Issue no. 154 19 April 2013

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Gary Rathbone announces new TV sports programmes aimed at African FTA broadcasters

Gary Rathbone is launching a range of new TV sports programmes aimed at African Free To Air broadcasters. SuperSport’s  former Head of Africa he resigned from the position back in June 2012. SuperSport is a South African group of television channels owned by Multichoice and carried on the DStv satellite Platform across Africa.Since then, Gary has been preparing to launch a package of sports shows that will enable FTA broadcasters in Africa to improve their sports coverage of both African and international sport. Balancing Act’s Broadcast Analayst Sylvain Beletre interviewed Gary on his new venture.Q. Tell us more about your…

Broadcast

Tanzania goes digital – viewers find their screens going blank

There are concerns that Africa is behind deadlines towards the global switching off of analogue broadcasts. In large part owing to its socialist roots, few would play up Tanzania’s appetite for…


Broadcast

Sim TV: “Pay-TV piracy is not a problem, it is an opportunity”

Content piracy across Africa is still a very strong issue for audiovisual players, whether they are producers, distributors, broadcasters, lawyers or regulators.Marcio Zukin, CTO of SimTV has a different opinion…


Broadcast

Tunga TV Digital migration initiative launched in Rwanda

The Ministry for Youth and ICT (MYICT) in Rwanda has launched the Tunga TV digital migration initiative in Gisagara District in Southern Province which aims to drive Rwanda go digital…


Broadcast

Benin: ORTB modernises its flagship programmes

Several flagship programmes broadcast by the ORTB, Benin's national public TV channel, recently benefited from a CFI expertise and skills transfer initiative.From 4 to 15 March 2013, director Pascal Hendrick…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Senegal: Musician, singer and composer, Baaba Maal, proceeded to lay the first stone of the cultural complex that will build between Podor, his hometown, and Guia, just at the…


Content

The African Movie Academy Awards move to Bayelsa State in Southern Nigeria

This year, the African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) will be "happening" in Bayelsa State in Southern Nigeria on April 20. Like last year when the party went to Lagos city…


Content

Upcoming ZIFF 2013 is introducing a Short-Film Script Competition

Zanzibar International Film Festival - ZIFF 2013 is introducing a Short-Film Script Competition as an extension to its Film Workshop Program. Filmmakers from East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and…


Content

South Africa: 2nd Bojanala Film Week a success

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in partnership with the Bojanala District Municipality and North West Department of Sports, Arts and Culture held yet another successful film week in…


Content

Multi-media exhibition - Africans in India

In NYC, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Latimer/Edison Gallery exhibits an event on “Africans in India: from slaves to generals and rulers”. This includes a multimedia application…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Back in 2011, CFI launched the 4M project to support its partners in the development of their journalistic practices towards the development of new media. The project includes training…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the social media website in 127 countries…


Distribution

Nollywood TV in French now available in Francophone Africa

Nollywood TV set up by ‘Thema TV’ and supported by Mnet content was only available in France until start of April 2013.Currently accessible through various pay TV subscriptions offered by…


Distribution

‘Man on Ground’ Anti-Xenophobia Film Tours South Africa

The award-winning IOM-backed anti-xenophobia film ‘Man on Ground’ will tour four South African provinces as part of an information campaign: ‘Tell Them We Are From Here’ between April 5th –…


Distribution

Media vs. word of mouth in Africa

Doing business in sub-Sahara Africa can be full of disparate challenges, and anyone looking to identify a classic African consumer will struggle. Despite sharing a common border, inhabitants of one…


Distribution

South Mediterranean: Database promotes films to distributors

With a few clicks, search for film projects supported by Euromed AudiovisualProgramme Activities, Euromed Audiovisual News, Grant Project ActivitiesA new database shows filmmakers and producers who developed their film projects…


Investment

MTN Uganda And Inspire Africa Launch A New Reality TV Show ‘Sawa Ya Cash’

 Inspire Africa began as a Human Capital Development organization with the sole goal of engineering successful entrepreneurship in Africa. After the launch of Inspire Africa Season One, the show amassed…


Investment

BBC's 'Earthflight – Africa' from a spectacular bird’s eye view

On GMA News TV this Easter Sunday, BBC’s Earthflight takes us on a journey to experience Africa from a spectacular bird’s eye view. Fly over Africa on the back of a…


Investment

Rwandan cycling film premiere gets backing

The Goodwill Ambassador for the charity Aegis Trust for genocide prevention, Clive Owen has hailed the London premiere of the award-winning documentary Rising from Ashes.The film, narrated by fellow Hollywood…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Times Media Group, the publishing, music and retail group formerly known as Avusa, has said it intends acquiring the 50% stake in the loss-making BDFM it does not own.…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon bans several FM radio programmes

Indefinite bans have been slapped on three widely-followed interactive radio talk shows in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé by the country's media watchdog.The National Communication Council (NCC) on Thursday said the daily…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda Govt Allows Self Media Regulation

In Kigali, after over two years of deliberations and lobbying in the corridors of power to push through media reforms, a long legislative procedure finally came to a close on…


Regulation & Policy

Film and YouTube campaign attempt to arrest Uganda warlord Kony

War Crimes Rewards Programme offers $5m each for information leading to arrest or capture of Joseph Kony and his aides.The United States has offered bounties of up to $5m each…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- How DStv Is Fighting Online Piracy: John Kotsaftis - who heads DStv Online, the MultiChoice-owned business that develops the DStv BoxOffice and DStv On Demand services - says if…


Technology & Convergence

DTT: a practical guide to the digital switchover in Africa

The switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in sub-Saharan Africa should be completed within just over two years, by 17 June 2015 at the latest, according to joint recommendations by…


Technology & Convergence

Digital marketing in South Africa: Consumers ditching TV for mobile and web

South Africans are reading fewer newspapers and magazines and watching less TV because they are spending more time online, according to a new study.The research, from the Digital Media and…


Technology & Convergence

Mauritania: digital switch no longer a mirage in a reform context

The Mauritanian authorities have been issued with a practical guide to the digital switchover in sub-Saharan Africa.On 24 March 2013, the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, received a…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In 2012, YouTube views in South Africa increased by 80%, whilst the number of video uploads grew by 30%, according to Jared Molko, YouTube partnership manager at Google South…


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Events

3 Apr. -27 May 2013-02-19African Film Festival Inc. Venue: Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Academy of Music - NYC, USA.African film fest of NYC presented annually…


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People

Shooting for the stars in a male-oriented fieldSeko Tingitana, one of the few female filmmakers in Tanzania, made her entry into Tanzania's fledging local industry at a tender age. FILE…


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Opportuniites

Lola Kenya Screen 2013 Call for ParticipationOur call for film submission and skill-development participation in our8th annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-developmentprogramme and market for children and youth…