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Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild Launches Informal Partnership with Nollywood’s Actors Guild Nigeria

“The Screen Actors Guild has launched an informal partnership with the Actors Guild of Nigeria, meeting with leaders of the African group in Hollywood.

SAG president Ken Howard and national exec director David White headed a series of confabs Wednesday with AGN president Segun (Arinze), national secretary Emeka Rollas, filmmaker Ogbanna Kingsley, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Obi Osotule, Uchenna Nnanna and Ejiro Okurame.

The visit came as the Nigerian film industry — known by the Nollywood label — is turning out hundreds of films per year. Filmmakers tend to shoot productions in a few weeks and self-distribute titles; hit films can post sales of 200,000 units.

“This is Hollywood welcoming Nollywood,” Howard said at a lunch at the Marmalade restaurant in Hollywood. “We look forward to a long-term dialogue.”

Howard said the relationship would continue after the planned merger vote with the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists next spring. . .”

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