Rungano Nyoni
Rungano Nyoni
Rungano Nyoni

We looking for Zambians living in London who are interested in performing. I am currently embarking on a Comedy Web Series about different people living in London.

We auditioning in the next month. If anyone is interested in acting please send an email with a photo, age, and reason you want to act, experience.

No experience is necessary. You have to be conformable in front of the camera.

We need people of all ages: Male, Female: All Ages.

Email is:

Rungano Nyoni.

Mila Kunis wearing Gemfields Zambian emerald stud earrings by Marina B to the 71st Golden Globes last night
Mila Kunis wearing Gemfields Zambian emerald stud earrings by Marina B to the 71st Golden Globes last night

Hollywood actress Mila Kunis wore Gemfields Zambian emerald jewellery at the 71st Golden Globe Awards last night.

The star wore stud earrings and a bangle by Marina B to last night’s glittering Golden Globe Awards. To compliment her emerald jewellery, Kunis worn a bespoke Gucci Premiere gown.

The emeralds were mined at the world’s largest emerald mine, Kagem Mine in Lufwanyama District, which is owned by Gemfields in partnership with the Zambian government.

The actress, who previously won a Golden Globe for her role in Black Swan, presented an award with Jupiter Ascending co-star Channing Tatum, at this year’s ceremony, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.  To compliment her emerald jewellery, Kunis worn a bespoke Gucci Premiere floor-length gown.

Since her 2013 appointment as Global Ambassador and face of Gemfields, the world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones, Kunis has become an advocate for the company’s approach.

Gemfields Zambian emerald, emerald-cut studs by Marina B in 18-k gold.

10.94 carats (total weight) Gemfields Zambian emeralds.



Gemfields emerald bangle by Marina B in 18k gold and black metal

1.90ct Gemfields Zambian emerald

2.29ct diamonds


About Gemfields

Gemfields plc is a leading gemstone miner listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: ‘GEM’). The company’s principal asset is the 75 percent owned Kagem emerald mine in Zambia, the world’s single largest emerald mine. In addition to the Kagem emerald mine, Gemfields has a 50 percent interest in the Kariba amethyst mine in Zambia. The company also owns controlling stakes in a highly prospective ruby deposit in Mozambique and licences in Madagascar including ruby, emerald and sapphires deposits.

In July 2009 Gemfields commenced a formal auction programme for its Zambian emeralds. To date, the Company has held 14 auctions which have generated revenues totalling US$224 million.

Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes
A new trailer for Gallowwalkers, starring Wesley Snipes, has been released by Lionsgate.

The horror/western follows a mysterious gunman, Aman (Snipes), the son of a nun who breaks her covenant with God to ensure his survival.

Cursed by his mother’s betrayal of God, Aman turns whoever he fatally shoots into a zombie. Soon, he is hunted by a gang of his undead former victims, led by the vicious Kansa (Howarth).

Aman enlists Fabulos (Riley Smith), a young warrior, to fight by his side.

Lionsgate will release Gallowwalkers on DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital Download and VOD (Video on Demand) on Aug. 6.

This will be the first Wesley Snipes appearance in a film since his release from prison April 2013.

Check him out in the new Gallowwalkers trailer below:

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO

 Jason Njoku, founder and CEO
Jason Njoku, founder and CEO
iROKO Partners, Africa’s largest source of Nigerian entertainment with its platforms iROKOtv and iROKING, announces a major strategic development via its entry into the South African DVD market and the launch of 10,000 new Nigerian movie DVDs.

Nigeria’s movie industry, colloquially known as ‘Nollywood’ is the second largest film industry in the world, producing around 2,000 movies a year. The launch announced today represents the first foray for iROKOtv, ’Africa’s Netflix’, into the sizeable South African DVD market and is responding to demand for even more Nollywood content in South Africa. It is also a brand new distribution channel for iROKOtv as historically the company’s content has only been available online.

To launch, ten of iROKOtv’s most popular Nollywood films are now available on top quality DVDs, beautifully packaged and at a cost of R30. They are currently selling in Johannesburg’s local shops and markets including Soweto, Kempton Park, Rosettenville and Randburg.

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO, said:

“iROKOtv revolutionised the video-on-demand (VOD) industry for African entertainment when we launched, bringing thousands of movies online to Nollywood lovers around the world. In a short space of time, we were able to connect with the online African community but, in reality, the majority of Nollywood fans are offline and watch Nollywood on DVDs.

