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

Congo-shot tale distributed in the USA

Tribeca Film has picked up 'War Witch.'

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.

Source: Variety Gordon Cox 13 June 2012

Distribution News - In Brief

- 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).

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