Issue no. 138 12th September 2012

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Nigeria: Iman Entertainment launches the country’s first proper national distribution system for film and music CDs

Piracy has been a curse on African artists, producer and broadcasters who desperately need secondary income from the sale of physical CDs. About 48 hours after a copy of a legitimate CD is in the market, it will be picked up and sold as a pirated version. Until now, Nigeria had no professional distribution system but has relied on the “marketeers”. Russell Southwood talks to Lanre Dabiri, Iman Entertainment about the CD film and music distribution system he has launched.Iman Entertainment launched its physical distribution system (called Iman One) in July 2012 and it has signed up 5,000 outlets nationwide.…

Broadcast

Nigeria: Making Premium TV Content Affordable

Since the advent of digital satellite television broadcasting in Nigeria in 1994, Nigerians have witnessed a steady growth in the sector with as many as 14 operators licensed to distribute…


Broadcast

Canal+ revenues up

French pay-TV group Canal+ saw a 3.3% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first half of 2012 as parent Vivendi prepares a review of its media and telecoms business.Canal+ increased…


Broadcast

Uganda: Vision Group Honoured for Agricultural Reporting

Vision Group was on Tuesday recognized for its tremendous contribution towards increasing aspects of change in the agriculture and poverty reduction in Uganda.The Farm power@50 Media awards organized by the…


Broadcast

Namibia: Lessons From the NBC Strike

The recent strike at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has underlined some important issues.Obviously, the strike should never have occurred. With unions lowering demands from the original 13 percent and willing…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Ideal for African broadcasters, Sony has unveiled new HD live production products as a small-to-mid-sized system which incorporates future-proof, state-of-the-art technology. As demands for live production continue to increase…


Content

Nigeria: Kannywood Grooming Its Future Stars

A number of youngsters are slowly but steadily making their marks in the Nigeria’s Hausa film industry Kannywood. Some of them are following the footprints of their parents who are…


Content

Senegal: Greenpeace Launches Award-Winning Film on the Increase of Catch in Senegalese Waters

Greenpeace last week launched a ground-breaking documentary on the increase of catches by artisanal fishermen, three months after the new Senegalese government cancelled 29 fishing authorizations granted to foreign pelagic…


Content

Top prize for 'The Mercy of the Jungle' (Rwanda)

CFI awarded the prize for the 'The Most Promising African Project' at the Durban Film Mart, a gathering of directors, sales agents and lead experts in African films held from…


Content

65th Festival del film Locarno: Open Doors dedicated to Sub-Saharan francophone Africa

For its 2012 edition, Open Doors focused on Sub-Saharan francophone Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea,…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- South Africa’s race relations was the focus of the August edition of BBC Africa Debate. South Africa @18: Does ‘black and white’ still matter in the Rainbow Nation? -…


Distribution

Cape Town-production 'Zambezia' released in international markets

Adventures in Zambezia, the first animated feature film produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios, opened in Russia last week on over 800 screens in 150 cities across the country,…


Distribution

France Télévisions and CFI reinforce partnership

Rémy Pflimlin, CEO of France Télévisions and Etienne Fiatte, Managing Director of Canal France International (CFI) have signed a new framework agreement which reinforces the existing agreement and defines the…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- At the Sarit Center, today, LG held a media gaming competition to mark the launch of their Cinema 3D Smart TV range in East Africa. The Cinema 3D Smart…


Investment

'The Wild' TV series not renewed by M-Net

South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net has announced that it will not commission a third series of its location-based soapie, The Wild, due to high production costs, unsatisfactory ratings and issues…


Investment

AfricaCast cements its status as a major broadcast event in Africa

AfricaCast brings together the continent's biggest broadcasters and TV stakeholders and will take place on 14th-15th November 2012 in Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.AfricaCast returns for a…


Investment

Changes at Canal+ and Canalsat in Africa

Since 3 July 2012, Canal + has become a unique and accessible offer with or without Canalsat at 10,000 CFA / Month only. In addition and to maxime viewers' comfort…


Investment

Nigeria: JIBWIS to Launch Islamic Satellite TV Channel

National Chairman of Jamma'ati Izalatil Bid'ah Wa'iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) Shiekh Abdullahi Bala Lau says arrangement has been concluded by the sect to launch its television station to be called 'Sunnah…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

-'Rollaball' movie which features Ghanaian polio survivors pioneering extreme sports with a combination of skating and soccer - mentioned in our last August 2012 edition - is celebrating completion of…


Regulation & Policy

Guinean government censors private radio station

Authorities in Guinea closed a private radio station on Sunday, preventing the outlet from reporting on the next day’s protests, according to news reports. Liberté FM has been targeted in…


Regulation & Policy

Piracy in Tanzania: Artists Urged to Know Copyright Law

Tanzanian dance music veteran John Kitime has said one of the challenges which cause artistes to lose their rights is because they do not know the copyright law.Kitime mentioned the…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: State Allows 'Free TV' to Charge Fees for Now

The Ministry of Information and the Communication Commission of Kenya have defended pay-tv service providers for not offering the free-to-air content for free. The two digital pay-tv providers, StarTimes and…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Police - In Brief

- Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the beating that radio presenter Abdoul Malick Ali Maïga received from jihadists in the northern city of Gao on 5 August after commenting on…


Technology & Convergence

Untapped Middle East and North Africa Region of Promise for IPTV and OTTtv Delivery

With IPTV subscriber numbers predicted to undergo a huge ten-fold increase, reaching 1.6 million by 2014*, the Middle East and North Africa is undoubtedly a region rich with promise for…


Technology & Convergence

A seminar on the development of digital television in Africa was held in Beijing

On August 26 in the Sofitel Hotel Beijing, a ministerial seminar on the development of digital television in Africa lasted one day and was held at the invitation of Startimes,…


Technology & Convergence

1st Sino-African Forum online

Speaking before an audience of African Ministers in charge of information and media, including the Djiboutian Minister of Culture and Communication, in charge of Posts and Telecommunications, Government Spokesman, Mr.…


Technology & Convergence

Phone, computer before TV for SA youth

A Connecting with the Millennials survey conducted by Visa has shown that the South Africa’s youth see gadgets as an important part of their lives. 89 percent said it would…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- On 29 Aug. 2012, NETIA, a leading software manufacturer of media asset management and radio automation solutions, announced that it has supplied its Radio-Assist suite of digital audio automation…


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Events

8-11 October 2012MipcomThe world's entertainment content marketVenue: Cannes, FranceFor more information click here:12-14 October 201213th edition of MEDIMED Sitges, SpainOrganised by Apimed, the event will present again an exclusive selection of documentary…


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People

Nigeria: Someone Stole the Credit for the First Movie I Directed - Falalu DorayiAs one of the leading directors in the Hausa movie industry, Falalu Abubakar Dorayi, earned himself respect…


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Opportunities

LG Launches Innovative Battery Powered TV for the Nigerian MarketTapping into the problem of perennial power outage in Nigeria, LG Electronics chose to introduce the world’s first battery LED TV…