Nollywood’s New Wave

It all started in 1992, when Kenneth Nnebue, an electronics dealer in Lagos, Nigeria, needed to unload a shipment of blank VHS cassettes. He figured the tapes would be easier to sell if they had something on them, so he made “Living in Bondage”, a film about a down-and-out businessman who used witchcraft to get ahead. It had rock-bottom production values, but it told a story about magic, money, and the dark forces at work in the world—things Nigerians knew from their own lives but had never seen onscreen. Living in Bondage was a massive success.

Source: Afar (Sept.-Oct. 2010); Frank Bures - November-December 2010.

Africa: Continent's Media Growing, But Where's the Funding?

According to the McKinsey report, media in Africa is among the fastest growing industries, compared to those of many in the OECD countries. But, despite this growth, experts believe the funding has not been forthcoming as many media houses are still struggling to survive.

Source: 30 November 2010Source: Biz-CommunitySource: Issa Sikiti Da Silva

African cinema has adopted a self-financing strategy

The share of African films represents only 3% of the total film market on the African continent, while American films represent 70%. Countries such as Morocco and Nigeria are developing an industry and a production that is taking the continent to a higher level.

Content News - In Brief

-   The first three of four jury presidents for the Dubai International Advertising Festival, the leading creative advertising and communication awards for the Middle East and North Africa, have been announced. Mike Cooper, worldwide chief executive officer of PHD who will lead the Media jury commented, "The Middle East and North Africa are at a pivotal stage of development as a major advertising and creative force so the timing is perfect".

Francophone popular programmes get remakes’ opportunity in Hollywood

Basic Lead, the organisers of the DISCOP television markets (such as Discop Africa, the leading audiovisual content trade show), and The Media Faculty, a Paris-based training consultancy, are launching a new event, The Remakes Market, to premiere from 29 November to 1 December at the Andwaz Hotel in West Hollywood.

Premiere of African Indian Odyssey documentary film

To celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Indian settlers in South Africa, Ochre Moving Pictures in collaboration with CISA (Centre for Indian Studies in Africa) at the University of Witwatersrand have produced “African Indian Odyssey”, a documentary film.  

Durban-based Earth-Touch on wildlife and nature broadcast programmes

Established in 2007, Earth-Touch is a Durban- based (South Africa) multimedia company that disseminates its content across multiple platforms, including television networks, video and DVD, the Internet and mobile phones.
Sylvain Béletre interviewed Kelly Starzak, Web Editor at Earth-Touch.

Q: What does Earth-Touch do?

Local content on the rise, says Libero Films’ Hassoun

Sylvain Beletre interviewed Jean-Francois Hassoun, director of Libero Films which has done a great deal of work across Africa, most notably with two programmes: "Afrik’Art" and "+d’Afrique".
Q: How did you come to have this close connection with Africa?

Content News - In Brief

- Start of November 2010, BBC Earth, the natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's Reliance Big Entertainment announced a deal to partner on three motion pictures for the global audience. All three films - "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D", "Africa 3D" and "Life" - will be distributed by Reliance Entertainment's international film sales and financing subsidiary IM Global. The second co-production will be a $25 million documentary feature "Africa 3D" that will be filmed alongside BBC's forthcoming major landmark TV series by the same name.

Africa First welcomed filmmakers to NYC

BWW News Desk announced on November 8, 2010 that Focus Features' Africa First program, the company's unique ongoing initiative awarding funds towards the completion of short films, welcomed 2010's five winning filmmakers to NYC. The filmmakers are awarded the $10,000 in financing for pre-production, production, and/or post-production on their narrative short film made in continental Africa and tapping into the resources of the film industry there. In NYC, the program brings the filmmakers together with each other and with advisors for support and mentorship.

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