Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2032 26 February 2016

Top Story

African broadcast TV news going online and multi-platform – One broadcasters’ story points the way to the future

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TV news in Africa is an important element in the TV schedule and as a draw for audiences. But how people get their news is changing rapidly and the African broadcasters that understand the digital transition will be more competitive. Russell Southwood spoke to Timothy Spira, eNCA’s Head of the Online Division to try and sort out what will work now and in the future.

Broadcast

SA documentary premieres in New York

The South African documentary Lost Tongue is set to premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York as a ‘surprise’ film. The festival is set to take place between…


Broadcast

South African film lays bare capital punishment trauma

Award-winning South African film Shepherds and Butchers is to premiere in South Africa "around September", says producer Anant Singh. Shepherds and Butchers, an adaptation of a novel by South African…


Broadcast

‘Happiness is a Four-Letter Word’ a box office success

In its opening three days Happiness is a Four-Letter Word received 45 000 attendances and gross box office receipts of R2 371 782. It was the best performing film of…


Broadcast

‘Youth Over Flowers - Africa’ sets record

The first episode of “Youth Over Flowers – Africa,” which premiered Friday, set a record viewership of 12.7 percent, an all-time high for the reality travel series, according to CJ…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In brief

A+E Networks  is bringing a new adaptation of the iconic TV series Roots to a whole new generation of viewers in Africa.  Developed by HISTORY, the eight-hour event miniseries boasts…


Content

The Price is Right Lands in Nigeria

LONDON: The popular game-show format The Price is Right, part of the FremantleMedia International catalogue, is getting a local treatment in Nigeria, to be produced by Genesis Studios. The Price…


Content

WGSA Muse Awards

The 2016 Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Awards will take place on 2 April 2016 at 17h00, at the Soweto Theatre in Gauteng. The primary objective of the…


Content

Safta nominees named: best in South Africa film and TV

The 2016 Saftas, celebrating its tenth year, imagines a continuing "commitment to growth and development of the film and television industry", says the National Film and Video Foundation. The awards…


Content

Animated film festival a first for Africa

The first animated film festival in Africa ended yesterday after a week of film screenings of local and international productions at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town. The Cape Town…


Content

A New Film Looks To Tell ‘The Unseen’ Stories Of Post-Colonial Namibia

The Unseen, written and directed by Perivi John Katjavivi, is the story of three young people as they navigate spaces, both emotionally and physically, in modern day post-colonial Namibia –…


Content

ABC films biblical drama in South Africa

American TV network ABC has doubled South Africa for the ancient Israelite city of Gibeah in its new biblical drama Of Kings and Prophets. Written by Adam Cooper and Bill…


Content

TBN returns to Africa

The largest faith and family television network in the world returns to Africa! TBN will launch on channel 343 on 4 March to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact,…


Distribution

IROKO + Nollywood app launches in Francophone Africa

CANAL Group and iROKO are launching the iroko SVOD service for French- speaking Africa. The Android app will be available across all of French-speaking Africa, bringing 1500 hours of affordable,…


Distribution

StarTimes secures African Basketball League

Lagos, Nigeria. 22 February 2016. StarTimes is delighted to announce it has secured live broadcasts rights of the Best of African Basketball Action on the TRACE Sports Stars channel from…


Investment

Nigeria shelves plans to privatise NIGCOMSAT

A Nigerian government has shelved its plans to sell the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), the Daily Trust reported. The ICT minister Adebayo Shittu said the government had to ditch the…


Investment

Mediamax buys out Ebru TV in expansion drive

Mediamax Network Ltd has expanded its portfolio by acquiring Ebru TV, a new entrant in the digital TV industry. The media house, substantially owned by the Kenyatta family, bought the…


Investment

Standard Group obtains 50% stake in Bamba TV

RADIO Africa Group has signed a Sh300 million deal with the Standard Group's KTN for a 50 per cent stake in Bamba TV. The deal announced yesterday will see Standard…


Investment

Centum Foundation invests Sh10.2m in Elimu TV

The Centum Foundation has invested Sh10.2 million ($100,000) in Elimu TV, a television station that provides the secondary education curriculum. This is the second startup in which Centum Foundation is…


Regulation & Policy

The regulator in Uganda to switch off analogue signal by April

The communications industry regulator will switch of analogue by end of April following the gradual migration and installation of digital equipment across the country. Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) sais that…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Journalist sues Atiku’s Gotel TV

A former employee of Gotel TV has sued the media outfit for N27 million over breach of contract. An Adamawa State based journalist has sued TV Gotel, a television outfit…


Technology & Convergence

E.tv expands Volicon Observer System to support growth

E.tv has expanded its Volicon Observer digital video monitoring and logging system to accommodate compliance recording for simulcast channels, as well as to support reconciliation of visual as-runs and in-house…


Technology & Convergence

ShowMax concludes deals to get vouchers into Massmart and Edcon stores

ShowMax, the internet TV service owned by Naspers, has concluded agreements that will see ShowMax vouchers going on sale in 125 Game stores and more than 100 CNA stores across…


Technology & Convergence

Jamii fires up pay TV market with low cost Internet device

Kenya’s pay television and theatre market is headed for a major shake-up with the entry of high speed Internet connectivity devices that enable the streaming of movies, premium sports content…


Technology & Convergence

Safaricom's M-Kopa targets 1 mln buyers of solar TV

Solar energy provider M-Kopa has set a target to supply 1 million households in the country with solar-powered digital flat screen television sets by next year, Mobile Business Daily reported.…


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Opportunties

NFVF Call for Sediba Directors Programme South African directors who work predominantly in the film and television industry are invited by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency…


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People

Three senior appointments at Urban Brew Studios Urban Brew Studios would like to congratulate three staff members on their recent appointment to senior management positions. Herbert Hadebe has been appointed…


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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…