Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2031 11 February 2016

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Ethiopia: Moby Group launches free-to-air satellite station Kana TV in JV with local partners

Dubai-based Moby Group is launching a new satellite entertainment channel in Ethiopia in a JV with local partners. For years the TV sector in Ethiopia was just Government channels but two satellite stations are now launching. Russell Southwood spoke to Elias Schulze, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Kana TV. Headquartered in Dubai, Moby Group is a media and entertainment company with a focus on emerging and frontier markets extending from Central Asia to the Middle East and beyond. The group currently operates 16 businesses in six countries in broadcasting, production, publishing, music, and strategic communications. The group was founded in…

Broadcast

‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ Malian Music Documentary Is Headed To U.S. Theaters

The feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna Schwartz, follows a group of musicians in Mali in the wake of the 2012 jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. As explained in…


Broadcast

SA film chosen for Berlin International Film Festival

A South African film is set to make its world premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next week. The film, Shepherds and Butchers, is based on Chris Marnewicks…


Broadcast

‘Jongo’ makes global TV premiere on BET

Jongo is poised to make its South African TV debut on BET (DStv channel 129) on 15 February 2016 at 21h05. The eight part series, produced by Johannesburg-based independent film…


Broadcast

Westgate Attack Movie To Be Filmed In South Africa, Here’s Why Kenya Was Overlooked

On a scale of one to ten, Kenya seems to be closer to one than it is to ten as one of Africa’s prime filming destinations. South Africa on the…


Broadcast

Jihadi film that sparked censorship row in France released with 18 certificate

A French documentary about life among jihadi groups in Africa and the Middle East, which sparked a row over censorship, has been given an 18 certificate. The rare move to…


Broadcast

WGSA Muse Awards announces 2016 Nominees

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) takes great pleasure in announcing the nominees for the third annual WGSA Muse Awards. Performance writers in film, television, radio, stage, and new…


Broadcast

2016 European Film Market Preview: 'Wùlu' - Pitched as a "Malian Scarface" - Gets Some Attention

Paris-based international sales and co-production company, Indie sales, is now repping a Malian crime thriller titled “Wùlu,” the feature directorial debut from Malian-French filmmaker, Daouda Coulibaly. The words "Malian crime…


Broadcast

Experience the Power of Ghanaian Cinema in Exclusive 'Nakom' Trailer

Ghana's historical first entry in the Berlin International Film Festival tells the story of ambition, honor an familial obligation. As the first-ever Ghanaian film to be accepted into the Berlin…


Broadcast

2016 Pan African Film Festival offers visual diversity

As the rest of the entertainment capital remains embroiled in a discussion of the question of diversity and inclusion, the 2016 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to showcase…


Broadcast

African and European cities simultaneously co-host the African Film Festival-FCAT

After having celebrated the last four editions in Cordoba, the African Film Festival-FCAT will hold its 13th edition in both Tarifa, Europe's southernmost city, and Tangiers in northern Morocco, thereby…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe & Ghana students shine at DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Zimbabwean student Mallon Marume scooped the first prize for artistic creativity this year’s DStv Eutelsat Star Awards announced Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The awards celebrated rising student interest in science and…


Content

Telling Africa’s Agriculture Stories Through Radio, TV, Film

Showcasing African farming through TV, radio, and film can help engage the public in conversations about agriculture, food justice, and sustainability, according to a report in FoodTank. These forms of…


Content

ANC scoffs at ‘propaganda’ film claims

The ANC has dismissed as a propaganda a new documentary film claiming it focused more on violently attacking rival black groups than overthrowing apartheid. The Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum's film,…


Content

Akin Omotoso's Romantic Comedy TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING Selected for Pan African Film Festival

Akin Omotoso's Romantic Comedy TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING Selected for Pan African Film FestivalAkin Omotoso's latest feature Tell Me Sweet Something was a box office hit in South Africa. It…


Content

Triggerfish Artists short nominated for Writers Guild Muse Award

The Case of the Disappearing Daddy, a Triggerfish Artists short film, has been nominated in the Animation/Web Series category at The Writers Guild of South Africa s third annual Muse…


Content

An Africa City taking Africa by storm

Dubbed "Africa's version of Sex in the City", online show "An African City" became a YouTube sensation when it debuted back in 2014. Now about to air its second season,…


Distribution

YuppTV Partners with Sun Network to Launch 10 Channels in Middle East & North Africa

YuppTV, the world’s largest Over-The-Top (OTT) provider for Indian content, has partnered with leading South Indian television network Sun Network to offer numerous regional entertainment options to its users. With…


Distribution

MultiChoice, M-Net to launch GOtv in South Africa

MultiChoice and M-Net will soon launch its GOtv service as its digital TV product and service in South Africa’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) market. by Thinus Ferreira GOtv, MultiChoice’s cheaper…


Distribution

Al Jazeera launches new audio service app targeting low-bandwidth regions in Africa

Al Jazeera Media Network has launched a new audio web app that will give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of the Al Jazeera TV broadcast…


Investment

Cairo’s NileSat to invest additional $50m in East Africa

NileSat, which operates three satellites, with two more planned for launch in 2017 and 2019, offers satellite hosting services for television and radio stations, Internet connections and satellite navigation services…


Investment

Africa, priority conquest Canal+

Two million is now the number of Group Canal + subscribers in Africa. Beyond the charm round accounts, the figure announced Thursday, January 14 by the pay channel hides an…


Regulation & Policy

Collecting society slams MTN for ‘not paying royalties since 2013’

African mobile giant MTN is facing allegations that it has failed to pay music copyright royalties to songwriters since 2013. The company, which allegedly owes just under R1 million (US$60…


Regulation & Policy

The Cape Film Commission is closing down

Cape Town – The Cape Film Commission (CFC) is shutting down after 15 years over a lack of money and support. It will be closing its door at the end…


Regulation & Policy

ShowMax not hiking subscription fees, for now

Johannesburg - Local internet video service ShowMax is not increasing its monthly R99 subscription rate despite the weak rand impacting its business. Multinational media and internet company Naspers [JSE:NPN] launched…


Technology & Convergence

Weak rand spells higher than usual DStv price hike

The ongoing weakening of the rand foreshadows a possible bigger price hike this year than usual for South African DStv subscribers as local pay-TV subscribers will have to bear the…


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Opportunities

NFVF Internship Programme - CLOSING DATE EXTENDEDThe NFVF is a statutory body mandated by the National Film and Video Foundation Act 73 of 1997 to spearhead the equitable and development…


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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…