Ghanaian TV personality, Ama K Abebrese is definitely having a good year. After snatching the lead role in ‘Sinking Sands’, the most anticipated Ghanaian film of the year, and winning a Ghanaian UK Based Achievement (GUBA) Best Television Personality in the UK, Ama has been announced as the Head of Own Productions at Viasat 1.
According to a press statement, the move is directed towards Viasat 1’s drive to become the number one television station in Ghana. Ama K. Abebrese replaces Ivan Todorov, who is returning to Bulgaria after overseeing the launch of the company’s Own Productions in August 2010.
Ama K. Abebrese has been part of the team that played pivotal roles in launching the channel’s three Own Productions namely; The One Show, Laugh a Minute and the UEFA Champions League Studio Discussions. Her vast experience in a more matured television market in the United Kingdom coupled with her Ghanaian heritage would drive the channel’s ‘think global, act local’ agenda in their Own Productions.
At a farewell party held in honor of Mr. Todorov, CEO of Viasat 1 Rune Skogeng lauded him for his tenacity and persistence in getting the Own Productions and Studios running. He said the nine months that Mr. Todorov had been with Viasat 1 he has been nothing short of a force to reckon with and has left a positive legacy. He added that he appreciated the quality of recruits Mr. Todorov brought into the department as they have shown dedication to the tenets of the company.
A very emotional Todorov praised CEO Rune Skogeng for encouraging a creativity- oriented mindset in the Viasat 1 Ghana team, which impacted positively on the Own Productions team. He firmly believes that Viasat 1 Ghana will be the number one entertainer country wide sooner than projected.
Ms Ama K. Abebrese said she is grateful for the opportunity given her and is poised to further strengthen the Viasat 1 brand via more quality own productions into the Ghanaian television market.
Ama K. Abebrese has over a decade of experience in television with experience working with the YCTV (Youth Culture Television), BBC2 and OBE TV in the United Kingdom. An accomplished television producer Ama K’s co-producing credits include Fresh Act, a reality television show format that sought to find actors and actresses for a TV drama, the first of its kind to be produced on a UK Minority ethnic TV channel. She produced and presented a six part series filmed on location in Johannesburg called South Africa Business Profile. She was also a producer on long standing shows – One Touch and On the Sofa. She holds a BA in Media Arts and Drama obtained from St Mary’s University College, Surrey.