Fast track productions, the popular drama show Hostel’s makers, last week signed an agreement in which NTV would fund the show’s production in exchange for free-to-air and Pay TV rights as well as online and DVD distribution across Africa and Europe.
The deal, that takes effect this August, involves good money , which Conrad Nkutu refused to tell, will certainly go a long way in bailing out the show, which enters its fourth season since premiering in 2011.
“This [contract] is one of the best things to ever happen to us,” Conrad Nkutu, the Fasttrack MD, told the media.
The TV series is now in its last episodes of the third season since its return in May .The Hostel ran out of money in December last year, forcing it into a break. By the time the show reemerged this May, Nkutu was more than ready to ‘sell’ it to NTV.
He said the deal came with improved quality and raised salaries for actors. Efforts to reach NTV Managing Director Aggie Konde were futile but it is expected that NTV will equally cash in big from selling The Hostel to foreign broadcasters including Dstv, CFI, NTV Kenya, Zuku TV, and Ben TV in the UK.
As you read this, Nkutu today takes over as corporate Affairs Manager at Tullow Oil Uganda.