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.
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.
- South African communications minister Dina Pule is “surprised” by e.tv’s high court application against her in which the free-to-air broadcaster accuses her of acting unlawfully in appointing Sentech to manage the control system that will be used in the set-top boxes that are needed for consumers to receive digital terrestrial television signals. Full story here
Further to an initiative by the Congolese broadcasting corporation RTNC, CFI is providing its TV partners with special programmes on the French language summit to be held in Kinshasa from 12 to 14 October, focussing on "Espace francophone" or French-speaking areas.
The Programme Directors of the 29 TV partners from 26 African countries will thus be able to give their viewers insights into the French language summit on their TV channels using the 14 26-minute "Espace francophone" programmes and the 15 short programmes.
In August 2012, a new stage in the worsening of the relations between Nollywood and Ghollywood was reached: Nigeria is to impose an embargo on Ghanaian films. The gap is widening between these two pillars of the African film industry.
Côte d'Ivoire’s Bogolan Distribution, producer of the popular comedy TV series “where are we here?” (“On est où là?” In French) gave Balancing Act some fresh news.
Bogolan Distribution Ana Ballo wrote: "regarding our current productions, are preparing the filming of season 2 of our mini comedy series “where are we here?” (“On est où là?”). We are in talks with the program director of Canal Plus. In addition and regarding the English version, we are negotiating with CINEKITA in France as a potential partner for dubbing.
- Pay-TV local content channel in South Africa Mzansi Magic, on the DStv platform, has scooped up the rights to screen the acclaimed Harry Belafonte documentary, Sing Your Song. The film, which has been part of the official selection at many high-profile film festivals (including the Berlin Film Festival and Sundance), makes its African television premiere on Mzansi Magic on Sunday 23 September at 14h00. It repeats on Heritage Day – Monday 24 September at 10h00.
City of God meets Blue Crush in Otelo Burning, a beautiful, coming-of-age drama by award-winning filmmaker Sara Blecher. The new South African feature film presents a gripping story of township kids as they discover surfing, a new-found freedom through water. The film will make its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York's new cinemas at MIST Harlem on Wednesday the 3rd of October 2012 by Autonomous Entertainment and The Turner Group.