Broadcast Issue no. 2004 - 22 May 2015

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Inaugural MAAMAs: Reporting on Disasters, Crises and Political Conflict in Africa

The Inaugural Mohamed Amin Africa Media Awards (MAAMAs) have been a mixture of topical lectures and nitty-gritty professional development workshops aimed at news providers from across the continent. Russell Southwood was one of the judges for the awards and was at the three-day event this week in Nairobi.The MAAMAs were put on by Africa24 Media and stand as a tribute to the lasting influence of founder Salim Amin’s father, the famous news cameraman Mohamed Amin. The MAAMAs are the awards part of the event and the winners are listed by category at the end of this story.Africa24 Media has moved…

Broadcast

FAZ ink Muvi TV deal

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has partnered with Muvi Television to start televising Division One league games.Speaking on Muvi TV’s Tuesday Sport, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the…


Broadcast

GOtv Nigeria overhauls channel packages

GOtv Nigeria is overhauling its channel bundles in June, replacing 'Entertaining Africa' by 'Live It'. The original GOtv bouquet, which offers over 21 channels ranging from news and documentaries to…


Broadcast

AfriDocs presents the official African premiere of Virunga

AfriDocs presents the official African broadcast premiere of the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated Virunga in all 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.From Netflix Originals and executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, feature…


Broadcast

SA actresses pair up to launch latest African streaming TV network

Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane are no strangers to South African television. Both practically grew up in front of our screens in their roles as presenters and actresses – particularly…


Broadcast

M.I.A. Says She “Can’t Put Out A Video Because It’s Shot In Africa”

On Monday, M.I.A. took to Twitter to voice her thoughts on “cultural appropriation” and open the floor for discussion. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!,” she wrote. “I’ve been told…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In brief

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBCtv) said it has acquired the broadcast rights of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). The broadcaster will air all 22 games in…


Content

Botswana filmmaker produces TV series on high profile Africans

Billy Kokorwe, a filmmaker from Botswana, is currently in Paris working on the production of an African issues based television show titled Portrait of Africa. The 13 episode series will…


Content

Sahara screenings: World's most remote film festival

This is the world's most remote film festival - in a refugee camp in the Sahara desert, where nothing grows and few people visit. The sun is so scorching in…


Content

CNN International Revamps Its Africa-Focused Features Programming

CNN International has announced that it is overhauling 2 of its major Africa-focused shows, in what it says is a reaffirming of its commitment to covering the continent’s trends, culture…


Content

SA films at Cannes: From zombies to windpompe

One of the most impressive of the SA films is Necktie Youth, by 23-year-old newcomer Sibs Shongwe-La Mer, whose vision of post-apartheid SA is a digital nightmare.Among the Hollywood heavy…


Content

Cannes review: ‘Mediterranea’ brings plight of African migrants to big screen

The Cannes Film Festival goes topical with a stark exploration of illegal immigrants’ perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.Few topics could have more international relevance and urgency than the…


Content

Content - In brief

Self-exiled Chimurenga music legend, Thomas "Mukanya" Mapfumo, has landed an acting role in a proposed Hollywood movie that will feature a host of prominent Zimbabwean actors. Mapfumo, who has been…


Distribution

It's a GRIMM affair on VIDI this week

It’s all twists and turns, dark fantasy and dystopian action on VIDI this week. Not only do we have the fantasy blockbuster Into The Woods, starring the incredible and multiple…


Distribution

‘Sembene!’ Documentary On ‘Father Of African Cinema’ Acquired By Kino Lorber

Sembene! is a new documentary on the life and legacy of the Senegalese director, producer and writer widely regarded as the ‘Father of African Cinema,’ Ousmane Sembene. Co-written/directed by Senegalese-born…


Investment

International investors show interest in SA film industry

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina said he was encouraged by the interest shown by international investors in South Africa as a film production destination and location.Masina met…


Investment

Lagardère makes African move with DIFFA deal

France-based Lagardère has taken majority control of Africa-focused TV and film distributor DIFFA (International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa).The deal sees Lagardère formalise a partnership with DIFFA first…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana authorised 54 television operators in Q1

Ghana’s National Communications Authority (NCA) has authorised 54 television operators in the first quarter this year.This includes 21 analogue terrestrial television operators, fifteen free-to-air satellite TV single channel operators, six…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana to impose TV license fee by end of year

Ghana’s government announced that it pans to levy a television license fee on operators by the end of the year. The move is likely to be met with concern as…


Technology & Convergence

Zambia: ZNBC to distribute set-up-boxes

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) plans to soon start distributing set-top boxes (STB) in Lusaka, with over 100,000 STBs ready for distribution, ITWeb reported. Zambia's national broadcaster plans to…


Technology & Convergence

VIDI Partners with Vodacom & Samsung-App ONTV for Greater Viewing Pleasure

VIDI, South Africa's first - and best - on demand video streaming service has tied-up with Vodacom to make paying easier.   So, as a subscriber, if you are tired of…


Technology & Convergence

STN brings more channels to Africa

Slovenia-based Satellite Telecommunications Network (STN) has begun playout and distribution services for iROKO’s Nollywood entertainment channels on Eutelsat 5WA, with wide beam coverage over Africa.The newly launched channels – iROKO…


Technology & Convergence

Hlaudi: SABC will now start DTT with 5 TV channels

Cape Town – The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the public broadcaster will now launch with only 5 TV channels once the long-delayed commercial start of South…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: Star Times cuts product prices as Digital Migration gains momentum

Star Times has cut its pay TV product prices and introduced new channels for its subscribers. “Effective May 1, our satellite services are going to be even more affordable. We…


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Opportunities

Camerimage Festival calls for entriesCamerimage, an international film festival devoted to the art and craft of cinematography has launched the selection process for its 23rd edition. All filmmakers, producers and…


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Events

13 - 24 May 201568e edition of Festival de Cannes Cannes, France26 - 27 May 2015Satcom and Connected Africa 2015The Sandton Convention Centre - Sandton, Johannesburg, South AfricaAn event mainly…