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Swazi TV goes on the DSTV bouquets

Swazi TV intends to improve its programme content. These new changes are prompted by the station’s recent move on to the DSTV Swaziland bouquets.

The station’s Public Relations Officer Pholile Maseko said: “Going on satellite is a milestone for Swazi TV and a sure indication that we are taking the right direction in providing a quality service that our loyal viewers deserve.” She further said that with such a move, the next natural step would be to provide new quality programming which would definitely form part of this historic move.

Source: Swazi Observer

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- The magic of Indian films from the silent era, the black and white golden oldies to contemporary cinema is set to be played out in South Africa through an exhibition. The glitz and glamour associated with Indian films and the story of its evolution as seen by actors, producers, choreographers and those behind the scenes would be played out in "Journey of Indian Cinema" an exhibition-cum-live performances from July 21. "We want the people of South Africa to experience the art and culture of India” Rakesh Gupta, founder, Route2Roots the NGO organising the festival told PTI.

The next Hollywood star is African

The search for the next Hollywood star is on, and it starts in Motherland-Africa. The new television reality show, ‘Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, according to its organisers, is to recruit acting talent in West Africa for Hollywood.

Performers will be selected from Ghana and Nigeria. The TV show is organised by The Latin Dance Company, Nigeria, and their Ghanaian collaborators, Davis Media and Paradise Entertainment. Acting coach, Tracey Moore, and film producer and director, Samad Davis, both from the USA, will work closely with the contestants.

Source: 234next.com

HiTV breaks new grounds with Whiz Kid album launch

Nigerians in Africa, Europe and America were filled with a feeling of nostalgia as they watched live the Red Carpet of the Whizkid album launch in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday.

Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook literally were ablaze as Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora watched live Nigeria’s version of glitz and glamour. Tweets flew faster when a friend or loved one was recognised on the Red Carpet. A viewer from America, who watched the show remarked on Twitter: “This is awesome, a Pay TV that is making us see live wot is hapinin in Naija...HiTV’s gbasky”.

Source: independentngonline

After Mirror Boy release, Odeon Cinemas will progamme another 2 Nollywood titles

Odeon Cinemas release of Nollywood’s The Mirror Boy grossed £40,000 at the UK box office. It was ranked No 11 on the Odeon Box office chart in the opening weekend of its release and No 28 in the National Box office. Close to 5,000 people have seen the film with about 4,600 of those paying to watch.

Ster-Kinekor supports Afrikaans film

Ster-Kinekor will release two new Afrikaans movies in June and July 2011, Ek lief jou and Ek joke net, while Platteland and ‘n Saak van Verloof will be released later in the year.

Source: 30 June 2011.Source: ScreenAfrica

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- Health-e News is the proud winner of the yearly prestigious Global Health Council's 2011 Excellence in Media Award for Global Health (Category: Community Media) for its documentary "Thula Mama" about the prevention of mother-to-child HIV infection. This is the second time that Health-e has won the award, the first was in 2008 for its website here:

Sierra Leone: 'Media is an effective tool for change'- Dr. Thomas

Former Director-General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has said that the mass media, if effectively utilized, has the potential to improve on the socio-economic and political development of Sierra Leone, thus urging media practitioners to use their respective media outlets to effect positive changes in society.

Source: Concord Times

Videovision Entertainment and Supersport celebrated 2010 WC anniversary with new film

In June 2011, Producer Anant Singh announced the World Premiere of the film “2010 - Once In A Lifetime: The Movie” which focuses on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the excitement and jubilation that this global event brought to South Africa and the African continent, took place in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 with Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula as Guest of Honour. The film had its television premiere on Friday, 10 June at 8.00pm on DSTV's SuperSport 3 to mark the anniversary of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Source: videovision.co.za

Key wins at Encounters International Documentary Festival

Opening up the world to South Africans each year, Encounters is widely acclaimed as Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival. This year’s selection featured 37 films from 14 countries and five continents, including 11 world premieres, 19 South African films and 17 international films.

Khalid Shamis’ ‘Imam & I’ was the most popular local film and the overall audience favourite at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, which ended on Sunday, 26 June 2011.

Source: Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.
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