Issue no. 125 15 March 2012

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Getting African films seen by school-children - Africa in Motion on a Scottish Tour

There’s a strange paradox operating around African film. Outside of Nollywood, which is largely telenovelas-style episodes, only relatively small number of people see African film, either in Africa or elsewhere. Those that do get a chance to watch it are more often than not art-house cinema or festival visitors. Scottish Festival Africa in Motion (AiM) set out to make a small change in this uneven viewing pattern by touring African films around schools. This sounds such a good idea that it leaves you wondering why African schools don’t show African films in a similar way. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre interviewed…

Broadcast

Cape Town Television (CTV) licensed 6 of Theo E. Davids’ films

Perseverance pays off. Cape Town Television (CTV) has agreed to license 6 of Theo E. Davids films to be screened on CTV's television station as from Tuesday 14 February 2012.…


Broadcast

Intelsat and GlobeCast launch MCPC media platform for Africa

Intelsat S.A  and GlobeCast, announced the launch of the Intelsat New Dawn Ku-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) media platform for Africa. As part of the IntelsatONESM terrestrial network, the platform provides…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: 7 companies applied to run radio and TV stations

In Zimbabwe, at least seven companies have so far applied to run radio and television stations in the country, as the race to occupy the restricted broadcasting media space continues.…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Intelsat S.A reported results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2011. Intelsat S.A. reported revenue of $652.9 million and a net loss of $3.5 million for…


Content

How ‘Project Inspire Africa’ reality TV show inspires entrepreneurs

The on-going 'Project Inspire Africa,' a reality TV show focusing on entrepreneurship, will soon crown the winning contestant who will receive US$ 50,000 as start-up capital to set up his…


Content

AMAA entries hit 328 across Africa

As preparation for the 2012 edition of African Movie Academy Awards reaches a climax, the award organisation has received 328 entries from filmmakers across Africa. Giving the details of the…


Content

Namibia: 'Lord of the Rings' meets 'Scorpion King'

Dominic Monaghan, actor in the blockbuster movie, 'Lord of the Rings' arrived in Namibia last month with an international crew from Canada and the UK to produce a new TV-Show…


Content

DStv kicks off the Human Season on BBC Knowledge

On Sunday February 12th the temperature was lowered in Nelson Mandela Square when a three ton, 22 metre long ice sculpture was erected to spell out a fascinating fact about…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The innovative African-inspired risk management training course and film – Risk Edutainment – 'Moremi' TM – launched last month at BAFTA to an audience featuring top risk industry professionals,…


Distribution

TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ heading to BBC in South Africa

BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the BAFTA award winning reality TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ for BBC Entertainment in South Africa.A consistent ratings hit in the UK, The…


Distribution

South Africa: Only half of those who have TopTV decoder subscribe

DStv rival TopTV has sold 360,000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company’s chairman and acting CEO,…


Distribution

An interesting reader comment follows: “I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

To penetrate this market requires access to sports content. In the niche that Top TV seem to be bent on, that means soccer - both PSL and Premier League.Just because…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Africabox TV continues its expansion in Africa with GlobeCast via Astra 4A. The 100% African music channel is now distributed end to end through sub-Saharan Africa with a viewership…


Investment

Chinese StarTimes to invest in Sierra Leone with DTT offer

StarTimes Communication Network Technology is set to invest in Sierra Leone. This was made known to officials from the Sierra Leone Embassy in China by StarTimes Vice President Charles Liu,…


Investment

South Africa: Masters & Savant Worldwide invest in visual media system

Masters & Savant Worldwide has recently purchased Autodesk Smoke, a complete finishing system for visual media, aimed at television and film production."By having direct access to this amazing finishing suite…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- South Africa's largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, which is owned by Primedia, has decided to end its decades-long advertising in print newspapers, directing its clients to the Web and…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: Govt Wants to give private radio stations wider coverage

The Government will soon open up the airwaves to allow private radio stations to expand their radius and cover more regions or the whole nation. Radio stations, including community based…


Regulation & Policy

Mozambique: Guebuza Launches Second Public TV Channel

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared on Thursday that he hopes the second channel of the public television station, TVM, will be at the vanguard of broadcasting development-oriented content."We are sure…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Striking Kenya Broadcasting Corporation workers demonstrated on the streets of Nairobi seeking audience with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Broadcast operations remained paralysed at the State broadcaster, with the TV…


Technology & Convergence

DStv Mobile: 3 new channels for 3G, 14 in total

Three great new channels have been added to DStv Mobile’s 3G offering: TBN, MK and KooWee. This brings the total number of 3G channels to 14. “We are happy to…


Technology & Convergence

Cape Town: Platypus Productions invest in online casting to cut time

Platypus Productions recently became the first production company in the world to adapt Sonru.com’s automated video interviewing services for an online casting. “The idea of an online casting solution really…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On March 7, 2012, Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship…


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People

Winners of the non-fiction categories of the 6th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) were announced at a glittering ceremony held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Friday…


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Opportunities

AiM Call for Submissions: Features and Shorts  AiM is currently accepting film submissions - features, documentaries and shorts - for its 2012 festival edition, which will take place from 25…