“Access is the immediate challenge for VOD companies here. Until Africa comes online, DVDs will continue to be the primary platform to consume content, which is why iROKOtv has now entered the DVD market.”

Almost 50% of iROKOtv’s traffic comes from the UK and US, as Diasporan communities have access to cheap and reliable broadband; something that cannot be said for the vast majority of Africans on the continent. Nollywood is increasingly popular in South Africa but audiences struggle to access high quality, low-cost, legal content online, which makes the shift to DVD sales both exciting for iROKO as a new distribution channel and perfect for South African consumers.

Deepak with Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismali, and Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Saad Shire


Deepak with Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismali, and Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Saad Shire
Deepak with Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismali, and Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Saad Shire

Founder of DVK Deepak Kuntawala Promotes DVK Entertainment Fund & Spreads the “Good Times” with NDTV

DVK, a high-growth boutique private equity and commodity trading company, continues its march into the exciting world of global entertainment as it teamed up with India’s primetime health, fitness and lifestyle English-language channel, NDTV Good Times for its UK launch. The glitzy bash took place at the uber-chic venue The Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate Hotel, on Thursday, 23rd May 2013.

The evening was hosted by the stylish Ambika Anand and the UK’s most prominent corporate heads, advertisers and celebrities were in attendance to celebrate the ‘Good Times’, including the CEO of Hero Honda, Mr Munjal, SBI Regional Head-UK Mr Mahapatra and Virgin Media Director of Content and Acquisition Emma Jones.

The event featured a surprise and impromptu performance by the King of Bollywood disco Bappi Lahiri and a LIVE cookery session with one of India’s leading chefs Manish Mehrotra who was also the winner of the ground-breaking reality series, Foodistan. The evening concluded with a scintillating flash mob dance performance.

The multi-award winning entrepreneur and Founder of DVK, Deepak Kuntawala, described as a ‘financial alchemist’ for the creative wizardry and unique innovation that he applies to the remit of private equity investment and commodity trading, pledged his support for the newest addition to India’s premier TV network NDTV in the UK. A key sponsor of the event, Deepak participated in a Q&A to discuss the company’s forthcoming projects in partnership with the entertainment industry, which include the financing of two Hollywood movies with the producer of Rocky and Bill Charter and an upcoming collaboration with the Hollywood legend, Al Pacino.

He said: ‘This is a very exciting time for international entertainment, and DVK is thrilled to be a sponsor at this pivotal event launch. We have implemented a structured finance deal that encompasses the burgeoning entertainment market and with the set-up of our new film and entertainment fund, we are in the process of putting together financing strategies for Hollywood films. Partnering with NDTV Good Times was indeed a natural collaboration. These are certainly “good times” for DVK, NDTV and the entertainment industry.’

Deepak also spoke about DVK’s title sponsorship of the European premiere of An Evening with Pacino, taking place at the London Palladium on the 2nd of June 2013, through DVK’s film and entertainment fund, which will be governed by a leading international law firm Mishcon De Reya and structured by the world’s largest professional services firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Deepak’s guest of honour at the event was the Vice President of Somaliland, H.E. Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismali, and Somaliland Minister of National Planning Dr. Saad Shire who addressed the esteemed guests, saying: ‘I am pleased and honoured to attend this event. I wish NDTV much success.’

The Vice President highlighted the vast investment opportunities that exist in Somaliland, and encouraged people to avail of these lucrative and interesting opportunities, particularly in the sectors of agriculture, tourism and infrastructure. This follows DVK’s launch of the $1bn USD DVK Africa Development Fund, which will deliver, manage and structure strategic Pan-Africa investment opportunities, such as in Somalia, the newly created Somaliland, Kenya, and Malawi. This would be across Aviation, Global Commodities, PPP Infrastructure and Real Estate, including access to exclusive mandates.

NDTV Good Times was originally launched in the UK on the Virgin platform in December 2012 to a great reception. However, last night was a chance for the NDTV Good Times team to thank and celebrate with all their supporters in the UK

Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Lifestyle said, “We are delighted to be launching the channel in partnership with DVK. This evening marks the start of a new journey for Good Times, in the UK. We are very proud to bring innovative lifestyle programming, which has found great success in India, to Indian audiences in the UK and excited about the good times ahead.”

NDTV Good Times is available on Virgin Channel 829. It is also available across international markets such as the US, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives and Africa.

