Broadcast, Film, Convergence in Africa – Issue no. 2018 30 July 2015

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Ghana: K-Net plans to roll-out DTT infrastructure in 12 months, Government sued by StarTimes for breach of contract

Ghana’s road to the digital broadcasting transition has been a bumpy one. Initially it appointed Chinese Pay TV operator StarTimes to carry out the process but fell out with it and StarTimes is now suing the Government. To replace it, the Government gave the contract to local company K-Net. Russell Southwood talked to its founder Richard Hlomador about what the company is going to do. Ghana’s Ministry of Communications has signed a US$82.3 million contract with K-Net to complete the country’s DTT roll-out after a bidding process. The financing of the roll-out will come from the sale of 4G spectrum…

Broadcast

Wild TV Africa set to launch on OpenView HD

Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers can look forward to non-stop action on South Africa s only 24-hour outdoor lifestyle and adventure TV channel. Wild TV Africa, which is launching on…


Broadcast

‘Nollywood’ documentary to premiere on Al Jazeera

Nollywood, a new documentary premiering on Al Jazeera English on Tuesday, 28 July 2015, is an inside look at Nigeria’s prolific film industry, which makes more films than Hollywood –…


Broadcast

Omar Sy Stars As An Undocumented Senegalese Worker In French Comedy-Drama ‘Samba’

Samba is a French comedy-drama that tells the story of an undocumented Senegalese immigrant threatened with deportation after living and working in Paris for a decade. The film, directed by…


Content

JAB Drama set in the World of Competitive Women's Boxing

JAB is a gritty, uplifting coming-of-age drama set in the world of competitive boxing, experienced through the eyes of a young black woman from Langa. Bee Sondlo (19) lives in…


Content

ZIFF 2015 announces Award Winners

ZIFF 2015 awarded a host of prizes to top films from around the world this evening during a stellar closing ceremony at the Old Fort in Stone Town. Festival Director…


Content

Al Jazeera documentary follows crowd-funded album by Congolese refugees in Malawi

Trésor and the Camp Musicians premieres on Al Jazeera English on Sunday, 19 July 2015 at 2330 CAT. The documentary tells the inspiring story of Trésor Nzengu Mpauni (aka Menes),…


Content

Winx Club takes flight in South Africa

The popular animated series from Rainbow will now air across the territory with dolls hitting toy shelves in November. Rainbow’s hit series Winx Club is heading to South Africa thanks…


Content

Indiegogo Campaign Created For Doc “Generation Soweto,” Focusing On Millennials Living In South Africa

Nisa Ahmad, a producer and director, has launched an Indiegogo campaign for her documentary on South African’s millennials. Titled, Generation Soweto, Ahmad developed her project during her recent travels to…


Content

This Young Filmmaker Wants to Make Africa's First Teen Movie

In a Q&A, Tatenda Mbudzi talks about using the silver screen to make a social impact. Tatenda Mbudzi is tired of the way the media portrays Africa and minority actors—and…


Content

Beats of the Antonov wins big at Durban International Film Festival

Beats of the Antonov was a big winner at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, taking home both Best Documentary and the freedom of expression award. The uplifting documentary is…


Distribution

FilmBox expands in African with OVYtv

SPI International/Filmbox has agreed with African operator OVY Network to extend their channel distribution agreement, extending its reach in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The deal will see eight…


Distribution

Talking Drum Entertainment to release Nigerian rom-com

UK distributor Talking Drum Entertainment, responsible for the releases of Tango with Me and Flower Girl, have secured the rights to the hit romantic comedy When Love Happens. A UK…


Distribution

Deutsche Welle signs deal with Nigeria's Channels Television

Channels Television and German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) have signed an agreement to facilitate and enhance content sharing and transmission across Africa and Europe, ThisDay reported. Channels Television CEO…


Distribution

Flow Catches the FEVA...Signs Exclusive Broadcast Partnership in Eight Caribbean Markets

Flow, the region's leading provider of innovative cable and broadband enabled services, has turned up the heat with the latest addition to its extensive array of channel offerings -- the…


Investment

Benin gets loan for digital broadcast transition

The West African Development Bank has approved a loan of XOF 35.5 billion for Benin to assist in the transition to digital broadcasting. The loan to the government of Benin…


Investment

France’s Canal+ Group Targets Africa as Growth Driver

Targeting its main growth driver for the short-to-medium-term future, Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus Group (CPG) is driving ever deeper into Africa, launching a four-channel sports bouquet, Canal Plus…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA blamed for pay-TV monopoly

ICASA has so far chosen not to enable competition in the pay-TV space, say observers. The local pay-TV market will remain dominated by a single, entrenched player, unless the county's…


Technology & Convergence

Mzansi Magic on DStv goes HD

Another M-Net provided TV channel packaged for MultiChoices satellite pay-TV platform is changing from a standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) feed with Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) becoming Mzansi…


Technology & Convergence

IROKOtv goes mobile-only in Africa, adds features elsewhere

African movie streaming company iROKOtv has begun modifications to its mobile platform, days after it went mobile-only in Africa. The company will now allow users to initiate playbacks before they…


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Opportunities

PromaxBDA Africa 2015 call for entries Across the world, the PromaxBDA Awards stand for excellence in the media marketing space and are regarded as the most prestigious awards for creative…


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Events

Save the Date: 26-30 October 2015KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV FESTIVAL & MARKETNAIROBI, KENYACall for Entries & Registration now openRegistration has opened for film, TV and creative players to join…