Issue no 2019 - 13 August 2015

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Stories from the Continent: Triggerfish launches Story Lab, an animation competition with US$3.5 million of investment over 3 years

  Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has been ploughing a lonely furrow. It has produced two commercially successful, feature length animation films. It now wants to scale up and work with others who want to create African stories for the global market. Russell Southwood spoke to Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish about what Story Lab aims to do and who it’s partnered with to make it happen. According to Forrest, the idea for Story Lab was about addressing the need for script development. Triggerfish has the production facilities and the ability to produce at a global level but needed more…

Broadcast

Community TV stations withdraw from Act-SA

Two community television stations have withdrawn from the nascent body formed to represent the sector, the Association of Community Television - South Africa (Act-SA). Cape Town TV and 1KZN TV…


Broadcast

Pay-TV Reaches 21 Percent of TV Households in East African Community

Pay-TV has reached 21 percent of TV households in East African community, a region that consists of five member countries, namely; Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda. The five countries…


Broadcast

ACTV Introduces Nigeria's First Cabletv Multi-Room Viewership

Lagos — Nigeria's wholly owned indigenous pay TV, African Cable Television (ACTV) has introduced the first multi-room and independent viewership solution on cable TV in Nigeria. Before this solution, the…


Content

Al Jazeera Launches My Nigeria documentary series

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015, My Nigeria is a series of six half-hour documentaries that pulse with the energy of Africa’s leading economy telling the human…


Content

Timveni TV Launches New Urban Lifestyle Show in Malawi

Lilongwe — Timveni TV has launched "StarZone" an urban lifestyle brand that provides urban entertainment experiences and media content to a youthful Malawian target audience. In an interview with Malawi…


Content

New DStv Star Wars channel launching soon

DStv Premium subscribers will soon get a dedicated Star Wars pop-up channel from M-Net from 31 August on channel 109, Channel 24 reported. The channel is set to be available…


Content

BBC Africa offers live EPL coverage

From Saturday 8 August, football fans in Africa can follow the exciting live action of the new season of the Barclays Premier League in four languages.  BBC Africa will bring…


Content

DStv updating its BBC channels

The BBC is finally changing its set of BBC channels on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform to update it to the rest of the world. The BBC is finally changing its…


Content

KTN News available to all in East Africa

MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce that KTN News channel is now available to all DSTV subscribers in the East African region. Subscribers of DStv in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia,…


Content

Silent No More - Radio in Cameroon Amplifies the Voices of Women and Girls

Mokolo, Cameroon — Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon's Far North Region. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all too familiar experiences in this part…


Distribution

Nigeria Wants her Programmes Broadcast in China

The federal ministry of information has advocated for the broadcast of Nigerian programmes in the Chinese electronic media to further strengthen the cultural ties between Nigeria and China. Permanent secretary…


Distribution

Afrotainment Expands to Africa with the Launch of OUI TV On Startimes

The Afrotainment Family of channels, the leader in African Home Entertainment on Television in the USA and Canada announced today that it is expanding into Africa with the launch of…


Distribution

StarTimes Entrusts SES Platform Services to Deliver TV Content across Sub-Saharan Africa

LUXEMBOURG- SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for their…


Distribution

DW to broadcast across Eastern Europe and Africa via SES satellites

German broadcaster expands internationally by delivering two channels using ASTRA 4A, ASTRA 5B and SES-5SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that German broadcaster Deutsche…


Investment

Kenya Suspends Multi-million deal with CNN over Terrorism Slur

Kenya has suspended a multimillion shilling marketing communication deal with Cable News Network (CNN) in the latest sign of an escalating row with the American news channel over a recent…


Investment

Digital Migration to Blame for NMG's 8 Percent Drop in Pre-Tax Profits

Nation Media Group (NMG) has posted its half-year profit before tax which dropped to Kshs 1.43 billion from Kshs 1.56 billion posted in the first six months of last year,…


Investment

Botswana Football Association and Department Broadcasting Services Seal Deal

Gaborone — Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) have agreed on a five-year broadcasting deal.The agreement would see Botswana Television (Btv) broadcasting be Mobile Premiership matches…


Regulation & Policy

StarSat won’t withdraw DStv complaint

StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against DStv parent MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission in which it accused its…


Technology & Convergence

Airtel Unveils New Digital Content Products in Kenya

Airtel has announced the launch of two new innovative digital products. The Airtel Jam Sessions, a music show and Airtel Future Shapers, a written feature on innovative young Kenyans in…


Technology & Convergence

Minister Updates Parliament on DTT Migration in South Africa

Cape Town — The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) team will this morning present a progress report on digital migration to the Portfolio Committee on Communications as well as Telecommunications and…


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Opportunities

Kenyan Students Invited to Submit Entries for DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards DStv and Eutelsat are calling on all learners between the age of 14 and 19 to submit their entries…


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People

ZBC Fires Top Executives The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, with immediate effect, dismissed suspended chief executive Mr Happison Muchechetere, general manager-finance Mr Elliot Kasu, acting radio head Mr Allan…


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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…