Issue no. 160 - 19 July 2013

Top Story

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone: Africa needs to do more to preserve its audio-visual heritage

According to UNESCO, 80% of audio-visual archives are endangered after 5 to 10 years, if they are not backed up. Most radio stations started in the 1960 and most TV stations in the 1970s. However, a great deal of what they have produced has been lost, either through lack of care or lack of appropriate equipment, humidity or limited storage space. Balancing Act’s associate editor Sylvain Béletre visited Ina ("Institut national de l'audiovisuel" in French) to understand the role it can play in saving this valuable audio-visual heritage and interviewed Dominique Saintville, Project Officer at Ina Collections Department and Vice President…

Broadcast

DStv adds new telenovela channel

MultiChoice is adding Telemundo, South America's telenovela TV channel to the DStv bouquet from Monday 12 August following a carriage agreement between MultiChoice and Universal Networks International. by Thinus FerreiraThe…


Broadcast

Ghana: Tamale Gets First TV Station

The first private television station in the north, Discovery TV, has commenced test transmission on the multi-TV channel 18 and other free-to-air digit-box.The station, with its headquarters in Tamale in…


Broadcast

Sierra Leone: SLBC Partners With China's Star Times

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on Friday signed an agreement with Star Communications Network Technology (Star Times) to pave the way for a joint partnership venture in ensuring that…


Broadcast

Kenya: CCK's Search for Third Signal Distributor On

The Communication Commission of Kenya is set to announce the tender for a third broadcast digital signal distributor license after nearly two years deadlock with local media owners.The regulator is…


Broadcast

Nigerian Mogul Launches Global TV Network Promoting Africa’s Image

In Lagos, A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed in to nearly every country on the continent with programs…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- AB Sat Africa: The first independent French broadcaster, AB Sat, editor of nearly twenty thematic TV channels for Africa's development. This week, nearly a dozen TV Group channels are…


Content

South Africa film sector has grown 14% per annum over the last five years

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) recently commissioned Deloitte to do the first ever national study on the South African film industry and its economic impact on the economy.…


Content

Nigeria: MTV Launches TV Series, Shuga

Cable entertainment channel, MTV Base and its Staying Alive Foundation have joined forces with the Nigerian Agency for the Control of AIDS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to…


Content

ROSCAR Finalists Announced

Wild Talk Africa is proud to announce and congratulate the ROSCAR finalists for 2013. This year the festival received a record breaking 445 entries from 32 countries; almost double compared…


Content

Sci-fi blockbuster about to be released: Blomkamp's “Elysium”

The newest trailer from Neil Blomkamp's latest sci-fi blockbuster show great promise. Fast-paced action and a suped-up Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley are just some of the great action scenes…


Content

A brand new reality series produced by Ochre Moving Pictures, starting on kykNET

New reality series 'Nege Maande' follows the lives of nine mothers of varying ages, backgrounds, in diverse social situations. For some their pregnancy is the happiest experience ever, for many…


Content

Content - In brief

- Registration has been open for Durban FilmMart. The DFM takes place from 19-22 July 2013 during the Durban International Film Festival and promises an exciting programme of masterclasses and…


Distribution

Satellite could become a mean to deliver films to African cinemas

Satellite is a mean to deliver films across European cinemas and that could become a reality with African cinemas. Marc Welinski, Director of Marketing at Eutelsat told Balancing Act on…


Distribution

South Africa: Fox International Channels exits TopTV

On 1 July 2013, Fox International Channels (FIC), the multimedia company focused on distribution of high quality Pay TV channels and digital services has announced it will, from today, discontinue…


Distribution

Cape Town TV to be available on DStv

From September this year community television station Cape Town TV (CTV) will not only have a stronger signal in Cape Town but will also be available throughout the sub-continent on…


