ABN Holdings Ltd (ABN) has been established to realise the dream of an authentic African Broadcast Network, which continually projects a powerful vision of dynamic, new African possibilities.
ABN is an African millennium vision that seeks to build a sound intellectual and commercial framework by which millions of Africans are enlightened through entertainment oriented, educational and developmental television. ABN has already achieved the following key milestones:
2000 – 2003: ABN launched sub-Saharan Africa’s first-ever primetime television content syndication system straddling 10 Anglophone markets.
2005 – 2008: ABN provided crucial commercial support to the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) as it transitioned from the Union of National Radio and Television Associations into the present day AUB.
2008 – 2009: ABN supported the Los Angeles based Basic Lead Agency to launch the DISCOP Television Market in Africa. DISCOP Africa has grown into Africa’s biggest commercial television content market.
2010 - 2014: ABN has been developing the African Satellite Broadcasting Corporation Ltd (ASBC), a pay-tv and internet television service whose main activity is the distribution of African content and the provision of a bouquet of channels across sub-Saharan Africa and the African Diaspora.
We are in a pivotal moment in Africa’s history and it is crucial to find a commercially feasible way to ensure the creation of a relevant television media platform that can speak to the aspirations of Africans everywhere with content that inspires a vision of transformative change made by Africans for Africans.
Thus far, the television broadcast media has played a phenomenal role in authenticating a Joseph Conrad inspired image of Africa. The shaping, however, of Africa’s image on the global stage has often been beyond the control of Africa.
For the most part, Africa remains challenged by a long legacy of negative images of Africans stretching from the image of blacks in antiquity - the classical age, Judeo-Christian literature, and Islamic civilizations - to a recurring, crisis driven, news ecosystem that still rivets media coverage on Africa.
A continuing paradox, which Africa has been subjected to, is heightened by a characteristic lack of willpower to effectively present or represent Africa in all of its endeavours in a positive light. By constructing a confident image of Africa across the continent and on the international stage, ABN will reverse the trend.
Chairman, ABN Holdings Ltd.
John, a leading media business development expert, is an investor in ABN and has mentored the company through a challenging phase in which ABN has had to focus on industry capacity building oriented research and development work. After ten years as a leading leisure and media sector investment analyst at County NatWest, John set up his own consultancy company, JFWS Ltd. Clients have included United Business Media, the English Football League, Channel 5 and Endemol UK.
CEO, ABN Holdings Ltd
George has been a key player in advising African broadcasters on commercial strategy and content creation for the last 10 years and is a regular key note speaker at industry strategy symposiums. He is the Founder of ASBC - a low-cost DTH pay-tv platform and OTT television proposition that is supported by a viable cloud based content hub.
Finance Director, ABN Holdings Ltd
Robert has been actively involved in the development of ABN Holdings Ltd and is playing a major hands-on role in the commercial pre-launch and business development phase of ASBC. Robert is the co-Founder of ASBC.
Managing Partner, Digital Media, ABN Holdings Ltd
Sal is the managing partner for ABN's new catalogue of digital content, multimedia, games, audio visual content and smart tools. He is the founder of Ofamfa®, Cineformat® and AntuBOX®.
Director, ABN Holdings Ltd
Currently focused on implementing Rapid Blue’s content production and digital hub strategy in Africa, Duncan has also developed a pan-African content strategy and co-production footprint to support ABN’s vision of producing creative, high-volume, content made by Africans for Africans. Founded by Duncan and Kee-Leen Irvine, Rapid Blue has grown into one of Africa’s most successful production companies.
Managing Director, Sales, ABN Holdings Ltd
Thorsten has developed an efficient media planning and commercial airtime sales operation on behalf of ABN. Thorsten has been involved in the packaging and selling of airtime around major events including: Africa Cup of Nations, Beijing Olympics, 46664 Nelson Mandela Concert, the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. Thorsten is the CEO of the Africa Media Warehouse Group.
Consultant, DTH & DTT Strategy
Harry is assisting ABN with its ASBC DTH television strategy by offering professional counsel on the planning & launch of an effective roll out strategy across SSA.
Consultant ABN Mobile Strategy
Brian is working towards the creation of an effective mobile broadcasting strategy based on commercial partnerships with telecom companies. Brian’s focus is to develop a value proposition for mobile networks by which content producers, creative apps & video games developers can be attracted.
Consultant Business Development
Rob Duncan offers business development support to ABN/ASBC focusing on distribution logistics & strategy. Overall, Robert has over 25 years’ experience in TMT in Africa and has built strong relationships with African device vendors, infrastructure providers, logistics vendors.
Managing Partner, CC Finance LLP London
Paddy MccGwire is leading GlobalScope Partners’ corporate finance team that has been engaged by ABN to lead the effort to raise finance for ASBC through to 2020. Paddy has extensive cross border transaction experience - having founded Cobalt in 1996, advising mid-market private and public technology companies to achieve optimum exits.
Partner, Tenzing Partners Luxembourg
Daniel Schneider of Tenzing Partners – a GlobalScope Partner company - typically provides Merger & Acquisition, Fundraising and corporate finance services in support of planned divestitures or growth strategies.
Partner, GKA Capital Cape Town
GKA Capital, the African member of Globalscope Partners, specializes in corporate finance services including mergers and acquisitions, exits for business owners and fundraising transactions mainly in Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa. The business has a large footprint with partners in Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as in neighbouring countries including Namibia and Botswana.
Majority Shareholders, ABN Holdings Ltd
John and Mary Goodyear are a successful couple with a background in market research spanning Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Both have played key roles in developing ABN into a major research and development hub for the African television industry. John designed ABN’s shareholding structure enabling ABN to secure necessary research and development funds from angel investors. Mary, a non-executive director of ABN, has also made significant intellectual input into the creation of an African Public Broadcasting Foundation (APBF).
Chairman & CEO Channels TV, Nigeria
John Momoh, a key investor in ABN, is an accomplished Nigerian radio and television broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur with vast industry experience spanning 30 years. Prior to establishing Channels Television, John worked as a News Anchor and Senior Producer for Nigeria's National Radio and Television Stations, Radio Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).
Simon Spanswick commands a strong global network of key broadcast industry players with emerging markets expertise. His role is to assist ABN in generating an efficient broadcasting model and ethos that will drive take-up of the ASBC consumer proposition. The aim is to develop strong, continuing loyalty among all ASBC’s partner broadcasters that will directly enhance the prospects of shareholders. Simon, a founder director of the AIB, has a strong track record of involvement in projects relating to the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.