Issue no. 2024 - 22 October 2015

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TV channels strategies in Africa : TV5Monde lays out its stall

Above: TV5Monde Afrique VoD website.   By Sylvain Béletre for Balancing Act, Oct. 2015.   As the largest buyers and sellers market for TV programs in Africa is about to kick off (Discop Johannesburg), it is time for producers, distributors and broadcasters to get ready. When asked which are the quality TV channels that make the audience in francophone Africa, the answer lies in finger counting: TV5Monde, France24, Africa24, VoxAfrica, Africable, RTI ... on pay TV bouquets: A +, NollywoodTV, Trace channels, Gulli Africa and others. The competition looks tough, with soon Africanews and Russian channel RT (in French) joining. And…

Broadcast

Euronews to launch Africanews in December 2015

Above: Africanews presents its project at Discop Africa 2015.  Announced for the mid-year, Euronews will finally launch the new pan-African news media, Africanews in December 2015 (or start 2016). Africanews…


Broadcast

Kickstart This: Series Exploring Crimes & Investigations Involving Africans Living in the USA

A Kickstarter campaign for an intriguing project - based on available info - that has my attention, and that you might appreciate as well. The production team has set a…


Broadcast

Triggerfish Story Lab announces expanded shortlist

Triggerfish Animation Studios has shortlisted 23 features and 12 TV series for the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, out of a whopping 1,378 entries from 30 countries across Africa. Triggerfish had…


Broadcast

GauTV debuts on DStv

GauTV, Gauteng’s very own television channel, will make its debut on DStv on 19 October 2015. Based in the heart of Johannesburg, GauTV aims to depict life in Gauteng as…


Broadcast

The Voice Afrique Francophone: The most beautiful voice of French speaking Africa!

LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 October 2015/ --  No production of this magnitude has ever reached this part of Africa yet. Now Voxafrica, the Pan-African television station will launch the first…


Broadcast

Broadcast – In brief

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) has announced the launch of five more channels, bringing its total to six channels. The new channels will be thematic and could be named CRTV-Sport, CRTV-Info,…


Content

Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Indie Film - ‘Bar Star City’ - Set to Go Into Production This Fall

Ytasha Womack has established a name for herself in recent years, as a leading proponent and advocate of the concept of Afrofuturism, with her acclaimed, best-selling book, “Afrofuturism: The World…


Content

Afrikaans crime writer’s thriller adapted for the big screen

‘Die Ontwaking’ (‘The Awakening’), a grisly, action-packed thriller that investigates the mind and motivations of an acutely intelligent serial killer, will open in selected cinemas around the country on 26…


Content

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cape Town winners announced

Shnit International Shortfilmfestival came to an end on 11 October when over 200 filmmakers and guests congregated at the Cape Town Club to see the awarding of the Made In…


Content

CNBC Africa partners with Newstag

The pan-African and business news channel, CNBC Africa sealed a deal with Newstag, a ‘mobile-first’ video news service. The multi-year agreement will allow Newstag to broadcast CNBC’s news videos on…


Content

Film Adaptation of Yusuf Idris’s ‘House of Flesh’ Rejected by Egyptian Censors

The screen adaptation of Yusuf Idris’s “House of Flesh,” crafted by celebrated Egyptian playwright and scriptwriter Lenin El-Ramly, was apparently rejected by Egypt’s state censor on charges that it “incites…


Content

Independent content producers needed for ‘Kenya / South Africa Copro’

The ‘Kenya/South Africa Copro’ initiative will be launched between the 26 to 30 October at the Nairobi-based Kalasha International Film & TV Festival and Market. The aim is to facilitate…


Content

Nigerian-Scottish Film Odyssey hits Glasgow as part of the tenth edition of Africa in Motion Film Festival

Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return this year to celebrate ten years of bringing you inspiring, thought-provoking and creative cinema…


Distribution

Fox Sports Africa picks up UFC rights

Fox Sports Africa has secured a deal to show coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) across Sub-Saharan Africa. The pay-TV broadcaster will show the main cards of all UFC…


Distribution

FTA operator e.tv selects Jasco Broadcast Solutions for digital archive

Broadcast Solutions and the Oracle DIVA Content Management System (CMS) for its digital archive. The company has a strong proven track record in the broadcast industry, delivering the required efficiencies…


Investment

Vidi is in trouble – is this the end?

Tiso BlackStar, an investor in Times Media Group’s video on demand (VOD) service Vidi, has stated its intention to exit the business due to its poor take-up, Business Day reported.…


Regulation & Policy

DA drops court action against SABC

The DA said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the SABC – for now. The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday that it will…


Regulation & Policy

Ghanaian government inaugurates DTT management board

The Ghanaian government has inaugurated a seven-member management board for the deployment of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by mid-2016. The Ministry of Communication said the board is made up of…


Regulation & Policy

SES markets Video-On-Demand (VOD), streaming and satellite solution across Africa

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. and one of Europe's leading technical media service providers, today announced that its FLUID HUB solution is being utilised by more…


Regulation & Policy

PCCW Global and Solbox collaborate in delivery of wholesale and retail media solutions

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s leading premier telecommunications service provider, and Solbox, a content delivery solutions specialist, have signed an agreement in which Solbox will…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: govt suspends customs duties on transmission equipment

In an effort to ensure successful migration to digital broadcasting, the Zambian government has suspended customs duties on transmission equipment for a period of two years. Authorities believe this will…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria’s Consumer protection agency raids Multichoice office in Lagos

Officials of the Consumer Protection Council on Thursday raided the head office of pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, in Lagos. The officials, armed with a warrant, were accompanied by policemen…


Regulation & Policy

Icasa halts issuing of community radio licenses

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa recently placed a moratorium on the issuing of new community radio broadcasting licenses, saying that there are no frequencies available in metro areas…


Technology & Convergence

MTN, iRokotv target N2tn from online streaming

Video on Demand platform, iROKOtv says it has a target to make about N2tn ($1bn) from online streaming in Nigeria by 2020. The Chief Executive Officer of iROKOtv, Mr. Jason…


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Opportunities

ZIFF 2016 call for entries The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) recently announced that submissions for the 2016 edition are now open. Festival director Martin Mhando has confirmed that despite…


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People

HYACINTHE BOOWUROSIGUE SANOU NAMED CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2015 Burkinabé journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards Ceremony.…


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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…