Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 2043 28 July 2016

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Turner looks to increase local content for Africa and enlarge engagement rolling out its digital strategy

  The international Pay TV content channels are slowly expanding what they are doing in Africa. The two most visible prongs of this engagement are an increasing level of both local and localized production and an expanded digital offer to ensure they get profile in Africa’s social media space. Russell Southwood talked to Pierre Branco, VP and General Manager, France, Portugal and Africa about what Turner has planned in these key areas.Leading international Pay TV player Turner has five channels that have established themselves successfully in Sub-Saharan Africa: Boing, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN and TCM. “Our channels are on DStv,…

Broadcast

Ethiopia’s Entry for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Set for September USA Release

It made its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, marking the very first time in Cannes Film Festival history that an Ethiopian film has screened as an “Official…


Broadcast

Econet Media signs up the NFL in an extensive agreement for Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 25 July 2016 – Econet Media and the National Football League (NFL) have reached an agreement that will see Econet Media’s Kwesé Sports become the exclusive linear TV broadcaster…


Broadcast

Viacom Africa unpacks banning of Nickelodeon’s gay dads on TV

Cape Town – Tensions flared on Thursday afternoon when Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa "reassured" its DStv subscribers in South Africa and the rest of Africa that it would…


Broadcast

Kwese to stream Formula E Live across Sub-Saharan Africa

LONDON, UK (July 18 2016) - Fans of the FIA Formula E Championship will have live streaming access to all the track action from every season three race after an…


Broadcast

Hello Africa, auditions open for TLC’s Next Great Presenter

TLC’s search for its next African presenter is back! This year the popular entertainment TV channel, in association with Colgate Optic White, is looking for that special person who has…


Broadcast

SuperSport, MultiChoice will run 7 24-hour TV channels for the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio on DStv from 5 August, including a 24-hour Olympics news channel

SuperSport will run 7 24-hour TV channels on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform with coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games from 5 August, including a 24-hour Olympic Games news channel…


Content

Five dynamic women search for love in new Lifetime Reality Show #Blacklove

Don’t miss the new 10-part reality show #Blacklove which follows five African American women as they navigate through a tough dating pool in New York City in search of true…


Content

Orange looking to get closer to Vivendi

Orange could forge a closer relationship with Vivendi and Canal+ and the pair are in permanent dialogue, according to Orange CEO Stéphane Richard.In an interview with French daily La Tribune,…


Content

20th Century Fox seals deal with Les Films 26 for distribution in over 21 African countries

20th Century Fox has entered into a strategic partnership with Les Films 26 for the distribution of its films in 21 countries across Africa. Among the titles to be included…


Content

Zuku launches Glam channel targeting female viewers

Zuku has launched a new channel offering a blend of content packaged to appeal to a female audience.The new channel called Glam, will showcase locally produced shows, Music, Realities, Lifestyle,…


Content

Winners announced for CN Imagination Studios competition

Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) announced the winners of its first Cartoon Network Imagination Studios competition. The brand new initiative, a specially-crafted, creative online platform, was created to inspire, motivate…


Distribution

Peritel TV to offer over 100 HD channels in Senegal

Peritel TV has announced the introduction of optical fibre transmission that will replace the cable system. The operator has launched a pilot test in several neighborhoods in St. Louis supplying…


Distribution

Cote d'Ivoire - SPI expands in Africa

FilmboxSPI International will launch eight thematic channels on Miabox, an OTT platform in Ivory Coast that is planning to offer its services across sub-Saharan Africa.The bouquet consists of FilmBox Africa,…


Distribution

Liquid Telecom to air live KNRC Mombassa Rally via YouTube

Liquid Telecom, the independent data, voice and IP provider in the region of Africa, is bringing about something new. It will be screening the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) through…


Regulation & Policy

ConCourt orders all Zimbabweans to pay ZBC licence fees

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that all Zimbabwean citizens and residents must pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) fees even if they are not accessing their services.According to the ruling,…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Labour Court rules in favour of four fired SABC journalists

Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation must reinstate the journalists.JOHANNESBURG – The Labour Court has ruled that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) must reinstate the…


Technology & Convergence

Life in film: preserving the legacy of Sudanese film-maker Jadallah Jubara

As she drove past an apartment complex on a street in Khartoum, Sara Jadallah fell silent. It was here that her late father, the legendary film-maker Jadallah Jubara, set up…


Technology & Convergence

Multichoice Uganda & Vodafone enter sales and distribution partnership

MultiChoice Uganda and Vodafone have entered a sales and distribution partnership to create more access to MultiChoice products and services at all Vodafone service outlets in Entebbe and Kampala.Vodafone currently…


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Opportunities

ITVS Diversity Development Fund Seeks Submissions from Documentary Producers of ColorThe Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new…


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People

CNN MULTICHOICE AFRICAN JOURNALIST 2016 FINALISTS ANNOUNCEDFinalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2016 Competition were announced today by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel.This year, 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…