Issue no 2005 - 5 June 2015

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DISCOP in Abidjan – A successful francophone TV market looks set to take off

 This week DISCOP was in Abidjan for a francophone Africa TV market event. There was a feeling that francophones were missing out at the annual Johannesburg DISCOP event in November. So DISCOP’s founder Patrick Zuchowicki decided to do an event in Abidjan and put the whole thing together in an eye wateringly short amount of time. Russell Southwood and Sylvain Béletre went to see what was happening.As we noted in Issue 200 when we were in Abidjan in March this year, it is shaping up to become the TV and film production hub of francophone Africa. The long awaited TV…

Broadcast

StarTimes secures rights for major sporting events

Satellite Pay-TV network StarTimes has secured broadcast rights, some of which are exclusive, for a number of major sporting events. This includes the FIFA Under20 (U-20) World Cup New Zealand…


Broadcast

Trevor Noah’s ‘New & Sexy Daily Show’ Has A Premiere Date

In March, South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced as Jon Stewart‘s successor as host of The Daily Show. The news came just five months after Comedy Central first brought…


Broadcast

Al Jazeera’s Liberia: Living With Ebola was named Best Documentary at the inaugural Mohamed Amin Media Awards (MAMA) in Nairobi, Kenya last week.

Launched by Africa24 Media and Mo Sound, MAMA honours “the best quality, most innovative content and rising platforms that are changing the face of Africa.”In Liberia: Living with Ebola, Sierra…


Broadcast

Channels TV Brings African News to UK Viewers

Channels Television, one of Africa’s leading television broadcasters, has officially launched its news and current affairs station, Channels 24, in the UK.Viewers can find the new station on Sky Channel…


Broadcast

Rwanda places indefinite ban on BBC broadcasts over genocide documentary

Suspension of corporation’s local-language FM radio services to continue in wake of row over film questioning official accounts of the 1994 genocideThe Rwandan government banned BBC Gahuza radio broadcasts after…


Content

South Africa’s film industry boosted with production of Top Actor SA

The country’s newest reality show Top Actor South Africa is not only a springboard for upcoming actors, but international co-production is facilitating skills transfer to others in the industry. The…


Content

NFVF Filmmaker Project to Premiere at the Durban International Film Festival

The NFVF’s Youth Filmmaker Project, Rights of Passage film has been selected to participate in the Durban International Film Festival, taking place from 16-26 July 2015.Rights of Passage is comprised…


Content

Full lineup revealed for Africa's top documentary festival

Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced its full lineup, which includes some must-see late additions.The Oscar and BAFTA nominated Virunga is an eco-thriller set in the DRC’s national…


Content

Music Streaming Service, MyMusic, Will Officially Launch in June

Lagos-based startup, MyMusic, will officially launch its digital music service into the Nigerian market next month.MyMusic shared this information with TechCabal via mail correspondence. The product launch will be at…


Content

Future Sound of Mzansi streaming worldwide on Thump on Vice

Future Sound of Mzansi is being streamed over three episodes on Thump, VICE’s electronic music and culture channel. Thump is screening Future Sound of Mzansi to its two million unique…


Content

A+E Networks acquires new Idris Elba documentary: Mandela, My Dad & Me to air on History in Sub-Saharan Africa

A+E Networks has acquired the exclusive TV rights for Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad & Me, a  non-scripted film that follows Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba on a journey of…


Distribution

EbonyLifeTV and Summview to launch VOD platform

At the first edition of DISCOP Africa in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Ebonylife TV announced a strategic partnership with Summview to launch a premium multi-screen VOD platform.The new partnership allows EbonyLife…


Distribution

Fix&Foxi launches in Africa and Middle East

Fix & Foxi TV (YFE)German media company Your Family Entertainment (YFE) has rolled out its children’s and family channel Fix&Foxi in further international markets.The pay-TV channel has launched in Africa…


Distribution

SABC’s Hlaudi: We’ll have better pictures than MultiChoice

Cape Town – The SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng says "SABC is rocking all the way" and that soon "we’ll even beat MultiChoice", vowing that the SABC will have "better pictures"…


Investment

Nation Media and GOtv run digital migration roadshow

Kenya's Nation Media Group (NMG) and GOtv have embarked on countrywide tours to promote digital migration. They aim to create awareness of the GOtv Dunga Milli campaign as well as…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa’s Siyaya TV accuses SABC of lying about football rights

A row has broken out in South Africa between state broadcaster SABC and pay TV player Siyaya TV over South African Football Association rights, according to reports. Siyaya TV has…


Technology & Convergence

StarTimes adds capacity on SES-5 for Africa

SES-5SES has announced that StarTimes has extended its partnership with SES on the SES-5 satellite. It has contracted additional capacity to provide an enhanced TV viewing experience for its subscribers…


Technology & Convergence

Pay TV firm slashes prices ahead of digital migration deadline (Uganda)

As the deadline to the digital migration draws closer, pay television providers have cut the prices for their kitts.MultiChoice at a press conference held at their new offices in Kololo…


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Opportunities

London's Film Africa Festival Calls for SubmissionsFilm Africa, the Royal African Society's annual festival celebrating African cinema, has opened submissions for its fifth edition. The 2015 festival takes place October…


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People

Motsoeneng appeal heads to supreme courtSABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s appeal against the high court order that he be suspended pending a disciplinary inquiry, is set to be heard…


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Events

4 au 7 June 2015Nollywood Week ParisThe 3rd. edition of the now popular Nigerian film festical in Paris (Festival du Cinéma Nigérian à Paris), France.17-19 June 2015Convergence Africa World 2015…