Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa – Issue no. 2040 17 June 2016

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Discop Africa / Abidjan 2016 wrap up - interview with the organizer

By Sylvain Béletre for Balancing Act, June 2016. Exclusive Interview with Patrick Zuchowicki, director and founder of Basic Lead, the organisation behind Discop Africa, just a few days after Discop Abidjan was held from 31 May to 2 June 2016.One of the objectives of the Abidjan Discop 2016 in Cote D'Ivoire was for this country to become the largest hub of audiovisual production in the subregion. Altogether, 182 producers and content creators were present. The results of this great edition was extremely positive and recorded a large attendance with over 1,100 delegates. This event ignited a lot of activities from young…

Broadcast

Pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab scores with short for Disney

Triggerfish Animation Studios is releasing A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short that has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company.   A Dogshow with Cat is the first…


Broadcast

The Africa Movie Academy Awards 2016 Winners are ..

The 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards #AMAA2016 that honours actors, film directors and producers in the African film industry was held at a glittering ceremony in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.…


Broadcast

5 Films to See at South Africa’s Encounters International Documentary Film Festival

Filmmakers, fanatics and industry heads assembled on Thursday at the V&A Waterfront’s Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town for the opening night of the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.Now in full…


Broadcast

Comatose explores the African perspective on euthanasia

1Take Media has begun production on Comatose, a dramatic Afro-futurism feature film set to be released in early 2017, which explores an African perspective on the euthanasia debate.Comatose stars award…


Broadcast

[ED] to broadcast live from the continent’s premier film festival

[ED], DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65, will again broadcast live from the Durban International Film Festival from 21-25 June, 2016. The Urban Brew Studios managed channel, which seeks…


Broadcast

Zambezi Magic and NBC to broadcast a new Zimbabwean soap

Wenera, a Zimbabwean film production currently available on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Television is all set to be broadcast on Zambezi Magic and Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) screens. The soapie,…


Content

AP announces landmark collaboration with eNCA and Africa24 news channels

The Associated Press (AP) recently announced a new collaboration with African news channels, eNCA and Africa 24. AP clients can now download a broad range of video news from across…


Content

Nigeria: Iroko World Honours Funke Akindele in UK

A red carpet extravaganza was experienced in Greenwich Odeon in London, UK on Friday, June 11, 2016, at an event hosted by iROKO World and Lebara Play, to honour iROKO…


Content

DFM partners with Sonoton, the largest independent production music library in the world

As part of the partnership with DFM, Sonoton’s Barbara Hintermeier will be hosting an online music search workshop for filmmakers, while the company will also be sponsoring the SONOfind contest…


Content

Econet signs another sports content deal, positions Kwesé TV as SuperSport’s biggest competitor

Econet Media, the entertainment subsidiary of the Econet Wireless Group and the division working on Kwesé TV, has announced a long-term partnership with Matchroom Sport, an independent sports promoter and…


Content

Deutsche Welle signs co-production agreements with two African broadcasters for topics on the environment

DW's Director General Peter Limbourg and representatives of the news channels Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Channels TV in Nigeria will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with on Tuesday, June…


Content

Discop Africa 2016 Abidjan: Cote Ouest latest productions includes series, dramas and shows

During the 12th DISCOP AFRICA in Abidjan, Cote Ouest unveiled their latest productions including comedy series LES CHOCOS EN VACANCES, medical drama series HOSPITAL IT and the Return of the…


Distribution

Netflix acquires history-making African film, Where the Road Runs Out

Where the Road Runs Out, the first film to ever shoot in Equatorial Guinea and picked up by Fairway Film Alliance, has been acquired by Netflix for US and partial…


Distribution

South African Action-Romance ‘Hard to Get’ Secures USA Netflix Deal

South African film sales company, AAA Entertainment, has announced a US distribution deal with Netflix for the South African action-romance “Hard to Get” from first-time feature director Zee Ntuli, and…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya - Radio, TV stations face tough content rules from July

Radio and television stations airing adult-rated content between 5am and 10pm risk losing their licences as the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) starts to enforce the controversial Programming Code in…


Regulation & Policy

GOtv Kenya subscription rate goes up

After the recent increase in prices for GOtv’s subscription in Malawi, the rate is now going up in Kenya. As reported by Business Daily, GOtv, the digital TV product of…


Regulation & Policy

Media Monitoring Africa heads to Icasa over SABC’s protest policy

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has formally lodged a complaint against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s ban on pictures of violent protests with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa…


Technology & Convergence

Internet TV usage gaining momentum as ShowMax adds new viewing option

Over the past four months, ShowMax has added a range of new viewing options including an app for the latest generation Apple TV as well as AirPlay and Chromecast support…


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Opportunities

37th Durban International Film Festival: Free Public ScreeningsThe 2016 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 16 to 26 June, will host a series of free public screenings.…


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People

ICASA mourns death of SABC board memberThe Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is mourning the death of former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board member, Hope Zinde. Acting…


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Events

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…