Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 265 – 15th June 2017

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Launch of 1st major international VoD service in Francophone Africa - Canal+ and Orange launch IROKO service in Cameroon and elsewhere

15 June 2017

French Pay TV provider Canal+ has teamed up with Orange to launch its IROKO+ subsidiary’s VoD service in key markets in Francophone Africa. The service is pitched as a low-cost prepay service which comes bundled with data. Russell Southwood looks at what’s on the table. It’s the first major international VoD service in Francophone Africa but not the first international service. As with every claim to be first, there’s always a bit of a fight. Paris-based, Orange backed start-up Afrostream launched in 24 Francophone countries in November last year but has not yet had a major impact. The content plus…

Broadcast

New local soapie features a provocative script and great performances

15 June 2017

The new drama series on e.tv, Harvest, sees three women forced to take the reins of a dagga-growing empire after the deaths of their husbands. by Grethe Kemp Celia (Masasa…


Broadcast

SuperSport introduced new line-up for sport channels

15 June 2017

DStv has announced new 14 SuperSport channels including one eSports channel and the new channel line-up will take effect on 4 July. The firm declared: “less duplication of sports across…


Broadcast

AAN announce the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde TOP 6 of DISCOP Abidjan!

15 June 2017

After a tense round of competition, 9 of the top African animation projects in development went head-to-head at DISCOP Abidjan in the first semi-final of the inaugural Pan-African Annecy -…


Content

Top Africa movie stars to converge in Kigali in June

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Sembene! Across Africa Brings a Filmmaker Home

15 June 2017

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…


Content

A touching Afrikaans novel for teens makes the big screen

15 June 2017

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…


Content

20 filmakers at ZIFF20 Support a Filmmaker for the Zanzibar International Film Festival

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Bollywood Blockbuster Dangal premieres on Zee TV fresh from the box office

15 June 2017

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…


Content

DStv to broadcast pop-up martial arts channel

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Zee’s news channel WION launches on Africa’s pay TV platform Kwese TV

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Strong focus on women-led films for 2017 DIFF

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Award-winning local film turned into must-watch TV series

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival

15 June 2017

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…


Content

Showmax Kicks Off First Original Show

15 June 2017

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…


Distribution

MultiChoice welcomes judgement on digital TV encryption

15 June 2017

MultiChoice has welcomed the Constitutional Court’s order in favour of the decision made by former communications minister Faith Muthambi regarding no encryption in government set-top boxes. “We trust this will…


Distribution

Flourishing Films Picks Up ‘Feel-Good’ Pic ‘She Is King’

15 June 2017

Flourishing Films has acquired worldwide rights outside of Africa for “She Is King,” a heart-warming musical about a young singer from the South African countryside hoping to make it big…


Investment

Zanzibar Film Festival launches campaign to fund African filmmakers

15 June 2017

During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players. During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other…


Investment

Hollywood dreams: Curro snaps up AFDA, Africa’s number one film school

15 June 2017

Dreaming of bigger stars, a subsidiary of education business Curro, Stadio, has moved to acquire Africa’s top film school AFDA. Stadio – which Curro intends to spin-off separately and list…


Regulation & Policy

Angolan consumers seeks court action against Zap, DStv

15 June 2017

The Angolan Association of Consumer Rights (AADIC) has announced that it will seek collective court action against pay-TV distributors Zap and DStv, for the exclusion of the TV channels of…


Regulation & Policy

TV encryption: Muthambi wins concourt battle

15 June 2017

Former communications minister Faith Muthambi has won a constitutional court battle against e.tv over encryption in set-top boxes for digital terrestrial television. TechCentral reported that the minister, who was shifted…


Regulation & Policy

SABC wins BCCSA case regarding controversial Isidingo scenes

15 June 2017

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), ruled in favour of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in relation to Isidingo episodes, which were broadcast on 26 April and…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa's first virtual film almost a reality

15 June 2017

The unlikely duo of a former production assistant for Velocity Films and a Finnish marketing director had both become disenchanted with the direction film was headed. Then‚ because of chance…


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Opportunities

15 June 2017

ZIFF announces Film School Competition selected entries   Earlier this year, The Zanzibar International Film Festival announced the launch of a new category for film students from across Africa -…


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Events

15 June 2017

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…