Broadcast – In Brief

South African makes top 10 in global film scoring competition. South African, Alun Richards, has been placed in the top 10 in the Vienna Symphonic Library International Film Score Competition with his composition for a scene from The Wolfman, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro. Read the full story here.

Cairo Film Festival Adds David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard Titles to Lineup

The November event is looking to return with new vigor following three years of turmoil

Maps to the Stars and Goodbye to Language have been added to the lineup for the upcoming Cairo International Film Festival, which is set to run Nov. 9-18.

The David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard titles join an international list of films, including John Boorman’s Queen and Country and Diplomacy from Volker Schlondorff.

The festival is due to kick off with The Cut, Fatih Akin’s drama about the 1915 Armenian genocide that stars Tahar Rahim.

M-Net Edge clinches HBO deal By DStv

The brand new DStv Premium channel M-Net Edge, which will take television connoisseurs to the edge of entertainment from 20 October 2014 at 19:00, will be the future home of HBO in Africa. M-Net has signed a milestone agreement with the renowned US television network to screen all first-run HBO series, as well its iconic library material, exclusively on M-Net Edge.

Al Jazeera to air award-winning documentary, Fire In The Blood

Fire In The Blood, winner of eight international awards, screens in two parts on Al Jazeera English, channel 406 on DStv, on Friday, 31 October and Friday, 7 November at 20:00. After 1996, Western pharmaceutical companies and governments blocked access to low-cost generic AIDS drugs for the countries of the global south.

This caused 10 million or more preventable deaths.

CNN MultiChoice 2014 African Journalist Award winners announced

 Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Awards ceremony held at Mlimani City Conference Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 18 October 2014. His winning work ‘Images of Terror’ documents the experience by Westgate Mall shoppers in Kenya, when the mall was attacked by gunmen in September 2013. ‘Images of Terror’ appeared in The Standard, a daily Kenyan newspaper, and was selected out of entries from 38 African countries.

Everyone’s favourite zombie fighters return to Fox with season 5 of The Walking Dead

The undead return for yet another thrilling season in October. Calling all the DEADicated fans of the popular award-winning The Walking Dead - the time has come! A brand new season with more adventure, more action-packed scenes and naturally a lot more blood kicks off on 13 October, just a day after the US premiere. You can catch the new season of the highly anticipated show on FOX, DStv channel 125 on Mondays at 21:20 CAT.

Four African Films Vie For Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

With the 2015 Academy Awards a mere four months away, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the full list of films vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Out of the 73 countries that submitted films for consideration in the prestigious category, four films from African directors are in the running to make the shortlist before it’s whittled down to the final five. Final nominations for the Best Foreign Language Film will be announced on January 15, 2015, with the nine shortlisted entries announced a week in advance.

Zuku recommissions third series of award-winning Tales from the Bush Larder

East African triple-play service provider Zuku, part of African Media company Wananchi Group, announces that award-winning hybrid cooking and travel series, Tales from The Bush Larder, will return for a third series on the Zuku Entertainment channel 100 from 7th October at 8:30pm.

AFRICA24 Media launches talk show called The Scoop!

AFRICA24 MEDIA have launched a talk show called The Scoop! with Salim Amin as the host.  The show’s producers say that the continent’s most dynamic men and women join Salim every week to share their secrets of success, advice to their African brothers and sisters, and something that few people know.

South African TV show Generations cut short as cast fired in pay dispute

Seven million fans of South Africa’s most popular television soap opera will be cut off from their daily dose of drama this week after the entire cast was sacked for demanding better pay.

The last available episode of Generations – which has been running for 20 years – were due to be screened on Tuesday , the South African Broadcasting Corporation announced.

It will be at least two months before a “revamped” version of the show is broadcast – with a completely new group of 16 actors, the production house said.

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