Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa – Issue no. 2042 15 July 2016

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Digital Lab Africa aims to breed new African TV content designed to work in a digital world.

The Digital Lab Africa competition is an excellent initiative to encourage African talent for the new digital era, Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre  interviewed the initiator of the Digital Lab Africa (DLA), Frédéric Chambon, Audiovisual Attaché of the French Institute of South Africa under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France.The Digital Lab Africa was launched at the second edition DISCOP in Abidjan. In his launch speech, Frédéric Chambon, Regional Head of Media, Film & Music at the French Embassy in South Africa, and producer of DLA said:” “DLA is a platform dedicated to the African digital content of tomorrow. In…

Broadcast

SA Cannes Lions 2016 Winners

The 63rd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity took place between 18 and 25 June 2016 and saw South Africans bring home a whopping 58 wins – nearly double that…


Broadcast

‘Chula’ Is a Psychological Thriller Challenging the Continued Stigma Around Mental Illness in African Communities

Stigma around mental illness in African communities has detrimentally affected scores of people who have been met with condemnation and scepticism rather than serious and caring treatment. Ledet Muleta, a…


Broadcast

Stream (in the USA) Critically-Acclaimed Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic Love Story, ‘Crumbs’

Miguel Llansó’s post-apocalyptic, sci-fi romance, “Crumbs” is set in an unspecified period, amid a deserted Ethiopian landscape that is the a result of a “big war.” The resplendent oddity depicts…


Broadcast

DIFF announces Audience Choice Awards for 2016 edition

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced the Audience Choice Awards for the best DIFF film and the top Wavescape film at this year’s festival.Under the DIFF banner, the film…


Broadcast

DStv adds 3 local channels in Ghana

DStv Ghana has announced the addition of three local channels, currently on GOtv platform, to the DStv platform, to increase the local content offering in Ghana. Adom TV, Joy News…


Broadcast

ZIFF 2016 opens with Kalushi

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2016 kicked off on 9 July at the Old Fort Ampitheatre in Stone Town with ZIFF’s chief guest Kanul Kapur; ZIFF chairman Mahmoud Kombo;…


Broadcast

Cartoon Network & Urban Brew collaborates to launch Pop-Up Party in Africa

Cartoon Network, the satellite television channel airing children’s programmes owned by Time Warner through the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary, and Urban Brew (the African content creator owned by Kagiso Media)…


Broadcast

Turner launches HD, dual language kids network feeds in MENA

Turner is launching high definition and dual language options for its Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in the Middle East and North Africa.From this month the channels will be available…


Broadcast

Nigeria - Galaxy TV now on DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria is pleased to announce the addition of Galaxy TV, a popular free-to-air (FTA) channel from Lagos, to its DStv platform from Thursday 7 July.Galaxy TV will broadcast current…


Content

South African to present award-winning medical show on Al Jazeera

South African Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng has joined the presenting team on The Cure, Al Jazeera’s award-winning medical series. She presented segments in both Liberia and Zimbabwe for the show’s fifth…


Content

NBC Website Revamped and Reloaded

As of today, 01 July 2016, the national broadcaster’s website, along with its new look and feel, will go live to the Namibian nation as well as to the rest…


Content

Top Chef to Launch in South Africa on SABC3

NBCUniversal International Formats today announces the launch of its successful reality cooking completion show, Top Chef, in South Africa. The local version will be broadcast by SABC3 and produced by…


Distribution

Mozambique to launch international DTT tender

The digitalisation process across Africa is ongoing. Focused in Mozambique, the DTT tender will be an international one, this time. The company bagging the contract, will have the task of…


Distribution

South Africa, 24 June 2016 – Naspers Limited announceds its results for the year ended 31 March 2016

The video-entertainment segment generated revenues of US$3.4bn, down 11% year on year. As customers are billed in local currencies, the rapid weakening of currencies in many African markets, driven by…


Distribution

South Africa: DTT Awareness Campaign Goes to Limpopo Village

Pretoria — Communications Minister Faith Muthambi will lead a campaign to raise awareness on the television revolution of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting in Ga-Mothapo village, outside Polokwane, on…


Distribution

Ster-Kinekor Expands IMAX Footprint With Three-Theatre Agreement In South Africa

NEW YORK, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia (Pty) Ltd., today announced an agreement for three new IMAX® theatres in South Africa…


Distribution

Distribution News - In brief

By May 2016, fourteen service providers in ten countries in the Arab World offered IPTV services, according to Arab Advisors Group’s analysis. For North Africa, these countries are Egypt and…


Regulation & Policy

New broadcast programming code takes effect in Kenya

A new programming code for free-to-air radio and television broadcasting services in Kenya came into force at midnight on July 1.Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi said…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Icasa issues questionnaire on subscription TV services

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has informed all interested stakeholders that a questionnaire relating to an inquiry into the subscription broadcasting services market has been issued. The aim…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - USAASA halts unencrypted decoder production

SA's digital migration process faces further delays, as USAASA confirmed the production of DTT set-top boxes is on hold.SA's digital migration process faces further delays, as USAASA confirmed the production…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Naspers freezes African pay-TV prices as customers feel cash crunch

Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday.Naspers, the biggest…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria Welcomes China's Support for Digital Switch Over - Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has welcomed China's decision to support Nigeria's effort to actualize the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting,The minister said Monday while…


Technology & Convergence

Inview taps Nagra for Nigerian switchover project

Nagra Kudelskiuk technology company Inview’s Nigerian subsidiary, Invew Nigeria, has tapped Kudelski Group’s Nagra to supply cardless content security for the Nigerian digital switchover project for which it is the…


Technology & Convergence

StarTimes steps up capacity with Eutelsat for DTT broadcasting in Africa

StarTimes, one of the fastest-growing operators of digital TV networks in Africa, and Eutelsat Communications have concluded new multi-year agreements that set the stage for accelerated roll-out of digital broadcasting…


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Opportunities

NFVF call for national bursary applications for film and TV studiesThe National Film and Video Foundation's (NFVF) bursary programme is aimed at stimulating and developing the skills of applicants who…


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People

Nigeria: Actors, Producers Who Make Nollywood InterestingIn this piece, Anthony Ada Abraham examines some top Nollywood actors cum producers who are responsible for churning out great movies around the world.The…


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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…