DStv subscribers can look forward to another High Definition channel in April 2011. MultiChoice recently announced via its forum and DStv Twitter account that they will launch another sports channel in HD on 7 April 2011. MultiChoice would not reveal further details about the new HD sports channel, saying that they will give specifics about the new channel in early April.
A newcomer to the African broadcasting sector became known as part of the 22nd edition of Fespaco: Afrik.tv. Joakim Afoutni, the editor of the webTV explained that the new video agency relies on its professional African network to supply video reports in line with the realities of the continent to the world. Reports will be broadcast by Africa 24, TV5, and CFI which will distribute them to about 60 African countries. Soon, the agency hopes that France 24, BBC and Al Jazeera will become clients.
On the audiovisual side, A24 Media is a popular distributor of video material about Africa that reflects what it sees as the true nature of the continent. It has just launched a weekly programme called Africa's Voice which Farah Chadhry, COO of A24 Media talks about in this interview produced by Russell Southwood, CEO of Balancing Act: Click here:
On 10 March 2011, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced the sale of BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show, The Mo’Nique Show, to South African national broadcaster, SABC.
Hosted by the no-holds-barred Academy Award-winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique, The Mo’Nique Show draws in millions of viewers to its mix of comedy, chat, music and guests from across the spectrum of music, entertainment, sports and politics. Debuting Saturday 2 April 2011, The Mo’Nique Show will air weekly on SABC 2 at 21:00 CAT.
In South Africa, and according to the 2010 cinema attendance figures of over 27.4 million visitors, 2010 was the best year for cinema since 2005. This is a good omen for Cinemark, representing 64% of all cinema complexes in South Africa and its advertising clients. Reasons cited include blockbuster titles, 3D offerings and a recovering recession.
The government will develop a content management web portal to market Kenyan films on a digital platform to raise international visibility. The portal, to be run by the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB), will showcase the sectors' products that players say have been hit by poor marketing and lack of awareness.
South Africa’s local production industry received a boost back in 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which show cases on screen since the 12 July, 2010. The channel has been available to MultiChoice subscribers on DStv Select, DStv Compact and DStv Premium.
A2Media offers the following magazine programme to TV stations: “Takaba Drought Response Project, Delivering Water Saving Lives”. Takaba lies in the arid region of Mandera West district in North-Eastern Kenya.The harsh temperatures combined with the extreme evaporation make this area best suited to nomadic pastoralism. Kenya is still recovering from a devastating drought that lasted two years and Takaba was one of the areas hardest hit. In 2009, Kenya Red Cross Society implemented the Takaba Drought Response Project with support from the Norwegian government and other partners.
The MENA region’s 2nd entertainment content marketplace MYCONTENT will be held in Dubai from 30th Nov. - 3rd Dec. in 2011 in conjunction with 4th Dubai International Character & Licensing Fair and 4th Dubai World Game Expo. Website: http://www.mycontent.ae/
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and NHK Enterprises (NEP) attended DISCOP Africa for the first time from Japan. NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster, has a high reputation for quality programs in almost every genre, and NHK Enterprises, NHK's international business arm, brought a catalogue of over 1,000 titles of NHK programs.