- Anant Singh's Videovision Entertainment has teamed up with TOM Pictures, the makers of the acclaimed Gums 'n Noses to produce the new comedy feature, Stiff. The film which is currently being shot in Johannesburg is directed by Craig Freimond and stars Carl Beukes, Lionel Newton, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Nick Borraine with Singh, Helena Spring and Robbie Thorpe producing.
After the success recorded by TV series Marc and Malika, launched on 4 April 2009, Africable is about to launch a new series entitled “L' Heritage”. In partnership with the Azimuth Group’s, Atene Production, Africable will broadcast the new TV series “L' Heritage”, which includes 52 episodes over 6 months.
A reality television show which placed three Spanish families with indigenous tribal communities was accused on Wednesday of mistreating members of one of the tribes involved, the San bushmen of Namibia. Participating tribe members abandoned their harvest in exchange for meagre wages in order to take part in "Lost in the Tribe" while their children missed school, a non-governmental organisation which works with the San said.
Following the success of the maiden edition of MTN Project Fame competition, Nigerians youths turned out in their thousands at Fantasyland, Ikoyi and Ultima Studios, Ogba, for the auditions of MTN Project Fame Season 2 which kicks off next month. The competition is facilitated by MTN, Nigeria's leading GSM service provider.
The audition which took place simultaneously at both venues on Friday June 12 and Saturday 13th had in attendance youths from the nooks and crannies of the city and neighbouring cities.
- A new South African reality-type show called MAN's premiering on SABC3 in October. TVSA reports that the documentary-soap features four South Africa men, of different races and sexual orientations; Two are straight, one's gay and the other's bisexual. They talk about what it means to be a man and date in the city. It evolves as a debate between the four men. No-one needs to get to married so there's no competition element to it. Rather the show follows them as they give their take on being men, being-with men and women; and how they see each other.
Massive debts and a spate of top-level resignations have pushed South Africa's public broadcaster to near-collapse, threatening a network once styled as the voice of the country's democracy. The resignation of eight of the SABC's 12 board members as well as its chairman in recent weeks are just the latest in a string of scandals plaguing the debt-ridden broadcaster.
The Nigerian National Film and Video Censors Board’s distribution framework has drawn considerable flak from the industry since it was put in place a year ago. But last week The Vanguard newspaper interviewed the Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria’s spokesperson Emma Isikaku who acknowledged that it had been « a huge success » despite having challenge dit in the Courts.
The financial crisis at SABC continues to worsen with the news emerging that it had failed to pay two important international suppliers, the BBC and Sony. The Chair of the Board Kanyi Makonza resigned after a Board meeting to address the financial crisis (see People below).
Francophone TV channel TV5 Monde has announced the launch of a children's web TV channel. The free channel Tivi5Monde Plus, aimed at 3-12 year-olds, will be accessible at www.tivi5mondeplus.com in Africa, non-French speaking Europe, Latin America, Asia and in the Arab world.