Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 2046 9 September 2016

Top Story

African talk show The Scoop hits 100 shows but despite good audiences, still needs a sponsor

African talk show The Scoop has gone from strength to strength in audience terms. But like a lot of good African TV programmes, it struggles to find a sponsor. Russell Southwood spoke to the show’s creator Salim Amin, Africa24 Media about reaching 100 shows and what’s coming up in season nine. Every independent TV producer launching a pan-African TV programme faces the same dilemma. Few African free-to-air TV stations have the budget to commission a programme series. Without a commissioner, the producer needs sponsorship. To get sponsorship you need to demonstrate that you can get audiences. Without data, it’s hard…

Broadcast

Four South African films to be showcased at TIFF

South Africas AAA Entertainment is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to represent, promote and showcase the best of South African films. The team will be at TIFF…


Broadcast

Tuko Macho’: The Slick Kenyan Crime Series You Need to Be Watching

This September, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will screen Tuko Macho as part of the Primetime program celebrating the best in international television. It’s a strong endorsement for this…


Broadcast

Carthage Film Festival- Tunisia Selects PUSH and SHOVE

The Carthage Film Festival- Tunisia (28th October – 5th November) has confirmed the screening of the following “ PUSH and SHOVE” short films under a special program titled: “World Cinema”.…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe - Government cancels ZBC/Econet deal

The Government has cancelled a deal in which State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) had partnered Econet Wireless Group to broadcast English Premier League games live on ZTV, the Financial Gazette…


Broadcast

Tanzania bans two radio stations for 'seditious' content

Following the recent ban of Radio Five and Magic FM stations in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists has issued a statement calling for Tanzanian authorities to immediately lift the…


Content

Award-winning feature film Tess to screen in September to qualify for Oscar consideration

The award-winning feature film Tess produced by Paul Egan and Kim Williams and directed by Meg Rickards will go on limited release at Cinema Nouveau V&A Waterfront, Cape Town on…


Content

Web TV aims to boost youth interest in African farming

Ouagadougou - With the logo of his internet TV station on his black T-shirt, Inoussa Maiga energetically plucks corn stalks in northern Burkina Faso for a programme on farming in…


Content

Married At First Sight SA gets a host and list of love specialists

Cape Town - We already know there’s a local version of popular reality show Married At First Sight being made for South Africa, and now we know who’ll be part…


Content

Cape Town crime drama coming to Universal Channel

Cape Town will again be the backdrop of another international TV series this month when Cape Town, the TV adaptation of Deon Meyer's book Dead Before Dying starts on the…


Content

South Africa - New local music drama series to air on e.tv this September

Hustle follows has-been music diva, Kitt, who has lost her mojo after a long and successful career. Kitt released hit after hit to her adoring fan base and performed to…


Content

M-Net call for proposals

M-Net is currently accepting submissions of proposals for new local content across a number of its channels. If you think you have a brilliant idea for a new TV show…


Distribution

Zuku offers 90 days of free TV on purchase of services

Wananchi Group’s home entertainment brand Zuku will offer 90 days free television subscription to new customers who purchase Zuku TV services. The offer takes effect from September 1, 2016. At…


Distribution

SABC to host big Orlando Stadium bash to thank themselves

Cape Town - In another bizarre turn of events at the public broadcaster, the SABC's controversial boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng is set to hold a lavish Thank You SABC Music Concert…


Investment

beIN Media acquires digital platform Digiturk

It has been announced by beIN Media, the company operating the television network beIN Sports which is present in 36 countries including the Middle East North African countries. The company…


Regulation & Policy

Ivory Coast to stop issue of analogue broadcasting licences

A new legislation is in preparation for broadcasting in Ivory Coast. The government has approved the law project which has the objective to no longer authorise the issue of analogue…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda - UBC Committee seeks public view on reforms

The committee recently tasked to review the operations of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation has invited the public to suggest ways to improve the public broadcaster. State-owned UBC radio and TV have…


Technology & Convergence

Pebble Beach and Tedial join forces to launch Multiverse

Pebble Beach Systems, automation content management and integrated channel specialist, and Tedial, provider of media and content management solutions, announced a new technology partnership. Together, the two companies have developed…


Technology & Convergence

Globecast announces Remote Production service at IBC 2016

Globecast will announce its pioneering new Remote Production service at IBC 2016. This solution enables Globecast customers to think differently about what events they cover and how, bringing together a…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria - Conax Contego as service platform wins first customer

Conax Content Security 2The terrestrial pay-TV operator Communications Trend Limited (CLT) has become the first customer to deploy Conax’s newly launched Contego-as-a-Service cloud-based content protection platform. MMDS operator CTL Cable…


Technology & Convergence

Pay TV : Upcoming Webinar on DRM Strategy

Technology : Digital Rights Management The majority of operators underestimate the cost and complexity of a multi-DRM offering. Why are operators investing time, money and resources in an in-house DRM…


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Opportunities

The NFVF call for Cycle 2 applications now open The NFVF is pleased to announce that the call for Cycle 2 is now open for all the funding categories; Education…


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People

Dan Mindel - Star Wars cinematographer returns to SA to award aspiring filmmakers Dan Mindel returned to South Africa for the kykNET Silwerskermfees which recently took place in Cape Town.…


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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…