Issue no. 180 5 June 2014

Top Story

The African marketplace is now worth half a billion US Dollars in annual TV content wholesale sales – double the figure from 2010.

According to Basic Lead, Africa’s TV content market programmes sales and advertising revenues generated by the African audiovisual industry has doubled over the past 4 years. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre interviewed Patrick Jucaud-Zuchowicki, General Manager of BASIC LEAD, the organisation behind « Discop Africa » and Discopro events. Discop Africa and Discopro are to date the continent’s leading Television industry events. Discop Africa gathers 2000+ exhibiting and non-exhibiting delegates from 90 countries representing 1000+ companies driving TV content business and digital changes across and with Africa. Over 2,000 participants are expected to attend again this year. Launched in 2012, DISCOPRO is…

Broadcast

DTT in Africa: the deadline is now just over 12 months away

Balancing Act has kept track of recent DTT developments up until June 2014 as an update to its recently published market report: "DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa -…


Broadcast

AFRICA 24 Media celebrates African broadcasters, tour on the way

Africa24 MEDIA, the continent’s premiere Pan African international quality media production house, announces the Mohamed Amin African Media Awards (MAAMA’s), to be inaugurated in Nairobi in 2015.  To get ready…


Broadcast

Oscar Pistorius TV channel a massive viewership success

MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel is a massive viewership success story for DStv, lifting ratings on the South African satellite pay-TV platform to unprecedented levels and making the channel…


Broadcast

TBN's Al Horreya Network reaching nearly 400 M in the world

Al Horreya TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network's Arabic language faith channel, continues to take hope and healing to viewers across Egypt, the Middle East, and around the world.Less than a year…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

With over 20 privately owned radio stations and migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, Rwandans have now (since early 2014) started to view local private television channels. There are currently…


Content

How (African) media could play a role in the Millennium Development Goals

With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire in 2015, the international development community is pondering what comes next.World leaders agreed upon eight goals as part of a United Nations…


Content

African films: AMAA 2014 winners

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) announced and celebrated its winners in Bayelsa, Nigeria in May 2014.WinnersEfere Ozako Award for Best Short Film: Dialemi (Gabon)Best Animation: Triggerfish's Khumba (South Africa)Best…


Content

Germany: African Film Festival Cologne in September 2014

The 13th edition of the African Film Festival Cologne will take place from the 18th to 28th of September 2014.The event will screen around 80 films from 25 african countries…


Content

Content - In Brief

Commercial from South Africa: Cape Town has become the star of the latest British Airways online video to promote its ever-growing fleet of new aircraft.Full story here: South Africa is…


Distribution

Alibi On TV one of the largest entertainment deals

In what looks like one of the biggest entertainment deals to have been sealed in Africa, the Chairman of Anis Guards, Isaac Fayose, has signed an agreement with an American…


Distribution

Nigeria: Star Partners DSTV to Bring Mundial to Nigerians

The beer brand has partnered DSTV to beam all the football matches of the upcoming FIFA Football Mundial in June, to TV audiences. This is to ensure that Nigerians can…


Distribution

Zimbabwe: Resolve GOtv impasse

 Zimbabweans have been stunned by GOtv’s switch-off — launched amid great pomp and fanfare just over a year ago — by Multichoice Africa and Transmedia.Transmedia, on behalf of the Zimbabwe…


Distribution

Nollywood films distributed from Paris

The Nigerian Diaspora has always been the main vehicle of Nollywood’s expansion, namely in cities like London, New York and Toronto among other places. The city of Paris on the…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

RSA in Cannes: The curtain raised on the 67th International Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, as thousands of filmmakers, movie-goers and journalists, together with a handful of A-list stars, head…


Investment

Corporate Nigeria rallies behind AMAA 2014

Corporate Organisations in Nigeria led by the telecommunication giant, Globacom, Sterling Bank, MRS Oil & Gas and First City Monument Bank have come out to sponsor the 10th anniversary of…


Investment

Nigeria: New TV Network to Advance Catholic Faith Hits Airwaves

A new cable television network to "advance the cause of the Catholic faith in Africa, Europe and parts of Asia" is to hit the airwaves on May 22.The station, known…


Investment

Mactar Silla launches Pan-African Television in 2014

The former Director General of the Senegalese national television Mactar Silla announced in Libreville, Gabon the launch of a pan-African TV channel and a radio station emitting from Gabon.The project,…


Investment

Restless Talent Management, first global management company to focus on African talent

Restless Talent Management (RTM) announced its launch today as the first global management company to focus on African talent. At a time where actors and directors of African descent are resolutely…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

Liquid Telecom Group reveals plans to spend about US$200m in fibre cable roll out across sub-Saharan Africa in the next 18 months, its CEO Nic Rudnick announced this month. Read…


Regulation & Policy

Malawi Govt Spends K3.5 Billion for Digital Migration

Secretary for Information and Civic Education Luckie Sikwese says media in the country needs to write more stories on digital migration in order to inform the masses.He said government has…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: TV Capacity to Increase - Mandiwanzira

Government is mobilising resources to enable Transmedia Corporation to spearhead migration to digital broadcasting ahead of the International Telecommunications Union 2015 deadline for the switch, which will see Zimbabwe capacitated…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: State Launches Digital Migration Policy

Government has launched the digital migration policy to help scale up the implementation process and ensure a people-driven migration agenda.Information and Broadcasting Services Minister, Joseph Katema also called for an…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Online News Association this month is launching its “do-it-yourself” ethics code project. It’s a mechanism to help news organizations, small startups and individual journalists and bloggers create their own…


Technology & Convergence

Sub-Saharan Africa: digital TV base to triple by 2020

An increase of 185% in digital TV homes from 2010–2020 to 1.68 billion will see a total global penetration of 97.9% according to a report from Digital TV Research.If realised,…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: Epic pay TV battle

Pay TV providers in Uganda are bracing themselves for a bruising battle for market share. Already, a new player, Azam Media Uganda Ltd, has entered the market with an attractive…


Technology & Convergence

Detailed YouTube Revenue Analysis

As per Balancing Act’s recent analysis, YouTube is one of the fastest growing website across Africa: the VoD portal figures within the top 5 most visited websites in each African…


Technology & Convergence

RSA: resistance over encryption system

The minister of communications, Yunis Carrim who is pushing for an encryption system of free digital TV in South Africa, is being called out for apparent blatant lies, with the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In May 2014, Franco-German Arte TV channel broadcasts an alarming documentary about recycling electronic products (computers, televisions, tablets, phones ...) that end up in Africa or Asia, where men and…


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Events

Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector3 June to 25 July 2014Africa in Motion (AIM) Edinburgh African Film FestivalVenue: ScotlandA large festival aimed at introducing African cinema…


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People

His Excellency President Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya of Cameroon to receive the Prestigious Special NAFCA Award in HollywoodHis Excellency President Paul Biya will be receiving a Lifetime…


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Opportunities

Arab and Mediterranean film festival accepting submissions [MENA]Deadline: 6/20/14Filmmakers and documentarians from the Arab world whose feature-length projects were produced in the last five years can submit their work to…