International producers secure the rights to “Showdown At The Red Lion” and “Masked Raiders” by Charles van Onselen for an international television drama series based upon the acclaimed books.

Johnathan Dorfman and Dave Matthews (Stolen Sky Productions, USA), David Collins (Samson Films, Ireland) and Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka, South Africa) have acquired the rights to both van Onselen books.

The central story will be based on the life and times of Jack McLoughlin as revealed in Showdown At The Red Lion and embellished by the characters and stories found in the Masked Raiders. It is envisioned that the television drama series will be produced under the South African-Irish Co-Production Treaty.

BeIN launches nine new channels on April 1

beIN announced the launch of nine new channels that will become available to its subscribers from April 01, 2016. These new channels add variety to the beIN portfolio and strengthen the family and female focused programming.

Local period drama Free State continues winning streak and Garners Honors at Garden State Film Festival in New York

Multi-award winning local filmmaker Sallas de Jager’s period drama feature Free State has continued its winning streak by taking the honours for Best Cinematography at the Garden State Film Festival in New York. The film recently scooped Best Director at the Luxor African Film Festival.

‘Black Bafta’s’ - the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards. - awards took place at the London Hilton Sat. 19 March 2016

The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards is the first & only industry related film & TV awards event celebrating the leading professionals of UK & global African Diaspora heritage.
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Every year the Screen Nation Film & Television Awards celebrate the cascade of achievements that have helped enrich world and UK cinema & TV with cultural diversity.

Muse Awards: Recognising South Africa's scriptwriters

Luminaries of local film, television, radio, stage and new media will gather at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday, 2 April 2016 to recognise and celebrate that crucial but often forgotten player in South Africas creative industries: the scriptwriter.

The WGSA Muse Awards, initiated by the Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in 2013, will mark its third round of annual awards with two additional award categories and a final-round, 26-member judging panel that includes 7 renowned international writers.

Big hitters among the nominees

Zuku signs deal with three Malawi TV stations

Godfrey Itaye, Director General of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) announced that three local television stations sealed deal to be beamed on Zuku TV, the East Africa pay TV platform. The three TV stations that are now on Zuku are Times, Zodiak and Luso.

Itaye welcomed the coming of Zuku TV saying with only K2500 ($3.60) per month, Malawians can watch news and get maximum entertainment.

South Africa: Threat of sanctions against Netflix refuted by Film and Publication Board

Last week South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) reportedly gave Netflix a two-week ultimatum to comply with its regulations or face sanctions, but the FPB have said no ultimatum was given.

Kenyan website Standard Digital reported that the FPB chief operating officer Sipho Risiba had imposed licensing fees on Netflix and that the video-on-demand provider had not yet paid.

Bamba TV, KTN advertisers to get one-stop-shop for marketing

Bamba TV and KTN are offering a one-stop-shop for advertisers that will enable them target both mass and customized niche markets under one platform.

The two partnered in February in a Sh300 million agreement to offer digital content consumers an expanded variety of programmes and greater reach.

The one-stop-shop will see clients choose a bouquet that suits their need and only pay once for the service.

‘Vir Altyd’ sets new record at the South African box office

South African romantic adventure film Vir Altyd has surpassed the number one spot in earnings at the local box office for Afrikaans films.

After four weeks on circuit, Vir Altyd, produced by the same team as Pad na jou Hart, has earned R13.4 million, breaking records and leaving the filmmakers feeling grateful and humbled.

The hottest television shows in South Africa revealed: TV ratings for the last week of 2015 — week 52, 21–27 December!

Using data supplied by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA), this South African TV Ratings column is a weekly roundup of SA’s TV audience viewership. We reveal the best-watched shows, where they ran and how many South Africans tuned in to watch:

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