Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa Issue no 2037 May 6 2016

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Nigeria’s New Wave broadcasters set a challenge for traditional free-to-air broadcasters

Last month has seen three new broadcasting operations open in Nigeria that have pitched their tent in the online space. Not all of them may succeed but what they are offering may well shake up traditional free-to-air broadcasters as much as pay TV has over the last five years. Russell Southwood looks at the riders and runners.The most dramatic play comes from Nigeria’s Guardian newspaper with its new launch Guardian TV:Guardian TV: It wants to offer exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world, and will be available on virtually any device that has an internet…

Broadcast

Namibia’s National Film Platform « African Perspectives » presents once again Egyptian smash hit « Cairo Drive »

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series “African Perspectives”, AfricAvenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016. After organiszing the Namibian Premiere in 2015, we once again present…


Broadcast

2016 NY African Film Festival Kicks Off Today, Celebrating 50 years of African Filmmaking

New York African Film Festival – this year’s edition (the 23rd) kicks off today, running from May 4-10, with the tagline “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking”…


Broadcast

Euronews presents a new programme: Aid Zone

Euronews presents Aid Zone, a new monthly 5-minute programme looking at humanitarian crisis around the world with an insight at the plight of refugees, migrants and the organisations who are…


Broadcast

Kyle Lewis directs Loeries promo for Native VML

Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed the Creativity Unites call for entries promo for the Loeries, which will bring the advertising industry from Africa and the Middle East together in Durban,…


Content

Comedy Central to Launch in Middle East, North Africa

The network will air 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,' 'Tosh.0,' 'Inside Amy Schumer,' 'South Park' and Spike hit show 'Lip Sync Battle.'Viacom's Comedy Central will launch in the Middle…


Content

Parents user manual (France 2) – To be adapted for audiences in Gabon TV5MONDE Africa

TV5Monde Afrique - the international francophone TV channel - has announced the launch of the African adaptation of the TV series broadcast on France 2 TV channel "a manual for…


Content

MTV reveals hosts of new local show Ridiculousness Africa

Antics, stunts and life-threatening feats of senseless folly are all part of the scenery in Ridiculousness Africa, the new comedy video clip show that will air on MTV.Hosted by SAFTA…


Content

Idols SA winner scores mega Disney deal

Disney Africa announced that Idols SA 2015 winner Karabo Mogane has recorded a special proudly South African version of the official theme song to Disney Junior’s (DStv 309) hit animated…


Content

SABC drops Requests for Proposals (RFP book), content to be produced in-house

The SABC says it has established in-house production capabilities to produce more of the new local content that the public broadcaster wants to put on SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3, as…


Content

Content - In brief

Take part in the first season of the TV show CAMEROON TOP MODEL. Open Casting !Cameroon Top Model is presented as the first reality TV show about the world of…


Distribution

Zuma's daughter gets R5million funding for Uzalo

Funding for the popular SABC television drama Uzalo took centre stage at the KwaZulu-Natal legislature with opposition parties questioning the R5-million funding it received, especially since one of the executive…


Distribution

'I am Thalente' skateboarding documentary makes it to iTunes

'I Am Thalente' follows a once homeless South African street youth on his journey to be a professional skateboarder. Filmmaker Johns, who had grown up in South Africa, had been…


Regulation & Policy

NFVF announces 2016/17 annual performance plan and funding approvals

Beginning 1 April 2016, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) changed its funding cycle from a four-month annual cycle to a three-month annual cycle. This change will impact all…


Regulation & Policy

DStv Media Sales amends rates

DStv Media Sales has amended the settlement discount structure for media agencies that book advertising on DStv platforms in order to address any legal uncertainty regarding their compliance with the…


Technology & Convergence

MEA SVOD revenues forecast to rise to USD 1.24 bln in 2021

Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) revenues in the Middle East and Africa will increase tenfold from USD 124 million in 2015 to USD 1.24 billion in 2021, according to Digital…


Technology & Convergence

EUTELSAT 7B satellite chosen by Liquid Telecom for major broadcast deal and for new enterprise customers across Africa

Paris, 3 May 2016 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced a multi-year agreement with Liquid Telecom, a leading independent data, voice and IP provider in Africa for…


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Opportunities

Encounters Festival Announces New Opportunity for African Documentary Filmmakers The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, in collaboration with Bertha Foundation and The Guardian (UK), has announced a new opportunity for…


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Events

Introduction: Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge…