Broadcast Issue 2023 9 October 2015

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Hong Kong’s PCCW makes its first content play in Africa – ONTAPtv.com enters the South African market

There’s been much talk of telecoms companies entering the African content space but with a few exceptions not much sign of them. However, Hong Kong’s PCCW is not a classic telecoms operator as it already has significant TV holdings in Hong Kong. Russell Southwood caught up with the Head of ONTAPtv.com, Lindsay Servian. African mobile operators have been talking getting involved in film and video content for at least two years. At every past AfricaCom, vendors and insiders within the mobile companies have told me that announcements are always due soon. Thus far for all the talk, not much has…

Broadcast

South African Film wins Portland Film Festival 2015 and now selected for the New York Independent Film Festival

In a first for South Africa, the locally produced and filmed movie For Love and Broken Bones has won the Portland Film Festival’s main award, Best Film . Out of…


Broadcast

Al Jazeera channels on Nilesat position change to a new frequency

Al Jazeera Media Network has announced that its channels will be moving to a new frequency affecting viewers across the entire Middle East and North Africa region on the Nilesat…


Broadcast

Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film ‘Crumbs’ Is Headed To Theaters

Ethiopia’s “first post-apocalyptic sci-fi film” may soon be headed to a theater near you. Next month, Spanish-born writer/director/producer Miguel Llansó‘s Crumbs begins its most extensive run of dates yet, which…


Broadcast

SA receives three iEmmy nominations

Nominations for the 2015 International Emmy Awards were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom. There are 40 nominees across 10 categories and 19 countries,…


Broadcast

Africa Movie Academy Awards winners 2015

The 11th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards was held in Port Elizabeth to celebrate the best in African film. Over 300 international celebrities attended the event. The winners…


Content

Mthethwa: Local content promotes cultural diversity and social cohesion

Promoting local content, diversifying audiences, rethinking distribution and marketing and championing the transformation of the industry were the key issues at a meeting between Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa…


Content

Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network to launch its first-ever animated mini-series, Over the Garden Wall on Halloween on DStv.

Cartoon Network (DStv 301) from Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) will launch the kids channel's first-ever animated mini-series, Over the Garden Wall, on Halloween on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform. Turner…


Content

Kenya to fund community broadcasters

Kenyan broadcasters running community television stations could soon get State support as the government seeks to promote the production and distribution of local content. This comes on the back of…


Content

'While You Weren’t Looking' - South Africa via the Scripted Lives of a Cross Section of LGBTQ Cape Town

Produced by Out In Africa, "While You Weren’t Looking" is a new scripted narrative feature film that takes a look at South Africa through the lives and experiences of a…


Content

Zuku introduces Nollywood channel

Wananchi group entertainment brand’s Zuku launched the Zuku Nolly channel which is a 24-hour channel dedicated to showing movies from the Nigerian film industry. The channel provides various types of…


Content

Zig Zag and Urban Brew Studios seal production partnership

UK independent TV Production Company, Zig Zag Productions revealed co-production agreement with South African producer and content creator Urban Brew Studios. The pair will use their expertise, creativity and production…


Distribution

'The Voice' Set for Iceland, Africa in Latest Format Deals

Talpa, now owned by ITV, says there are now more than 60 productions of the hit singing competition show. TV producer Talpa, now owned by U.K. TV giant ITV's ITV…


Distribution

Portugal's TVI Africa launches in Angola, Mozambique

Portuguese national commercial broadcaster TVI is now present in Africa with a new project. The general entertainment channel TVI Africa is aimed exclusively at viewers in Angola and Mozambique and…


Distribution

Trevor Noah's debut a Comedy Central ratings record

The start of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (DStv 122) last week pulled 352 855 DStv viewers. The 2.6 rating makes it the highest viewership ever…


Distribution

Distribution – In brief

MultiChoice South Africa says BoxOffice, the 24-hour movie rental service offered by DStv, is now available to DStv Compact customers on their HD PVRs and DStv Exploras.


Investment

Orange Digital Ventures invests in SVoD service Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures has invested in Afrostream, the African SVoD service founded by producer Tonjé Bakang that aims to bring Afro-American, African-Caribbean and French films to a wider audience, which…


Investment

Tiso Blackstar Net Asset Value Jumps On Two Big Transactions (ALLISS)

LONDON (Alliance News) - Tiso Blackstar Group SE Monday reported a significant rise in intrinsic net asset value in the half year to end-June following two significant transactions during the…


Investment

A+E Networks secures Sponsor for Four Weddings South Africa on Lifetime

Johannesburg, 29 October 2015: A+E Networks® has announced a multi-media partnership between entertainment channel brand Lifetime® and 1st for Women Insurance for new reality series Four Weddings South Africa. This…


Regulation & Policy

Macra proposes rules for Television White Spaces

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has proposed rules that will help in operating Television White Spaces (TVWS). White spaces are the parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular…


Regulation & Policy

New Trade Union for South African Artists to be launched

A new independent, democratic and militant trade union for artists, media and creative industry workers will be launched in Johannesburg on the 03 December 2015. The South African Media Creative…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA complete oral hearing for the Draft Local Content Regulations

Following the publication notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to call for public hearings on the Draft Regulations of South African Local Content for television and…


Technology & Convergence

Canal+ Overseas chooses Enensys for TNT Africa roll-out

TNT AfricaCanal+ Overseas has chosen Enensys to provide technology for the rollout of its digital-terrestrial platform in Africa. The international arm of the Vivendi-owned pay TV company is rolling out…


Technology & Convergence

TNT SAT Africa to launch 60 free channels in Mali

Africable Television group is planning to launch 54 to 60 free channels in Mali through TNT SAT Africa. The announcement was made by Ismaïla Sidibé, CEO of Africable during an…


Technology & Convergence

Samsung Partners with eNCA to bring News on Demand

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 September, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has partnered with leading African news provider, eNCA, to bring its Smart TV users video news on demand…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence – In Brief

Eutelsat Communications announces that its new EUTELSAT 8 West B has been fully powered up and is already broadcasting TV channels to over 52 million homes in the Middle East…


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Opportunities

Screendance Africa calls for dance films from Africa Screendance Africa will be curating a selection of African dance films for the Tanzrauschen Festival in Germany, to be screened at a…


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People

Trace hires Morley for African SVoD, plans Ivorian series Youth-oriented media group Trace  hired Nathalie Morley, the former creative director of Fashion TV, to run the SvoD service it is…


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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…