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Egypt leads an alliance to curb the showing of independent satellite channels like al-Jazeera

Arab countries (including those in North Africa) have agreed to allow punishment of satellite channels deemed to have offended Arab leaders or national or religious symbols. At a meeting in…

Nigeria: Minister Akunyili says 7,758 Adverts Not Vetted in 2008

Minister for Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili, said week that in the the last year, a total of 7,758 adverts were not inspected before they were aired in Nigeria.…

SuperSport, Red Bull added to Samsung’s Smart Hub

Samsung Electronics has announced the addition of SuperSport and Red Bull TV app to its existing Smart Hub solution.Corrie Labuschagne, the Regional Product Manager for Africa Visual Display at Samsung…

Botswana filmmaker produces TV series on high profile Africans

Billy Kokorwe, a filmmaker from Botswana, is currently in Paris working on the production of an African issues based television show titled Portrait of Africa. The 13 episode series will…

GTV to open for business in Ethiopia

A new, privately-owned pay TV service by the name of GTV- Gateway Community Television (GTV) is poised to enter the broadcasting market with the main objective of educating and entertaining…

335 International Filmmakers want to be part of the 6th Abuja Film Festival

As the 6th. edition of the annual Abuja International Film Festival continues to gather momentum, at least 335 foreign filmmakers from 50 countries have expressed in taking part. The Festival…

A24 media and FIFA Films distribute the football fever in Africa

African film distributor A24 media has compiled footage that showcases the football fever in four of the six African countries that participate in the June 11th South football African gala.…

Beats of The Antonov Takes Major Prize At 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Sudanese filmmaker and war reporter Hajooj Kuka‘s directorial debut Beats of the Antonov premiered earlier this month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, winning the audience-selected People’s Choice Documentary…

Sahara screenings: World's most remote film festival

This is the world's most remote film festival - in a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, where nothing grows and few people visit. The sun is so scorching in…

Ghana: Metro TV Makes Impact

From a humble beginning, Metro TV has rose to become a force to reckon with in the media landscape in the country and beyond. Established some few years ago, it…

€460,000 audio-visual production Funds for Francophone Films

Fourteen films from French-speaking countries in the South, representing approximately 17 hours of films, will receive production assistance or completion support for a total of €460.000 granted by the International…

Ethiopian movie production gets record increase

The movie industry in Ethiopia recorded a record increase in production and audiences with 75 films produced in the last year alone, attracting over 600,000 viewers.An international short film festival…

Content revolution in Africa: Over 60 speakers for BFMA 2013

Over 60 international and local experts have committed to speaking at this year's BFMA conference in Nairobi, billed as Africa's Leading Business & Technology Event for Creative Content & Digital…

BET and two new channels coming to DStv

DStv is adding Nicktoons as a new TV channel from 30 September and also adding Nick Jr and BET to DStv. All three TV channels are supplied by Viacom International…

CNN International Revamps Its Africa-Focused Features Programming

CNN International has announced that it is overhauling 2 of its major Africa-focused shows, in what it says is a reaffirming of its commitment to covering the continent’s trends, culture…

Broadcast In Brief

- Last Tuesday the Kenyan government confirmed the setting up of a Digital Television Committee that will oversee the shift from analogue to digital broadcasting in line with the international…

Ghana’s TV3 Win Three Awards

TV3 picked up three awards at the Ghana National Honorary awards of fame, one for the channel itself and two others for distinguished journalists and presenters, which went to Nana…

Nigeria: Stepping Stones uses Nollywood’s Teco Benson to direct The Fake Prophet to combat witchcraft

The belief in child witches is widespread throughout Nigeria and many other regions of the World. These beliefs have had a significantly negative impact on children who become victims of…

The Untold Story: Famine avoided

Anti-poverty campaign group One launched a new short film about the food crisis in the Horn of Africa as part of its Hungry No More campaign. The films, which are…

‘Next Top Model' TV programme lands into Africa

Tyra Banks is yet again setting her sights overseas and expanding her empire one spinoff off show at a time. "Africa's Next Top Model" will become the fourth continent that…

African Diaspora Palme D'Or Winners In Cannes Film Festival History (Have You Seen Them?)

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival closing night festivities ended, with French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele winning the Palme d'Or -…

Hyena Boys Wins Best Documentary Short At 2014 California International Shorts Festival

The Gadawan Kura, or hyena handlers of Nigeria, were first introduced to a wider audience via South African photographer Pieter Hugo‘s striking 2007 series The Hyena and Other Men. Hugo…

SA films at Cannes: From zombies to windpompe

One of the most impressive of the SA films is Necktie Youth, by 23-year-old newcomer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, whose vision of post-apartheid SA is a digital nightmare.Among the Hollywood heavy…

Africa: MTV launches first youth-focused, global, multi-platform climate change campaign – MTV Switch

MTV last week announced the launch of MTV SWITCH, the first youth-focused, global, multi-platform campaign created to help slow down the acceleration of global warming. Through public service announcements (PSAs),…

Namibia’s first local soap halted by Film Commission audit

Namibia’s first local soap has halted production because of an audit by its main investor, the Namibian Film Commission (NFC). This emerged after a story in the New Era claimed…

Content In Brief:

- Angola’s Damba district, 197 kilometres from Uíge city, can receive signal coverage for National Radio of Angola (RNA), which is transmitted by a repeater that was inaugerated inaugurated by…

Content News: In Brief

- DStv Compact campaign won silver at the APEX awards. - The Secretariat of the ACP Group and its ACPFilms Programme announced that the 26th International North-South Media Forum will…

Film Africa 2011 - Celebrating Cinema

There has never been greater interest in African film. A half-century after Africans started making their own films, supplanting the patronising images evident in colonial cinema set in Africa, African…

NollywoodWeek Paris Festival to kick start end of May 2013

NollywoodWeek Paris is an annual event dedicated to showcasing the best of Nollywood to a French audience in order to foster distribution opportunities in this untapped market and 2013 marks…

South Africa: SABC invested more than R700 million in local content in 2012

The SABC invested more than R700 million in local content last year, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday. Communications Minister Dina Pule released the figures on how much the SABC…

Cannes review: ‘Mediterranea’ brings plight of African migrants to big screen

The Cannes Film Festival goes topical with a stark exploration of illegal immigrants’ perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.Few topics could have more international relevance and urgency than the…

Nigeria: HiTV Signs On Sky, Eurosports News

New Nigerian pay television operator, HiTV, has underlined its commitment to bringing the best television entertainment to Nigerians with the introduction of additional news and sports channels to bring its…

South Africa: MultiChoice adds three new audio channels to DStv

MultiChoice has added three audio channels to DStv and expanded the History channel from an 18 hour to a 24 hour broadcast service. The three radio stations; 94.7 Highveld Stereo,…

Uganda: Advertising Formula Milk Illegal - Government

The Ministry of Health has warned manufacturers of formula milk against advertising. Offenders risk imprisonment for up to two years, heavy fines or a ban of their products. Tabley Bakyaita,…

Nollywood steals show at Kenya International Film Festival

It was a memorable day for the Nigerian motion picture industry in Kenya, as the presence of Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, her counterparts; Ramsey Nouah, Tina Mba, Kunle Afolayan and…

Kenya's First Series Shot Entirely Using A Phone!

The trend for shooting videos through mobile phones has come to Kenya.Enter Phoney, a new series about to hit the streets! According to the trailer, it's a concotion of love,…

Africa: Making Video Work - eLearning

Windhoek — eLearning Africa 2013 will be hosting a series of video-themed sessions in Windhoek this year. Increasingly video is becoming a must-have element in learning resources. We spoke to…

Content - In brief

Self-exiled Chimurenga music legend, Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo, has landed an acting role in a proposed Hollywood movie that will feature a host of prominent Zimbabwean actors. Mapfumo, who has been…

Ghana: The COPA AMERICA 2007 gets set to roll on DStv!

In an announcement guaranteed to keep African football fans locked onto DStv screens this month, SuperSport has confirmed that it will definitely screen what is known as the oldest national…

South Africa: First football, now Rugby goes the reality TV route

Following the lead set by Soccer Academy (produced by Ghana’s Metro TV), SABC2 is producing a new reality TV series called Up&Under. Says the programme's executive producer, Duncan Irvine of…

GBC and Metro TV blame each other for poor quality of Obama visit transmission

A blame game has ensued between the incumbent public broadcaster, GBC and one of its private sector challengers, Metro TV over the poor quality production of the coverage of US…

Africa in Motion 2011 begins with mystical grace

Nacer Khemir's Bab’Aziz kicks off the celebration of African cinema. The launch of this year’s Africa in Motion film festival kicked off at Edinbrugh’s Filmhouse on Wednesday night with a…

Content - In Brief

- Independent Film and TV content producers taking part in DISCOP AFRICA 2013 will also have the privilege to attend DISCOPRO, the ultimate coproduction forum centered on Africa. Designed to…

Cape Town: Film festival focused on forests

Greenpop hosted ‘Forest in Focus’, a film festival fundraiser in celebration of the forests, in Cape Town from 6-11 June 2013. This integrative media event screened a selection of winning…

Zimbabwe: ZBC in Hola Africa Initiative

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services -- radio and television -- are together with 40 other broadcasters drawn from more than 30 countries participating in the Hola Africa Initiative to combat HIV and…

Nigeria: National Broadcasting Commission insists on a one percent obligation to run programmes for farmers

Faced with food what one Ministry official described as a “looming food crisis”, the Ondo State Ministry of Information, Orientation and Mobilisation is insisting that the National Broadcasting Commission provide…

Madagascar: RTA enlarges its studios and launches the second edition of Pazzapa

Malagasy broadcaster RTA has enlarged its studios and the opening of them coincides with the launching of the second edition of Pazzapa. Broadcaster Radio Télévision d'Analamanga (RTA) has since 2004…

Content - In Brief

- The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has moved to the following address: 25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 USA. Tel: +1-212-489-6969 - view the website…

Content - In Brief

- Oscar-nominated producer Dana Brunetti and two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey showed their support for one of South Africa's most promising new film talents at the global Jameson First…

SABC viewers displeased with old content, repeats, news bias

Leadership problems and the SABC's lack of investment in content may finally be catching up with the public broadcaster.There is an uptick in viewers inquiring about cancelling their TV licences...…

FESPACO 2015: 3000 attendees, new budget and digital format

In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - The start of the media campaign for the 24th edition of the Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), to be held from…

South Africa: SABC Withdraws Controversial Documentary for Second Time

Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it, now you don't: such is the farcical situation with the controversial documentary on President Thabo Mbeki, which the South…

Content In Brief

- Old Location Films is a brand new production company under the direction of young Namibian filmmakers Perivi Katjavivi and Horst Zaire. Their first script, 'The Shop', was selected, along…

Namibia: Government Admits Favouring State Media during Cuba Visit

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has admitted that it gives preference to state-owned media during state visits and national events. The admission came after an outcry over the…

35th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from July 17

The ever-expanding African film industry will once more be represented at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2014 although South African film retains the festival’s key focus, with 40 feature-length…

OSN unveils new health reality series “Saudi Doctors”

Marking its fifth original production this year, leading pay-TV network, OSN, today unveiled a brand-new health reality show specially tailored for Arab viewers, Saudi Doctors (Atibaa w Akhtar), which premiered…

Zimbabwe/Uganda: Two More News Channels On DStv

At least two more news channels have been added to the DStv bouquet, providing alternative perspectives on international news and current affairs issues to the existing selection of channels. Kirsty…

Africa: GTV to Telecast English FA Cup

GTV, the pan-African satellite-based pay television service, has clinched its position as Africa's new home of football with exclusive broadcast rights to the entire FA Cup effective next season (2008/09).…

South Africa: Telkom Media Takes Delivery of Pay-TV License

South Africa’s industry regulator ICASA has issued Telkom Media with a pay-TV licence. While the licence was granted last year, the actual delivery of the licence means that the Telkom…

Broadcast In Brief

- MultiChoice is upgrading the software in viewer's decoders. During the month of August 2009, MultiChoice will release new software over the air to decoders for subscribers on the W4…

The Dinosaur Project shoots in South Africa

Variety is reporting that The Dinosaur Project (tentative title) starts shooting this month – May 2011 - in South Africa. The film marks the directorial debut feature from CGI experts…

Uganda: Multichoice On the Spot Over Nigeria's Dominance

It looked like a Ugandan affair when singer Bebe Cool attacked DJs for sidelining Ugandan music in favour of Nigerian and Jamaican music.However, the just-concluded MultiChoice Africa's "Only the Best"…

South Africa: “Win A Home”, new reality show

'Win A Home' is an exciting new property-related reality show starting on 21 August, at 8pm on SABC3, a national TV channel based in South Africa.Win A Home, brought to…

Namibia: Are NBC And SABC Bedfellows?

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and its South African counterpart (SABC) certainly have a lot of things in common. After all, both are public institutions administered along the same guidelines…

Ghana: Historic TV Production for Ghana 2008

Over four billion football fans across the globe are expected to watch the Ghana 2008 African Cup of Nations live on television. To ensure that the facility works to perfection,…

Botswana: BESTV Gets Broadcast Licence - at Last

It has finally happened - Black Earth Communications (BEC) - has received its Satellite Broadcasting Service Licence from the Botswana Telecommunication Authority (BTA). BEC, which will be trading as Black…

'Terrorist Nelson Mandela' portrayal in film by Peter Kosminsky

Peter Kosminsky, who made the controversial Israel-Palestine drama The Promise, is to make a film about Nelson Mandela's early life in South Africa, Vanessa Thorpe reported in the Observer, Sunday…

Science journalism USA fellowship open worldwide

Experienced reporters, writers, editors, producers, or program hosts interested in exploring complex systems more deeply can apply for this fellowship.The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is offering a residential fellowship in…

DIFF: Architectural films to feature at UIA 2014

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) partnered with UIA 2014 and Architect Africa Film Festival to present architecture films in Durban during the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress…

Kenya: GTV Launches in Nairobi Promising Value, Quality

Pay Television channel, GTV, has launched its services in Nairobi. It announced that they would show live broadcasts of between 296 and 313 Barclaycard Premier League matches, including those that…

Nigeria: House Bans Big Brother Africa Programme

House of Representatives last week ordered the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to discontinue the airing of any clip or debate on Big Brother Africa (BBA). The programme, a reality TV…

Kenya: Broadcaster Probed Over Frequencies

A parliamentary committee is investigating how the Royal Media Services acquired 61 radio frequencies. The chairman of the Committee on Communications James Rege disclosed that Royal Media Services had the…

Nigeria: Aina director Olamide Maarore talks about his new film

US-based filmmaker, Olamide Maarore, is set to become one of those changing the face of Nigeria’s movie industry with his debut film, ‘Aina’, which he wrote, produced and directed. He…

Content - In Brief

Africa’s leading pay television provider MultiChoice Africa recently launched “Africa Rising”, a campaign designed to inspire Africans to be involved in community-based social upliftment projects. Full Story here

Content - In Brief

On August 18, a group of South African and international legal experts worked with South African filmmakers to better understand their rights as users as well as creators under copyright…

Namibia: NBC Sinking in Red Ink

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) may soon find itself in a situation where downsizing and retrenchments are unavoidable, unless Government steps in to rescue the embattled broadcaster. Escalating financial problems,…

South Africa: Digital Advertising in the Townships

One Digital Media last week launched a digital advertising system called Loxion Network, aimed at directly linking brands with their consumers in the townships. The system downloads content via satellite,…

Namibia: Karas Radio to Hit Airwaves

The latest licensed community radio station, Karas 102.3 FM, will go on air in Keetmanshoop by the end of the month, reported station manager, Anwar Thomas. According to the Namibian…

Ethiopian wins Best African Movie award at FESPACO

Ethiopian Haile Gerima’s film Teza won the Best Film at Fespaco. The Film took Gerima 14 years to make and tells the story of a young medical research scientist from…

Nigeria: Lagos Gets Approval for Traffic Radio Station

Lagos State Government has secured a license to operate a radio station to be solely dedicated to traffic information and other safety issues. Commissioner for Transportation, Prof. Bamidele Badejo, who…

Botswana: New Radio Stations Herald Exciting Times

Last month the mass media marketplace became more competitive. The issuance of three national radio licences has given a new complexion to the broadcasting terrain. It has been a long…

South Africa: Kaya FM, a Nice Addition to Primedia Collection

Amid the headache of trying to delist Primedia from the JSE, there is one last irritation the company cannot seem to get rid of -- African Media Entertainment's (AME's) obsession…

Broadcast In Brief

- South Africa’s parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications will vote on amendments to the Broadcasting Act. The ruling party is expected to submit its latest proposals on the amendments. The…

Nigeria: Bank PHB to Sponsor CNN's Personality Programme

Bank PHB has emerged the exclusive sponsor of CNN International's brand new weekly half-hour interview programme 'African Voices', which debuted over the weekend. The commercial partnership positions Bank PHB against…

Content - In Brief

- Representing the Ministry of Culture and the Arts for the DRC, Ms. Jeannette Kavira Mapeera closed the first of the Congolese film week (Sefico) held from May 3 to…

Kenya: Introduce Sign Language, TV Stations Urged

The Government has no powers to compel media houses to introduce sign language. However, it has written to all media houses and the Media Owners Association, asking them to introduce…

Namibia: NBC Gets Japanese programming money

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, NHK International, have signed an agreement aimed at improving the programmes broadcast on NBC television. Of the 528 programmes funded…

26 episode Canadian-South African animation co-production gets the go-ahead

Cape Town’s animation industry has scored another coup with Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular receiving the greenlight this week. Cookie Jar Entertainment and Clockwork Zoo to make first Canadian-South African Animation…

Senegal: Radio Station Mired in Technicalities

For a while it appeared as if Madiambal Diagne might have found a way around the Senegalese government's apparent determination to keep him away from the airwaves. The well-known journalist…

South Africa: Unleashing the Power of Student Radio Stations

Student Radio Network, a newly launched initiative aimed at unleashing the power of the student radio market, intends to bring in methods that will bridge the existing gap in getting…

Nigeria: DSTV to Broadcast Glo Lagos Marathon

Exciting moments from the 2nd Glo Lagos International Half Marathon will be aired 15 times on DSTV's Super Sports starting March 4. International sports broadcast channel, Supersports, which gave a…

Sierra Leone: Friends of the Earth to Open Radio Station Soon

Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, Olatunde Johnson last week told Concord Times that his organization will be opening a new radio station later this year. He said the…

South Africa: Huge Pay-TV Potential - Telkom Media

Pay-TV applicant Telkom Media says that its own market research shows a high level of willingness to pay for subscription television services amongst South African consumers. Telkom Media's initial concept…

Content In Brief:

- Moonlighting Cape Town just shot their 1000th commercial in South Africa! The commercial was for Paradox, Norway who came with director Gaute Hesthagen to shoot their Bravida spot for…

Broadcast Briefs:

- Six months after receiving its commercial broadcast license, Capricorn FM began broadcasting from its state-of-the-art studios in Bendor, Polokwane. The station will broadcast 70% in English and 30% vernacular,…

Nigeria: 'Market Receptive to Pay TV Penetration'

The low level of Pay Television in Nigeria has the potentials to boost its penetration and quick spread in the country as long the barriers to accessing the converging media…

Uganda: Animation Industry Growing Fast

On the busy street of Nkrumah road, hidden at a back office of a big stationery shop, is a group of young men and a lady, armed with a few…

Culture as a catalyst for socio-economic and political transformation in Africa

The 4th Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Culture (CAMC4) kicked off today 29 October 2012 in Kinshasa , the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 29 to…

Nigeria: Gombe Approves N100 Million for Radio Station

Gombe State government has approved N 100 million for the construction of a broadcasting house for the Federal Radio Cooperation of Nigeria (FRCN) F. M station in the state capital.…

Premier proposes shooting film on Africa lamp project

In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Republic of China Premier Wu Den-yih proposed that the many stories related to Taiwan's decades-long aid to foreign countries could be adapted for film, including the…

World’s “largest” TV whites spaces project successfully tested in Namibia

Using Adaptrum’s ARCS 2.0 TV white spaces radio, MyDigitalBridge says its pilot network in Namibia achieved speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 10Mbps.MyDigitalBridge Foundation says it has successfully trialled the world’s…

CAK orders local producers to allocate 60% to local content

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has ordered local producers to increase local content on television from the current 40 percent to 60 percent in a move to promote local talent…

Africa: Big Brother Africa's Back

After the huge success of the first two series of the reality television show 'Big Brother Africa', M-Net has moved quickly to begin work on a new season of the…

Côte d'Ivoire: TV5 Monde-Afrique’s Denise Epoté tells FESPACO “Quality’s what’s important to us”

Denise Epoté, the Director of TV5 Monde-Afrique told journalists during the FESPACO festival that the channel would not favour any one African country in terms of the films it showed.…

Matt Damon in talks to star in Neill Blomkamp's new film Elysium

Matt Damon is in talks to star in the next science fiction project from Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film District 9 was nominated for four Academy Awards earlier this year.Blomkamp…

Localised BET channel to feature on DStv Premium

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa is partnering with MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel on DStv Premium in South Africa. Designed to reflect, respect, and elevate the…

South Africa’s first 24-hour TV news service

June will see the launch of South Africa’s first ever 24-hour TV news service, the eNews Channel, which will only be available as a pay-TV service to subscribers of DStv’s…

Kenya: Standard Group looks set to enter the radio market

The Standard Group has started acquiring broadcast equipment ahead of its entry into the radio business. This follows its acquisition of broadcast rights from a local firm. The Group has…

SA film makes waves at film festival - A Small Town Called Descent

The South African film “A Small Town Called Descent” has made big waves at the seventh Dubai International Film Festival. It deals with the 2008 xenophobic attacks, in which over…

October 1 and The Meeting gets honored at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and Mildred Okwo’s The Meeting, emerged the biggest winners of the night, as the 2015 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards took place on…

Uganda: GTV Launches Three New Channels

GTV has launched three new channels packed with African programming, kids' content, nature programmes and hit series from across the globe, writes Emmy Olaki. "We are delivering what we promised…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Trade unions at RTG 1 suspended their strike which had been taking place since Thursday last week to cover the death of the President’s wife, d'Edith Lucie Bongo Ondimba,…

Content - In Brief:

-  Extraordinary documentary series "Africa (s), another story of the twentieth century" (« Afrique(s), une autre histoire du XXème siècle ») from Elikia M’bokolo - historian; Philippe Sainteny - journalist…

Endangered FCAT festival turns financial issues into opportunity

From 13 to 20 October 2012, the "Festival de Cine Africano de Córdoba" (formerly Tarifa, FCAT) was held in the South of Spain. For its 9th edition, the FCAT changed…

Thomas Sankara's spirit shines at Burkina Faso film festival

Fespaco, Africa’s largest film festival, breathed politics but suffered from a lack of funding in the fragile aftermath of the country’s revolution, reports Oris AigbokhaevboloFor years the African continent’s most…

Africa: New classic sports channel

ESPN and MultiChoice have announced the launch of ESPN's second sports channel in Africa: ESPN Classic. ESPN Classic will be the first sports channel in South Africa devoted entirely to…

A busy year for producers of British-Nigerian sitcom ‘Meet the Adebanjos’

Last year How we made it in Africa reported about two entrepreneurial London-based TV producers – Andrew Osayemi and Debra Odutuyo – that are following an unconventional route in pursuit…

French-Moroccan filmmaker takes top prize at FESPACO

Fievres movie posterHicham Ayouch, a French-Moroccan filmmaker, won the Palme d'Ouagadougou prize for his film Fievres at the Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) on 7 March. FESPACO is held…

Content In Brief

- Muppets Go To Tanzania :In an agreement between non-profit educational organisation Sesame Workshop, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and Television Zanzibar (TVZ), 13 television and radio episodes of the pilot…

Kenya: Buni TV Offers Cash Prize for Top African Films

Buni TV has partnered with three high-profile African film festivals, where they will be sponsoring a film award at each of the three festivals.They are the Africa in Motion festival…

Nigeria: Atiku's Radio Gotel Begins Transmission

Radio Gotel, the radio station set up by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has formally begun transmission. It began transmission shortly after the former vice…

South Africa’a public broadcaster SABC nears meltdown, ‘haemorrhaging (money) from every pore’, says Board member

Massive debts and a spate of top-level resignations have pushed South Africa's public broadcaster to near-collapse, threatening a network once styled as the voice of the country's democracy. The resignation…

Kenya: I'm Clean over Fifa Tender process, says Ex-KBC Boss

A former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation secretary has denied irregular award of broadcast tenders for last year's World Cup finals in South Africa. Hezekiel Oira faced three counts of directly procuring…

Content News - In Brief

- Nollywood actor Jim Iyke has revealed that he will be airing  his own reality TV show that will give his fans undiluted access into his life. The reality show,…

The African audiovisual industry experiencing a mid-life crisis

The African audiovisual industry is currently experiencing a genuine mid-life crisis.The African continent has never before produced this many images of itself (drama series, documentaries and even news programmes), a…

MagicWorld transforms into M-Net Family in July

M-Net and MultiChoice are redesigning channel 162 on DStv to become a general entertainment channel for the entire family. On Wednesday, 1 July from 17h00 the current MagicWorld will make…

Nigeria: LG Set to Launch TV With Nigerian Languages

LG Electronics has concluded plans to introduce the first television with its menu functions in the three major Nigerian languages into the country. Speaking at an interactive session with newsmen…

Promoting African cinema, "L' Héritage" soon on Africable

After the success recorded by TV series Marc and Malika, launched on 4 April 2009, Africable is about to launch a new series entitled “L' Heritage”. In partnership with the…

First Afrikaans comedy in production in decades

Filming is soon to begin on the first Afrikaans romantic comedy entitled Semi Soet and well known actors such as Anel Alexander, Nico Panagio, 7de Laan's Diaan Lawrenson, Sandra Vaughn…

Endemol Africa: content for the African market

Interview with Sivan Pillay, Managing Director of content house Endemol South Africa, on the new shows his company has produced recently for the African market, and African appetite for global…

Southern Africa: Media urged to enter media awards

The media fraternity in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been called on to participate in the 2013 SADC Media Awards competition.The awards recognise excellence in journalism in print,…

SA gets reality-style Baywatch show following Durban lifeguards on the job

Cape Town – A new locally produced reality series, Durban Beach Rescue, will start on the Travel Channel (DStv 179) on Saturday 4 July at 20:00, following various lifeguards across…

Uganda: Mugenga Expands Into Telecom Dealership, Starts Radio Station

After building a string of successful companies starting with his flourishing clearing and forwarding business, city businessman Tom Mugenga has spread his tentacles to his home area, Kisoro, where he…

Spanish reality TV show mistreats Namibian San tribe family members, claims NGO

A reality television show which placed three Spanish families with indigenous tribal communities was accused on Wednesday of mistreating members of one of the tribes involved, the San bushmen of…

East Africa: Reality TV Series Rewarding Entrepreneurship Launched

In Kampala, a new TV series that aims at inspiring entrepreneurship across East African has been launched. The television programme seeks to reward entrepreneurial innovation and improve productivity among members…

Cooperation between Kenya Film Commission (KFC) and CNC

Film industry in Kenya is headed for a major boost following the implementation of the cooperation agreement between Kenya Film Commission (KFC) and the Centre National du Cinéma et de…

AfricAvenir premieres Grey Matter

AfricAvenir premieres Grey Matter, by Kivu Ruhorahoza (Rwanda, 2011, 100 min) on Saturday, 27 April, 2013, at Goethe Centre, 7pm.There’s a revealing image late in “Grey Matter”: a lingering close-up…

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) recently presented a complete list of nominees for their 10th annual awards show taking place September 6 in New York City. The list of hopefuls,…

South Africa: Broadcaster's Cape Bureau 'Still Mismanaged, With Bias'

THE SABC's powerful Cape Town bureau continues to be dogged by allegations of mismanagement and politically skewed reporting in favour of an African National Congress (ANC) faction in Western Cape…

Nigeria: Lagosians Troop Out for MTN Project Fame

Following the success of the maiden edition of MTN Project Fame competition, Nigerians youths turned out in their thousands at Fantasyland, Ikoyi and Ultima Studios, Ogba, for the auditions of…

SuperSport to televise Uganda Super League

Starting next season of the foot-balling calendar, Ugandans will watch the Uganda Super League matches on SuperSport after the South African-based Pay-Per-View TV secured a five-year contract to screen the…

Mauritius: Île Courts Short Film Festival, a development tool kit for the island's cinema industry

Since its creation, Île Courts – International Short Film Festival of Mauritius acts as a tool-kit for the development of cinema in Mauritius. Held from 25 to 29 September 2012, …

Good Pitch Johannesburg 2013 - Call for Entries open for African documentary filmmakers

This call for entries is open for African documentary filmmakers who believe film can make a difference.If your project:- tackles important social issues- is between any stage from early production…

South Africa film sector has grown 14% per annum over the last five years

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) recently commissioned Deloitte to do the first ever national study on the South African film industry and its economic impact on the economy.…

The MTV Africa Music Awards Kwazulu-Natal Celebrates Evolution of African Music as Nominations are revealed for the 18 July Showstopper

VIMN Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) have  revealed the nominations for the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 (MAMA) at a star-studded reception at Harem, Johannesburg, South Africa…

Broadcast In Brief

- Unizik FM, a radio station built by Nigeria’s Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) Awka in Anambra State, is billed to commence transmission of programmes to the public in less than…

Nigeria: HiTV's Nigeria Reality Show Begins on Independent Day

To commemorate Nigeria's 48th independence anniversary, HITV, Nigeria's pay TV service provider has announced October 1, as the new date for the commencement of the broadcast of its long awaited…

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- A new South African reality-type show called MAN's premiering on SABC3 in October. TVSA reports that the documentary-soap features four South Africa men, of different races and sexual orientations;…

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- At the international film festival in Cannes this year, Africa will be present and  TV5Monde will present a program called "And if you tell me the whole truth" («…

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- In South Africa: Roger Horrocks has launched AfricaSUB  to offer underwater filming and photography services for TV, documentaries, features and commercials. Roger was named South African Photographer of the…

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- Mozambique: On March 13, 2013, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that director Francesco Bruni’s “Scialla” will open the 5th annual Italian Film Festival in Maputo on 15…

Nigeria: MTV Launches TV Series, Shuga

Cable entertainment channel, MTV Base and its Staying Alive Foundation have joined forces with the Nigerian Agency for the Control of AIDS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to…

Film 'Timbuktu' nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar

The nominees for the 87th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on 15 January, revealing the final contenders in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The nominees include Ida…

Zimbabwe: ZBCTV to Screen Two New Local Dramas and a Korean soap

Two new local dramas - Legacies and Kusika Moto - are set to grace the screens as part of ZBCTV's new viewing season. The productions will be screened on Tuesdays…

Vislink CEO says that sports is likely to drive HD uptake in Africa

Last week African Broadcast, Film and Convergence interviewed Duncan Lewis, CEO of Vislink, a an international supplier of broadcast solutions. Lewis spoke about the forthcoming Workd Cup in South Africa…

AMAA set for June in honor of Michael Anyiam-Osigwe

The nominations event for this year’s edition of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has been fixed for April 2015 as the organisers seek to continue the tradition of celebrating the…

South Africa: TV channel to ignite motoring industry

Launching in October 2008, DStv's new weekend motoring channel Ignition TV is allegedly the first dedicated TV platform for an industry that ranks as one of the largest contributors to…

Botswana: Bakgatla paid US$58,000 upfront for TV Rights of initiation ceremony

Bakgatla have been paid US$58,000 upfront as part of the broadcast rights for the Bojale initiation ceremony by Botswana Television and RB1 broadcast over the weekend, their paramount chief has…

Five African filmmakers awarded by Focus Features

Focus Features' Africa First Program for short films, the worldwide film company's initiative earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, has for a third consecutive year awarded…

ROSCAR Finalists Announced

Wild Talk Africa is proud to announce and congratulate the ROSCAR finalists for 2013. This year the festival received a record breaking 445 entries from 32 countries; almost double compared…

Sundance 2015: Senegalese Documentary ‘Sembène!’ + Rwandan Filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza’s ‘Things Of The Aimless Wanderer’

Though the selection of African cinema at Sundance has never been staggering, it has served as a platform for amplifying the reach of stellar features, documentaries and shorts from African…

GTV begins continental roll-out to meet demand for Barclays Premiership League

Across Africa, fans of Barclays Premier League football have noticed a change to the way the 2007-8 season is broadcast. For the first time in history, the rights have been…

Zimbabwe: Talent Show CBZ Academy is Here

The third season of the CBZ A Academy kicks off today on ZTV, with the launch in Gweru. The first auditions will be on September 26. The auditions will then…

South Africa’s Spescom offers TV in a box for US$370,000 aimed at community TV stations

With the relaxation of broadcasting laws, a number of community TV transmission licences have been issued. Come 2012 and the introduction of Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) in South Africa, the…

“Audiovisual Days” spark Franco-Tunisian productions

The first « Audiovisual Days Tunisia » (Journées audiovisuelles de Tunis) is about to open on the sidelines of the 23rd "Carthage Film Festival."The decreasing market share of French TV programmes in…

Nigeria: Kannywood Grooming Its Future Stars

A number of youngsters are slowly but steadily making their marks in the Nigeria’s Hausa film industry Kannywood. Some of them are following the footprints of their parents who are…

Sci-fi blockbuster about to be released: Blomkamp's “Elysium”

The newest trailer from Neil Blomkamp's latest sci-fi blockbuster show great promise. Fast-paced action and a suped-up Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley are just some of the great action scenes…

Africa Music Month presented by AfriDocs

Celebrate the diverse music and culture of Africa and the diaspora with a month-long film-festival on your screen presented by AfriDocs. Never before has such a collection of documentary films…

Nigeria: HiTV to Shine With Live Matches

Nigerian pay television operator, HITV, has announced a new regime of live broadcast of the Barclays (English) Premier League, which kicks off this weekend, August 12, 2007 with the transmission…

Content In Brief

- On Monday 15 September,South Africa’s e.tv will launch Zulu and Sotho eNews bulletins at 6pm. The bulletins will be broadcast Mondays to Fridays and will include national, international, business,…

Africa: AU to Start Radio in Somalia

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia will soon start a radio station in Mogadishu. The Defence/Army Spokesperson, Maj Felix Kulayigye last week told Daily Monitor that African Union Mission…

USD70K doccie “Unhinged: Surviving Jo’burg” wins fans

Film director Adrian Loveland from South Africa released a smart 52min documentary on Johannesburg. In his first film, Loveland gives viewers a sense of what living in Johannesburg – “or…

Senegal: Greenpeace Launches Award-Winning Film on the Increase of Catch in Senegalese Waters

Greenpeace last week launched a ground-breaking documentary on the increase of catches by artisanal fishermen, three months after the new Senegalese government cancelled 29 fishing authorizations granted to foreign pelagic…

NYC: 20th African Diaspora International Film Festival Opens w/ 'Doctor Bello' (60+ Films In 19 Days)

The 20th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), here in New York City, kicks off  its 2012 edition (also its 20th anniversary, a milestone year), TONIGHT, November 23rd, running…

A brand new reality series produced by Ochre Moving Pictures, starting on kykNET

New reality series 'Nege Maande' follows the lives of nine mothers of varying ages, backgrounds, in diverse social situations. For some their pregnancy is the happiest experience ever, for many…

Call for entries! Africa in Motion Short Film Competition 2014

African filmmakers are invited to submit short films of no longer than 30 minutes for Africa in Motion's prestigious annual short film competition, to which a substantial cash prize is…

VoD: Top local TV dramas, movies and children’s shows now on SA’s online streaming entertainment service

VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service, has signed deals with the SABC and local producers that will see award-winning content available on the service in the months…

Africa: MTV INTERNATIONAL’S STAYING ALIVE BRINGS 48FEST FILM COMPETITION TO AFRICA

Staying Alive, MTV International’s ongoing HIV and AIDS prevention campaign, and African music channel, MTV base, are joining forces to bring its thought-provoking film competition 48fest to Kenya for the…

Africa: "The Benghazi Six"

Hollywood filmmakers hope to bring to the big screen the eight-year ordeal of six foreign medics convicted of deliberately injecting 460 Libyan children with the HIV virus. Sixth Sense Productions,…

South Africa: Red Bee to broadcast BBC Africa channels

BBC Worldwide Channels have awarded Red Bee Media the contract to provide playout services for four new channels launching in Africa, as part of the broadcaster’s ongoing expansion. From 1…

Broadcast In Brief

- Owners of electronic media (radio and television) in East Africa region have been urged to change from analogue to digital technology in their operations. The call was made last…

More educational TV programmes in the Mediterranean region

Held on 25 and 26 October 2010, France Televisions, CFI and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) will be holding a conference on “Television and education: knowledge, an issue for…

Top prize for 'The Mercy of the Jungle' (Rwanda)

CFI awarded the prize for the 'The Most Promising African Project' at the Durban Film Mart, a gathering of directors, sales agents and lead experts in African films held from…

"Festival international du film documentaire": a thematic menu for the fifth edition

Twelve films produced between 2011 and 2012 representing the Maghreb, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa will contribute to the ranking of the fifth edition of the…

Content - In brief

- Registration has been open for Durban FilmMart. The DFM takes place from 19-22 July 2013 during the Durban International Film Festival and promises an exciting programme of masterclasses and…

Policies for Audiovisual Development in Africa

The entirety of the cinematographic and audiovisual chain in Africa is in severe difficulty. There has been a sharp drop in production and in some cases its virtual disappearance; a…

Content - In Brief

In December South African comedian Trevor Noah made his debut as Senior International Correspondent on The Daily Show with a hilarious “Spot The Africa” segment. Last night Noah joined Jon…

Namibia: First Namibian Soapie to Be Made

Optimedia, a local film company, has been selected by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) through its television commissioning system for the production of a local 26-part soapie, Art/Life has exclusively…

Nigeria: Nigerian outrage over nude video

A video showing a northern Nigerian film actress in a sex scene has caused a public outcry in the Muslim north. The outraged Kano State Filmmakers Association has expelled the…

Nigeria: Daarsat Set to Pump Life Into Pay TV Market

When the digital power gathering at DaarSat is unleashed from Kpaduma Hills, corporate headquarters of the organisation, it will have capacity to belt out 40 digital satellite TV channels, and…

Content News - In Brief

- The newspaper The Scotsman” said that “acclaimed South African film Fezeka's Voice will be unveiled as part of the Edinburgh Africa in Motion Film Festival. The stirring drama tells…

65th Festival del film Locarno: Open Doors dedicated to Sub-Saharan francophone Africa

For its 2012 edition, Open Doors focused on Sub-Saharan francophone Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea,…

The Namibian Movie Collection list is now available online

The Namibian Movie Collection, initiated by Joel Haikali, founder of Joe-Vision Production, consists of films made by Namibian filmmakers and foreign films with relevance to the Namibian film landscape. For…

Tunisia turns to Star Wars to boost tourism

The Tunisian National Office for Tourism has teamed up with the country's own Star Wars fan club to stage its first Star Wars encounter in the country. Participating fan clubs…

South Africa: SABC Pulls Plug On in-House Production of Award-Winning Programme 50/50

The SABC has pulled the plug on in-house production of its award-winning environmental programme 50/50, the longest running local programme in SA's television history. Without warning, all six permanent 50/50…

Nigeria: Afribank Partners HiTV on Live Broadcast

Afribank Plc is sponsoring the live broadcast of the matches on Nigeria's growing cable network, HiTV. Football fans across the country will with this effort, beginning from this season have…

Content News - In Brief

- South Africa’s race relations was the focus of the August edition of BBC Africa Debate. South Africa @18: Does ‘black and white’ still matter in the Rainbow Nation? -…

UK Africa in Motion 2012: Wrap Up

The seventh edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival focused its attention on films and events which reflected the overarching theme of Modern Africa. We invited audiences and…

Colours of the Nile International Film Festival calls for entries from across Africa

Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) will take place from 5–9 February 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The East African festival is calling for submissions from across Africa…

Western Sahara: Fisahara Film Festival 11th Edition kicks off

In Dakhla (Refugee Camps), the 11th edition of the International Film Festival in Western Sahara (FiSahara) kicked off Wednesday in the Wilaya of Dakhla, Sahrawi refugee camps, under the theme…

South Africa: Community TV Starts to Carve Out Its Space in SA

The launch of Soweto Community Television this week (see story below) was an important step forward for South African media. But is it sustainable? The problem always with community media…

