New soapie not linked to ZBC

HARARE - Eddie Ndlovu, the writer/producer of Wenera — a new Zimbabwean soapie set to hit the screens soon says the production of the forthcoming series will not involve the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

“The last time we worked with the ZBC on Revelations, production was abruptly cut short as they said they no longer had money,” said Ndlovu.

“It was really unfortunate as people had loved the three episodes of Revelations they had screened.”

Ndlovu was, however, quick to point out that they would be prepared to work with the national broadcaster if it provided a good deal.

“We are not saying that we will not be taking the production to ZBC for screening. We will if we get a good deal. We want to create a soapie that is appealing locally and regionally. We are still weighing our options on broadcasting but we would want to be on the DStv channels,” said the Wenera producer

Ndlovu added that Wenera was currently a self-funded initiative.

“Now we are working on a zero budget, we are funding ourselves with no financial assistance from anyone. We have been assisted by the First Floor Gallery in terms of the venue only.

“Our vision is a 20-year plan. When people hear the word soapie, they think of Generations or Muvhango, but this is a new local production which will bring a Zimbabwean feel,” he said.
Veteran Edmore Sandifolo told the Daily News yesterday that he is honoured to be associated with Wenera.

“In this one I am an actor as well as a casting director. I know the production is good; I would not want to be associated with a substandard production. I think it is safe to say this is my first soapie and I hope it will last.

“I had short stint with Revelations but it was cut short because of budget constraints. For me, working on a series is good for my career as an actor,” he said.

The cast also includes journalists Conrad Mwanawashe and Tafadzwa Zimoyo as well as RnB musician Arnold Gara, Nothando Nobengula, and ex-Studio 263 actor Denzel Burutsa.

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