Issue no 134 19 July 2012

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BFMA Wrap up: a much larger role for African producers and broadcasters in the future

With about 650 delegates this year, Broadcast Film and Music Africa conference took place last week at the Oshwal Centre, located in the Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya on 10-11 July 2012. Dr Ann Overbergh reports on who said what and future trends.Set up under the theme "Innovation, investment and partnerships for local content and service excellence", this event gathered some of the most respected experts in the African film and broadcast markets. In my own presentation, I mentioned that you can diversify into various types of audiovisual productions if you know who you are targeting. From the production houses I visited…

Broadcast

Kenya: Air Local Talent, Pay TV Firms Told

The Ministry of Information has told Pay TV service providers to increase the screening of local content and talent.The ministry said the service providers should lower their pricing after the…


Broadcast

RRsat’s MCPC Platforms increase DTH capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa

At the end of June 2012, RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. - a provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industry -…


Broadcast

Ivory Coast: Final Report of the Working Group on the transition to digital TV

The Working Group on Digital comprising 20 members and set last December by the Ministers of Post, Technology and Communication, Bruno Koné, and Communication, Coty Diakite Suleiman, presented the final…


Broadcast

Ghana: Cine Afrik Commits 'Innocent Sin' to Viewers

From the stables of Sharp Brain Entertainment comes Innocent Sin, starring iconic Ghanaian actors/actresses John Dumelo, Nadia Buari, Frank Artus, Too Sweet, and Ingrid Alabi.Innocent Sin will leave you asking…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- In a major boost for the profile of Rugby across Africa, the Confédération Africaine de Rugby’s (CAR) showcase Africa Cup Division 1A tournament is being broadcast to an unprecedented…


Content

Namibia Film Week Begins

Making films can be a bit of a mission. This understatement holds doubly true if you happen to be a filmmaker in a fledgling industry like Namibia's, trying to tell…


Content

South Africa: EduC8 using cinemas to strengthens matric mathematics and science

EduC8, a partnership with 8ta, BHP Billiton, Primestars, the Department of Basic Education and Samsung, will again address any gaps that may exist in Grade 12 learners' studying and learning…


Content

Rwanda: Movie to Fight Drug Abuse Launched

A movie aimed at fighting against drug abuse, mostly among the youth- "Chora Chora", was launched on Sunday at Kigali Serena hotel. The 75-minute movie in Kinyarwanda was produced by…


Content

Ghana: Mfantsipim Holds First Pan-African Youth Festival

It was a great joy among students, traditional rulers, African-Americans, teaching and non-teaching staff of Mfantsipim School, when the school's Pan-African Youth Club organised a historic Pan-African Youth Festival on…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- Start of July 2012, the new Minister of Culture and Tourism, Youssou Ndour said that "Youtube can be a solution to fight against piracy" and called on artists, producers…


Distribution

African consumers 'underestimated' by Western firms

Frank Braeken is the executive vice president of Unilever in AfricaHe says African consumers have been underserviced by western firms A Nielsen report has identified seven types of African consumers;…


Distribution

Rwanda: Another Pay Television Network Enters Local Market

The recent launch of Canal+Afrique is set to tighten competition in the pay television market.Francoise Le Guennou-Remarck, the communication strategist of Canal+ Afrique, says they are introducing a new era…


Distribution

TV5MONDE strengthens its cable distribution in Kenya

TV5MONDE has signed a distribution agreement with Wananchi - a pay TV operator present in Kenya - allowing the francophone channel to be included in the basic package of "Zuku"…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Youtube.sn was launched July 12, 2012 in Senegal. Tidjane Deme, head of Google Francophone Africa, said he was "extremely excited to launch version You Tube in Senegal," noting that…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- TV5MONDE confirmed its first position as an international channel in Kinshasa, as showed by the latest audience indicators delivered by the TNS Sofres - Africascope 2012 *.In the Congolese…


Investment

South Africa: Nafcoc invests in Mobile TV

Organised black business group, the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc), has bought a 20% stake in Mobile TV, the television broadcasting start-up founded by Mothobi Mutloatse.Mobile…


Investment

African Web video service Iroko raises more funds, targets cable TV

Iroko Partners, an online distributor of African movies and music, has raised another $2 million in its latest round of funding from a Swedish venture capital group as it seeks…


Investment

Highest quality of satellite transmissions for the London 2012 Olympic Games, including broadcast to Africa

Final preparations underway for implementation of Carrier ID to assure quality of satellite TV servicesSignificant strides forward have been made since the announcement at IBC in September 2011 of the…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- A joint venture between local and Indian investors, Bharat Telecom Ltd has set itself the ambitious target of investing US$50 million to connect every home and office in Mauritius…


Regulation & Policy

Liberia: Gov't Takes media owner Musa Bility to Court for 'Tax Evasion'

The Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Tax Court has taken Liberian businessman and President of the Liberia Football Association, Musa Bility, to Court for alleged tax evasion.Musa Bility is…


Regulation & Policy

Sudan Returns Egyptian Journalist, After Bashir-Mursi Meeting

Sudan has returned an Egyptian journalist, Shaimaa Adel, to Cairo after she was detained on June 3 for covering the month-long protests against the regime and austerity measures to counteract…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Icasa Publishes the Revised Draft DTT Regulations for a Second Around of Public Consultation

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby informs all interested stakeholders that the Authority has published a revised set of Draft Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) regulations for another round…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In brief

- The International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU’s) annual Global Symposium for Regulators is set to meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 2-4 October 2012. African communication regulators will be there.- At…


Technology & Convergence

You Tube opens the road to new online business models in Africa with video streaming

Video streaming will be the next big wave of online content use in Africa. There are still considerable network challenges but… The level of existing use shows that once these…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s First Ka-Band Satellite Launch To Signal New Era Of Connectivity

Exactly one month after South Africa received its first Ka-band satellite signal from space, Vox Telecom introduced their latest broadband satellite product to a packed auditorium in the V&A Waterfront,…


Technology & Convergence

Crowdfunding The Future For African Technology

Crowdfunding is the way forward for Africa technology start-ups who are having difficulty finding cash to get their businesses off the ground, according to Munya Chiura, Head of Africa Operations…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- ECS European Communication Services  and OH TV  today announced that they have joined forces to offer the African broadcast market joint solutions providing unprecedented broadcast and IPTV access to…


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People

Kenya’s top five media moguls Kenya’s media industry has witnessed exponential growth in recent years with the creation of more newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV channels. Although many Kenyans…


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Opportunities

Dubai International Film Festival awards open to AfricansDeadline: 3ist August 2012Filmmakers from Asia, Africa and the Arab world, whose subjects are related to their regions, can participate in this competition.With…


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Events

20 -23 July, 2012 The Durban FilmMart 2012venue: Durban, South AfricaS.A.'s longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Twelve fiction projects and 12 documentary projects have been selected for this…