Issue no 136 16 August 2012

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NHU Africa’s Christopher Mason on growing the wildlife and natural history programme genre

This week, Sylvain Beletre, Senior Analyst at 'Balancing Act' interviewed Christopher Mason from 'NHU Africa', a commissioning body and production house that has shown that making quality African programs in this genre can pay off.Q: What is NHU Africa all about?A: Located in South Africa, the Natural History Unit of Africa (NHU Africa) commissions and produces wildlife and natural history documentaries in Africa for national and international distribution.  We also run Africa’s largest Wildlife Film Festival and Conference, Wild Talk Africa which addresses emerging content markets, issues facing the industry and fosters public interest in quality content. We also run…

Broadcast

Internet Gabon Launches Triple Net project in Libreville

Company Internet Gabon conducted Tuesday in Libreville the launch of its Triple Net project, a partnership with the SES and Hughes Advantage. The event was enhanced by the presence of the…


Broadcast

Internet Gabon Launches Triple Net project in Libreville

Company Internet Gabon conducted Tuesday in Libreville the launch of its Triple Net project, a partnership with the SES and Hughes Advantage. The event was enhanced by the presence of the…


Broadcast

Malawi’s Broadcasting Boom

Malawians on their way to work in the morning or eating supper home in the evening will soon be struggling with a new and decidedly tricky problem - which of…


Broadcast

SES and Groupe Canal+ agree on long term contract renewal

On 26 July 2012, SES announced that it has signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with Groupe Canal+, the leading French pay television operator. This agreement extends the…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South African public broadcaster SABC is launching a digital news channel. The 24-hour channel will initially be available via pay TV platform DStv and will also be available via…


Content

Haraka!* Supporting new talents in short African films

For 23 years, Canal France International (CFI) has supported media development and modernisation in southern countries. In Africa, in addition to its historical role with TV channels, CFI takes part…


Content

Africa: OSISA-Funded Film Wins International Award

Funded film, Creating a Climate for Change, has won the prestigious jury award at the Film Festival of Colorado for best environmental film. Produced and directed by Jeffery Barbee, the…


Content

Nigeria: 'Hausa Movie Market Still Untapped'

Hassan Giggs is a famous producer/director who has been around in the Hausa movie industry for the past 15 years. Giggs, who has so far directed over 30 Hausa movies,…


Content

Namibia: Inaugural European Film Festival in Windhoek

The European Union National Institutes for Culture (Eunic) geared up to stage the first Eunic Film Festival in Windhoek from Saturday, August 4 to August 10 at the FNCC, Goethe…


Content

Content News - in Brief

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Content News - in Brief

- The Gambia Film Producers Association last Saturday held its first congress at the Alliance Francaise-Gambienne along the Kairaba Avenue in Kanifing. The forum accorded the opportunity to take stock…


Distribution

Cameroon: films sold in the street can get you 38,000 Euros

Transformed into street vendors, they offer their own movies on the street by building on their reputation to attract customers. This informal trade aims to create a film industry. The…


Distribution

AfricaFilms.tv signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF

On July 31st, 2012, AfricaFilms.tv (AFTV) paid VOD platform dedicated to Africa's culture announced that its directors signed 50 hours of African content at Durban FF, and looks for 100 more…


Distribution

CNN: most watched international broadcaster in Africa

CNN has cemented its position as the most watched international broadcaster in Africa, according to the latest EMS Africa survey released by market research organisation Ipsos Synovate. The survey was…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Johannesburg based production company Moments Entertainment is delighted to announce the release of their new and ground breaking African musical – Cry of Love.  Starring the legendary South African…


Investment

Nigeria: More Film Makers to Benefit as Nexim Bank Disburses U.S.$200 Million Fund

In line with the Federal Government's directive, the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) has announced plans to give more film makers the opportunity to benefit from the USD200 million…


Investment

South Africa: Government issues RFP for digital TV

The request for proposals gives interested bidders just one month to respond. It also makes no specific mention of a return path for Internet access.Prospective manufacturers of the set-top boxes…


Investment

StarTimes Enters Kenya Pay TV Market

Doubts over viability of the $75 Million investment where predecessors have failed miserably ,the Kenyan Pay TV market last week witnessed the entry of yet another player despite the evident…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- In Uganda, Bukedde TV from the Vision Group has imported new equipment. The aim is to improve on the services and to have a wider coverage, according to Mark…


Regulation & Policy

Namibia: Aochamub flatly denies corruption allegations

The board of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) as well as the Anti-Corruption (ACC) this week cleared director general Albertus Aochamub of graft allegations. Those behind the rumours would be…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: CCK Wants Set-Top Box Price Lowered

The Communications Commission of Kenya wants vendors of set-top boxes to further lower the price of the gadgets if the country is to see successful migration to digital television. The…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Abdi Jeylani Malaq, a TV actor, comedian and producer also known as Marshale, was fatally shot in cold blood by unidentified gunmen as he was about to enter his…


Technology & Convergence

Tata Communications forays into Nigerian video market

India’s leading telephony provider Tata Communications has extended its Video Connect Network (VCN) to Nigeria through a partnership with Main One Cable Company, Nigeria’s premier provider of broadband internet services. A…


Technology & Convergence

Cote d'Ivoire: RSF to Ivorian President - Improve Media Freedoms

On the eve of the first meeting between Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and French President François Hollande in Paris, Reporters Without Borders urges Côte d'Ivoire's government to press ahead with…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- On 2 August 2012, Intelsat S.A. announced today that an Ariane 5 V208 launch vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 20 satellite from Kourou, French Guiana. Built by Space Systems/Loral,…


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Events

26 – 29 August 2012 The 14th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research ConferenceTheme: “From Local to Global:  Media Research in a Developing World”Venue: Munyonyo, Lake Victoria, Uganda at…


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People

South African comedian Nik Rabinowitz to host Africacom awards ceremony  Taking place on 14th November 2012 at the Waterfront Lookout, Cape Town, South Africa  the Africacom awards ceremony  will be…


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Jobs & Opportunities

International URTI Radio Grand Prix : only one month left to submit your best love stories!  For its 24th edition, the International URTI Radio Grand Prix calls for participation on the…