Koowee is a children's channel aimed at children under the age of six. The channel was conceptualized to be the first multi-lingual kids channel in Africa. M-Net identified the opportunity to create children's programming for children with the unique challenge of doing so in their mother tongue, according to a FilmContact.com report of 4 June 2010. Koowee was launched a year ago in Afrikaans and now for the first time the channel is available with an isiZulu simulcast option. There are 15 brand new programmes created locally to suit the local market.
South Africa’s local production industry received a boost on 25th. May 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which will showcase on-screens on the 12th of July, 2010. The channel will be available to MultiChoice subscribers on DStv Select, DStv Compact and DStv Premium.
- With less than six weeks before the beginning of the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, one of Kenya’s towns has been banned from watching the event because satellite channels have been deemed pornographic. Dedicated fans have talked of crossing a crocodile infested river to view the event in neighbouring Ethiopia.
A television show on how African players live their lives abroad is planned to air across the continent before the World Cup in June. Called Footballers Lives, the show takes viewers into the private homes of the players as they live abroad mostly in Europe.
The exclusive personal access to the top African players means viewers of the show will get to see what the players eat and wear as well as how they live with their families.
The 2009 edition of the NMVA - Nigeria Music Video Awards - may have come and gone, but it does not seem like fading any time soon. Callivision Network, organizers of the event, and Mnet have concluded plans to broadcast a complete package of the show which is still being talked of as one of the most successful awards in that year.
American networks are making big commitments to covering the World Cup in South Africa. The Walt Disney Co. networks are sending 200 people from the USA and Europe to join 100 local hires -- slightly more than the 292 staffers the BBC plans to send. "SportsCenter" will be broadcast live from Johannesburg on a set shipped in, and 250 hours of original programming - that's more than 10 days of TV - are being produced.
In a bid to reach out to more audiences within and outside the country, the Nigerian Television Fashion Show (NTFS) produced by Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment (part of Galaxy), has set up plans to take the fashion industry to the next level; This is what Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment’s General Manager, Kolawole Akintoba recently disclosed during a press conference held at Federal Palace Hotel.
- The 8 Goals for Africa music video, the main UN theme song for the World Cup to be held in South Africa starting next month, will be screened across all the fan parks and public viewing areas in South Africa
The National Film and Video Foundation is proud to announce that Bhekumuzi Sibiya’s Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here has scooped the Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was one of the Indigenous Language short film contest winners funded by the NFVF and is written by Bongi Ndaba & Sibongile Nkosana, produced by Jeremy Nathan & Michelle Wheatley of DV8, and directed by Bhekumuzi Sgweje Sibiya.