Nigeria: NBC to Blacklist Dormant Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says dormant broadcast stations in the country will be blacklisted within the next two weeks. The commission also said some stations were not complying with…

Angola: Public Television Announces Greater Diversity of Programmes

Government operated channel TPA says that it is going to be offering its viewers "programming with a greater diversity", according to its director for Communication and Marketing, Pedro Ramalhoso who…

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- The Television commission of the French audiovisual production Fund for the South (La commission Television du Fonds francophone de production audiovisuelle du Sud), which met in November in Bujumbura…

DStv: BBC Knowledge premieres critically acclaimed new David Attenborough documentary ‘Africa’

BBC Knowledge premieres ‘Africa’, a five-part landmark series from the BBC’s world-renowned National History Unit exclusively to South African audiences for the first time. Each film focuses on a different…

Felix, South African family film wins third festival award

Felix, the feel-good South African family film, has won the €5,000 Michel Award for Best Film at The Filmfest Hamburg Michel Children and Youth Film Festival in Germany. “We chose…

AiM Festival: 'Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth'

 Welcome to this special edition of the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival. We are kicking off the year with a touring programme of African sports films, entitled Sports Stories…

Uganda: Pay TVs Rush to Tie Down Subscribers

The public is excited. And the buzz suggests that a new pay television service in Uganda will change the face of television. Ugandans, on June 29, received maiden broadcast from…

Broadcast In Brief

- For the first time in the country's broadcasting history, Rwanda Television (RTV) broadcast Parliamentary polls live from four upcountry areas using the Internet Protocol Teleconferencing technology. The technology, which…

MTV Base and Sony Ericsson bring Player Season III to Urban Youth

MTV base and Sony Ericsson are targeting aspirational, tech savvy and trendsetting young urban adults in a new multiplatform partnership revolving around the channel’s flagship Player music property. Sony Ericsson…

Africa Movie Academy Awards 2013 goes to Malawi

Malawi is the home of the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards Nomination Night. This will be held on the 15th and 16th of March 2013. The Africa Film Academy Training…

African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Opens Its Doors To Caribbean Filmmakers

The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which will take place in London in February 2014, has revealed its intent to fully engage Caribbean filmmakers and films from the region, in…

Content - In Brief

Made by the Afro-German director Mo Asumang, 'The Aryan' (DIE ARIER in German) is an excellent 2013 documentary (HD, 16/9) produced by ZDF in Germany broadcast on Arte TV channel.…

East Africa: GTV Launches Expand to Region

GTV a pan African pay Television has set up its African office in Kenya that will serve as the hub for the whole of the continent via satellite transmission to…

Namibia: NBC Cancels Talk Show

The Director General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Bob Kandetu, on Monday cancelled the NBC talk show 'Talk of Nation', which was set to discuss the controversial Millennium Challenge…

FESPACO 2013: bigger, stronger, more quality

Launched in 1969 and held every two years since 1979, the 23rd edition of the Panafrican Film and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) will take place from 23 February to 2…

eNews launches Zulu bulletin on eKasi+

eKasi+, available on new satellite platform OpenView HD, will broadcast comprehensive eNews Izindaba bulletins every evening at 8pm starting from Tuesday, 15 October 2013. The bulletins will cover local, international,…

Liberia: Labour Ministry Launches Radio Program

The Ministry of Labor has launched an educative radio program on the state-owned Liberia broadcasting system airwave. According to J. Kortu Nyandibo, Acting Director of Public Affairs, the program "Labor…

South Africa’s Model Million$ goes on-off, misses deadlines and loses sponsor

Reality show Model Million$ appears to have been blighted by a spectacular run of bad luck. However, it’s unclear what part of this bad luck it has bought upon itself…

Afrinolly Short Film Competition Records Over 500 Entries

Over 500 entries from fourteen countries have been received in the inaugural edition of the Afrinolly Short Film Competition, where submission closed on Thursday, January 31. The short film competition…

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- The Forgotten Kingdom by South African producers ZenHQ Films and Binary Film Works has won two international awards in the past week. The first feature film produced in and…

South Africa: Soweto TV is Ready for Sunday's Launch

Community television station SowetoTV will begin broadcasting as the country's first fully-fledged TV station dedicated to one area on Sunday evening. The Independent Communication Authority of SA (Icasa) issued SowetoTV…

Content In Brief

- Hansie, the biopic of South Africa’s late, fallen cricket hero Hansie Cronje, has generated R3.6m after only three weeks of release. - Revele is moving a step forward in…

‘Out in Africa’ Film Festival - LGBTIs in a newly founded African democracy

Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival is running in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa until 30 October 2011. Kevin Kriedemann caught up with festival director Nodi Murphy…

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- Film "Zéro" by Moroccan director Noureddine Lakhmari won the 14th National Film Festival (FNF) of Tangier, Atlas Info reported on Sunday (February 10th). Abdeslam Kelai's "Malak" took the prize…

Uganda: New Vision Starts TV, Radio in October

Vision Group is to launch a free-to-air television station and an FM radio for Kampala around October this year. Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga said the group will also start…

Nigeria: AIT Favoured to Beam Ibori Cup Competition

Africa Independent Television (AIT) now seems favoured to pick the host broadcast right for the WAFU U-20 men football competition holding in Delta state between November 30 and December 14.…

ACP Films meeting wrap up to support audiovisual industry

The 1st ACP-EU cultural sectors’ meeting for the current support programme took place in Brussels  on Wednesday 23 March 2011, writes Sylvain Beletre. The objective was to outline the call…

URTI rocks broadcasters with 3,000 Radio/TV programmes

The 23rd International URTI Radio Grand Prix and the 63rd General Assembly of URTI - International Radio and Television Union - took place West of Paris on 20-21, October 2011.…

Liberia: LMC, RNTC to Build Up Six Community Radios

Six community radio stations in Liberia have been selected by the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and the Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC) to kick start the first phase of a…

DRC: Catholic TV station RTCE will start operations in December 2008

The new catholic television station RTCE which will be based in the Centre Béthanie in Gombe will be inaugurated by Mgr Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, according to…

ICC launches Kenyan-wide TV series ‘Ask the Court’

On March 10, 2011, the Outreach Unit of the International Criminal Court (ICC) launched the Kenyan TV series ‘Ask the Court’. ‘Ask the Court’ answers the most frequently asked questions…

And the Bet Hip Hop Awards winners are…

Hip hop music has been popular in Africa since the early 1980s. It became big in Senegal in 1985 due to widespread American and French influence. Some of the first…

African Winner of the 2008 Tiburon International Film Festival

The Tiburon International Film Festival awarded Best Film to The Yellow House, directed by Amor Hakkar ofAlgeria. In the arid landscape of Algeria's Aurès mountains, Mouloud and Fatima are farmers…

South Africa: Broadcasting Amendment Bill 'Still Unworkable'

The battle to 'save' the SABC's soul continues unabated and has entered a crucial phase. Towards the end of last week, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) held its deliberations…

Zain Africa Challenge - TV competition with hi tech support

Zain Africa Challenge is the first ever televised academic competition among students at African universities. It is an academic quiz programme involving universities in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone,…

DStv: New sci-fi block on M-Net Series

MultiChoice have announced changes in the DStv programming schedule, including a dedicated sci-fi block on M-Net series MultiChoice announced that as from 1 April 2011, M-Net will be making some…

Ghana: Inter-Marital Affairs on TV3's GMB

Twenty-three year-old Efua representing the Central Region is the latest to be evicted from TV3's reality show Ghana's Most Beautiful Season 5.She is the third contestant to be evicted from…

Africa: ESPN to Screen Black Magic

Sports channel ESPN will this week screen 'Black Magic', a film narrated by Academy Award nominee actor Samuel L. Jackson, jazz great Wynton Marsalis and NBA basketball star Chris Paul.…

Soweto Community Television gets licence go ahead

Soweto Community Television’s first year of broadcast ended on 30 June but it was allowed to continue broadcasting by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) until their application…

Angola: IACAM runs scriptwriting course as part of forthcoming Luanda Film Festival

Over 30 theatre and cinema artists are attending a script writing course, being held in Luanda, from September 13 to November 15 2010, promoted by the Angolan Institute of Audiovisuals…

SA: Fox Retro drives pay TV viewership on TopTV

Two years since its launch, Fox International Channels’ (FIC) Fox Retro continues to confirm its position as a proven value destination for pay TV viewers. Fresh from conquering parts of…

Content - In Brief

- “Our biggest concern is that the new (DTT broadcast) regulations don’t allow for local content quotas. We suggest to ICASA that part of the strategy include content regulations for…

Cameroon: Journalist Produces Documentary On Marie Lumiere

Michelle Laure Pela, a journalist, has produced a 1 hour 2minute documentary titled: "Marie Prophetess de Lumiere." The documentary, which was presented to the press at the Goethe Institute in…

Broadcast In Brief

- Multi-million record selling US hip-hop phenomenon The Game is to headline the debut edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA) on 22 November 2008. - Thousands…

Documentaries: Encounters’ 2010 winners

After a 17-day run in Cape Town and a satellite run in Johannesburg, Encounters announced the winners of the annual Audience Awards for Best South African and International Documentary of…

In Brief

- Endemol announced that its international sports division and its South African operation has been engaged by drinks company, Diageo, to develop and produce a number of sports entertainment formats…

Nigeria: Green World Accuses AIT of Rights' Infringement

As Nigeria continues to celebrate the U-23 Olympic ticket, a battle of authority is about to be witnessed by Nigerians over the rightful owner of the broadcast rights of the…

Content News - In Brief

- In about six weeks’ time, the Africa in Motion festival will kick off. The festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 21 October to 5 November 2010 at Filmhouse…

Content In Brief

Byron Bay Film Festival in Australia opened its annual festival to international submissions this year and announced South African feature film Heartlines among competition winners on Saturday March 8th 2008…

Kenya: 10.7 Million Homes Own TV Or Radio

At least 10.7 million Kenyan homes have access to either a radio or television set. According to a research whose findings were released Tuesday, 7.5 million homes possess radios while…

Central African Republic: International Criminal Court Begins Radio Series to Explain Activities to Citizens

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a series of radio programmes in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of an outreach campaign aimed at informing the country's population…

Nigeria: Lack of Funds Stalls FRCN FM Projects

Inadequate fund has grounded the 32 FM radio stations initiated by the FRCN nationwide in 2000. The stations were conceived by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to cater for the states…

Cape Town Film Studios to open doors 2010

The state-of-the-art Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) currently under construction are due to be opened in March 2010. According to Nicco Dekker chief executive officer of CTFS, the South African…

African films to look out for in 2013

Here is a selection of eight films from five African countries to look out for in 2013, the year of the 23rd edition of FESPACO - bi-annual pan-African film and…

Africa at the Annual Golden Globe Awards and Oscars 2014

The continent will probably be represented in these two major ceremonies by Gris-Gris from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), Winter of Discontent Ibrahim from El Batout (Egypt), Tey (Today / Today) from…

South Africa: Cape Town Eco Film Festival

The inaugural Cape Town Eco Film Festival took place at the Labia Theatre on Orange Street in Cape Town from 27-31 March 2014."We've got so many environmental documentaries to share…

Uganda: Vision to Start Luganda FM Radio

Vision Group is to launch a new radio station to broadcast in Luganda, the chief executive, Robert Kabushenga, announced on Friday. Based at the company headquarters in Industrial Area in…

Zimbabwe: Studio 263 Scrapped Off New ZTV Viewing Season

Popular soap Studio 263 was pulled off air while Legacies remains the only local soap to be aired on television, ZTV's new viewing season unveiled recently has revealed. The corporation's…

Liberia: Documentary to expose horrific Women's Rights abuses in the country

Filmmakers Jessica Vale and Nika Offenbac are at the tail end of a widely popular Kickstarter campaign to raise finishing funds for their feature documentary 'Small small Thing'.'Small small Thing'…

Most searched TV shows in Kenya for the year 2012

Google has released its end of year review showing what people all over the world searched for. Among those is the list of the most searched TV shows in Kenya…

Senegalese cinema celebrated in Paris!

From 22nd to 24th November 2013 in a friendly atmosphere, Parisians were invited to discover or rediscover the Senegalese cinema, classic and contemporary.Senegalese capital, Dakar, is an inexhaustible source of…

DRC: Rural Women Launch Their Radio to Improve Welfare

A group of rural women in DRC’s South Kivu has launched a community radio station to promote the welfare of women and girls. Radio Babusa FM first hit the air…

Tarzan: Hollywood’s mythical African character gets his own exhibition in Paris

The mythical white man in the African jungle, swinging from tree to tree, who as character became a star of film and TV has got his own exhibition in Paris.…

South Sudan: Jollywood - Move over Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood!

In the world's youngest country, South Sudan, a film industry is slowly taking shape with the appearance of the first locally-produced film, Jamila. Welcome to Jollywood."I am pregnant," states a…

FESPACO 2013 innovation: women only jury!

Burkina Faso, the host country of the Panafrican Film and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), presents nine films in competition at the 23rd edition of the FESPACO event which runs from…

Recitel, Togo film festival partners with Benin Lagunimages

Started on December 2, Under the theme "Cinema, Education and Peace", Recitel festival’s 6th edition continued until 19 December 2013 in Lome.In order to run a permanent cluster for creating…

Can South Africa become the new blockbuster hotspot?

Miles of sun-kissed beaches, breathtaking mountains and lush rainforests bathed in ethereal lights, South Africa's varied and dramatic landscape has provided a photogenic backdrop for an increasing number of Hollywood…

Fashion, Sunday In Brazzaville: 25 mins documentary from DRC on Al Jazeera

The SAPE is an ode to joy, the joy of living. The SAPE is an art form, the pure wit born from poverty in our streets almost a hundred years…

Broadcast In Brief

- Even after receiving petitions from disappointed and unhappy listeners crying foul over the decision by the management of Radio 2000 to change the station's music format and rebrand it,…

Global View Networks partners with SatLink Brazilian Hope Channel to Portuguese-speaking Africa

SatLink Communications announced last week the launch of Brazilian spiritual channel, Hope Channel’s Novo Tempo (Canal de Esperanza TV) in the Portuguese language to Africa. SatLink is partnering with Global…

Content In Brief:

- Anant Singh's Videovision Entertainment has teamed up with TOM Pictures, the makers of the acclaimed Gums 'n Noses to produce the new comedy feature, Stiff. The film which is…

North Africa: Arab Spring Documentaries

The eruption of the Arab Spring sent shockwaves around the world as digital images of protest and violence provided an instant depiction of unfolding events. It continues to do so…

Namibia Film Week Begins

Making films can be a bit of a mission. This understatement holds doubly true if you happen to be a filmmaker in a fledgling industry like Namibia's, trying to tell…

Nigerian Journalists Have Worst Condition of Service - NTA

General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Banji Sarumoh, has said that Nigerian journalists have the worst conditions of service in the world. Sarumoh made the statement yesterday at a session…

AFTV: Programmes on Nelson Mandela and South Africa available via VoD

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, born July 18, 1918 was a historic leader of the struggle against racial segregation "apartheid" in his home country South Africa.He was imprisoned for 27 years on…

MultiChoice Nigeria: Ultimately, we hope to arrest piracy through Box Office (VoD)

John Ugbe, Managing Director of Multichoice Nigeria recently spoke to a cross section of Journalists in Lagos about the pan-African entertainment company's passion for growing African Cinema.The maiden edition of…

The Rise and Fall of TV Programmes in Nigeria

From the late 70s to the 90s, Nigeria was known for her rich and educational TV programmes that informed, educated, enlightened, persuaded, integrated and at the same time entertained viewers.…

Uganda/Niger: Sports TV Offers Sh1m for Cranes

Sports TV Uganda, a new free-to-air channel, has boosted the national soccer team with sh1m for their 2010 World Cup qualifier against Niger. Bent Andersen and Jacquelyn Kigozi from Sports…

Strike forces Radio France Internationale to broadcast music

At RFI (Radio France Internationale), strikers are now into the eighth week of a strike which started on 12 May over redundancies. RFI announced that it would lay off 200…

DStv Film Talent Celebration Competition

The film industry in South Africa is one of our country’s most dynamic industries, mostly because of the passion and commitment of our filmmakers.DStv’s contribution towards the film industry comprises…

South Africa: EduC8 using cinemas to strengthens matric mathematics and science

EduC8, a partnership with 8ta, BHP Billiton, Primestars, the Department of Basic Education and Samsung, will again address any gaps that may exist in Grade 12 learners' studying and learning…

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- A TV reality show aimed at promoting and encouraging the growth of Hausa language as well as Kannywood has been unvailed in Abuja. Executive Producer of the show, Hajia…

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- Camerapix/A24 Media reaches 50th year of operation. On this occasion, Salim Amin, Chairman of the company provides a video celebrating 50 years of house.CINEREK hosts a special preview in…

Nigeria: Pop duo, PSquare, has announced the launch of an animated TV series titled, The Alingos.

According to Square Image Associates, publicists to Psquare, the Alingos was inspired by the need to create a unique content for children and fill the vacuum in the media sphere…

Africa in Motion Film Festival to have a sporting theme

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival has announced their upcoming festival, Sports Stories from around the African Commonwealth which is set to take place during the lead up to the…

African slavery series launched as part of Human Bondage Project

In a world first, a drama series, a documentary series and feature films on slavery from the African perspective will be produced as a global initiative over the next five…

South Africa: Nonhle Thema launches Vuzu TV on DStv to replace GO Channel

Vuzu TV, billed as South Africa's first interactive television channel, launched at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. It will host a flagship show on the channel, which is based on…

FESPACO lowers festival entry numbers to drive quality

The most coveted prizes in African cinema are up for grabs every two years, and will be awarded again at the end of Feb 2011. Fespaco, the biennial pan-African festival…

Nigeria’s Ajala TV seeks to create an African travel launch

Ajala’s Dayo Osholuwu has launched the Ajala Travel Channel on Hi-TV and has far reaching ambitions to take it across the continent. The existence of a travel travel channel somehow…

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- 3 April 2012 in São Tomé: Angola's Media vice minister, Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", inaugurated on Monday in Sao Tome and Principe the television programme dubbed "Hora Angola"…

Rwanda: Movie to Fight Drug Abuse Launched

A movie aimed at fighting against drug abuse, mostly among the youth- "Chora Chora", was launched on Sunday at Kigali Serena hotel. The 75-minute movie in Kinyarwanda was produced by…

The Africa Channel UK launches a new programme on African Art Masters: Rising Stars

This exciting second series of African Masters uncovers the new wave of African contemporary art and its emerging artists.The programme started exclusively on the The Africa Channel UK on Feb.…

Nigeria's Nollywood: Most Prolific Movie Machine

A 15-second drum roll and the title of the film, "Deceptive Heart," comes crashing onto the screen in a groovy 1970s font.Less than 10 minutes into the Nollywood movie, the…

Soweto TV gets new live show

Soweto TV presents Kasi Music Television (KMT), a brand new live entertainment show, which will start on Monday 2 June. KMT is a 3 hour music show dedicated to the…

South Africa: Charnley, Vos join new SABC board

ICT personalities Irene Charnley and Suzanne Vos were appointed as non-executive directors to the SA Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC's) interim board by Parliament yesterday. Their appointments come in the wake of…

Cape Town, the next film production Eldorado

Fully operational since October 2010, the recently completed Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), headed by Nico Dekker will be making Eldorado as its next film production. R430-million was injected into…

Ghana: Mfantsipim Holds First Pan-African Youth Festival

It was a great joy among students, traditional rulers, African-Americans, teaching and non-teaching staff of Mfantsipim School, when the school's Pan-African Youth Club organised a historic Pan-African Youth Festival on…

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In February 2014, Wananchi-owned East African pay TV operator Zuku TV has commissioned an original, locally produced political drama series, State House.A co-production between Wananchi Programming and Kenyan production company…

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Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) releases its first television advertisement - and it's entirely home-grown. From the production crew and actors through to the locations and voice over, the 30-second…

East Africa: M-Net commissions Kenya’s Big Ideas Entertainment to make first East African drama

In its second major announcement in a week, M-Net confirmed its partnership with Big Ideas Entertainment, the Kenyan TV company which has been commissioned to produce M-Net’s first ever East-African…

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- Cape Town-based Steps International has been listed in Realscreen’s Global Top 100 Production Companies working in non-fiction. - The South Africa-set film "Do You Believe in Magic?" directed by…

Angola: State-Run Television and Radio extends coverage to 90% of population

The extension process of the signals of the state-run Angola National Radio (RNA) and Public Television (TPA) in whole country is in a coverage of 85 to 90 per cent,…

Outside the Law (2010 film) could get an Oscar

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi in French) is a drama film which came out with much publicity in France last year. The film will represent Algeria at the 83rd Academy Awards,…

Al Jazeera doc claims there are more slaves than ever before

Doha, Qatar, 14 September 2011: There are more slaves than ever before, according to a shocking new documentary series premiering on Al Jazeera English on 10 October 2011.South African Oscar,…

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- Start of July 2012, the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, Youssou Ndour said that "Youtube can be a solution to fight against piracy" and called on artists, producers…

Haraka!* Supporting new talents in short African films

For 23 years, Canal France International (CFI) has supported media development and modernisation in southern countries. In Africa, in addition to its historical role with TV channels, CFI takes part…

Angola: Angolan actors in crime film 'killed by police'

The director of an Angolan crime film says police have shot dead two of his actors after mistaking them for real armed robbers. The duo were carrying unloaded firearms as…

HiTV Secures UEFA Champions League Rights

Nigerian Pay-TV channel HiTV has won the rights to broadcast one of the world’s most lucrative football championships – the UEFA Champions League. The company, which only commenced full commercial…

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- Residents of the eastern district town of Kenema have raised concern over the continuous closure of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service television station, SLBS/TV located in the township despite…

Hermann, a young film maker with an African twist

Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre met up with Hermann Djoumessi, a 35 year old French film maker and writer of Cameroonian origin. Watch the full interviews on Balancing Act's YouTube channel:…

"Africa United" encourages a new African film genre

Trying to make a positive, fun and entertaining fairytale about Africa, where you talk about hard issues such as HIV/Aids, child soldiers, refugee camps, child parents, arranged marriages and prostitution…

23rd Bond film will shoot in South Africa instead of India

You might have previously heard about the local Indian government and railway ministries being reluctant to allow EON Productions to shoot Bond 23 in their country this winter and the…

Africa: OSISA-Funded Film Wins International Award

Funded film, Creating a Climate for Change, has won the prestigious jury award at the Film Festival of Colorado for best environmental film. Produced and directed by Jeffery Barbee, the…

Namibia: Commercial Channel One Africa Launches News Bulletins

One Africa Television started with their first 30-minute local news bulletin last Friday, signaling the start of daily, local news from Mondays to Fridays at 19h30. The News on One…

Senegal: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is a new feature documentary that tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures…

Côte d'Ivoire: After tough negotiations, LC2 halves cost of rights for Euro 2008

Fraternité Matin carried an article critical of the way in which UEFA sold its rights in Africa through LC2 owned by Lagnidé Christian. Much as happened with the African Cup…

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International success for movies post-produced by “Lumière d’Afrique”Films post-produced by Ardèche Images Production, with the support of the ACPFilms Programme have been selected and awarded in various festivals around the…

Broadcast Rights Agreement With TPL Still Stands, Says Nigerian Premier League

The Nigerian Premier League (NPL), has said that its Title Sponsorship suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos, did not affect its Broadcast Rights Agreement with Total Promotions Ltd (TPL).The…

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- In line with the objective of globally positioning the South African film industry, The National Film and Video Foundation will be participating at Toronto International Film Festival Canada (10th…

Nigeria: 'Hausa Movie Market Still Untapped'

Hassan Giggs is a famous producer/director who has been around in the Hausa movie industry for the past 15 years. Giggs, who has so far directed over 30 Hausa movies,…

Sierra Leone: Blood Diamond gets its first Public Screening

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in conjunction with Warner Bros put on the first public screening of the movie "Blood Diamond" in Sierra Leone. This movie which, according…

South Africa: New Book: Interplay of Film History – on the reception of film of the Weimar Republic in South Africa 1928-1933

The cinema of the Weimar Republic in the "golden twenties" is rightly regarded as one of the most innovative periods of film history. A new book published in South Africa…

Congo-Kinshasa: Privately Owned Broadcaster Target of Defamation Campaign

Since 24 May 2008, Radio Television Mwangaza (RTM), a privately-owned station broadcasting in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga province (southeastern DR Congo), has been the target of a slander campaign organised…

Kenyan Film Commission looks to up jobs and turnover of country’s film industry

The film industry in Kenya has been identified as a key growth industry with great potential to spur economic growth and help in the realization of vision 2030 through tourist…

Namibia: Inaugural European Film Festival in Windhoek

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (Eunic) geared up to stage the first Eunic Film Festival in Windhoek from Saturday, August 4 to August 10 at the FNCC, Goethe…

Uganda: Amakula Festival Gets Better

RAS Jingo is one of the organisers of the increasingly annual Amakula Film Festival in Kampala and in an interview with David Tumusiime of the New Vision, he spoke about…

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- Movie makers under the aegis of Motion Picture Practitioners' Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) have urged the Kano State Censorship Board to reverse its decision not to censor films featuring…

Namibia: Community Radio Goes Live At Keetmans

Radio listeners in and around Namibia’s Keetmanshoop will be able to tune into the latest news and views from local communities when Karas Community Radio goes on the air on…

Isidongo scoops best TV director at SAFTAS

Winners of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) were announced 20 Feb. 2011 at an award ceremony held at Madame Zingara's Theatre of Dreams. The event was hosted…

How ‘Project Inspire Africa’ reality TV show inspires entrepreneurs

The on-going 'Project Inspire Africa,' a reality TV show focusing on entrepreneurship, will soon crown the winning contestant who will receive US$ 50,000 as start-up capital to set up his…

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South Africa: Country to Spend About R5 Billion on 2010 World Cup ICT

South Africa will spend between R2 billion to R5 billion on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastracture required to host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup. Zakes Mnisi of the…

Cote d’Ivoire: First private TV chain announced for May 2008 in Ivory Coast

As a further sign of the steady liberalisation of broadcast media across the continent, a new Pay TV channel called Tam-Tam TV will be launched in Cote d’Ivoire on 1…

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- CNBC Africa has taken an official stand against xenophobia by donating R250 000 worth of commercial airtime to companies and organizations wishing to place advertising fighting xenophobia or promoting…

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The Kenya Film Commission has posted trailers of the few films that have been recently released by Kenyan directors and actors: "Bloodline", "Kibera Kids", "Mo & Me", "his moves her…

AMAA entries hit 328 across Africa

As preparation for the 2012 edition of African Movie Academy Awards reaches a climax, the award organisation has received 328 entries from filmmakers across Africa. Giving the details of the…

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- The Gambia Film Producers Association last Saturday held its first congress at the Alliance Francaise-Gambienne along the Kairaba Avenue in Kanifing. The forum accorded the opportunity to take stock…

Namibia: Gender Violence Campaign Goes Multimedia

The Desert Soul project of the Namibian Red Cross Society has launched a booklet titled 'Stop The Abuse Against Women' and its second educational television series for children. The booklet…

Africa: DStv gets 24-hour e.tv news

E.tv announced on Wednesday that it is to launch a 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice's digital satellite television service DStv next year. Chief executive of the company, Marcel Golding, said:…

Namibia: 'Lord of the Rings' meets 'Scorpion King'

Dominic Monaghan, actor in the blockbuster movie, 'Lord of the Rings' arrived in Namibia last month with an international crew from Canada and the UK to produce a new TV-Show…

More digital choice for African TV viewers with the launch of My TV Smart, Ma TELE and Shashatee on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite

Dubai, Paris, 30 March 2015 — Strong Media SAL-Off-Shore (SMO) has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) that equips it to take its pay TV…

South Africa: War for TV Viewers

The television broadcasting market in South Africa is in for a shake-up with the introduction of more players and greater competition. As the media landscape changes shape through convergence, the…

Botswana: New Pan-African Satellite Tv Company Licensed

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) at the end of last year awarded a Satellite Subscription Television Service Licence to Munhumutape African Broadcasting Corporation (MABCTV). The licence was awarded at the…

DStv kicks off the Human Season on BBC Knowledge

On Sunday February 12th the temperature was lowered in Nelson Mandela Square when a three ton, 22 metre long ice sculpture was erected to spell out a fascinating fact about…

VIDI adds more SA-made films and TV shows to their already extensive library

VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service has recently added almost 20 locally made titles to its ever expanding library.  All currently available to view, the shows include…

Uganda: New Pay TV Firm Opens

Gateway TV Uganda (GTV), a subsidiary of Gateway Broadcasting Service of the UK, has started broadcasting on Ugandan airwaves. The new satellite-based pay TV, whose signal is currently being tested,…

Tanzania: GTV hopes sponsorship of ECA will see players turn professional

The main sponsors of East and Central Africa Challenge Cup, GTV say the television channel was proud of the standard of the game in the region. GTV (T) general manager…

Nickleodeon announces distribution opportunities for terrestrials in 2009

24-hour kids channel Nickelodeon Africa (DStv Channel 305) is planning to make waves in Southern Africa this year with a host of activities designed to highlight the appeal of the…

Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment re-launches Nigeria Television Fashion Show to “meet international standards”

In a bid to reach out to more audiences within and outside the country, the Nigerian Television Fashion Show (NTFS) produced by Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment (part of Galaxy), has set…

What hosting the Emmy Awards semi-final will mean to Nigeria

Nigeria recently hosted the semi-final of the 2011 international Emmy Awards for the first time. Catherine Agbo writes on the relevance of that milestone to the motion picture industryThe profile…

Ugandan chess prodigy's story to become Hollywood film

Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a nine-year-old in the sprawling and impoverished Katwe slum of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her story is being…

Kenya: NMG Starts Learning Programme

The Nation Media Group (NMG) last week launched a regional media training programme. Dubbed the Media Lab, the one-year course will feature practising journalists and university and college students interested…

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- Government will not tolerate the de facto privatisation of public airwaves through corporate sponsorship of normal programming, a senior Government official has said. Secretary for Information and Publicity George…

Sierra Leone: local 'Waking the Dead' movie to Be Premiered March 21

Executive director of the movie, 'Waking the Dead' Tuesday said the film is a true life encounter narrating the ordeal of a media practitioner in the country. The film will…

American networks are sending big staff numbers to World Cup as US soccer becomes more of a draw

American networks are making big commitments to covering the World Cup in South Africa. The Walt Disney Co. networks are sending 200 people from the USA and Europe to join…

Ghana Movie Awards 2011 launched

Movie producers are expected to submit their work for second Ghana Movie Awards ceremony which is slated for 25 December 2011. The closing date for the submission of entries is…

Isibaya wins big at Royalty Soapie Awards for the second year in a row!

Durban - With an impressive seven awards – including the night's most prestigious award, Outstanding Soapie – Isibaya swept the boards at the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards, held at the…

Africa: Digital Evangelists Share Good News With Africa

God TV, a Christian broadcaster that transmits 24 hours a day from Jerusalem into 214 countries and territories, is seeking to boost its presence in Africa. "God TV has a…

Nigeria: CBN attacks media over reports of its curbs on bank advertising

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) blamed media organisations in the country for distorting the banks' decision to curb excessive publicity and advertisements. In a statement posted on its website…

Nigeria: M-Net Partners with Nigeria Music Video Awards – Plans for 24 hour music channel “at advanced stage”

The 2009 edition of the NMVA - Nigeria Music Video Awards - may have come and gone, but it does not seem like fading any time soon. Callivision Network, organizers…

Rwanda: Media urged to offer quality products

In order to advance professionalism and develop the industry in the country, media practitioners have been advised to critically publish and broadcast well researched and balanced news stories to attract…

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- The innovative African-inspired risk management training course and film – Risk Edutainment – 'Moremi' TM – launched last month at BAFTA to an audience featuring top risk industry professionals,…

Film festival gives an insight into Africa

Sharing stories and challenging stereotypes are the main aims of the inaugural African Film Festival New Zealand.The event, which takes place at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket from April 9 to 15,…

Uganda: NTV Back On Air?

Nation TV Uganda has announced that it will resume its broadcast, three months after it was switched off. General manager Victor Ngei said in a press statement that they had…

Uganda: Tanzanian Star to Make Movie in Country

For the past few years, the Ugandan film industry has attracted a couple of foreign directors and producers. Some have come from Nigeria and others from Hollywood. The latest actor…

LogikMedia’s TV show on top Africa footballers to air across the continent

A television show on how African players live their lives abroad is planned to air across the continent before the World Cup in June. Called Footballers Lives, the show takes…

Hollywood-selected South African screenplay filming in Jo’burg

Mukunda Michael Dewil, whose screenplay Vehicle 19 made it on to Hollywood's 2010 hit list for the year's 'best original screenplay', is directing the action thriller in Johannesburg with international…

South Africa: Row Rages Over Fate of Media Body CEO

The embattled Media Advertising, Printing, Publishing and Packaging Seta (Mappp-Seta) faces a shaky future as the ongoing legal dispute over its suspended CEO, Melanie Bernard-Fryer, further exposes a split between…

Kenya: GTV Hits the Market With Four New Channel

Pay television channel GTV has released new subscription rates that make it cheaper for subscribers. This came on the back of recent insistence by the company that it would keep…

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- Principal photography commenced in South Africa on a Warner Bros Pictures as-yet-untitled drama, being directed by four-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven). The film stars Academy…

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- With less than six weeks before the beginning of the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, one of Kenya’s towns has been banned from watching the event because…

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- An all-new technology show for tweens and teens, Technorati, is flighting on SABC3 on Saturday mornings, educates viewers on the latest gadgets and technological trends. The 26-part series looks…

Somalia: Shabelle Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Shabelle Media Network, one of the major independent broadcasters in the country, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday. A ceremony, which was held in Sahafi Hotel near Kilometer intersection,…

Botswana: M-Net Idols Show Off to a Flying Start

The screening of the M-Net Idols show has started and viewers can sit back and enjoy it on DStv's M-Net channel on Sunday and Monday nights. The show kick-started with…

Zambia: Adventist Television Network seeks to offer alternative to mainstream TV

On October 10, 2003, the Adventist Television Network (ATN) launched Hope Channel on its over 50 free broadcasting satellite with the concept of encouraging positive lifestyle television for the whole…

Uganda: Kina Uganda TV Series Set for June

People have been wondering whether a long-running television drama like That's Life Mwattu could ever grace our screens and have people glued onto it. The problem is attributed to lack…

Ghana: Row Over Abrupt End of GTV Morning Show

The former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dan Kwaku Botwe has accused the Director General of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), William Ampem Darko of doing everything…

South Africa: Multichoice is planning another DSTV channel shuffle in May.

Following the implementation of the Channel Shuffle 6 months ago, MultiChoice says it has taken note of feedback from customers and “has made further improvements to its DStv’s channel numbering…

Southern Sudan: Government Bans Religious Programs on Public TV

The management of Southern Sudan Television has cut down religious content to news coverage of main festivals in the mostly Christian semi-autonomous region. SSTV Acting Director, Faris Matthew, issued an…

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- Mr. Bones 2 is currently being shot in Gauteng, having completed a 2 week shoot in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Produced by Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, this second version of the…

South Africa: New drive show for Algoa FM

Algoa FM's Wayne Hart is getting a crack at the big time on Monday 2 March. Hart will be anchoring afternoon drive during weekdays and will host the show with…

Ghana: Minister praises success of Metro TV at Global Village Awards

At the Global Village Group of Companies (Metro TV & OMP) awards night in Accra, last Friday, Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Nana Akomea commended the management and staff…

Uganda: New Radio Station for Rwandans in Uganda

A new radio station that will broadcast exclusively in Kinyarwanda has been set up for the Rwandan community living in Uganda. Based in Kampala on the Naguru Hill, Citizen FM…

Uganda: National Public Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Information

Media practitioners in Uganda on Sept.18 held a National Public Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Information that was organised by The Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda where Pansy Tlakula,…

Uganda: Masindi to Get Radio Station

Masindi district local government will start a radio station to mobilise communities and generate revenue to run district programmes. The district chairperson Steven Birija said once on air, the radio…

News censorship never ends well for governments, says CNN exec.

Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and MD of CNN International, is responsible for CNN's international news and information portfolio. Maddox also oversees international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight. Under…

South Africa: The great pay-TV wars of 2008 are turning into a bit of a damp squib

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is coming under fire for licensing “too many” pay-TV operators, leading e.sat to pull out of the race and, arguably, to the potential…

Ghana: MTV 'Making the Video Challenge'

MTV Base, a Pan-African music television channel, in collaboration with Shell, an oil marketing company, is set to provide a global platform for artistes in Africa, as its music video…

Battle ensues over Afcon TV rights as SportsFive ups the price again

Zimbabwe football fans might fail to see the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals live on national television if the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rights holder, SportFive persists…

ZIFF 2014: Festival Launched

The Zanzibar International film Festival will be celebrating its 17th Edition 14th June 2014. This edition will be marked by a number of impressive activities that also foreshadow the great…

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- Public broadcaster SABC is celebrating the launch of its new youth radio station, truFM. The station is built on the foundations of the much loved, but outdated, CKI FM.…

UK broadcast systems launches new E.TV in South Africa

The independent British systems integrator Megahertz Broadcast Systems (MHz), announced this weekend that it has completed work on the server-based infrastructure and broadcast systems for a new 24-hour news channel…

“Benda Bilili!” documentary soon to be broadcast in Africa

Upcoming “Benda Bilili!” will be released start of September 2010 and is about to be distributed. It should be very well received across Africa. DRC and Reunion have already signed…

CFI – LFP: Training on the production of football matches for six African producers

Canal France International and the French Professional Football League (LPF) have teamed up yet again to support African TV professionals. After two warm-up sessions in April and November 2009 focussing…

SA films earn Cannes success

 South African films represented at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which ran from 14 to 25 May, with many of our local productions securing potential deals with international companies and…

GlobeCast assists Cote d’Ivoire’s first private channel

GlobeCast was chosen by TAM TAM TV, the first private television channel in Côte d’Ivoire, to provide a broadcast solution that combines remote broadcast delivery via internet with satellite distribution…

CNN launches Marketplace Africa

CNN International, this week, launched its new programme CNN Marketplace Africa which looks at the dynamics of African business on and off the continent. Each week features major players affecting…

Orange could make payTV content partnership with Canal +: CEO says it does not want to be majority operator of Pay TV channel

On August 27, 2010, there was a press rumour that Orange (France Telecom) is close to concluding an agreement with Vivendi-owned Canal + station that would manage its encrypted movie…

Investigative documentary catches corrupt Electric Company of Ghana officials on tape

A new investigative documentary by Anas Aremyaw Anas of Tiger Eye Investigations caught members of staff from Electricity Company of Ghana red-handed accepting corrupt payments for electricity meters in a…

Ultimate Fighting Championship imminent in South Africa

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been aggressive with its world expansion, and the promotion soon will add another part of the globe to its list.UFC president Dana White on Tuesday…

On the Africa Channel UK: “It’s Africa’s Time”

With the summer months on the horizon, the Africa Channel UK has an action packed line up this June that will inspire, inform and blow away its audience!As an example,…

African Movie Channel in tie-up with 3A Telesud to bring Ya Ma’Afrika to viewers on-demand

Telesud’s exciting new TV series, Ya Ma’Afrika made by its production company, Soundview Africa based in New York, debuts on the African Movie Channel, AMC this October. The highly acclaimed…

Botswana: New BTV Line-Up Annoys Reteng

The recent introduction of a new lineup of news bulletins at state-owned BTV has left multicultural coalition of Botswana advocacy group - RETENG - disappointed because no indigenous language, besides…

Nigeria: Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria hits out at Censorship Board’s new framework

The Nigerian National Film and Video Censors Board’s distribution framework has drawn considerable flak from the industry since it was put in place a year ago. But last week The…

Mauritius – MBC uses its digital channels to offer more languages

MBC’s digital network Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) will be offering new channels that are in several of the languages spoken on the island. The decision was approved by the Council…

Long Street, new S.A. film about to be distributed

Long Street, the new film from South African director Revel Fox (The Flyer), releases in selected cinemas on the local circuit on 24 September. The feature film draws on the…

Zuku sells TV content to Nigeria’s My TV

Zuku, the East African three-in-one service provider, today announced that it has completed its first major content sale. The deal sees Nigeria’s My TV purchase over 70 hours of programming…

SuperSport: Olympic Games on 8 DStv dedicated 24 hour channels

The 30th Olympic Games, which commence next month in London, will be given eight dedicated 24 hour channels on sub-Saharan African pay-TV platform DStv by broadcaster SuperSport.Among the channels will…

Half a Yellow Sun: a taste of Nollywood to the World

PolicyMic makes an astute point in this article that when most Americans think of movies from Africa, it’s South Africa that they’re really thinking of. A vast continent is excluded…

Kenya: Nairobi Festival a Great Boon to EA Film-Makers

Nairobi will for the next one week be turned into a movie capital of sorts, with more than 10,000 enthusiasts from the eastern Africa region and beyond expected to converge…

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- Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, the new South African gangster drama, has made R1.2m at the local box office as at 11 September. The box office is still being dominated by…

South Africa: SABC Fails to Pay Two Key Foreign Suppliers

The financial crisis at SABC continues to worsen with the news emerging that it had failed to pay two important international suppliers, the BBC and Sony. The Chair of the…

Gauteng Film Commission promotes 2010 catalogue celebrating FIFA World Cup South Africa

In June 2010, South Africa (SA) will host the FIFA World Cup – a mega sporting event that is comparable only to the Olympic Games. In preparation for this global…

South Africa: Children's writer makes breakthrough onto television

A South African childrens writer has made a television breakthrough with his Toby the Tugboat children’s books. Leo Donaldson, 44, a father of two, has signed a contract with Johannesburg…

Only a few days left before African Women Festival

Women of the Sun, in conjunction with the Goethe Institute, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), are putting African women filmmakers on the…

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- French comedy "Intouchables" ("Untouchables", from Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, 5 awars, 4 nominations at various festivals), which led the pack with 16,888,372 admissions by 3 January 2012 according…

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking selected by Siemens

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking has recently been selected by Siemens in the UK as one of 12 international film and TV schools invited to submit proposals for making…

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Trace TV broadcasts  “Africa 10” a Magazine dedicated to the ranking of the best music of the black continent: coupé décalé, massoka, mapouka, kuduro, etc.Here are some cool music videos…

Nigeria: HITV On With Premiership

HITV, a Nigerian-owned communication firm, has concluded arrangements to beam eight matches of the English Premiership, live, every weekend on its terrestrial and digital satellite cable network Unfolding this development…

South Africa: 'SABC beefing up its foreign news'

The SABC's news division is pressing ahead with plans to become a globalised African media organisation. Snuki Zikalala, SABC managing director of news and current affairs, told the Cape Argus…

Nigeria: FG Lifts Suspension On Channels TV

The suspension order, earlier slammed on the Channels Television by the Federal Government of Nigeria, for airing what the government described as "an unwholesome news item", has been reversed. In…

TV5 Monde to launch free children's web TV channel

Francophone TV channel TV5 Monde has announced the launch of a children's web TV channel. The free channel Tivi5Monde Plus, aimed at 3-12 year-olds, will be accessible at www.tivi5mondeplus.com in…

IMG sells international programs shot in Africa

At MIPCOM, IMG Entertainment was selling three major productions about Africa: http://www.imgprogramming.com/home/programmes/item475022/http://www.imgprogramming.com/home/programmes/item474999/ *"Ross Kemp - in search of pirates" shows Ross Kemp investigates the rarely seen, dangerous and secretive world…

Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010: Ardman’s Sproxton visits animation academy

After ten days of screenings and events in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Cape Winelands Film Festival came to an end on Saturday 27 March,…

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- More productions on green issues are to be expected: Climate change, Global warming, Greenhouse effects are on South African consumers' minds: this is what revealed Synovate through a recent…

‘How to Steal 2 Million’ selected for US ‘Fantastic Fest’

How to Steal 2 Million, South Africa director Charlie Vundla’s compelling debut feature film, has been selected for this year’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US.…

South Africa: Encounters Documentary Festival

Encounters is Africa's premier documentary festival, with 16 world premieres and 52 documentaries, including winners from the Oscars, Emmys, Berlin, Hot Docs, SXSW and The European Film Awards. •              Two of…

Morocco: Sound of the Soul

The Tiburon Film Society will present the following film at the Bay Model located at 2100 Bridgeway in Sausalito [Phone: (415) 332.3871] on Thursday, August 2, 2007 @ 6 PM.…

Botswana and Namibia: GTV Holds Hope for Soccer Fans wanting English Premier League football

English Premier League football fans may soon be smiling again after confirmation that the Namibian Communications Commission officially gazetted GTV's television broadcasting licence on Monday. The formal applicant for the…

Nigeria: Ait Eyes Wafu U-20 Cup Rights

The Management of Africa Independent Television (AIT) has indicated its interest to acquire the official broadcast rights for the West African Football Union (WAFU) Under-20 championship, which holds in Nigeria…

Kenya film producers use You Tube to search for international distribution deals

Dada Productions have just released its first feature film in Kenya - trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUtSw3YGH0I&feature=em It is currently looking to sell and distribute the film "From A Whisper" within…

‘Botswood’ sees film production start to blossom in Botswana

If recent happenings are anything to go by, Botswana is also set to establish its own solid film industry, dubbed « Botswood » in the style of Nollywood and Riverwood…

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- A new version of the D.H.Lawrence classic Women In Love will be filmed in South Africa and the locations for the film are still under wraps, but star Rosamund…

ZNBC in need of K 2 bn. to televise AFCON

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) is scouting for K2 billion (US$376,000) to enable it televise the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.ZNBC…

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- The URTI (International Radio and Television Union) Jury just ended the screenings of the award-winning list of the 31st International URTI Grand  Prix for Author's Documentary - Arman Trophy.…

Ghana: DSTV Shows Sporting Muscle As Its Multi -Channel Coverage Proves Its Strength

The Tour de France is a legendarily demanding race that sees the best cyclists in the world competing for one of the sport's biggest prizes. The British Formula One Grand…

Uganda: UCC Revokes Two Operators' Licenses

Confusion over the revoking of a licence in Uganda held by Multichoice reveals that the company was laying the ground for offering triple play but has clear now thought better…

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- The Angolan Secretary-General of the African Association, Ambassador, Ahmed Haggag, has called for the creation of a TV channel with mandate to report issues concerning the countries of African…

Nigeria: I Don't Believe in Censorship – AIT/Daar’s CEO Dokpesi interviewed

Last week Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper interviewed the CEO of AIT/Daar Chief Raymond Dokpesi and we have presented some of the interesting responses below : On local content : » There…

TV5Monde supported film Today, a French-Senegalese co-prod

62nd International Film Festival of Berlin, from 9 to 19 February 2012: TV5Monde supported the production of film Aujourd’hui/Today (France / Senegal) directed by Alain Gomis, film listed in the…

South Africa: SABC Withdraws Urgent Bid to Halt Screening of Mbeki Doccie

The SABC last week withdrew its application for an urgent interdict to stop a private screening of the controversial Thabo Mbeki documentary. The urgent interdict had been intended to halt…

Businesses must pay TV licences - SABC

The SABC is challenging South African businesses to show their commitment to good corporate governance by renewing their business TV licences before the end of September 2008. The SABC's Audience…

Egypt's al-Azhar to launch Islamic TV channel

Egypt's seat of Islamic learning, al-Azhar, will launch a satellite channel to give the world a better understanding of Islam and counter some Islamic outlets preaching "extremist dialogue", its architects…

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- SABC1 introduces a new 13-part television series,'Nab’Ubomi' starting on Sunday, 11 October, between 12:30 and 13:00. Nab'Ubomi is an inter-school film-making competition which introduces young people to the media…

DISCOP Africa 2013 opens, showcasing packed DISCOPRO conference agenda featuring 70 speakers

Los Angeles / Johannesburg, November 6, 2013 – More than 1500 delegates from 70-plus countries arrived in Johannesburg for the 8th edition of DISCOP Africa, which took place at the…

Egypt: Youth Show to Broadcast Live from Egypt

CKI FM's youth talk show Conversations will be broadcasting live from Egypt at the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) Conference and Youth Summit, 21 - 26 July 2007. The…

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- e.tv, South Africa's first and only independent free-to-air television channel, celebrates ten years on air on 1 October. Over the past decade, e.tv has established itself against the odds…

Rwanda: BBC and Government Reach New Agreement

BBC has agreed to take rigorous checks in the editorial line of their Kinyarwanda programme commonly known as Gahuzamiryango to meet the standards of the Rwandan government, before it is…

North Africa: PriMed 2011 lists more than 300 films

The Mediterranean is more and more present on our television screens. For the first time the number of films registered in all categories of PriMed 2011 exceeded 300 units. This…

Côte Ouest’s new productions

Côte Ouest, Africa's leader in the distribution of TV content, announced, that the company is expanding its operations through the launch of a new production arm. The first innovative concept, Africa…

Nigeria: Fifa Under-20 World Cup Final Live On DSTV

DSTV recently has concluded plans to bringing audiences more great soccer action with live coverage of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Showcasing some of the best youth talent in the…

Uganda: Vision Voice 94.8 Starts Hard-Hitting Show

Fair and Square, an informative, provocative and entertaining talk show on Vision Voice 94.8 FM started last week. The programme's maiden show ran from 9:00am to 11:00am, according to its…

Swazi TV goes on the DSTV bouquets

Swazi TV intends to improve its programme content. These new changes are prompted by the station’s recent move on to the DSTV Swaziland bouquets.The station’s Public Relations Officer Pholile Maseko…

BET and Centric TV channels pay tribute to African-American experience

BET and Centric pay tribute to the richness and diversity of the African-American experience with a line-up of dynamic programming during Black History Month.BET HONORS recognize the achievements of Maya…

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- It’s hard being gay in Africa and in this episode of “Africa In The City”, Tracy of SaharaTV finds out just how hard it is to be a gay…

Ghana: Multichoice launches new product in Kumasi

After extensive marketing research to meet customers' needs, MultiChoice Africa, operators of Digital Satellite television (DStv) in the continent, has launched a new product called "family bouquet". The product, which…

Nigeria: Twinlight Media and Daar Hit the Screen With Talent TV Reality Show

Twinlight Media International Limited in conjunction with DAAR Communications is set to hit the airwaves with a Queen of African Culture and talent television reality show that would promote the…

Namibia: Opposition DTA accuses public broadcaster of unfair treatment

The DTA is accusing the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation of "unfair treatment and poor journalism ethics" because of its coverage of opposition parties. In an open letter addressed to Matthew Gowaseb,…

Shaw Brothers martial arts film library now has pan-African outlet

Shaw Brothers-style kung fu kicks off on African television for the first time as the Hong Kong-based owner of the studio’s 760-film library, Celestial Pictures, has signed a deal with…

The movie An African Revolution using crowd-funding to reach completion

A film named Une Révolution Africaine (An African Revolution in French, 90 mns in HD) directed by Samir Benchikh is almost completed thanks to crowdfunding site ‘Touscoprod.com’.The documentary An African…

Africa: SABC News International Launches Next Week

The SABC will officially launch its African news channel, aimed at providing an African perspective on domestic and international stories, on 20 July 2007 at the new Montecasino Theatre. The…

M-Net buys Australian drama

M-Net’s Action channel has acquired the new one-hour Australian drama series Rush from Southern Star International. Rush is a Southern Star John Edwards production for Network Ten, produced in association…

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- The Director of Somalia’s Uniersal TV Ibrahim Mohamed Ali was kidnapped last week in Mogadishu by armed men. The kidnapping was condemned by the National Union of Somali Journalists…

TV5Monde and the French Institute strengthen their Cinema relationships

On July 21, 2011, TV5Monde and the French Institute (“l’Institut Français” in French) increased their cooperation for better dissemination of Culture and of the French language in the world.The agreement…

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- Provided on this page are expamples of HIV/AIDS-related AV content produced by member companies of the “African Broadcast Media Partnership Against HIV/AIDS”, as well as examples of innovative programming…

Must-see African movies of the 21st century

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is the CEO and founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Here, she picks the best African movies of the 21st century. Among her choices of 21st century…

Uganda: Star FM to Be Refurbished

Star FM, a government-owned radio station based in Kampala, is to be revamped. Uganda Broadcasting Corporation spokesperson Jane Kasumba, on Wednesday announced that the station would acquire a new frequency…

South Africa: More Idols

South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net is currently preparing for its fifth season of the hit reality format, Idols. Produced for M-Net by Waterfront Productions, Idols, a nationwide talent search for…

Award Winning Nigerian/Canadian Film 'Anchor Baby' Gets a UK Theatrical Release

After various successful cinema releases in Nigeria, Ghana and Canada, Anchor Baby the debut movie by a Nigerian born/Canada based director Lonzo Nzekwe gets a theatrical released in the United…

Nigeria to take center stage at DISCOP AFRICA

The Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP Organization announced a major new initiative to celebrate the content, production and distribution industries in key territories served by its two regional markets, as…

Zimbabwe: Power Fm in Troubled Waters

Midlands-based radio station, Power FM is in a Catch-22 situation on whether or not to relocate to Harare from Gweru amid reports that the station has started courting former Radio…

South Africa: GTV adds Discovery World to its Africa service

GTV, the pan African pay TV network announced on 5 November that it is launching Discovery World on its service on 10 November. It is teaming up with Discovery World…

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- Nearly 300 delegates from around Africa and the rest of the world attended the 2nd Durban FilmMart, the continent’s largest co-production market, which drew to a close on 25…

The future of African cinema looks bright

The 5th edition of Talent Campus Durban – a collaboration between Talent Campus Berlin, Berlin International Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) - took place alongside the 33rd…

Comedy Central Africa takes “Deal With It!”

Israeli distributor Keshet International has sold the American version of its hidden camera prank show Deal With It into Comedy Central Africa.The Viacom Media Networks International channel picked up seasons…

Uganda: Lira's Customised TV Station

There is a plausible explanation as to why free-to-air broadcasting is mostly a Kampala affair, especially for the private TV stations. Uganda's capital is also its commercial hub hence the…

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- Nigeria’s first ever Niger Delta Reality Television Show intended to pull gifted youths in the region from all manners of social vices is billed to take place in Warri…

African Metropolis - 7 filmmakers, 7 cities, 7 stories

Seven African directors will each make a short film that explores their own African Metropolis, the legendary cities of Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.The initiative is presented…

MultiChoice to show Africa-inspired content on GOtv

Multichoice says that its will be celebrating Africa Day on 25 May with Africa-inspired content from sports, movies, fashion, lifestyle news and documentaries. Homegrown content on Africa Magic Family, Africa…

Nigeria: FBN to Transmit Afro-Centric Programmes

Foisi Broadcasting Network (FBN) has been granted the broadcast licence to transmit afro-centric programming from Nigeria to the rest of Africa. The essence of FBN's offering according to a statement…

Namibia: Hundreds Audition for Local TV Drama Series

Some 500 first-time, established and would-be Namibian actors have auditioned for Namibia's first fully fledged 26-part television drama series soon to be shot on location in the capital. The series…

South Africa: Fifa Sign Free-to-Air World Cup Broadcasts Deal

Fifa announced a deal with African broadcasters to air the 2010 World Cup on free-to-air television and radio in 41 sub-Saharan countries. The agreement with the African Union of Broadcasters…

Three episodes of SABC reality TV show filmed in Europe

Entrepreneurial reality TV show The Big Break Legacy – which returns to SABC2 on Saturday, August 17 at 21H00 for its second season – is going international.Two episodes of the…

SABC Encore launching on DStv as retro rerun channel

Cape Town – The SABC and MultiChoice will launch its rerun entertainment channel, called SABC Encore, on 11 May on channel 156 on DStv at 17:00.The launch of SABC Encore,…

Uganda: GTV Goes Live

GTV service began its operations in Uganda recently, promising to revolutionise pay television and home entertainment. The arrival of GTV brings the number of mainstream pay-TV providers in the country…

Kenya: Vernacular Radio Blamed for Fuelling Hatred

Vernacular radio stations that air comments referring to communities as "baboons," "weeds", or "animals of the west" are being singled out as a partial cause to the ethnic bloodletting in…

AUB-FIFA launch broadcast academy

FIFA and the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB) on Thursday, 30 October 2008, launched a joint broadcast academy to enhance the quality of football coverage and to assist in the…

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- At the 34th Durban International Film Festival, audiences watching ‘Felix’ laughed, cried and voted the feel-good South African family movie Best Film. The audience award was announced at Southern…

Caxton magazines launches Caxton television with BONA Mo

bona-moCaxton Magazines has continued its commiment for its brands to live beyond the printed page with the launch of Caxton Television and its first offering BONA Mo. Positioned as a…

Kenya: Government Lifts Ban on Live Broadcasts

The Government has lifted the ban on live coverage of political events. In a statement signed by Information and Communications permanent secretary on Monday, 4 February 2008, the Government said…

South Africa: Radio Station Being Punted as a Hit in the North West

The North West province's first commercial radio station has become a major hit, with the station's popular DJ's being heard in taxis, taverns and homes across the province, including in…

Presenting Jongo: Africa’s First Mainstream Superhero

Motion Story, an independent television and film studio based in Joburg, recently changed focus from iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz, Investec and PwC, to scripted drama after international author and screenwriter,…

Uganda: Museveni Criticised Over CNN Deal

The Democratic Party (DP) has criticised President Yoweri Museveni for allegedly playing a key role in the $1million (Shs. 1.7billion) six-month deal with CNN to market Uganda as a top…

CNBC set to expand further across Africa, opening 2-3 more bureaus

ONE of the first international news broadcasters to set up shop in Africa, Johannesburg-based CNBC Africa, has exceeded growth expectations in just 18 months and plans to expand further into…

Disney looking for SA presenters

Cape Town – Disney has decided to do its first ever local South African TV production on the Disney Channel (DStv 303) and is now looking for three TV teens…

Content In Brief

- SABC’s suppliers are suffering delayed payment difficulties because it has just installed SAP software for payment among other things. The most high-profile non-payment has been the delay in getting…

Broadcast In Brief

- Last month Soweto TV received its broadcasting licence from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) and was given the go ahead to broadcast for another year from…

Zuku Announce The Academy Award Winning “Selma” as the official opening film for ZIFF 2015

This year, the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film SELMA will officially open ZIFF 2015 on Thursday, July 18th. SELMA is a historical drama film directed by Ava…

Namibia: NBC Strike Called Off

The strike at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), which started on Tuesday morning, was suspended yesterday morning after the NBC management and the workers' representatives reached an agreement. The industrial…

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Malawian Film Helps Farmers Cope With Climate Change.“Mbeu Yosintha” was made to help farmers and rural communities cope with the effects of climate change, in particular the ever changing rain…

Cameroon: New Appointments Deepen Conflict At CRTV

A battle royal has commenced at the Cameroonian state broadcaster CRTV between the General Manager of the station and a number of journalists who oppose the changes he is making…

Sci-fi thriller to be shot in SA

Prisoners of War, a sci-fi thriller about humankind’s last stand against an alien invasion, starring former Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe, is the latest Hollywood production set to shoot in South…

Gambia: Ban On RFI Broadcasts Lifted After 10 Days

On 25 January 2008, the Gambian authorities lifted their ban on Radio France International (RFI), a French public broadcaster, transmitting on FM in Banjul. Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)…

Libya: Critical TV Bans Setback for Freedom of Speech

A new decree passed by Libya's parliament banning satellite television stations critical of the government and the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi violates free speech and Libya's Provisional Constitutional Declaration. The…

ICASA invites public comment on local broadcast content review

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has invited public comments on its ongoing review of local content regulations for television and radio, with the regulator saying local content…

Botswana: PLC Negotiates Broadcasting Deal With Btv

The Premier League Committee (PLC) secretary, Setete Phuthego said last week that they are negotiating with the state-owned Botswana Television (Btv) to broadcast the Mascom Premier League games. He said…

South Africa: Icasa may shut new free broadcaster

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) warned on Friday that it could block Free2View's satellite signal, or take other action, if the UK-based free-to-air broadcaster continued operating without…

Nigeria: We Can't Ban Big Brother 3 because it’s on the Internet, says National Broadcasting Commission DG

Nigerian policy-makers have got themselves in something of a dilemma over Big Brother Africa. A Parliamentary Committee Chair is huffing and puffing that the programme should be banned whilst the…

Toronto International Film Festival selects “The Bang Bang Club” shot in South Africa

The 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival announced the Gala Event & Special Presentation Films for the 2010 festival featuring the SA/Canadian helmed “The Bang Bang Club” as its World…

South Africa: Clumsy TV Product Placements Anger Viewers

Opinion Piece: There was an interesting article in a recent Sunday Times written by an academic who was clearly extremely upset by the penchant for the producers of South Africa's…

Durban FilmMart awards African filmmakers

 The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which ran from 18 to 21 July in at the Elangeni hotel in Durban alongside the Durban International Film Festival, has awarded a number of promising…

Botswana: Vision Tracks to be Aired On Sabc-2

Director and producer of the documentary Vision Tracks, Kagiso Booysen flew to South Africa lasst week to promote the film on SABC-2 today. Launched in June by Environment, Wildlife and…

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- African TV liberalisation is gathering pace. Botswana regulator BTA is licensing four more television stations and the Malawian regulator three new stations. Joy TV was closed down because it…

South Africa: The return of Noot vir Noot

Noot vir Noot, officially the longest running game show in South Africa and also the most popular Afrikaans TV show ever, returns to SABC2 for a groundbreaking 31st season from…

State Of Violence opens Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in its 31st edition opened with the World Premiere of the South African film, “State Of Violence” directed by Khalo Matabane. The festival ran…

Two Afrikaans films win big at Indian film festival

Afrikaans Language films Musiek vir die Agtergrond and Verraaiers walked away big winners at the Indian International Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA) awards ceremony held at Gold Reef City's…

EbonyLifeTV now in the UK on TalkTalk!

Few months ago, May 27th to be precise, Africa’s leading entertainment and lifestyle network, EbonyLife TV made a partnership in the United Kingdom with the TV, Broadband & Phone operator…

Côte Ouest to Showcase Expertise and New Content at DISCOP AFRICA 2014

Côte Ouest, the premier distributor of content for and from Africa, will take a collection of more than 1000 hours of exciting new programs to DISCOP Africa 2014. The Cote…

Africa: CNBC Africa Kenya Deal

CNBC Africa programmes will soon be viewed free-to-air in Nairobi, Kenya. A broadcast deal between the business broadcaster and Kenya's Capital will enable the terrestrial station's viewers to pick up…

South Africa - SABC2's new music “reality”/documentary show Jam Sandwich

SABC2's new music “reality”/documentary show Jam Sandwich is a 13-part reality documentary entertainment series where musicians from different market segments of the South African music spectrum are put together to…

Spotlights on Encounters

Encounters is the premier Documentary Festival on the African continent and a major event on the film circuit calendar. Documentaries have the power to take audiences into other worlds, hold…

Marvel's Avengers starts shooting in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Joint Operations Committee announced that Marvel Studios will film portions of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Johannesburg city center and surrounding areas in the Gauteng province.The…

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- AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) presents the Namibian premiere of “Sodiq” by Adeyemi Michael, on Wednesday, 13. August 2014, 18h30, at the FNCC.  The…

South Africa: Zikalala Tells of 'Positive News' Policy At SABC

The journalistic mindset of South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC came into sharp focus last week when its Head of News spelled out its “no go” areas. SABC head of news…

Rwanda: New Talk Show for Entrepreneurs to Kick Off

A new talk show that will bring people together to share ideas and opinions on how to improve their lifestyle and forge a reputation is set to kick off soon.…

Vendawood shaking up SA’s film industry

First there was Hollywood, then Bollywood and Nollywood, and now, brace yourself for Vendawood. The film industry in South Africa has problems accessing funds and attracting audiences. That’s not the…

Uganda: Who Wants to Be Millionaire? UTL Brings It to Country

It is one of the most popular live TV quiz shows in the UK and US. Courtesy of Uganda Telecom (UTL) the show will be for the first time in…

SABC and Arte share views about the state of the TV production industry in South Africa.

The SABC Content Hub Department represented by Khethiwe Ngcobo, and Arte France met with filmmakers on Monday 26th of July at the Durban International Film Festival. The purpose of the…

Spain: Over 60 films at the African Film Festival of Cordoba

Over 60 films from 24 different countries will be screened at the African Film Festival of Cordoba.The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT returns to the city from the 11th to…

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- From 5 - 8 June 2014, the best of Nigerian cinema will showcase in Paris!Join the crowd at Cinéma l'Arlequin in Paris “Rive Gauche” for the 2nd edition of…

Africa: VOA Launches African Music Mix

The Voice of America (VOA) has launched African Music Mix, a continuous stream of African music favorites, available to African listeners, every day of the week. From N'dombolo to Benga…

Uganda: South Africans to Train Vision TV, Radio Teams

A team of six broadcasters is in Kampala to train New Vision journalists on how best to integrate radio and television into Uganda's leading print setup and website to create…

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- In a move it hopes will motivate South Africans into taking preventative action, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa has announced it has made history by televising…

SABA/AIBD Co-Production on Children’s Programmes: 2nd round of commissions

SABA and AIBD are jointly organizing a co-production of Children’s TV programmes. Given the success of the first project, AIBD with its international partners SABA(Southern African Broadcasting Association), ASBU (Arab…

South Africa: Hunk reality show premiers on SABC3

The Bar-One Manhunt, presented by popular TV and radio personality Ursula Stapelfeldt, had its premier on Wednesday 6 January 2010 on SABC3.The reality TV show pits 14 of some of…

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Oscars final call for films: The deadline for the submission of feature films for the 83rd Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film…

Channel O Africa Music Video Awards 2013 nominees announced

Nominations for the 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards were announced earlier this week. The event will take place on Saturday, 30 November at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown…

Mozambique: Advertising Festival Inaugurated

The Mozambican government expects that companies, through advertising and marketing, will compete in an environment of transparency, capable of bringing ideas about how to promote Mozambican produce and to maximise…

South Africa: Cape's TV And Radio Signals Go Awol

The inhabitants of Cape Town were left without television or radio signals on Wednesday afternoon - but no culprit has been identified. All three SABC television channels, as well as…

Zain to sponsor MTV Pan-African Music awards ceremony which kicks off in November 2008

Pan African entertainment network, MTV Networks Africa, and mobile operator, Zain, have joined forces to launch the MTV Africa Music Awards. MTV’s first ever Awards ceremony for the African continent,…

IC Minister encourages Nollywood to help rebranding Nigeria

www.nigeriafilms.com reports that Information and Communications Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili of Nigeria has been pushing the 'Rebrand Nigeria' project. The Minister has extended a hand of partnership to Nollywood. www.nigeriafilms.com…

South Africa gears up to welcome more than 300 international broadcasters for World Cup

Although the World Cup does not start until next June, the territory is already pulling out the stops. US president Barack Obama has accepted the invitation to be at the…

Botswana: My Star Show Starts in Earnest

About 200 aspiring singers on Saturday queued up for auditions for the annual music talent show, My Star, which airs on Botswana Television (Btv). The auditions were held at Yarona…

Nollywood’s Akolawole Olootu: “Piracy, bad market drove me out of movie production”

Akolawole Olootu has been an independent presenter on radio for thirty years but has also doubled as a Nollywood producer. He speaks to Segun Adebayo on why he stopped producing…

Kenya: Producer sets out to cut a niche in documentaries

Director Feisal Malik of Visual Africa Productions LTD, Producers of documentary, “The Last in Line” is finalizing post production.They will be bringing this story on the ravages of poaching, and…

Uganda: New Vision's Aldrine Live on SS3

New Vision's own columnist, Aldrine Nsubuga has been selected by Supersport to provide the Ugandan perspective in the live television broadcast of the June 2 Nations Cup qualifier. Nsubuga, New…

Cameroon: New TV Channel Closed Down

The chaos of the Cameroonian licensing process continues. Activities of a private television station called New TV have been closed down. The action follows an order from the Ministry of…

Uganda: UBC says broadcasters will lose licences if they fail to meet licence conditions

THE Uganda Broadcasting Council will not renew the licenses of broadcasters who do not stick to the stipulated licence conditions. In a Thursday statement, the chairman of the council, Godfrey…

Vodacom teams up with Samsung to provide ThumbWars game show on phone and TV

Vodacom South Africa teamed up with Samsung Mobile to provide an action-packed reality game show names "Vodacom ThumbWars". Teams will travel across South Africa, relying on their wits and rapidity…

Al Jazeera Selects Africa’s A24 Media for online programme distribution

http://www.a24media.com The distribution of this content is part of the organisation’s drive to revolutionize the African media environment and to service strong demand among international audiences for African content. Al…

Nigeria: Glo launches new G-Bam TV Show for the youth

Glo ambassador and one of Nigeria's leading solo music acts, Ego Ogbaro, flanked by presenters of G-Bam, Globacom's new youth entertainment programme, Isio delaVega and Illrymz, during the unveil ceremony…

African cinema has adopted a self-financing strategy

The share of African films represents only 3% of the total film market on the African continent, while American films represent 70%. Countries such as Morocco and Nigeria are developing…

Key wins at Encounters International Documentary Festival

Opening up the world to South Africans each year, Encounters is widely acclaimed as Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival. This year’s selection featured 37 films from 14 countries and five…

DISCOP turns focus on production and investment

 DISCOP AFRICA is engineered to specifically welcome delegates attending as Producers/ investors / buyers and help them explore co-production opportunities, showcase projects and ideas and develop practical survival skills.  Players…

Africa: CNBC to Launch African Channel From Friday

CNBC Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa's first 24-hour, live international business news channel, will begin broadcasting from its new Johannesburg headquarters beginning Friday, Xinhua reported from Johannesburg citing the company. The latest…

Namibia: NBC Workers Threaten Strike

Hundreds of disgruntled Namibian Broadcasting Corporation workers have threatened to take industrial action over wages during the Swapo Party Congress, one of the employees said. The employees last week held…

Namibia: DSTV Terminates SABC Africa

SABC, will no longer broadcast the SABC Africa Channel on the DStv service, as from August 1, 2008. Operation of the SABC Africa channel is no longer viable and MultiChoice…

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South Africa: Kwanda Reality TV Series Set to Change Communities

A new, fresh and exciting TV series, the Kwanda Reality show, is set to entertain and inspire people to make a difference in their communities. Aired on SABC1 every Wednesday…

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* Awareness about contemporary issues affecting South African teenagers and young adults will be raised in the new 26-part talk show, Harambe, which starts broadcasting on SABC1 on Thursday, 14…

Africa: Continent's Media Growing, But Where's the Funding?

According to the McKinsey report, media in Africa is among the fastest growing industries, compared to those of many in the OECD countries. But, despite this growth, experts believe the…

Videovision Entertainment and Supersport celebrated 2010 WC anniversary with new film

In June 2011, Producer Anant Singh announced the World Premiere of the film “2010 - Once In A Lifetime: The Movie” which focuses on the 2010 FIFA World Cup in…

African Oscars-Nafca Winners

The following films have been nominated within the categories indicated:Diaspora categories:Best film in Diaspora·         One Night in VegasBest Drama Diaspora Film·         UnguardedBest Screenplay Diaspora Film·         Page 36Best Cinematography Diaspora Film·        …

Uganda: UBC Closes Kitti FM in Kitgum Over Money

Uganda Broadcasting Council on Tuesday evening closed Kitti FM in Kitgum over non-payment of operational license fees, Johnson Omona, the radio's director has said. The Kitgum-based private radio went off…

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Gateway Broadcast Services Extends NDS Relationship – Selects MediaHighway Middleware and EPG for its African Pay TV Service NDS, provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, last week announced that…

FIFA supports skills transfer for over 3,000 radio and TV professionals

In the run-up to 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA and the broadcasters of the event in the sub-Sahara region, will hold seminars for up to 3,000 radio and TV professionals…

PAMRO conference reviews how the African media landscape is changing

Africa’s market researchers came together at the end of August for their annual conference PAMRO in Nairobi. Although there was no big headline announcement, there were many presentations looking at…

Nollywood’s New Wave

It all started in 1992, when Kenneth Nnebue, an electronics dealer in Lagos, Nigeria, needed to unload a shipment of blank VHS cassettes. He figured the tapes would be easier…

Sierra Leone: 'Media is an effective tool for change'- Dr. Thomas

Former Director-General of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) has said that the mass media, if effectively utilized, has the potential to improve on the socio-economic and political development of…

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Discussion with Channels TV: Is A Blogger A Journalist?To open a blog you do NOT need to be a qualified, trained or experienced journalist who investigates and reports news. But…

Sierra Leone: SLBS Presenter attacked for applying to NAS for sensitisation programmes

Presenter of the Jolly Good Show at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) 93.5 in Kenema, Sahr Victor Fayombo and his colleague, Samuel Obba Navo has been attacked for applying…

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- Uganda Super League commercial and media rights owners GTV has extended its live coverage of the national competition countrywide. The pay television station's general manager Dan Kagwe told a…

Nigeria: Pamodzi Hails AIT's Nigeria 2009 Choice

Sports Marketing giants and Nigeria Football Federation Sole Marketers, Pamodzi International, has saluted the choice of African Independent Television (AIT) as the official broadcast partner of the Nigeria 2009 U-17…

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- African-American group BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc, has announced its New Fall Programming. This includes eight news series that premiere in September and October : First In, Hear…

Nollywood’s New Wave

It all started in 1992, when Kenneth Nnebue, an electronics dealer in Lagos, Nigeria, needed to unload a shipment of blank VHS cassettes. He figured the tapes would be easier…

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- Health-e News is the proud winner of the yearly prestigious Global Health Council's 2011 Excellence in Media Award for Global Health (Category: Community Media) for its documentary "Thula Mama"…

Tanzania: Zuku Announces USD 1 Million Sponsorship of ZIFF

East African pay-TV broadcaster Zuku has announced its headline event sponsorship of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) for a period of ten years from 2012 to 2022, with a…

Films: Sports Stories From Around the African Commonwealth

from the AiM Newsletter - Sports Tour in DundeeDear Friends of Africa in Motion,This week Sports Stories From Around the African Commonwealth is kicking off in Dundee with screenings of…

Kenya: Arua Radio Wins Africa Award

Grappling at home with rapid mysterious staff exit, Arua-based Radio Pacis FM on May 26 sailed to continental stardom after it was declared the best "New Radio Station of-the-year" in…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Release Journalists, But Ban Music And women workers

Islamist hardliners in southern Somalia have released three radio reporters Tuesday after detaining them a day ago and shutting down an independent radio station, Radio Garowe reports. The three journalists…

Nollywood releases ‘Champions of our Time’

Having won several awards, two out of which it was pronounced the best film of the year; Zafaa International Film Festival and Abuja International Film Festival, ‘Champions of our Time’…

Zuku invites the Loerie Awards

Zuku, East Africa invited The Loerie Awards to launch a new award’s category for East Africa in Nairobi for the advertising and brand communication industry.“We are very excited to partner…

Kenya: Worldspace Revenue Declines With Fall in Subscribers

In announcing its latest financial results, Worldspace revealed that it had lost a contract with the Kenya Institute of Education on 1 January to broadcast primary education programmes throughout the…

South Africa: SABC launches a dedicated sports channel in run-up to World Cup

By the time the first whistle is blown to signal the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City in Johannesburg in 499 days, the national broadcaster will…

Madagascar: Media Under Attack One Month After New President Installed

Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the return of censorship to Madagascar in the form of orders to the state-owned media not to cover opposition demonstrations. The press freedom organisation is…

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- From 30 November to 9 December 2010, Cairo, Egypt welcomes the 34th Cairo International Film Festival. This years’ topic is “Egypt in the eyes of the world cinemas”. More…

Africa's Mobile operators turn to local content to boost internet usage

As the mobile voice market reaches maturity, companies in the region are focusing their strategies on the provision of data services With more than 500 million subscribers across the continent…

Nigeria: Focus Digital Cable TV Set for Nigeria

A digital entertainment cable television with bias for information technology, business and gospel is set to hit the Nigerian screen soon. The TV called Focus TV is a cable channel…

Angola: Public Television Screens New Soap-Opera in February

A new soap-opera entitled "Minha Terra, Minha Mãe" (My land, my mother) will start to be screened on channel 1 of the state-owned Angola Public Television (TPA), on February 4th.…

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- A mast that dropped from Katampe Hill after last Thursday's windstorm in Abuja, Nigeria is crippling the transmission activities of some media companies and security agencies. Media organizations affected…

SA: Skills, budget hurt SABC digital TV

Paul Vecchiatto, an ITWeb Cape Town correspondent wrote on 24 Nov 2010:The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is keeping the digital TV test signal going, but is not expanding the coverage,…

“Inside Story” to be screened in more locations across Africa

On a dusty soccer pitch in Malindi, Kenya young Kalu (Kevin Ndege Mamboleo) is an aggressive striker of the “Malindi Sharks,” who dreams of playing professional soccer. He’s a selfish…

Kenya: Entry of GTV forces DStv to announce cheaper Family bouquet

MultiChoice Kenya announced a new DStv Family Bouquet for Ksh1,350 ($19) a month, starting May 25, hardly a month after GTV - a European company - announced it will launch…

Getaway enters TV arena

The Getaway brand moves to the small screen this month when the TV series "Getaway to Africa" launches on M-Net on 29 January 2009. The 13-part series will look at…

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- South Africa is set to have its strongest representation yet at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with 130 of the country's filmmakers registered for the event, and the National…

Cannes film festivals paying more attention to African talents

This year the Cannes International Festival presents three major films from Africa (see our news in brief below). Reed Midem has also tried to attract more African film talents through…

SA broadcasters buy Italian animation cartoons

Italian animation studio, Rainbow SpA reports that it has signed a deal with M-Net for two of its cartoons, Monster Allergy and Huntik. According to Monica Condiani, TV sales manager…

Africa: All Set for Africa Movie Academy Awards…2013 Winners

The 9th annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) took place on Saturday April 20 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. The winners were as follows:1) AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short…

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- The moment of reckoning for young comedic talent has just arrived for those that took place in the TV comedy show The Fanta So You Think You’re Funny, which…

South African Movie Makes Light of Racial Tensions

fter three centuries of Black suppression, culminating in 50 years of apartheid, South Africa’s interracial relations remain sensitive.  But a new movie is looking to lighten the atmosphere with humor…

Senegal: WalfTV and 2S TV are the winners in audience reach survey, says Tns Sofres

Market research agency Tns Sofres have published the results of a survey of 11 national and international TV channels in Senegal. WalfTV and 2S TV came out top with an…

Daily life of Chinese family is TV hit in Africa

If you meet someone from Africa and want to break the ice, try talking about Doudou and Her Mothers-in-law.President Xi Jinping tried this during his official visit to Tanzania last…

Nigeria: Review Cost of Broadcasting Licence, NBC Urged

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been called upon to urgently review the cost of obtaining broadcast licence in Nigeria. The call was made by Managing Director, R-Wells Media, Jibe Ologeh,…

South African film writer Hanneke Schutte wins chance to make short film in Hollywood

Three talented film writer and directors will be heading to LA for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make their short film with Trigger Street Productions  starring Willem Dafoe.One of them is…

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- Hollywood stars will mingle with filmmakers from all over the world at next month's Cannes Film Festival after organizers on Thursday unveiled a line-up heavy with international films. Festival…

NBC launches free-to-air satellite TV news channel

US broadcast giant NBC and London-based Great Media have launched the MSNBC news channel as a free-to-air offering along with 35 other channels across Africa, relying on advertising to finance…

Uganda: TV Stations Face Closure Over Fees

The Uganda Broadcasting Council has threatened to close 32 television and FM radio stations over defaulting on licence fees. Kagole Kivumbi, the council's secretary, said the two-week notice that expires…

Buni TV releases its first comedy series

Buni TV , the fast-growing video-on-demand site for African content, is releasing its first comedy series produced exclusively for the platform. “We at Buni TV believe that the future of entertainment…

Zimbabwe: Private finance from Chiyangwa Secures La Liga Deal for ZTV

Private finance has rescued the programming plans of Zimbabwean state broadcaster, ZTV with a local businessman putting up the money to secure the rights for Spain’s La Liga and talking…

South Africa: TV Groups Oppose SABC On Sport Rights

Multichoice and M-Net have slammed the SABC's attempts to garner more commercial sports matches for free-to-air TV. In a joint presentation to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on…

SuperSport: Zimbabwean football is a sleeping giant

Supersport believe Zimbabwean football is a sleeping giant with great potential and they are willing to help unlock its true value in their five-year journey with the local league.Speaking at…

Nigeria: Iredia Wants Community Broadcasting

Director-General, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Dr Tonnie Iredia, last week canvassed for the establishment of community-based broadcasting stations, to bring the nation's ethnic communities into focus and government nearer to…

Uganda: Boxer Asiku Fight for GVT Debut

Commonwealth featherweight champion Jackson "Action" Asiku will become the first Ugandan boxer to debut on pay television GTV on February 16, when he defends his title against Matt Powell of…

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- Namibia’s KARAS 102.3 FM community radio says it has made great strides in providing participatory broadcasting services to people in Keetmanshoop and surrounding areas despite facing many challenges since…

Zimbabwe’s first ever tabloid television series: ‘Skandal TV’

If you do not have a DVD copy of Zimbabwe’s first ever tabloid television series titled ‘Skandal TV’ then you are certainly missing out on the new crazy and comic…

Ghana: Don't sell off GBC - Dr Atuguba

Dr. Raymond Atuguba, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana said last Thursday that to sell the national broadcaster GBC was to sell the potential voices of the Ghanaian and…

Nigeria: NTA, Bon to Show Nations Cup Live, secure rights for 1.2 million euros

Nigerians have the opportunity to watch all the 32 matches of the MTN Africa Cup of Nations as the Broadcasting organisation of Nigeria (BON) and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) have…

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- Haute Tv in collaboration with 37th state launches a new web series that focuses on influential players in the Nigerian fashion industry, both home and abroad. The first episode…

Namibia: New TV Channel On the Cards

Africa's latest pay-TV channel, GTV has applied to the Namibian Communications Commission for a licence to open operations. GTV is currently rolling out a more affordable pay-TV service across Africa,…

Uganda: Multichoice, MTN Launch Cup Promos

Digital satellite television providers Multichoice Uganda and telecommunication company MTN have launched promotions ahead of this year's Nations Cup that gets underway on January 20. Dstv launched 'Win a trip…

A tale from Africa - Cannes 2011 review of “Blue Bird”

Playing at Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar, Blue Bird has certainly been a film that’s been widely promoted within the festival market, regularly gracing the cover of the daily…

Nigeria: FCTA to Establish TV Station in Abuja

A committee has been set up by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to undertake a feasibility study that would lead to the establishment of a television station in Abuja.…

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In Gabon, private pay-for TV channels who had purchased rights to the African Cup of Nations assured the Minister of Communications, Post, Telecommunications and New Technologies Laure Olga Gondjout that…

11 days to go until ZIFF 2011

From 18 - 26 June, 2011, Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) now in its 14th year, taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania is East Africa's largest film and arts festival, showcasing…

Nigeria: Confluence Cable Station Excites Kogi Residents

As the stage is set for the commissioning of Kogi State's first private broadcasting station, Confluence Cable Network, residents of Lokoja and environs have continued to express excitement. The Senate…

Gambia: Journalists Launch Online Radio

A group of Gambian journalists and pro-media freedom bodies in West Africa on Saturday launched Radio Alternative Voice (Radio AVG), an online radio which can be accessed on www.radioavg.com. Organisers…

Nigeria: Big Brother Africa III runs into House of Representatives’ opposition

The House of Representatives Committee on Information and National Orientation has warned that DSTV Multichoice would not be allowed to broadcast its planned third series of Big Brother Africa (BBA)…

Mozambique: SNJ/Vodacom Journalism Prize

Mozambique's National Union of Journalists (SNJ) and the mobile phone company Vodacom on Tuesday launched the fourth annual edition of the journalism prizes sponsored by Vodacom.There are eight categories in…

Uganda: GTV Struggles to Satisfy Demand, As Premier League Kicks Off

Overwhelming demand for the English Premier League games on pay television has left hundreds of customer queuing up at Gateway Television Broadcasting offices. Since August 12, GTV offices have been…

Nigeria: AIT, Raypower Get National Network Licence

Sixteen years after the deregulation of the broadcast industry in the country, the Yar'Adua administration has removed the final vestiges of monopoly by granting a national network license to Daar…

South Africa: Discovery Channel Gets Hot And More Enigmatic

DStv viewers tuning into Discovery Channel will have much to savour in the next 12 months, with a series of exciting and enigmatic programmes set to hit the small screen.…

A24 Media offers a film catalogue dedicated to Mothers Day and Children victims of aggressions

Mothers Day (2nd May) is an annual holiday that celebrates mothers, the women in our lives, and their contributions to society. This is in great contrast to the International day…

Kenya pitches itself as a regional animation powerhouse

As Kenyan tech companies push for their vision of a "silicon savannah" in this East African nation, local animators say their industry is set to ride the high-tech wave toward…

African film enjoys rare Cannes outing

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun collects the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2010 for his film Un Homme qui Crie (A Screaming Man). African film is enjoying a rare invitation to cinema's top…

VIDI ACQUIRES TOP MUSIC DOCS: With something for everyone - from Lady Gaga to Bob Marley!

