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Swazi-born, writer and director Xolelewa Ollie' Nhlabatsi's film, Lost in the World', will premiere this week at London's Film Africa Festival, where it's up for a Baobab Award for Best Short Film. The short film is the first film by a Swazi director to make it on to the London Film Africa Festival list.

Zig Zag and Verchaix Media to produce African business series for Bloomberg Television

Leading UK independent television production company Zig Zag Productions and London-based content specialists Verchaix Media today announce a partnership to produce a new 12-part factual series, with logistic and production support from Urban Brew Studios, which will air from May 2016 on Bloomberg Television in EMEA.

‘Democrats’ Documentary Takes Us Inside Zimbabwe’s Politics

Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson‘s Democrats takes viewers inside Zimbabwe’s political game, following two rival party cadres tasked with working together to write Zimbabwe’s first constitution.

CNN International and MTN launch Africa View news app

On 4 November 2015, CNN International and African mobile operator MTN launched a dedicated Africa View news app.

The app launch is part of a multi-platform commercial partnership between CNN and MTN, spanning advertising, sponsorship and digital components.

Launch of African sports channel Stad’Afric

The new sports channel Stad’Afric, covering African sports, is set to start broadcasting from Paris to Europe and Africa in January 2016.

The new channel will be available as a free-to-view service on the Eutelsat 16A satellite, as well as part of the Canal Sat Afrique bouquet and on IPTV nets in France.

Programming will be supplied by a team of reports in 14 African countries, covering a wide array of sports including football, basketball, handball, boxing, tennis, athletics, and martial arts.

Sony SAB to launch across StarTimes African platforms

South African pay-TV platform StarSat is adding Indian entertainment channel Sony SAB to its satellite bouquet to help compensate for the loss of Star Plus and Star Vijay to competitor DStv.

From 1 December, Sony SAB will form part of the Indian pack on the StarSat platform, run by On Digital Media and co-owned by China’s StarTimes and satellite operator SES. As part of the deal, StarTimes will also offer SAB across its multiple satellite and digital terrestrial television (DTT) services across sub-Saharan Africa.

Narrative Truth Wins Best Film at the Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project

On Sunday night, The Book Club, directed by Bauke Brouwer, a black and white Hitchcock-style horror short film, took home 11 awards at the CT 48 Hour Film Project.

The 48 Hour Film project awards evening was held on Sunday night 15 November with over 31 entries. The short film The Book Club took home 11 awards in total. As well as clinching the award for Best Film, The Book Club was also awarded for Audience Award, Directing, Producer, Ensemble Cast, Cinematography, Editing, Musical Score, Sound Design, Costumes and Hair & Make-up.

Discover Digital secures rights to first African superhero series

Local digital entertainment and technology company, Discover Digital, has officially secured the rights to be the African digital distribution partner for the first mainstream African superhero television series, Jongo.

Produced by Johannesburg-based film and TV studio, Motion Story, Jongo tells the story of Eli King, a young man who acquires supernatural abilities through an alien crystal at the Cradle of Humankind.

Inside Kenya's Death Squads Highly Commended at AIB

Al Jazeera has won a string of international awards, from The Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Amnesty Australia Media Awards and Red Dot respectively.

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was presented with the The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) International Current Affairs Documentary award for its documentary Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787 at a ceremony in London in November.

MultiChoice removes Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels

MultiChoice Africa revealed that they have decided to drop Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels and these channels will no longer be available on its bouquet as from the 10th December 2015. Commenting this decision, MultiChoice Africa said that as an entertainment-focused company, they constantly assess the performance and viability of channels on its platform to achieve a diverse variety of programming that best resonates with their viewers, market by market.

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