The Gadawan Kura, or hyena handlers of Nigeria, were first introduced to a wider audience via South African photographer Pieter Hugo‘s striking 2007 series The Hyena and Other Men. Hugo spent two years photographing the itinerant hyena wranglers who subsist off the money they make from selling herbal remedies and performing with their semi-domesticated hyenas, baboons and snakes for awestruck audiences in towns throughout Nigeria.
DStv is adding Nicktoons as a new TV channel from 30 September and also adding Nick Jr and BET to DStv. All three TV channels are supplied by Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) as part of new carriage agreements with MultiChoice. by Thinus Ferreira
VIMN Africa already supplies channels like MTV, MTV Base, Nickelodeon, VH1 Classic and Comedy Central Africa to MultiChoice's DStv.
BET's spin-off channel BET on Jazz was available on DStv in South Africa for a period in the past but was discontinued.
Sudanese filmmaker and war reporter Hajooj Kuka‘s directorial debut Beats of the Antonov premiered earlier this month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, winning the audience-selected People’s Choice Documentary Award. The narrative feature takes its name from the Russian cargo planes used by the Sudanese government in its air raids on the makeshift mountain hideouts and refugee camps located in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains.
Samsung Electronics has announced the addition of SuperSport and Red Bull TV app to its existing Smart Hub solution.
Corrie Labuschagne, the Regional Product Manager for Africa Visual Display at Samsung Electronics said, “Content and apps are important features when it comes to providing a world of opportunities for our customers. This partnership with SuperSport and Redbull is another example of the power of strategic partnerships in delivering best of breed solutions to our customers.”
The 4th Nollywood and African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA) and the NAFCA Special Honours 2014 took place on 13 September at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.
NAFCA, commonly referred to as The African Oscars, are US awards for achievements in the African film industry, while the NAFCA Special Honors are awarded to individuals whose professional careers have been marked by noteworthy personal and professional accomplishments.
In an innovative step towards convergence of print and digital channels Trajectory Media has produced an interactive video for print magazine House and Leisure. This is a first for a South African print magazine.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to begin airing in Africa on MTV, who, according to Hollywood Reporter, has secured exclusive African TV broadcast rights to the program. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno previously aired on the continent on CNBC Africa until Leno’s departure–but this the first African TV deal for Fallon’s version.
Where The Road Runs Out, directed by Raindance nominee Rudolf Butendach, has been chosen as an official selection for the 2014 San Diego Film Festival, which runs from 24 to 28 September. This will also serve as the world premier for the first feature partly shot in Equatorial Guinea. Other filming locations included Durban in South Africa and in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Local documentary filmmaker Tarryn Crossman (Fatherland) won the award for Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF), which is set to take place from 13 to 14 September, for her short documentary, Hyena Boys.