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Zuku TV’s Richard Bell invest in fresh African content

The regional pay television players have turned focus on local content as a way of attaining considerable competitive edge.

The players have over the years entered into partnerships with free-to air broadcasters, symbiotic relationship that has enabled Pay Tv to attract more local viewers while the free to air broadcasters benefit by enhancing signal strength and widening visibility.

Events

7 - 15 July, 2012
Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)
Venue: Zanzibar
15th Festival of the Dhow Countries - East Africa’s largest film and arts festival, showcasing a broad spectrum of African and International creative works on the theme When Global Images Meet in Zanzibar. For more information click here:

Opportunities

- More local content: Namibia and Zimbabwe sign broadcast MoU

Content development - covering news, current affairs and culture – and knowledge exchange is to form the basis of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

Telling African stories in their own tongue is key to the cooperation between the two television networks, according to Albertus Aochamub, director general, NBC, who says ZBC and NBC will learn from each other in training and cooperation ventures.

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- Ghana: Nadia Buari and Bimbo Manuel Dazzle in 'Heroes and Zeros'

One of the finest faces ever to have made it out of the Gold Coast, Nadia Buari has added another feather to her cap as she gave a good account of herself beyond many people's expectation in a new movie, Heroes and Zeros.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker, Niji Akanji, Heroes and Zeros have been described as one of the best works to come out of this part of the world in recent times.

Opportunities

The Africa Film Academy: Film in a Box

Workshops : The Africa Film Academy is set to empower 1000 youths in its quest to promote capacity in different aspects of film making and promote the growth of the motion picture industry is set to train over 1000 youths across the continent over the next 12 months.

People

- Uganda: In search of top digital media personalities
A group of UK-based Ugandan entrepreneurs has come up with an initiative to appreciate the country's best electronic media.
Yusuf K. Lule, the chairman of the Radio & TV Academy Uganda, says the outstanding radio and television personalities will be chosen by a panel of experts after nominations from the public. Lule is not a relative to the deceased former president, Yusuf K. Lule. Presenters, producers, reporters and proprietors will be considered in the inaugural awards this July.

Opportunities

AiM Call for Submissions: Features and Shorts
 

People

Winners of the non-fiction categories of the 6th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) were announced at a glittering ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday the 9th of March 2012.

Source: nfvf.co.za

Opportunities

$40,000 grant for African producers?

Successfully launched in New York last year, the Dialogue of Cultures Festival is very proud to announce its $40,000 grant program for the production of a 30-minute documentary that best captures the festival's theme in a creative and vibrant way.

People - In Brief

- Zamantungwa (Zama) Mkosi was today appointed the CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF). Mkosi, an admitted high court attorney, has a long and illustrious career in the media and entertainment industry, and her mixture of commercial, legal and media astuteness will carry the NFVF into a new era.

- The presidential affairs correspondent of the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) has been appointed press officer, Office of the President at State House, the Daily Observer has learnt.

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