Issue no. 129 10 May 2012

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Buni TV: a new VoD platform for African independent producers

African independent producers have three major challenges: getting known globally, finding the right distribution network and getting some money back.Buni TV, an innovative web platform dedicated to African producers and film makers was launched a few weeks back to promote African audiovisual content. Sylvain Beletre, Balancing Act tested the website, interviewed Marie Lora-Mungai, Buni Media's CEO, and highlights Buni TV’s main objectives and benefits. Buni TV joins a list of relatively new, innovative platforms announced in previous Balancing Act ‘Broadcast, Film and Convergence’ issues showing that we’ve reached a promising new era for the African film and TV industry. Announced on April…

Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South Africa: The Copyright Review Commission, appointed to review concerns raised by the music industry regarding the collection and distribution of royalties to artists, has completed and presented its…


Broadcast

South Africa: SABC Complain of Losing Viewership to Pay Channels

Increasing numbers of people able to afford pay channels such as DStv, Top TV and Mnet are causing the SABC to lose viewers, the public broadcaster complained in Parliament last…


Broadcast

Tunisia: Persepolis Trial Verdict Signals 'Erosion' of Free Speech

A Tunis court's decision to fine a TV boss for "spreading information which can disturb the public order" after he screened an animated French movie is a sign of the…


Broadcast

Nairobi TV viewers now enjoy higher quality pictures

TV viewers in Nairobi and its environs now enjoy higher quality pictures with digital broadcast. This follows activation of a platform for transmitting digital video broadcasting (DVB-T2) technology by government…


Broadcast

Africa: Big Brother is back with Stargame!

The countdown is on for Big Brother Stargame which kicks off on Sunday 6 May at 20:00 CAT! The riveting show is set to introduce a new group of larger…


Content

Nigeria: NEXIM disburses $200m entertainment fund

The Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM) may have started disbursing the $200 million fund pledged by President Goodluck Jonathan to support the Nigerian entertainment industry.NEXIM Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Roberts…


Content

Zuma filmfest 2012 honours Awards

As part of Nigerian Film Corporation’s recognition for excellence and industry support, selected institutional and individual supporters would on the platform of the 6th edition of Zuma Film Festival, which…


Content

Tanzania: StarTimes launched its Kili Bouquet

In Tanzania, StarTimes announced that it launched its Kili Bouquet since the 1st of March 2012. StarTimes Kili Bouquet contains the maximum number of channels available from the network. The…


Content

Chadwick, Harris circle Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom

Anant Singh’s long-gestating Nelson Mandela biopic heats up with Justin Chadwick in advanced talks to direct and Skyfall actress Naomie Harris in talks to star as Winnie Mandela opposite Idris…


Content

Kenya’s rugged show at Africa film awards

Kenya’s only success at this year’s Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) announced last weekend came from a movie that portrays the life of President Obama’s half-sister, an animated film based…


Content

Content - In Brief

- At the Cinerama.BC International Film Festival in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, held 4-8 April 2012, the Golden Owl for Best Movie by the Audience was awarded to the South African…


Distribution

Multichoice fights off competition with low-end pay TV

To protect its flanks from attacks by competitors targeting the middle and low-end consumers of pay-tv services, TV subscription company, Multichoice recently floated a new television company, GOtv.A product of…


Distribution

Telenovela Inkaba extends reach to Africa

South African local content pay-TV channel Mzansi Magic has announced that the channel’s first telenovela Inkaba is now available to audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, including countries such as Angola, Botswana,…


Distribution

Four South African films at box office

Joining the South African films currently on release at the local box office - Material, Semi-Soet and Ordinary People - is the newbie, A Million Colours, which is a sequel…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatres has launched a new concept cinema to its audience, Cine Prestige, which opened yesterday 3 April 2012 at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Likened to a…


Investment

NTDC donates StarTimes decoders to hotels

In its genuine effort to sanitise, empower and create an enabling environment for tourism stakeholders to explore and maximise the full benefits of tourism, the apex tourism regulatory agency in…


Investment

Jason Njoku's iROKO Partners Raises $8 million in Funding

iRoko Partners, a Nigerian based, digital distributors of Nigerian music and movies and one of the largest and fastest growing black owned internet companies, has raised $8 millions in funding…


Investment

Local film industry’s Manhattan transfer bid

The local film industry’s efforts to position SA as a world-class film-making destination were boosted this week when a group of South Africans jetted off to New York to rub…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- StarTimes has TV operations in eight African countries, including Tanzania, Nigeria, Burundi, Rwanda, Guinea, the Central African Rep., Mozambique and now Kenya.- The Nigerian Premier league (NPL) has warned…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania: No multiple decoders after December 31 switchover

The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has said no person will be required to have more than one decoder to have access to free-to-air channels after switching to digital broadcasting…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Pay TV provider lobbies govt on full realisation of digital switch

Players in the television industry are lobbying the government to involve them in the realisation of a successful switch from analogue to digital broadcasting before East Africa’s set deadline.Indications suggest…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- April 2012 in Nigeria, the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) DG, Mallam Magawata, listed the achievements of the outfit under him to include digitalisation efforts to comply with ITV’s 2015…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya import millions of digital broadcasting set top boxes

Kenya is set to import millions of digital video broadcasting (DVB) gadgets as the country seeks to comply with its 2012 deadline for migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting.The…


Technology & Convergence

Getting Solar Energy to power TV and radio sets

Every night, something unusual happens in Samuel Kimani’s home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Samuel, 48, lives with his wife Mary and their three children. Their family supports itself…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - in Brief

- In April 2012, Vodacom has bought set-top boxes from Altech’s Durban-based UEC subsidiary that are capable of delivering both fixed-line and wireless Internet protocol television (IPTV) services to consumers,…


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People

Zuku TV’s Richard Bell invest in fresh African contentThe regional pay television players have turned focus on local content as a way of attaining considerable competitive edge.The players have over…


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Opportunities

31st International Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary31ème Grand Prix International du Documentaire d’AuteurThe 31st edition of the International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary set a new record of participation…