Issue no 135; 31 July 2012

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BFMA Wrap up (2/2): challenges and opportunities in the African audiovisual content and broadcast markets

This event report is the second part of our last article entitled 'BFMA Wrap up: a much larger role for African producers and broadcasters in the future' .Set up by Aitec Africa, Broadcast Film and Music Africa conference which took place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-11 July 2012 was the occasion for African film makers and broadcasters to better understand the state of the market. A few of them shared experience, best practices and explored innovations in audiovisual content sourcing and distribution. Sylvain Beletre of Balancing Act wraps up some of the key BFMA presentations based on Aitec Africa's reporting.Manu…

Broadcast

Naspers Pay-TV revenue rose 15% with an increase in the subscriber base of 648,000 to 5.6 million HH

Naspers CEO KoosBekker is quoted on Sens as saying his company experienced revenue growth across most of its businesses, including the pay-TV, media and Internet assets Tencent China and Russia's…


Broadcast

Multichoice Namibia revamps TV bouquet

Pay TV provider Multichoice has re-vamped its Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) offering in Namibia to the higher picture quality Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-T2) standard.Multichoice plans for its Namibian channel bouquet…


Broadcast

TV Network Targeting African Diaspora Launches in Atlanta

There aren’t that many media entities owned by minorities but the people behind Dias TV seek to change that. Dias TV officially launched last Sunday during a premiere for one…


Broadcast

StarTimes’ local content aimed to reshape pay TV in Nigeria

As Nigeria’s pay television (TV) market is poised for further competition by players in the industry, StarTimes, pioneer in Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) solution in China and Africa, has made…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- The SABC plans to launch SABC Sport as a brand new separate TV channel in South Africa on October 1, 2012. SABC Sport, currently a brand name of the…


Content

Tanzania's VJs bring Hollywood to Africa

Adding context and humour to western blockbusters for the local audience, Tanzania's video jockey translators are stars in their own rightOn a gridlocked Tanzanian street, a hive of market vendors…


Content

A budget of 1.3 m. Euros to support cinema and audiovisual production from OIF

Since 1988, the francophone Fund for audiovisual production of the South is set under the program "Images" of the International Organization of la Francophonie (OIF). It has an annual budget…


Content

MTV video jockey audition in South Africa

Still in search of the new VJ (video jockey or TV presenter) for the youth entertainment channel, MTV Base, talent scouts held auditions in Cape Town and Durban on 14…


Content

SABC cutbacks have put some producers out of work

The SABC cutbacks have put producers out of work. As KatlehoRamaphakela, Burnt Onion Productions MD said: "A production company can't survive off one project anymore unless it's a recurring daily…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- For its 30th edition, the ‘International Film Festival of Munchen’, Germany awarded the third feature film of Senegalese filmmaker MoussaTouré, ‘La Pirogue’ as best foreign film with a trophy…


Distribution

South Africa: What’s really killing the video store

As many as a quarter of South Africa’s video stores closed down last year, with some arguing that the distribution model is as much to blame as piracy. Media group…


Distribution

Zimbabwe: New movie from Go-Chanaiwa soon on screen and DVD

Many people believe that he is fulltime police detective and others think he is just a local Shaft (from the 1970s movie of the same name) impressionist.But very few would…


Distribution

Kenya: London Olympics free stream on YouTube

The stage is set for the 30th Olympics in London from 27th July to 12th August where Kenyans are waiting for a rich harvest from their world beating distance running…


Distribution

Octagon provides African audiences with Free To View Olympic Games coverage on mobile and web through MeTV Africa

Octagon is excited to use African based video on demand (VOD) service meTVafrica, as the delivery platform bringing viewers across the African continent highlights of the London 2012 Olympic Gamesfree…


Investment

Cinema investments in Burkina Faso and Mali

At a meeting held in Cotonou, film directors from Burkina Faso (photo) and Mali shared their views on the local film and cinema industry. What is the state of cinema of…


Investment

Nigeria: Filmmakers to Access UTH Ibadan hospital facilities as a location

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Ibadan has agreed to grant Nigerian filmmakers access to professional medical facilities and hospital scenarios that could be recorded in motion pictures.In a statement by…


Investment

African Metropolis’ short films supported by Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam

African Metropolis will comprise seven short films from seven filmmakers from seven different cities in Africa. The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa,…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- Akouma TV, a new pan-african web TV channel focused on African culture was born. A Vox Africa TV interview in French with Andrea Bomo, Akouma TV’s co-founder has been…


Regulation & Policy

Nollywood website sues mobile movie app

Nollywood video website, iROKOTv.com, is reportedly suing the makers of a mobile phone application for copyright infringement.Afrinolly, a mobile phone app that showcases Nollywood films, has been asked by iROKOTv…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Citizen TV told to remove smoking bit in drama

The Tobacco Control Board has warned media houses that air content that promotes tobacco. The board has written to Citizen TV to stop airing smoking session in the popular drama…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Ethics Minister Tells Media to Reduce On Sex Talk

The minister for ethics and integrity, Rev. Simon Lokodo has asked local media to reduce on the amount of space and airtime spent talking about sex.The minister says the more…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Luis Pacheco, Sofala provincial director of the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), has resigned because of the circulation of a pornographic video in which he…


Technology & Convergence

Buni TV brings quality African video content to web and mobile

Since VC4Africa launched its new functionalities last month, registered ventures can raise funds through the platform. One of the ventures that are currently in ‘fundraising mode’ is Buni TV, an…


Technology & Convergence

Orange and Gameloft team up to launch new mobile games services in Africa and Middle East

Orange and Gameloft have signed a global partnership to promote usage of mobile games in Africa and Middle EastIn Jordan, Ivory Coast, Mauritius and Madagascar, mobile games offers are already…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- YouTube Launches Face-Blurring Feature to Protect Protesters:During the Arab Spring, a lot of the footage coming out of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya wasn’t taken by the major news networks…


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People

- A Kenyan journalist and his cameraperson scooped the 2012 CNN African Journalist overall awards as President Michael Sata implored African journalists to play a critical role in marketing Africa…


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Events

1 - 11 August 2012Open Doors 2012: Francophone Sub-saharan AfricaVenue: the Swiss-Italian town of LocarnoThe next edition of Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab, will be devoted…


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Opportunities

East Africa Media Awards 2012 Open for ApplicantsThe annual East African Media Awards 2012 are now open for entries from practicing journalists, commentators from the East African Community Partner States…