Distribution

iROKOtv launched free TV Series

iROKOtv has now launched TV Series on its platform for free. This new addition of TV series to its catalogue of over 5,000 Nollywood movies shows iROKOtv ‘s commitment for…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The Middle East online video streaming platform icflix, due to launch this month, has signed content deals with Turner Broadcasting of the US, Canada's DHX Media, and Italy's Mondo…


Investment

Aiming to unite South African’s film commissions

South Africa’s (SA) film commissioners have been in the news a lot recently. With the announcement of a new national film body that aims to ‘support and promote’ you would…


Investment

Kenya to Prop the Arts and Film Industry

The government has pledged more support to the arts and film industry in Kenya, as it seeks to create more employment opportunities for the youth.Speaking when he opened the 4th…


Investment

South Africa: New Film School To Open in Tshwane

Jintek Film and Television School is a pioneering and distinguished audio-visual and training academy that will open it’s doors for the first time in the metropolitan city of Tshwane on…


Investment

Call for South African Producers to participate to the 2013 Sediba International Financing Programme

The Sediba International Financing Programme (SIFPP), aimed at experienced and emerging producers in television drama & feature film products, is geared at offering focused training in international financing, packaging, sales…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- In Reunion, a music and DJ school has opened its doors in Sainte-Marie. ‘Cyber Mix’ school is already saturated with applications. DJ Fly, the 2008 world champion was present…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania’s DTT: No Turning Back to Analogue - Minister

Government said that it will not reverse the decision of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting. "We are not going back to analogue.It is too costly and outdated," the Minister…


Regulation & Policy

Sentech shuts down pirate TV signals

Sentech has shut off the signals that allowed millions of residents of neighbouring countries to watch the SABC and e.tv. Sentech has shut down the signals that allowed people in…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Trade department reconsiders film industry strategies

Members of the creative industry, including film producers and artists, had an opportunity to formalise their businesses at a workshop in Johannesburg. by Jevanne GibbsAt the workshop at Museum Africa…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa’s community television sector launch association

South Africa’s community television sector has made a huge stride forward with the launch of an association to advance the interests of the sector.Known as the Association of Community Television…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Al Jazeera is demanding the immediate release of staff members detained overnight in Cairo. Egyptian forces raided Al Jazeera premises overnight. 28 Al Jazeera Mubasher Misr staff members were…


Technology & Convergence

SatLink will also offer special promotions on its satellite TV platforms to Africa at IBC2013

SISatLink Communications will be debuting in Europe its new OTT solutions including Multi Screen Technical Delivery services for Live TV & Video On Demand (VOD) at International Broadcasting Convention IBC2013…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Sony Introduces New Home Cinema System and 3D HD Led TV

Sony has introduced two new products to the Kenyan market. Adding to its range of home entertainment products Sony has launched a new Home Cinema System, the BDV-N9900SH, which features…


Technology & Convergence

Discussions with iBurst about offering triple-play services

The Israeli connectivity company has big plans to expand its operations in Africa, including setting up a South African office. Israeli satellite and fibre telecommunications provider Gilat Satcom is stepping…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s SuperSport to launch new HD channels

South Africa’s SuperSport is to launch new HD sports channels on the DStv pay TV platform next week.From July 23 sports fans will be able to access the two new…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- DTT is making progress in Nigeria. Three years after its entry into the Nigerian market, subscribers of the NTA/Startimes digital paid television have hit 1.3 million. It has over…


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Events

17 to 19 July 2013Mediatech Africa 2013Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South AfricaThe biennial advanced technology trade show has positioned itself as the largest and most prestigious event of…


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Opportunities

Zuku: Commissioning brief for a Documentary Series  Zuku TV  is  seeking  to  commission its second documentary series for broadcast on the only documentary channel produced in Africa, Zuku Life, Channel…


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People

DFM 2013: Introducing a master class with Jon Reiss.Durban FilmMart 2013 is pleased to announce that Jon Reis will present during the 2013 Durban FilmMart master class programme!Jon Reiss is…