Issue no. 142 8 November 2012

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DISCOP Africa 2012 round-up: African content busy being born in hybrid forms

DISCOP Africa 2012 came back with a bang after something of a dip last year in its new venue in Johannesburg, attracting 1,248 delegates from 85 different countries. It is the one place where you can get to meet more or less anyone who’s anyone in the African TV industry. But the excitement is generated by watching new African content being born and struggling to find its place in the sun. Russell Southwood rounds up what he saw and heard last week while in attendance.The Convention Centre in Johannesburg’s shiny tech downtown Sandton provided an impressive setting for DISCOP 2012.…

Broadcast

South Africa: TopTV struggling to compete

TopTV’s acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, looked relaxed for someone who had been in the hot seat for eight months. He was thrust into the spotlight when the pay-TV broadcaster’s founding…


Broadcast

Egypt leads rebound in ME TV ad market

The advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake…


Broadcast

Mauritania to Launch Private TV Stations

The communication ministry gave a green light to new private TV channels, but critics are sceptical about their ability to compete. The Mauritanian government last week asked the High Authority…


Broadcast

South Africa: event on media audience surveys

The South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) invites interested parties from the advertising, marketing and media industries and the media, to attend its Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) Information Day.The…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- "Jungle Gold" is a new Discovery Channel TV series about gold miners in Africa, premiering on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 (10 p.m. ET/PT), according to a press release from…


Content

Culture as a catalyst for socio-economic and political transformation in Africa

The 4th Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Culture (CAMC4) kicked off today 29 October 2012 in Kinshasa , the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 29 to…


Content

Endangered FCAT festival turns financial issues into opportunity

From 13 to 20 October 2012, the "Festival de Cine Africano de Córdoba" (formerly Tarifa, FCAT) was held in the South of Spain. For its 9th edition, the FCAT changed…


Content

A busy year for producers of British-Nigerian sitcom ‘Meet the Adebanjos’

Last year How we made it in Africa reported about two entrepreneurial London-based TV producers – Andrew Osayemi and Debra Odutuyo – that are following an unconventional route in pursuit…


Content

Kenya: Buni TV Offers Cash Prize for Top African Films

Buni TV has partnered with three high-profile African film festivals, where they will be sponsoring a film award at each of the three festivals.They are the Africa in Motion festival…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- Nollywood actor Jim Iyke has revealed that he will be airing  his own reality TV show that will give his fans undiluted access into his life. The reality show,…


Distribution

African Football Factory releases its new catalogue to TV broadcasters

African Football Factory - AFF is a sports marketing agency focusing Africa and its football. With activities structured around three types of expertise (Consulting / Events / Audiovisual), AFF supports…


Distribution

More music streaming for SA

UK streaming music service rara.com was launched in SA this week. Craig Wilson spoke to its director, Tim Hadley.A new music streaming service, rara.com, was launched in SA earlier this…


Distribution

New Afrikaans musical film 'Pretville' opens in cinemas on 23 November 2012

'Pretville', the brand new Afrikaans musical film from Hartiwood Films, opens in cinemas nationwide on 23 November 2012. The film is a rollicking romantic musical comedy set in the 50s,…


Distribution

London: African Film Fever Grips the city of London!

London will host a variety of African rich films festival from 1st of November to the 10th of November which will feature 70 African Films, music nights, workshops and Q&As…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- South African free-to-air commercial broadcaster e.tv has announced that one of the dramas from Season 3 of its popular eKasi: Our Stories series has been selected to screen at…


Investment

Kenya: Mi-Fone sponsors a series of comedy sessions

Kenya's comedy industry has received a great boost from the first African mobile devices brand, Mi-Fone. It has taken to sponsoring comedians by way of promoting their works through endorsements.…


Investment

New film training for 40 interns

The Film Industry Learner Mentorship Programme (F.I.L.M.) starts training the latest MICT-SETA internship programme on 1 November 2012.The 10-month programme will see 40 interns receive unit-standard aligned, accredited training, as…


Investment

MBC expecting growth boost from dedicated Egyptian channel

Leading Middle East broadcaster MBC expects growth next year to be boosted by the launch of its new dedicated channel for Egypt, MBC Masr, according to Mazen Hayek, official spokesman…


Investment

Kenyan filmmaker Hawa Essuman won the Director’s Eye, a 25,000 euro fund for film development

In the frame of the 9th African Film Festival of Cordoba, Essuman’s film script has been granted The Director’s Eye, a film fund provided by foundation Lettera 27. On the…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- On 30 October 2012, sports events and broadcast agency TV Media Sport (TVMS) has been appointed to distribute the TV, marketing and media rights for the 2013 International Association…


Regulation & Policy

Authorities in Equatorial Guinea indefinitely suspended a radio program

Authorities in Equatorial Guinea indefinitely suspended a radio program on a government-controlled outlet during a broadcast on Friday that included criticism of the president of the Supreme Court, according to…


Regulation & Policy

UN Special Representative for Somalia statement on attacks against journalists

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga deplores the recent targeted attacks against Somali journalists. On Tuesday Ahmed Saakin Farah Ilyas, a correspondent with Universal…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- Mohamed Mohamud, aka Turyare, producer and Webmaster of Radio Shabelle was fatally wounded on 21 October 2012 after he was attacked on his way back home in Hawo Tako…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: CCK Licenses 60 New Set-Top Box Dealers

The Communications Commission of Kenya has expanded the dealership of digital decoders from four to 60 to create competition and bring down prices.The new entrants will compete with the existing…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Microsoft’s full Xbox Music service will be launched in SA within the next eight weeks, according to the company’s SA MD, Mteto Nyati. The software giant had been expected…


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Events

10-18 Nov. 2012  Lumières d'Afrique  Venue: Besançon, France.  African film festival in France. For more information click here:14th-15th November 2012AfricaCastVenue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South AfricaAfricaCast is a new event…


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Events

The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF)7-11 November 2012   venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The inaugural CNIFF will introduce the best of African cinema to African audiences. The festival…


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People

Rwanda: She Is Taking Rwandan Cinema Beyond Our Borders The founder of 'A Wize Films' production company, Annette Uwizeye, is one of the few women working in Rwanda's nascent film…


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Opportunities

Berlin film production company seeks young South African filmmakers Berlin-based Flying Moon Film production (The Loneliest Planet, Havanna mi Amor, Full Metal Village) is looking for young talented South African…