VIDI, South Africa's premier video on demand entertainment service, has acquired a raft of top music documentaries, some of which are currently available on the service on subscription and others…

Botswana: GTV Hits the Market

New kid on the block, GTV held their consumer launch at the Fashion Lounge in Phakalane in Botswana, bringing competition and lower prices to the pay television market. GTV is…

South Africa: End-of-Year Slowdown Comes Early for Country Radio

It was a quiet end of the year for South African radio, with no station growth over the previous Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS(r)), and declining time spent listening. The…

Zimbabwe: Video Promotions’ African Food Adventure on M-Net

A Zimbabwean television series focusing on local cuisine is featuring on DStv between June and September, giving viewers across Africa a chance to enjoy an insight not only into local…

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- New film 'Ni Wakati' shines a light on Africa's history of resilience and its rich diversity through a journey with M1 of the prolific rap group Dead Prez and…

MTV Networks Africa launches Comedy Central in Sub-Saharan Africa

MTV Networks Africa, a division of Viacom Inc, has expanded its portfolio of brands in Sub-Saharan Africa with the launch of Comedy Central via MultiChoice’s DStv platform. The deal was…

South Africa: Script Doctor provides training in Durban and a workshop in Johannesburg

International "script doctor" Miguel Machalski will be working this week with the Durban team that developed and co-produced the award-winning feature film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), to develop the…

SA short doccie wins at the California International Shorts Festival

Local documentary filmmaker Tarryn Crossman (Fatherland) won the award for Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF), which is set to take place from 13 to 14…

African Superhero Short Film ‘Oya: Rise Of The Orishas' Debuts Online

It's been almost two years since we first reported on Nigerian writer, director and producer Nosa Igbinedion‘s superhero film Oya: Rise of the Orishas, which reimagines the Orishas (folkloric deities…

Angola: State-owned TPA Prepares Staff Training Project Launch

The Angolan Public Television (TPA) will launch this week in Luanda a staff training project, with the aim of improving the quality of its service, ahead of the introduction of…

E.Tv's ‘Let's Fix It’ is back

E.Tv's popular social up-liftment programme Let's Fix It is back on air on 29 July 2008. Now in its fourth season, Let's Fix It is once again looking to lend…

BBC launches Africa Business Report

BBC World News has launched the Africa Business Report, a new show focused on the benefits and challenges of doing business on the continent. The programme will aim to capture…

Movie London premiere: “The Past Came Calling on 15 December”

Ruke Amata is a producer and director, whose name rings a bell in Nollywood and beyond. In this interview with Tope Olukole, he speaks on film production in Nigeria and…

Pamela Douglas will present a three-day syllabus that relies on screening clips and full episodes of shows to demonstrate screenwriting techniques on 16, 17 and 18 August 2013 in Johannesburg.

The writer will discuss why American television is so successful and will elaborate on the global future of TV. There will be time for interactive discussions and participants interested in…

Film shot in Equatorial Guinea premieres at San Diego Film Festival

Where The Road Runs Out, directed by Raindance nominee Rudolf Butendach, has been chosen as an official selection for the 2014 San Diego Film Festival, which runs from 24 to…

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Gambia authorities on January 15, 2008 indefinitely suspended the broadcast of Radio France International (RFI) in Banjul for airing what they referred to as an "erroneous news story". A release…

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- The ITN Source global deal with Al Jazeera will give the network access to over 800,000 hours of video content for use in its programming. Al Jazeera and independent…

2010 FIFA World Cup promoted by City of Tshwane in TV documentary

The City of Tshwane is the first of South Africa's 2010 FIFA World Cup host cities to launch an international television advertising campaign welcoming tourists. Tshwane has worked with Southern…

Nigeria: Flykite Productions launches new Youth Programme

Nigeria’s Flykite Productions has launched a new youth programme series called Youth.com. According to the producers it is intended to introduce a serious approach to youth programming with a view…

Gaddafi: The End Game

Gaddafi: The End Game is a series of three documentaries about the Libyan revolution, premiering on Thursday 8 December 2011 on Al Jazeera English. Produced and directed by Anne Reevell (Moonbeam…

Mediatech Africa – The continent’s tech show that caters for content creators

The countdown to Mediatech 2013 has started and anticipation for the top brands and services on offer this year in broadcast, film and production has begun to build. Professionals involved…

‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ To Begin Airing In Africa

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is officially set to begin airing in Africa on MTV, who, according to Hollywood Reporter, has secured exclusive African TV broadcast rights to the…

Kenya: Film Regulator Bans Screening of Fifty Shades of Grey

The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom…

Uganda: Vision Group's new ‘vernacular’ Bukedde FM on Air

Uganda’s newspaper company, Vision Group has opened another radio station, this time a vernacular station in Luganda: Bukedde FM. The radio on 100.5 FM will broadcast in Luganda. "The station…

Botswana: BTV Set to Screen Local Soapie Next Year

Botswana Television (Btv) will finally have another local soapie if things go according to plan. The national television station has commissioned a local film production company, Camelthorn, to produce the…

Sénégal: Channel 3 launches Nguélawal Nawet, a new health awareness programme with support from USAID

Channel 3 of Senegal’s public broadcaster RTS last Thursday in St Louis launched a programme called Nguélawal Nawet (Winter Wind) to promote health awareness in the national language Wolof, according…

South Africa: Reality show Class Act on SABC1 set to give acting talent a break

Every aspiring actor dreams of his big break, his chance to shine, to find that perfect role. Imagine that lead to becoming South Africa’s next leading man. Class Act, an…

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- 14 November 2011: Sara Blecher, director of the acclaimed South African film, 'Otelo Burning', was awarded the IFP Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant in New York last week for her…

‘Where The Road Runs Out’, a South African co-production filmed in S.A.

Where The Road Runs Out, is directed by Rudolf Buitendach (Dark Hearts) and starring Ivorian born actor & Cesar award winner Isaach De Bankole (Casino Royale, The Diving Bell &…

A 3D Animation from Ivory Coast

After South African 3D film “Jock of the Bushveld”, another 3D animation this time comes from Ivory Coast as a 65 minutes production called “PoKou Princesse Ashanti”.Long told in school…

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The African Film Commission has announced the winners and finalists of the 3rd Annual Screenwriting Competition. Please visit our website's blog. IBC 2014 (11 to 16 Sept. 2014): To be set up…

South Africa: Groups Unite to Give Country a True Public Broadcaster

Political meddling at the SABC, along with its present crisis of governance, has prompted several civic organisations to launch a bid to return the national broadcaster to the public. Groups…

South Africa: SABC 'Spending 10 Percent On Local Content'

The SABC spends less than 40% of its budget to put content on screens, an independent producer has charged. The TV production industry, which relies on the SABC for most…

South Africa as seen through Hollywood eyes

Hollywood is taking a renewed interest in South Africa these days. A century after D.W. Griffith filmed his 13-minute black and white silent fable "The Zulu's Heart," South Africa and…

South Africa: SABC transmits programme for distance learners

With the recent furore around the low 2009 matric pass rate in South Africa, it’s comforting to hear that SABC1 is to broadcast a new daily educational show targeted specifically…

Encounters, Africa’s premier documentary event in June

The 15th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival runs from 6-16 June 2013 in Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Africa’s premier documentary event will screen the most-talked about documentaries from around…

Pan-African filmmakers: Minutes from the FEPACI congress

On May 3rd to 5th 2013 the FEPACI, pan-African filmmakers' federation, congress took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was a historic event as the congress was being held for…

Crowdfunding aims to fund film about the women behind Marikhana

Mama Marikana initially began as Aliki Saragas’s Documentary Arts masters project at the University of Cape Town, but soon progressed into a developing feature film with the support of talented…

Nigeria: FRCN Calabar to Begin Next Quarter

The Minister of Information and Communications, John Odey said on 25 June 2008 that Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) is to be commissioned in Calabar in the next quarter.…

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- An Angolan advertising agency has given Homer Simpson and his family an African makeover. raising eyebrows among fans of one of America's most cherished sitcoms.The advertising agency, Executive Center…

Mozambique: Inhambane Film on Manta Rays

The UK’s public broadcaster the BBC on 11 November transmitted a documentary on the work of Inhambane-based researcher Andrea Marshall, who has discovered that there are two types of manta…

FIFA stops newspapers doing Internet and mobile video packages.

FIFA rights restrictions, which are at the centre of a major row between the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and the Zurich-based organisation, include prohibition on newspapers to do…

South Africa’s NFVF invites producers to apply for co-production status under France-SA agreement

On the 4th November 2010, The National Film and Video Foundation have invited South African producers to apply for co-production status under the Agreement between the Government of the Republic…

CFI is helping to foster professionalism in African TV series

Ten sound editors/mixers from Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Niger and Ghana met in Ouagadougou from 17 to 28 September 2012 to work on improving the soundtracks of the TV series they…

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- Kagiso Lediga’s new movie Blitz Patrollei (The long arm of the law just got shorter) went into cinemas in South Africa on 10th May 2013 at various recognized cinemas.…

Kenya: Nigerian music label Chocolate City to venture into film-making

Nigerian recording and entertainment company, Chocolate City, will not only be venturing into music production but are also looking for ways to enter into the Kenyan film business. The company,…

Fox International Channels joins hand with ACTV in Nigeria

The newly launched Nigerian pay-TV platform, African Cable TV (ACTV), has included eight networks of FOX International Channels (FIC) which includes FOX, FOX Crime, FX, National Geographic Gold, FOX Movies,…

Independent Radio/TV Station for Efon-Alaaye Soon

An independent radio and television station is to be established at Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State. A former board chairman of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Chief Biola Olasope, said in…

Al Jazeera Sports HD re-opened on the 14th. August 2009

Al Jazeera Sports HD, the pan-Arabic TV sports channel re-opened again on the 14 August 2009 at 9PM (GMT). It is part of Al Jazeera Network,owned by the government of…

FIFA WC Countdown to 2010: A24 provides footage for broadcasters

A24 media provides several pieces of materials to broadcast networks. Where will you be on the 11th of June 2010? With slightly over 220 days remaining before the world of…

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* BBC Worldwide Channels has renewed a partnership deal with Volvo Car South Africa to launch the new Volvo C70. The agreement includes a variety of on-air elements, such as a…

TV series looking for South Africa’s next president

A TV series broadcast in South Africa’s seeks the next great leader of the country. SABC Education is looking for the very best young leaders in South Africa to participate…

Six Kenyan films meet the Zanzibar Film Festival cut

Six Kenyan films have made it to the hotly contested 16th edition of the celebrated annual Zanzibar International Film Festival [ZIFF] shortlist. They are part of the 80 films shortlisted…

Masterchef South Africa viewers root for domestic-worker contestant

She dazzled with a dauntingly elaborate chocolate dessert, then captivated with a tricky polenta lasagne with fried mushrooms and mussels. Now Siphokazi Mdlankomo is just two rounds away from winning…

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- After six months on air, Capricorn FM is making its presence felt in the Limpopo radio market. Capricorn FM has already captured more than 40% of this market and…

Kenya : Kiss TV and Classic TV seize significant audience share

Kenya’s Radio Africa Group has expanded and introduced 2 new television stations into the market in early August and they are expected to bring a whole new look to the…

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- The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has announced that it will officially launch the ‘Film Friendly Gauteng’ campaign this month (November 2009), positioning the Province as an attractive and competitive…

South African 3D animation goes to Hollywood

Herman Manson wrote that “Jock of the Bushveld” is leaving for Hollywood, literally, as film director Duncan MacNeillie takes his 3D animated remake of the classic tale to American movie…

South Africa: ‘Play Your Part’ to contribute to positive change in the country

A new 13-part television series promoting Brand South Africa's Play Your Part campaign, featuring inspirational stories of ordinary citizens working for the betterment of their communities, starts broadcasting on SABC…

Nigeria’s animation studio takes off

A small animation start-up wants to bring back traditional African storytelling. Sporedust's short cartoon Chicken Core will serve as the basis for a TV series or film that is part…

New Pay TV aims to promote local content in Nigeria

The management of African Cable Television, (ACTV) a new Direct-to-Home (DTH) Pay TV company in Nigeria has announced plans to commence operations on Monday December 1. The management also announced…

South Africa’s film industry boosted with production of Top Actor SA

The country’s newest reality show Top Actor South Africa is not only a springboard for upcoming actors, but international co-production is facilitating skills transfer to others in the industry. The…

Botswana : Opposition Party Reports State Media To SADC

An opposition political party, Botswana National Front (BNF) has dragged the Botswana Television (BTV), a public broadcaster to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for intervention over claims of unfair…

Africa First welcomed filmmakers to NYC

BWW News Desk announced on November 8, 2010 that Focus Features' Africa First program, the company's unique ongoing initiative awarding funds towards the completion of short films, welcomed 2010's five…

Zambia: Precious R4 Million Winner Collapses in Disbelief on reality show Ready for Marriage

Intrigue, suspense, drama and above all pretence rocked the 16 week long reality television programme Ready for Marriage on Zambia's largest privately owned station Muvi TV and its sister channel…

Announcing the first-ever Billboard Digital Music Africa Industry Conference

The AfricaCom Team has partnered with Billboard Africa to bring the  Billboard Digital Music Africa industry conference, taking place at the CTICC on the 13th of November 2012.This one-day conference…

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- On 29 June 2013, 19h00, AfricAvenir Windhoek presents the second part of its campaign to highlight World Refugee Day 2013 and to recognize the contributions of refugees in their…

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The ninth edition of Africa in Motion (AiM) took place from 24 October to 9 November 2014 in Glasgow and Edinburgh where 61 films were showcased to over 4800 people.…

NFVF Filmmaker Project to Premiere at the Durban International Film Festival

The NFVF’s Youth Filmmaker Project, Rights of Passage film has been selected to participate in the Durban International Film Festival, taking place from 16-26 July 2015.Rights of Passage is comprised…

Nigeria: Winners Emerge on Quizline

More winners have emerged from the television interactive show, Quizline. Commenting on the winnings, Olu Akinlabi, General manager of GeTV, promoters of quiz line, pledged that his organization, GetTV would…

Nollywood begins to rivals Bollywood in film production stakes, says UNESCO study

India remains the world’s leading film producer by number of films made but Nigeria is closing the gap after overtaking the United States for second place, according to a global…

Kenya: Kameme FM and K24 TV sold to TV Africa

Kenya's competitive media scene is set for yet another grand shift with the exit of Regional Reach -- the media and marketing company that owns K24 TV and vernacular radio…

Content News - In Brief

- Start of November 2010, BBC Earth, the natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's Reliance Big Entertainment announced a deal to partner on three motion…

Zimbabwe: Minister says at launch of "The Gentleman” that Zimbabwean film industry has potential if funded properly

Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu last week said the country's film sector had the potential to grow if it was properly funded.In his address at the launch of…

Kenya: Mwangaza premiere drama series launched

Mwangaza, a premiere drama series produced by Africa Community Development Media (ACDM) and De-Capture in partnership with Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) and QTV and is anchored around…

‘Afripedia,’ A New 5-Part Documentary Series On Creatives In Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal & Ghana

Afripedia [af-ri-pee-dee-uh] is a new TV series, produced by Swedish collective Stocktown, which describes itself as “A platform and a visual guide to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music and…

Full lineup revealed for Africa's top documentary festival

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced its full lineup, which includes some must-see late additions.The Oscar and BAFTA nominated Virunga is an eco-thriller set in the DRC’s national…

South Africa: End of Open Time Will Hit M-Net Revenue

M-NET's free-to-air, open-time slot, which airs between 5pm and 7pm daily, stopped at the end of March. This will hit the channel's advertising revenue and remove a valuable branding opportunity…

Uganda: GTV to Broadcast 72 League Matches

Six matches of the new Super Division soccer league season will be broadcast live by GTV, officials said last week. The firm's agent Neil Mackenzie, said that broadcasts of 72…

Cameroonian launches «Africa 24 » from Paris backed by Equatorial Guinea

A new Panafrican information channel, Africa 24, broadcasting 24 hours a day initially in French was officially launched on 12 May in Paris. Created by the Cameroonian Constant Nemale, also…

Broadcast In Brief

- The Angolan Ministry of Social Communication is expanding the signals of the state-owned "Radio Nacional de Angola" (RNA) and "Televisao Publica de Angola" (TPA) to the districts of southern…

Nigeria: HiTv Naija's Mother of Reality Shows, Says Aka-Bashorun

Nigerian television viewers will witness what they have not seen in reality TV when pay TVstation, HiTV, begins the airing of its show tagged Naija, in the next couple of…

A24 Media provides programmes on heart diseases

One world, one home, one heart is this year’s theme of World heart day. With cardiovascular diseases claiming millions of lives each year, World heart day aims to raise awareness…

Dance up from the Street at the United Nations Association Film Festival

Dance up from the Street is at this years United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University, Palo Alto California. The documentary was directed and produced by Peter Goldsmid for…

Music Streaming Service, MyMusic, Will Officially Launch in June

Lagos-based startup, MyMusic, will officially launch its digital music service into the Nigerian market next month.MyMusic shared this information with TechCabal via mail correspondence. The product launch will be at…

Tanzania: EATV Pays $6,250 for Taifa Tie

With the funfair that has come about because of Tanzania Taifa Stars' sitting atop its 2008 Nations Cup Group Seven, East Africa Television (EATV) has paid a whopping $6,250 (Tsh8m)…

South Africa: Emmy, Golden Globe Star Filming Miniseries

Judy Davis, 2007 Emmy winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, The Starter Wife, has recently been in South Africa for filming of the lead in Rough,…

Be the star of your own wildlife documentary - southerafricadirect offers holiday content opportunity

southernafricadirect says that travellers can star in their own wildlife documentary: « Ever dreamed of following in David Attenborough’s footsteps? Well, now you can star in your very own wildlife…

District 9 star Sharlto Copley in talks for another alien film:”I Am Number Four”

Sharlto Copley, the South African actor who shot to fame as the ill-fated star of 'District 9,' is in talks to join the cast of 'I Am Number Four,' an…

Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2011

Curious Pictures and General Post were proud to announce the winners of South Africa’s Next Top Filmmaker 2011. Congratulations to Sbu Zuma and Sihle Ngcamu for “What’s In A Name”…

Content News In Brief

- You enjoy African francophone TV series?  Watch episodes of "Noces Croisées" on TV5 Monde "Web TV Afrique" here- The 12 Algerian writer-directors selected for the Côté courts project furthered…

Afrovibes UK runs touring screenings of South African Productions

Arriving to coincide with the start of our Glasgow screenings next week, Afrovibes - the nationwide touring festival of contemporary award-winning South African productions, performances and screenings - is coming…

Future Sound of Mzansi streaming worldwide on Thump on Vice

Future Sound of Mzansi is being streamed over three episodes on Thump, VICE’s electronic music and culture channel. Thump is screening Future Sound of Mzansi to its two million unique…

Kenya: KBC Acquires TV Rights

Canal France International (CFI) and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) are now the official broadcasters of this year's World Cross Country Championships. NTV and French company Globe Cast were initially granted…

Rwanda: Satellite TV Wars Begin

Two of Africa's leading pay-TV companies Gateway broadcasting's GTV and DSTV's Super Sport have shown keen interest in sponsoring this year's Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup that is slated for November…

South Africa : White Wedding breaks the R1 million mark on its opening weekend

White Wedding, the locally produced road-movie-rom-com banked its first R1million on opening weekend. These results are in line with the opening weekend performance of the smash hit Slumdog Millionaire’s gross…

Jock of the cartoon-veld: early glimpses of South African 3D animated movie

The first snippets of South Africa's premier 3D animated movie, based on the classic book, Jock of the Bushveld, were revealed by producers. The movie is due for release in…

Content - In Brief

- A new five-part documentary series follows five internationally renowned photographers as they explore the islands around Africa - Zanzibar, Mauritius, Madagascar, Sao Tomé & Príncipe and Cape Verde. The…

Local content set to be increased by new StarTimes channel

StarTimes is set to roll out increased local content through the introduction of Bollywood Swahili a channel that will employ dubbing technology to air award winning movies, drama and series…

A+E Networks acquires new Idris Elba documentary: Mandela, My Dad & Me to air on History in Sub-Saharan Africa

A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights for Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me, a  non-scripted film that follows Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba on a journey of…

Namibia: NBC is Now the Talk of the Nation

Political interference may be keeping the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) from airing controversial views. According to sources within the State-funded broadcaster, recent episodes of the popular panel discussion 'Talk of…

Zimbabwe: M-Net broadens its Content Offer with five more Channels

Multichoice will next month add five new channels to its DStv Premium bouquet in order to provide a wide range of information, entertainment and education to viewers. Launching on consecutive…

Content In Brief

- M-Net’s new youth channel Vuzu will replace the Go Channel on 9 July. It plans increased interactivity, more local content (also available online) and has future plans for the…

Africa Movie Academy Awards announced: Nigerian wins Heart of Africa best film award

Kunle Afolayan led Nigeria on the filmmaking landscape of Africa by winning 13 out of the 24 main prizes at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony held on April…

EbonyLife TV launches in Southern African countries

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, has now launched in Southern Africa. Previously only available to DStv customers in 44 countries in West, East and Central…

Liberia: Concerned LBS Workers Want Speedy Probe

Concerned workers of the Liberia Broadcasting System have spotted delays by the Board of Directors in probing the LBS management of alleged financial and administrative mal-practices. In a release, the…

Namibia: GTV Launched television services

New pay television station, GTV Namibia, was launched on last Friday after it received a broadcast licence the week before. According to Johan Schutte, Director of the Namibia Communication Commission…

Origin Radio launches 24-hour African music channel on the Internet

http://www.originradio.com Born from the idea that new technologies make it possible to touch in a precise way a very broad audience sensitive to the African music, Origin Radio wants to…

Algerian film industry explored in new EU report

The European Union’s Euromed Audiovisual III programme and the European Audiovisual Observatory have launched a new report on the film and audiovisual sector in Algeria. After five other reports on…

No Place in SA for Local Documentaries

2014 has arguably become the year of the documentary for South African filmmakers – many of whom were inspired by Madiba’s passing at the end of last year. But although…

Liberia: Sasstown Gets FM Radio Station

The Liberia media project has completed a new radio station in Sasstown, in Grand Kru County. Voice of Sasstown - FM 95, according to a statement, covers an area exceeding…

Senegal: New TV frequency authorisations have been issued

The CEO of Wal Fadjri group referred to "the advancement of the Senegalese democracy ' following the granting by the government of a TV frequency to its media group. 'It…

Nigeria: Court Orders NBC to Reopen Radio Station

The Federal High Court, Akure, last week gave an ex-parte order authorising the re-opening of a private station, Adaba 88.9FM, located in Akure, Ondo State, barely 24 hours after the…

AfricAvenir curates African Short Film Section at Sercine (Brazil)

From 19 to 25 July 2014, the 4th edition of Sercine – Festival Sergipe de Audiovisual, will take place in Sergipe, Brazil. AfricAvenir Windhoek is partner to the festival. In…

CAFF presents 'Visions to be Heard: Empowering Young Africans through Film'

CAFF and events like this are said to be important because mainstream media portrayals of Africa have tended to forge a limited perception of this diverse continent. This perception is…

South Africa: SABC to Open Bureau in Zimbabwe

One of Africa's biggest public broadcasters, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), plans to set up a bureau in Harare to enhance its coverage of events in the country. SABC…

Algeria: Two new Television stations and Radio for the national Broadcasting Company

As part of its program to modernize its infrastructure and its deployment throughout the national territory Broadcasting Company Algeria (TDA) has signed a contract with the American group Harris Corp.…

Nigeria: HiTV Set to Treat Nigerians to its own local TV Reality Show from Dudu Productions

HiTV, Africa's leading pay TV brand, has finalised plans to treat Nigerians to the finest in TV reality with the debut of its 'Nigeria' TV reality series very soon. Local…

Nigeria: Ubosi launches two new radio stations, Beat FM and Classic FM

Just after one week belting out great music to the Lagos folks, Chris Ubosi can heave a sigh of relief that great things are happening in broadcasting. After spending time…

DRC: Political press content banned before elections

Democratic Republic of Congo’s journalists are finding it harder and harder to work because of threats and censorship of political debate. Media freedom is being undermined by political tension linked…

African cinema: the five best political films

Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremistsTimbuktuIn the dunes not far from Timbuktu,…

Nigeria: Protesters Attack Freedom Radio

Thousands of protesters marched on the Kano-based private radio station, Freedom Radio and destroyed its transmitter and other facilities. Four station workers, including security men and duty officers, were injured…

Rwanda: New FM Station Coming

A new FM radio station, Amazing Grace, will hit the country's airwaves soon. The Christian station has already been granted permission to get a radio frequency, Pastor Gregg Schoof, on…

Angola: Public Television Launches Programme On Next Elections

Angola's state-run television station TPA is to inaugurate this Thursday a weekly programme named "Angola, a caminho das Eleiçoes" (Angola on its way to the elections), says ANGOP news agency.…

Gabon: Gabonews launches radio station and TV station, Canal Espoir

The journalists of Gabonews have launched a new radio station Frequence Espoir called which broadcasts on FM89.50 and Channel Espoir, a TV channel of the same name on channel 38…

outh Africa's 3D film ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ to go global

Local 3D film Jock of the Bushveld has been signed by a Hollywood-based distribution company which will see the film screened in the US and Europe later this year before…

The power of sports TV programmes for the growing African Middle Class

The middle class, in the conventional economic framework, is the backbone of a mature and developed economy. According to this perspective, the middle class is the driving force in the…

The Dream of Shahrazad teaser trailer

South African documentary filmmaker Francois Verster's The Dream of Shahrazad, looks at recent political events in Egypt and Turkey through the lens of the famous story collection known as The…

South Africa: Satellite Health Channel Reaches Nearly 300 Clinics

Harnessing satellite technology, a partnership including the national Department of Health, has been providing health care "info-tainment" to televisions in nearly 300 clinics and hospitals countrywide. Since pilot operations in…

Ecobank partners Vitamalt, IMPC for ‘Entrepreneur’ TV show

At least, 60 lucky Nigerians with small businesses or business ideas will soon have the opportunity to fully own their businesses through free financing. This is being made possible by…

Broadcast In Brief:

- According to Médiamétrie , Arte (the French-German TV channel) broadcasted at 22:30 on the 6th May, part of Europa Zoom entitled "Europe seen by Africa" ( "L'Europe vue d'Afrique")…

MTV and MTN partner to empower African Youth

Lagos, 10 May 2011: MTV Networks Africa and MTN have joined forces in a groundbreaking pan-African multimedia campaign designed to inspire African youth by connecting them with some of the…

Content - In Brief

Helmer Porteus Xandau’s animated pic “Hillbrow” explores the conflict that has arisen in South Africa over efavirenz, one of the antiretroviral medications formulated to treat AIDS that is now being…

Documentary follows IT pioneers in Africa

Made in Africa, produced by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar, is a documentary which portrays the progress of digital technologies and innovation hubs across Africa. Told through…

Zimbabwe: New TV Station

The television monopoly of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings could soon end following an announcement by a new pan-African satellite television station GTV that it intends to set up shop in…

New web site Pitchit aims to connect aspiring filmmakers with local and international producers

Ants Multimedia has launched www.pitchit.co.za, a unique online platform for African filmmakers and scriptwriters to pitch their concepts to an array of local and international producers, broadcasters, agents as well…

South Africa: Naked News Abides By Standards says BCCSA, Evokes Religious Outcry

A late-night news bulletin on e.tv that features nude women was not in contravention of broadcasting standards, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Tuesday. "It is within…

Content - In Brief

Nigerian animated children’s show grows international fan baseCreated by Nigerian animator Adamu Waziri, and produced by his Nigerian based animation company EVCL, Bino and Fino is an African educational cartoon…

Botswana: Mini-Choice Satellite Tv

South African based Multichoice DSTV is about to push up the prices for the services they offer in Botswana. The compact bouquet is going up by US$1.67 to US$30.06 beginning…

Content In Brief

- The low budget Afikaans teen comedy Bakgat! continues to make good at the South African box office, having amassed just over R2m in its three weeks of release. It…

Angers’ African Film Festival winners

Now in its thirteenth edition, ‘Cinémas d’Afrique’ Festival took place in Angers, France, from April 12 to 17 ended in a festive atmosphere, thanks to Congolese music band ‘Punta Negra’.…

Nollywood: $200m intervention fund, YouWIN to the rescue

The fund may not be at large, but there are people who shoot a movie for N10 million, N20million, even for people who shoot a movie for N5millionIt was an…

SA movies taking the lead at the box office

IAs Jy Sing is now the biggest Afrikaans film of 2013 and has had the biggest opening weekend of any Afrikaans title this year. The film was the number one…

Community station Cape Town TV to be launched

Cape Town is to have its own television station, which will start broadcasting in August this year. Called Cape Town TV (or CTV), the new channel has just been awarded…

Content In Brief

- In Madagascar, a new 120 episodes TV series called " Anjara sa safidy " has starting showing on TV. The first episode began on 2 May 2011 on national…

South Africa: Developing films within the Film Community

Filmcontact.com announced the launch of Film Projects, an innovative way to develop films by harnessing the collective talents of professional filmmakers to move projects forward as a community.Lilian Baksalevowicz, the…

Interview with 'Mandela' producer Anant Singh

Examiner.com had the opportunity to interview "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," producer Anant Singh. How did you obtain the rights to Nelson Mandela's autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom"? Singh: You…

Uganda: 10 Television And Radio Stations to Be Set Up Countrywide

Ten television and radio stations will be set up countrywide, Uganda’s Parliament heard last week. The stations will be in Arua, Gulu, Soroti, Mbale, Kampala, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Kabale…

Nigeria: Endeavour Country Thrills

A new reality TV show promising lots of cash is set to hit the airwaves across Nigeria soon. Called Endeavour Nigeria Reality TV Show, the programmme, according to organizers, is…

Composers for Africa scores with another international TVC

It's been another busy year at Mama Dance’s original composition division as demand for their high end advertising scores continues to grow.International coffee brand Afro Coffee, commissioned the company to…

Tanzania: Mukidoma TV Likely to Surf Local Airwaves

The Mukidoma chain of schools intends to establish what is likely to be the first television station in Arusha region. The Executive Director of Mukidoma establishment, Dr. Musa Masanja revealed…

South Africa: Country, Netherlands Collaborate on Reality TV Show

Currently being broadcast on Link television in the Netherlands is Expedition Unlimited, a reality TV show on the South African adventures of five models and five young people with physical…

Kenya: Sci-Fi TV series casts 2062 Africa as the world’s new oasis

Imagine a future in which the sun is no longer visible in most parts of the world, leaving Africa as the sole oasis of sunshine.Watch the trailer here: Local cinemas…

Tavern TV launched in SA to reach South African shebeens

Business Day reports that Tavern TV, aimed at South African shebeens, will be launched in August by the Provantage Group. The Group predicts that Tavern TV will reach four million…

South Africa: Splashing out on supersized decals to promote dirty sexy money

M-Net and Mindshare recently chose The Letter Corporation (TLC) to assist in boosting support of its popular Thursday evening blockbuster series ‘Dirty Sexy Money'. To grab the attention of entertainment-seeking…

Filming wraps in Cape Town on Felix

Filming has just wrapped in Cape Town on the new South African family feature film, Felix! The all-star cast includes Jo'burg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman (Nicholas and Alexandra, Nuns on…

Content - In Brief

- The Foreign Press Association has recognised Al Jazeera English for its innovative health and environment programmes at its annual media awards ceremony in London. Commenting on the win, Al…

Broadcast In Brief

- The Minister for Trade, Industry, Presidential Initiative and Private Sector Development, Mr. Joe Baidoe-Ansah, found himself on the wrong side of etiquette last week, when he disrupted a live…

New Muslim TV channel to be launched in South Africa

An international Islamic-focused satellite TV channel that aims to give non-Muslims a better understanding of the faith will be launched in South Africa early next year. The UK-based Islam Channel,…

Night Drive, a New South African horror movie from Film Factory goes into production

A new South African horror movie, Night Drive, produced by The Film Factory goes into production on 29 August. Night Drive is a gritty horror movie, set against the backdrop…

From the 17th edition of the annual African film Awards

The 17th edition of the annual African film Awards holds tomorrow at the Old Stratford Town Hall in London. Mike Abiola, the CEO of African Voice Newspaper, London and the…

Content In Brief

- The world’s most famous teenage couple, Troy (Zac Effron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) have launched an impressive attack on the South Africa box office. Their film High School Musical…

Novavision selling no-dialogue candid camera programmes into Africa

Balancing Act's Sylvain Béletre interviewed Francois-Xavier Poirier, CEO of Novavision, a French production house which specialises in no-dialogue candid camera programmes on its recent foray into the African market Q:…

Kenya: UN Partners with MTV to Dramatize Stories of Love and HIV Infection

The United Nations and MTV are reaching out to young Kenyans to highlight that HIV is not a death sentence though a new three-part television series exploring the lives and…

Content News - In Brief

- On November 12, 2012, Kenyan sensation Nairobi Half Life was announced the winner of the Buni TV-sponsored Audience Award at the Film Africa festival’s closing ceremony in London on…

Ghana: Viasat - 1 TV Network to Start Operations in Ghana

Viasat Broadcasting G Limited an international Entertainment Broadcasting Group is to begin operating in Ghana by the end of the year. Rune Skogeng Chief Executive Officer of the company disclosed…

Promax BDA Africa conference will take place again to inspire creatives

This year’s PromaxBDA Africa conference is entirely focused on making the recession, and all the ugly three-headed monsters that came with it, a little less painful. The SABC this week…

USAID provides funding for two seasons of Sesame Street Nigeria

Focus on the importance of education, empowerment for girls and HIV/AIDS will be part of the Nigerian version of the long-running children’s series Sesame Street. The programme is an extension…

South Africa: New M-Net show delayed a week

The 13-part original South Africa reality format, Way of the Warrior, will start broadcasting a week later than scheduled on M-Net Action (Channel 106 on DStv), on Monday, 22 February…

M-Net announces new local content channel for DStv subscribers

South Africa’s local production industry received a boost on 25th. May 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which will showcase on-screens on the 12th…

Tunisia: New Private Koran-Focused Radio Station Launched

The first day in Ramadan was marked by the launch of Tunisia 's third privately -owned Radio Station, dubbed the "Zeitouna Radio Station for the Holy Koran". Taking its name…

Rwanda: Local Media Yet to Acquire Can U-20 Rights

Despite previous reports out of Rwanda, the local broadcasting media is yet to enter any form of agreement with French-based SportFive over-the-air television and radio rights for next year's African…

BBC to run drama-doc produced by Diverse on Winnie Mandela shot in Soweto

A British company has produced for the BBC a documentary-drama tracing the life of Winnie Mandela. Shot in Soweto, the film explores the sometimes controversial past of the former muse…

South Africa: 1.1 million viewers Choose Pay TV over Free-To-Air options, says TAMS

DStv viewers have grown 33%, which translates to an impressive 1.129- million new viewers, pitching it for the first time against terrestrial channels SABC and e.tv, the latest Television Audience…

South Africa: Channel O launches Goal Diggerz as new sports and entertainment show

Goal Diggerz is the name of Channel O’s exclusive new weekly show which combines sports, music and entertainment. The half-hour series makes its debut on Tuesday, 15 February at 9pm…

Portrayal of women in Nollywood films:” wicked, manipulative, loose in morals, diabolic and inferior to the men"

Portrayal of women in Nollywood films:” wicked, manipulative, loose in morals, diabolic and inferior to the men" According to Nigeriafilms, there is a noticeable trend in Nollywood films: The women…

Opinion: Anti-Muslim Film Was a Trap

One of the first scenes in the ridiculous but thoroughly nasty film "Innocence of Muslims" shows angry Muslims running through the streets smashing things and killing people.So what happens when…

South Africa: TV ad Throws Out Challenge to All Citizens

FNB's new 2010 TV ad is intended to position the bank as the 2010 FIFA World Cup sponsor that holds nation-building at its heart - without shying away from addressing…

