Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 2045 26 August 2016

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AREWA24 targets Northern Nigeria’s 80 million consumers with original, local programming – planning private equity raise

There are other Nigerian TV stations that can be received in Northern Nigeria. But there is probably only one that started there and is focused on winning a large audience with locally made entertainment content. Russell Southwood spoke to the channel’s President Jacob Arback.The idea for AREWA24 goes back several years to a US Government programme run through a non-profit in San Francisco “to create TV capacity for underserved communities.” Former co-founder and President of The Africa Channel Jacob Arback got involved and as he told me:”I couldn’t recall a larger group of language speakers without TV or media (than…

Broadcast

Loeries 2016 wrap-up

Loeries Creative Week Durban 2016 drew to a close on 21 August at the Durban International Convention Centre with a raft of awards honouring the best creative work in the…


Broadcast

Etisalat-powered ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ 2 set for viewing

Leading Children Television series, ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ powered by Cliqlite from Etisalat Nigeria, is set to commence nationwide airing from the 20th of August of the season 2…


Broadcast

Mozambican filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to produce first feature

Mozambican filmmakers Mickey Fonseca and Pipas Forjaz have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce their first feature film, Resgate (which translate as Ransom). Set up on Indiegogo,…


Broadcast

Lost in the World’ Film Sheds Light on Corrective Rape in South Africa

Johannesburg-based filmmaker Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi’s Lost in the World shines a necessary light on the issue of corrective rape in South Africa through the story of a Johannesburg police officer…


Broadcast

Econet Media takes Jabu’s Jungle further into Africa

A new deal with Monster Entertainment will see telecom giant Econet Media air the animated series in 17 African countries.A new agreement with Irish distributor Monster Entertainment will see telecom…


Broadcast

Multi-Award winning Struggle Play Asinamali! Headed for the big screen

Shooting on Asinamali!, the film based on the multi-award-winning South African musical hit of the same name, began on 8 August.  The 1985 theatre production by famous playwright Mbongeni Ngema…


Broadcast

Watch quirky SA short film Lina and Leo online

Inspired by an Annie Leibovitz portrait of William Burroughs buried in a desert up to his shoulders, Lina and Leo is a quirky 20-min film, written and directed by Yolande…


Content

South Africa - OpenView HD cancelling 4 channels

OpenView HD will cancel four channels as part of its “annual content review”, the company announced. ASTV, Spirit Word, Wild TV Africa, and Ekurhuleni TV will no longer be available…


Content

SABC3s new local content a TV ratings flop

The South African Broadcasting Companys (SABC) move to suddenly dump international content and flush the SABC3 schedule with locally produced shows from July 2016 has seen SABC3s ratings collapse.An article…


Content

SA film to be screened at Toronto festival

A South African film based on real-life stories of people who have experienced the harsh realities of big city life will be screened at the 41st annual Toronto International Film…


Content

Trace launches three new music channels for Africa

Trace Africa channelsModern Times Group-owned youth music and lifestyle broadcaster Trace has unveiled plans to launch three new regionally-focused music channels in Africa.The channels are targeted at southern, eastern and…


Content

ShowMax expands expat offering with more shows

ShowMax has, in South Africa at least, been giving streaming services like Netflix and Hulu a decent run for their money since launching just over a year ago.At the same…


Distribution

Yahlive extends partnership with BBC to broadcast across the Middle East and South West Asia

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 16 August 2016: Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES and UAE satellite company Yahsat, today announced…


Distribution

Econet’s Kwese Sports to bring Brazilian soccer

Good news for Brazilian soccer aficionados dwelling in the African country. Econet Media, the African broadcaster, will bring forward the Brazilian soccer tournament soon on its Kwese branded platforms. The…


Regulation & Policy

Parliamentary Committee on Communications agrees to full scale SABC inquiry

The Democratic Alliance in Parliament has released a statement sating members of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, has agreed with the DA that there should be an inquiry into the…


Technology & Convergence

OpenView HD in more than half a million homes

OpenView HD surpassed half a million activated households on Tuesday, 23 August.Platco digital’s managing director Patrick Conroy says, “500 000 active OpenView HD set-top boxes is significant because the platform…


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Opportunities

SAFTA's opens call for entriesThe primary objective of the SAFTA Awards is to honour, celebrate and promote and reward the creativity, quality and excellence of South African Film and Television…


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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…