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

Distribution - In Brief

A newcomer to the African broadcasting sector became known as part of the 22nd edition of Fespaco: Afrik.tv. Joakim Afoutni, the editor of the webTV explained that the new video agency relies on its professional African network to supply video reports in line with the realities of the continent to the world. Reports will be broadcast by Africa 24, TV5, and CFI which will distribute them to about 60 African countries. Soon, the agency hopes that France 24, BBC and Al Jazeera will become clients.

A24 Media launches Africa’s Voice programme

On the audiovisual side, A24 Media is a popular distributor of video material about Africa that reflects what it sees as the true nature of the continent. It has just launched a weekly programme called Africa's Voice which Farah Chadhry, COO of A24 Media talks about in this interview produced by Russell Southwood, CEO of Balancing Act:
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Source: a24media.com

BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show makes debut on SABC

On 10 March 2011, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced the sale of BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show, The Mo’Nique Show, to South African national broadcaster, SABC.

Hosted by the no-holds-barred Academy Award-winning actress and comedienne Mo’Nique, The Mo’Nique Show draws in millions of viewers to its mix of comedy, chat, music and guests from across the spectrum of music, entertainment, sports and politics. Debuting Saturday 2 April 2011, The Mo’Nique Show will air weekly on SABC 2 at 21:00 CAT.

Source: Viacom

Distribution - In Brief

In South Africa, and according to the 2010 cinema attendance figures of over 27.4 million visitors, 2010 was the best year for cinema since 2005. This is a good omen for Cinemark, representing 64% of all cinema complexes in South Africa and its advertising clients. Reasons cited include blockbuster titles, 3D offerings and a recovering recession.

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
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