‘Star Chef’ distributed to CFI’s African TV partners

CFI has partnered with ‘Luwak productions’ to disseminate Star Chef magazine - the first African cuisine contest (7x52minutes) - to its television partners’ network. Every Thursday morning from 10 March 2011, 21 * African television stations receive the program. This show traces the career of six candidates from Benin, Senegal, Cameroon, Togo, Gabon and Burkina Faso who compete in each episode.
Since March 10th., candidates use their originality and talent to win Star Chef title of and win two million CFA francs at stake as well as a chef training in Paris.

Source: www.cfi.fr

Distribution - In Brief

- The next DISCOP AFRICA will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, 7-8-9 September 2011 at the Hilton Nairobi hotel. With the complimentary events African Sports Rights Market and DISCOPRO, DISCOP plans for a strong showing of broadcasters, distributors, producers, and advertisers. Do not delay in booking your registration as early bird specials are available for a limited time. Sponsors are still negotiating so plan ahead and make sure you get early visibility at the best value for money. Minimum sponsorship fees start from 500 Euros to 10000 Euros.

Chad's only cinema dusts off its silver screen

It is still dusty and silent inside the shuttered Normandy, the only real cinema left in Chad and whose last picture show was 20 years ago, but its doors are set to open once again.

Source: AFP

A24 Media signs new deal to represent ITN Source archive footage in Africa

A24 Media, Africa’s first online delivery site for material from journalists, African broadcasters and NGO’s from around the Continent, announces a new deal with ITN Source, the footage sales arm of UK news and content provider ITN.

ITN Source syndicates on-the-day and archive content to a global customer base and today’s agreement will see A24 Media represent its extensive collection in Africa excluding RSA and Egypt.    

Distribution - In Brief

-  South African cinemas have traditionally been situated in the big metropolitan areas and have thus not been able to cater for audiences living far away from these centres. On 14 April 2011, cinema chain Ster-Kinekor will open what it describes as its "biggest, best and uber modern" cinema complex in the northern region of the Limpopo province. The 2,100sqm, 996 seater complex which features six state-of-the-art cinemas in full digital sound and 3D technology will be located in the super-regional Mall of the North in Polokwane.

Is Nollywood in crisis?

In 1992, the debut of Kenneth Nnebue's movie Living in Bondage brought a new twist to the then growing motion picture industry in Nigeria. Shot straight-to-video, it was the first Nollywood blockbuster movie which kicked off the Nigerian cinema industry. By the following year, more film makers tapped into this eye-opening trend and Nollywood was born.

Source: modernghana

Call for African filmmakers to register for Cannes Int. Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will once again host a South African Pavilion at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival takes place in France (Cannes) from the 11th until 22nd of May 2011. The Cannes International Film Festival usually opens doors for international film distribution.

The Cannes International Film festival has been recognised as the most prestigious film festival on the global calendar and the participation in it through exhibition or competition is considered a "must".

Source: NFVF

In Brief

- Start of April 2011, large African producers and distributors should consider attending MIPDoc which is where key international buyers, sellers, producers and commissioners of documentary and factual programmes screen new content and do business. It will take place 2-3 April 2011 at the Carlton Hotel, Cannes, France
Key MIPDoc figures: 25,000 screenings, 1,350 titles, 500 companies, 400 buyers, 60 countries. Click here for more.

SABC takes BET and MTV shows

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has acquired a variety of programmes from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. The broadcaster has picked up BET Networks' late night talk show The Mo'Nique Show to air weekly in the 21.00 on its flagship channel from April 2.

The broadcaster has also acquired MTV reality strands The Hills, Cribs and Run's House for youth-skewing SABC 3, and Nickelodeon teen sitcoms iCarly and True Jackson for SABC 2.

Source: C21 Media 2011

New DStv HD sports channel on DStv April

DStv subscribers can look forward to another High Definition channel in April 2011.
MultiChoice recently announced via its forum and DStv Twitter account that they will launch another sports channel in HD on 7 April 2011. MultiChoice would not reveal further details about the new HD sports channel, saying that they will give specifics about the new channel in early April.

Source: Mybroadband.co.za
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