Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no. 2035 8 April 2016

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BBC Worldwide’s investment in South African production company Rapid Blue – “A focus of theirs is to do more local productions in Africa driven by Africans.”

The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster, BBC Worldwide has – after a long search – bought into South African production company Rapid Blue. Russell Southwood spoke to him this week about what the deal means.From the BBC Worldwide side, the deal has been driven by them identifying Africa as a key market. It conducted research on how to increase their presence on the continent “in a constructive way”. It looked across the continent at a range of companies and after an 8 month dating period decided to go with Rapid Blue.Rapid Blue is the South Africa-based production company…

Broadcast

Local period drama Free State continues winning streak and Garners Honors at Garden State Film Festival in New York

Multi-award winning local filmmaker Sallas de Jager’s period drama feature Free State has continued its winning streak by taking the honours for Best Cinematography at the Garden State Film Festival…


Broadcast

BeIN launches nine new channels on April 1 2016

beIN announced the launch of nine new channels that will become available to its subscribers from April 01, 2016. These new channels add variety to the beIN portfolio and strengthen…


Broadcast

International producers secure the rights to “Showdown At The Red Lion” and “Masked Raiders” by Charles van Onselen for an international television drama series based upon the acclaimed books.

Johnathan Dorfman and Dave Matthews (Stolen Sky Productions, USA), David Collins (Samson Films, Ireland) and Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka, South Africa) have acquired the rights to both van Onselen books. The…


Broadcast

WGSA Muse Awards 2016

The third Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Awards took place on Saturday night, 2 April 2016, at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Soweto. It was attended by leading…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Ipob Plans Live TV Broadcast, Massive Protest

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that it will resume protest in it bid to free Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra and that it is putting in…


Broadcast

Call the Midwife to film episode in South Africa

An episode of Call the Midwife, the hugely popular BBC drama about the travails of women in London’s East End during the 1950s and early 60s, is to be shot…


Broadcast

Eco@Africa: Primetime for environmental issues

DW and Channels TV celebrate the launch of their new coproduction Eco@Africa at an event held in Abuja, Nigeria. The new program offers an in-depth look at the most-pressing environmental…


Content

South Africa – Audiovisual cooperation - Records of the trial of Nelson Mandela

The president of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel and France’s ambassador to South Africa officially presented the South African minister of arts and culture with the last group of sound…


Content

Euronews’ sister channel Africanews to launch this month

Euronews’ sister TV channel, Africanews, is due to launch across sub-Saharan Africa on April 20, following the launch of the network’s news website in January.At a press conference at MIPTV…


Content

Turner’s Toonami channel launched in French speaking Africa

Toonami which was launched in France last week is currently being rolled-out in French-speaking African countries. The channel is all set to be launched on the following pay-TV platforms: Maroc…


Content

Old and busted Discovery World to be replaced by Discovery Family

Some welcome news for those of you who dodge the waste-of-space Discovery World channel... it's going dark at the end of the month and it's being replaced by a new…


Distribution

The Africa Channel and AfricaXP Announce Exclusive Content Supply Deal and Partnership in Premium Channel Launch in Africa

Los Angeles, USA 4th April 2016 - US-based African entertainment network The Africa Channel (TAC) has closed content and channel partnership deals with leading African channel creator and content distributor…


Distribution

Vintage South African Films to Be Released Internationally via FilmDoo Streaming Platform

Online film streaming platform FilmDoo has entered a partnership with distributors Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Entertainment Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing the…


Distribution

Filmbox International secures Tanzanian deal

Filmbox logosChannel provider SPI International/Filmbox International has secured a deal to launch eight FilmBox branded channels on Continental Digital media Content (CDMC), the DTH and DTT TV service operated by…


Investment

Exim Bank of China considers request for loan for DTT in Mozambique

The Export-Import Bank of China (Exim) is considering a request from Mozambique for a loan of US$156 million to accelerate the digital migration process in the country, said the Mozambican…


Investment

Naspers Sub-Saharan Africa Business Hit by Commodities Drop

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value, said fiscal full-year profit growth will be held back by depressed sub-Saharan economies, where consumers are struggling to pay for extras like…


Regulation & Policy

UK Partners Nigeria On Digital Switch Over

The United Kingdom ,UK, will partner Nigerian government on Digital Switch Over to help Nigeria move from analogue to digital broadcasting.The acting British High Commissioner in Nigeria Simon Shercliff stated…


Technology & Convergence

Video app to let Africans watch Nollywood movies free

The VysilHq Network, an African start-up, has released the BETA version of its Nollywood video streaming app “Video Moja.” According to the developers of the app it is expected to:…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice Nigeria starts DStv feedback account on Twitter

MultiChoice Nigeria has started a DStv feedback and query service on the Twitter social network. The twitter handle @DStvNgCare joins its customer care initiatives, including the DStv Eazy Self Service…


Technology & Convergence

Why MultiChoice is not planning full HD broadcasts for DStv

MultiChoice said it has no immediate plans to broadcast in 1080p, also known as full HD, because of a lack of support from decoders.Online streaming services like Netflix offer video…


Technology & Convergence

Post Production South Africa Launches with BBC Project

Newly started post production crew agency, Post Production South Africa (PPSA), is delighted to announce the placement of their first editor on the high profile BBC Project, “Eddie Izzard –…


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Opportunities

Registration opens for 7th Durban FilmMart The 7th Durban FilmMart (DFM), the film finance and co-production forum will open for early bird delegate registration on 4 April 2016.The dates for this…


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People

Bond Emeruwa wins as Audio-Visual Rights chairmanNotable filmmaker and former president of Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Mr. Bond Emeruwa, has been elected president of Audio-Visual Rights Society of Nigeria…


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Events

  11 to 13 May 2016Digital Broadcasting Forum Africa - 2016 - CTO Lagos, Nigeria. This year, it is the place to be regarding DTT (digital TV) in Africa. 31…