Triggerfish Story Lab announces top stories from continent-wide search

Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry and The Walt Disney Company.

South Africa: SA Film Rakes in R1.1 Million At the Local Box Office On Opening Weekend

Koos Roets's new Afrikaans movie, 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling has earned R1.1m rand after only five days on the local film circuit and has been seen by approximately 25 000 people.

The film, which is based on Jeanne Goosen's novel and that tells the story of the Beeslaer family of 24 Frik du Preez Street in Damnville, is charming audiences with its unique humour.

Broadcast - In brief

Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, and the hardware will be doled out February 29 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

AFRIFF Award Winners Announced

The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has grown consistently over the years, and 2015 was undoubtedly their best year yet. 180 films screened from 8-14 November, with the star-studded awards ceremony rounding off a successful festival line-up.

The ceremony – which took place at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island in Lagos – saw South African performers taking home some coveted awards. Fulu Mugovhani continues her streak of fame with Best Female Performance in Ayanda, while Charlie Vundla took home Best Male Performance for his role in Cuckold.

African premiere, Oscar nominees and award-winners for Cape Town International Animation Festival

The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation, the Festival runs from 18 to 21 February 2016 at the River Club in Cape Town.

Curated by Animation SA, the annual Festival brings South Africans the chance to catch some of the world’s best animated films from countries such as France, Brazil,Australia, Ireland and South Africa.

Nigeria: TrybeTV Launches Noon, 26th Nov. on GoTV Ch. 97

The Best of Nollywood and African movies, TV drama and related premium programming has a new home as TrybeTV has launched on the MultiChoice DTT platform, GoTV.

Triggerfish named Western Cape Business of the Year

At the recent Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA), Triggerfish Animation Studios was named the Overall Winner and Business of the Year. Triggerfish also took home the prize for the Business With Global Reach.

DStv adds HOOLEE kids channel from December

Cape Town – MultiChoice's next pop-up channel will be the kids channel HOOLEE from Turner Broadcasting System International that will run from the beginning of December 2015 to the end of January 2016 on DStv.

HOOLEE follows after M-Net and Disney's current Star Wars channel on 109 on DStv.

Turner already provides kids channels like Cartoon Network (DStv 301) and Boomerang (DStv 302) to DStv.

Turner Africa announced that HOOLEE will become Africa's first pop-up channel on DStv at the 5-day MultiChoice Content Showcase held this past week.

A Conversation On ‘MTV Shuga,’ The African Soap Opera That Broke Lupita Nyong’o

“I think one thing the campaign is trying to do is talk about how HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence,” Lupita Nyong’o said in 2010 interview with CNN. The now Academy Award-winning actress was speaking about her first major role, as the star of MTV’s hard-hitting, Kenyan-set soap opera.

“Shuga was so effective on Kenyan youth because of the fact that it was modern, it was hip, it was fast and furious,” Nyong’o added. “In Shuga, it’s young people telling young people, advising young people. So I think that is very effective and young people respond to that”.

Naspers Said to Plan Showmax Expansion to Take on Netflix

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s biggest company by market value, is planning to expand its video-streaming competitor to Netflix Inc. into three new continents next year while Samsung Electronics Co. has agreed to include the service on its smart TVs, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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