- At MIPTV 2012, there was much discussion about crowd-funding as a potential source of that money, but Danae Ringelmann, co-founder and chief operating officer at IndieGogo, said success would not come simply by having projects on well-known crowd-funding websites like hers or Kickstarter. Ringelmann said: “A lot of people think they can just put up a campaign, walk away and money will arrive from nowhere. We call that the field of dreams, and it just doesn’t work in the real world. You have to be proactive.”
Last February Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), concluded an agreement under which 30 million Swedish Kronor (around US$4.5 million) will be donated to UNESCO to support its activities in the field of community media, aiming at empowering poor populations, especially women and girls, to exercise freedom of expression and opinion, and be heard in the public debate.
The African Football Exec. Summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 18-19 April 2012.
The purpose is to?“Driving new investment, good business practises & technical issues to enhance sustainable development in African football”.
Following the success of the 2011 edition, the “African Football Exec. Summit 2012” will discuss the issues players face in implementing efficient, cost-effective, and innovative solutions to ensure the football business is performing professionally, efficiently and profitably.
- Canal Plus France added 158,000 subscriptions to services in 2011 to take its total to 11.216 million, including 9.76 million in mainland France. Canal Plus France’s subscription base in territories operated by Canal Plus Overseas saw strong growth in Africa, taking its total to 1.456 million. Overall, including Poland and Vietnam, Canal Plus Group had 12.946 million subscriptions sold by the end of the year. Canal Plus Group posted revenues of €4.86 billion for the year, up 3.1%. Canal Plus France’s revenues were up 2.4% to €4 billion. Group EBITA was €701 million, up 1.6%.
The sector of television receivers just recorded a new technological advance. An ongoing collaboration between SES, the world leader in satellite services and the South Korean giant Samsung has led to the development of a LED TV equipped with a satellite receiving terminal giving access to FTA channels.
The information was revealed on 23 March 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa, on the occasion of ‘Samsung Africa Forum’.
A24 Media is excited to announce the new partnership with China Central Television (CCTV) to produce 20 documentaries for the CCTV series “FACES OF AFRICA”. CCTV’s commitment to bringing viewers the most compelling, inspiring and charismatic personalities from our continent is consistent with A24 MEDIA’s mandate to show the world the best of Africa.
- South Africa's largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, which is owned by Primedia, has decided to end its decades-long advertising in print newspapers, directing its clients to the Web and to mobile instead, according to a report. Ster-Kinekor marketing executive Doug Place told iAfrica.com that the company’s core target market was reading fewer and fewer newspapers and was making its entertainment decisions based on online and mobile media.
Masters & Savant Worldwide has recently purchased Autodesk Smoke, a complete finishing system for visual media, aimed at television and film production.
"By having direct access to this amazing finishing suite will result in quicker turn-around time in approvals and more importantly, in the right hands, give extra sheen to our clients' work," says Masters & Savant Worldwide's Cape Town Managing Director, Reto Reolon.
StarTimes Communication Network Technology is set to invest in Sierra Leone. This was made known to officials from the Sierra Leone Embassy in China by StarTimes Vice President Charles Liu, during an official visit to the Headquarters of StarTimes at Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District.
StarTimes, which was established in 1988 in China with comprehensive Digital Television in over 8 African countries has been playing the role of the most influential system integrator, technology provider and network operator in China’s broadcasting and television industry.