South Africa: Ensuring a Viable SABC

The SABC Board and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications share the responsibility of ensuring that South Africa has a credible and successful public broadcaster the chairperson of the SABC…

Content In Brief:

- The President of the NGO Plan-Ivoire, Bernard Bolly Bouekré, last Wednesday gave a copy of the film “the Black dress” (« La Robe Noire ») to the Operation of…

Ghana facing Nations Cup TV black-out because of 1.5 million fee for rights

Ghanaians might not be able to watch the upcoming Africa Cup Nations Cup to be staged in Angola on television due to the inability of local TV stations to secure…

South Africa: M-Net acquires new 3-D Babar series

The new 3-D animated television series Babar And The Adventures Of Badoufrom Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises has been sold to a number of global broadcasters including M-Net. Sales for the…

Koowee, the first multi-language children's television channel in Africa

Koowee is a children's channel aimed at children under the age of six. The channel was conceptualized to be the first multi-lingual kids channel in Africa. M-Net identified the opportunity…

Kenya's top 10 hottest TV shows, according to Ghafla

Ladies and gentlemen, Kenya has come really far in as far as our TV shows are concerned. Gone are the days when Kenyans were ashamed to say they enjoy watching…

Big Brother Gets Uncut – what the late night version shows

For those that no longer find any steam in watching the shower hour viewing segment of Big Brother Africa 2, the uncut show - airing Friday nights at about 11.30p.m.-…

Senegalese Government seeks to promote regional television initiative

The Senegalese Government’s Ministry of Information, Telecommunications and ICT announced on 14 November that it will provide resources for a “regional television project” in association with NEPAD and other institutions.…

Nigeria: FIFA warns that Journalists could miss the U-17 World Cup if they fail to meet Accreditation Deadline

FIFA has advised journalists wishing to cover the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Nigeria 2009 to be conscious of the September 7 deadline for the submission of the accreditation application. According…

Tunisia: Australia’s SBS TV shoots documentary on Kerkennah Islands

Under the title: "Looks at the relaxed lifestyle of the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia", the Australian TV channel "SBS TV", broadcast a 30 minute documentary on the Kerkennah Islands on…

Content In Brief

*The growing international recognition and acceptance of the South African film industry is positive news for Gauteng, with all of District 9, part of Invictus as well as award-winner Skin,…

Ladies Detective Agency movie relocates to Cape Town

According to a 3 June 2010 report in FilmContact.com, the producers of the popular MamaRamotswe movie also known as the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency have auctioned their property, including movie…

2011 Africa Movie Academy Awards Winners

This past week was a celebration for the Seventh Annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) culminating in the award ceremony at the Gloryland Cultural Centre, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria.And the…

Ten films from the Namibian Movie Collection at DISCOP Africa

In November 2009, AfricAvenir, in cooperation with Joe-Vision Production and the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) launched a joint project called "Namibian Movie Collection", which was placed at the Multimedia Library…

Senegal: Democracy in Dakar – Doc pic goes below surface of 2007 presidential election

The documentary project, "Democracy in Dakar" highlights the impact hip hop artists have had on the democratic process in Senegal, shedding light on the politics of one of francophone Africa's…

Broadcast In Brief

- A new South African industry body, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), was launched during the South Africa Radio Forum 2008, which took place at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre on…

MHz completes e.TV contract in SA

Independent UK systems integrator Megahertz Broadcast Systems (MHz) has completed work on the server-based infrastructure and broadcast systems for a new 24-hour news channel at South African broadcaster e.TV. Alongside…

Content In Brief

- Twelve Sudanese journalists received one-month training on election reporting under UNESCO’s programme, Joint Media Elections Training. The participants, from both Northern and Southern Sudan, attended two weeks of classroom…

Content News: In Brief

According to a 3 June 2010 report in FilmContact.com, the producers of the popular MamaRamotswe movie also known as the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency have auctioned their property, including movie…

African film makers to ‘drive’ Porsche cars ads

The 8th Porsche International Student Advertising Film Award 2011 invites film students to participate in this international advertising film competition.For the first time, this year there will be two different…

Content News - In Brief

 - Channel Africa hosted a discussion about the state of South African film following the NFVF's release of the 10 year film and television industry review document. Listen to the…

South African government increases TV licence to plug the financial gap

On Aug. 7th 2009, South Africa's Department of Communications has posted a notice on its Government Gazette notifying an increase in TV licence. The mandate of the SABC as a…

Burkina Faso: encouraging better quality broadcast and film output

Burkina Faso is in search of the best media productions. This is the topic of a State’s press release placing the importance and implications of "Galian" rates established in 1998…

The African Film Festival of Cordoba reaches 13,000 spectators

The African Film Festival of Cordoba-FCAT has reached 13,000 spectators in its tenth edition, celebrated from the 11th to the 19th of October. In its second year at Cordoba, after…

Morocco puts US$619,000 into local film and TV production

Morocco has earmarked 5 million dirhams to promote national audiovisual production, said Communication Minister and Spokesman for the government, Khalid Naciri on Tuesday. It may be a relatively small sum…

Uganda: Radio Talk Show Case - Court to Deliver Verdict On Incitement Charges on September 9

The court in Uganda’s Kabarole District has set September 9 as the date when it will deliver a verdict on a case in which six radio talk show panellists in…

ISFFO selects three films from South Africa

The 57th edition of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen announces that the festival will present three films from South Africa in its International Competition!The following films have been selected:•Atrophy by…

FranceTV distribution to attend DISCOP Africa

 FranceTV distribution will be attending DISCOP AFRICA for the first time this November 2013. Chairman and CEO Yann Chapellon, along with Sales Executive Mathurin Beauvert, from the International Distribution department,…

Nigeria: Enugu will build Nollywood production village in bid make itself the centre of the country’s movie industry

The state government has announced plans to build a Nollywood village in order to try and make the state the centre of movie production in the country. The announcement was…

Broadcast In Brief

- Senegalese news channel Canal Info News which stopped broadcasting in July 2009 has started broadcasting again from Wednesday 12th August at 13h30 from Dakar. A new generation transmitter allowing…

Africa: RFI Launches Kiswahili Service in Ten Countries

Radio France Internationale has launched its Swahili language daily radio broadcast on Monday from Dar-Es-Salam. A team of nine journalists, headed by manager David Coffey will produce news, features, sports…

Content - In Brief

- South African-born Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula, Hijack Stories, Paris, je t'aime, Life, Above All) is currently shooting the German film Russendisko in Berlin.- The powerful and compelling 56-minute documentary feature…

FESPACO, and the winners are…

The Golden Stallion of Yennenga award was awarded to a Senegalese film. At the 24th edition scheduled from February 28 to March 7, 2015, the amounts of the Stallions doubled…

AV distribution and restoration: Ultra Distributors at Discop Africa

Ultra Distributors, India is a 30 year forward looking complete entertainment company and a one-stop shop for broadcasters, Distributors, Content Aggregators and Production Companies. Its catalogue has over 2000 titles…

Private sector broadcast chief Mactar Silla stresses role of communication in Africa's development

The chairman of the Organization of Africa's Private Television stations, Mactar Silla, has said communication plays a key role in Africa's development and urged the continent's leaders to be aware…

Selected African filmakers are invited to film in China

Inspired by the growing influence of China in some African countries, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has invited seven filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Angola…

Jozi Film Festival 2013 winners announced

The second annual Jozi Film Festival took place over the weekend – twenty three films were screened at three venues across Johannesburg – The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Villa Arcadia and…

Tour du Faso on TV5MONDE

From Friday 25 October to Sunday, 3 November 2013, hundreds of cyclers from Africa and Europe competed for the 10 steps to cover 1240 kms under the Sahelian sun.TV5MONDE relayed…

Letting Africans speak, telling African stories

Shortly before his sudden death in January, Joanna Wright spoke to BBC's Komla Dumor about what it takes to tell the African story.For decades, the African story told in the…

Tunisia: Nessma TV promotes exchange of broadcast content between Maghreb countries

Tunisian private Television station, Nessma TV, has pledged to promote culture in the Maghreb region with its new programme schedules. One of its owners Nabil Karoui told a press conference…

STV enhances kids’ programme offering with a daily dose of Nickelodeon

Nigerian free-to-air TV channel STV is to significantly upgrade its offering for kids, tweens and teens thanks to a new content deal with MTV Networks Africa that brings quality programming…

Kenya: Peace Film Hits Screens As Tensions Rise Ahead of Election

In Nairobi Mercy Wanjiru pauses to collect her thoughts. The 29-year-old Kenyan actress, who stars in a new film to promote peace ahead of the 4 March presidential vote, has…

Côte Ouest moves into production

 CÔTE OUEST AUDIOVISUEL is a privately owned, independent film and television distribution company, widely recognized as the leader in sales and distribution of audio-visual content for and from Africa and…

SUMO SPIRIT: A Storm from Egypt (from NHK TV)

A young wrestler from Egypt has taken the world of sumo by storm under the apt name of Osunaarashi ' or 'Great Sandstorm' in Japanese. It took him only 18…

Aflix Extends To 30 African Countries

Newly launched mobile video streaming app, Aflix, which was initially launched in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, has extended its Hollywood mobile streaming service in thirty other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.The…

Content In Brief:

- Algiers International Cinema Festival will become an annual event. The Head of the department of Cinema in Algeria, Moura d Aït Oumeziane, announced that the Algiers International Festival of…

STV enhances kids’ programme offering with a daily dose of Nickelodeon

Nigerian free-to-air TV channel STV is to significantly upgrade its offering for kids, tweens and teens thanks to a new content deal with MTV Networks Africa that brings quality programming…

Ghana's New Movie: ‘The Azonto Boys’ Coming Soon!

Comedy in Ghana just got finer as one of the craziest and most creative movie production houses in Africa, ‘Talents United’ brings you ‘Azonto Boys’, a film written and directed…

Nigeria: Ficomms Launches Entrepreneurial TV Show “The Next Titan”

Ficomms International has announced the launch of a Nigerian entrepreneurial reality TV show tagged The Next Titan and sponsored by African telecoms giant MTN, through one of its division, MTN…

Content - In brief

- The Samaritans is a comedy series centered on the absurdities of one dysfunctional NGO.  The setting for The Samaritans is the Aid for Aid Kenya field office. Read the…

Registration for the 5th Durban FilmMart - now open! Co-production Breakfast, Master Classes, Producers Lounge

The Durban FilmMart celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014, together with the Durban International Film Festival, which celebrates its 35th birthday, and with it comes the exciting announcement of a…

StarTimes unveils new Hausa channel

StarTimes has unveiled a new Hausa channel, Dadin Kowa. The channel is dedicated to airing a variety of Hausa programmes, which include drama, documentary, talk shows, movies, music and education.Ayokunle…

Burkina Faso’s regulator CNC charts the rise of broadcast stations

Burkina Faso’s broadcast regulator Conseil supérieur de la communication (CSC) has published a short overview of the broadcast landscape in the country that shows the massive increase in the number…

South Africa’s Indian channel Saffron launches new 13 part Festivals series

The locally packaged pay-TV channel for South Africa’s Indian community, Saffron TV, will premiere a new, 13-part series, Festivals, on 29 July 2010 at 8pm. The series celebrates the spirit…

Two new independent films court African American ticket buyers

Movies aimed at African American moviegoers are typically the province of bigger-budget comedies and dramas — the kinds of stories told by Tyler Perry or produced by Screen Gems. But…

Content - In Brief

- The 8th edition of the Screen Nation Awards also known as the Black Baftas was held on the 17th of February 2013 in London. This spectacular event took place…

Documentary spotlights HIV/AIDS prevention and health care in Africa (Rotary)

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will air a 24-minute documentary about a project that brings free health care to African families on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 9 a.m.…

Three new channels set for DStv

If there is one thing any TV fan in South Africa would agree with, it would be the exponential growth of several channels in the past 24 months. The viewer…

Botswana: Crime Dramas Break Into GTV programming

GTV is unleashing two new US award-winning crime drama series on its flagship channel, G Prime this month: Prison Break, an action thriller following a young engineer as he ingeniously…

Malawi’s broadcast regulator promotes the benefits of digital transmission but no date set yet for switchover

On July 9, 2009, the President of the regulatory agency responsible for Malawi’s broadcast sector (MACRA), Thengo Maloya, declared that the transition from analog to digital would facilitate the advent…

Balancing Act revamps its website

Balancing Act has revamped its website to make it more engaging, flexible and professional. After a year of part time work for five team members, the new site was launched…

NYC: Film festival turns lens to African homeland

The 19th New York African Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, with a wide selection of films exploring ideas of home and homeland. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with the festival's…

Viasat's TV channels: New look, stronger content

Viasat Broadcasting, part of the international entertainment company Modern Times Group (MTG), announced the rebranding of its pay-TV channels. On Tuesday 29 April all channels will get a new look…

Ubuntu Village film project inspires connection and understanding

The Ubuntu Village project is a film driven initiative which began as a festival at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2011. Created by graduate Namuyaba Temanju, the project aims to…

Tanzania: EATV Seek to block TBC1’s use of Zee Comedi for programme name as copycat

As the tussle over "Ze Comedy" continues, the EATV has filed a lawsuit to block state-run station Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation from airing any programme using the service mark or words…

Sierra Leone: Two radio stripped of their licences by the Independent Media Commission

Two Sierra Leonean radio stations have been stripped of their licences. The national regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), says the stations failed to comply with the country's media…

Content News: In Brief

Zanzibar International Film Festival: The final schedule is now online. The complete schedule of all the films, events and activities over the 10 day Festival taking place from 10 to…

AMAA: South African film director Charlie Vundla crowned

South African Charlie Vundla scooped Best Director and his debut, film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million, was named Best Film at the eight Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA),…

Content - In Brief

A two-day media forum today opened in Kigali with over 150 media leaders and top journalists from around the continent in attendance. Dubbed "Turning the Page of Hate Media in…

Kenya: Local broadcasters to air 40% local content or risk penalties from CAK

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has directed television stations operating in Kenya to air 40% local content or risk penalties from the authority.Although the authority is yet to come…

South Africa: Multichoice, SABC in Talks

Multichoice confirmed last week that it was in negotiations with the SABC "on alternative channel and content agreements". The channel referred to could only be SABC News International, the public…

Nigerian public media workers into second week of strike over non-payment of allowance

The strike embarked upon by employees of the Nigerian government-owned media organisations entered its second week Tuesday without a solution in sight to the issues that precipitated the crisis The…

Content - In Brief

Death Metal Angola is an upcoming documentary directed by Jeremy Xido. The film takes a look at the development of a rock subculture in Angola. Director: Jeremy Xido / Cinematographer:…

Seattle International Film Festival gets three year grant to show African films

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced that it was the 2012 recipient of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences multiyear grant for its African Pictures  program to be…

New Comedy Series: ‘Kenya Edition’ from Buni TV

In Nairobi, Buni TV (www.buni.tv), the one-year-old African video platform, is announcing the release of its new Comedy Series – Kenya Edition. After its inaugural Comedy Series, which featured Kenyan…

KTN, NTV and Citizen back on StarTimes

Three major local stations KTN, NTV and Citizen which have been absent from the StarTimes pay TV platform are now back just two days after the Supreme Court made a…

Botswana: etv’s GBC-TV announces new beefed-up programme schedule

July 15 ushered in a new era for etv’s Gaborone Broadcasting Company (GBC-TV) following the launch of its new programme schedule. The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi,…

Broadcast In Brief

- On July 20-21, Gaborone, capital of Botswana will host a meeting of the Commission of marketing and education of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB). The commission is in…

Uganda: Why the Hostel Was Suspended

For more than two weeks now, fans across the country have been wondering why NTV's hit miniseries, The Hostel, has not been showing.The only official communication Fasttrack Productions - the…

African media news:Twenty Finalists Emerge in $1 Million storytelling Challenge

Nairobi, Kenya July 23, 2013 - Twenty journalists have been shortlisted as finalists in the $1 million African Story Challenge, a next innovative, multi-media storytelling that aims to improve the…

Gulli targets African eyeballs with local content

French free DTT kids and family channel Gulli expanded to Africa this March and is planning to reach out to a local kids and parents with a raft of local…

South Africa: MTV voted Coolest TV Channel in Sunday Times Generation Next Survey

MTV Networks is celebrating after its iconic music channel MTV was voted South Africa’s Coolest TV Channel and its localised channel for Africa, MTV base, scored second behind MTV as…

Content In Brief

- The documentary by Christopher Gargot, a French filmmaker, entitled "D'Arusha à Arusha" (From Arusha to Arusha), which exposes the limits of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for…

South Africa: SABC1 announces highlights for January 2011

SABC1 has announced the highlights of the season starting in January 2011:Soul Buddyz 5: Monday 10 Jan @ 19:00An exciting, positive and up-beat drama series detailing the lives and challenges…

Kenya: Omotola Spills On Her New Reality Show

In an interview with Word Is, iconic Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde spoke about her new TV reality show. Dubbed Omotola: The Real Me, the show gives audiences an up…

Nigeria: Israeli format Fun Zone show now on Galaxy and Silverbird

The acclaimed Fun Zone show for kids is now broadcasting every Saturday on Galaxy TV and Silver Bird TV in all 8 stations.About three years ago, renowned International producers, Dana…

e.tv announces new local telenovela ‘Gold Diggers’

The next local e.tv telenovela, Gold Diggers, premieres on 10 August at 20h00. The much-awaited Gold Diggers is an intriguing story which brings key issues affecting the South African working…

Uganda: Besigye Blocked From Kitgum Radio Show

A Kitgum-based private radio station, Kitti FM, was switched off for several hours on Saturday evening - 30 minutes after FDC President Kizza Besigye had started talking. Events began at…

South Africa: Icasa Grants ODM Pay-TV Licence, set to launch in 60-90 days

On Digital Media (ODM) announced earlier this week that it has been awarded a pay-TV broadcast licence by ICASA. "We are ecstatic that ICASA has issued our broadcasting licence," commented…

Rwanda: new TV10 optimizes quality of TV news

From the 17-29 June 2013, CFI organized a training course in Kigali aimed at journalists from the TV10 channel to improve the editorial organisation and optimise the quality of TV…

ODM launches Trace Sport Stars, QYOU channels

South African pay-DTH operator On Digital Media (ODM), is adding two channels, namely the US video clip linear TV channel QYOU and Trace Sports Stars. According to Nextvame, the channels…

Prime Entertainment Group scores sports and entertainment deal with MBC

Prime Entertainment Group has announced a package deal of 578 hours with its partner of the last three years, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).Prime MBCMBC is the historical and leading broadcaster…

Namibia: NBC Makes Big U-Turn

The on-again, off-again call-in programmes of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation appear to be on again, but for how long no one seems to know. Regular radio listeners report that on…

South Africa: SABC Gets LOC 2008 Olympics Rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced an agreement with the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited (SABC) for the acquisition of the broadcast…

Growth of Nollywood undermined by lack of cinemas and piracy

This summarised version of an article by Richard Seymour in Nigeria’s Compass newspaper offers many interesting insights into the development of the continent’s largest film industry.Nollywood owes its recent expansion…

In Brief

Over 100 aspiring Namibian filmmakers are attending workshops in the capital city of Windhoek, organised in partnership between the Namibian Filmmakers Association (NFA) and the Stockholm International Film Festival. Full…

DStv To Launch “Eva Telenovela Channel”

Excitement is growing among the many Zimbabwean fans of Telenovelas as a second exclusive channel prepares to start broadcasting on DStv this month.MultiChoice Africa is excited to announce the launch…

KykNET & Kie Launches New Soapie as M-Net Grows Investment in Local Production

M-Net’s Afrikaans Channel, kykNET, will launch a brand new soap opera on Monday, 16 November 2015. Titled Suidooster, it is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape…

Uganda: BBC to Cast Akii Bua Documentary

The BBC is making a documentary about Uganda's only Olympic gold medallist John Akii Bua, which will be aired just before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The documentary titled "Looking…

Nigeria: Daar Communications to Begin Multi-Channel Pay TV

Africa Independent Television, AIT, a subsidiary of Daar Communications is set to come up with a multi channel Pay TV platform that will revolutionalise broadcasting in Nigeria. Chairman of Daar…

Rwanda: GTV Launches Two More Major Channels

GTV, the Pan African Pay-TV network, introduced Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Afro Music Channel to its subscribers from December 1. It launched both BET and the Afro Music…

Made in Cape Town: African sci-fi

Far from being a District 9 copy, the new black-and-white sci-fi film from Cape Town-based production company Be Phat Motel has its own dark ambience and unique character that is…

Afiroterminal.com partners with London OH TV to launch $3000 'I Love Afrtica' video competition

Afroterminal.com has partnered with OH TV (a UK TV Channel) to launch the $3000 'I Love Africa' video competitionThere is so much bad press about Africa - and yet, for…

Africa: TV stations urged to invest in content

Operators of television stations on the continent have been urged to pay particular attention to improving their content and dedicating more funds to it rather than their coverage (reach).The call…

Al Jazeera screens award-winning documentary on kidnapped Eritrean refugees

The Sound of Torture is a haunting, multi-award-winning documentary about the plight of Eritrean refugees. In the last decade, more than 300,000 Eritreans have fled the military dictatorship in their…

‘Polyglot,’ A New Web Series On Young Creatives Of Color In Berlin

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire that explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin. The show’s…

Uganda: DSTV Brings Copa America

Pay television guru, MultiChoice has added spice to its sports programmes. The Copa America (Copa Sud America) is the latest in its array of newly unveiled sports programmes on DStv.…

South Africa: Soweto TV given permission to broadcast without licence until ICASA catches up

After two short runs of one month each in 2005 and 2006, Soweto Community TV finally went on air for a year in July 2007 to viewers in the South…

South Africa: Beeld now on TV

DStv subscribers now have a news service in Afrikaans. The content of Beeld is now available on DStv as an interactive news channel, the Afrikaans newspaper announced last week. “Beeld…

South Africa: Neill Blomkamp's new video leads fans on a digital treasure hunt

When South African film-maker Neill Blomkamp's strange new short went viral (in Oct 2010) it prompted many questions: is this a clue to Blomkamp's mooted District 9 sequel? Or his…

Content - In Brief

- Haraka!'s jury met at the headquarters of Canal France International (CFI) Tuesday, November 27, 2012. The jury selected 11 of the 26 projects that were submitted - in a…

South African movie wins at top European children's film festival

Felix, the feel-good South African family film, has won the €7,500 award for Best Children’s Film at the 36th Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, which ended on Sunday in Frankfurt,…

ITV Choice launches in Africa on DStv

ITV’s Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice.The commercial channel will launch exclusively on DStv…

Ne-Yo to Perform at MTV Africa Music Awards

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Ne-Yo will perform at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards, organizers said on Wednesday.The event, sponsored by the KwaZulu-Natal province in association with Absolut Vodka and…

Angola: MPs Praise Construction of Television Production, Broadcasting Centres

MP's with the 6th Commission on Education and Media Thursday in Luanda, praised the quality of the works of construction of the new production and transmission centres of Angola's state-run…

Broadcast In Brief

- South Africa's first commercial radio station, Springbok Radio, is back on air by popular demand. The Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South Africa, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg,…

Ethiopia: Country Radio to Broadcast BBC Programs On FM, MW

The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERT) and the BBC World Service on Friday forged a partnership that will see a range of BBC programmes broadcast on 97.1FM in Addis…

In Brief - Content

The future of Moroccan cinema is having a very creative time at the moment. This is what came out of the works selected for the short film competition (Cinécole) Marrakech…

Zimbabwe: Where are the filmmakers?

What a hectic weekend it was and I hope I find you well. This week, we are looking at the role of independent producers and how they can improve on…

SAFTAs 2015: Night one winners list

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: On Friday, 20 March the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) presented by the National Film and Video Foundation, took place at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.…

Congo-Kinshasa: High Hopes for Catholic Radio in Nation's South

A new Catholic radio station in the southern region hopes to promote evangelization and social awareness. "We named the radio Kaoze, in memory of the first Congolese priest of our…

South Africa: Rugby drama series to screen next year

A drama series for kykNET on the lives of rugby players, Getroud met Rugby, is currently being shot in and around locations in Gauteng, including the Roodeport Country Club, Houghton,…

Fox eyes Setanta’s sports channel bouquet

Fox International Channels (FIC), a 21st Century Fox company, has announced today that it is in the final stages of acquiring Setanta Africa Services Ltd., a sports channel bouquet distributed…

Lebogang Rasethaba’s new short film celebrates Soweto Marathon

Arcade Content’s Lebogang Rasethaba co-directed A New Belief: The People’s Race with German Stephan Wever. The inspiring short film celebrates the Nike Soweto Marathon, which returned last November after skipping…

Botswana: Radio Stations Prepare to Go Nationwide

Botswana first private radio stations, Gabz FM and Yarona FM, are procuring equipment and placing correspondents in preparation to go nationwide. Yarona FM is looking over the horizon at Christmas…

Content In Brief

- Whiz Kids Workshop, an educational TV show for children in Ethiopia, won top prizes in a competition for the most entrepreneurial education programs in Africa. It seeks to educate…

South Africa: Country’s total Entertainment and Media Reached R98 Billion in 2010 – PWC

South Africa’s total entertainment and media (E&M) spending (advertising and end-user spend) increased by 21.1% in 2010, reaching R98 billion, according to a PwC South African entertainment and media 2011-2015…

Why Nigeria's film industry can't yet square up to Hollywood

Nollywood is in a transitional phase, but its still has some way to go to be truly mainstream.A bright-green kit car marked "51 Nigeria" stands under grey skies, yards from…

Get ready for the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival

Taking place from 24 October to 3 November 2013, the Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival will take attendees on a cinematic journey to discover how Africans see themselves in…

4th Luxor African Film Festival Celebrates Africa's Unique Cultural Diversity

The 4th annual Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) took place last week in Cairo, Egypt, from March 16-21, 2015. The LAFF is an annual event which screens films from across…

Uganda: UBC Faces Disconnection Over Shs189 Million Debt

The State-owned Uganda Broadcasting Corporation television and radio may be disconnected from the satellite over alleged failure to pay about Shs189 million to Big Dish, its satellite link provider. Daily…

GTV’s Botswana GM promises more goodies

The General Manager of GTV Botswana, says his company is committed to broadening their channel offerings to meet their subscribers needs. Michael Essig said during a media lunch last Friday…

Angola: Can2010 Transmission Rights awarded exclusively to "Sportfive" Agency

The TV transmission rights for the 27th edition of the African Football Cup of Nations (CAN2010) Angola will host, have been awarded exclusively to the Sportfive Agency. This was announced…

African TV content to be family-driven, says Multimesh CEO

Chief Executive officer of Multimesh broadcasting company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa has called on African countries to borrow a leaf from Nigeria , by returning to family-driven TV content. Ohuabunwa made…

Namibia: No Porn Channel for DStv Viewers

Fans of adult entertainment who were eagerly anticipating a possible porn channel on DStv have been disappointed. The pay-TV service announced on Friday that the majority of its viewers had…

Bond film 23 will shoot in South Africa instead of India

We previously heard about the local Indian government and railway ministries being reluctant to allow EON Productions to shoot Bond 23 in their country this winter and the back-up plan…

Namibia: Ramata Screened At Goethe Centre

Ramata is an African documentary screened in the Goethe Centre Auditorium, courtesy of AfricAvenir, a company that has been screening films in Namibia in the series of "African Perspectives" since…

Content - In Brief

- Banned Cameroonian film “The President” will be available for free at buni.tv for a week starting October 12 - don't miss! Bekolo's last film, 'Bloodettes' is considered Africa's one…

StarTimes launches exclusive Kiswahili programming channel

Pay-TV firm StarTimes has unveiled its self-produced Star Swahili channel in a bid to revamp its offering for Kenyan subscribers to include local content.The channel will be available on all…

Zimbabwe: ZBH to Launch New Short Wave Radio Station

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings is next Friday -- on Africa Unity Day -- expected to launch a new short wave radio station, The Voice of Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean news and news…

Third Lola Kenya Screen festival attracts 300 films

Forty-five countries have submitted 300 films in total for the 3rd annual Lola Kenya Screen, eastern Africa's premier audiovisual media platform exclusively designed for children, youth and family. Film made…

Multichoice Africa announces a 26% increase in subscribers bringing total to 830,000 subscribers

At the end of November MultiChoice Africa announced a 26% (92,000) increase in net equated* subscribers to 630,000 from September 2007 to September 2008, as consumers continued to see the…

South Africa’s eTV starts raising its profile across the continent by selling its TV channels

South Africa’s Free-To-Air channel eTV is seeking to raise its profile across the continent by selling its channel to other broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has cleared 99% of the…

South Africa: Spud, the movie goes into production at Michaelhouse

Production of the film version of one of South Africa's most beloved books, John van de Ruit's Spud, got underway at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands on Monday 8 March…

Fespaco 2011: Creating strategies to distribute African films globally

Fespaco, the ‘Biennale of African Cinema’ took place in Ouagadougou for a week from 22nd February to 5 March 2011.  Participants at Fespaco talked about how to introduce strategies to…

Reality TV not first choice of South Africans

Reviewing audience viewership of reality shows in South Africa would indicate that South Africans don't necessarily prefer reality programmes, as SAARF's TAMS Overnight ratings for August 2011 show that in…

The UK's Colonial Film Catalogue, a database of more than 6000 films

'African Urbanism' discusses the UK's Colonial Film Catalogue, a database*  of more than 6000 films, which provides a window into British colonial period (Over 350 of the most important films…

Africa: Why resilience is key to making it in the film and TV business

Carolyn Carew, founder and CEO of South African film and television production company, Born Free Media (BFM), is an award winning executive producer and entrepreneur. With over 25 years extensive…

Africa Trending – Going Beyond Business with Bloomberg TV Africa

From culture to art, film to fashion, music, sport, literature and lifestyle, Bloomberg TVAfrica will go beyond business to bring you Africa’s most talked about culture with their new show…

Chad/Sudan: Radio offers new voice on Darfur border

Men driving donkey carts to the market and refugees crouching in the shade finally have something to break the boredom of life in this arid Darfur border village - news,…

Nigeria: Kano court to rule on whether to overturn ban on 'Hafsah'

A high court in Kano last week set aside Friday, June 13, 2008 for a verdict on a case standing trial between the state government on one hand and the…

Africa: FIFA completes distribution of 2010 TV rights

With the awarding of the free-to-air terrestrial TV rights to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), FIFA completed its worldwide placement and distribution structure of the 2010 media rights on…

SA White Wedding enters Oscar race

The hit South African feature film, "White Wedding", is South Africa’s official selection for entry into the Foreign Language Category of the 82nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2010. This was…

Namibia: DSTV Education Bouquet for Namibian Schools

MultiChoice Namibia together with the Ministry of Education is providing educational content from the DStv bouquet to schools and learning institutions throughout Namibia. The partnership, whose aim is to promote…

“Companies should contribute to Education and Economic development in Africa via our programmes” says People TV’s MD

Francois Baudry, MD of People TV gave Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre a first taste of its 2011 programmes, freshest formats and its new partners’ programmes.People TV produces two popular TV…

East Africa: Nairobi hosts AMA Awards but region’s industry faces problems

To prove that East Africa in general is not a movie production backwater, Nairobi recently hosted the Africa Movie Awards (AMA) nominations ceremony, dubbed the Oscars of Africa, which brought…

Kalasha film and TV award’11 winners

The glitz and glamour that was witnessed at this years Kalasha awards will forever be engraved on peoples’ minds for a long fortune of time. In the words of Nicki…

Mobile Entertainment Africa event back in Cape Town

As a piece of technology the mobile device has had an incredible affect across the world. The geographical nature of Africa as a continent and the lack of previous fixed…

Tinsel actress Lizz Njagah talks about Kenya’s film and TV industry

Kenya’s low cost film industry – dubbed Riverwood after Nairobi’s River Road area – has flourished in recent years, but is still dwarfed by Nigeria’s Nollywood. Lizz Njagah, one of…

Miners Shot Down to screen on Al Jazeera

Miners Shot Down premieres on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at 22h00CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera's flagship documentary strand. The multi-award-winning documentary will screen daily until 16 August 2014, the two-year…

Nigeria: Nta Uyo Network to Gulp N150m -Iredia

Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tonnie Iredia has said that NTA Channel 12 Uyo, Akwa Ibom State would require about N150million to transform itself into a network centre in…

Uganda: No Country for Filmmakers

Evelyn Cindy Magara knows all too well the hurdles that face a filmmaker in Uganda. Fresh from Makerere University with a degree in filmmaking, she went against all odds and…

South Africa: Pay-TV viewers are promised more choice by next March

Variety is in store for South African viewers when three more pay-TV channels hit the small screen by March next year. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) initially…

CFI supports digitalisation of TV archives and sharing of expertise

Over Discop Africa 2, several producers and broadcaster expressed their concerns about the lack of skilled audio-visual staff in Africa. As an African broadcaster, who can you get help from…

African films get high profile at the “Berlinale”

More films on Africa made it at the 60th edition of Berlin International Film Festival, also known as “Berlinale” this year (11 to 21 Feb. 2010), such as for example:…

India’s Shemaroo seals 3D co-production deal with South Africa’s Astral Studios

On October 7, 2010, Angela Natividad reported that South African production house Astral Studios, which specialises in 3D animation, has formed a co-production liaison with Indian production house and distributor…

AiM Film Festival 2011: Focus on Children and Youth in African Cinema

Now that 2010’s celebrations are over, organisers of AiM in Edinburgh are in the planning stages of the next Africa in Motion Film Festival to be held from Thursday 27…

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- To celebrate the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27 October 2011, the SABC on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, opened a portion of a larger exhibition from the…

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- Shot in South Africa, set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 'The Dinosaur Project' purports to be found footage from an expedition led by a TV adventurer that…

South Africa: Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference back in Durban

In 2013 the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference will be moving to the lush coastal city of Durban, in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province of South Africa.The change of…

Vme TV Takes Viewers to Madagascar, a Natural Paradise Planeta Feroz special takes viewers to Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot

Vme TV, the only national Spanish-language television network affiliated with public television stations, is taking viewers on the trip of a lifetime to the island of Madagascar, a natural paradise…

Egypt: Sawiris' OTV Channel looking good one year on

The launch of OTV earlier on this year, a new free to air satellite television channel owned by one of Egypt's most successful businessmen, demonstrated the increasing liberalisation and profitability…

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- South African public broadcaster SABC will be embarking on a number of road shows to raise awareness for its radio stations and TV channels, by holding a star-studded celebrity…

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- East Coast Radio's licence application for a new Richards Bay region local radio station is currently on hold, thanks to an ICASA moratorium on all new radio licence applications…

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- South Africa’s Cookie Jar Entertainment’s most recent film projects are based on books: Ella the Elephant and Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular. “We developed Ella with a Canadian partner, and…

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- To celebrate its anniversary, TV5, the French TV channel provides an interactive documentary about going and meeting modern Africa, fifty years after independence. http://independances.tv5monde.com/ - After an extensive talent…

South Africa’s Triggerfish launches new feature film production

South African-based Triggerfish Animation Studio has announced production is under way for its first full-length feature film, Zambezia, scheduled for a worldwide theatrical release in 2011. The feature is about…

Successful Cinema Mondial Tour in Africa extended

The Cinema Mondial Tour in Africa, which started in July 2010, is to continue for a second season. The Cinema Mondial Tour continues in 2011-2012 with a new programme of…

Eight African movies to look forward to

The Guardian‘s Africa Network have collected a list of eight African movies to look forward to this year. From Nigeria they list Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun…

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- The MultiChoice channel dedicated to covering the murder trial of South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been pulled down for the last time, and will resume only to show…

M-Net co-develops Disney reality show

In a world first, South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net is co-developing a reality format based on The Disney Channel’s phenomenally successful television movie franchise, High School Musical. On air as…

Africa takes part in “Earth project” with material showcased on Vimeo

Supported by the United Nations, American Red Cross, Vimeo and Dozens of Non-Profits, One Day on Earth Connects Thousands of Filmmakers in Over 200 Countries to Share their Unique Experiences.On…

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In January 2011 the UNESCO Office in Cairo, in cooperation with the Cairo University, has launched a project to strengthen journalism education and communication research in Egypt. This initiative aims…

The AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards

Here is a sneak peek at prestigious AMVCA trophy.With the nominees for the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs) just days away from being announced, today marked another highlight for…

Nigeria: Nigeria Football Association and DAAR in US$2.1 M rights deal

DAAR Communication, owners of AIT and Ray Power Radio signed a N250 million (US$2.1 million) rights deal with the Nigeria Football Association. The Association’s Ojo Oba said the current board…

South Africa: The Locker Room wins MIPDOC Co-prod Challenge

In partnership with Reed MIDEM, realscreen co-presented the fifth edition of the MIPDOC Co-production Challenge, which allows five international producers to present their projects to a jury of broadcasters. One…

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The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in association with Services Seta, Screen Africa and Cape Film Commission set up a publicity workshop with internationally acclaimed Jonathan Rutter. A new…

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Asad, shot on the west coast of Cape Town and featuring Somali refugees living in the South African city, has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Short Film category.Modern…

African Broadcasting Union signs agreement with Octagon-African Broadcast Network for African Olympic rights

The African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) has concluded an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to acquire the free-to-air broadcast rights for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. The broadcast…

New documentary exposes Zimbabwe jail horror

An explosive documentary to be screened at 9.30pm on SABC3’s Special Assignment shows Zimbabwean prisoners dying of starvation and disease. by Benjamin Bradlow The footage, shot secretly with the help…

Mediterranean documentary filmakers to join at MEDIMED

Organised by Apimed, this year’s MEDIMED event will take place on 12-14 Oct. 2012 in Sitges, Spain, and present an exclusive selection of documentary projects, and ready made programmes, aiming…

Sierra Leone: SLPP Radio for Kenema

Regional chairman of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Saturday disclosed plans to establish the party's radio station in Kenema, which will serve the entire eastern region and beyond. He…

AFDA big winner at M-Net EDiT Awards

Men of the Number, a production from AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance) has won the best film award as well as best director, best…

The Media Institute of Southern Africa Press Freedom Award

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is inviting nominations for its annual MISA Press Freedom Award. The award is given to honour excellence in journalism. Excellence in journalism may…

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- Public broadcasters in Uganda have been urged to emphasise professionalism, invest in improved technology and strengthen regional partnerships to compete with the private Sector. Information Minister Kirunda Kivejinja made…

Zimbabwe: Another Amakhosi Production Censored

Before he could recover from the decision by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to suspend the screening of his popular soap Amakorokoza, Mhlanga has had another of his big ideas…

Nigeria: The Industry Called Nollywood

In the beginning: The story of Nigeria's Nollywood is like Ben Okri's "river" in his novel, The Famished Road, "which becomes a road and branches out to the world."Like a…

How (African) media could play a role in the Millennium Development Goals

With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, the international development community is pondering what comes next.World leaders agreed upon eight goals as part of a United Nations…

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- Together with advertising agency Ogilvy Johannesburg, the ANC has produced four commercials that highlight the positive changes ordinary South Africans have experienced since 1994, while acknowledging “there is much…

Kenyan film - Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi wins Cannes award

Lizz Ntonjira reported in “The Standard” that Wanuri Kahiu’s film, Pumzi, recently won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Cannes Independent Film Festival (CIFF), which runs simultaneously with the main Cannes…

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds soon in Cape Town

Production Listings reports that Denzel Washington movie is on its way to the rainbow nation. The countdown to the arrival of Hollywood stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Cape…

Ciné-Égyptomania in Paris at Cinémathèque française

Inaugurated in 2005 by famous filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, the new ‘Cinémathèque française’ in Paris Bercy (France) presents ‘Ciné-Égyptomania’, a special event organised by Magda Wassef, critic and historian of…

African films: AMAA 2014 winners

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) announced and celebrated its winners in Bayelsa, Nigeria in May 2014.WinnersEfere Ozako Award for Best Short Film: Dialemi (Gabon)Best Animation: Triggerfish's Khumba (South Africa)Best…

New licence for South African Free-To-Air satellite television station coming

South Africa is set to get another free-to-air television station. This was announced by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) last Friday in a move to remedy the failed…

Mediapeers offers a plethora of content on 2010 World Cup in South Africa

TV content buyers, TV programme managers, are you ready for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa? Online content distributor Mediapeers has put together a dedicated screening selection. This selection…

National Museum of Kenya shows first Black and White silent film shot in the country – 100 years of Kenyan film in new doc

Kiundu Waweru reported in “the Standard” on a century of cinema in Kenya. “Theodore Roosevelt, former US president, visited Kenya, then known as British East Africa, in 1909 for a…

African Film Festival of Tarifa supports African movies online

On the 1st February 2011,  the African Film Festival of Tarifa announced that it will offer movies online. Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act interviewed Filip Hruby, International Press Officer at…

S.A.: Nando's controversial ad to appear on Top TV

In a counterturn to the mainstream media, Top TV has announced that it will screen the Nando's 'Diversity' ad, from today, 21 June 2012. The decision was taken following an…

Germany: African Film Festival Cologne in September 2014

The 13th edition of the African Film Festival Cologne will take place from the 18th to 28th of September 2014.The event will screen around 80 films from 25 african countries…

Uganda: NTV's Hotsteps Dance is back

NTV's dance reality show Hotsteps is back for the second season and dancers will be competing for a Shs10m purse. The reality TV show will be aired starting the first…

Nigeria: Delta Suspends GM, Board of Radio, TV

Delta State government has suspended the board of the Delta State Broadcasting Service (DBS) Warri, the General Manager of the broadcasting organisation, Willy Sowbo, as well as the board of…

S.A. film “Finding Lenny” wins International Award

Neal Sundstrom’s 2009 film “Finding Lenny” wowed audiences at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France at the end of April 2010. The movie “Finding Lenny” (90’) was filmed…

South African film “The First Grader” scores at Telluride Film Festival

John Horn from the Los Angeles Times reported that “The First Grader” scores at Telluride Film Festival.  While the rest of Hollywood turns to far-fetched fantasies of flying superheroes, impossible…

Citizen journalism and democracy in Africa

A new report released by Rhodes University in South Africa analyzes citizen journalism within Africa's unique political, economic and technological context.The ethnographic study, "Citizen Journalism and Democracy in Africa," reveals…

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- MTV Base series “Shuga: Love, Sex, Money”, a television show set in Nairobi, Kenya that follows the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people has been…

Tanzania's VJs bring Hollywood to Africa

Adding context and humour to western blockbusters for the local audience, Tanzania's video jockey translators are stars in their own rightOn a gridlocked Tanzanian street, a hive of market vendors…

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Commercial from South Africa: Cape Town has become the star of the latest British Airways online video to promote its ever-growing fleet of new aircraft.Full story here: South Africa is…

South Africa: The Model Million$: ‘Go hot or go home'

It's a recipe that truly reflects the life of an internationally acclaimed supermodel - it's got the girls, the behind-the-scenes drama, betrayal, the money, the jet set suitcase lifestyle and…

Ghana: Uneasy Calm At GBC over new wages and benefits structure

Workers of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) are fuming with rage over the new salary structure that has been introduced. This development, which began in January this year, according to…

63rd Cannes Film Festival: Chadian film in official competition

For the first time in over ten years, an African film is selected for the “Palme d'Or” (gold palm). “Un homme qui crie n'est pas un ours qui danse” (“A…

“Surfing Soweto”, a film about train-hoppers, will be shown at the Tri-Continental Film Festival

A documentary, Surfing Soweto, captured the story of three boys who hopped from one speeding train to the next, risking their lives daily for the thrill. by Shanthini Naidoo Three…

The Angolan Institute of Cinema rounds up its activities in 2010

In Luanda, the activities of the Angolan Institute of Cinema, Audio-visual and Multimedia (IACAM) in 2010 were marked by a strong personnel training component and concerted actions in the promotion…

A budget of 1.3 m. Euros to support cinema and audiovisual production from OIF

Since 1988, the francophone Fund for audiovisual production of the South is set under the program "Images" of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF). It has an annual budget…

South Africa: Sony launches 24-hour Indian entertainment TV channel

Sony Entertainment Television Asia has launched its premium movie and special-events channel in South Africa. The new channel, MAX, which is available on DStv’s Indian bouquet, offers a blend of…

Botswana: BTV in Factitious Tangle With BDP Factions?

