Bafana TV deal worth R28m

SABC and SportFive formalised the three-year agreement on Bafana Bafana's competitive away matches on the continent on Thursday. The France-based company holds media and marketing rights to all Confederation of African Football (CAF) related events. The contract is worth a total of R28m over the period, the SABC said in a statement.

"This agreement shows that broadcasting matches of our national teams is not just our mandate as a public broadcaster, but our ethos," said SABC group CEO Lulama Mokhobo.

Source: 2012-06-07Source: sport24

Online distribution offers global reach, helps sidestep pirates

As increased Web access and mobile phone penetration transform the way more than 1 billion Africans live and do business, a growing number of websites are looking to solve the distribution woes that have long plagued African filmmakers.

Source: 2 June 2012 - Christopher Vourlias

Distribution News - In Brief

- There is great responsibility on parents and adults to be accountable for the content children in their care have access to, says Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. She was speaking at the Film and Publications Board's National Consultative Forum on Guidelines in Boksburg on Thursday, where consultations on the draft Classification Guidelines were taking place.

Broadcast, film and music Africa meeting: towards sustainable broadcasting models

Nairobi is preparing to host the 2012 Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference in July, aimed at evaluating opportunities for growth, writes Dennis Itumbi for journalism.co.za.

Known to broadcasters, film makers and advertising agencies simply as “BFMA”, the conference is styled as a thought-leaders’ convention to assess trends in film, broadcast and the music business in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa - and will be characterized by experience sharing and presentations by experts from around the globe.

Source: 11 May 2012.Source: FridaySource: www.journalism.co.za

Tanzania: Steps Entertainment becomes official distributors of Zuku TV

Since the end of Dec 2011 the Wananchi group managed to add Zuku on the list of pay TV providers in Tanzania, joining other providers already in the market such as DStv, StarTimes and EasyTV. Speaking at the launch, the company’s chairman Ali Mufuruki said they were targeting a 250 million population in 10 countries. Tanzania becomes the third country Zuku after the September launch in Uganda and August launch in Kenya.

Steps entertainment has started a new venture with Zuku Satellite TV and is now an official distributors of Zuku TV in Tanzania.

Viacom International Media Networks Africa announces a new Pay-TV deal for BET in Sub-Saharan Africa

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) announced last week that general entertainment network BET is to expand its African TV footprint following the signing of a new distribution deal that will see BET distributed on the My TV pay-TV platform.

Source: Company Press Release

Michael Dearham joins 'Cote Ouest Audiovisuel', premier distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa

Cote Ouest Audiovisuel welcomes aboard Mike Dearham as Senior Vice President of the Group and General Manager of the Mauritian Office.
Mike's principal mandate is to head up the English Programming part of the business and to shape the strategic growth and development of the Cote Ouest Audiovisuel Group as a whole.

Source: Cote Ouest – 1st June 2012.

Distribution News - In Brief

- A new feature film entitled "Harare" by film producer Lloyd Chikwama will premiere on the streets of Harare in a two weeks' time. The movie seeks to instill hope in people by telling them that no matter what situation they might go through, they can still achieve their dreams. Chikwama said the decision to hold a street premiere was to make the movie accessible to a wider audience. "Since the movie is dealing with the relevant issue of HIV and Aids, we decided that a street premiere would be ideal," he explained.

A24 Media and NBS News in India partner on content

A24 Media, producer of the long-running pan-African news magazine programme, Africa Journal, has entered into a new partnership with NBS News in India.

An A24 statement reads: "This will bring the finest news coverage from the Indian subcontinent to an emerging Africa with strong economic ties to that region. It will also create an opportunity for Indian broadcasters to access A24 Media's first class coverage of our continent."

Source: Screen Africa

Trace Sports on DStv

New Trace Sports channel started on 17 April 2012 on MultiChoice's DStv platform for DStv Premium subscribers. The channel, offered by the Trace Group whose Trace Urban music channel is already a part of the DStv bouquet, is a new channel that features magazine and profile shows about the world of sports stars.

Trace Sports, a new format channel dedicated to revealing intimate, behind-the-scenes views of the world’s favourite sporting heroes, will be launching on DStv Channel 129 on Tuesday 17 April 2012. The channel will be exclusively available to DStv Premium subscribers.

Source: dstv Online
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