- In France, ‘Thema’, distributor of TV package "Le Bouquet Africain” announced start of Oct. 2011 that it signed an agreement with French telecoms operator SFR for the inclusion of a new TV channel, TFM (Television Future Media), previously unreleased in France. TFM is a private Senegalese TV channel founded by Senegalese singer and businessman Youssou Ndour. It is accompanied by the resumption of the TRNC (Congolese National Radio and Television), Democratic Republic of Congo’s public television. The two channels are available as of 4 October 2011 in SFR neufbox TV offering.
International music brand Trace Urban TV comes to Anglophone Africa, founder Oliver Laouchez and Head, Sam Onyemelukwe says it is set to launch in Lagos.
Nigeria makes another leap in global entertainment reckoning with the official launch of the global Trace brand in the country this month. Trace Urban, the company’s number 1 international urban music channel has officially set up its offices in Nigeria to reach Nigeria and Anglophone Africa, with a mission to drive the industry with hit music videos, unique content, platforms, and reach.
On 30 September, 2011, Multi channel Pan African content provider M-Net has licensed the North American rights to over 300-hours of its HD content to global television network Africa HD. Africa HD will premiere the acquired content on multiple platforms when the network launches in the U.S. and Caribbean in 2012. The announcement was made by Mike Dearham, Head of Sales & Library, M-Net.
A historical contract has been signed between the producers of the Afrikaans film, ‘Roepman’, and the American production and distribution company, D Street Media Group (deleted). In terms of the contract, Roepman will be released in all media across North America. This is a massive breakthrough for the South African film industry and especially for Afrikaans language films. (source: NFVF, 14 Sept 2011).
The award-winning gangster thriller feature film "Viva Riva!", directed by Congolese Djo Tunda wa Munga, is set to open in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland on 7 October 2011 and in several parts of the USA .
The film has won several awards, including the inaugural 2011 MTV Movie Award for Best African Film, six African Movie Academy Awards and best feature from the 2011 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The international co-production also screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
M-Net, the South African terrestrial pay-television channel, has sub-licensed the rights of its AfricaMagic content to international distributor THEMA TV. In a groundbreaking initiative, this deal will see a selection of AfricaMagic’s Nollywood content dubbed into the French language for the first time for television broadcast in Francophone Africa.
Source: interview with Thema TV and Mnet.Source: original communiqué from Mnet
- UK set-top provider Pace is supplying boxes to MultiChoice Africa to support the launch of GOtv, MultiChoice’s new digital-terrestrial pay TV service for sub-Saharan Africa. Capable of receiving DVB-T2 standard transmissions. Pace set-top boxes have so far supported the launch of GOtv in Lusaka, Zambia in June and Entebbe/Kampala, Uganda in August 2011, with further market launches planned by MultiChoice over the coming months.
Fans of the web-based satirical TV puppet show ZA News can tune in on Sunday, 11 September at 9:00 pm on Top One, Top TV’s main TV channel in South Africa.
The weekly slot will feature some of the countries most famous and infamous characters, who will make you laugh (and sometimes cringe) at South Africa’s foibles, its people, its leaders and the country as a whole.
Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte Ouest, a leading TV content distributor in Francophone Africa is proud to announce the expansion of its catalogue to include cutting edge African TV content for sale and distribution to the Anglophone market. Côte Ouest has traditionally focused on Hollywood and Latin American productions; the recent sub-distribution partnership with Africa’s largest Pay television station M-Net, provide a unique opportunity for Côte Ouest to celebrate Africa’s rich axis of cultural excellence.
- NewsFlash News Agency, founded in 1995 specifically to provide news to radio stations, including stations that were going on the air for the first time countrywide, has announced that it now reaches more than 2.6 million weekly radio listeners. As an independently owned agency, it supplies ready-to-read radio news bulletins, with sound bites, to 37 commercial and community radio stations in South Africa and one in Namibia.
- Multi Choice's SuperSport and the Ugandan Super League on August 18 launched a partnership deal to broadcast USL on DSTV.