State television, Btv, has been accused of involvement in Botswana Democratic Party's (BDP) factional wars. This followed a story Btv carried last Friday about the recent launch of the ruling…

SADC - SABC channel partnership

According to a press release by SADC 2010 Programme coordinator Rama Arya, the Investment Promotion Programme seeks to raise awareness about the region and promote sustainable economic investment into SADC…

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- The African awards ceremony (ZAFAA 2010), now in its third edition, will take place at the prestigious Troxy Hall, East London on October 20, 2010. It will showcase the…

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10 tips for interviewing politicians: David Brewer from ‘Media Helping Media’ posted this interesting how to guide for journalists. There is a fine art to interviewing politicians. You need to…

MTV video jockey audition in South Africa

Still in search of the new VJ (video jockey or TV presenter) for the youth entertainment channel, MTV Base, talent scouts held auditions in Cape Town and Durban on 14…

Pan African Pay-TV service GTV seeks programmes

GTV, the pan African pay TV service will attend MIPCOM 2008 and is keen to acquire programmes to fill slots for its seven channels, G Prime, G Series, G Africa,…

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- Workers at Cote d’Ivoire’s RTI have been staging “sit-ins” that have bought the work of the station to a standstill. According to Notre Voie 303 staff were involved in…

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World Press Freedom Day was commemorated on Monday, 3 May 2010, by press organisations worldwide. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has made available a package of…

Nigeria and South Africa get most AMAA nominations

Most nominated films at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012 include South Africa’s Otelo Burning and How to 2 Steal 2 Million; Nigeria’s Adesuwa; Ghana’s Somewhere in Africa; The…

SABC cutbacks have put some producers out of work

The SABC cutbacks have put producers out of work. As KatlehoRamaphakela, Burnt Onion Productions MD said: "A production company can't survive off one project anymore unless it's a recurring daily…

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- ZBC Television last week launched a brand new breakfast show, Good Morning Zimbabwe that runs every weekday from 6 am to 8 am. The new programme is news-driven. It…

Tanzania’s The Village of Perceived Justice released

A new film by the name of The village of perceived justice is just about to be released in Dar es Salaam as confirmed by producers Policy Forum and Kanumba…

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- For its 30th edition, the ‘International Film Festival of Munchen’, Germany awarded the third feature film of Senegalese filmmaker MoussaTouré, ‘La Pirogue’ as best foreign film with a trophy…

South Africa: Cape Town's community TV channel finally takes to the air

It's been a lengthy process, which began with the launch of the initiative two years ago and has been hampered by delays, but CTV, Cape Town's community television station, is…

African film festivals in Italy building momentum

Under an apparent discretion, Italy has a few major festivals devoted to Africa and open to cinema in French: Milan, Verona, Padua, Parma, Trieste. We should add those of Roma,…

Rwanda: France’s SportFive will produce and promote U-20 African Youth championship

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded broadcasting rights to French-based SportFive to produce the TV coverage for next year's U-20 African Youth championship due for January 18-February 1…

NFVF’s South African film criteria brings value to local films

The National Film and Video Foundation wrapped the regional consultations on the South African film criteria on Thursday at the NFVF offices in Johannesburg.The consultations took place in four cities,…

A24 Media signs agreement to make 20 documentaries with CCTV

Camerapix/A24 Media, has signed a significant agreement with CCTV (China Central Television) to make 20 documentaries for their series “Faces of Africa”.  CCTV News, their 24-hour English language news station,…

South Africa: ANC Changes Tune on SABC Board

The political battle over the board and management of SABC has taken a new turn, The African National Congress (ANC) has backed down from its insistence that the speaker of…

New Angolan Series "Encontros E Desencontros" to debut in 2009

An Angolan Series titled "Encontros e Desencontros", produced by Oscar Gil Productions will be shown on TPA during the first half of 2009, according to its producer. Speaking to Angop…

“Tendance A”, a new programme on Afro-Caribbean creation

New monthly TV5Monde magazine " Tendance A" highlights African and Caribbean talents that affect fashion and design in the world. The 26 ' programme’s next edition will be aired on…

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- The stage is set again for another round of 91 days of tension and excitements for its fans as Africa's biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Africa returns live…

Zimbabwe: African Viewers to Get Oscar Experience

The Zimbabwe Independent wrote on February 2nd that DStv will offer live coverage of the 79th Academy Awards. The pre-show and ceremony will be broadcast in the early hours of…

National Geographic commissions weeklong live broadcast from South Africa from Aquavision

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned Aquavision TV Productions to produce Caught on Safari: Live!, a weeklong real-time broadcast from Kruger National Park in South Africa that will be available…

Nigeria: Break the Bank TV Game Show Hits Airwaves

Multi Links Telkom has launched a new television based game show, Break The Bank, through which the leading telecommunications and internet services provider will continue to empower its numerous subscribers.…

Alcohol adverts ban could play a crucial role in South Africa

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the banning of alcohol advertisements could play a crucial role in the health of South Africans. He was speaking at the opening of the fifth…

Ghana: Glo-CAF Awards Accreditations Begins

The Daily Champion (Lagos) reported on January 24th that organisers of the 2006 Glo-CAF Awards have set up an accreditation unit to ensure a hitch-free coverage of the event by…

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- Two channels on the platform of Nigeria's indigenous satellite pay TV operator, HiTV, have been nominated for the prestigious the Hot Bird TV. The two channels with virtually all-Nigerian…

South Africa: M-Net looking to commission drama series for 2010-2012

The M-Net Channel is seeking to commission drama series for broadcast in prime-time during 2010 - 2012. M-Net seeks to engage the services of experienced drama producers, directors, writers and…

Nigeria tops Channel O awards with 18 nominations

As the organisers of the annual Channel O Music Video Awards announces this year’s nominees’ list, Nigeria takes top spot with 18 nominations.With Ice Prince, Flavour, Whizkid, D’Banj, Tiwa Savage,…

Films shot in South Africa hits at US box office

The past few weekends have seen the number one films at the US box office all being shot in South Africa.Both Chronicle and Safe House have done extremely well in…

BBC marks launch of new FM transmitters in Sierra Leone with roadshow

The BBC World Service issued a statement saying that radio listeners in Sierra Leone will be treated to a week of live programming when the BBC World Service brings its…

Nigeria: Daarsat Set to Hit Air Waves

Daarsat, the new satellite Direct-To-Home (DTH) Pay TV platform, is set to hit the airwaves soon as it intends to excite Nigerians with bouquet of broadcast content. It comes with…

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- South Africa: The Natural History Unit Africa (NHU Africa) and WFA have announced that ‘Into the Dragon’s Lair’ has been nominated for Outstanding Cinematography through the News and Documentary…

Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou to star in “Zulu”

South Africa is quickly becoming a hot spot in the movie world. Now a new project is in development set in the nation and it has just attached its two…

South African film ‘Felix’ wins two more Awards

Felix, the South African youth and family film, written by Shirley Johnston and directed by Roberta Durrant, wins two further awards: Best Feature Script at the WGSA Muse Awards, and…

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- SABC 3’s lifestyle talk show, 3 Talk, has been moved to 4pm to make way for the more popular Oprah Winfrey Show that will be shown in prime time…

South Africa: porn ‘censorship’ a constitutional matter, Top TV’s Chair Eddie Mbalo

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has no right under the country’s constitution to block pay-TV operator TopTV from launching adult channels and the fact that it has done…

EbonyLife TV launches two new productions this month

EbonyLife TV hosted a Media and VIP cocktail event at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos to premiere two new productions – New Horizon and Married to the game on March…

David Oyelowo & Lupita Nyong’o In Talks To Star In ‘Queen Of Katwe’ For Disney

David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o are in negotiations to star in Queen Of Katwe, a pic based on the true story about the rise of a young African…

Nigeria: Kano’s “Kannywood” hurt by restrictions in the wake of a sex scandal

Fury over a sex video in Moslem northern Nigeria has all but finished a flourishing local film industry that employed thousands of people, but was under scrutiny by clerics and…

Ghana: Viasat 1 TV Channel Begins Operation in Country

A new free-to-air TV channel, VIASAT 1, which will predominantly broadcast entertainment programmes has began operation in Ghana. Viasat Broadcasting G Ltd, is part of an international Entertainment Broadcasting Group,…

Kenya/SA sci-fi film collaboration

Award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (From A Whisper) has teamed up with South African film producers Simon Hansen, Hannah Slezacek and Amira Quinlan of Inspired Minority Pictures to make a…

Hollywood hosted its first Tunisian Film Festival

The first ever Tunisian Film Festival hosted in Hollywood, California was held from January 10-12, 2012. The festival marks the one year anniversary of the Tunisian uprising.Organised by Free Tunisia,…

Senegal guest of honor at Luxor African film festival

Senegal is in the spotlight for this 3rd edition of the Luxor African film festival that will be held from March 16 to 24 in Luxor (Egypt).The Luxor African film…

The Scoop heads off into Season 2

Africa’s most talked about talk show is about to complete its first season and The Scoop is here to stay.  Salim Amin has spent the last 13 weeks flying around…

Africa: Apprentice Africa Goes on Air

Apprentice Africa, the business reality television show sponsored by Bank PHB will hit the airwaves from Tuesday. The programme will also be aired simultaneously in five different countries including Nigeria,…

Southern Sudan: New Radio Station to be Launched in Early 2009 and TV station to follow

A group of private investors with close links to the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) have invested in a new radio station that will have wider reach than the existing…

SA: Sky HD drama series Strike Back films in Joburg

The Sky1 HD production, Strike Back, starring Richard Armitage, Jodhi May and Andrew Lincoln, commenced filming on location in South Africa recently. Based on the hugely successful Chris Ryan novel,…

Nigerian Idol concludes series as contestants battle for last 3 spots

Last weekend, Nigeria’s biggest music reality show Nigerian Idol gave audiences and fans the times of their lives as they presented the wild card show that determines the last set…

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Nick Grubb is back in the corporate radio world after running his own consultancy - this time for Kagiso Media as Kagiso Broadcasting COO. Grubb tells Bizcommunity.com why they are…

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The First Preparatory Forum of East African Film Festivals and Film Producers has formed a new body-East African Film Network (EAFN) -and has elected an interim leadership to spearhead promotion…

Scatzy.com calls for South African film and television content

Scatzy.com is open for business and able to provide 5000 library facilities and 120 million library cardholders in the USA and Canada with film and television content from South Africa.…

GRB scores sales in Middle East and Africa

California-based producer-distributor GRB Entertainment has secured a number of deals for the sports docuseries Game Changers and My Beautiful Game in the Middle East and Africa.East Africa’s Wananchi picked up…

Liberia: Arcelor Mittal Launches New Web-TV Season

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, has launched the second season of its Web-based television series focusing on its brand value of transforming tomorrow. Interestingly, the first episode focuses entirely…

South Africa: ICASA gets the mobile TV licensing processing under way

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is calling for interested individual electronic communications services, broadcasting services and electronic communications network services licensees to apply for frequencies to provide…

Celebs can raise money for charity by competing in Endemol/M-Net series

Celebrities around South Africa can benefit a charity of their choice by taking part in brand-new Survivor South Africa but they will have to give up their luxury lifestyles and…

Africa: Zain Africa Challenge Back On TV

The fourth season of the popular Zain Africa Challenge has returned to screens across the continent. The first ever televised international academic competition among students at African Universities from the…

Samsung Inspires Fans to ‘Show Their Spirit’ for Africa’s biggest football tournament

Samsung Electronics is rallying fans across the continent to show their passion for the game, and has launched a series of interactive live and online events for fans to gather…

Jozi Film Festival announces opening night film

The Jozi Film Festival 2015 will open with the film Love the One You Love, directed by Jenna Cato Bass. This will be the Johannesburg premiere of the film which…

There’s A New Nigerian-American Sitcom Pilot About Nigerian Parents & Their ‘First Gen’ Kids

First Gen is a sitcom pilot about an “everyday Nigerian-American family” that looks to offer a satirical glimpse of the inner dynamics between immigrant parents and their first generation kids.…

Botswana: Controversial sports DJ Chillieboy speaks his mind

The wise saying 'everybody will get his or her chance under the sun"-and never have these words proved truer than in the case of Macdonald Rakgare. Popularly known as Chillieboy…

Nigeria: NBC says pay your licence fees or have your licence revoked

Broadcasting organizations in Nigeria that still owe the mandatory license fee and the 2.5 percent remittance of their income may have their licenses revoked next year, the National Broadcasting Commission…

Africa short films selected for Africa in Motion competition

Seven short films by up-coming young African filmmakers have been shortlisted for the 2nd annual Africa in Motion (AiM) short film competition. The films come from across the continent, spanning…

South Africa: Zapiro and Cassuto finally get ZA News satirical puppet show on air

The hilarious but hard-hitting satirical puppet show, ZA News, a collaboration between cartoonist Zapiro and producer/director Thierry Cassuto, is finally on television. It hits TV screens from Tuesday night on…

“Punk in Africa” rock documentary on the multi-racial punk movement in Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Punk in Africa, which opened at local cinemas amid much fanfare last week, will make its first appearance in Europe at the end of the month. Such has been the…

Winner of Kenya’s Edition of the Airtel Trace Music Star Competition Announced

Airtel and Trace International have crowned Benjamin Webi as the winner of the Airtel TRACE Music Star competition, Kenya edition. Webi beat Phyllis Mwihaki who was second and Trina Mungai…

VIDI lines up Fantastic Fare for June - The Matrix, The Mummy and much, much more

VIDI, South African video on demand entertainment service, has lined up new releases for June including the trilogy of two of Hollywood's most successful franchises - The Matrix and The…

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- On 4 March, 2008 EuroNews launches “Comment: Visions”, a series of interviews and events with prestigious guests on the challenges facing humankind in the coming century. Visions is a…

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- In Ghana, Suhum-based businessman, Frank Amponsah says that his plans to launch a community –based radio station are well-advanced. Speaking to the local press, he explained that the station,…

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- The International Womens Film Festival (le Festival International du Film de Femmes - FIFFS) was held of September 28 to October 3 in Morocco. Among the 12 films in…

Nigeria: Titans - A True Naija Music And Comedy Reality Show Debuts

A new entertainment show; Titans Nigeria is set to begin by March 1, 2010. This is targeted at helping the youths, especially the raw and talented rappers; comedians and singers…

Africa in Motion Film Festival 2012’s theme: Modern Africa

This year “Africa in Motion 2012” festival theme is ‘Modern Africa’. Organisers will focus on films and events that represent Africa as part and parcel of the modern, globalised world…

21 Icons documentary reflects Madiba’s legacy

The Promise of Freedom, an hour-long documentary made up of short films from Season 2 of the 21 Icons series, airs on Sunday 26 April 2015 at 19h30 on SABC3.…

Angola: Unita MP criticizes the Government for handing TPA’s Canal 2 over to son of the President

Unita Deputy Alcides Sakala criticized the Angolan Government (of which Unita is a part) of “nepotism” in handing over state broadcaster TPA’s Canal 2 to the son of the President…

Ghana: E.Tv launches its programme offer with eBusiness Journal and News Extra

Ghana's latest addition to the television industry e.tv Ghana would from today, commence two new local programmes on their channel. The two programmes, 'eBusiness Journal' and 'News Extra' are expected…

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- Emmy award-winning director Steven Silver's “The Bang Bang Club” was nominated in January 2012 for seven Genie Awards, Canada's version of the Oscars.- The National Film and Video Foundation…

Shepherds and Butchers starts shooting in June in South Africa

Award-winning English actor Steve Coogan, best known for his role in Philomena and for his English comic persona Alan Partridge, is to feature in a South African-based film, Shepherds and…

Rwanda: GTV Set to Change the Television Landscape

GTV, the new pan-African pay TV operator is currently taking the country by storm, particularly attracting sports fans. The pay TV Company will launch its services in the country on…

CNN International adds two new weekly programmes on Africa

CNN International has launched two weekly programs showcasing Africa's news. A half-hour weekly programme called "African Voices" focuses on engaging African personalities such as Political, art and sport destinies. "Africa…

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* Pay-TV broadcaster M-Net has commissioned a new season of Idols, to find South Africa’s next singing sensation. This is the sixth season of Idols, which will broadcast on M-Net…

Sollywood: the extraordinary story behind apartheid South Africa's blaxploitation movie boom

It pumped out hugely successful cowboy films, heist dramas and Bond-style thrillers. It launched a Hollywood career and made the world’s first Zulu-language film. So does it matter that the…

Nigeria: Freedom Radio soon to launch a TV channel

Chairman, Board of Directors of the Independent Radio Station "Freedom Radio" in Kano, AVM Mukhtar Muhammad, said that a plan is in pipeline for the establishment of an independent television…

Nickelodeon celebrates birthday with multiplay in Africa

Now in its 30 year, Children channel Nickelodeon has launched a new website to complement the launch of its Nickelodeon Africa channel back in July 2008 on DStv channel 305.…

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- A Country Imagined, presented by Johnny Clegg, is a rewarding journey through South Africa as it explores the landscapes that have inspired artists.Source: www.filmcontact.com/film/africa- A few top African musicians…

Kenya: Larry Asego's Short Film Selected for Ziff

A Kenyan movie has been selected as one the 16 films in competition for the Sembene Ousmane Film Prize under the Zanzibar International Film Festival.Soko Sonko produced by Ekwa Msangi…

Eritrea: Opposition Launches Satellite TV Against President

Eleven Eritrean opposition activists in exile have launched a satellite TV channel to broadcast news against Eritrea's President Isayas Afewerki. The group's spokesman, Mengisteab Asmerom, told the Nation in the…

Nigeria: Daarsat Promises More Live Action football

The Station Manager of AIT Sports on Daarsat, Aisha Falode, has said that the company was ready to bring more live football actions to the homes of its viewers. Falode…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Television in Kenya: Regulation and Programming, an 88-page book written by Pierre-Emmanuel Maubert and published by Transafrica Press with the support of the French Embassy to Kenya in 2006,…

Content In Brief

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/?p=14773 - Baraem, Al Jazeera’s kids channel is now available in North Africa via Bis TV. http://www.videoreporter.nl/

Nigeria: Senate Endorses N8 Billion TV Africa Show, Want More Private TV Stations

The Independent Television and Radio Programm Producers Association of Nigeria (INTARPPAN) has received the blessings of the Senate, which last week insisted on further liberalization of operating licenses of private…

Four BBC Worldwide channels for DStv

BBC Worldwide Channels, in partnership with MultiChoice Africa, has said that it will launch four new channels - BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Knowledge and BBC CBeebies - from 1…

South Africa: SABC Closes International Offices

As the SABC's financial woes continue to mount, the public broadcaster's latest cost-cutting exercise is to close down three of its 12 international bureaus. The SABC on Friday night confirmed…

MultiChoice Nigeria invested over N15 billion in the last seven years on local content programming

MultiChoice, Nigeria’s foremost pay-TV provider, says it has invested over N15 billion in the last seven years to acquire locally produced programmes for its audience.The South African company, which entered…

MTV rolls out 24-hour Nickelodeon for sub-Saharan Africa

MultiChoice Africa has signed a multi-year distribution deal with MTV Networks International to carry leading kids' entertainment brand, Nickelodeon, in southern Africa. Starting 1 July 2008, Nickelodeon will launch as…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Shut Down Radio Station in Southwest

Islamist hardliners in Somalia have shut down an independent radio station, with the station's owners saying they were not told why the radio was targeted, Radio Garowe reports. The station,…

BBC World News launches ‘Africa Business Report’

From Friday, 4th October at 19.40, BBC World News launches Africa Business Report, a new weekly flagship business TV programme. Presented by South African Lerato Mbele and covering key business…

Africa: Imagine Afrika II Kicks Off

The second series of the Imagine Afrika reality programme kicked off on ZBC Television on Saturday with a look at how the top Zimbabwean candidates for the programme were selected.…

South Africa: Icasa Offers New Licences for Radio Stations

Three new commercial radio stations are likely to be licensed early next year, in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, while new TV services are inching closer. The Independent Communications Authority…

First feature film ever shot in Equatorial Guinea

‘Where the Road Runs Out’ is making history as the first feature film ever shot in Equatorial Guinea. The film features actors Stelio Savante, formerly of Cape Town, South Africa,…

SABC signs content agreement with Disney-ABC

Renewing a successful TV partnership in South Africa, Disney-ABC International Television and the public broadcaster, SABC, have signed an agreement for a wide range of content. The deal includes live-action…

Broadcast In Brief

- Three prison officers suspected of smuggling in investigative reporters from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s special assignment programme into Beitbridge Prison in Zimbabwe were arrested. - In line…

SuperSport secures Africa TV rights for 2012 Olympics

South African pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has acquired the television rights for the London Olympics in 2012. Coverage from Naspers-owned SuperSport will be spread across a number of channels, broadcasting in…

Legendary Warner Theatre Hosts The African Oscars-NAFCA

The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards, now officially known as The African Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements. The African Oscars statuette…

Content In Brief

- Cape Town-based Steps International has been listed in Realscreen’s Global Top 100 Production Companies working in non-fiction. - A 48-minute documentary by Johannesburg-based television production company Chedza Media entitled…

New Swedish- South African co-pro film will mock the clichés of African poverty

Dispelling the stereotypes of Africa, filmmaker Junaid Ahmed is to film a co-production with Sweden with a story line that straddles both Africa and Europe. The film is a co-production…

The 3rd edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

A special invitation to attend the 3rd edition of the AFRIFF, which will be held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from 10th to 17th November, 2013.The Africa International Film…

‘Nairobi Half Life’ Director Shares Trailer For Kenyan Crime Drama TV Series, ‘The Nairobians’

 The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David “Tosh” Gitonga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga’s debut film, Nairobi Half Life,…

ZBC Football Blackout Ends

Zimbabwe’s sole broadcaster, state-run ZBC, has given in to public pressure to end a blackout of Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches on radio and television. The derby between Dynamos and…

South Africa: Supersport, UEFA Renew Pay-TV Rights

SuperSport, announced Thursday, 19 June 2008 that it had signed a deal for the exclusive pay-TV rights in sub-Saharan Africa for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup from 2009…

FIFA: Videos from Cape Town ahead of World Cup South Africa

The Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa in Cape Town captivated football fans around the world. A TV audience of millions followed every moment of the…

Mad Max Fury Road set to film in Namibia

Plans are underway to shoot the fourth Mad Max film 'Fury Road' in Namibia instead of Australia. By Brendan Swift It is understood that equipment and crew are currently preparing…

Al Jazeera English shows justice is for sale for Kenya

Kenya’s judicial system is riddled with corruption, according to this week's episode of the groundbreaking Al Jazeera English series, Africa Investigates, which shows that a disturbing number of key players…

Content - In Brief

A film based on Nelson Mandela's bestselling autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be released in November, producers said in Aug. 2013. The biopic, entitled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom",…

Miners Shot Down wins the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice

“To be presented an award by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is very affirming. We have a just cause and one day those behind the Marikana massacre…

Namibia: New Money Programme Launched on One Africa and NBC

Namfisa CEO Rainer Ritter last week launched Bank Windhoek's Money Matters Television Series, aimed at strengthening the bank's commitment to consumer education and financial literacy. "This consumer education initiative of…

Ghana: OMP Secure Exclusive Euro 2008 Finals Rights for Metro TV

In response to the outcry of viewers who have come to associate Optimum Media Prime(OMP) and Metro TV with the broadcast of all top quality sporting action on TV, OMP…

Terrence Howard to star as Nelson Mendela

Cape Film Commission announced on 10th. May 2010 that Terrence Howard, Academy Award nominated actor, will star in the role of Nelson Mandela joining Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who will…

Zimbabwe: 'BBC Human Rights Documentary a Shame'

A leading analyst of the diamond industry cast doubts on a BBC documentary exposing human rights violations at the controversial Marange fields. The BBC's famed Panorama programme alleged that Zimbabwe's…

Africa in Motion 2011: It's a (very successful) wrap!

Now that the curtains have closed on the 6th edition of the Africa in Motion Film Festival (Scotland) - which focussed on Children and Youth in Africa – organisers would…

Ethiopia’s First Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film Unveils Its Eerie Trailer

Crumbs is a new feature-length film project from award-winning Addis Ababa-based Spanish director Miguel Llansó boldly touting itself as “the first ever Ethiopian post-apocalyptic, surreal, sci-fi feature length film.” Its…

Kenya: Nation Media Group-owned Easy FM is market leader with 16% market share

Easy FM is the most popular radio station among Kenyan listeners, says a leading research firm. The station's ratings among the listeners increased from 14 per cent in the first…

Seven Sins Broadcasting Rights for Mozambique

The telenovela Seven Sins. launched this year by the Brazilian distributor, Globo TV International, has been sold to 13 countries, including Mozambique, and is still being negotiated in other markets.…

Movie about Afrobeat star Fela Kuti to be directed by Steve McQueen

Turner prize-winning artist and film-maker, Steve McQueen, who won a Bafta for debut feature Hunger, will direct and write a movie about the Afrobeat creator and Nigerian activist Fela Kuti.…

South Africa: Jacaranda 94.2 Launches World Cup of Music

On 9 August 2011 Jacaranda 94.2 launched its  World Cup of music open, back by listener demand. The channel has selected 32 of the biggest music stars, solo artists and…

Content - In Brief

- A catchy rap video “Me and My Bike” celebrating bicycle transport by Dickson Oyuki of Kenya won top honours in the Africa-wide Connect4Climate competition announced in Durban on December…

Angolan TV producers apologise over gays kissing

 The producers of a popular television soap in Angola have apologised after an episode which showed a gay couple kissing caused outrage among viewers.State television said it had suspended broadcasts…

Burundi: Catholic Peace Radio Seeks National Frequencies

A Catholic peace radio started by the Catholic Bishops of Burundi in 2006 is seeking government permission to broadcast throughout the country. Radio Ijwi Ry'Amahoro, meaning 'Voice of Peace' in…

Kenya: KBC to Test Live House TV Broadcasts

Parliamentary proceedings will be covered live on television by the State-run Kenya Broadcasting Corporation from next week. Speaker Kenneth Marende reminded members that the State broadcaster had been covering them…

FESPACO 2009 sees Nigerian and South African competition entries

Director and scriptwriter, Michael Raeburn's Triomf has been selected for the FESPACO 2009 - the Pan-African Film and TV Festival official competition. FESPACO, one of Africa's largest film festival established…

South African production wins Best Narrative Short film at the Tribeca Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation is proud to announce that Bhekumuzi Sibiya’s Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here has scooped the Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival.…

Three NFVF Funded films win at Durban International Film Festival

At the beginning of the festival the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its support for an array of feature films, shorts and documentaries that were to be exhibited…

Namibia: Kenyan film “Something Necessary” at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek

On Saturday, 22 February 2014 AfricAvenir invited to the Namibian Premiere of the Kenyan film “Something Necessary” at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek, Republic of Namibia.The Kenyan fiction film “Something Necessary” was…

How Tanzania’s Ubongo Media built a business by making maths cool

In many countries children detest mathematics, and most record poor performances in the subject. Generally, maths and science scores lag behind other school subjects. But a Tanzania social enterprise is changing…

Somalia: Shabelle Media Network launches English language news service

Shabelle Media Network is launching an English language news broadcasting service. Abdimalik Yusuf,CEO of Shabelle Radio and website based in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, said the independent outlet will reach…

Broadcast In Brief

- A group of filmmakers and artists from the UK have created a film company in Cameroon called "Zoomers Pictures”. The aim of the film company, according to the group,…

Cameroon: Local Serial to be Screened on CRTV

A Cameroon produced serial, 'My Successor', will soon be projected on CRTV, The Post has learnt. Produced by Premier Films that produced 'Trials of Passion', 'My Successor' is a 52-episode…

Content News: In Brief

- The 8 Goals for Africa music video, the main UN theme song for the World Cup to be held in South Africa starting next month, will be screened across…

Content - In Brief

- South Africa’s Dstyles Productions recently shot the music video “Get Going” for The Stella’s, a Johannesburg-based band.- Broadcasters from Europe and Asia have bought high-definition programming from South Africa-based…

South Africa: opportunities in the Brazilian film industry

Members of the South African film industry have been gearing up to take advantage of opportunities in the Brazilian film industry.Forty film industry players in Cape Town attended an export…

Kenya: MtV Base tunes in to FM radio in Kenya

Entertainment channel MTV Base and Kenya’s premiere radio station, Capital FM, have teamed up to re-define how young adults consume media by introducing MTV TRL Radio, a new radio property…

South Africa: Five New Channels for DStv as it lays out battle lines with new Pay TV rivals

DStv's MultiChoice launched an additional five channels to its existing bouquet at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, sending a clear message to its newly-baptised rivals that it will fight on…

South Africa: More radio drama on air

Lotusfm last week launched its first Tamil-language drama ‘Meesai Aanalum Manaivi'. The Indian community station last year aired the first locally written and produced Hindi-language radio drama ‘Safar'. “We are…

Ster-Kinekor supports Afrikaans film

Ster-Kinekor will release two new Afrikaans movies in June and July 2011, Ek lief jou and Ek joke net, while Platteland and ‘n Saak van Verloof will be released later…

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, is reportedly being shot in South Africa

Marvel’s latest box office blockbuster, ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, is reportedly being shot in parts of Johannesburg and Gauteng. The film, which follows a team of super heroes, will…

South Africa: Johannesburg Wins Rights to Host 2010 Broadcast Centre

The South African Cabinet has given the approval for the 2010 FIFA World Cup International Broadcast Centre (IBC) to be located in Johannesburg. The approval was given during Cabinet's regular…

Kenya: Supersport Beats GTV to KPL sponsorship deal

Following months of speculation over who would be the likely sponsor of the Kenya Premier League (KPL), last Wednesday pay television channel SuperSport sealed a four-year deal with KPL to…

Nigeria: Nollywood TV Reality Show to be launched Soon with international backing

All is now set for the Nollywood reality TV show, "Real Me Show' to make its debut as the project team said plans has reached it peak for the successful…

After Mirror Boy release, Odeon Cinemas will progamme another 2 Nollywood titles

Odeon Cinemas release of Nollywood’s The Mirror Boy grossed £40,000 at the UK box office. It was ranked No 11 on the Odeon Box office chart in the opening weekend…

Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will feature 55 films from 41 African countries

The third edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), which runs from 18 to 24 March 2014, will feature 55 films from 41 African countries. Heeding the recommendations of…

South Africa: Kevin Savage for OFM

Central South African radio station OFM has signed broadcasting legend Kevin Savage to host the weekend mid-morning slot 9am - 1pm, as well as Lindsay Batteson to co-host the youth…

Content In Brief:

- Godwin Mawuru, Studio 263 executive producer said he was taken aback when Zimbabwe’s NACZ officials asked him to submit the footage on the eve of the annual awards. Mawuru…

HiTV breaks new grounds with Whiz Kid album launch

Nigerians in Africa, Europe and America were filled with a feeling of nostalgia as they watched live the Red Carpet of the Whizkid album launch in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday.Social…

Great film schools in Africa

Anyone can make a film. It’s not that complicated at all, however making a good film... that's a whole new ball game altogether. We can all tell stories, but telling…

Southern Africa Direct Goes Live on Sky Channel 283

Southern Africa Direct, an exciting new lifestyle and culture TV channel, has now gone live on Sky channel 283. The new TV channel is dedicated to providing lifestyle & culture,…

MTV Base champions emerging South African designers through DIAGI programme

In a bid to provide young creative talent with a platform and a voice, pan-African music channel MTV base has set aside airtime to showcase the creativity of up and…

$22m Dubai deal for South Africa’s Know Your Nation animation format

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 South African cartoonist/filmmaker Tim Mostert of Speedy Productions has entered into a $22m deal with Dubai-based Emari Toons for his two-minute animation format, Know Your Nation.…

Nigeria: HiTV launches One Music Channel to replace Nigezie

Nigerian Pay TV company HiTV has launched its “One Music channel” which replaced its Nigezie music channel. The launch of the new channel comes in the wake of its loss…

The next Hollywood star is African

The search for the next Hollywood star is on, and it starts in Motherland-Africa. The new television reality show, ‘Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, according to its organisers, is…

Content - In Brief

- The Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) is proud to announce the first ever South African Indies stand at the European Film Market (EFM) 2014 in Berlin,…

Content Briefs:

- "Benboulaid" movie will probably be in cinema on March 22nd to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martyr Mostefa Benboulaid, indicated, Algerian filmmaker and producer Sadek Bakhouche. During…

Zimbabwe: ZTV to Screen New Magazine Programme

Jack Shack's show, a new magazine programme, will soon be screened on ZTV as part of the new season programmes to be launched by the station later this month. Produced…

South Africa: Radio Stations Aid Disadvantaged Communities

Radio stations and their listeners across the country have been aiding disadvantaged communities in their regions through various CSI projects by raising funds, distributing food and providing necessary school materials…

Kenya film selected by Hubert Bals Fund

Soul Boy, first film by Kenyan filmmaker Hawa Essuman, will be part of the 39th Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) theme section ‘Where is Africa?’…

New pan-African channel Africa Home TV to go live shortly

Starting next September 2010, if the satellite tests are conclusive, Africa Home TV, a new pan-African channel will broadcast in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiator of this channel, Jean-Clotaire Tétiali, a…

Social innovation and development using ICT: Orange African Social Venture Prize

Balancing Act recently published a report  analysing the nascent content and apps ecosystem in Africa while providing an analytical framework allowing African mobile operators or other stakeholders to decide on…

MultiChoice hits 2 million subscribers across and grows despite competition

MultiChoice Africa and MultiChoice South Africa, the leading pay television operators in Sub-Saharan Africa announced today that combined subscribers in South Africa and the African continent have hit the 2…

Kenya: 'Skika' Finally Hits the Screens This Evening

After months of shooting in Nairobi, DSTV's Channel O will this evening air Skika, an entertainment programme designed to showcase East African popular youth culture. Created for Channel O by…

Rwanda: Gov't Compensates RTV Transmission Site Evictees

The government has compensated 29 residents from the Nyamyumba Sector, who will be evicted from the area where Rwanda Television transmitters will be established. According ORINFOR's director of Finance and…

Paris' Quai Branly Museum celebrates "Présence Africaine" with films

“Présence Africaine” was an important journal and media tool that allowed black intellectuals and writers to claim their cultural and historic identities that the colonial context denied or “exoticized”. This…

SuperSport to offer English Premier League in HD across Africa

The English Premier League is available 24 hours per day and in High Definition on DStv's SuperSport channel. All 380 matches will be broadcast, 180 of them live, annually, in…

Nigeria: “NAFCA is the African Oscar Awards in the United States and Europe."

Award winning film critic and founder of Nollywood and African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA), DR Victor Olatoye has won the hearts of many stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry when…

Uganda: Radio stations urged to explain ebola to listeners by District Commissioner

Gulu Resident District Commissioner Walter Ochora-Odoch has urged the radio stations and clinical officers in Acholi sub-region to sensitize the community on Ebola. The outbreak of Ebola in western Uganda…

South Africa: SABC to produce feature films on SA Icons and kicks off with Sobukwe

SABC executives have signed an agreement with the family of the late Pan African Congress (PAC) President, Robert Sobukwe, in Cape Town, to produce a feature film on his life.…

South African TV station mistakenly broadcasts “ George Bush is dead”

In television, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong… A South African TV station erroneously broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its…

FIFA Assures South African Fans for 2010 Despite SABC Court Wrangle

FIFA said last week that South African audiences would still be able to view World Cup matches next year even if outside broadcast vans were not delivered to the SABC…

South Africa.: Loeries TV Crafts panel announced

The Loerie Awards which encompass every area of brand communication including television, radio and print advertising, graphic design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media, is pleased…

Morocco: Citizens lament the poor quality of programmes on public TV

The Moroccan government's announcement that it would issue new public media guidelines at the end of May has reignited a stormy debate around independent media in the kingdom.The debate began…

South Africa: Feb RAMS Show Radio Audiences Remain Unmoved

For the second RAMS in a row, no individual radio station has managed to win over significantly more listeners. The latest SAARF Radio Audience Measurement Survey shows a medium with…

Uganda: High Court reinstates banned radio programme in Fort Portal

In what could become a landmark precedent in defence of freedoms of expression, speech and the media, the High Court in Fort Portal has ordered the immediate reinstatement of a…

Broadcast In Brief:

- While Tshwane Community TV missed its December 2008 deadline of being on air and broadcasting in the capital city, it is only a matter of time before residents start…

Content In Brief:

- "Harragas," the latest film by Algerian director Merzak Allouache, is running in the official competition of the 29th International Film Festival of Amiens (North of France) which opens this…

In Brief:

- Africa in Motion (AiM) theme this year is 'Celebrations', in commemoration of 50 years of independence of 17 African countries, as well as celebrating the fifth birthday of the…

South Africa makes strides at Cannes Film Festival

South Africa made strides during its first day at Cannes with the Cape Winelands’ successful meeting that ended with possible future partnerships with Korea. The Mandela documentary, as reported by…

Sierra Leone: GTV launches new Pay TV channel

A new satellite pay television channel was launched on Wednesday 28 November 2007 by the country's minister of information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo in a glittering ceremony attended…

Content In Brief

- South African produced film Taxi to the Dark Side won the Documentary Feature award at the 80th Annual American Academy Awards.

