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1Magic mum on International Women in Media conference involvement

2018-08-13 11:50
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Cape Town - M-Net has declined to comment on whether 1Magic (DStv channel 103) remains the official media sponsor of the now-dubious 2018 International Women in Media Conference.

Scheduled to take place in September at the Sandton Convention Centre, the women's conference derailed on Wednesday after Taraji P Henson and Halle Berry, who were announced as keynote speakers, denied involvement and slammed the organisers over "fake advertising."

Bonang Matheba has also withdrawn as host and Webtickets told Channel24 that it had halted all ticket sales.

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Despite the recent negative press surrounding the event, the 1Magic channel logo continues to appear on 21st Century Group's marketing material for the International Women in Media Conference. 

Nondumiso Mabece, head of publicity at M-Net for local entertainment channels, declined to comment on specific questions asked and instead referred media inquiries to the 21st Century Group.

She said that M-Net will not be issuing any statement on the conference.

The pay-TV broadcaster was asked how M-Net checked and verified the legitimacy of event and 1Magic's involvement in the conference.

It's also not yet clear whether other announced talent like the Carte Blanche presenter Claire Mawisa, the Mzansi Magic producer and actress Connie Ferguson, Amanda du-Pont, actress Salamina Mosese and Thabile Ngwato are still involved. 

The 21st Century Group in a statement said the management company is starting a "legal lawsuit" against 42West, a well-known PR firm in the United States, and "Superstar Agency."

42West told Channel24 in a statement that the agency never managed Halle Berry or Taraji P Henson, isn't a management firm but a PR agency and isn't aware of legal action filed against the agency as 21st Century Group claimed.

"There is absolutely no truth to any of the claims regarding 42West attributed to 21st Century Group," says a 42West spokesperson in a statement.