Issue no 193 - 5 December 2014

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Trace Group will run largest global music talent contest in Africa in partnership with Airtel – Target? Two million entrants

MTG bought the Trace Group in early 2014 and both have ambitious plans for growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to the CEO of the Trace Group and asked him what he has planned for 2015.The Swedish media group MTG, which has free-to-air, pay TV and radio assets in its portfolio, bought the Trace group in March this year. It is pinning a significant part of its corporate expansion strategy on getting growth in Africa. It opened free-to-air Viasat One in 2008: it says it now has a 24% market share of its target audience group. Its Tanzanian station…

Broadcast

All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) now set for December 27

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) and the African Union Commission are set to bring 2014 to a close with a show-stopping awards ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, December…


Broadcast

Football Stars, Celebrities, International Health Organizations and Corporations Join to Launch “Africa United” To Help Stop Spread of Ebola in West Africa

Public education campaign emphasizes vital role of healthcare workers and features new Ebola prevention communications for West Africa, including ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ PSAAt the Official Draw for the 2015…


Broadcast

Universal Africa signs new series of Hollywood On Set

After what it claims was a very successful DISCOP, Prime Entertainment Group has another success in the area, this time with the renewal of its leading series with Universal Networks…


Broadcast

AfricAvenir screens SA doccie for campaign against gender violence

On Wednesday 3 December AfricAvenir Windhoek screens South African documentary A Country for My Daughter as part of the worldwide 16 day activism campaign against gender violence held from 25…


Broadcast

Project Watch: South African All-Female Western-Adventure 'Flatland'

South African all-female western-adventure film, "Flatland," directed by Jenna Bass, set in the country's semi-desert region called the Karoo, has been selected to receive production funding from the World Cinema…


Content

Crowdfunding aims to fund film about the women behind Marikhana

Mama Marikana initially began as Aliki Saragas’s Documentary Arts masters project at the University of Cape Town, but soon progressed into a developing feature film with the support of talented…


Content

Fox International Channels joins hand with ACTV in Nigeria

The newly launched Nigerian pay-TV platform, African Cable TV (ACTV), has included eight networks of FOX International Channels (FIC) which includes FOX, FOX Crime, FX, National Geographic Gold, FOX Movies,…


Content

Masterchef South Africa viewers root for domestic-worker contestant

She dazzled with a dauntingly elaborate chocolate dessert, then captivated with a tricky polenta lasagne with fried mushrooms and mussels. Now Siphokazi Mdlankomo is just two rounds away from winning…


Distribution

MTN says that its video-on-demand service is weeks away from completion

SA mobile operator, MTN says that its video-on-demand (VOD) service is weeks away from completion. The group announced in October that it would launch a subscription based VOD service, partnering…


Distribution

Telkom, MultiChoice deal delivers exclusive broadband, entertainment combo

In an exclusive deal with MultiChoice, Telkom will offer a new Internet-connected DStv Explora decoder for free as part of a 24-month subscription to Telkom customers that upgrade to a…


Investment

Academy of Television and Screen Arts’ increases number of bursary students

At the Afpro Connect Conference held in November 2014 at the Maboneng Precinct, MICT Seta and the Academy of Television and Screen Arts (ATV) announced the results of the 2014…


Investment

Unilever announces tutors for the Academy for African Filmmakers

Unilever has announced that directors Femi Odugbemi, Akin Omotoso and Jahmil X. T. Qubeka are among the experienced African filmmakers joining lead tutors Beathur Mgoza Baker and Neville Josie, to…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya Revenue Authority gets nod to recover Sh125m from Wananchi

Kenya: Wananchi Group Kenya has lost a bid to stop the Kenya Revenue Authority ( KRA) from recovering Sh124.87 million unremitted Value Added Tax ( VAT). The group, had moved…


Regulation & Policy

Kenyan Media Get Their Long Awaited Digital License

DTT in Africa:The local media in Kenya now have the go ahead to start distributing their own digital television signals, now that the country’s they have issued them their licenses.With…


Technology & Convergence

UCC says fall in decoder prices sparked by new players

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said that the current price war among pay-TV companies was caused by new players in the decoder importation business, the Monitor reported. Currently, most pay-TV…


Technology & Convergence

The Live Streaming Revolution South African live streaming site is changing the way we engage with music

SkyRoomLive (SRL) – supported by Virgin Mobile South Africa - is a local online music portal, which is setting the live streaming world on fire. SRL gives music fans the…


Technology & Convergence

Morocco's Atlantic FM Upgrades to NETIA's Radio-Assist 8.2

NETIA has announced that Moroccan radio group Atlantic FM, part of the Eco-Medias Group, has upgraded to version 8.2 of NETIA's Radio-Assist™ digital audio software suite. Bringing Atlantic FM to…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice unveils new DStv HD decoder in Nigeria, Kenya

Pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, has unveiled its HD single view decoder in Kenya and Nigeria. The DStv HD decoder, which will replace the existing standard definition single view decoder, delivers HD…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya's Able Wireless shifts focus to content delivery

Kenyan on-demand wireless streaming service provider Able Wireless has shut its network down and announced that it will focus on content delivery network, adding that it has learnt lessons from…


Technology & Convergence

CEO Weekends: Kenyan middle class pushing the uptake of connected televisions

Samsung Electronics East Africa is predicting an increase in the uptake of connected televisions in the country, propelled by a growing middle class.According to Robert Ngeru, Vice President and COO,…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has officially been given the mandate over the country’s digital terrestrial television migration; the responsibility was earlier held by the Department of Telecommunications and…


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Events

15 to 17 July 2015Mediatech 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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People

Steve Kazanjian named president and CEO of PromaxBDAFortune 500 brand marketing executive and former vice president of Global Creative for MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) Steve Kazanjian, will use his entertainment brand…


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Opportunities

MIFA 2015 call for project submissionsSouth Africans with short films, feature films, TV series and transmedia projects in concept stage can now apply for two opportunities to pitch their projects…