MTN Ghana launches 11 mobile TV channels with DSTV, Nokia

Technology & Convergence

Cellular operator MTN Ghana has launched 11 mobile television channels in Accra and Tema, in partnership with pay TV company DSTV and Nokia.

The mobile TV service will include programs from Africa Magic, BBC, Cartoon Network, CNN and Super Sport. MTN will offer soccer matches from the FIFA World Cup soccer matches in 2010 in South Africa. The mobile TV protocol being used is DVB-H. MTN and DStv have a joint venture company to promote mobile TV.

Youngsters of the World know his face, but few know the name of the new '24' villain, Hakeem Kae-Kazeem, playing Colonel Iké Dubaku. The actor is well known globally since he appeared in 'Lost'. Hakeem Kae-Kazeem also played in "Wolverine", Pirates of Caribbean and became known in SA for his Fresca TV ads.

Hakeem recently contributed to the film 'Darfur' - filmed in South Africa - which is due to comes out in 2010. Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a Nigerian-born, English-raised South African actor now living in Los Angeles, California. On the television movie 24, he appears in Redemption (2008) and Season 7 of the action series 24, in 2009.

Samuel L. Jackson has been cast in the indie cop thriller "Mixed Blood," reports Variety. Phillip Noyce will direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin principal photography early next year in Cape Town.

East London movie director and producer Dirk Joubert has just finished shooting the movie Politrix, which takes a comic look at politics and how people manipulate situations to further their own agendas. Politrix was shot at different locations in and outside East London, using only local actors. by Lindile Sifile

Eleven-year old acting sensation Sobahle Mkhabase has won the Best Actress Award for the feature film Izulu Lami at the recent Tarifa International Pan African Film Festival, held in Tarifa, Spain. The film, a story of two young children who leave their rural home for the city after their mother's death, mainly features children who have never acted professionally before. They were taken from townships and informal settlements around Durban and in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Among them is Mkhabase who hails from Chesterville in Durban : she said she could not believe it when her name was called out for the Award.

19 - 29 June 2009

ENCOUNTERS SOUTH AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Johannesburg

www.encounters.co.za

27 June - 4 July 2009

ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ZIFF)

Zanzibar, Tanzania

www.ziff.or.tz

28 June - 7 July 2009

NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

Grahamstown

South Africa

www.nafest.co.za

23 July - 3 August 2009

DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

diff@ukzn.ac.za

www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

23 - 25 August 2009

Mediatech Africa 2009 EXHIBITION

The Coca-Cola Dome

Northgate

Johannesburg

South Africa

10h00 - 18h00 (Thursday and Friday)

10h00 - 17h00 (Saturday)

Mediatech Africa 2009, South Africa’s only all-inclusive Broadcast, AV, Media, Film and Entertainment exhibition is building momentum for a truly innovative and well timed event in 2009, as the country prepares for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Mediatech Africa showcases cutting edge technologies and services from industry leaders in Television and Broadcast, Sound and Audio, Lighting and Staging, Animation and Film, System Integration and Communications, and for the first time in 2009 Musical Instruments and Computer Music & Production Tools, and every related field. The combination of technology, demonstrations, networking opportunities and special events attracts top quality visitors from all parts of the media, entertainment, broadcast and communication industries from Southern Africa.

The exhibition was started in 2001 at the Sandton Convention Centre and is run every second year. 2009 will see Mediatech Africa in a new venue: The Coca-Cola Dome and in an exciting new format.

www.mediatech.co.za

24-26 August 2009

PAMRO (Pan-African Media Research Organisation): 11th Annual Meeting

To be held at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

http://aitecafrica.com/event/view/39

The objectives of PAMRO entail the creation of a forum for industry organisations; media research providers, media owners, marketers and advertising agencies in different African countries to exchange knowledge and to learn from one-another’s successes and failures, to ensure the highest quality and to harmonize our research methodologies so that we will eventually have a continental media research database. The latter will make Africa the leader in the world in providing a research database for the growing number of global media owners, marketers and agencies. We are including the Indian Ocean Islands into all our activities and under scribe the rules of market research bodies such as those of the World Organization for Research Professionals [ESOMAR]

5 - 13 Sept. 2009

INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF ZAMBIA (IFFOZ)

Lusaka - Zambia

iffozfest2008@gmail.com

16 - 18 Sept. 2009

DISCOP AFRICA 2

Hilton Nairobi Hotel - Kenya

This edition will combine 3 days of individual meetings between participants organised in advance of the event by Discop in-house research staff and a conference programme addressing 5 important issues related to the current development of television business in Africa. Topics to be addressed in the conference programme will include:

How to create a compelling programming bouquet that can attract viewers and advertising revenues

How to build and manage an efficient television air-time sales department

How to establish distribution deals with mobile operators

The importance of television to provide health care and medical news

The emerging roles of China, Brazil and India in the African television landscape

In addition, a series of 3 training and case-studies workshops specifically aimed at African audiovisual content producers will cover the formating, funding and distribution of programs "Made In Africa".

