Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2030 28 January 2016

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Nigeria: New premium business TV Show On The Money launches on Key TV networks

On The Money is a new premium business TV Show launched in Lagos. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre interviewed Michael Akindele, founding partner of JohnRhoda Enterprise, the company behind the show. Q. What is On The Money about? A. On The Money is a weekly 30-minute programme providing educational, leadership, management and market value to target audiences across Africa and in the diaspora. This original format showcases companies and thought leaders from leading companies, SMEs, the entrepreneur and the investor community in Nigeria, and a variety of products & services, while educating and entertaining audiences. Q.Is the show already airing? if…

Broadcast

AFDA Filmmaker shortlisted for Oscar nomination

Nathan Rice, a student at AFDA Durban, said he was extremely humbled that he was shortlisted for a nomination. Nathan Rice's film, Homeless, has been shortlisted for a nomination for…


Broadcast

RTL International starts broadcasting in Southern Africa

RTL Group's new entertainment channel aimed at German speakers and ex-pats around the world has been launched in Southern Africa, namely in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya,…


Broadcast

DRC gov teams up with Lagardère to launch new youth TV channel

(Ecofin Fides) - The Minister of Communication and Media of Congo, Thierry Lézin Moungala, has announced the introduction of a new TV channel called Télé Congo Youth. Tele Congo Youth…


Broadcast

New South African Virtual Reality Short Film

Some dreams are universal. Who hasn’t looked up at the night sky and wondered what it would be like to be up there, seeing the Earth rise above the horizon…


Broadcast

AJ+ launches new digital experience

AJ+ – an online news and current events channel by Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) – has launched a new digital experience on Apple TV. This marks its first step…


Broadcast

Mandela Mini-Series To Air Next Year

BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader. Stephen Hill, the network’s chief programming executive, said…


Broadcast

Ethiopia: From Kenya With TV

The Kenyan company Nahoo LLC, officially launched its Ethiopian channel Nahoo Satellite TV at the Golden Tulip Hotel on January 14, 2016. The TV channel, operating on its Kenyan network…


Content

Arewa24 announces a robust slate of new original shows for 2016

January 19, 2016 – Building upon AREWA24’s unprecedented growth in distribution and popularity in Northern Nigeria, the channel and its production studio is launching an ambitious new slate of original…


Content

Check Out This Fascinating Stop-Motion Sierra Leonean Rap Video

“Ar Don Go” music video. Sierra Leonean technologist, inventor and afrobeat rapper Moinina David Sengeh and American sculptor Joey Foster Ellis have teamed up to create a fascinating stop-motion, GIF…


Content

Africa Magic, Emelonye in partnership on boxing film

Award-winning film producer, Obi Emenloye, is in partnership with Africa Magic for a new film titled Oxford Gardens. The producer of The Last Flight to Abuja, among other works, says…


Distribution

K24 seal deal with StarTimes to air live Serie A matches

Football fans in the country will be treated to free Serie A action league matches thanks to Mediamax Network Limited through its television broadcast channel K24 and Pay Television Company…


Distribution

Africa: It won't take long before streaming traffic in Africa accounts for 60% or more of a service provider's downstream network traffic

Qwilt, a leading provider of online video delivery and open video caching solutions, today announced a technology partnership with three6five, a leading IP networking service integrator in South Africa, to…


Distribution

Rwanda: Radio Flash is set to launch a television station, Flash TV.

Felix Buteera, the head of programming at Flash TV, said the new television station will be family-focused to contribute to household development. “Flash TV will be a family TV as…


Distribution

StarTimes An Overview and Highlights of 2015

With the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) setting down 2015 to be the deadline for digitalization, it was a year of great significance and importance. For StarTimes, the focus was on…


Distribution

NBC clarifies position on number of Set-Top Box licenses

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) says it licensed only 13 Set-Top Box Manufacturers in Nigeria and not 18, as earlier reported. The Commission in a statement signed by its Director,…


Investment

NileSat mulls USD 50 mln African investment, seeks licences

Egyptian satellite company NileSat will extend its operations throughout Africa to tap into digital migration in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria. Marketing manager Mohamed El-Sawy…


Investment

IROKO announces content development and capital funding deals

African mobile entertainment and internet TV pioneer, iROKO, has signed multiple deals totalling $19m, both in content development and in capital funding. French media giant CANAL+, together with existing investor…


Investment

Nigerian govt seeks new Chinese satellite contracts

Nigeria is negotiating with China on possible new satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) and support for its ground station improvement, The Guardian reported. Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu led…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania: 11 radio/TV stations banned for flouting TCRA conditions

THE Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has banned 11 television and radio stations which did not fulfil the watchdog’s conditions, including paying license fees and other dues. The TV and…


Technology & Convergence

IOS users can now download their favourite ShowMax shows

People accessing ShowMax from Android devices have been able to download content for offline viewing since December last year. Now their iOS-using counterparts can join in on the fun. The…


Technology & Convergence

RR Media Selected for Eutelsat Broadband Initiative for Africa

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, announces today that it has been selected to support Eutelsat's African satellite broadband initiative. RR…


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Opportunities

Call for Nominations: 10th SAFTA Lifetime Achievers The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, extends a call to the industry to…


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People

NFVF training manager under investigation According to a report by Sunday World, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is investigating a case of fraud following the resignation of former…


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Events

31 March to 2 June 2016 Discop Afrique Abidjan 2016Sofitel Hotel Ivoire , Abidjan , Ivory CoastTV Programs Market: The largest market in Francophone Africa , and creative forum for…