Broadcast Issue no 197 - 12 February 2015

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Marie Lora-Mungai and Tendeka Matutu merge their companies to create "Go-To company for African content"

Marie Lora-Mungai (The XYZ Show, Ogas At The Top, Buni.tv) and Tendeka Matatu (Jerusalema, Material, Cold Harbor) have announced that they are tto merge their assets to create Restless Global. Russell Southwood spoke to Marie Lora-Mungai about this new African studio’s plans.Restless Global will unite Matatu’s and Lora-Mungai’s existing companies Restless Talent Management, Ten10 Films (production and distribution), Buni Media (production, animation & film studios) and Buni.tv (VOD) under one umbrella. Restless Global wants to be able to offer everything from finance and production to distribution and exhibition. It already has a slate of 8 films and 13 TV shows.…

Broadcast

Kenya: Zuku launches new sporting channels

In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According…


Broadcast

Lifetime announces Four Weddings SA

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a South African version of the reality series Four Weddings after signing a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the format.This is the first…


Broadcast

Vidi gets Sherlock, Atlantis, other BBC shows

Vidi has announced that it will soon offer a number of BBC shows, including Sherlock and AtlantisVidi, the video on demand (VOD) service from Times Media Group which launched in…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In Brief

Dutch operator KPN renews its agreement with channels 2M and Antena 3On February 1st, the Dutch operator KPN has renewed its contract to broadcast the Moroccan channel 2M and the…


Content

‘Nairobi Half Life’ Director Shares Trailer For Kenyan Crime Drama TV Series, ‘The Nairobians’

 The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David “Tosh” Gitonga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga’s debut film, Nairobi Half Life,…


Content

Miners Shot Down wins the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice

“To be presented an award by the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is very affirming. We have a just cause and one day those behind the Marikana massacre…


Content

Ethiopia’s First Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film Unveils Its Eerie Trailer

Crumbs is a new feature-length film project from award-winning Addis Ababa-based Spanish director Miguel Llansó boldly touting itself as “the first ever Ethiopian post-apocalyptic, surreal, sci-fi feature length film.” Its…


Content

Angolan TV producers apologise over gays kissing

 The producers of a popular television soap in Angola have apologised after an episode which showed a gay couple kissing caused outrage among viewers.State television said it had suspended broadcasts…


Content

How Tanzania’s Ubongo Media built a business by making maths cool

In many countries children detest mathematics, and most record poor performances in the subject. Generally, maths and science scores lag behind other school subjects. But a Tanzania social enterprise is changing…


Distribution

My Africa: The competing visions of Africa's future

For the BBC's A Richer World, Alan Kasujja returns to his native Uganda to meet the young entrepreneurs aiming to create a "new" Africa - while still dealing with the…


Distribution

SA's First Dance Movie Heading to Local Screens

South Africa's first movie showcasing the country's dance talent and local youth embracing their identities 20 years after democracy will be premiered on local screens later this month. Hear Me…


Distribution

Distribution – In Brief

Mauritian mobile operator Emtel has become Manchester United's first partner in the region after the two parties signed a multi-year partnership agreement. Under the terms of the contract, Emtel will…


Investment

NetOne buys ZBC spectrum

Zimbabwe operator NetOne has purchased analogue broadcasting frequencies that were used by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Transmedia for USD 200 million, The Herald reported. ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira…


Investment

Funds for Quarter 3 have been released

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is pleased to announce that NFVF Quarter 3 funding decisions have been released.…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria’s ACTV signs multi-year deal with Spacecom

Nigerian pay TV operator ACTV has signed a multi-year contract to use Israel-based Spacecom’s Amos-5 satellite to distribute its content in Ku-band from the 17° East position.ACTV offers about 60…


Regulation & Policy

Namibia makes first-phase switch-off of analogue television

The state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its first phase of switching off analogue viewing and moving towards digital terrestrial viewingThe state broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has introduced its…


Regulation & Policy

Kenyan CA has no plans for 3rd broadcast signal licence soon

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) says it will not issue a third Broadcast Signal Distribution (BSD) licence any time soon, as earlier expected. CA chairman Ngene Gituku said it…


Regulation & Policy

Digital TV Stakeholders To Work Together For A Smooth Transition

The Consumer Federation of Kenya recently organized a digital migration forum that brought together key digital television stakeholders including the Ministry of Information and Communication, Communication Authority, Digital Decoders Dealers…


Technology & Convergence

Multichoice seeks Sh153m tax refund from import agent

Multichoice Kenya claims that Mainkam Limited, a clearing and forwarding agent, failed to remit the amount to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) over a four-year period. Multichoice now wants Mainkam…


Technology & Convergence

Zuku looking to launch VOD in Kenya

Kenya’s video on demand market should prepare for a major player at the end of the year, as Wananchi owned Zuku aims to launch the service.Speaking to ITWeb Africa, Richard…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice weighs options as ‘tsunami’ looms

MultiChoice boss says encryption is wrong for South Africa’s digital migration project, but is worried broadcasters are "rearranging the furniture" instead of preparing for an incoming "tsunami" of international online…


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Opportunities

Call for Nominations for the 09th South African Film and Television Award Lifetime AchieversThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) extend a call to the industry to nominate the 09th…


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Events

17th -19th Feb 2015Digital Broadcasting Switchover Countdown!@ 10th annual Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum (DBSF) 2015Hotel Indaba, Johannesburg, South Africa28 Feb - 4 March 2015Fespaco Ouagadougou, Burkina FasoOne of the largest…