75,000 square feet Cape Town Film Studios ready March 2010, say founders at Cannes

For some years acclaimed South African movie producer and CEO of Videovision Entertainment, Anant Singh, and Chief Executive of South Africa's private television station, e.tv, Marcel Golding, have being working…

Sex, exploitation on the African beach: the Cannes Film Festival entry 'Paradise: Love'

Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's film Paradise:Love depicts a middle-aged European women at a Kenyan holiday resort seeking romance with young local men. It had its gala premiere Friday in Cannes,…

Broadcast Briefs:

- South African station M-Power FM, the new commercial radio station for Mpumalanga, took to the airwaves earlier this week. The station has been in the making since 2005 after…

Tunisia: Latest audience stats show HannibalTV ahead everywhere except Sfax

Latest Tunisian audience figures for January 2008 show HannibalTV has taken a 36.5% of the TV audience against 24% for TV7 in the greater Tunis area. In Sfax HannibalTV took…

Sex in the City of Harare documentary seeks funding for post-production funding to edit 90 hours of footage

The filming of Sex In the City, Harare, which saw 14 brave men and women as well as famous Zimbabwean personalities talking about sex on camera last year, has come…

Content - In Brief

- Rwanda joined the rest of the world in observing the this year's World No-Tobacco Day. The government has taken steps in the past few years to fight against the…

Uganda: GTV Subscribers Increase to 20,000

GTV, the second pay television to venture into the Ugandan market, got 20,000 subscribers last year, the general manager, Daniel Kagwe, has said. Kagwe said they entered the market with…

Financially desperate South African Production houses take on SABC

A coalition of television workers plans to protest against the public broadcaster’s non-payment of millions of rands to independent producers which, it claims, has led to retrenchments throughout the industry.…

Kenya: Human Rights Film Festival showcases films from around the world

Last week, the Human Rights Watch had their annual film festival. It showcased five films that highlighted various issues from different parts of the world.In Born this Way, the lives…

Mauritius: Has the MBC Censored Local TV Serial?

The broadcast of the local Hindustani TV serial on MBC TV 2 each Sunday at 8.30 pm was suddenly stopped four weeks ago. No explanation has been given to the…

Zimbabwe: Children's Radio Discussion Programme Launched

Orphaned and vulberable children have now got their own slot to say what they think in Zimbabwe. The programme series, entitled "Inzwi Redu/Ilizwi Lethu/Our Voice", will be aired every Thursday…

Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: AfriDocs Television at its Best

AfriDocs presents two highly acclaimed documentaries, Blood in the Mobile and Gulabi Gang, as well as the hugely well-received short series – Congo in Four Acts over the next two…

Tanzania: Regulator suspends the issuing of new radio licences

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has suspended registration of new applications for radio licenses.The halting of the registration exercise has been attributed to the high number of licences already…

Content In Brief

mourenco@unesco.org Twice a month, euronews’ new environmental programme terra viva will spotlight initiatives by individuals, non-profit and business organisations, who have adopted practical solutions to safeguard our planet. terra viva…

GOtv set to rebirth boxing in Nigeria

For many years old boxers stayed away from the National Stadium in Lagos, following the death of boxing in Nigerian. But there is hope for Boxers in Nigeria as boxing…

Broadcast In Brief

- The BBC launched a new channel in Arabic on 11th March 2008 with much marketing hoop-la. The channel also has its own Arabic website: www.bbcarabic.com - Télédiffusion d'Algérie (TDA)…

Nigeria: Lack of TV-Friendly Pitches Our Greatest Challenge, says Nigeria Premier League

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) said last week in Abuja that its greatest challenge in the outgoing season was lack of television-friendly pitches. Kwame Arthur, Special Assistant (Technical) to the…

Nigeria: AFRIFF 2014 Ends in Style

It was another night of glamour and panache as this year's edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross…

Zimbabwe: Studio 263 Set for Come Back on DVD after contract row with ZTV

Stalled by Zimbabwe Television (ZTV) due to a long-standing contractual disagreement, Studio 263 management is to put the series on DVD as prospects of getting the production back on television…

2010 World Cup will boost mobile TV in Africa, says FIFA

FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, predicts a cumulative global TV audience of 26.3 billion people for the 2010 World Cup, and for the first time live coverage specially produced for…

Ethiopia: The Making of a Film Without a Score

Teza by Haile Gerima tells the story of the trials and tribulations of one individual during military rule. This film, which has won many international awards, narrates the story of…

Uganda: Frenzy for Ugandan Films Grips Kampala

Whether 'Kinna-Uganda' (films made in Uganda) means theatre plays adopted to the screen or real films, Ugandans are crazy for it. The obsession for local movies is spreading like a…

Uganda: Face of Africa Contest is Back

The new season of M-Net Face of Africa kicked off last weekend in Gabarone, Botswana, that will see the team traveling to 12 countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,…

Nigeria: 100% local content during evening prime time

The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission has created support for local production by putting in place a local content requirement diring evening prime time. Thanks to sections 2 and 20 of Act…

Content – In Brief

The 36th Cairo International Film Festival is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday night in a closing ceremony at the Giza Pyramids' Sound and Light Show area.The festival, ongoing since November…

Zimbabwe: ZBC Strikes Off 'Talking Business'

Talking Business, arguably the most watched business programme on ZTV, has been struck off air on curious grounds that the loss-making public broadcaster was already running similar productions. Insiders at…

Zimbabwe: ZBC-TV to Screen HIV, Aids Series supported by Soul City

Untold Stories in a Time of HIV and Aids, a series of nine feature films, starts showing on ZBC-TV beginning this Saturday at 8:30pm. The series, launched at Elite 100…

MultiChoice launches Islam channel on DStv

MultiChoice is pleased to announce the launch of UK based Islam channel onto its DStv bouquets from 5 June 2009. The channel offers choice news and current affairs programmes, children…

The Africa Movie Academy Awards Call for Entries 2014

The Africa Movie Academy Awards invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short and documentary works for consideration for the 10th edition of the prestigious 2014 AMAA Awards that honours and…

Rwanda: PMC/UNFPA to Launch Drama Series

The Country Representatives of Population Media Centre- Rwanda (PMC-Rwanda) will today launch a radio serial drama programme, 'Umurage Urukwiye'. The U.S- based organisation coordinated under UNFPA -Rwanda uses the media…

Uganda gets Own 'Big Brother' lookey-likey as Muvabulaya airs on WBS

Reality TV is becoming more than a mere fad, especially as free-to-air stations jump onto the bandwagon. The latest of these shows is Muvabulaya that will soon start airing on…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Speaking at its annual general meeting, Orange’s Chairman Didier Lombard said the group was very interested in continuing its expansion in Africa and highlighted three service areas : Triple…

Lily Allen shoots new 'Air Balloon' music video in South Africa

Lily Allen has posted pictures from the set of her new music video online.The singer has travelled to South Africa to shoot the visual for her new single 'Air Balloon',…

Uganda: New Health Show on UBC TV

As a way of ensuring that people adopt good health practices to prevent and treat illness and save money, AFFORD, a USAID-funded health marketing initiative launched a "good life game…

Content In Brief

- Noah’s Ark is the latest lTV drama to boast the crème de la crème of South African actors. Flighting on SABC2 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, the four-part miniseries has…

Hugh Jackman begins filming ‘Chappie’ in South Africa

In January 2014, Hugh Jackman has arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa to film the latest Neill Blomkamp movie, Chappie. Jackman revealed some of his look for the movie by posting…

Angola: National Television Transmission Centre Ready in December

Angolan Social Commission minister, Manuel Rabelais, Friday visited the works of construction of the country's Public Television (TPA) production and transmission centre underway in Luanda-Sul area, expected to end in…

Nigerian Subscribers besiege Multichoice’s Abuja office to get connected to view new season of Big Brother Africa

An unusually large number of subscribers besieged the Abuja office of Multichoice yesterday to get connected or reconnected to the network cable. The surge was caused by subscribers wanting to…

Ghanaian John Dumelo sets to produce 4 movies for 2014

Ghanaian celebrated movie star, John Dumelo, has revealed that he has lots of vision, plans and more expectations for the year 2014. One of the most important of all is,…

Namibia: NBC Debt Reaches Record High of N$242 Million

The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation has accumulated debts of N$242 million, of which N$35,2 million is operational debt. Announcing the budget for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Parliament last…

Cricket South Africa to sell TV rights till June 2012

South Africa is keen to sell its cricket telecast rights for four years, till June 2012, and has invited bids for the process. Tenders for the rights ensures 118 days…

The African Movie Academy Awards move to Bayelsa State in Southern Nigeria

This year, the African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) will be "happening" in Bayelsa State in Southern Nigeria on April 20. Like last year when the party went to Lagos city…

Content - In Brief

- The BAFTA has announced this year’s nominees for the 67th annual award ceremony, which will take place on Sunday, 16 February. Among these are a number of African contenders.…

Namibia: NBC Staffers Protest Working Conditions

Employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on Friday made public their frustrations with their employer, staging a peaceful demonstration outside the broadcaster's administration block in Windhoek during their lunch…

Morocco: Moroccan movies to be screened in 'CinemaEast2007' Festival

Two Moroccan films "What a Wonderful World" by Faouzi Bensaidi and "Casa" by Ali Benkirane were shown in CinemaEast Film Festival 2007, slated for November 8 -15 in New York.…

Africa: Multichoice Africa to Broadcast Five New Channels

Pay television service provider MultiChoice Africa has been given the rights to broadcast four new channels from the London based BBC and ESPN Classic, starting September 1. The new thematic…

Upcoming ZIFF 2013 is introducing a Short-Film Script Competition

Zanzibar International Film Festival - ZIFF 2013 is introducing a Short-Film Script Competition as an extension to its Film Workshop Program. Filmmakers from East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and…

Uganda: NTV Back On Air

NTV Uganda resumes transmission at 7pm tonight, three months after it was taken off air by the Broadcasting Council citing technical reasons. NTV General Manager Victor Ngei announced they were…

Africa: Moving Into A Magic World

M-Net has added another feather to its cap with the introduction of a new channel on the DStv bouquet: Magic World. Featuring an array of wide-reaching watching, Magic World's line-up…

South Africa: New home grown Indian channel

On 27 August at Johannesburg’s Hazeldene Hall, hundreds of glamorous guests, including celebrities from the South African Indian community and soaps like Isidingo and Scandal, attended the glitzy launch of…

Nollywood, Zollywood Set to Seal Deal On Movie

Representatives from the Nigerian Actors Guild are expected in Zimbabwe this weekend to seal a deal on the production of a joint movie featuring Nollywood and Zimbabwe's (Zollywood's) best actors…

South Africa: 2nd Bojanala Film Week a success

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in partnership with the Bojanala District Municipality and North West Department of Sports, Arts and Culture held yet another successful film week in…

Broadcast In Brief:

The University of Liberia will be launching its own radio station in two weeks time to enable its media students to have “hands-on” experience in running all aspects of a…

Nigeria: Studio 53 Visits Country, Three Other Countries

DStv audiences in Nigeria, Ethiopia , Benin and South Africa will this week have an exciting time as M-Net's Studio 53 makes stopovers at these destinations during the latest episode…

Broadcast In Brief

- The "loud" youth radio station, YaRona FM, will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on August 30. The radio station's bash will be hosted at Orange Farm in Oodi.YaRona FM…

Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France and Orange sign global news partnership

Didier Lombard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom-Orange and Alain de Pouzilhac, Chairman and CEO of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France last week signed, in the presence of Christine Ockrent,…

Multi-media exhibition - Africans in India

In NYC, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery exhibits an event on “Africans in India: from slaves to generals and rulers”. This includes a multimedia application…

Mauritius: State broadcaster launches new local series to mixed reviews

L’Express’s Surendra Bissoondoyal gives a sarcastic and critical welcome to Mauritius’ latest local series while pointing out that the state-run broadcaster does not have enough money to screen live football…

Soweto: Al Jazeera buys South African hospital doc ‘Saving Soweto’

This eight-part documentary looks at the goings on at the world's largest hospital, the Chris Hani Baragwanath, in Soweto. International TV news channel Al Jazeera will, for the next eight…

Local content on the rise, says Libero Films’ Hassoun

Sylvain Beletre interviewed Jean-Francois Hassoun, director of Libero Films which has done a great deal of work across Africa, most notably with two programmes: "Afrik’Art" and "+d’Afrique". Q: How did you…

Nigeria: NEXIM disburses $200m entertainment fund

The Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) may have started disbursing the $200 million fund pledged by President Goodluck Jonathan to support the Nigerian entertainment industry.NEXIM Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Roberts…

Content - In Brief

- Back in 2011, CFI launched the 4M project to support its partners in the development of their journalistic practices towards the development of new media. The project includes training…

Content Briefs:

- "The television station Walf Tv has decided to withdraw the image of the Head of State of generic emission satirical Xumb tee Dagane. This decision was taken last week,…

Mobisodes for Nigerian Film Industry

For stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry, the just-concluded 7th Lagos International Film Festival (LIFF) in Lagos was a ground-breaking event. It was at the Festival that a new product…

Durban-based Earth-Touch on wildlife and nature broadcast programmes

Established in 2007, Earth-Touch is a Durban- based (South Africa) multimedia company that disseminates its content across multiple platforms, including television networks, video and DVD, the Internet and mobile phones.Sylvain…

Zuma filmfest 2012 honours Awards

As part of Nigerian Film Corporation’s recognition for excellence and industry support, selected institutional and individual supporters would on the platform of the 6th edition of Zuma Film Festival, which…

South Africa: Naspers braces for pay-TV challenge

South Africa's pay-TV and publishing group Naspers has re-launched a lower tier pay-TV package to counter the impending challenge of market competition in the form of four new operators. Last…

Content In Brief

- Newly inaugurated President Barack Obama will encourage young people to embrace community service and volunteering projects, at the US Youth Inaugural Ball. The show will air live on MTV…

Angola: Theatre Director Caracol says impact of telenovelas “worrying”

Adelino Caracol, a theatre director with Horizonte Njinga Mbandi recently spoke to ANGOP saying that foreign soaps, especially the Brazilian telenovelas, are having a very negative influence on young people,…

Premiere of African Indian Odyssey documentary film

To celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Indian settlers in South Africa, Ochre Moving Pictures in collaboration with CISA (Centre for Indian Studies in Africa) at the…

Tanzania: StarTimes launched its Kili Bouquet

In Tanzania, StarTimes announced that it launched its Kili Bouquet since the 1st of March 2012. StarTimes Kili Bouquet contains the maximum number of channels available from the network. The…

Somalia: Radio Station Returns to Air in Central Somalia, Mayor Criticizes Governor

An independent radio station in central Somalia returned to air Sunday after Ethiopian troops forced radio employees to shut down operations last week, sources said. Al-Hikma Radio in the central…

Nigeria: DAAR/AIT coat-trails its continental ambitions and HD capabilities

DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and DAARSat, the high-definition pay TV channel, says it has acquired and installed broadcast equipments capable of beaming not…

Nigeria: The wave of reality shows may be coming to an end

2009 has seen the conclusion of many reality shows in Nigeria. Reality shows have become popular with Nigerian brands as a means of deepening the appeal of their brands. About…

Francophone popular programmes get remakes’ opportunity in Hollywood

Basic Lead, the organisers of the DISCOP television markets (such as Discop Africa, the leading audiovisual content trade show), and The Media Faculty, a Paris-based training consultancy, are launching a…

Chadwick, Harris circle Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom

Anant Singh’s long-gestating Nelson Mandela biopic heats up with Justin Chadwick in advanced talks to direct and Skyfall actress Naomie Harris in talks to star as Winnie Mandela opposite Idris…

Lifetime channel features new shows in December

The Lifetime channel (DStv channel 131) has a number of original movies and a new two-part mini-series lined up for viewers in December.Houdini Adrian Brody stars in this two-part mini-series about…

Ethiopia: Amhara Regional Gov't to Launch TV Station

The Amhara regional government will next year launch regional TV and radio broadcasts, according to the Amhara Mass Media Agency. The project incorporates TV and radio stations as well as…

South Africa: Scramble for Talent as New Pay-TV Stations Prepare to Broadcast

The race to attract broadcasting talent has intensified with the imminent launch of new pay-TV channels, with some stations looking for foreigners to help fill the gaps in a small…

South Africa: It’s radio but not as we know it…

What's on the cards for radio this year? It's all about keeping up with the times - multimedia, digital media skills, mobile, user-generated content (UGC), the demands of the youth…

Aburokyere : Film On Migrant ordeal aired on Ghana’s GTV

The Sankofa Foundation, a Holland-based Ghanaian foundation, has through a documentary film entitled Aburokyere challenged Africans, especially the youth, on the need to stay and develop their home country rather…

Studio 37 produces films on Africa

Studio 37, a production house that is part of Orange sis showing growing interest in Africa. Passionate about the African culture, Frédérique Dumas, CEO of Studio 37 has invested in…

Content News - In Brief

-   The first three of four jury presidents for the Dubai International Advertising Festival, the leading creative advertising and communication awards for the Middle East and North Africa, have been…

Kenya’s rugged show at Africa film awards

Kenya’s only success at this year’s Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) announced last weekend came from a movie that portrays the life of President Obama’s half-sister, an animated film based…

What next for Africa's radio industry?

The rapid spread of new technology in Africa is changing the way people get news and entertainment.Mobile internet and the growth of television is forcing those in more traditional media…

South Africa: Changes at Ligwalagwala FM

Mpumalanga-based Ligwalagwala FM has been hard at work improving on its image and brand offering, as well as launching into Gauteng, where there has been a demand for the siSwati…

Algeria: Government hands over audio-visual archive to Government broadcaster

The Algerian Government has handed over an audio-visual archive of 1,850 items to the Government broadcaster, ENTV. The archive covers the period from 1940 to 1962 and provides unique footage…

South Africa: Sign Broadcasting Bill, Coalition Urges Motlanthe

'Save our SABC Campaign' Coalition spokeswoman Kate Skinner has come out in support of the ruling ANC, urging President Kgalema Motlanthe to sign the Broadcasting Amendment Bill as soon as…

Nigeria: Enthusiasts Want More Fans, TV Cast for Basketball

In spite of the successes recorded by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) in the out-going year, the sport's enthusiasts are asking for more in 2010. Some of those who spoke…

Content News: In Brief

- CanalSat Maurice acquired Barclays Premier League and championship rights for the next 3 seasons, over 2010 to 2013. The contract includes rights to broadcast these in Mauritius, France and…

Content - In Brief

- The magic of Indian films from the silent era, the black and white golden oldies to contemporary cinema is set to be played out in South Africa through an…

Content - In Brief

- At the Cinerama.BC International Film Festival in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, held 4-8 April 2012, the Golden Owl for Best Movie by the Audience was awarded to the South African…

AFCON 2015: Morocco withdraws hosting rights

Morocco has withdrawn its right as hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus that has hit the West African…

Broadcast Briefs:

- SABC board chairman Eddie Funde has called for an increase in government funding and a drastic reduction in commercial funding of the public broadcaster. “It’s very unusual for the…

Morocco: Government earmarks over USD 7Mn in 2008 for film production

The Moroccan Government has earmarked about US$7.5Mn as assistance for Moroccan film production in 2008, the Moroccan communication ministry announced last Monday. The Government has upped the amount of assistance…

South Africa: Setting a standard for Broadcasters' conduct

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is inviting public feedback to its newly published Draft Code of Conduct for Broadcasters. The public has until 20 February to submit…

Invictus - Stop whining and start acting Edward Tsumele tells the critics

By now everyone knows that Morgan Freeman, the Academy-award winner, was in South Africa to promote the new movie Invictus in which he plays Nelson Mandela. The film opened in…

Film Africa 2014 brings African cinema to the UK

The Royal African Society’s annual Film Africa festival will screen 85 films, including 24 premiers from across 23 different African countries, from 31 October to 9 November in London. The…

Botswana: State broadcaster BTV still negotiating Mascom Premier League Broadcasting Deal

State broadcaster BTV was under fire for paying to show the African Cup of Nations but of not yet having secured a deal to air the local Mascom Premier League.…

Broadcast In Brief

- According to a columnist in the Ghanaian Chronicle, listeners to the news broadcasts of the Government’s GBC have failed to get news transmissions “because of annoyingly frequent breaks in…

Content In Brief

* A seventeen series documentary entitled: 'The Gambia in motion' produced by the Gambian based media firm, I-Media, was was presented to the country’s President Yahya Jammeh. * Uganda Telecom…

South Africa: M-Net calls for original content pitches

In the interest of acquiring new and original content for its channel, M-Net (DStv channel 101) invites content creators and production companies to pitch ideas for an original unscripted show,…

Content In Brief

- The Minister of State for Agriculture and Water Resources Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri has accused journalists in Yobe State, including the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Damaturu and the…

Trajectory Media produces South Africa's first interactive video for a print magazine

In an innovative step towards convergence of print and digital channels Trajectory Media has produced an interactive video for print magazine House and Leisure. This is a first for a…

The tragic case of Nigeria's 'bird' woman

Footage of a badly burnt woman being berated by a crowd in Nigeria has been watched hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube.The film begins in a blur. An angry…

Angola to liberalise its TV sector shortly

The Angolan Government is poised to open its television sector to private FTA channels later this year. Currently, there are three TV companies, the state television broadcaster TPA (with its…

Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Award winners announced

The 4th Nollywood and African Film Critics' Awards (NAFCA) and the NAFCA Special Honours 2014 took place on 13 September at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California.NAFCA, commonly referred…

Content – In Brief

Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country. It approved a resolution calling on the government to…

Starz Play announces content licensing deal with CBS Studios International

Starz Play, the new OTT video streaming service serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has announced a multi-year licensing agreement with leading US television studio CBS Studios International…

‘Ayanda,’ A New Girl Power-Themed Coming-Of-Age Film From South Africa

Ayanda is a forthcoming South African coming-of-age story whose title character embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the male-dominated world of auto repair. The film’s synopsis describes Ayanda as…

Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

To mark a decade of bringing the best surfing films to Durban, the Wavescape Surf Film Festival has announced a record line-up of 23 movies over a week at the…

Full ZIFF Schedule Announced

The Zanzibar International Film Festival, taking place from July 18 – 26th has officially announced its full schedule and programme of events. This year sees an incredible selection of over…

JAB Drama set in the World of Competitive Women's Boxing

JAB is a gritty, uplifting coming-of-age drama set in the world of competitive boxing, experienced through the eyes of a young black woman from Langa. Bee Sondlo (19) lives in…

ZIFF 2015 announces Award Winners

ZIFF 2015 awarded a host of prizes to top films from around the world this evening during a stellar closing ceremony at the Old Fort in Stone Town. Festival Director…

Al Jazeera documentary follows crowd-funded album by Congolese refugees in Malawi

Trésor and the Camp Musicians premieres on Al Jazeera English on Sunday, 19 July 2015 at 2330 CAT. The documentary tells the inspiring story of Trésor Nzengu Mpauni (aka Menes),…

Winx Club takes flight in South Africa

The popular animated series from Rainbow will now air across the territory with dolls hitting toy shelves in November. Rainbow’s hit series Winx Club is heading to South Africa thanks…

Indiegogo Campaign Created For Doc “Generation Soweto,” Focusing On Millennials Living In South Africa

Nisa Ahmad, a producer and director, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for her documentary on South African’s millennials. Titled, Generation Soweto, Ahmad developed her project during her recent travels to…

This Young Filmmaker Wants to Make Africa's First Teen Movie

In a Q&A, Tatenda Mbudzi talks about using the silver screen to make a social impact. Tatenda Mbudzi is tired of the way the media portrays Africa and minority actors—and…

Beats of the Antonov wins big at Durban International Film Festival

Beats of the Antonov was a big winner at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, taking home both Best Documentary and the freedom of expression award. The uplifting documentary is…

Al Jazeera Launches My Nigeria documentary series

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015, My Nigeria is a series of six half-hour documentaries that pulse with the energy of Africa’s leading economy telling the human…

Timveni TV Launches New Urban Lifestyle Show in Malawi

Lilongwe — Timveni TV has launched "StarZone" an urban lifestyle brand that provides urban entertainment experiences and media content to a youthful Malawian target audience. In an interview with Malawi…

New DStv Star Wars channel launching soon

DStv Premium subscribers will soon get a dedicated Star Wars pop-up channel from M-Net from 31 August on channel 109, Channel 24 reported. The channel is set to be available…

BBC Africa offers live EPL coverage

From Saturday 8 August, football fans in Africa can follow the exciting live action of the new season of the Barclays Premier League in four languages.  BBC Africa will bring…

DStv updating its BBC channels

The BBC is finally changing its set of BBC channels on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform to update it to the rest of the world. The BBC is finally changing its…

KTN News available to all in East Africa

MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce that KTN News channel is now available to all DSTV subscribers in the East African region. Subscribers of DStv in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia,…

Silent No More - Radio in Cameroon Amplifies the Voices of Women and Girls

Mokolo, Cameroon — Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon's Far North Region. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all too familiar experiences in this part…

Zuku TV overhauls channel packages in Kenya

Wananchi Group's home entertainment brand, Zuku, has reconfigured the Classic and Premium packages on its Direct to Home Satellite Television service, at no extra cost. Three categories of Zuku channels…

Global Programming Events and Local Investment Mark A+E Networks Commitment to Africa

Johannesburg, September 3, 2015: Two revelatory OJ Simpson documentaries will be broadcast on A+E Networks channel Crime + InvestigationTM (CI) this October.  The programs are part of a global release…

Back with a bang: South African Recovery Film Festival

They say the third time’s the charm, and this might just be true for the Cape Town Recovery Film Festival, rebranded this year as the South African Recovery Film Festival.…

Ava DuVernay’s Grassroots Film Collective Announces New South Africa, Liberia-Based Movies

Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay is on a mission to close the vast gender and race gap both on- and off-screen. Her first step? Breaking the film distribution mold. Through…

South African Animation Studio Triggerfish's Story Lab Receives 1,378 Submissions

Triggerfish Animation Studios, which has been called the Pixar of South Africa, received nearly 1,400 entries from storytellers and filmmakers in 30 countries for its Triggerfish Story Lab, which it…

Bamba TV launches 24-hour gospel music channel

Gospel music lovers now have the opportunity to enjoy the latest gospel hits from around the world, as Bamba TV launches Africa’s 24-hour premiere gospel music and inspirational content channel,…

Al Jazeera documentary on amputee soccer captain in Sierra Leone

The Flying Stars is an upcoming Al Jazeera documentary about Bornor Kargbo, captain of The Flying Stars football team in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The country is home to one in…

Action! in Muizenberg

Cameras will start rolling on Muizenberg's streets next week as the all local film Shussh goes into production. But the month-long shoot will be about more than getting the right…

Nigeria’s Fight Against Ebola To Be Portrayed In A New Movie From Top Nollywood Directors

Among the West African countries affected by the Ebola virus, Nigeria’s response to the threat was commended for its quickness and vigor. When Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh identified Liberian diplomat…

Ernest Nkosi's Powerful Drama 'The Two of Us' Is South Africa's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Entry

Ernest Nkosi's award-winning drama, "Thina Sobabili: The Two of Us," has been selected as the South African entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar consideration at the 88th Academy Awards…

AfriDocs - The Supreme Price to air on 1 October

Critically-Acclaimed, Award-Winning Documentary ‘The Supreme Price’ About Women And The Pro-Democracy Movement In Nigeria To Air On 1st October – The Anniversary Of Nigeria’s Independence. The timely and powerful, critically-acclaimed,…

Luister: the viral film exposing South Africa's ongoing racism problem

Almost two weeks after the documentary Luister exposed ongoing racism and discrimination at Stellenbosch University, students will march on Tuesday to submit a memorandum of demands while the university's management…

MultiChoice aims to lift ad sales with viewer profile portal

MultiChoice's DStv has introduced a new media sales platform in order to boost its revenue from advertising across its African footprint. Stats 2 Go provides potential advertisers with comprehensive data…

Mthethwa: Local content promotes cultural diversity and social cohesion

Promoting local content, diversifying audiences, rethinking distribution and marketing and championing the transformation of the industry were the key issues at a meeting between Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa…

Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network to launch its first-ever animated mini-series, Over the Garden Wall on Halloween on DStv.

Cartoon Network (DStv 301) from Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) will launch the kids channel's first-ever animated mini-series, Over the Garden Wall, on Halloween on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform. Turner…

Kenya to fund community broadcasters

Kenyan broadcasters running community television stations could soon get State support as the government seeks to promote the production and distribution of local content. This comes on the back of…

'While You Weren’t Looking' - South Africa via the Scripted Lives of a Cross Section of LGBTQ Cape Town

Produced by Out In Africa, "While You Weren’t Looking" is a new scripted narrative feature film that takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a…

Zuku introduces Nollywood channel

Wananchi group entertainment brand’s Zuku launched the Zuku Nolly channel which is a 24-hour channel dedicated to showing movies from the Nigerian film industry. The channel provides various types of…

Zig Zag and Urban Brew Studios seal production partnership

UK independent TV Production Company, Zig Zag Productions revealed co-production agreement with South African producer and content creator Urban Brew Studios. The pair will use their expertise, creativity and production…

Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Indie Film - ‘Bar Star City’ - Set to Go Into Production This Fall

Ytasha Womack has established a name for herself in recent years, as a leading proponent and advocate of the concept of Afrofuturism, with her acclaimed, best-selling book, “Afrofuturism: The World…

Afrikaans crime writer’s thriller adapted for the big screen

‘Die Ontwaking’ (‘The Awakening’), a grisly, action-packed thriller that investigates the mind and motivations of an acutely intelligent serial killer, will open in selected cinemas around the country on 26…

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town winners announced

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival came to an end on 11 October when over 200 filmmakers and guests congregated at the Cape Town Club to see the awarding of the Made In…

CNBC Africa partners with Newstag

The pan-African and business news channel, CNBC Africa sealed a deal with Newstag, a ‘mobile-first’ video news service. The multi-year agreement will allow Newstag to broadcast CNBC’s news videos on…

Film Adaptation of Yusuf Idris’s ‘House of Flesh’ Rejected by Egyptian Censors

The screen adaptation of Yusuf Idris’s “House of Flesh,” crafted by celebrated Egyptian playwright and scriptwriter Lenin El-Ramly, was apparently rejected by Egypt’s state censor on charges that it “incites…

Independent content producers needed for ‘Kenya / South Africa Copro’

The ‘Kenya/South Africa Copro’ initiative will be launched between the 26 to 30 October at the Nairobi-based Kalasha International Film & TV Festival and Market. The aim is to facilitate…

Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey hits Glasgow as part of the tenth edition of Africa in Motion Film Festival

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return this year to celebrate ten years of bringing you inspiring, thought-provoking and creative cinema…

New Al Jazeera documentary highlights the effects of climate change in Kenya

Kisilu: The Climate Diaries is an upcoming Al Jazeera documentary about how climate change is affecting a small farming family in Mutomo, Kenya. Over the last four years, Kisilu Musya,…

Wavescape Film Festival Announces Official Selections for 2015

A record 10 African premieres of surfing and adventure films will be screened in Cape Town this December as part of the Wavescape Festival from 23 November to 13 December…

Mo Abudu’s Ebony TV grabs rights to air CBS’s Melrose Place and Dynasty

Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV has obtained the rights to air 2 new television series. Photo: Filed Ebony Life TV has landed the rights to air two CBS produced award winning…

New Afrikaans film set to release in early 2016

As the producers, writers and actors of the feature film, Pad na jou Hart, Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts have combined their strengths again – and their new offering, the…

MacDuff Moves To Focus On Content With A Difference

After the repeated success of Daves pet projects', the company that previously focused on local commercials and international film facilitation has shifted to producing inspiring online stories that are highly…

Media24 launches new exciting Afrikaans lifestyle channel

Media24 is launching a brand-new Afrikaans entertainment lifestyle channel, VIA, on DStv channel 147 on Monday, 9 November 2015 at 4pm. It’s the first channel that has an exclusive focus…

Trace Sport Stars honoured at Eutelsat TV Awards

TRACE Sport Stars won the award for best TV channel in the "Lifestyle" category at the Eutelsat TV Awards held on Friday 30th October in Rome. The award was presented…

South African Film Tells The Story Of A Police Officer Seeking Revenge After Her Girlfriend’s Rape And Murder

Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi’s Lost In The World tells the story of a South African police officer seeking revenge after her longtime girlfriend is violently raped and murdered. The cop, played…

MultiChoice removes Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels

MultiChoice Africa revealed that they have decided to drop Vox Africa and Animal Planet channels and these channels will no longer be available on its bouquet as from the 10th…

Inside Kenya's Death Squads Highly Commended at AIB

Al Jazeera has won a string of international awards, from The Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Amnesty Australia Media Awards and Red Dot respectively. Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit was presented…

Discover Digital secures rights to first African superhero series

Local digital entertainment and technology company, Discover Digital, has officially secured the rights to be the African digital distribution partner for the first mainstream African superhero television series, Jongo. Produced…

Narrative Truth Wins Best Film at the Cape Town 48 Hour Film Project

On Sunday night, The Book Club, directed by Bauke Brouwer, a black and white Hitchcock-style horror short film, took home 11 awards at the CT 48 Hour Film Project. The…

Sony SAB to launch across StarTimes African platforms

South African pay-TV platform StarSat is adding Indian entertainment channel Sony SAB to its satellite bouquet to help compensate for the loss of Star Plus and Star Vijay to competitor…

Launch of African sports channel Stad’Afric

The new sports channel Stad’Afric, covering African sports, is set to start broadcasting from Paris to Europe and Africa in January 2016. The new channel will be available as a…

CNN International and MTN launch Africa View news app

On 4 November 2015, CNN International and African mobile operator MTN launched a dedicated Africa View news app. The app launch is part of a multi-platform commercial partnership between CNN…

‘Democrats’ Documentary Takes Us Inside Zimbabwe’s Politics

Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson‘s Democrats takes viewers inside Zimbabwe’s political game, following two rival party cadres tasked with working together to write Zimbabwe’s first constitution. Shot over the course of…

Zig Zag and Verchaix Media to produce African business series for Bloomberg Television

Leading UK independent television production company Zig Zag Productions and London-based content specialists Verchaix Media today announce a partnership to produce a new 12-part factual series, with logistic and production…

Content - In brief

Swazi-born, writer and director Xolelewa Ollie' Nhlabatsi's film, Lost in the World', will premiere this week at London's Film Africa Festival, where it's up for a Baobab Award for Best…

Nickelodeon Play launches in MENA via OSN

OSN Nickelodeon PlayChildren’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN. OSN subscribers will be able…

‘The Blind Orchestra’ takes top prize at Carthage film festival

Moroccan director Mohammed Mouftakir’s “L’Orchestre des Aveugles” (The Blind Orchestra) took the Tanit d’Or Saturday at the Carthage Film Festival, blighted earlier in the week by a suicide bombing in…

Abidjan hosts Trace’s first radio station in Africa

Launched on Saturday 28th November, TRACE FM is now available on 95.0 FM in Ivory Coast’s capital city TRACE FM Côte d’Ivoire is the first FM radio dedicated to Ivorian…

SABC adds first ever animated web series Systraat

A new ‘Laan’ is coming to the SABC in the form of Systraat, the South African public broadcaster’s first web series in the form of an Afrikaans animation show. by…

The Scandalous Lives Of Powerful Nigerian Women Hit Netflix

While it’s too early to say whether their launch across the continent will mean a push towards African content on Netflix, one recent title addition suggests a promising development for…

Saving Mandela and ANC leaders Court Trial Recordings The collection at risk : 270 hours of sound recordings

Priceless recordings of the historic trials of Nelson Mandela and the ANC leaders from 1963 and 1964 were kept in the vaults of the South African National Archives. The recordings…

e.tv relaunches its news bulletin as eNews Direct

South Africa'as only free-to-air commercial TV channel e.tv is dumping its eNews Prime Time new bulletin, relaunching it as eNews Direct. Anchor Dudu Ramela will literally walk and talk viewers…

New thriller set in Joburg opens in February

Gauteng-made movies will hit the ground running in 2016, with two films set in Johannesburg due to open in South African cinemas in February. Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, the…

Arewa24 announces a robust slate of new original shows for 2016

January 19, 2016 – Building upon AREWA24’s unprecedented growth in distribution and popularity in Northern Nigeria, the channel and its production studio is launching an ambitious new slate of original…

Check Out This Fascinating Stop-Motion Sierra Leonean Rap Video

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Africa Magic, Emelonye in partnership on boxing film

Award-winning film producer, Obi Emenloye, is in partnership with Africa Magic for a new film titled Oxford Gardens. The producer of The Last Flight to Abuja, among other works, says…

Telling Africa’s Agriculture Stories Through Radio, TV, Film

Showcasing African farming through TV, radio, and film can help engage the public in conversations about agriculture, food justice, and sustainability, according to a report in FoodTank. These forms of…

ANC scoffs at ‘propaganda’ film claims

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Akin Omotoso's Romantic Comedy TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING Selected for Pan African Film Festival

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Triggerfish Artists short nominated for Writers Guild Muse Award

The Case of the Disappearing Daddy, a Triggerfish Artists short film, has been nominated in the Animation/Web Series category at The Writers Guild of South Africa s third annual Muse…

An Africa City taking Africa by storm

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The Price is Right Lands in Nigeria

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WGSA Muse Awards

The 2016 Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Awards will take place on 2 April 2016 at 17h00, at the Soweto Theatre in Gauteng. The primary objective of the…

Safta nominees named: best in South Africa film and TV

The 2016 Saftas, celebrating its tenth year, imagines a continuing "commitment to growth and development of the film and television industry", says the National Film and Video Foundation. The awards…

Animated film festival a first for Africa

The first animated film festival in Africa ended yesterday after a week of film screenings of local and international productions at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. The Cape Town…

A New Film Looks To Tell ‘The Unseen’ Stories Of Post-Colonial Namibia

The Unseen, written and directed by Perivi John Katjavivi, is the story of three young people as they navigate spaces, both emotionally and physically, in modern day post-colonial Namibia –…

ABC films biblical drama in South Africa

American TV network ABC has doubled South Africa for the ancient Israelite city of Gibeah in its new biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets. Written by Adam Cooper and Bill…

TBN returns to Africa

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South African animation series makes mark in Africa

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'Alison' coming to cinemas for Women's Month August 2016

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Malawian movie wins Africa Magic award

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Full list of Winners at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2016

The fourth annual AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards crowned the best in African film and television talent in Lagos, Nigeria, over the weekend. The ceremony, which was broadcast live across the…

DStv opening 5 TV channels for Easter

Cape Town – Five Easter eggs are coming to lower-tiered DStv subscribers when MultiChoice will open 5 TV channels for more than half a month from 18 March.E! Entertainment (DStv…

South Africa – Audiovisual cooperation - Records of the trial of Nelson Mandela

The president of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel and France’s ambassador to South Africa officially presented the South African minister of arts and culture with the last group of sound…

Euronews’ sister channel Africanews to launch this month

Euronews’ sister TV channel, Africanews, is due to launch across sub-Saharan Africa on April 20, following the launch of the network’s news website in January.At a press conference at MIPTV…

Turner’s Toonami channel launched in French speaking Africa

Toonami which was launched in France last week is currently being rolled-out in French-speaking African countries. The channel is all set to be launched on the following pay-TV platforms: Maroc…

Old and busted Discovery World to be replaced by Discovery Family

Some welcome news for those of you who dodge the waste-of-space Discovery World channel... it's going dark at the end of the month and it's being replaced by a new…

Africa's first superhero

This action packed 16 part series tells the story of a young man, Jongo, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after his dad left him an alien crystal that…

Eastleigh filmmakers give Hollywood portrayal thumbs down

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Countdown to official launch of Africanews TV – 2 Days before D-day

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Environmental programme Eco@Africa launched in Nigeria

Channels Television in conjunction with Deutsche Welle (DW) Television has launched a joint production of an environmental programme called Eco@africa at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, on 16 April…

Comedy Central to Launch in Middle East, North Africa

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Parents user manual (France 2) – To be adapted for audiences in Gabon TV5MONDE Africa

TV5Monde Afrique - the international francophone TV channel - has announced the launch of the African adaptation of the TV series broadcast on France 2 TV channel "a manual for…

MTV reveals hosts of new local show Ridiculousness Africa

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Idols SA winner scores mega Disney deal

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SABC drops Requests for Proposals (RFP book), content to be produced in-house

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Content - In brief

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Genesis Studios Brings the Price is Right to Nigeria

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TVC to Showcase African Culture on DStv, GOtv

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Latest Content News from CÔTE OUEST

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Hartiwood Films and Deepend Films to co-produce Reeva/Oscar documentary special

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SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng extends 90% local content quota to SABC TV channels, starting with 80% on SABC3 from 1 July.

