Issue no. 2016 - 2 July 2015

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Global OTT players offer African content producers new distribution opportunities in Europe and the USA

A recently announced deal between Lebara Play and various African producers for OTT rights in Europe illustrates how VoD will allow content owners new channels to diaspora markets. But this is not the first of these kinds of deals as Russell Southwood outlines.Lebara Play is the VoD channel run by discount international minutes provider Lebara. Since the people who buy discount minutes to ring home are diaspora communities, it has an existing connection to them.Lebara Play boasts of over 150 channels, in 13 languages and 3,000 movies from around the world to provide quality entertainment to the large migrant community.Lebara…

Broadcast

DIFF coming to a small screen near you

This year's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will reach into the homes of people across 49 African countries, including South Africa. Channel [ED] (DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65)…


Broadcast

DIFF announces 2015 programme

This July sees the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) return for its 36th year of cinematic celebration. From 16 to 26 July, the city will celebrate the wonder and diversity…


Broadcast

ONTVMAX Launches Avenida Brasil

Right from inception, ONTV has dedicated itself to offering Nigerians a different kind of television programming with its rich content.  Combining drama, entertainment and sports, the channel aims at meeting …


Broadcast

Arcade Content wins Branded Content Bronze at Cannes Lions

One Rand Man, directed by Arcade Content's Rob Smith, won a Bronze in the Branded Content category at Cannes Lions this weekend, where it was also shortlisted for Integrated Campaign…


Content

Gulli targets African eyeballs with local content

French free DTT kids and family channel Gulli expanded to Africa this March and is planning to reach out to a local kids and parents with a raft of local…


Content

e.tv announces new local telenovela ‘Gold Diggers’

The next local e.tv telenovela, Gold Diggers, premieres on 10 August at 20h00. The much-awaited Gold Diggers is an intriguing story which brings key issues affecting the South African working…


Content

Prime Entertainment Group scores sports and entertainment deal with MBC

Prime Entertainment Group has announced a package deal of 578 hours with its partner of the last three years, Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).Prime MBCMBC is the historical and leading broadcaster…


Content

KykNET & Kie Launches New Soapie as M-Net Grows Investment in Local Production

M-Net’s Afrikaans Channel, kykNET, will launch a brand new soap opera on Monday, 16 November 2015. Titled Suidooster, it is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape…


Content

‘Polyglot,’ A New Web Series On Young Creatives Of Color In Berlin

Polyglot is a new scripted web series from Rwandan-German visual artist and self-taught filmmaker Amelia Umuhire that explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin. The show’s…


Content

Ne-Yo to Perform at MTV Africa Music Awards

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Ne-Yo will perform at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards, organizers said on Wednesday.The event, sponsored by the KwaZulu-Natal province in association with Absolut Vodka and…


Distribution

African Movie Channel makes European re-entry with Lebara Play

African Movie Channel (AMC) continues its growth with its latest partnership with Lebara to distribute African Movie Channel on the new Lebara Play OTT TV service; this is the first…


Distribution

CPC probes MultiChoice for alleged subscriber rights abuse

The Consumer Protection Council says it has commenced investigation into the operations of MultiChoice Nigeria through its Digital Satellite Television offering based on complaints of alleged consumer rights violations.The CPC,…


Distribution

IMAX Signs First Agreement In Nigeria With Filmhouse Cinemas

IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria's largest chain of theatres, today announced an agreement for an IMAX® theatre to be located in a new construction project in Lagos,…


Investment

MultiChoice brings in the cash for Naspers

MultiChoice, which owns DStv, M-Net and SuperSport, has turned in another strong financial performance for the year ended 31 March 2015.JSE-listed media giant Naspers revealed in its annual results, published…


Regulation & Policy

CA issues 6 more broadcast licences

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has awarded six firms broadcasting licences, stepping up competition in local content delivery.In 2014, CA set June as the deadline for broadcasters to air…


Regulation & Policy

New family friendly pay-TV service coming

Another dormant pay-TV broadcaster, WoWtv which got a pay-TV licence in 2007 is finally ready to start its commercial pay-TV service in South Africa offering 19 TV channels and 8…


Regulation & Policy

E.tv vs Muthambi: read the judgment in full

The high court in Pretoria this week handed a significant victory to communications minister Faith Muthambi as well as broadcasters opposed to the idea of subsidising an encryption system in…


Regulation & Policy

Committee closes legal opinion on SABC board members

The Portfolio Committee on Communications has officially closed the legal opinion that was sought following the removal of three board members of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).The purpose of…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria - Consat agrees CAM deal with SmarDTV

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has signed a conditional access modules (CAM) deal with Kudelski Group-owned company, SmarDTV.The DTH satellite operator’s pay TV service will soon be…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda sets digital migration deadline to August

Uganda has confirmed that it is switching off analogue broadcasting by end of August, East African Businessweek reported. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Director for Broadcasting Fred Otunnu announced the country's…


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Opportunities

NFVF Call for applications - South Africa-Brazil Co-production ForumThe NFVF hereby invites South African filmmakers to apply for the South Africa-Brazil Co-production Forum to be held at the Durban Film…


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People

Frans Matlala appointed new SABC GCEO The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has appointed Frans Matlala as the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO). Matlala, a former banking executive and consultant…


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Events

15 to 17 July 2015Mediatech Africa 2015Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South AfricaThe biennial advanced technology trade show has positioned itself as the largest and most prestigious event of…