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Events

17 to 19 July 2013
Mediatech Africa 2013

Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South Africa
The biennial advanced technology trade show has positioned itself as the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in Africa for the media and entertainment industries.
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Opportunities

‘Digital Services Africa’ invites you to secure your pass at this year's show, taking place on 25 - 26 June in Johannesburg.

About 180+ operators and enterprises are already registered.

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Nigeria: ‘Govt, Not Nollywood, Should Cater for Film Veterans’ says Elliot

 
Nollywood actor-cum-director, Desmod Elliot has said taking care of veteran of Nollywood actors who fall sick is beyond the industry as the government ought to cater for movie stars.

The Glo ambassador expressed dissatisfaction with the rate Nollywood veterans die because of poor medical attention and the inability to foot their hospital bills.

He said "it is not the industry, this is beyond the industry, it is what the government should do something about."

Events

6-23 June 2013
Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival

Capte Town, South Africa
Encounters is Africa’s premier documentary event, celebrating its 15th edition in 2013.
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Uganda: The 70 Percent Local TV Content Directive will stifle Industry

 Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabaazi, has issued a statement that all free to air television stations will air 70% local content. This is indeed an admirable stance and he should be commended for his good intentions. However, I think he also needs to look at the current realities on the ground and perhaps understand the industry better.

The UCC has supposedly looked at other countries for guidance and set the standard based on those countries. These countries are SA, Australia and the UK, among others.

Source: The New Vision. Tony Glencross 28 May 2013

Opportunities

Call for entries: Al Jazeera Pitching Forum at Encounters

On Saturday 15 June 2013 in Cape Town, two commissioning editors from Al Jazeera will listen to pitches from 16 African filmmakers. Each person has a maximum of five minutes to pitch their film, with an  additional 10 minutes allocated for feedback and questions from the panel. Visual aids will be provided for those that have DVDs or presentations during the pitch.

People

SA's sci-fi siren set to seduce Hollywood

A week after her latest novel, The Shining Girls, hit the Sunday Times Bestseller list in the UK, Lauren Beukes began negotiating film rights to the book.

This is on top of South African movie producer Helena Spring acquiring rights to Zoo City - Beukes' previous novel, which won the Arthur C Clarke and Kitschies Red Tentacle literary awards.

Events

6-23 June 2013
Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival

Capte Town, South Africa
Encounters is Africa’s premier documentary event, celebrating its 15th edition in 2013.
For more information click here:

Opportunities

Health journalism contest offers US study tour - Apply by May 20, 2013.

Professional and freelance journalists working in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gulf states and Pakistan can enter a contest recognizing the best media coverage of vaccines and immunization.

Winners from each region will receive cash prizes and a two-week study tour to the United States to meet health experts.

People

Femi Oke the new host of Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream”

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