Many people believe that he is fulltime police detective and others think he is just a local Shaft (from the 1970s movie of the same name) impressionist. But very few would know that Von Tavaziva (pictured above), well-known as Detective Sergeant Chanaiwa, of the popular TV series, Go-Chanaiwa-Go, is actually a film actor, writer, producer and director of his own movies.
As many as a quarter of South Africa’s video stores closed down last year, with some arguing that the distribution model is as much to blame as piracy.
Media group Avusa said last week that 25% of SA video stores had shut up shop in the past year. Rather than the usual culprits of piracy, video on demand and the weak economy, one major industry player is laying the blame squarely at the door of Avusa-owned Nu Metro.
- Youtube.sn was launched July 12, 2012 in Senegal. Tidjane Deme, head of Google Francophone Africa, said he was "extremely excited to launch version You Tube in Senegal," noting that "local content is a key element in the mission we set ourselves to make the Internet more relevant in sub-Saharan Africa.
TV5MONDE has signed a distribution agreement with Wananchi - a pay TV operator present in Kenya - allowing the francophone channel to be included in the basic package of "Zuku" cable TV in Nairobi which has about 13,000 subscribing households.
Zuku, Wananchi Group’s trademark, offers a multichannel TV subscriptions across Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In Nairobi, Wananchi’s modern cable infrastructure has allowed the brand to become the first operator of the continent to offer a "triple play" package.
Frank Braeken is the executive vice president of Unilever in Africa He says African consumers have been underserviced by western firms A Nielsen report has identified seven types of African consumers; Braeken says infrastructure, good governance and fostering local talent are still challenges.
Source: 2012Source: CNN - July 5Source: Robyn Curnow and Teo Kermeliotis
- South African TV distribution company, Clickboogie Media has launched BoogienightsTV, reportedly the first online streaming TV service in Africa to a worldwide audience. The service consists of 7 500 titles across a multitude of genres including action, cartoons, Christmas, classics, comedy, documentaries, drama, family, foreign, thriller, horror, short-films and many more with new titles being updated everymonth. At R1.99 (US$1.30) per movie or a monthly unlimited viewing subscription of R199.00 (US$25.00), the offering of movies at low prices makes it accessible to everyone.
AITEC roots for the promotion of Africa's creative industry
Broadcasters and filmmakers in Africa will gather in Nairobi, Kenya at the fourth annual Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference from 10-11 July 2012. Sean Moroney, chairman of AITEC Africa, organisers of the BFMA Conference, answers questions about the role of BFMA in developing Africa's creative content industry.
Talking Drum Entertainment, a new UK distributor specialising in black films, will release Nigerian romantic drama "Tango With Me" in UK cinemas on 24 August 2012. Bookings include screens at Odeon, Vue and Cineworld.
The film stars Genevieve Nnaji and Joseph Benjamin as a young couple facing complex issues in their marriage. Mahmood Ali-Balogun directs and produces for his company Brickwall Communications.
Television Viewers in Zimbabwe Have Been Gripped By Anxiety Following the Expiry of South Africa's May Deadline to Switch Off Its Free to Air Channels.
If disconnected, viewers face the dismal prospect of either going back to ZTV or the more expensive option of paying for Digital Satellite Television (DStv) which ranges from US$10 to US$72 per month depending on the package one likes.