Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 2047 23 September 2016

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African advertising spend set to grow but broadcast will need to fight hard to retain its share

Free-to-air broadcasting in Africa is supported by advertising and this provides the majority of television revenues on the continent. Balancing Act has just published a report (Advertising in Africa – Retaining a share of the pie) Russell Southwood looks at how advertising has shaped the sector and its future growth prospects. Despite reasonably good prospects for advertising growth over the next five years, many parts of the African television industry have been under a lot of pressure over the last three years. Three factors have caused this pressure: Wherever advertising spend is tracked in Africa, the mobile industry is always in…

Broadcast

Nollywood Film Studio’s Rok to Launch Sky TV Channel in the UK

Rok Studios, the award-winning Nigerian film studio, is set to launch a brand new channel on Sky TV in the UK on Thursday 29 September 2016. Headed up by Nollywood…


Broadcast

Times Media spinning out its Business Day TV channel to create SME Zone as a new weekend TV channel extension on DStv broadcasting to entrepreneurs.

Times Media is spinning out its Business Day TV (DStv 412) channel on MultiChoice's DStv to create SME Zone as a new weekend TV channel extension from this Saturday, 17…


Broadcast

Trace Africa music channel will now be available in Canal offers

Trace Africa is now available on channel 202 in the option Africa in the CanalSat bouquet. The channel is a musical one offering cultural and African musical content. The African…


Broadcast

FOX Life launches in October

FOX Networks Group Europe and Africa (FNG) has announced the launch of a bold new Pan African channel, FOX Life on Monday 3 October 2016. Considered one of the world’s…


Broadcast

South Africa - M-Net gets a pop-up channel for its 30th birthday

Cape Town - M-Net will mark its 30th anniversary in October with a month-long comedy pop-up channel, M-Net Movies BlockParty, on DStv, as well as a newly produced TV special…


Broadcast

Nigerian military coup film showing at London's BFI Festival

A Nigerian film inspired by a real life military coup attempt, is the first Nigerian movie to be chosen by both Toronto and London's top film festivals. '76, inspired by…


Broadcast

Jozi Film Fest announces winners, new partnership with Discovery

The fifth annual Jozi Film festival wrapped with an Awards evening held at La Vie En Rose at Killarney Country Club. The four-day festival took place at Rosebank's Cinema Nouveau,…


Broadcast

These Filmmakers in Uganda Are Killing it With Their Budget Action Flicks

(WAKALIGA, Uganda) — Deep in a Kampala slum, young men kick each other while a stout man with a salt-and-pepper beard watches them, sometimes nodding in approval. With luck, a…


Broadcast

Local studio set to animate second Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler book ‘The Highway Rat’

Triggerfish Animation Studios – the Cape Town-based company that made its name with African-themed Hollywood films and has a talent scouting partnership with Disney – will be adapting The Highway…


Broadcast

Production Set for Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Next – ‘A Season in France’ (Starring Eriq Ebouaney)

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad’s foremost filmmaker, whose latest film – the documentary “Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy” – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year, and was…


Broadcast

Africa’s 1st Afrobeats Dance Movie, “The Dance Movie Project” produced by Alexander “Lexx” Ore is out in Cinemas starting September 9th, 2016 across Nigeria.

Pencil Sept. 9 on your calendar, The Dance Movie Project, latest film by the Lexxistalking Entertainment franchise, will premiere in select theaters across Nigeria, at the following participating theaters around…


Broadcast

Rediscovering, redefining and reimagining Africa through time

The full 2016 programme will launch at 10am on Monday 26 September Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 28 October – 6 November 2016 Africa in Motion…


Content

Viacom International Media Networks Africa takes award at Vision Critical 2016 EMEA Summit

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa was awarded The Rookie of the Year Award at the Vision Critical 2016 EMEA Summit for its research submission, The Power of Plugged In.…


Distribution

IndiePix Partners with Retro Afrika Bioscope to Release Its “Vintage Afrika” Collection of 48+ Films

IndiePix Films has announced a partnership with Retro Afrika Bioscope, an independent label of Gravel Road Distribution Group dedicated to locating, acquiring, restoring and re-releasing forgotten and discarded classics of…


Distribution

Canal+ secures Cote d’Ivoire football

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured the rights to air top-tier Cote d’Ivoire football. The Vivendi-owned pay TV outfit has struck a deal with the West African country’s football…


Distribution

Africa Channel and Comcast expand partnership with VOD deal

The Africa Channel (TAC) announced it has expanded its partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC…


Distribution

Iroko Launches African Multi Platform Network - IrokoX

Iroko to build pan-African & Diaspora influencer network for digital content creation, distribution & monetization Lagos. Africa’s leading digital entertainment company, Iroko, today announces it is launching a Multi-Platform Network…


Technology & Convergence

Econet partners TiVo to bring live TV recording to Kwesé TV, furrows deeper into linear TV

Pan-African telecoms company Econet Wireless Group, through its media subsidiary Econet Media, has just announced that it has partnered with Cubiware, a Poland-based provider of software for Digital TV devices…


Technology & Convergence

Telkom and ShowMax partner to provide zero-rated data for streaming content

Telkom and ShowMax have announced a partnership offering customers more value and convenience when managing their ShowMax subscription. From 20 September, ShowMax subscribers are eligible to purchase bolt-on packages from…


Technology & Convergence

Jangilova connects people who want to watch TV with people who own TVs

At this point, I’m not sure I’ll be able to can any longer with the names of new Nigerian startups. First, we saw Kolanuts (that’s for movie listings in Nigerian…


Technology & Convergence

Sony Professional extends its network of partners with the appointment of Moviemart

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 September 2016: Sony Professional Solutions has announced the appointment of renowned film equipment and broadcast solutions provider, Moviemart, to its existing network of South African…


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Opportunities

Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards expands into Africa, launches new award category The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards and long-term partner, Savanna Premium Cider, have launched the Savanna Pan-African Comic Award at…


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People

Discovery appoints leader to tap into growth opportunities in CEEMEA With a focus on driving innovative commercial and creative solutions that deliver must-have products and services for consumers, Discovery Communications…


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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…