- 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.
Tribeca Film has conjured up US rights to "War Witch," the Kim Nguyen film that had its North American preem at the Tribeca Film Festival in the spring. Congo-shot tale starring newcomer Rachel Mwanza world preemed at the Berlin Film Festival, where Mwanza snagged a Silver Bear for actress. She also took home the actress kudo at Tribeca, which awarded the film the laurel for narrative feature.
- Channel O, part of the DStv pay-TV bouquet, celebrated Africa Day from Monday 21 May until Friday 25 May with programming that put African music in the spotlight. Africa day was Friday 25 May, celebrating the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union).