Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 251 18 November 2016

Top Story

The Nigerian who sells Nollywood content to francophone Africa, turns You Tube views into hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly

18 November 2016

Murphy Anawana, Aforevo has one of the biggest You Tube platforms for Nollywood content and spotted a niche for dubbed Nollywood content in francophone Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to him at DISCOP about what he does and his plans for expansion. Anawana’s business started in Nigeria with channels on You Tube to distribute Nollywood movies and series. But he spotted an opportunity in francophone Africa:”We looked at francophone Africa and saw that there was only Nollywood TV doing Nollywood movies in French so we thought, there’s a niche there”. “There is a lot of competition in Nigeria and we are…

Broadcast

Whale Caller scoops Best African Film at Joburg Film Festival

18 November 2016

Zola Masekos adaptation of Zakes Mdas critically acclaimed novel The Whale Caller was named Best African Film at the inaugural Joburg Film Festival. The Best Film award went to Brazilian-born,…


Broadcast

Filming Wraps on BAFTA-Nominated Filmmaker Rungano Nyoni’s Feature Debut, ‘I Am Not a Witch’

18 November 2016

Principal photography wraps this week on “I Am Not a Witch,” the debut feature film from BAFTA-nominated Welsh-Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni.  “I Am Not a Witch” has been shooting for…


Broadcast

2016 has been an awful year, unless your name is Terence Neale.

18 November 2016

“Terence has owned 2016,” says Egg Films’ executive producer Colin Howard. “He’s the most awarded South African commercials director internationally this year; the one with the most YouTube views; and…


Broadcast

Idris Elba to Executive Produce Africa-Set Drama Series 'Brazza' (Exclusive)

18 November 2016

'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' writer Paul Viragh will pen the script for the project, set in the criminal underworld of the Congolese capital Brazzaville. Idris Elba is…


Broadcast

Why Morocco is Africa's little Hollywood

18 November 2016

In the new comedy "Army Of One", Nicolas Cage plays an American civilian who tries to hunt down Osama Bin Laden after an encounter with God, played by Russell Brand.…


Broadcast

“Film is my tool” A conversation with the risk-taking organizer of the first queer film festival in Uganda

18 November 2016

A queer film festival comes to Uganda — where homosexuality is illegal  This December, several hundred film fans from around the world are expected to gather in Kampala, Uganda. There…


Broadcast

‘Train of Salt and Sugar’ Named Best Film at Inaugural Joburg Film Festival

18 November 2016

JOHANNESBURG — Brazilian-born helmer Licínio Azevedo’s powerful Mozambican war drama, “Train of Salt and Sugar,” was named best film at the first Joburg Film Festival, which wrapped Nov. 5 in…


Broadcast

The Carthage Film Festival on very little sleep

18 November 2016

Back in Tunis after 22 years away, the 50th anniversary of the Carthage Film Festival continues to be a revelation. Despite the colonial Cartesian logic of grand boulevards and streetcar…


Broadcast

Screendance Africa Short Film Screenings at the CT International Dance Festival

18 November 2016

Join us for a special programme of short dance films spanning the whole continent, from Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, revealing a continent of mixed ideologies, creativity, ways…


Content

Why we are bringing back Big Brother Nigeria – Multichoice boss

18 November 2016

Katung Aduwak will be the happiest person on earth to reconnect with the reality TV show that made him famous about 10 years ago when the new Big Brother Nigeria…


Content

CBeebies for Zuku TV

18 November 2016

BBC Worldwide has launched CBeebies on the Zuku TV, the East African home entertainment operator platform. The 24 hour channel is available now to all customers in the market. CBeebies…


Content

DW launches multi-media migration focus for West Africa

18 November 2016

DW's new multi-media project "The Migration Dilemma" traces the dangerous journey to Europe undertaken by West African refugees. Reporters look into the social consequences of this exodus on the families…


Content

Zuku TV relaunches Swahili Channel as competition heats up

18 November 2016

Zuku TV has re-launched its Swahili channel with a foray of new content designed for Swahili lovers. The channel Zuku Swahili Movies, will effectively change to a general entertainment channel…


Content

Johannesburg Makes a Bid for More Global Film, TV Production Business

18 November 2016

Johannesburg rolled out the red carpet for the inaugural edition of the Joburg Film Festival, as film and TV stars gathered for what was a busy week in the glitzy…


Content

WapTV now on DStv and GOtv

18 November 2016

Wap TV, the 24-hour Nigerian Entertainment channel, will now be available on DStv channel 262 and GOtv channel 102. The channel has obtained several awards since its launched in the…


Distribution

Discovery signs up for Kwesé TV distribution

18 November 2016

Four Discovery channels are destined for Econet Media’s Kwesé TV after a content deal was sealed between the US broadcaster and nascent African pay-TV platform.Discovery IDX How Not to Kill…


Distribution

StarTimes Enhances Programming with Introduction of 4 New Channels

18 November 2016

November 10th 2016 – StarTimes Media has today announced the introduction of four new entertainment channels on its platform with a key focus on documentary and Pan-Africa content. The four…


Distribution

Distribution – In brief

18 November 2016

Johannesburg – As from 1 December 2016, [ED] will no longer be available on DStv. The channel, which is currently on DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65. Station Manager…


Regulation & Policy

TV broadcasters to pay up to 60 percent less for signal distribution

18 November 2016

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) and Analysys Mason, a UK consultancy firm have come up with new rates for Broadcast Signal Distributors after a consultative process with operators and…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice Launches New ARRIS HD PVR with HEVC for Enhanced Streaming Services

18 November 2016

HEVC technology to improve quality and value of MultiChoice's on-demand streaming experiences in Africa South African pay television provider MultiChoice recently launched the new DStv Explora 2 decoder from ARRIS…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa expected to complete DTT in 2018

18 November 2016

By the end of the year 2018, South Africa is expected to complete the digital migration process. The news has been declared by the Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, from…


More

Opportunities

18 November 2016

The 13th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), the Premier Africa Film Awards countdown has begun, and the Africa Film Academy cordially invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short, animation and…


More

Events

18 November 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…


More

People

18 November 2016

Passing of SA film pioneer Jans Rautenbach Last week, on 2 November 2016, a pioneering filmmaker in South, Jans Rautenbach, the director of such controversial films as Die Kandidaat, Katrina…