Fox International: “Africa is our key growth point going forwards”

Alessandro Tucci, SVP & General Manager Africa at Fox International, on how to successfully launch new channels and balanced bouquets in small emerging markets, and the unique potential he sees in Africa.

Can you give us a brief overview of which emerging markets Fox is involved in?

Source: IPTV News

Canal Panda commissions a live-action series available in Africa

Canal Panda has made its first major move into original content with the commission of a live-action series featuring its iconic mascot. The Portuguese channel, which is run by Liberty Global’s content division Chellomedia and Portuguese pay TV platform Zon, ordered the series from Iberian producer Coral Europa.

iROKING enters into partnership with GoMetro

African online music distributor iROKO Partners has entered into a partnership with GoMetro, a mobile site launched by mobi.lity, and the South African commuter rail agency Metrorail to allow commuters to access real-time train schedules
According to iROKING, users will be provided with an enhanced digital resource for their daily commute.

Source: Communications Africa

TV programme distributor A24 Media launches new website

A24 Media,the pan-African multi-platform media company, has redesigned their website to make it easier for its readers. With a new look and better navigation, users will now be able to find content, production resources and information without having to search for links and pages.

Discop Africa: Programme directors from 24 African chanels discussed CFI acquisition

Programme directors from 24 African partner channels convened at DISCOP (Africa's premier market for TV programmes) in Johannesburg this year for CFI s annual programmes committee.

As in previous years, this event is where partner channels select the 1,000 hours of programmes to be broadcast by CFI s satellite network over the course of 2013, including dramas, documentaries and youth programmes.

Source: CFI

Distribution News - In Brief

- South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv has announced that one of the dramas from Season 3 of its popular eKasi: Our Stories series has been selected to screen at the 20th Mix Brasil Festival Culture of Diversity, which runs in São Paulo from 8 to 18 November 2012. Full story here

London: African Film Fever Grips the city of London!

London will host a variety of African rich films festival from 1st of November to the 10th of November which will feature 70 African Films, music nights, workshops and Q&As with leading directors from the African continent in film industry.

Source: Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Entertainment News

New Afrikaans musical film 'Pretville' opens in cinemas on 23 November 2012

'Pretville', the brand new Afrikaans musical film from Hartiwood Films, opens in cinemas nationwide on 23 November 2012. The film is a rollicking romantic musical comedy set in the 50s, in a vibrant and colourful town where anything can happen and fun is the order of the day.

This is the second musical from the talented filmmaking team behind the 2010 blockbuster 'Liefling, Die Movie', the best-performing Afrikaans feature film of all time, and brings together once more the vision and skills of producers Paul Kruger and Emma Kruger, and co-producer and director Linda Korsten.

Source: nfvf.co.za

More music streaming for SA

UK streaming music service rara.com was launched in SA this week. Craig Wilson spoke to its director, Tim Hadley.

A new music streaming service, rara.com, was launched in SA earlier this week with little fanfare, despite the fact that SA consumers’ options are limited when it comes to such products. The service is competitively priced and stocked and now operates in 27 markets around the world.

Source: NewsCentral Media

African Football Factory releases its new catalogue to TV broadcasters

African Football Factory - AFF is a sports marketing agency focusing Africa and its football. With activities structured around three types of expertise (Consulting / Events / Audiovisual), AFF supports brands and broadcasters throughout their sports strategies in Africa. Providing custom contents is part of the company's assets. Considering Africans markets and African sports consumers, AFF designed, among others, a documentaries' catalog about football in Africa as a key tool to leverage awareness and increase audience.

Source: African Football Factory
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