Initiative and Business Africa get wider distribution

Launched in 2000 and 2003 respectively, Business Africa and Initiative Africa are two 30-minute long magazine-format TV programmes produced in French, English and Portuguese by People TV press agency. Both shows are broadcast every two weeks on 45 national African channels. Sylvain Beletre interviewed its chief editor and presenter Oumarou Barry to find out more.

Distribution News: In Brief

- On July 18 2010, as eyes across the continent turn to DStv channel 198 for the launch of M- Net’s “Big Brother All Stars”, Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul will took centre stage. The mission…. to take on a 91 day reality journey in the search for “a winner takes all” grand prize of USD 200 000!

- Organisers of Discop Africa, already the most established TV market in Sub-Saharan Africa, announced today that more than 120 buyers have already registered for Discop Africa 4, as the event returns to Nairobi, Kenya 1-3, September 2010 at the Hilton.

Kikulacho – the Bite Within: soon distributed globally

On July 16th. 2010, A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, launched a deeply insightful and powerful documentary titled Kikulacho - The Bite Within, at the Silverbird Cinemas in Nairobi.

African Film Library about to be launched

African Film Library is still in beta phase and will be launching the full video-on-demand service shortly, Dstvo confirmed to Sylvain Beletre at Balancing Act. “we have no official launch date just yet, but we are working frantically at it so we are hoping for the very near future!” confirmed a Dstvo representative.

The African Film Library is an M-Net initiative showcasing the best of the African film industry – making the movies easily accessible for movie aficionados.

Distribution News: In Brief

- The Africadoc Movement (for an event called “Le Louma”) welcomed about 100 docu-makers, producers and commissioning editors (TV, festival, mobile cinema) to enhance financing & distribution of African documentaries. Over the 10 days’ event held from the 2 to 10th. June 2010 in Saint-Louis (Sénégal), attendees could go to a buyers’ “videotheque” room, co- production meetings, as well as market and training sessions. A catalogue of approximately 170 African and Africa-related documentary films is available for global buyers and Africadoc has one year to sell these documentaries.

Nollywood in Nairobi to find distributors

Nigeria’s leading film producers will be showcasing their latest productions at this year’s Broadcast & Film Africa Conference, to be held in Nairobi over 28-29 July.

AITEC Africa, the event organiser, has announced an exciting programme, including a Nollywood Pavilion in the exhibition running alongside the conference. Over 20 Nollywood film-makers will participate in the conference, to promote their products to broadcasters and distributors that will be attending the event from throughout Africa. Nigerian films have become increasingly popular among East African TV viewers.

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo in 2011 as part of its six state-of-the-art cinemas with full digital sound in the Polokwane Mall of the North shopping centre. The cinema complex is 2100m2, seats 996 patrons and is expected to create employment for between 15 and 20 people.

Distribution News: In Brief

- 28 May 2010: The government of Malawi announced during the national budget that functions of the Malawi Television Limited (TVM) would be merged with the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

South Africa: Soccer Cinema took World Cup out to villages and townships

The FIFA Football World Cup taking place in South Africa is a unique event for South Africans. It has the potential to unite South Africans as no other event since democracy was established in 1994. In the months before the championship it is vital that everyone feels part of this. One way to achieve this is to inspire South Africans by screening cinema on football.

Soccer Cinema is a travelling cinema, bringing some of the world’s best soccer documentaries to 50 small towns, villages and townships, spread across all 9 South African provinces.

Sony FIFA World Cup Documentary airs in South Africa and Egypt

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced on 7th June 2010 that it has secured numerous sales across multiple territories of its groundbreaking, new football documentary, How to Win the FIFA World Cup, which is produced in partnership with Castrol.  The announcement was made by Mike Morley, chief creative officer and executive vice president, international production, SPT.

How to Win the FIFA World Cup has been licensed in Africa including to the World Cup host nation, South Africa (SABC1) and in Egypt (ERTU).

Source: Sony Pictures
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