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Tatjana PAVLOVIC / Head of Sales and Marketing

Cherise BARSELL / Head of TV Stations Relations Africa

http://www.discop.com/ci/pages/show/about_discop_africa

3 - 19 Oct. 2009

ARCHITECT AFRICA FILM FESTIVAL (AAFF)

Johannesburg,Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth

dgrwrite@iafrica.com

11 - 14 Oct. 2009

SOUTHERN AFRICA BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING

Maseru

Swaziland

www.saba.co.za

21 - 23 Oct. 2009

AFRICAST

Sheraton Hotel & Towers

Abuja

Nigeria

munajimada@africastabuja.com

22 October to 1 November 2009

Africa in Motion Film Festival

Edinburgh is home to Africa in Motion, the UK's biggest African film festival.

www.africa-in-motion.org.uk

Africa in Motion 2009 Short Film Competition - Call for entries now open!

African filmmakers are invited to submit short films of up to 30 minutes for the annual short film competition.

Films entered must have been completed in 2006 or after. A shortlist from all the entries will be selected in July and announced by the end of August 2009.

Contact: +44 (0)7807 485 058

info@africa-in-motion.org.uk

November 2009 (date tbc)

IPTV World Forum Middle East & Africa - Dubai - Informa Telecoms & Media Conferences

http://www.iptv-mea.com/register/register

2-6 November 2009

Africa Media & Broadcasting Congress 2009

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

The Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2009 is a dedicated forum where key stakeholders gather to share knowledge, network and find solutions that enable you to maximise revenues and profitably leverage emerging markets…

http://www.terrapinn.com/2009/mediaza/

February 2010 (date TBC)

DISCOP AFRICA

4-4 March 2010

Mobile Commerce World Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

Mobile Commerce World Africa 2010 is your best chance to find out the latest strategies in Africa’s mobile arena and discover how to cut costs and enhance your mobile strategy. This is where key executives will share strategies and evaluate the latest mobile technology available today.

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/mobileza/

12-15 April 2010

SatCom Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa’s premier satellite event bringing you the entire satellite supply chain

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/satcomza/

followed by SatCom Star Awards

13-13 April 2010

Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel - Johannesburg

Africa’s premier satellite event brings you the industry awards for best practice

http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/satcomza/

19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi

http://aitecafrica.com/event/view/43

The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites applications for fellowships in 2010-2011. Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former U.S. president Ronald Reagan and the late U.S. congressman Dante Fascell, the program enables democracy activists, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.

Dedicated to international exchange, the program offers a collegial environment for fellows to reflect on their experiences and consider lessons learned; conduct research and writing; develop contacts and exchange ideas with counterparts in Washington , D.C. ; and build ties that contribute to the development of a global network of democracy advocates.

Program: Based at the International Forum for Democratic Studies, the research arm of the NED in Washington , D.C. , the program offers fellowships for practitioners to improve strategies and techniques for building democracy abroad and for scholars to conduct original research for publication. Fellows are in residence at the Forum and work full-time on their fellowship projects, which focus on the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of democratic development and include a range of methodologies and approaches. Fellows make a presentation of their work and prepare a written product during their stay. The program organizes an active calendar of events for fellows, including an introduction to the NED and its partner institutions, roundtables, and seminars with leading democracy experts.

Eligibility: The fellows program is intended to support practitioners and scholars from developing and aspiring democracies. Distinguished scholars from the U.S. and other established democracies are also eligible to apply. Practitioners may include activists, lawyers, journalists, and civil society professionals, and are expected to have substantial experience working to promote democracy. Scholars may include professors, research analysts, and other writers, and are expected to have a PhD or academic equivalent at the time of application. The program does not pay for professional training or fund students working toward a degree. A working knowledge of English is a prerequisite for participation in the program.

Support: All fellows receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, travel assistance, and research support through the Forum ’s Democracy Resource Center and the Reagan-Fascell Research Associates Program.

Dates: The program hosts two five-month sessions per fellowships year. The fall session will be held October 1, 2010 through February 28, 2011; the spring session will be held March 1 through July 31, 2011.

www.ned.org/forum/reagan-fascell.html

Deadline: Applications for fellowships in 2010-2011 must be submitted no later than Monday, November 2, 2009. Notification of the competition outcome is in April 2010.

www.ned.org

Climate Change Media Partnership (CCMP) Fellowship Programme

Climate Change Media Partnership invites applications for the 2009 fellowship programme for journalists in developing countries who report on climate change. Forty journalists will be awarded fellowships which will give them skills training including editorial mentoring by senior environment editors, networking with other environmental journalists from around the world, and accessing experts through a matchmaking service with hundreds of key climate experts. The fellowships will include attending the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. Women journalists are particularly encouraged to apply.

CCMP@panos.org.uk