Issue no 139 27 September 2012

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Filme aus Afrika: FilmInitiativ's initiative to increase the distribution of African audio-visual productions

When it comes to getting its film and television programmes seen outside Africa, the continent needs all the help it can get. Several events and initiatives have been launched in Europe to help people get a better understanding of African cultures and their global impact. For a short list click on the link here: This year, "Out of Europe XII" / 'Filme aus Afrika' is one of them; it is the largest African film festival organized in Germany. The festival set up by FilmInitiativ kicked off last week and runs from 20 to 30 September 2012; Balancing Act talked to its…

Broadcast

Introduction of South Africa’s first ever prepaid pay-TV model

The introduction of South Africa’s first ever prepaid pay-TV model on 13 August by local satellite subscription television operator TopTV is positioned as a key factor in the broadcaster’s turnaround…


Broadcast

OSN payTV launches 'OSN Privileges'

OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced the launch of its first rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering money can't buy lifetime experiences, special…


Broadcast

Nigeria: How cable operators stimulate rapid growth in pay TV industry

IN the last 20 to 25 years, pay TV industry, especially the Multi-channels, Multi-points Distribution System (MMDS) arm, has been connecting middle-class and low-income earning Nigerians to the rest of…


Broadcast

Massive pay TV growth for South Africa to continue, says PWC report

Pay TV households in South Africa are set to grow to a staggering 5.9 million by 2016 with subscription television reaching a phenomenal TV household penetration of 81.4% as viewers'…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- CNBC Africa has announced its first reality competition television series, Top Trader, which will see eight contestants competing for a cash prize of R250 000. “CNBC Africa is about…


Content

Opinion: Anti-Muslim Film Was a Trap

One of the first scenes in the ridiculous but thoroughly nasty film "Innocence of Muslims" shows angry Muslims running through the streets smashing things and killing people.So what happens when…


Content

Kenya's top 10 hottest TV shows, according to Ghafla

Ladies and gentlemen, Kenya has come really far in as far as our TV shows are concerned. Gone are the days when Kenyans were ashamed to say they enjoy watching…


Content

Ten films from the Namibian Movie Collection at DISCOP Africa

In November 2009, AfricAvenir, in cooperation with Joe-Vision Production and the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) launched a joint project called "Namibian Movie Collection", which was placed at the Multimedia Library…


Content

Content News - In Brief

 - Channel Africa hosted a discussion about the state of South African film following the NFVF's release of the 10 year film and television industry review document. Listen to the…


Distribution

Film 'Material' continues to be a global success

South African film, Material, had its world premier at the Montreal International Film festival last month. The festival's objectives includes encouraging cultural diversity and understanding among nations, and fostering the…


Distribution

The Adventures in Zambezia : Hard work pays off

The hard work, passion and resilience dedicated to the production of The Adventures in Zambezia by the producers and team at Triggerfish Animation Studio has paid off. This animation film…


Distribution

Nigeria: Multichoice Shifts Subscription Discount Implementation

MultiChoice Nigeria, the country's leading pay-tv service provider, has announced that it is moving forward the implementation date of its special subscription discount promotion from October to September this year.According…


Distribution

The film from Abidjan that made it to Toronto Int’l Film Festival now on AfricaFilms.tv

'Burn it up Djassa', a film shot in 11 days for a budget of only 15,000 USD created a buzz at the TIFF, the main film event in North America,…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Anti film piracy: in Sept. 2012, Safact participated in discussions on piracy enforcement and measures to implement enforcement on internet @Kyknet Silwerstar film festivalIn August, 2 people were arrested…


Investment

France: Group plays down the closure of cinema halls in Africa

The president of the African Network of Promoters and Cultural Entrepreneurs (RAPEC), John Dossavi, on Monday played down in Paris the closure of cinema halls in Africa and pleaded for…


Investment

NaShakaraTV, new online video platform for African culture

Founded in February 2010, NaShakaraTv has established itself as being a leading broadcaster for music and entertainment in Africa, allowing billions of people to discover watch and share, authentic creative…


Investment

China investing millions in Africa’s digital switchover

The China Africa Development Fund and China Development Bank have committed to invest large sums of money in the digitalisation of TV in African countries.Chinese news source China Daily quotes…


Investment

Google/Youtube: “We are keen on driving the Arabization of the Internet"

Ari Kesisoglu, Managing Director of Google’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, discusses how online video is becoming more social, and the products Google is developing…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- South Africa: ComutaNet and Massiv 3GTV, the leaders in the commuter market and commuter television respectively, have announced a strategic sales partnership that will change the face of commuter…


Regulation & Policy

e.tv fights 'ghettoisation of FTA TV'

On 6 September (2012) South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv made a presentation to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in Johannesburg stating that the current draft regulations…


Regulation & Policy

Prominent Tanzanian TV journalist killed in scuffle with police

On September 5, 2012, APO reported that a Tanzanian TV journalist was killed on Sunday during a confrontation with police over the arrest of another journalist, according to several local…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Tunisia: In September employees of the national TV station went on strike for a day to highlight freedom of expression. - Congo-Kinshasa: Radio television Lisanga (RLTV) no longer broadcasts since…


Technology & Convergence

Togo Making the Digital TV Transition with Harris

Togo has launched an initiative to completely renew the country’s broadcast TV infrastructure. Harris will be at the heart of the overhaul, designing, installing and commissioning an entire digital video…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor Places Order of New Digital Cinema Solution

Christie Digital Systems Canada has announced that Ster-Kinekor Theatres has confirmed a major deal, as it undertakes full conversion of its cinema estate to digital. This will be the first…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Nigeria: Building on the ongoing success of the Drifta, Drifta USB and Walka, DStv Mobile, Africa's foremost Mobile TV company has announced the launch of the iDrifta and Walka…


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Events

 8-11 October 2012MipcomThe world's entertainment content marketVenue: Cannes, FranceFor more information click here:10 - 21 October  2012The 56th. BFI London Film Festivalvenue: London, UK.The 56th. BFI London Film Festival - from…


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People

 - Two former employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation last week admitted that they were guilty of corruption and other crimes in connection with the selling of stolen NBC television…


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Opportunities

 South Africa: Call for proposals for NFVF First Time Filmmaker Project05 September 2012: The National Film and Video Foundation invites all eligible first time filmmakers to respond to the Call…