Broadcast Issue no. 158 - 20 June 2013

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NollywoodWeek Paris: Nigerian film-makers look to a new opportunity for expansion with francophone audiences of 300 m

Nigeria’s movie industry has attracted interest not only in Africa but also throughout the world. It employs about 250.000 people and represents about 7 % of the country’s GDP. Nollywood generates close to 500 millions Euros per year. Today, Nigeria’s cinema industry is slowly entering the world's film markets and the festivals. Sylvain Béletre, correspondent at Balancing Act attended the first Nigerian film festival in France and interviewed Serge Noukoué, co-Founder/Executive Director of NollywoodWeek Paris 2013, an annual event dedicated to showcasing the best of Nollywood to a French-speaking audience. This first edition gathered around 1500 spectators from around the world.Q. Why did…

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Al Jazeera’s “South to North” Host Redi Tlhabi explores Nollywood

As the world celebrates 100 years of Bollywood, the spotlight turns on the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood. AlJazeera’s talk show host, Redi Tlhabi – on her show- South to North,…


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DStv suspends HD-PVR panel

DStv has decided to suspend temporarily, but with immediate effect, the expanded viewer panel to measure television viewing in High Definition (HD) subscriber homes that was instituted at the end…


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M-Net triples its series offering on DStv

On Tuesday 9 July, M-Net will change the way you watch series! Adding to the most amazing international series available on M-Net, the current M-Net Series channel will transform into…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- The Africa Channel broadcasts ‘African Masters’, a documentary series showing behind the scene’s visits to African artists’ remarkable studios. Contemporary African artists show their art in this exclusive and…


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South African reality TV cooking competition broadcast to over 100 million people

Commencing this month, season one of South African reality TV cooking competition, Ultimate Braai Master, will be broadcast to over 100 million people in over 280 territories as per a…


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DiCaprio buys TV rights to South African novel ‘The Shining Girls’

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company will turn bestselling South African writer Lauren Beukes’ newest novel about a time-travelling serial killer into a TV series.The Shining Girls, described on its cover as…


Content

African Diaspora Palme D'Or Winners In Cannes Film Festival History (Have You Seen Them?)

The 2013 Cannes Film Festival closing night festivities ended, with French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele winning the Palme d'Or -…


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South Africa: SABC invested more than R700 million in local content in 2012

The SABC invested more than R700 million in local content last year, The Star newspaper reported on Tuesday. Communications Minister Dina Pule released the figures on how much the SABC…


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Africa: Making Video Work - eLearning

Windhoek — eLearning Africa 2013 will be hosting a series of video-themed sessions in Windhoek this year. Increasingly video is becoming a must-have element in learning resources. We spoke to…


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Cape Town: Film festival focused on forests

Greenpop hosted ‘Forest in Focus’, a film festival fundraiser in celebration of the forests, in Cape Town from 6-11 June 2013. This integrative media event screened a selection of winning…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Oscar-nominated producer Dana Brunetti and two-time Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey showed their support for one of South Africa's most promising new film talents at the global Jameson First…


Distribution

Nollywood movies to target U.S. audience with pay-per-view launch

A Lagos-based media company has signed an expanded deal to distribute Nollywood movies on demand.The deal between Brandcast Media and Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Brighthouse cable TV service providers…


Distribution

Kenya: StarTimes Media launches approved set top boxes

Chinese digital pay-TV firm StarTimes Media on Tuesday launched its approved DVB–T2) free to air set top box in the Kenyan market.The development would give an option to those who…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The OIF organised a seminer on distribution of films from the South at the Cannes film festival. The room was packed and heated debates took place at the round…


Investment

Digital delays biting into South African economy

Continued delays in the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television are costing South Africa's economy dearly when it can least afford it. By Duncan McLeod.The years of delays in…


Investment

TV White Spaces forum in Dakar

Despite the growth of mobile and fixed broadband access globally, Internet access continues to lag in Africa. TV White Spaces is a powerful enabler for last-mile access--one of the biggest…


Investment

Chaos In Nollywood Over FG N3bn Intervention Fund

The issue of N3 billion Government Intervention Fund which is meant to improve the Nollywood industry has brought about uproar amongst practitioners. Anaemena Priscilla Chinenye writes.When on Saturday, March 2,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- The Cape Town and Winelands International Film Festival launched the Cape Town FilmMart in Cannes recently with the objective of bringing local producers together with potential partners and financiers…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Company warns on irrelevance of DTT should further migration delays occur

Digital terrestrial television (DTT) was likely to become irrelevant should South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting signal not be accelerated with urgency, investment holding company Kagiso Media warned…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Public Broadcaster Bill Finally Passed

The Chamber of Deputies has finally passed a Bill that seeks to transform the state-owned Orinfor into a public broadcaster called the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).Lawmakers on Monday unanimously approved…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA) has been formed to advance the interests of the South African community television sector.- On June 6, 2013, the Spokesperson for…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania: BTL launches DTT with Nagra CA

Nagra is providing conditional access technology for Tanzanian digital-terrestrial TV broadcaster Basic Transmissions Limited (BTL). Nagra is providing its MediaAccess smartcards to BTL for its free-to-air service.BTL is providing Tanzanian…


Technology & Convergence

Encryption would boost HD in MENA, say industry players

he Middle East and North Africa region is still lagging behind advanced markets in the development of HD services, despite being ahead of Europe in terms of HD screen sales…


Technology & Convergence

Madagascar: Blueline partners with Cryptoguard on DTT

Madagascan digital terrestrial TV operator Blueline has partnered with Sweden-based Cryptoguard for content security.Blueline will replace its existing conditional access security system with Cryptoguard’s CAS service, making it the first…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Prepare for Highway Africa 2013

Highway Africa is gearing up for the 17th edition of Highway Africa Conference, themed 'Speaking truth to power?', will take place from 1-2 September 2013 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown,…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- ‘The Fastest Film Ever Made Project’ in South Africa proves to the world that technology can radically reduce budget and resources, while improving quality.Mushroom Media helped the South African…


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Uganda: The 70 Percent Local TV Content Directive will stifle Industry

 Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabaazi, has issued a statement that all free to air television stations will air 70% local content. This is indeed an admirable stance and…


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Events

6-23 June 2013Encounters - South African International Documentary Film Festival Capte Town, South AfricaEncounters is Africa’s premier documentary event, celebrating its 15th edition in 2013.For more information click here:26-27 June…


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People

Nigeria: ‘Govt, Not Nollywood, Should Cater for Film Veterans’ says Elliot Nollywood actor-cum-director, Desmod Elliot has said taking care of veteran of Nollywood actors who fall sick is beyond the industry…


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Opportunities

‘Digital Services Africa’ invites you to secure your pass at this year's show, taking place on 25 - 26 June in Johannesburg.About 180+ operators and enterprises are already registered.In the…