July 24, 2016 – Lilian Bach: Why Nollywood Producers Stopped Hiring Superstars
Popular Nollywood actress cum movie producer Lilian Bach revealed to Saturday Beats that she quit acting and movie production because of piracy.
Miss Bach said she practically fled Nollywood when the piracy scourged bit harder.
She blamed her exit from Nollywood on the bitter experience she had as a producer.
“I purposely took a break from doing movies. I became a producer and I wanted to be doing my own movies but piracy couldn’t allow me. In Nollywood, experience is actually the best teacher; nobody really tells you the truth. You have to go through the experience to find out what others are suffering from. We cannot continue to ignore the fact that piracy has been trying to bring the industry down. That was why I took a break. I couldn’t continue producing movies without recouping my money. It is not a good thing,” she said.
She said the scourge also affected a lot of big actresses who are no longer featured in movies.
“You don’t even see the super stars in movies anymore because producers now try to cut cost because they are not guaranteed that they would get their money back. By the time you pay the stars and settle other bills in making the movie, you wouldn’t know what would come back to you as your returns. When you release the movie on DVD or even before you do that, it is already pirated.
“We need a lasting solution to this problem, otherwise there will no longer be Nollywood because we are really going down. We are hoping the new government will have the time and come out with a stricter punishment to those who do the act,” she said.