Zimbabwe: New movie from Go-Chanaiwa soon on screen and DVD

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.

Source: Financial Gazette (Harare)

South Africa: What’s really killing the video store

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.

Source: Craig Wilson Tech Central

Distribution News - In Brief

- 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 strengthens its cable distribution in Kenya

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.

Source: TV5MONDE - July 17

Rwanda: Another Pay Television Network Enters Local Market

The recent launch of Canal+Afrique is set to tighten competition in the pay television market.

Francoise Le Guennou-Remarck, the communication strategist of Canal+ Afrique, says they are introducing a new era in pay television to help the country shift from analogue to digital broadcasting.

"This is an opportunity to compare ourselves with other parts of the world, now that we are migrating from analogue to digital," she said during the launch on Tuesday in Kigali.

Source: The New Times - Dias Nyesiga

African consumers 'underestimated' by Western firms

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

Distribution News - In Brief

- 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.

BFMA event will bring up new distribution models

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.

Source: Walter Wafula bizcommunity 27 Jun 2012

New distributor will focus on black films

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.

Source: Wendy Mitchell Screen International

Zimbabwe: Anxiety Grips Viewers Over Feared SABC Blackout

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.

Source: Financial Gazette Harare 15 June 2012
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