Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 2036 22 April 2016

Top Story

Twentieth Century Fox Signs Theatrical Distribution Deal with FilmOne for West Africa

Twentieth Century Fox has entered into an agreement to distribute its film slate in a major distribution deal with Nigeria and West Africa’s fastest growing theatrical film distribution company, FilmOne Distribution, under which FilmOne will distribute all Fox titles directly to cinemas in Nigeria and Ghana. This is the first deal of its kind in West Africa for Twentieth Century Fox.As part of the agreement, FilmOne Distribution will release in 2016 such titles as ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’, as well as ‘The Birth of a Nation’ from the Studio’s Fox Searchlight Pictures division and Dreamworks Animation’s ‘Trolls’.Group…

Broadcast

Al Jazeera is celebrating winning eleven Gold World Medals, six Silver and two Bronze medals at the prestigious New York Festivals awards.

This includes a Bronze in the Community Portraits category for My Nigeria, the six-part Al Jazeera documentary series showing six stories of six Nigerians, including stand-up comedian Basketmouth, fashion designer…


Broadcast

Film shot in South Africa in competition at Cannes

Sean Penn's The Last Face about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and…


Broadcast

Filming Without Running Water or Electricity: Berlinale's Inspiring 'Nakom'

The first-ever Berlinale film from Ghana, Nakom was shot with no running water or electricity, with a crew of people entirely from the village.Nakom was actually made by two Americans:…


Content

Africa's first superhero

This action packed 16 part series tells the story of a young man, Jongo, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after his dad left him an alien crystal that…


Content

Eastleigh filmmakers give Hollywood portrayal thumbs down

Eastleigh, the suburb in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, known as Little Mogadishu because it is home to many Somalis and Kenyan-Somalis, is getting the Hollywood treatment. Big-budget thriller Eye in the…


Content

Countdown to official launch of Africanews TV – 2 Days before D-day

Africanews appears on your television screens on April 20. In this article, discover something new about the channel on a daily basis till the launch of sub-Saharan Africa’s first multilingual…


Content

Environmental programme Eco@Africa launched in Nigeria

Channels Television in conjunction with Deutsche Welle (DW) Television has launched a joint production of an environmental programme called Eco@africa at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria, on 16 April…


Distribution

Africa Channel Signs Companies to Handle Ad Sales, Content Duties Reaches deals with HotHouse Media, T Media Sales, AFricaXP

The Africa Channel has retained HotHouse Media to handle its affiliate sales and distribution duties, as well as T Media Sales to oversee ad sales for the network, said company…


Distribution

Full digital migration in June - Kwakye Ofosu

Government’s quest to migrate all the television stations from analogue to digital terrestrial is expected to be completed in June this year, the Deputy Communication Minister, Mr Felix Kwakye Ofosu,…


Distribution

Dance Film Hear Me Move wins the highly sought after PRISM Award

The power of any media lies in it’s ability of engage with ones audience effectively. And this is particularly key when engaging the cinema going audience. While trying to fight…


Distribution

Digital music sales overtake physical - global report

The global music market achieved a new milestone in 2015 as digital sales became the primary revenue stream for recorded music, overtaking physical sales.This is according to the latest edition…


Distribution

Malawi set to launch DTT offer on 23 April

The Malawian government has announced plans to launch the Malawi Digital Television service at Mzuzu on 23 April following the analogue switch-off being implemented in phases. The government through the…


Distribution

Pretoria — South Africa's campaign to roll out digital terrestrial television (DTT) will gain momentum this coming weekend, in Tiyani ka Magoro village, in Limpopo.

Local residents will have an opportunity to ask Communications Minister Faith Muthambi questions about the significance of digital migration and its benefits at the planned DTT awareness campaign at the…


Regulation & Policy

AUB inks 4 year deal with GRTS

The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) has signed a four-year contract with the African Union of Public Broadcasters (AUB) on a number of issues relating to improving content and…


Technology & Convergence

Africa Struggles With Slow Transition to Digital

When South Africa began broadcasting on digital transmissions last December, kicking off a period of “dual illumination” before it switches off analog signals, it became the latest African nation to…


More

Opportunities

Keynote Speakers, Mentors and Moderators: DISCOP Africa Abidjan 2016See here for the list of speakers at this years DISCOP Africa Abidjan.The NFVF council calls for nominations for members of its…


More

People

South African stars land roles in international feature filmSouth African presenter and actress Pearl Thusi and local supermodel turned actress Nicola Breytenbach have landed roles in an upcoming international film…