Distribution In Brief:
- Africalia will present its Cinetoile project, a network for the distribution of African films present in 8 African countries at FESPACO this week. It will also give an example of a Cinetoile open-air screening at Sapone, 30 kilometres from Ouagadougou. It will show the latest documentary by Angèle Diabang Brenner and co-produced by Africalia, entitled “Yandé Codou, la griotte de Senghor” in the presence of the Director herself. This screening will be organised by CNA burkinabé, Cinetoile’s local partner.
- In a decision that will have relevance for francophone Africa, France Telecom's Orange brand has seen its rights to deliver exclusive coverage of the French premier football league suspended by the Commercial Court of Paris, according to local press reports, after complaints by rival telcos SFR and Free alleging unfair competition were upheld. According to reports in Les Echoes, the court found Orange guilty of unfair competition, as the football content is only available to its ADSL subscribers, allowing it to win customers from its competitors. The court ordered France Telecom, under penalty of EUR 50,000 per day for three months, starting in one month's time, to provide a wholesale offer to all distributors of TV channels, including Internet service providers, cable and satellite operators.