Broadcast, Film, Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 2017 17 July 2015

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DStv channel links up with Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) to run a documentary new programme and focus – creating event based content

Free to Air African TV broadcasters have built longstanding partnerships with live events to the benefit of both.  Now more specialist pay TV channels are forging these kinds of relationships. It’s the second year DStv channel [ED] has partnered with DIFF and Afridocs to provide both a news programme and documentaries from the festival. Russell Southwood spoke to Roberto Carletti, [ED] about how the partnership works. [ED] was created by Urban Brew Studios as an education channel for DStv but not one that followed the curriculum as DStv already shows Mindset which is focused on the South African schools curriculum.…

Broadcast

AfriDocs Film Week 18- 22nd July Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: A WEEK OF AFRICAN STORIES – ON YOUR SCREEN

Following on from the success of 2014’s AfriDocs Film Festival on Your Screen, and once again in conjunction with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and DStv channel ED, AfriDocs…


Broadcast

StarTimes to broadcast ICC championship

STARTIMES has secured rights to broadcast live the International Championship Cup (ICC) being staged in four different locations of North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. StarTimes Tanzania Vice-President, Zuhura Hanif,…


Broadcast

BLACK SAILS to air on History Channel

The critically and commercially acclaimed swashbuckling adventure series Black Sails is set to take South African television by storm when it premieres on HISTORY, DStv channel 181, on Tuesday, August…


Broadcast

TLC Launches Chat Show for Arab Women Across Middle East and North Africa

Discovery Communications-owned pay network TLC is launching a chat show for Arab women, its first local program for the Middle East, which marks a breakthrough of sorts. It will be…


Content

Starz Play announces content licensing deal with CBS Studios International

Starz Play, the new OTT video streaming service serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has announced a multi-year licensing agreement with leading US television studio CBS Studios International…


Content

‘Ayanda,’ A New Girl Power-Themed Coming-Of-Age Film From South Africa

Ayanda is a forthcoming South African coming-of-age story whose title character embarks on a journey of self-discovery in the male-dominated world of auto repair. The film’s synopsis describes Ayanda as…


Content

Wavescape Surf Film Festival at the DIFF

To mark a decade of bringing the best surfing films to Durban, the Wavescape Surf Film Festival has announced a record line-up of 23 movies over a week at the…


Content

Full ZIFF Schedule Announced

The Zanzibar International Film Festival, taking place from July 18 – 26th has officially announced its full schedule and programme of events. This year sees an incredible selection of over…


Distribution

Côte Ouest signs distribution deal and launches English Novela channel

Côte Ouest, an African content distributer, and Dobox, one of the largest portals of Video On Demand in Africa, are pleased to announce the signature of an exclusive distribution agreement…


Distribution

2013 DFM project wins Backsberg Audience Choice Award for The Shore Break at Encounters

Ryley Grunenwald’s The Shore Break won the prestigious Backsberg Audience Choice Award at Encounters South African International Documentary Festival for Best South African Film. The award-winning documentary film follows the…


Investment

Icflix agrees exclusive deal with Maroc Telecom

IcflixMiddle East and North African VoD streaming service, Icflix, has agreed an exclusive partnership with Maroc Telecom. The deal will allow Maroc Telecom customers to access Icflix for what the…


Investment

Durban FilmMart 2015 announces partners’ awards for this year’s market

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), the joint initiative of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and Durban Film Office (DFO) the film industry development arm of the City of Durban, which…


Investment

Euronews and Naguib Sawiris successfully complete negotiations

Following a capital increase of €35m, Media Globe Networks, a company controlled by the Sawiris Family, becomes the majority shareholder of Euronews Lyon, France, July 9th, 2015 - Euronews announced…


Regulation & Policy

ACTV condemns high pay-TV subscription rates

A new direct to home cable television service provider, African Cable Television, has kicked against the subscription rates being paid by Nigerians to view pay-TV. It said it had always…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari vows to 'save' Nollywood from piracy

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to save the country's entertainment industry from pirates. He said the Nollywood film industry was doing well but unless it was backed, it would…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA, NCC sign consumer complaints agreement

An MOU has been signed between ICASA and the NCC to help deal with telecoms-related consumer complaints faster. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) and the Independent Communications Authority of SA…


Technology & Convergence

4DX to Debut in 5 South African Theaters

The South Korean cinema technology featuring moving seats and environmental effects will launch in two locations in South Africa this year with three more planned in the days to come.…


Technology & Convergence

DIFF associated films available on iTunes

For the first time in its history the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which runs from 16 to 26 July, appears on iTunes where audiences will be able to enjoy…


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Opportunities

CAPE TOWN - After the international success of its first two feature films, Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of The Department of Trade…


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People

‘Black-ish’ Star Anthony Anderson Set To Host MTV Africa Music Awards Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” will host…


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Events

23 - 26 August 2014The 16th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference Dar es Salaam, Tanzania“Media Research for One Continent”Updates on media audience research activities from countries from…