Kenya to Market Films Online As Sector Reels From Lack of Exposure

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.

Source: The Nation

Mzansi Magic good news for South Africa’s local production

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.

Source: mnetcorporate

Distribution - In Brief

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.

MYCONTENT, next Entertainment Content Market for the MENA Region in Dec’11

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/

Japanese NHK attended DISCOP Accra for the first time

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.

Source: DISCOP and NEP.

Distribution In Brief

There have been talks in Chad that cinema theatres will soon be renovated in Senegal (two in Dakar and Saint-Louis), in Mali (Bamako) and in Cameroun.

Senegal: Switching from analogue to digital TV signal

With the transition from analogue to digital, Senegalese audiovisual media should be prepared to make more local content, the Senegalese Minister of Communication and Telecommunication, Moustapha Guirassy said in Daka.

With the digital transition deadline set for June 2015 for the whole of Africa, "we must prepare for a content battle" he said. Guirassy was speaking during a meeting between the president and members of the Council of broadcasters and newspaper editors in Senegal (CDEP).

Source: 2011.Source: January 26Source: Senegalese News Agency (Dakar)

Al Jazeera Sport nets FIFA World Cup TV rights for North Africa and Middle East

The next three FIFA World Cup tournaments will be televised by Al Jazeera Sports across the Middle East and North Africa after football’s world governing body struck a new deal with the satellite broadcaster to air the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

The move represents the first transmission rights package be settled by FIFA for the two events – to be hosted in Russia and Qatar respectively. Al Jazeera will also transmit live matches from the next World Cup finals, to be held in 2014 in Brazil, through an existing agreement.

In Brief - Distribution

Workshop at DISCOP: Differentiate your TV channel – Standing out from the competition. The TV stations that will make their mark in 2011 and succeed in gaining market share will be those that build loyalty through the people, programmes and feel of their TV channel. The workshop will focus on all aspects of differentiating your TV channel, primariliy addressing: Channel attitude and personality, Content (local and exclusive); Programming (overall structure and pieces); and brand (content, personalities and marketing).

SA: new Killarney CineCentre will open in March 2011

The new Killarney CineCentre will open in March 2011 and will have a full-3D complex with five screens totalling 708 seats.

It owner, with over 50 years in the industry, Avalon Group's Moosa Moosa is the longest serving cinema executive in South Africa and among the longest serving in the world.

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