Issue no. 162 30 August 2013

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South African Government announces that it will tackle the monopoly on sports rights – Policy due by March 2014

The regulation of TV sports rights has happened in Europe and now looks set to happen in South Africa. Yunus Carrim, the new Minister for Communications has promised action by March 2014. This could be the beginning of a new era that will shake up broadcasting across the continent. Because if there is regulation in South Africa, it will only be a matter of time before it spreads to places like Kenya and Nigeria. Russell Southwood looks at the implications of this shift in regulation.DStv was for a long time the only Pay TV operator in Sub-Saharan Africa. It invested…

Broadcast

ANN7: Car-crash viewing, but no laughing matter

South Africa’s new news channel launched to universal brickbats. The extracts from a column in the Daily Maverick is one of the more choice items.What do you get when you…


Broadcast

On Al Jazeera: The French-African Connection

On Thursdays during August and September 2013, Al Jazeera will screen three documentary series that spotlight the complex and topical relationship between France and Africa.Premiering on Thursday, 8 August 2013,…


Broadcast

Namibia: Free Your Mind to Hit Our TV Screens, As Chiro Wins

Free Your Mind (FYM), Namibia's monthly comedy initiative recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. The brainchild of Ndemufayo 'Chicken' Kauxuxena and Onesmus 'Slick' Upindi, whose love for entertainment sparked the idea…


Broadcast

‘Billo from Dakar’ UK Premiere on the Africa Channel

On the Africa Channel on Wednesday 28th August at 9pm, Africa Picture House presents the UK Premiere of this new award-winning film produced in Italy and Senegal.This bitter sweet comedy,…


Broadcast

Foxcrime on South Africa's DStv network

The pay channel, which bows on South Africa's DStv network, features procedurals including “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and new FX series “The Bridge.”Fox International Channels has launched its crime-themed pay channel…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) reported on 6 August 2013 that it has launched its first-ever ad campaign highlighting what's most important to it "as a news organisation telling the…


Content

Must-see African movies of the 21st century

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is the CEO and founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards. Here, she picks the best African movies of the 21st century. Among her choices of 21st century…


Content

Nigeria to take center stage at DISCOP AFRICA

The Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP Organization announced a major new initiative to celebrate the content, production and distribution industries in key territories served by its two regional markets, as…


Content

The future of African cinema looks bright

The 5th edition of Talent Campus Durban – a collaboration between Talent Campus Berlin, Berlin International Film Festival and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) - took place alongside the 33rd…


Content

African Metropolis - 7 filmmakers, 7 cities, 7 stories

Seven African directors will each make a short film that explores their own African Metropolis, the legendary cities of Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.The initiative is presented…


Content

Three episodes of SABC reality TV show filmed in Europe

Entrepreneurial reality TV show The Big Break Legacy – which returns to SABC2 on Saturday, August 17 at 21H00 for its second season – is going international.Two episodes of the…


Content

Content - In Brief

- At the 34th Durban International Film Festival, audiences watching ‘Felix’ laughed, cried and voted the feel-good South African family movie Best Film. The audience award was announced at Southern…


Distribution

Gabon: Mobile cinema focuses on nature and environment

On the occasion of the first edition of the Masuku Film Festival held in Franceville, Gabon from 15 to 17 August 2013, the “Cinéma Numérique Ambulant Cameroun” (CNAC, mobile cinema)…


Distribution

North Africa: Arabsat, Globecast launch TV distribution platform

Satellite operator Arabsat has teamed up with Globecast to offer teleport facilities, playout services and the service provider's network for broadcasters seeking to distribute television programming in North Africa.The Algerian…


Distribution

Nigeria: African Movie Channel launched

On 11 August 2013, the official Nigeria launch of Africa Movie Channel (AMC) took place at the Grand Ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. The global…


Distribution

DStv: Saffron TV to close

From 1 September 2013, Saffron TV (currently channel 195 on DStv) will stop broadcasting and will as result no longer be available on the DStv Indian package.Saffron TV- produced by…


