Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2033 11 March 2016

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DTT in Cameroon: CRTV takes the opportunity to reinvent itself with 5 new digital channels

The government broadcaster in Cameroon CRTV is the signal distributor for the transition to DTT and is taking the opportunity to re-invent itself with new local thematic channels and modern equipment. Balancing Act’s broadcast analyst Sylvain Beletre talked to CRTV and outlines the plans for the digital transition.Ahmadou Djodji, MSc. Director of Transmission at CRTV, Public TV of Cameroon confirmed to Balancing Act its roadmap for the switch to digital transition subject to further changes.The country has already started the process. An early meeting was held in Douala in September 2014 to call national broadcasters to the forthcoming changes. In…

Broadcast

Robin Williams, Charlie’s Angels – what went on behind the scenes. True Movies (DStv Channel 138)

Get ready to relive three of television’s most popular series of all time when True Movies (DStv Channel 138) goes Behind The Camera with the gripping unauthorised stories of Charlie’s…


Broadcast

New Stefan Enslin film Verskietende Ster explores healing power of music through eyes of a gifted teen

It has been said that where words leave off, music begins. The power of music to touch us emotionally and to bring light out of darkness is at the heart…


Broadcast

Hold on to your microphones! Pearl Thus & D’Banj set to sizzle as hosts of “Lip Sync Battle Africa”

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa today announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.   South…


Broadcast

Free State, the locally produced period drama has been flying the SA flag at festivals around the world.

Following the film’s international premiere at the Kolhapur International Film Festival in December 2015, it has screened at the Chennai International Film Festival, Bangalore International Film Festival, the Sangli International…


Broadcast

France 24 in English will soon be broadcast on public DTTV in Zambia

On Monday 8 February 2016, Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya) and Richard Mwanza, Chief Executive Officer of the…


Broadcast

South Africa: The National Film and Video Foundation releases 2015 Box Office Report

The 2015 box office revealed a remarkable year for theatrical releases in South African cinema industry. Gross Box Office saw an impressive growth of 36%, even though there was a…


Content

South African animation series makes mark in Africa

SOUTH African-made animated children’s television series Jabu’s Jungle is to be broadcast in 22 African countries.The series was developed in Cape Town using an unusual production method that saw youths…


Content

'Alison' coming to cinemas for Women's Month August 2016

The much-anticipated hybrid feature documentary, Alison, has secured a theatrical release with Black Sheep Films distribution company. Many of us remember the story all too well when in December 1994,…


Content

Malawian movie wins Africa Magic award

“Lilongwe”, a local film by director Joyce Mhango Chavula , has grabbed the golden horn in the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) for best Southern African movie.The 2015…


Content

Full list of Winners at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2016

The fourth annual AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards crowned the best in African film and television talent in Lagos, Nigeria, over the weekend. The ceremony, which was broadcast live across the…


Distribution

‘The Boers at the End of the World’ gets independent cinema release this March

The South African documentary, The Boers at the End of the World, is being released in independent cinemas across the country from 18 March 2016.Titled Boere op die Aardsdrempel in…


Distribution

Afrotainment launches 2 HD channels on Verizon

NEW YORK – The Afrotainment Family of Channels and Verizon announced today a broad agreement that includes the right for Verizon to distribute two multicultural black channels (Afrotainment HD and…


Distribution

Rwanda Television launches on DStv

Rwanda Television (TVR) can now be accessed on MultiChoice's DStv service. TVR is available on channel position 299 after being connected to the platform, the New Times reported. Arthur Asiimwe,…


Investment

Intersat Ltd. Signs New Contract with Avanti Communications

Intersat Ltd., a Service Provider of VSAT equipment, has signed a new contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and…


Technology & Convergence

ELEMENTS Media Workflow Solutions enter the South African Market

Dusseldorf, GER, Mar 8, 2016: ELEMENTS, developer of advanced solutions for unrestricted collaboration in shared media workflows, is bringing its exceptional SAN and NAS appliances    to the South African market…


Technology & Convergence

East Africa: Rural, off-grid consumers can now watch TV

Kenya-based consumer finance company M-KOPA has unveiled a 16-inch, solar-powered digital flat-screen TV, targeted at low-income consumers residing in off-grid areas.Over the last four years M-KOPA has sold its pay-as-you-go…


Technology & Convergence

4DX cinema opens in KZN

Following the opening of Africa s first ever 4DX cinema at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront in December, Nu Metro Cinemas has announced that the next 4DX cinema will open its…


Technology & Convergence

OSN partners with Eutelsat for more HD channels and sets stage for Ultra HD services in the Middle East and North Africa

Paris, Dubai, 8 March 2016 – OSN, the leading pay-TV provider in the Middle East and North Africa, is ramping up capacity on the powerful EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite…


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Opportunities

Call for Filmmakers attending the 69th Cannes International Film Festival to apply for NFVF Markets and Festival fundingThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of…


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People

Monde Twala joins Viacom International Media Networks AfricaRespected TV executive Monde Twala is to join Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Viacom’s pan-African multimedia entertainment network. The news was announced…


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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…