Issue no. 128 26 April 2012

Top Story

One of South Africa's top three production houses opens office in Los Angeles

Established in Cape Town, Film Afrika Worldwide is launching an office in Los Angeles to be headed up by CEO David Wicht. David started out as a writer and director and made Windprints with Sean Bean and John Hurt in 1990, so the move will allow him to focus more on developing original material with American partners. “In addition to facilitating productions shooting in South Africa, we will be developing original material with US partners for filming in South Africa,” says David. Balancing Act looks at the potential impact of this move.      Film Afrika has produced over 50 films and…

Broadcast

Launch to Boost Nation-Naija Entertainment Ties

Nollywood superstars Patience Ozokwor and Desmond Elliot touchdown in Nairobi on Wednesday to grace the official launch of the new Africa Magic channels on DStv.The thespians are brand ambassadors for…


Broadcast

Searching for South Africa's first Masterchef

The TV programme you can expect to hear everyone talking about for the next few months is the inaugural series of Masterchef SA. Rebecca Davis spoke to director Donald Clarke.If…


Broadcast

SES-4 satellite is now fully operational

Start of April, SES S.A. announced that the SES-4 satellite is now fully operational and ready for service at the orbital location of 338 degrees East. SES-4 was successfully launched…


Broadcast

Africast 2012 To Focus On Broadcast Content

The 9th edition of the biennial conference of Africa broadcasters, Africast will focus on issues relating to content. The event is billed to provide a networking environment for providers, distributors…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Just a few months after celebrating its 13th anniversary and moving into its state-of-the-art studios in Naguru – which also coincided with the switch from analog to digital broadcasting…


Content

Ghana's New Movie: ‘The Azonto Boys’ Coming Soon!

Comedy in Ghana just got finer as one of the craziest and most creative movie production houses in Africa, ‘Talents United’ brings you ‘Azonto Boys’, a film written and directed…


Content

Two new independent films court African American ticket buyers

Movies aimed at African American moviegoers are typically the province of bigger-budget comedies and dramas — the kinds of stories told by Tyler Perry or produced by Screen Gems. But…


Content

NYC: Film festival turns lens to African homeland

The 19th New York African Film Festival kicks off Wednesday, with a wide selection of films exploring ideas of home and homeland. Guest host Viviana Hurtado speaks with the festival's…


Content

AMAA: South African film director Charlie Vundla crowned

South African Charlie Vundla scooped Best Director and his debut, film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million, was named Best Film at the eight Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA),…


Content

Content - In Brief

Death Metal Angola is an upcoming documentary directed by Jeremy Xido. The film takes a look at the development of a rock subculture in Angola. Director: Jeremy Xido / Cinematographer:…


Distribution

THEMA supplies 47 ethnic TV channels to Virgin France

THEMA *, which specializes in the distribution of ethnic TV channels, is pleased to announce an agreement with Virgin France for the distribution of 47 channels. Within the framework of…


Distribution

Namibia: NBC misses Television licence collection target

A campaign to get more Namibians to pay their television licences has led to the NBC collecting N$15.9 million in licence fees last year, 16 per cent more than it…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Orange and Canal+ Africa -present in 20 countries across Africa- have signed an agreement by which Canal+ subscribers in Africa will be able to use Orange Money to renew…


Investment

Africa: Goodbye M-Net Africa, Hello…

As part of part of M-Net exciting plans for the expansion of the popular AfricaMagic channels, MultiChoice wishes to advise DStv subscribers that M-Net Africa (Channel 102) will be swapped…


Investment

GoTV, a contender to digital TV across Africa

In the bruising roller-coaster ride to digital migration in Kenya and across Africa, Multichoice may well have established first-mover advantage with the introduction of its GoTV service that is currently…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Visual Unity system integrator and multi-screen platform provider has entered into a joint venture with Telemedia Africa to establish Visual Unity Africa. The company, based in Nairobi, offers system…


Regulation & Policy

Somaliland Police arrest, detain journalist

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is deeply concerned about the increased attacks against journalists in northern region following the arrest of TV journalist in Las Anod town of…


Regulation & Policy

Tunisia: Persepolis trial spotlights attacks on freedom of expression

Charges against a TV boss who screened the French film Persepolis should be dropped by the Tunisian authorities, Amnesty International said ahead of the resumption of his trial.The trial of…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Police in Monrovia have announced the arrest and probe of a Sky FM/Television staff Lawrence Cole, 31, along with two other suspects - Boimah Kamara and Janet Ahullo for…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Digital TV set-top box draft spec unpacked

After years of rigorous debate, the SA Bureau of Standards (SABS) has finally issued the final draft minimum standard for the set-top box decoders that will be used to receive…


Technology & Convergence

Egypt: Internet radio powers on after Arab Spring

When an Egyptian court fined former president Hosni Mubarak and two aides a total of 90 million dollars for cutting mobile and Internet services during protests that led to his…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Between 2010 and 2013, investors will spend more on submarine cable systems in Africa than anywhere else in the world, a new report from TeleGeography shows. Investors are expected…


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People

- Ghana: Nadia Buari and Bimbo Manuel Dazzle in 'Heroes and Zeros'One of the finest faces ever to have made it out of the Gold Coast, Nadia Buari has added…


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Opportunities

- More local content: Namibia and Zimbabwe sign broadcast MoUContent development - covering news, current affairs and culture – and knowledge exchange is to form the basis of a new…