whether dramas aid our understanding of the way governments operate or foster cynicism about democracy. The debate was part of the ‘BBC Day of Democracy’ initiative and was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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