Issue no. 200 27 March 2015

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Abidjan to become Francophone TV production Hot Spot as market opens up – BeBlack TV wants to raise profile of African artists

In June 2015 the broadcast market will be opened to new players. Abidjan is making a comeback as the business hub for Francophone Africa and looks set to become a very active TV production hub. Russell Southwood spoke to the Sales Manager, BeBlack TV about this Ivorian produced TV channel and its Pan-African ambitions.Since the beginning of broadcasting in Cote d’Ivoire, there has only been one Government-run channel RTI. That’s all about to change come June when the process of the digital transition in broadcasting will see the broadcast space opened up to new, private operators.Rumour has it that Trace…

Broadcast

AKON to Crown Airtel TRACE Music Stars Winner in Kenya

With more than 2.3 million calls made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, Airtel TRACE Music Star is by far the biggest music competition to ever take place…


Broadcast

Azam Media inks USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with FKF

African pay-TV operator Azam Media, has signed a three year USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League to broadcast league matches live, the Standard reported. Azam…


Broadcast

Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever'

I'm happy to see this short work finally making its way online for all to see - we first mentioned it on this blog in late 2012 when it had…


Content

DStv To Launch “Eva Telenovela Channel”

Excitement is growing among the many Zimbabwean fans of Telenovelas as a second exclusive channel prepares to start broadcasting on DStv this month.MultiChoice Africa is excited to announce the launch…


Content

Al Jazeera screens award-winning documentary on kidnapped Eritrean refugees

The Sound of Torture is a haunting, multi-award-winning documentary about the plight of Eritrean refugees. In the last decade, more than 300,000 Eritreans have fled the military dictatorship in their…


Content

ITV Choice launches in Africa on DStv

ITV’s Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice.The commercial channel will launch exclusively on DStv…


Content

SAFTAs 2015: Night one winners list

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: On Friday, 20 March the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) presented by the National Film and Video Foundation, took place at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.…


Content

Lebogang Rasethaba’s new short film celebrates Soweto Marathon

Arcade Content’s Lebogang Rasethaba co-directed A New Belief: The People’s Race with German Stephan Wever. The inspiring short film celebrates the Nike Soweto Marathon, which returned last November after skipping…


Content

4th Luxor African Film Festival Celebrates Africa's Unique Cultural Diversity

The 4th annual Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) took place last week in Cairo, Egypt, from March 16-21, 2015. The LAFF is an annual event which screens films from across…


Distribution

Romanza telenovela Canal + TV Africa Bamba arrives in Kenya

The new telenovela channel 24 hours of free reception Africa, Romanza + Africa, has been launched in Kenya, reaching approximately 4.5 million households. Romanza + Africa is transmitted through the digital…


Distribution

Scatzy.com announces world first for South African films

Scatzy.com announced in Boston that it will do a first-ever worldwide release of a South African movie on the same day it is released in theaters.On April 2 Scatzy.com will…


Distribution

CanalSat Africa to launch 25 channels this week

CanalSat Africa will launch 25 new channels during the week of 23 March, after having introduced the premium channel A+ last year, Les Echos reports. Some are existing channels such…


Investment

LAFF encourages investment from private sector to develop talent

The 4th annual Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) commenced in Egypt on 21 March 2015. Formed by the Independent Shabab Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Egypt under the country’s Ministry…


Regulation & Policy

R8 million to censor SA’s Internet

The Film and Publications Board plans to spend over R8-million a year to police YouTube, but is about to have its child pornography wings clipped.Soon, the Film and Publications Board…


Regulation & Policy

Botswana on track to meet June digital migration deadline

The Botswana government expressed optimism it will meet the 17 June deadline for the digital migration. Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri said the country should…


Regulation & Policy

Response: USAASA may lose set-top box tender

The public utterances of junior personnel in the Department of Communications are indeed unfortunate. While Solly Mokoetle is the DTT Programme Head at the Department of Communications, he - for…


Technology & Convergence

NBC, firm sign agreement on digital broadcasting

Towards moving the Nigerian broadcast industry from analogue to digital broadcasting, the National Broadcasting Commission has signed an agreement with Inview Technologies Limited for the provision of a National Common…


Technology & Convergence

StarTimes taps Conax and ALi for Africa expansion

Digital TV service provider StarTimes has adopted a range of Conax certified set-top boxes based on ALi chipset solutions to further expand in Africa.“The collaboration with global leading partners, ALi…


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Opportunities

Mzansi Women Film Festival 2015 – call for submissionsThe 2nd annual Mzansi Women Film Festival (MWFF) – taking place at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg from 7 to 9 August 2015…


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People

The National Film and Video Foundation appoints new leadershipIn its mission of ensuring the growth and promotion of the local film industry the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an…


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Events

 13 - 16 April 2015MipTV Cannes, France13 - 24 May 201568e edition of Festival de Cannes Cannes, France26 - 27 May 2015Satcom and Connected Africa 2015The Sandton Convention Centre -…