Issue no 2001 - 10 April 2015

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Mali stands at the threshold of a new more competitive broadcasting sector – Survey results show new competition fault lines

 With the exception of Senegal (and more recently Côte d'Ivoire), not much change has happened in the francophone broadcast sector for so long. But the long delayed transition to digital broadcasting is accelerating the move to more competitive markets. Sylvain Béletre looks at the example of Mali and picks over what the results of an audience survey in Bamako tell us about the new competition fault lines.At first glance, Mali’s TV and radio market is dominated by the Government broadcaster ORTM. It operates two TV channels (ORTM and TM2) and a number of radio stations that compete with private broadcasters.…

Broadcast

Local family comedy opens with R1.2m at the box office!

Johannesburg - Quirky new comedy, Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente, earned R1 219 664 on its opening weekend. By the close of business on the long weekend, more than 35…


Broadcast

Award-winning filmmaker explores her family's dark colonial past in Rwanda

The multi-award-winning Greetings From The Colony premieres on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 20h00 GMT / 22h00 CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera's observational documentary strand.In Greetings From The Colony, Belgian…


Broadcast

IMAX Expands Partnership with Ster-Kinekor, Bringing Number of IMAX Theatres to Six in Under Two Years

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia (Pty) Ltd., has announced an agreement for two additional IMAX® theatres.  The…


Broadcast

Hassan Hajjaj To Premiere Documentary About Badass Moroccan ‘Henna Girl’

After two years of working on a Marrakesh-set documentary project, Moroccan pop art photographer/filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj will soon unveil his new documentary, A Day In The Life Of Karima: A…


Content

More digital choice for African TV viewers with the launch of My TV Smart, Ma TELE and Shashatee on the EUTELSAT 16A satellite

Dubai, Paris, 30 March 2015 — Strong Media SAL-Off-Shore (SMO) has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) that equips it to take its pay TV…


Content

VIDI adds more SA-made films and TV shows to their already extensive library

VIDI, South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service has recently added almost 20 locally made titles to its ever expanding library.  All currently available to view, the shows include…


Content

Ugandan chess prodigy's story to become Hollywood film

Phiona Mutesi happened upon chess as a nine-year-old in the sprawling and impoverished Katwe slum of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.Now a chess champion who competes internationally, her story is being…


Content

Isibaya wins big at Royalty Soapie Awards for the second year in a row!

Durban - With an impressive seven awards – including the night's most prestigious award, Outstanding Soapie – Isibaya swept the boards at the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards, held at the…


Content

Film festival gives an insight into Africa

Sharing stories and challenging stereotypes are the main aims of the inaugural African Film Festival New Zealand.The event, which takes place at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket from April 9 to 15,…


Distribution

VIMN Africa connects with local audiences

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: On 2 April 2015, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa officially switched on its new localised BET channel, which appears on DStv channel 129. The channel is…


Investment

NFVF calls for funding applications

The beginning of the new financial year is upon us and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for submissions of applications for funding for that include: training,…


Investment

Vivendi to buy Orange’s Dailymotion for $235m

Dailymotion_2Media and content firm Vivendi is set to buy an 80% stake in Dailymotion for ($235m) 217 million euros, pegging Dailymotion to be worth ($287) 265 million euros, in a…


Regulation & Policy

ANC seals ‘messy deal’ on set-top boxes

THE African National Congress (ANC) has reached a "messy compromise" on the issue of digital migration and set-top boxes, which will see subsidised boxes manufactured with minimal security features and…


Regulation & Policy

Court bars MultiChoice from DStv price hike in Nigeria

Cape Town – The Federal High Court in Nigeria has ordered MultiChoice to back off from its "arbitrary" monthly increase of DStv subscription fees which would have come into effect…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya - CA to inspect transmission sites of broadcasters

The Communications Authority of Kenya has embarked on countrywide inspection of analogue transmission sites of broadcasters to ensure compliance after lapse of the deadline of final phase of digital migration.It…


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Opportunities

Entries open for Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting AwardEach year the International Academy of Arts and Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting competition. The initiative is designed to…


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People

Peter Machen announces resignation from DIFFPeter Machen has resigned from his position as festival manager of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), effective 31 March 2015. Machen leaves the festival…


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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 -…