Issue no 102, 14th April 2011

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AfricanFilms.tv launches in June 2011 with 500 VoD titles on non-exclusive basis

African films producers have often found it hard to get global distribution. The low road through international film festivals and the high road through attending Cannes (see Distribution below) are both time-consuming and expensive. Now the digital revolution offers film-makers the opportunity to reach out globally to both the African diaspora and all those interested in movies from the continent. VoD platforms offer this new opportunity to African film makers. With the arrival of more international cables landing in Africa from now to 2015, there will be a nascent and growing VoD market on the African continent.Sylvain Béletre from Balancing…

Broadcast

Angola: Infrasat, UAU TV and TV Record sign a satellite transmission deal

End of March 2011, Angolan satellite provider Infrasat and Brazilian TV Record signed a deal for satellite transmission. The agreement includes the integration of the news channel "Record News" in…


Broadcast

South Africa: Set-top boxes a 'luxury'

Set-top boxes attract a 7% luxury tax, which will spill over to the end price, despite a court bid by MultiChoice to have the devices classified under a cheaper regime.…


Broadcast

Nigeria: For HiTV, It's less football, more entertainment

"HITV was never set up to sell football only, it was circumstances that led us using football at inception as our mainstay content. We have used football to gain the…


Broadcast

South Africa: New X-rated TV show attracts many X applicants

A new X Factor-style TV show has been launched in South Africa to find two new porn stars. The winners of Porn Stars - one man and one woman -…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 14 April 2011, Orange France will launch the « African bouquet Max » that offers the existing 9 channels enriched with 5 new premium channels: Africable, RTNC, Canal…


Content

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…


Content

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

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…


Content

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…


Content

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…


Distribution

Call for African filmmakers to register for Cannes Int. Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will once again host a South African Pavilion at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival takes place in France (Cannes) from…


Distribution

Is Nollywood in crisis?

In 1992, the debut of Kenneth Nnebue's movie Living in Bondage brought a new twist to the then growing motion picture industry in Nigeria. Shot straight-to-video, it was the first…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

-  South African cinemas have traditionally been situated in the big metropolitan areas and have thus not been able to cater for audiences living far away from these centres. On…


Investment

Steps International will commission 30 shorts on Why Poverty?

Steps International is commissioning thirty short films as part of the global documentary series Why Poverty? It is looking for films from all over the world that give insight into…


Investment

Kenya: Nation Media Profit Up 32.7 Percent

Nation Media Group said an upturn in the economic environment helped it post a 32.7 percent jump in pretax profit on Wednesday, which it is cautiously optimistic of sustaining.The group…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

-  Stingray (HQ in Montréal) will broadcast its music TV channels on 3 continents including Africa. Stingray – 70 channels including Galaxie channels to about 10 M subscribers in 18…


Regulation & Policy

The Cabinet, yesterday, approved a resolution that will see the media entrusted with the powers to regulate itself.

The meeting, chaired by President Paul Kagame, resolved that media regulation, initially handled by the Media High Council, be entrusted to a body of media professionals.According to the Minister of…


Regulation & Policy

New report says piracy is a market failure, not a legal one

Trademark and copyright holders frequently characterize piracy as a legal failure, arguing that tougher laws and increased enforcement are needed to stem infringing activity. But a new global study on…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Kenya, Daily Nation reported that court cases on the switch from analogue to digital television have derailed the issuing of broadcast licences to investors. Investors seeking radio and…


Technology & Convergence

New channels for DStv Mobile

On 29 March 2011, DStv Mobile announced it will be adding three exciting new channels to its broadcast mobile TV offering. This comes just months after successfully launching digital mobile…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania: Radio first, TV second, mobile growing highlights Intermedia survey

Intermedia has released the latest in its Audiencescapes series of surveys of media use in African countries. The survey covers Tanzania and contains a number of tantalizing clues as to…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- End of March 2011, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it had been selected by MTN Nigeria for the transformation of the operator’s DSL access and aggregation network. The vendor’s solution will…


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Events

12th -17th April 2011 (every two years)Festival Cinémas d’AfriqueVenue: Angers, Salle Chemellier, Gaumont Variétés, Centre de congrès. France.Contact : Tel: [+33] 2.41.20.08.22 e-mail: accueil@cinemasdafrique.asso.frFor more information click here: 13th -17th…


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People

- Naspers made a strategic change to operations by appointing Antonie Roux as MIH Group CEO from 1st April 2011. Cobus Stofberg, former CEO of MIH Group, which was made…


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Opportunities

Call for Entries - ZAFAA 2011 - The Zulu African Film Academy AwardsClosing Date is Friday May 20th 2011The Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFA) was launched in Ghana.The 2011…