South Africa: co-productions budget reaches R111 million in 6 months

International co-productions are an essential tool for the South African film and television industry. They not only allow the local industry to pool financing, but also attract creative talent with those from partner countries to make film and television products that enjoy the status of national productions in each of the respective countries.

Source: NFVF

Investment - In Brief

- Organisers of DISCOP Africa, Basic Lead, has announced the launch of an umbrella event, TV Loves Africa, which will feature markets and conference programmes dedicated to the making, the distribution and the monetizing of content across all platforms in Africa, including radio and will take place at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 30 October to 2 November 2012.

International broadcasters RFI, TV5Monde and Deutsche Welle promote language learning by mobile

RFI and TV5MONDE, as promoters of the French language around the world, have combined their know-how in audiovisual media to create a new iPhone application to learning French from current affairs. With the 'Learn French with the news' application, you can stay informed while learning and improving your French, especially as it is spoken daily in the media.
« Learn French with the news » ('Apprendre le français par l’info'), the application's French title, exists in eight versions: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.

Source: RFISource: TV5 Monde and Deutsche welle

Eutelsat showcases innovative satellite broadcast solutions for Africa

Eutelsat will showcase a slew of innovative satellite-based solutions for broadcast and Internet markets at this year's IBC, the premier annual show for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of broadcasting media and entertainment.

Visitors to the Eutelsat stand will be able to see the expansion of the Group's portfolio of services and partnerships to deliver competitive tools for TV channels, news agencies, service providers, telecom operators and ISPs.

Inverstment - In Brief

- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for R6.9-billion in government funding over the next three years, according to the national treasury.

- TV channel broadcasting continued to drive growth for satellite operators in 2010, with over 29,000 TV channels distributed by satellite worldwide, according to Euroconsult. Growth in the number of channels broadcast was supported by 15 new satellite pay-TV platforms which were launched in emerging regions, for a total of 126 satellite TV platforms serving around 155 million subscribers worldwide.

Safa says TV rights valued at R150m a year

The South African Football Association (Safa) values its television rights at between R130-million and R150-million a year, an official revealed this week.

"The figure is the association's own evaluation after having obviously viewed audience potential," said the official, who asked not to be named.

"It's difficult because before we couldn't make evaluations based on real figures, and cannot use the previous deal that we had with the SABC as a benchmark for the new one."


$10,000 for short films in Africa

$10,000 in financing for pre-production, production and/or post-production on narrative short films has been granted in continental Africa.

Source: a division of NBC UniversalSource: Universal Networks

Nigeria: Outdoor Advertising Gulped N100 Billion in 2010, television advertising amounted to N39.656 billion - Survey

A total of N97.549 billion was invested on outdoor advertising (above the line advertising activities) in Nigeria in 2010.

This was contained in the latest edition of Mediafacts, an annual publication of MediaReach OMD, Nigeria's most influential media independent agency.

This figure includes funds invested on television, radio, outdoor, and press advertisements in the course of the past year.

Source: Daily Independent

Investment - In Brief

- Satellite operator SES – very active in Africa - reported first half recurring revenues of  €853.2 million, a 3% year-on-year increase.

- Africalia set up “The Africaliennes” to showcase the work of African partners in Belgium. It recently organised an event in Brussels raising awareness of the work done in South Africa with projections and discussions (in English, subtitles in Dutch).

Canada’s IDC and Wananchi partner on African direct-to-home broadcasting

Ottawa's International Datacasting Corp. (IDC) has partnered with an African technology company to bring direct-to-home broadcasting to the continent. The agreement with Wananchi Group Ltd. includes a vendor financing package and credit facility for an undisclosed amount, plus two support and operations contract worth almost US$1 million.

According to an IDC statement, Wananchi launched the first broadband, cable and telephony network in Africa and also added Zuku satellite to provide video, voice and data services to the sub-Saharan area.

Source: Ottawa Business Journal
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