South Africa.: Loeries TV Crafts panel announced

The Loerie Awards which encompass every area of brand communication including television, radio and print advertising, graphic design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media, is pleased to announce the TV Crafts judging panel for the 2010 awards.  TV Crafts categories include Art Direction, Animation & Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Original Music & Sound Design, and Writing for TV & Cinema.

The TV Crafts panel is as follows:

SuperSport to offer English Premier League in HD across Africa

The English Premier League is available 24 hours per day and in High Definition on DStv's SuperSport channel. All 380 matches will be broadcast, 180 of them live, annually, in a deal that runs for three years.

The SSHD2 channel launched at 1pm on Friday (August 13) on the eve of the start of the 2010/11 season, and will be broadcast across the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Live commentary will be available in both English and Portuguese.

New pan-African channel Africa Home TV to go live shortly

Starting next September 2010, if the satellite tests are conclusive, Africa Home TV, a new pan-African channel will broadcast in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiator of this channel, Jean-Clotaire Tétiali, a former broadcast journalist at Pan Africa No. 1 and former adviser to the Presidential Palace in Côte d'Ivoire, signed in Paris an agreement with GlobeCast satellite operator. He then travelled to New York, USA, to lease access with U.S. provider Intelsat.

Nigeria: HiTV launches One Music Channel to replace Nigezie

Nigerian Pay TV company HiTV has launched its “One Music channel” which replaced its Nigezie music channel. The launch of the new channel comes in the wake of its loss of the EPL rights (see Investment news below).

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Oscars final call for films: The deadline for the submission of feature films for the 83rd Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film Category is 4pm on Tuesday, 31 August 2010.

SABC and Arte share views about the state of the TV production industry in South Africa.

The SABC Content Hub Department represented by Khethiwe Ngcobo, and Arte France met with filmmakers on Monday 26th of July at the Durban International Film Festival. The purpose of the workshop was to share views about the state of the TV production industry in South Africa.

Issues discussed included the Intellectual Property; licensing, quantitative and qualitative research conducted by the SABC, the public broadcaster mandate in comparison with private broadcasters.

Spotlights on Encounters

Encounters is the premier Documentary Festival on the African continent and a major event on the film circuit calendar. Documentaries have the power to take audiences into other worlds, hold a mirror up to humanity and lift the veil on our perceptions of ourselves and others.
.Cape Town: 12 - 29 August 2010 at Nu Metro, V&A Waterfront and Labia on Orange
Johannesburg: 18 – 29 August 2010 at The Bioscope, Ground Floor of Main Street Life, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct.

State Of Violence opens Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in its 31st edition opened with the World Premiere of the South African film, “State Of Violence” directed by Khalo Matabane. The festival ran from 22 July to 1 August.

Toronto International Film Festival selects “The Bang Bang Club” shot in South Africa

The 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival announced the Gala Event & Special Presentation Films for the 2010 festival featuring the SA/Canadian helmed “The Bang Bang Club” as its World Premiere over a Gala showing.
The film shot in SA last year features home-grown talent like Frank Rautenbach (Ken Oosterbroek) and Neels van Jaarsveld (Joao Silva) as well as Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman & Taylor Kitsch. The Bang Bang Club is one of only 15 Gala presentations at this year’s festival.

Content News: In Brief

- CanalSat Maurice acquired Barclays Premier League and championship rights for the next 3 seasons, over 2010 to 2013. The contract includes rights to broadcast these in Mauritius, France and Poland.

- The Durban-produced feature film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), has won second prize in the Drama category of the One World Media Awards in the UK. This is the seventh international award to be clocked up by Madoda Ncayiyana’s film. He co-wrote the script with Vuleka Productions partner and co-producer of the film, Julie Frederickse.

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