Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 2038 20 May 2016

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Africa’s TV and film piracy – Is there a way to bring some of Africa’s pirates in from the cold? (Discop Abidjan)

The existence of piracy in the broadcast sector has been a constant ever since Balancing Act was set up in 2000. It led to us producing a piracy study for one of the major African broadcast players several years ago. This year DISCOP Abidjan is running a session on how the pirates might come in from the cold. Russell Southwood and Sylvain Beletre look at how this might happen and the challenges of the new digital piracy.Until a recent conversation, if you’d asked us about the new wave of African VoD platforms and piracy, we would have said that the…

Broadcast

ZIFF 2016 Announces Film Selection with Strong East African Presence

  The Zanzibar International Film Festival has announced the final film selection for this year’s event, taking place from July 9th -17th 2016. With a record 490 films submitted from…


Broadcast

Kagiso Media closes Glow TV

As from 30 June 2016, the entertainment channel Glow TV will no longer be available on media platforms. The channel would like to thank its valued viewers, advertisers and the…


Broadcast

Again, Nollywood misses out at Cannes Filmfest

One of the world’s most prestigious and essential events for the film industry, the Cannes Film Festival, will open in Cannes, south of France on May 11. The usual ten-day…


Broadcast

Strong African content for DIFF 2016

This year’s edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place from 16 to 26 June 2016, once more features a very strong selection of African titles.With just under…


Broadcast

AFDA animation film candidate for Oscars

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is proud to announce the candidature of the AFDA Johannesburg 3rd year animation third year film “Swart Skaap”…


Broadcast

Africa Movie Academy announces full list of 2016 Nominations

The president of this year's AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini, announced the nominations in 26 categories at a media event in Lagos.According to Husseini, AMAA received over 420 films from filmmakers…


Broadcast

MultiChoice may withdraw ANN7 channel as viewers complain

MultiChoice is considering pulling the plug on the Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel, which would add to the growing list of companies that have cut ties with the controversial family. The…


Broadcast

This New Documentary Shows an Ethiopian-American’s Journey to Connect with His Heritage

As a first generation Ethiopian-American, Nathan Araya, the director of a new documentary The Diaspora Journal, felt his adolescence was awkwardly positioned in the middle of two cultures. Neither fully…


Broadcast

Big fight for film festival opening night

Several resignations and a dramatic standoff over the opening-night film have made one of Africa’s most important film festivals the talk of the industry, reports Charl Blignaut ‘I am not…


Content

Genesis Studios Brings the Price is Right to Nigeria

FremantleMedia International (FMI) and Genesis Studios have announced a partnership to bring a local version of the classic game show format The Price is Right to Nigeria. The deal will…


Content

TVC to Showcase African Culture on DStv, GOtv

Continental Broadcasting Service (CBS), owners of TVC recently announced the launch of two of its channels on DStv and GOtv, aimed at showcasing the African culture and telling the African…


Content

Latest Content News from CÔTE OUEST

CÔTE OUEST audiovisuel, the largest distributor of TV programmes in Africa, provided us with their latest news: LES CHOCOS EN VACANCESThe comedy written by Marina NIAVA and produced by CÔTE…


Content

Hartiwood Films and Deepend Films to co-produce Reeva/Oscar documentary special

Hartiwood Films and Deepend Films have acquired the film and documentary rights from Pan Macmillan South Africa to Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman’s best-selling book Behind the Door, on which…


Distribution

Yahsat and Tele10 Enter MOU to Discuss Opportunities for Yahclick in Rwanda, Burundi and East DRC

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, May 11, 2016/ -- UAE-based satellite operator, Yahsat, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tele10 Group, the regional broadcast and internet service provider, to…


Distribution

ShowMax expands to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

ShowMax has officially launched its internet TV services to 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The company originally launched in August 2015 with the largest subscription video-on-demand (VOD) catalogue on the…


Technology & Convergence

SES moves over 25 million households in Nigeria to digital

SES will be providing the space segment and specific platform services for the DTH service which will be used to feed the DTT transmitters around the country - a Hybrid…


Technology & Convergence

The BBC announces new collaborations with digital innovators in Nigeria

Two teams from Lagos have today been selected to pilot a unique digital idea they have developed to help the BBC reach young African audiences. The teams: Codulab, a small…


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Opportunities

17TH PAMRO AND ALL AFRICA MEDIA RESEARCH CONFERENCE (Sun 21 August 2016 – Wed 24 August 2016) “Africa Media Research in a Globally Connected Word” CALL FOR PAPERSPAMRO is now calling…


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People

A E Networks appoints Yusuf Nabee as general manager Africa A E Networks today announced that it has appointed Yusuf Nabee to the newly-created role of general manager, Africa. Nabee…


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Events

Durban International Film FestivalAfrica’s premier film event, the Durban International Film Festival, which is hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts, presents its 37th edition from 16…