Broadcast, Film and Convergence Issue No. 2034 25 March 2016

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Econet’s soon-to-be Pay TV arm buys Free-To-Air English Premier League rights

Although the English Premier League pay TV rights are seen as absolutely crucial in the battle for African Pay TV subscribers, their Free-To-Air equivalent rights have not really made the earth move for anyone. Russell Southwood looks at this new deal and how it might affect the sports viewing landscape.Focused on delivering leading sports events, live action and exciting highlights to fans, Kwesé Sports is a key component of Kwesé TV, which will begin rolling out its media entertainment services later this year, on both internet and satellite based platforms. Kwesé TV is wholly owned by Econet Media. It has…

Broadcast

‘The Pearl Of Africa,’ A Documentary About Love, Hate & Being Transgender In Uganda, Debuts Powerful Trailer

The Pearl of Africa tells the radical story of a 28-year-old transgender Ugandan woman, Cleopatra Kambugu, and her fiancé, Nelson. Director Jonny Von Wallström takes viewers inside their fight for…


Broadcast

e.tv adds new political TV drama, new religious drama to its local production slate; both shows will start broadcasting later this year.

e.tv's outgoing executive in charge of channels, Monde Twala, in his last public speech before jumping to Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) as the new vice president for…


Broadcast

South African director to helm Hollywood action film

Director and writer Donovan Marsh, responsible for bringing South Africa’s favourite schoolboy to life on the big screen in the first two Spud films, has been chosen to direct his…


Broadcast

TIERs and Asurf Films release trailer for 'Hell or High Water'

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in partnership with Asurf Films Limited have released the trailer for the highly anticipated short film Hell or High Water, starring Enyinna Nwigwe, Daniel…


Broadcast

The hottest television shows in South Africa revealed: TV ratings for the last week of 2015 — week 52, 21–27 December!

Using data supplied by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA), this South African TV Ratings column is a weekly roundup of SA’s TV audience viewership. We reveal the…


Broadcast

‘Vir Altyd’ sets new record at the South African box office

South African romantic adventure film Vir Altyd has surpassed the number one spot in earnings at the local box office for Afrikaans films. After four weeks on circuit, Vir Altyd,…


Broadcast

Bamba TV, KTN advertisers to get one-stop-shop for marketing

Bamba TV and KTN are offering a one-stop-shop for advertisers that will enable them target both mass and customized niche markets under one platform.The two partnered in February in a…


Broadcast

South Africa: Threat of sanctions against Netflix refuted by Film and Publication Board

Last week South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) reportedly gave Netflix a two-week ultimatum to comply with its regulations or face sanctions, but the FPB have said no ultimatum…


Broadcast

Zuku signs deal with three Malawi TV stations

Godfrey Itaye, Director General of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) announced that three local television stations sealed deal to be beamed on Zuku TV, the East Africa pay TV platform.…


Broadcast

Muse Awards: Recognising South Africa's scriptwriters

on Saturday, 2 April 2016 to recognise and celebrate that crucial but often forgotten player in South Africas creative industries: the scriptwriter.The WGSA Muse Awards, initiated by the Writers Guild…


Broadcast

‘Black Bafta’s’ - the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards. - awards took place at the London Hilton Sat. 19 March 2016

The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards is the first & only industry related film & TV awards event celebrating the leading professionals of UK & global African Diaspora…


Content

DStv opening 5 TV channels for Easter

Cape Town – Five Easter eggs are coming to lower-tiered DStv subscribers when MultiChoice will open 5 TV channels for more than half a month from 18 March.E! Entertainment (DStv…


Distribution

ICASA signs deal with the Film and Publication Board

The chief executive of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Pakamile Pongwana, and his counterpart at the Film and Publication Board (FPB), Themba Wakashe have signed a memorandum…


Distribution

Google launches Play Movies in SA

If you’re downloading apps for your Android device all the time, you would have noticed an all new-look Google Play Store, with a new entertainment section, but what’s in it…


Investment

Nigeria’s S&T Media Secures $1m Seed Round

S&T Media Confirms Exclusive Distribution Deals with Total and Spar in NigeriaLagos, Nigeria. Thursday 17 March 2016. Nigeria-based S&T Media has closed on seed financing from early-stage technology venture capital…


Regulation & Policy

NCC impounds illegal equipment used to steal DSTV signals

The Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) has impounded illegal broadcast and transmission devices valued at about NGN 3.5 million in Enugu, NAN reported. The seizure was made when the Anti-Transmission Piracy…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA rejects all five FTA licence applicants

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has rejected all five applicants for FTA television broadcasting licences on DTT.“After careful consideration of each application, and being cognisant of the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria sets up TV digitisation task force

The Nigerian Government has established a Ministerial Task Force on Digitisation to fast track the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in 2017.The task force includes the National Broadcasting Commission…


Regulation & Policy

BBC Africa Debate looks at corruption in Africa

The March edition of BBC Africa Debate – the flagship current affairs discussion programme on BBC World Service radio - will come from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Presented by Zuhura…


Technology & Convergence

SSL selected to provide powerful all-electric satellite to Eutelsat

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that it was selected to provide a high power all-electric satellite to Eutelsat, one of the world's leading…


Technology & Convergence

The 4DX cinema experience hits Durban today

The second multi-sensory cinema – 4DX – opens at Nu Metro The Pavilion today, 18 March, following the opening of Africa’s first ever 4DX cinema in Cape Town at Nu…


Technology & Convergence

GatesAir wins DTT tender in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government has awarded a contract to GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) for the installation of a national digital terrestrial television (DTT) contract.The US company will design, supply, install, test…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: CA buys KE 1 billion Spectrum monitoring system

Communications Authority has launched KE billion worth spectrum management system to monitor illegal activities on local networks. The system will monitor all transmissions, track illegal frequencies and allow operators to…


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Opportunities

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016 entry period extendedCNN International and MultiChoice have announced that African journalists have extra time to ensure their entries are submitted for the CNN MultiChoice…


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People

Sipho Dlamini appointed MD of Universal Music SA and Sub-Saharan AfricaAfter three years as the CEO of the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), Sipho Dlamini is leaving the nationwide…


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Events

  16 - 21 April 2016 - exhibits: 18-21 April NABSHOW 2016 Las Vegas Convention Center, LA, USA. The media and entertainment industry has become unleashed. Dynamic innovation and cutting-edge…