The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Tuesday announced a concerted drive to rid the public broadcaster's TV channels of its remaining international content, saying that the 90%…

'The Salafists' arrive at the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier

This weekend was the film’s premiere in Spain.The screening of Les Salafistes took place for the first time in Spain on Saturday 28 May as part of the African Film…

Full list of nominees for 2016 Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA)

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MTN offers 30 free Digital TV channels, available to 200,000 TV viewers in Nigeria

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eNCA staff unhappiness continues as reporter Nontobeko Sibisi slams eNCA for self-censorship after she's told her story's canned for wearing a 'doek'.

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Canal Plus Africa to show all Copa America, Euro 2016 games

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Why Some Chinese Fail to See Racism in Qiaobi's Viral Detergent Commercial

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The first cross-border Film Festival kicks offs in the Strait of Gibraltar

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AfriDocs celebrates the human spirit this June

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AP announces landmark collaboration with eNCA and Africa24 news channels

The Associated Press (AP) recently announced a new collaboration with African news channels, eNCA and Africa 24. AP clients can now download a broad range of video news from across…

Nigeria: Iroko World Honours Funke Akindele in UK

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DFM partners with Sonoton, the largest independent production music library in the world

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Econet signs another sports content deal, positions Kwesé TV as SuperSport’s biggest competitor

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Deutsche Welle signs co-production agreements with two African broadcasters for topics on the environment

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Discop Africa 2016 Abidjan: Cote Ouest latest productions includes series, dramas and shows

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DW brings quality German programming to Southern Africa on DStv

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Terence Neale short wins Craft Gold at Cannes Lions

Your Future Is Not Mine, a global Adidas Originals short film directed by South African director Terence Neale, won a Gold Film Craft for Original Music at Cannes Lions, thanks…

Nigeria - Three new videos on Buni+

Fundi-Mentals  Joseph (Gerald Langiri) and his assistant Moses (Charlie Karumi) like to think of themselves as the Best Fundis in Kinoo, despite their unorthodox methods. But the entry of a…

South African to present award-winning medical show on Al Jazeera

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NBC Website Revamped and Reloaded

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Top Chef to Launch in South Africa on SABC3

NBCUniversal International Formats today announces the launch of its successful reality cooking completion show, Top Chef, in South Africa. The local version will be broadcast by SABC3 and produced by…

Five dynamic women search for love in new Lifetime Reality Show #Blacklove

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Orange looking to get closer to Vivendi

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20th Century Fox seals deal with Les Films 26 for distribution in over 21 African countries

20th Century Fox has entered into a strategic partnership with Les Films 26 for the distribution of its films in 21 countries across Africa. Among the titles to be included…

Zuku launches Glam channel targeting female viewers

Zuku has launched a new channel offering a blend of content packaged to appeal to a female audience.The new channel called Glam, will showcase locally produced shows, Music, Realities, Lifestyle,…

Winners announced for CN Imagination Studios competition

Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) announced the winners of its first Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition. The brand new initiative, a specially-crafted, creative online platform, was created to inspire, motivate…

Vodacom plans VOD expansion

Vodacom plans to take its video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, to other countries in Africa − after attracting over 80,000 users in South Africa so far."Vodacom will expand its Video…

Producer sues Standard Group for ‘stealing’ her ideas

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South Africa - OpenView HD cancelling 4 channels

OpenView HD will cancel four channels as part of its “annual content review”, the company announced. ASTV, Spirit Word, Wild TV Africa, and Ekurhuleni TV will no longer be available…

SABC3s new local content a TV ratings flop

The South African Broadcasting Companys (SABC) move to suddenly dump international content and flush the SABC3 schedule with locally produced shows from July 2016 has seen SABC3s ratings collapse.An article…

SA film to be screened at Toronto festival

A South African film based on real-life stories of people who have experienced the harsh realities of big city life will be screened at the 41st annual Toronto International Film…

Trace launches three new music channels for Africa

Trace Africa channelsModern Times Group-owned youth music and lifestyle broadcaster Trace has unveiled plans to launch three new regionally-focused music channels in Africa.The channels are targeted at southern, eastern and…

ShowMax expands expat offering with more shows

ShowMax has, in South Africa at least, been giving streaming services like Netflix and Hulu a decent run for their money since launching just over a year ago.At the same…

Piracy of TV content: what to do?

Broadband helps fuel the growth of existing TV offerings, but also fosters rampant piracy. What’s a TV network to do? Better broadband networks and new devices help fuel the growth…

Kenya Meets New York to develop film industry

In Africa, millions live in crowded slums. Youth survive but don't thrive. At Kibera Film School youth trainees develop talents, tell their stories, become role models and transform their communities.A…

Africa wins at the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

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Piracy of TV content: what to do?

Broadband helps fuel the growth of existing TV offerings, but also fosters rampant piracy. What’s a TV network to do? Better broadband networks and new devices help fuel the growth…

South African film makers turning on-line to raise funds for their movies

In the early 2000s film director, Neill Blomkamp, was turned down by investors in South Africa when he pitched a SciFi movie that would also be an allegory of apartheid…

Kenya Meets New York to develop film industry

In Africa, millions live in crowded slums. Youth survive but don't thrive. At Kibera Film School youth trainees develop talents, tell their stories, become role models and transform their communities.A…

Africa wins at the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Among the award winners of the 57th International Short Film (Kurzfilmtage) Festival Oberhausen, two African films were selected: Atrophy and Kengere.Atrophy, from Palesa Shongwe is a South African short film…

Content - In Brief

- There was no fanfare or red carpet when a Cape Town-made film, “The Lion of Judah”, quietly opened in 100 cinemas across the US last weekend. The film is…

Award-winning feature film Tess to screen in September to qualify for Oscar consideration

The award-winning feature film Tess produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams and directed by Meg Rickards will go on limited release at Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront, Cape Town on…

Web TV aims to boost youth interest in African farming

Ouagadougou - With the logo of his internet TV station on his black T-shirt, Inoussa Maiga energetically plucks corn stalks in northern Burkina Faso for a programme on farming in…

Married At First Sight SA gets a host and list of love specialists

Cape Town - We already know there’s a local version of popular reality show Married At First Sight being made for South Africa, and now we know who’ll be part…

Cape Town crime drama coming to Universal Channel

Cape Town will again be the backdrop of another international TV series this month when Cape Town, the TV adaptation of Deon Meyer's book Dead Before Dying starts on the…

South Africa - New local music drama series to air on e.tv this September

Hustle follows has-been music diva, Kitt, who has lost her mojo after a long and successful career. Kitt released hit after hit to her adoring fan base and performed to…

M-Net call for proposals

M-Net is currently accepting submissions of proposals for new local content across a number of its channels. If you think you have a brilliant idea for a new TV show…

Viacom International Media Networks Africa takes award at Vision Critical 2016 EMEA Summit

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa was awarded The Rookie of the Year Award at the Vision Critical 2016 EMEA Summit for its research submission, The Power of Plugged In.…

South Africa - OpenView HD launches eMovies Extra

OpenView HD celebrates its third birthday in October with the launch of an exciting new channel eMovies Extra. eMovies Extra is the second movie channel in the e.tv family South…

‘Change-Makers: African of the Diaspora’, series by Power Woman. Audiovisual Production

This show is in high demand, with the current role of Africans living abroad. Many people have misconstrued ideals of what truly goes on and thus it turns into false…

Kwese Free Sport launches in Rwanda

Emerging African broadcaster Econet Media announced the latest innovation within its Kwese branded portfolio with the showcase of its free-to-air channel Kwese Free Sports in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday 22nd…

Mumford & Sons announce new 'Live From South Africa' concert film

The London band released a mini-album entitled 'Johannesburg' with touring partners Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best during June. The mini-album was recorded over the course of two "all…

Big DStv channel changes coming

MultiChoice has announced that it is cancelling some channels, moving several channels to cheaper packages and adding more HD channels. MultiChoice has announced that it will be making significant changes…

UK - New Film Explores Impact of Homophobia in Zimbabwe

ZIMBABWE born director and founder of Hona Africa, Lawrence Zidyana, has released a short film which unravels the impact of homophobia in the country. Zidyana teamed up with award winning…

ROK to Launch on DStv

ROK, the award-winning Nigerian film studio and entertainment brand, will launch across Africa on the DStv platform on 1 November 2016, on channel 168. The Lagos-based film studio, renowned for…

SABC 1 introduces new street dance competition series

Street Cred, hosted by Mzansi rap extraordinaire, hip-hop sensation and South Africa Music Award winner iFani, will start airing on SABC 1 from 13 October 2016, at 18h00. The new…

Kenyan film makers, actors urged to submit entries for AMVCA’s

Kenyan film makers and actors have until October 28, 2016 to submit their entries for the 2017 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). According to Head of…

Zimbabwe movies and Entertainment on UK TV

Since the Makosi Show on Vox Africa in the last year or so there has been a dry spell of Zimbabwean content on U.K screens and Zollywood Limited have struck…

South Africa Terry Pheto is in a troubled marriage in new flick

Cape Town – Actress Terry Pheto is one busy lady, just last week she was walking the red carpet in London promoting her latest international movie. (Read more here) Pheto…

DISCOP Johannesburg partners with Joburg Film Festival

Africa’s largest TV content market, DISCOP Johannesburg 2016, will see thousands of international TV broadcasters, distributers and producers descend on Johannesburg for meetings, workshops and engagements that will drive millions…

10th anniversary Afrika Eye line-up revealed

In something of a coup, Bristol's Afrika Eye has bagged an exclusive local preview of Belle director Amma Asante's A United Kingdom to launch its 10th annual film festival on…

SA film Queen of Katwe location irks Ugandans

Ugandans are upset that some scenes from the new film Queen of Katwe, which details the rise of local chess star Phiona Mutesi, were shot in South Africa. They are…

EbonyLife TV to produce African adaptations of familiar classics

On the heels of the production of the EbonyLife TV s Nigerian adaptation of ABC s hit drama series Desperate Housewives (titled Desperate Housewives Africa), the network has announced plans…

In brief

Young Nepali filmmaker Aditya Khadka’s short documentary film Dhartiputra—that documents a miraculous incident in last year’s quakes—bagged the Best Documentary award at the Real Time Film Festival, recently held in…

5 LGBT African Movies to See After You Watch ‘Moonlight’

If you haven’t heard, Moonlight is a truly remarkable portrayal of black gay identity. (Stop reading and go watch it right now if you haven’t already done so.) Barry Jenkin’s…

Discop Africa: Former NBC Exec Paula Madison and Others Talk Opportunities for African Women in Media

JOHANNESBURG — The success stories, the challenges and the opportunities for women working in media were the focus of a lively panel discussion which opened the Discop Africa TV content…

First Edition of Digital Lab Africa to Showcase Wide Range of Content

JOHANNESBURG — The future of African media arrives in Johannesburg this week, where a diverse slate of web series, mobile apps, online music platforms, and immersive VR content will be…

MIPCOM: Trace Play to launch before end of year

Youth-focused international media group Trace TV is set to launch its long-awaited SVOD offering Trace Play by the end of this year, according to CEO Olivier Laouchez. Laouchez told Digital…

Q&A with Econet Media’s Joseph Hundah

In sub-Saharan Africa, where the pay-TV landscape has long been dominated by one player, telecommunications giant Econet is looking to be a game-changer with Kwesé TV. The group has been…

Why we are bringing back Big Brother Nigeria – Multichoice boss

Katung Aduwak will be the happiest person on earth to reconnect with the reality TV show that made him famous about 10 years ago when the new Big Brother Nigeria…

CBeebies for Zuku TV

BBC Worldwide has launched CBeebies on the Zuku TV, the East African home entertainment operator platform. The 24 hour channel is available now to all customers in the market. CBeebies…

DW launches multi-media migration focus for West Africa

DW's new multi-media project "The Migration Dilemma" traces the dangerous journey to Europe undertaken by West African refugees. Reporters look into the social consequences of this exodus on the families…

Zuku TV relaunches Swahili Channel as competition heats up

Zuku TV has re-launched its Swahili channel with a foray of new content designed for Swahili lovers. The channel Zuku Swahili Movies, will effectively change to a general entertainment channel…

Johannesburg Makes a Bid for More Global Film, TV Production Business

Johannesburg rolled out the red carpet for the inaugural edition of the Joburg Film Festival, as film and TV stars gathered for what was a busy week in the glitzy…

WapTV now on DStv and GOtv

Wap TV, the 24-hour Nigerian Entertainment channel, will now be available on DStv channel 262 and GOtv channel 102. The channel has obtained several awards since its launched in the…

SA film studio gets Bafta nod

Local animation studio Triggerfish Animation Studios has scored a nomination at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Children's Award for Stickman.   The Cape Town studio's film goes…

Televista Trybe launches on Dstv

MultiChoice Africa has announced the launch of Televista and Trybe TV to the DStv platform in more African countries from Thursday 17 November. TelevistaTV, which will launch on channel 194…

SABC3 cancels High Rollers

SABC3 has decided to abruptly cancel the local weekday telenovela High Rollers within 30 days, but the producers are fighting back, saying they are adamant for the show to remain…

ETV Africa acquires rights of crime series ‘On the Case’ from GRB Entertainment

ETV Africa has acquired rights for four seasons of GRB Entertainment’s factual thriller ‘On the Case’. The series explores murder mysteries through in-depth interviews with those closest to the case…

Harry to reveal his love for Lesotho in new documentary about African nation

Prince Harry with young orphan Mutsu Potsane, 4, after they planted a peach tree together at the Mants'ase Children's Home for orphans near Mohale's Hoek, in Lesotho Prince Harry with…

#ProudlySA: Black Mambas inspire Hollywood film

Cape Town - SA's own team of wonder women, the Black Mambas are known in SA for their committed efforts to protect our wildlife, and now the world will see…

DStv Zimbabwe is offering all its connected customers a free subscription in 2017

If you are hoping for another Christmas gift here’s another bit of holiday cheer – If you are a DStv subscriber the pay TV service is offering you a free…

New television channels in Ethiopia may threaten state control

STROLL through Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and everywhere you will see satellite dishes, sprouting mushroom-like from roofs, gardens and balconies. “People have roofs to repair, but they are buying satellite…

A Taste of South Africa with Matt Tebbutt Filming starts on new 10-part TV series

Filming has started on a new 10-part television food series - A Taste of South Africa - with well-known British chef Matt Tebbutt as the show's presenter. Produced by South…

StarTimes Launches DTT Platform In Daura

Foremost digital television network company, StarTimes, has launched its Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform in Daura, Katsina State. The unveiling of DTT decoder was remarkable to the people of the…

BBC News Heads to Uganda for a Full Week of Live Broadcasts

BBC Focus On Africa television and radio, along with the BBC Swahili TV program, “Dira ya Dunia,” will hit the road together in January to broadcast live from Uganda for…

In brief

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Is'haq Modibbo Kawu, has said his agency will create a Digital Access Fund where N1000 annual TV licence fee paid…

StarTimes, HS Media Group Formalise Partnership on Bundesliga

A milestone has been recorded in the Nigeria sports media and entertainment industry with the formalization of the long awaited partnership between StarTimes and HS Media Group for the live…

SABC's self-censorship continues as SABC News cuts the live feed and screens go black when EFF leader Julius Malema mentions 'no brains' Hlaudi Motsoeneng

South African and African viewers on Monday saw how the SABC's alleged self-censorship continues in 2017 when the SABC's SABC News division abruptly cut the live feed and screens went…

DISCOP Johanneburg announces Germany as guest country for 2017 edition

Picture below : Deutsche Welle presentation over Discop Africa 2016 in Johannesburg.   DISCOP Johannesburg - Africa’s leading entertainment content market and co-production forum – will announce a significant partnership…

Go gaming with Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network, one of South Africa s kid-focused channels, will be introducing multiple digital offerings this month, promising to have kids excited and fully engaged. Boys and girls across South…

New African Pavilion at MIPTV 2017

Reed MIDEM is pleased to announce the creation of a pan-African pavilion to serve as a spotlight destination at MIPTV for distributing into and acquiring content from Africa. The 54th…

Ericsson inks VOD deal with 20th Century Fox

Global information technology company, Ericsson, has entered into an exclusive, multi-year feature film deal with leading international content distributor, 20th Century Fox Television Distribution, for its subscription video on demand…

Viceland launches in Africa with Kwesé TV

Vice Media’s Viceland channel is launching in Africa in an exclusive tie-up with new pay TV entrant Kwesé TV, owned by Econet Media. Under the deal, Kwesé TV will add…

Multichoice clarifies reason to move Big Brother Naija to South Africa

MultiChoice Nigeria has clarified its decision to move the Big Brother Nigeria house and film season two of the show in South Africa, which was met with a barrage of…

Okuhle Media begins production on Sarah Graham’s Food Safari Season 2

Cape Town - Leading local production company, Okuhle Media, is halfway through the filming of a consecutive second of Food Safari, featuring local food writer and TV host, Sarah Graham.…

Script2Screen Africa '17 Debuts With Film Making Reality TV Show

The Script2Screen Africa has launched its film making and acting reality TV show in Nigeria with the theme: "Film as a catalyst for revolution." Addressing journalists in Lagos on Wednesday,…

SA filmed Blade Runner short tribute film now on You Tube

Five years ago South African-born writer/director Christopher Grant Harvey began production on a short film Tears in the Rain. Set in the world of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do…

Pan-African Multi-Platform Network IrokoX Signs Exclusive Partnership with Award-Winning Producers MTA Interactive

IrokoX, the pan-African Multi-Platform Network (MPN), has signed a one-year exclusive partnership deal with MTA Productions, the award-winning TV producers of Pan African hit TV show, “Meet the Adebanjos.” Planned…

Tess features original score and song by Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin and local compose Ebrahim Mallum

The feature film Tess, which goes on circuit on 24 February 2017, features an original score and theme song composed by the two-times Grammy Award winning composer and producer Christopher…

Starsat beaming more local channels

People in the country will now have a wider choice of viewing local content, thanks to Starsat Malawi for introducing three more channels on their decoders. StarSat offices in NICO…

AREWA24 launches new sports division, branded as “A24 SPORTS”

February 7, 2017 –AREWA24, the 24/7 all-Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle satellite TV channel, production studio and media company, announces the launch of a new programming division, “A24 Sports.” Since…

Middle East and North Africa Digital TV Forecasts 2016-2021 - Legitimate Pay TV Operators are Increasingly Relying on Exclusive Content Rights to Gain Subscribers

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Digital TV Middle East and North Africa Forecasts" report to their offering. Legitimate pay TV operators in the Middle East and…

SPI/Filmbox Channels soon in Liberia

SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group, the international TV operator, is all in for the launch of nine networks on a new IPTV service which will be operated by K3 Telecom in…

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Africa Magic Films in collaboration with Golden Effects Pictures present a beautiful and emotional drama, ROTI. SYNOPSIS The psychological limits and endurance of a couple are stretched after the wife,…

South African animation the biggest winner at Kidscreen Awards

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man…

Kwesé TV boosts content line-up with AMC and Scripps deals

KweseLifestyleImage2New African pay TV platform Kwesé TV has struck deals with AMC Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to boost its growing content line-up. Econet Media-owned Kwesé TV has struck a…

Script2Screen Africa set for reality TV on filmmaking

With a vision to train filmmakers to tell stories that tackle some of the continent’s most pressing issues head-on, educate viewers while entertaining them, Script2Screen Africa 2017 is set for…

Street Talk: My first time (Video)

Who doesn’t remember the first time they had sex? Twenty ordinary people share their stories, some hilarious, others shocking in Street Talk. Street Talk is a groundbreaking television series aired…

ZIFF TO RECOGNISE WOMEN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a new special jury award category open specifically to women documentary filmmakers from Africa. The Adiaha Award for Best African Female…

SPI/FILMBOX lands in Cameroon on Swecom

As Cameroon football fans are still celebrating winning the Africa Cup of Nations, TV viewers in the country have scored a televisual goal with the availability of content from SPI…

MultiChoice launches rewards programme for DStv customers

Multi-Choice has launched a new continent-wide incentive programme called DStv Thanks, aimed at offering rewards to DStv customers. Commenting on the incentive, MultiChoice Zimbabwe chief executive officer said: “We are…

BBC Worldwide expands across Sub-Saharan Africa with over 800 hours of TV content sales

BBC Worldwide has announced today at their annual BBC Worldwide Showcase event that it has sold over 800 hours of world-class British television programming to several leading broadcasters and platforms…

Highly anticipated Prime Suspect Prequel for SA screens

Adapted from Lynda La Plante’s bestselling novel, Tennison, ITV CHOICE is proud to present the brand new crime drama, Prime Suspect: Tennison which will premiere on the channel (DStv 123)…

South African 'Serial' podcast starts with a bloody ‘90s heist and ramps up from there

                  The year is 1994, a few weeks before South Africa’s first democratic election, and two security guards are murdered at a…

Kalushi: The Solomon Mahlangu story, the inspiration behind the Firestars music video by Capso featuring Wyclef Jean

The Mandla Dube written and directed feature film Kalushi: The Solomon Mahlangu Story, which releases on March 10 at cinemas nationally, has been the inspiration for the video Firestars by…

ShowMax teams up with The QYou for curated series

  SVoD in Africa: Naspers-owned South African subscription video-on-demand provider ShowMax has teamed up with short-form best-of-the-internet channel The QYou to curate a series of shows in East Africa. ShowMax…

MultiChoice scales back M-net channels

MultiChoice announced that new schedules on M-Net channels to improve DStv customers viewing will see the end of specialist channels, including M-Net Edge, M-Net Family and M-Net Movies Showcase, as…

A TV channel dedicated to the African entrepreneur has been introduced by Kwese

A TV channel dedicated to the African entrepreneur has been introduced by Kwese Posted By Maureen Bwalya on Mar 2, 2017 in Business | 0 comments Kwese TV has introduced…

M-Net Loses its Edge

A fascinating new transgender reality series, Strut, starts tonight on Vuzu AMP - but M-Net won't show it or the new mini-series When We Rise to DStv subscribers elsewhere in…

Tope Oshin’s brand new romantic thriller Evol premieres on Africa Magic

After having sex the very first day they meet- two strangers decide to explore the possibilities of a relationship. ‘Evol,’ a brand new romantic thriller by award-winning filmmaker, Tope Oshin’s…

Kyle Lewis’s epic Nasty C music video featured on Apple Music internationally

Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed Bad Hair, Nasty C’s epic 14-minute music video that topped the Apple Music video charts in South Africa for the week of its release. Apple…

Top 20 Highest Grossing Nigerian Films – As The Wedding Party drives Nollywood to New Heights

The Nigerian Film industry popularly known as ‘Nollywood’ has taken another step towards becoming one of the world’s most important film industry’s, with ‘The Wedding Party’ a Romantic Comedy starring…

Sunu wins Branded Content Gold at Bookmarks

Egg Fllms’ Sunu directed Absolut’s One Source campaign with Khuli Chana, which won the only Gold in the Branded Content category at the 2017 Bookmarks, South Africa’s premier digital awards.…

Brent Owens: Extreme Authentic & Unwrapped Oxyg3n Media produced series starts Tuesday, March 28 on Discovery

Brent Owens: Extreme Authentic & Unwrapped, a 13 x 24 minute series, created and produced by South African content creation company, Oxyg3n Media, will premiere on Discovery (DStv 121) on…

“Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz” and “Wacky Races” Headed for Boomerang Africa

Latest original content from Warner Bros. Animation – Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and all-new Wacky Races – will premiere in Africa on Boomerang from October 2017. [Johannesburg, SA]:…

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The critically-acclaimed ‘Dora’s Peace’ has been selected for the Boston and Beijing International Film Festivals in April. Directed by Konstandino Kalarytis from a screenplay by Andrew Herold, Dora’s Peace is…

Fox 2000 Acquires West African Fantasy Novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ in Blockbuster Deal

Fox 2000 has acquired 23-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi’s debut YA (Young Adult) West African fantasy novel “Children of Blood and Bone,” which is the first in what will be a…

A Taste of South Africa with Matt Tebbutt

Filming has completed on a new 10-part television food series - A Taste of South Africa - with well-known British chef Matt Tebbutt as the show's presenter. Produced by South…

Kwesé TV scores exclusive rights to bring the 2018 FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to Africa

Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has secured the rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 to its impressive roster. Just months after it brought NBA,…

BET launches Afridocs across sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s documentaries are now available every Thursday on BET from Thursday, 6 April at 21:00. The anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide will screen on Thursday, 13 April with My Neighbour…

Local Series Rates High for Discovery Channel

Brent Owens: Extreme Authentic & Unwrapped, a 13 x 24 minute series, created and produced by Oxyg3n Media, premiered with a double bill on Discovery Channel (DStv 121) last week,…

Zee channels added to TNTSAT, DStv in Africa

Indian broadcaster Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) has launched two channels on Mali’s TNTSAT and another on sub-Saharan pay-TV platform DStv as part of its African expansion. The French-dubbed general entertainment…

SECOND SERIES OF MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT SOUTH AFRICA GETS GO-AHEAD

A second season of Married at First Sight South Africa has been greenlit and will go into production shortly. As with the first series - the new season will be…

Al Jazeera highlight: TechKnow - The Science of Water Sustainability

In The Science of Water Sustainability, TechKnow explores three solutions for water scarcity that don't involve waiting for rain: fog-catching nets, intelligent watering and washing machines that use 80% less…

ALTV launches hit prank show from the streets of Cairo

Hit show ‘Khod Aqolak’ extends ALTV’s presence as the fastest growing digital platform for current entertainment across the Middle East and North Africa Cairo, Egypt, 18th April 2017: ALTV, one…

Piracy could cost content owners $2.3TN by 2022

The global economic value of counterfeiting and video piracy could reach $2.3 trillion (€2.15tn) by 2022, new research has shown. The report from Frontier Economics – dubbed Economic Impacts of…

Ad Boycott of YouTube hits African creators and channel operators as revenues sink – Brands need to know it’s costing African jobs

The international boycott of Google and its platform YouTube is having a massive direct impact on YouTube Creators and channel operators. Russell Southwood spoke to Murphy Anawana, founder of Aforevo…

People You May Know nominated at Series Mania in Paris

Emerging filmmaker Zandile Tisani recently had her web series People You May Know nominated in the web and digital series competition at Series Mania, one of Europe's premier TV festivals.…

DISCOP Johannesburg pushing to become world’s #1 for “Made in Africa” content

BASIC LEAD, the organizers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum today unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg as the world’s #1…

Forbes Woman Africa Launches First Television Show, “Against the Odds with Peace Hyde”

The show will feature women who are trailblazers in their respective fields of business and who inspire younger women to be bold and break boundaries, contributing to the narrative of…

American cast add sparkle to red carpet at Love By Chance movie premiere in Johannesburg

Local and visiting celebrities were out in all their finery at last night’s Hyde Park Nu Metro premiere of the delightful comedy ‘Love by Chance’, a South African-US co-production starring…

Emerging Markets Streaming Leader – iflix launches in North Africa and Middle East

Dubai, April 27, 2017 – iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today announced the launch of its revolutionary service in eight territories across…

Eric Aghimien’s action movie, Slow Country, ready for the world

Slow Country, the latest movie from director, producer, screenwriter and editor, Eric Aghimien, is ready for public viewing. Aghimien, whose 2014 debut movie, A mile from home, won at both…

More Power! – Documentaries for Africa

This May, AfriDocs presents powerful documentaries from Africa that shed light on some extraordinary people and events from across the continent. These film journeys will enlighten and inspire with stories…

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The 14th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier (FCAT) kicked off on Friday 28 April in Tarifa’s Theater Alameda. Filmmakers, guests, media persons and dignitaries from…

Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV

Broadcast exclusively in the lingua franca of Ethiopia, Kana TV marks a breakthrough in a country where until recently the main alternatives to the drab state-owned terrestrial channels were foreign…

Biola Alaba bets big on Banana Island Ghost

On the heels of the movie teaser of Chigul’s (Chioma Omeruah) hilarious prayer for ‘Sumtin BIG’ that went viral a few weeks ago, BAM-NEMSIA Pictures today released the first official…

Second season of The Vow headed to your screens

Johannesburg: 12 May 2017 – Zee World brings you the highly anticipated second season of The Vow. The show premieres exclusively on DStv Channel 166 and GOtv Plus Channel 25…

Kwesé TV signs deal with Turner adding 3 global brands to its line-up

Johannesburg, 24 April: Econet Media has signed a multi-territory broadcast agreement with Turner which includes some of its most acclaimed kids and news channels. This agreement is significant as it…

DStv customers get more entertainment

On Wednesday, 17 May, DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (Channel 138), eMovies Extra…

Energy Africa Project: Activist documentary needs your support

The time has come for the long and twisted tale of South Africa’s energy crisis and the history of its nuclear programme are stories to be told fearlessly and objectively,…

Cinevation to expand commercial brand opportunities for Discovery channels

Discovery Networks Africa has appointed Cinevation to expand upon the commercial brand partnerships opportunities for of its two flagship local channels, Discovery Channel and TLC Entertainment. The new brand partnership…

Disney XD premieres heart-thumping, soccer-themed live action telenovela, 11, this May

Disney XD is about to kick-off on a great football adventure when brand new live action series 11 hits TV screens this month. 11, a telenovela, is centred on gifted…

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Paris: The Public Choice Award for Nollywood Week 2017 went to two films jointly, 76 and The Wedding Party.  

Algeria approved the launch of new channels

Algeria will soon allow more TV channels in the country, Hamid Grine, Minister of Communication has planned for around ten new TV channels. This new regulation will allow to increase…

e.tv adds four new channels to DStv

E.tv let the cat out of the bag by adding DStv channel numbers to its e.tv channels list on its website while MultiChoice added e.tv channels information to its DStv…

AMC Networks International and Multichoice sign an exclusive deal to launch Sundance TV on DStv

The AMC Networks International (AMCNI) has announced that it will launch SundanceTV in South Africa for the first time, on DStv channel 108. SundanceTV, which celebrates independent feature films, world…

Top European, North African Entities Forge Mediterranean Film Industries Pact

Italy’s Rome Lazio Film Commission, the Spain Film Commission, France’s Ile-de-France, the film commissions of Andalucia and Tangiers and the Carthage Film Festival have joined forces to set up the…

Kanal D to launch its own English drama channel in Africa

During the NexTV CEO Africa conference 2017 held on the 10, 11& 12 May at the Hilton Resort- Mauritius, Kerim Emrah Turna- Director of Sales & Business Development, Americas &…

Comedy Central Africa acquires rights to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Comedy Central Africa has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to U.S. late-night talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from NBC Universal International Distribution. “We are delighted that Jimmy…

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GOtv, Pay-TV provider in Nigeria reassured about new content to be announced on the Digital TV. General Manager, Marketing and Sales, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho, went on about the positive…

Top Africa movie stars to converge in Kigali in June

Rwanda will host for the first time Africa Movie Awards Nominees 2017, said a statement released Friday by organizers. The Africa Movie Awards gala night due on June 24 at…

Sembene! Across Africa Brings a Filmmaker Home

This past weekend, people across Africa (and beyond) took part in Sembene Across Africa, an unprecedented community screening of the award-winning documentary film SEMBENE! Grassroots efforts galvanized three days of…

A touching Afrikaans novel for teens makes the big screen

Filmmaker are increasingly making popular young adult books into successful movies. ‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’ (“Zero is not Nothing”) is a heart-warming and darkly amusing Afrikaans film about three…

20 filmakers at ZIFF20 Support a Filmmaker for the Zanzibar International Film Festival

The Zanzibar International Film Festival is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock…

Bollywood Blockbuster Dangal premieres on Zee TV fresh from the box office

Johannesburg, 13 June 2017 - Zee TV’s June blockbuster Dangal, will be sure to grip Aamir Khan fans when it premieres on the channel on DStv 452 at 16H00 CAT/MUR…

DStv to broadcast pop-up martial arts channel

New pop-up channel from DStv focusing on martial named M-Net Blackbelt will be available from 15 June to 9 July. It will feature a wide variety of martial arts actions…

Zee’s news channel WION launches on Africa’s pay TV platform Kwese TV

Essel Group-owned English news channel WION (The World is One Family) has launched on Africa’s pay TV network Kwesé TV. Zee Africa made this announcement. WION is the third channel…

Strong focus on women-led films for 2017 DIFF

Hot in the heels of the announcement of the 10th Talents Durban participants list last week, which enjoys a list predominantly made up of women, the Durban International Film Festival…

Award-winning local film turned into must-watch TV series

Johannesburg - Mzansi Magic and Showmax have joined forces to co-produce a new original series based on the award-winning South African crime and corruption drama, iNumber Number. The feature film…

Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival

Rabat – The 8th annual Durban FilmMart will take place in Durban South Africa from July 14 to 17 and will feature films from across Africa. This year, the Moroccan…

Showmax Kicks Off First Original Show

Showmax, a South African digital entertainment service, has began the production of it’s first original series. The mockumentary called Tali’s Wedding Diary will star Julia Anastasopoulos. The show looks to…

Oby Ezekwesili debuts in first episode of Forbes Woman Africa, Against The Odds with Peace Hyde

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 26, 2017/ -- The highly anticipated women empowerment show, Against The Odds with Peace Hyde is set to premier on Friday June 30th 2017 on Pan African…

Animated local film Liyana wins at LA Film Festival

Liyana, directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp , has won the Documentary Award at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival ahead of the 38th edition Durban International Film Festival…

South Africa: A new hip hop dance show for SABC 1

Break The Beat, will start airing on SABC 1 - Mzansi Fo Sho from Sunday 2 July 2017 at 18h00, uncovering Mzansi s best hip hop dance crew in one…

‘My body, my business’ – Shifting attitudes to sex workers

Peter Machen meets two film-makers who are determined to shift attitudes to sex workers   In South Africa, the position of sex work and sex workers is highly contested, with…

ABS Broadcast launches Afrobeats music channel for iROKO

Last week, ABS Broadcast successfully launched iROKO Music on French premium television platform, Canal . The Afrobeats music channel features the latest music videos and throwback tracks from popular Nigerian…

Bouquet Restructuring brings growth to DSTV subscribers

Multichoice disclosed that is has grown the number of pay-television subscribers on its books in the past year although the pressure on prices in the weak economy coupled with low…

Barnard - The Movie ... celebrating 50 years since the world's first heart transplant

Sunday, December 3, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of what has been called the greatest medical achievement of the 20th century. The world’s first ever heart transplant, performed at…

Uganda - DSTV suspends six children's TV programmes

MultiChoice Uganda has dropped six children's programmes that have been airing on three DSTV channels. The programmes include Loud House, the Legend of Kora, Hey Arnold, Steven Universe, Adventure Time…

Moses Brown grad directs film about South African apartheid

Lydia Beal, a 2017 graduate of Moses Brown High School, knew exactly what to pursue for her senior project. The film she created is the culmination of more than a…

Africa Still Negatively Portrayed in Film

Zanzibar — The way media in other parts of the world portray Africa has attracted attention at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017. Speaking at a two-day China Africa…

Marvel's 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films

Sure enough, Spider-Man: Homecoming will soon be followed by 2018's Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan (who made headlines as…

This is not a drill! Come Dine with Me SA is back for real!

Cape Town - BBC Worldwide has confirmed, that after a three year break, a new series of the critically-acclaimed ratings hit Come Dine With Me South Africa will be coming…

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South African film ‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) has won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival, which runs from 29…

Inexba scoops two awards at Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) scooped both Best Director for John Trengrove and Best Actor for Nakhane Touréat the Durban International Film Festival (13 to 23 July). The win…

e.tv grabs Days of Our Lives from the SABC

The hugely popular American day time soap Days of Our Lives will air on e.tv as from Monday 4 September at 17:30. The highly applauded tv soap which was not…

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Bags Two AMAAs

Queen of Katwe scooped two awards at the 13th edition of the Africa Movie Academy awards (AMAAs), held Saturday night at Eko hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The film set and…

Uganda: Spark TV Starts Airing On DStv

Kampala — Dstv and GOtv Uganda, both products of Multichoice officially announced that Spark Tv, the first TV to exclusively broadcast to women in Uganda, has started airing on Dstv.…

CBeebies Go Jetters show launches YouTube channel

CBeebies smash-hit show for pre-schoolers, Go Jetters, has launched its very own YouTube page alongside brand new interactive features on its dedicated website. Now available across South Africa, the brand…

Durban FilmMart Recognizes Works in Progress From Across Africa

The Durban FilmMart, the industry development program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival and Durban Film Office, has wrapped its latest edition with an awards ceremony showcasing a range of…

Hair That Moves now on Amazon Prime

The well received South African short, Hair That Moves is now on Amazon prime after being acquired by Gravitas Ventures. The film about a young black girl from the township…

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Digital terrestrial television has started in Cape Verde, with more than 75 percent of the population covered during the first phase of deployment, according to information provided to Lusa by…

Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster Wolf Warriors 2 smashes cinema records

Tale of special forces in African war zone has ridden a wave of patriotic fervour with its stunts, soldiers and western baddies A flag-waving Chinese action film depicting the country’s…

Beijing TV dramas, movies broadcasting season for Africa opens in Zambia

LUSAKA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese pay-television operator StarTimes has launched the 2017 Beijing TV dramas and movies broadcasting season in Africa in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. The Beijing TV…

City Press picks a tense local film to watch on Showmax this week

Johannesburg - ShowMax has a plethora of great local TV shows to stream. This week's pick of the stream in Of Good Report. Directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka, this tense…

Why we all deserve to see the new Winnie documentary

There is arguably nobody in South Africa politics that has been more demonised in the media than Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, commonly juxtaposed to her morally uncontaminated ex-husband. A documentary on…

Nomzamo to star in Akin Omotoso's 'Pan-African' silent film

South African actresses Nomzamo Mbatha and Mmabatho Montsho represents the country and continent at the world premiere of director Akin Omotoso's new "tone poem" film titled A Hotel Called Memory.…

In Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's 'Chadian Tragedy,' one of Africa's least known mass killings is revisited

Just over a year ago, a Senegalese court found former dictator Hissène Habré of Chad guilty of torture, rape, war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark verdict decades…

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Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has come under fire for launching a new bloodsports television channel that was unveiled in the United Kingdom over the weekend that will show regular…

Jamia Mosque launches Kenya's first Islamic TV channel

The Jamia Mosque in Nairobi has launched Kenya's first full-spectrum Islamic television channel. Horizon TV, which will broadcast on digital platforms, was officially unveiled at a colourful ceremony at the…

BBC launches Pidgin digital service for its West African audiences

BBC World Service starts a new language service for its digital platforms in English- based Pidgin for West and Central Africa. Pidgin is one of the most widely spoken languages…

Akin Omotoso's film to be submitted for 2018 Oscar consideration

South Africa has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1989. For 2018, Akin Omotoso's critically acclaimed movie "Vaya" has been selected by Iran as…

Highest-earning Nigerian film showcases SA's gems

The highest-earning Nigerian film, '10 Days in Sun City' not only showcases our country's diverse leisure tourism attractions, but also some of our top talent. The hit Nollywood action comedy…

Tuluntulu launches economic empowerment TV channel

Tuluntulu, an African mobile content platform, has teamed up with South Africa s Rhodes Business School and Nedbank to launch a new 24/7 economic empowerment TV channel on the Tuluntulu…

Quirky new comedy, Liewe Keersfeesvader, to have world premiere at KYKNET Silwerskermfees next week

The quirky new Afrikaans comedy feature Liewe Kersfeesvader (“Dear Father Christmas”) will have its world premiere at the kykNET Silwerskermfees in Cape Town next Friday, 25 August. Written and directed…

“The Number” screens at the Toronto International Film Festival A KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission funded project

17 August 2017; Directed by Khalo Matabane and produced by Carolyn Carew, the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commi