Lara Spencer wearing Zambian emerald and Brooke Shields at the US GEM Awards January 2013

A dazzling necklace of 1,354 carats of Zambian emerald beads was showcased by US television icon Lara Spencer at a prestigious jewellery industry awards ceremony in New York last week.

Gemfields plc, the company that operates the Kagem emerald mine (“Kagem”) in Lufwanyama, was a host sponsor for the 11th annual GEM Awards – the fine jewellery industry’s premier accolade gala – organised by the Jewelers of America’s consumer education arm, the Jewelry Information Center.

The GEM Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work amplifies the Jewelry Information Center’s mission.

Gemfields CEO Ian Harebottle, attended the event alongside presenter Brooke Shields and ABC’s Good Morning America host and event MC Lara Spencer, who wowed the audience in Gemfields’ multi-strand necklace with 1,354 carats of Zambian emerald beads.

“Such an important event as this demonstrates Gemfields’ commitment to promoting Zambian emeralds to the international jewellery industry at the highest levels,” said Mr Harebottle. “It also shows that Zambia’s gemstones are being internationally recognised as the finest in the world.”

The event, which was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, honoured industry icons, including Stellene Volandes, Style Director of Town & Country, who received the organisation’s GEM Award for Journalistic Excellence and Matthew A. Runci, former President and CEO of Jewelers of America, who received the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement.

About Gemfields

Gemfields plc is a leading gemstone miner listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange (ticker: ‘GEM’). It owns 75 percent of the Kagem mine in Lufwanyama, in partnership with the Zambian government. In addition to the Kagem emerald mine, Gemfields has a 50 percent interest in the Kariba amethyst mine in Zambia.  The company also owns controlling stakes in highly prospective ruby deposits in Mozambique and various licenses in Madagascar including ruby, emerald and sapphires deposits.

Gemfields is the world’s foremost coloured gemstone producer, and is found at the intersection of exploration, mining and marketing.

Natural gems are at the heart of the operation. Its focus – reliable and ethically-produced Zambian emeralds – uphold fair-trade practices while remaining in accordance with the highest level of environmental, social and safety standards. This mission holds true for every gemstone in its portfolio.

Gemfields’ unprecedented mine to market strategy through transparent partnerships with the world’s leading coloured gemstones dealers and manufacturers allows it to guarantee the provenance of every gem: Its promise to both the trade and the consumer.


Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier have been hired to pen a script for the next Terminator film.

The writers will work on the first instalment in the sci-fi franchise since 2009’s Terminator Salvation, reports Deadline.

Kalogridis worked on the script for Avatar with director James Cameron. She has also produced Shutter Island and scripted Alexander for Oliver Stone.

Lussier, the man behind Drive AngryMy Bloody Valentine and White Noise: The Light, directed Dracula 2000, on which Kalogridis has a ‘Special Thanks’ credit.

Annapurna Pictures’ Megan Ellison paid for the rights to the Terminator property a few years ago, and has since teamed up with brother David’s Skydance Pictures.

Ellison is a backer of Zero Dark Thirty and The Master, while her sibling has ties to motion pictures including Jack Reacher and the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.

Watch Sarah Connor actress Linda Hamilton discuss the Terminator franchise with Digital Spy below:

Digital Spy


Life of Pi has replaced The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at the top of the Australian box office standings.

In spite of a 20% drop in receipts compared to the previous weekend, Ang Lee’s movie’s takings of AU$3.95 million were enough to move it up into first place in the top ten

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s takings were down 44% on last weekend, but it still holds second place with earnings of AU$3.3 million.

There are three new entries in the top ten – Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling‘s period crime thriller Gangster Squad, Sir Antony Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren’s Hitchcock and stop-motion family film ParaNorman.

The box office top ten for the weekend of January 10 to January 13, 2013 (all figures in Australian dollars):

1. (2) Life of Pi – $3,952,729
2. (1) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $3,303,349
3. (-) Gangster Squad – $2,271,491
4. (3) Les Misérables – $2,227,488
5. (4) Wreck-It Ralph – $2,182,233
6. (5) Jack Reacher – $1,648,385
7. (-) Hitchcock – $1,245,119
8. (6) Parental Guidance – $1,105,022
9. (-) ParaNorman – $937,587
10. (8) Quartet – $660,378

Watch a clip from Life of Pi below:

Digital Spy