A new, fresh and exciting TV series, the Kwanda Reality show, is set to entertain and inspire people to make a difference in their communities. Aired on SABC1 every Wednesday at 9pm, the Kwanda Reality TV series is the first community make-over show which helps to address some of the biggest challenges facing communities.
Africa’s market researchers came together at the end of August for their annual conference PAMRO in Nairobi. Although there was no big headline announcement, there were many presentations looking at how Africa’s media landscape is undergoing rapid change. Market and audience research consultant for PEGS (Practical Education and Gender Support) Graham Mytton was there and below is an edited version of his impressions that he gave as the closing speech at the conference.
In June 2010, South Africa (SA) will host the FIFA World Cup – a mega sporting event that is comparable only to the Olympic Games. In preparation for this global spectacular, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has compiled a catalogue of 2010 and soccer-themed titles, recently completed or currently in production. The catalogue was launched to international buyers attending MIPCOM 2009 – the leading content market held in Cannes, France each year.
If recent happenings are anything to go by, Botswana is also set to establish its own solid film industry, dubbed « Botswood » in the style of Nollywood and Riverwood in Kenya. After years of only wildlife filming taking place in the country and the filming of Alexander McCall Smiths’ Number 1 Lady’s Detective wrapping up in 2007, a lot of young Batswana with much interest in film-making have decided to take up the camera to showcase their production and acting skills.
- SABC1 introduces a new 13-part television series,'Nab’Ubomi' starting on Sunday, 11 October, between 12:30 and 13:00. Nab'Ubomi is an inter-school film-making competition which introduces young people to the media of film and television production. Opening doors to new career possibilities, it facilitates the discovery and development of talented senior high school students by allowing access to a creative world largely inaccessible to the vast majority of South African youth.
Nigeria’s Flykite Productions has launched a new youth programme series called Youth.com. According to the producers it is intended to introduce a serious approach to youth programming with a view to stimulating intellectual discourse while at the same time including innovative entertainment appeal for young people. The programme more than ever attempts to creatively entertain the youths as well as correct widespread impression that programme intended for young people must necessarily be musical videos.