By Dozie Eboh
Dear Senator Ben Murray-Bruce,
I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to address a matter of great importance concerning Silverbird Distribution and its position in the film entertainment industry. As a passionate supporter of Silverbird and an avid movie enthusiast, I believe that the time has come for Silverbird Distribution to step up its game and reclaim its status as the pinnacle of film entertainment in West Africa.
It has come to my attention that Silverbird Distribution has been facing challenges in securing premium screening time for its Nollywood distributed movies at various cinema chains. Unlike some of its competitors, Silverbird’s movies are not always given the priority they deserve, which I believe is hampering the potential success of their films. It is disheartening to witness other distributors seemingly gaining preferential treatment while Silverbird’s offerings are not given the same level of consideration.
Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce
Moreover, it is discouraging to see that some distributors are reluctant to have films distributed by Silverbird to streaming platforms after screening at the theatres. This presents a significant obstacle for filmmakers and content creators associated with Silverbird Distribution, as streaming platforms have become an essential avenue for showcasing and monetizing movies in today’s digital age.
As a pioneer in the film distribution industry, Silverbird should reclaim its rightful place as the leader in premium film entertainment in Nigeria and West Africa as a whole. The Silverbird brand carries immense weight and respect, and I firmly believe that your excellent connections and networking capabilities should facilitate a seamless partnership with major streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Showmax, among others. Outsourcing to these platforms should not be an obstacle but rather a strategic move to extend Silverbird’s reach and influence across a broader audience.
By maintaining a strong presence on streaming platforms, Silverbird Distribution can ensure that the best Nigerian and West African films reach global audiences, enhancing the reputation of our local film industry and providing filmmakers with a platform to share their stories with the world.
Filmmaker Dozie Eboh
I earnestly urge you, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, to take the lead in revitalizing Silverbird Distribution’s approach, forging powerful partnerships with cinema chains, and securing prominent slots for Silverbird movies. By doing so, Silverbird will regain its prominence and maintain its standing as the unrivalled hub for premium film entertainment in the region.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. I believe that with your leadership and vision, Silverbird Distribution can achieve new heights of success and continue its legacy as a trailblazer in the Nigerian film industry.
* Eboh is a Nollywood filmmaker, actor, director and producer