Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 248 7 October 2016

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New York’s Power Women Production sells African of the Diaspora to Cameroon’s Canal 2, looking for other African partners

7 October 2016

The challenge for Africans from different countries becoming part of the international diaspora is either untold or seen through the lens of them as suffering from their experiences. A New York Cameroonian diaspora resident Marie-Helena Makolo has set out to look at Africans who are successful (often entrepreneurs) in the diaspora. Russell Southwood spoke to her about the planned TV series and her ambitions for it. The Power Women Production team is multinational: Marie-Helena is from Cameroon and the other two team members are from Gabon and Ecuador. On a recent holiday in Cameroon she sold the idea to Canal…

Broadcast

Rok Studios Launches Nollywood TV Channel on Sky

7 October 2016

Tuesday 27 September 2016. London. Rok Studios, the award-winning Nigerian film studio, is set to launch a brand new Nollywood channel on Sky TV, on Thursday 29 September 2016. The…


Broadcast

Award-winning documentary about blind Moroccan family screens on Al Jazeera

7 October 2016

Into Darkness, winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screens on Al Jazeera English this Wednesday, 5 October 2016. Set in Taroudant,…


Broadcast

A poignant short film about Chinese in Africa and Africans in China takes on prejudice

7 October 2016

“Laisuotuo” puts a face to the widespread prejudice experienced by both the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. When independent filmmaker Carl Houston Mc Millan was growing up in…


Broadcast

BAFTA welcomes Nollywood for the FIRST time with the European Premiere of Obi Emelonye’s Oxford Gardens

7 October 2016

In a remarkable first for a Nollywood film Obi Emelonye a lawyer-turned filmmaker from London premieres his small low-budget, boxing-themed movie Oxford Gardens at the British Academy of Film &…


Broadcast

Film on daily life events of Nigerian immigrants in South Africa set for launch

7 October 2016

Media Productions, a multimedia outfit based in South Africa is set to premiere its new movie titled, ‘The Hearing’ in Johannesburg, South-Africa. The Chief Executive Officer of Naijozi Media Productions,…


Broadcast

New documentary reveals how four refugee women escaped sexual abuse to become stage stars

7 October 2016

Four refugee women from Africa who survived extreme sexual abuse and violence found a way to heal with the help of Elizabeth Bay theatre director Ros Horin. Five years ago,…


Broadcast

In brief

7 October 2016

Feature film, Noem My Skollie, has been nominated as South Africa's official selection to the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category for Best Foreign Language Film Award was…


Content

South Africa - OpenView HD launches eMovies Extra

7 October 2016

OpenView HD celebrates its third birthday in October with the launch of an exciting new channel eMovies Extra. eMovies Extra is the second movie channel in the e.tv family South…


Content

‘Change-Makers: African of the Diaspora’, series by Power Woman. Audiovisual Production

7 October 2016

This show is in high demand, with the current role of Africans living abroad. Many people have misconstrued ideals of what truly goes on and thus it turns into false…


Content

Kwese Free Sport launches in Rwanda

7 October 2016

Emerging African broadcaster Econet Media announced the latest innovation within its Kwese branded portfolio with the showcase of its free-to-air channel Kwese Free Sports in Kigali, Rwanda on Thursday 22nd…


Content

Mumford & Sons announce new 'Live From South Africa' concert film

7 October 2016

The London band released a mini-album entitled 'Johannesburg' with touring partners Baaba Maal, Beatenberg and The Very Best during June. The mini-album was recorded over the course of two "all…


Content

Big DStv channel changes coming

7 October 2016

MultiChoice has announced that it is cancelling some channels, moving several channels to cheaper packages and adding more HD channels. MultiChoice has announced that it will be making significant changes…


Distribution

CNBC Africa launched on Star Times Nigeria

7 October 2016

Star Times Nigeria, the pay-TV networks operator in Africa, has launched on its platform, the important business and financial news channel, CNBC Africa. It will be available on channel 309,…


Distribution

News and current affairs channel Liberty TV berths on GOTV

7 October 2016

Two years after its debut as a foremost news and current affairs channel, Liberty Television, will start airing on Channel 110 on Gotv from Monday, October 3, 2016. The development…


Distribution

Afrostream taps Wiztivi for SVOD service

7 October 2016

Wiztivi has announced its collaboration with Afrostream, the innovative channel specialising in the diffusion of unlimited African and Afro-American Television media to a worldwide audience. The resulting partnership will give…


Distribution

SuperSport will live-stream on Facebook

7 October 2016

SuperSport has announced it will live-stream its first TV broadcast on Facebook this week. The channel group will broadcast the Varsity Football Final between TUT and UJ on Thursday from…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian actress Rahama Sadau banned after on-screen hug

7 October 2016

A leading Nigerian actress has been banned from the Hausa-language film industry because of her "immoral" behaviour, the main industry body says. Rahama Sadau caused offence by "hugging and cuddling"…


Regulation & Policy

Icasa ordered to stop spectrum auction

7 October 2016

Communications minister Siyabonga Cwele has secured an urgent court interdict preventing communications regulator Icasa from going ahead with its plan to license radio frequency spectrum for 4G/LTE broadband through an…


Technology & Convergence

Check out the Digital Lab Africa 15 finalists!

7 October 2016

The Digital Lab Africa selection committee has chosen 15 finalists (3 per category) among 522 entries from more than 30 countries. The 15 applicants have been selected to take part…


Technology & Convergence

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

7 October 2016

From 20 September, ShowMax subscribers are eligible to purchase bolt-on packages from Telkom which would effectively zero-rate the data consumed by the streaming service. Customers also have the option to…


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Opportunities

7 October 2016

Joburg Film Festival to launch Youth and Audience Development Programme This October the inaugural Joburg Film Festival will take place from 28 October to 5 November showcasing over 60 local…


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Events

7 October 2016

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…