Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 107 23 June 2011

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Broadcast and Film Africa Conference will look at how to build “a world class electronic media industry in Africa’

Africa’s broadcast and film sectors continue to grow. There are more channels, more local content and a growing professionalism. But margins on advertising remain low in many of the more competitive markets and too many companies are still run by managements who don’t understand how to run things as a business. Broadcasting is a prestige profession and therefore attracts many “wannabe’s”. This years Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi (see details below) combines presentations, panels and workshops to look at how to build a world class electronic media industry in Africa. It has two key speakers who will talk…

Broadcast

CNBC Africa scoops prized Television Award

On 19 May 2011, CNBC Africa, Africa’s first 24-hour business news television channel, scooped the coveted Audio-visual Award at the Sanlam for Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, beating more established…


Broadcast

Tshwane gets community TV

As from 1 June 2011 South Africa’s capital city, Tshwane, will have its own community TV station. A terrestrial platform, Tshwane Television (TTV) is in the same frequency band as…


Broadcast

SA: WowTV prepares for launch

Pay-TV contender Walking on Water Television (WowTV) has finally received the funding it needs to get a multi-channel broadcasting service off the ground and will have a commercial product available…


Broadcast

CNBC Africa scoops prized Television Award

On 19 May 2011, CNBC Africa, Africa’s first 24-hour business news television channel, scooped the coveted Audio-visual Award at the Sanlam for Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, beating more established…


Broadcast

Gilat Satcom expands communication services in Zimbabwe

On June 02, 2011, Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, announced that it has successfully…


Content

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…


Content

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…


Content

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

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…


Content

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…


Content

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…


Content

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

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…


Distribution

Kenyan Cinema: financial crisis at Silverbird’s?

A shareholder dispute has been a contributory factor leading to the shut-down of Silverbird Cinemas in Kenya. On June 10, 2011, Moses Kemibaro wrote on his blog: “I am what…


Distribution

DISCOP offers free tickets for the event if you book before 1 July

Discop Africa has become the major audiovisual trade event across the continent.TV broadcasters can register for the next Discop Africa event before July 1, 2011 - early bird – to…


Investment

South Africa: small price increase for Top TV

Prices for Top TVs packages will increase on 1 July 2011, the satellite pay TV operator has confirmed.Top TV explained that the increase in pricing is an “inflationary adjustment which…


Investment

8th African Film Festival of Tarifa gave 8 African movies 46,500 euros

The 8th African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT) awarded eight new African movies with awards endowed with 46,500 Euros. The festival jury selected winners from more than 140 movies from…


Investment

South Africa: small price increase for Top TV

Prices for Top TVs packages will increase on 1 July 2011, the satellite pay TV operator has confirmed.Top TV explained that the increase in pricing is an “inflationary adjustment which…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Africa24 confirmed to Balancing Act that the French-speaking international news channel will launch its English version early 2013.- Multi-Play packages (fixed/mobile telephony, Internet and TV) offers are a good…


Regulation & Policy

E.tv Botswana takes Sentech to court over pirated signal

E.tv Botswana has asked South Africa’s South Gauteng High Court to grant it an interdict and force Sentech, South Africa’s state-owned broadcast signal distributor, to change its current signal encryption…


Regulation & Policy

Equatorial Guinea: Authorities Delete German TV Crew's Footage

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea.On Saturday, plainclothes state security agents led…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Rwanda on 17 June 2011, local journalists met to revise the provisional "Code of Conduct" and come up with a final version. The document – made of 26…


Technology & Convergence

LG launches new Cinema 3D TV range in SA

LG Electronics South Africa launched its new range of Cinema TVs locally today (1 June 2011), saying that the televisions come with all the benefits of Passive 3D technology and…


Technology & Convergence

Triton Digital can boost Africa radios’ audiences

Triton Digital’s Streaming Division, a leading global streaming company is looking to expand relationships with Africa’s established and emerging broadcasting companies. Triton Digital has operations in South Africa under their…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- The Drifta decoder for DStv mobile is set to receive a BlackBerry application, but development has been delayed. DStv Mobile revealed on its Twitter account and in its forum…


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Opportunities

DIFF: “The Talents” offer opportunities to African audiovisual professionalsThe Durban International Film Festival (21-31 July - 2011) has finalised its selection for this year's edition of Talent Campus Durban (22-26…


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People

After more than a decade of intense work and campaigns, the Freedom of Information Bill was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, May 28, 2011. It is a due…


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Events

18 - 26 June, 2011Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)Venue: Zanzibar, TanzaniaEast Africa's largest film and arts festival, showcasing a broad spectrum of African films.For more information please click here: 28-29…