Distribution

Côte d'Ivoire: CIRTEF gave 38 digital documentaries to RTI

Côte d'Ivoire: In the context of RTI’s audiovisual archives recovery, CIRTEF gave in June 2013 this member organization a hard drive with a selection of 38 documentaries scanned and indexed…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- On August 6, 2013, MultiChoice-owned South African pay TV provider DStv has added sports channel SuperSport 9 to its line-up to replace ESPN, which has ceased broadcasts outside the…


Investment

Botswana Television gets P3.7 million from Japan

The government of Japan has assisted Botswana Television (Btv) with approximately P3.7 million. The grant, aimed at improving the national broadcaster's educational broadcasts and documentary programmes, was a continuation of…


Investment

Nigeria's film industry could provide 2 million jobs

As an entrepreneur, 32-year-old chemistry graduate Jason Njoku achieved success in a most unlikely way: he is Africa's largest distributor of Nigerian movies and has raked in over $8 million…


Investment

Zuku Pay TV commissions new drama series

Zuku, Wananchi Group’s cable and satellite Pay TV service provider is proud to announce the commission of a new drama series from Kenyan production house, Awali Entertainment Ltd.Produced by award-winning…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Nigeria: As part of activities to mark Nollywood’s forthcoming 20th anniversary, Nigerian Entertainment Today has gathered that a section of the film industry is planning to construct a Nollywood…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria bans film on oil corruption, director warned

The Committee to Project Journalists condemns a recent decision by the Nigerian government to ban the exhibition and distribution of a documentary film, entitled 'Fuelling Poverty'. The film exposes corruption…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: SABC keeps lid on 'Project Spear' documentary

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had…


Regulation & Policy

Filmmaker's arrest signals limits to Uganda coverage

Taylor Krauss, an American journalist, freelance filmmaker, and founder of the testimonial website Voices of Rwanda, traveled to Uganda roughly two weeks ago to conduct some filming in hopes of…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: TV Migration Push Demand for Broadcast Licences

The Communication industry regulator has licensed 84 broadcasters as the rush for television permits intensify ahead of the planned digital migration. Those licensed compromise of churches, universities and other community…


Regulation & Policy

Senegal: A thorough study on frequencies’ allocation

At the end of June 2013, an in-depth study on the allocation of frequencies is in progress, said the Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, Cheikh Bamba Dièye,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- With Zimbabwe elections days away, the fight over access to the airwaves has intensified. The media environment has loosened slightly compared with previous years, but most Zimbabweans still lack…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor Cinema all-digital in 2013

The cinema chain will replace all of its 35mm projectors by no later than 17 December 2013. Fans of celluloid won’t like this news. South Africa’s largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor,…


Technology & Convergence

GOD TV using ViewSat in the Sub-Saharan region

GOD TV, the global Christian media channel, has partnered with ViewSat to provide specialised Gospel and Christian messaging to the Sub Saharan region, tapping into ViewSat’s capacity on the Intelsat…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Nairobians to Buy Sh3,000 Decoders to Watch TV Beyond

Nairobi residents will either need a digital television or a set top box to watch television beyond Kenya's 50th year of Independence. This was announced by Joseph Tiampati, Principal Secretary…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: New digital taxi TV

Expanding Branding has secured the marketing rights to a brand new in-taxi digital TV system which offers some unique points of difference and is now launching with discounted packages for…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Morocco: Between the costs of renovation, the shift to digital and the competition of multiplexes, the cinema sector is heating up. In Casablanca’s centre, the three cinemas have traded…


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Events

7-10 Oct. 2013MIPCOMPalais des Festivals, Cannes, FranceOne of the largest global markets for entertainment content across all platforms. Reknown African producers and distributors will have some presence this year, esp.…


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People

Nigeria: Halimat Aitsegame, winner of the 2012 Next Movie Star.Almost nine months after her victory at the 2012 edition of the Next Movie Star reality TV show, Halimat Aitsegame has…


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Opportunities

AfricaCom 2013 launches Digital Music Africa conference. Don’t miss out on participating in the development of a lucrative and active digital music market when AfricaCom 2013 launches its Digital Music…