Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 262 – 5th May 2017

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Axed MTN VoD supplier Discover Digital launches own independent service in South Africa and seeks other partners across Africa

5 May 2017

Fresh from losing its contract to supply MTN, white label video platform provider Discover Digital is launching its own independent VoD service in South Africa and looking for fresh white label opportunities across Africa. Russell Southwood spoke to its Managing Director Stephen Watson about its plans.

Broadcast

The 2017 New York African Film Festival Opens

5 May 2017

The 2017 New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) opened on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Walter Reade Theater of Film Society of Lincoln Center. Join AFF for the 24th edition…


Broadcast

Resourceful filmmakers headed for Helsinki African Film Festival

5 May 2017

Nomfundo, a short film produced by Passion Seed Communications, has been selected for the 8th edition of the Helsinki African Film Festival. The festival will take place in Helsinki between…


Broadcast

Film sheds new light on gender issues

5 May 2017

A black Isle film-maker’s documentary showing what it was like to grow up as an intersex or transgender person in Nairobi has been handpicked for a special screening at Eden…


Broadcast

She Calls Her Movies 'Afro Bubble Gum Art'

5 May 2017

When Wanuri Kahiu took to the TED Fellows stage this week in Vancouver, the 36-year-old had on green shoes and a beaded necklace worn like a crown — a hint…


Broadcast

Anglophone region of Cameroon hosts international film festival

5 May 2017

Cameroon’s International Film Festival (CAMIFF) kicked off this week in Buea – the capital of the Southwest Region in the English speaking part of the country., This is coming after a three-month long internet shutdown which had left doubts over the success of the event.


Content

Ad Boycott of YouTube hits African creators and channel operators as revenues sink – Brands need to know it’s costing African jobs

5 May 2017

The international boycott of Google and its platform YouTube is having a massive direct impact on YouTube Creators and channel operators. Russell Southwood spoke to Murphy Anawana, founder of Aforevo and probably the biggest operator of channels in Africa about the hit they and others have taken.


Content

People You May Know nominated at Series Mania in Paris

5 May 2017

Emerging filmmaker Zandile Tisani recently had her web series People You May Know nominated in the web and digital series competition at Series Mania, one of Europe's premier TV festivals.…


Content

DISCOP Johannesburg pushing to become world’s #1 for “Made in Africa” content

5 May 2017

BASIC LEAD, the organizers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum today unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg as the world’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa.”


Content

Forbes Woman Africa Launches First Television Show, “Against the Odds with Peace Hyde”

5 May 2017

The show will feature women who are trailblazers in their respective fields of business and who inspire younger women to be bold and break boundaries, contributing to the narrative of…


Content

American cast add sparkle to red carpet at Love By Chance movie premiere in Johannesburg

5 May 2017

Local and visiting celebrities were out in all their finery at last night’s Hyde Park Nu Metro premiere of the delightful comedy ‘Love by Chance’, a South African-US co-production starring…


Content

Emerging Markets Streaming Leader – iflix launches in North Africa and Middle East

5 May 2017

Dubai, April 27, 2017 – iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, today announced the launch of its revolutionary service in eight territories across…


Content

Eric Aghimien’s action movie, Slow Country, ready for the world

5 May 2017

Slow Country, the latest movie from director, producer, screenwriter and editor, Eric Aghimien, is ready for public viewing. Aghimien, whose 2014 debut movie, A mile from home, won at both…


Content

More Power! – Documentaries for Africa

5 May 2017

This May, AfriDocs presents powerful documentaries from Africa that shed light on some extraordinary people and events from across the continent. These film journeys will enlighten and inspire with stories…


Content

In brief

5 May 2017

The 14th edition of the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier (FCAT) kicked off on Friday 28 April in Tarifa’s Theater Alameda. Filmmakers, guests, media persons and dignitaries from…


Distribution

DStv to launch the first exclusive release of a South-African Movie

5 May 2017

Droomdag, a new South African movie produced by kyKNET will be available exclusively on the DStv rental service called BoxOffice. The film will not be displayed in theater but instead…


Distribution

Canal Plus Group Gets Exclusive Rights to Showtime Series

5 May 2017

PARIS– Canal Plus Group has inked a exclusive deal with CBS Corporation to license Showtime series, notably David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” (pictured above) which will screen at Cannes Film Festival.…


Distribution

Kwese TV And Four Other Broadcasters Win FIFA 2018 Media Rights

5 May 2017

Africa’s newest trusted source for the best in sports programming, Kwesé, has again managed to secure the best in sports rights for its viewers by adding the 2018 Fifa World…


Distribution

Made for TV movie premieres on DStv

5 May 2017

DStv’s popular movie rental service, BoxOffice, is making history with its first-ever exclusive release of a local film. The new film Droomdag, produced under the kyKNET Film banner, premiered on…


Distribution

The Wound bags multi-million rand distribution deal in France

5 May 2017

Local film The Wound has added to its resounding international success with a multi-million rand distribution deal in France. The film’s producer Elias Ribeiro told TshisaLIVE that the deal with…


Regulation & Policy

GOtv Malawi embarks on bill payment campaign

5 May 2017

DTT, payTV in Africa: GOtv Malawi (the DTT arm of group Naspers, South Africa) has embarked on a door to door campaign that will see the digital terrestrial television service provider collecting subscription fees from customers in the comfort of their homes.


Technology & Convergence

Al Jazeera's Julius vs The ANC full documentary now on YouTube

5 May 2017

On 26 April 2017, Julius vs the ANC broadcasted South Africa’s political turmoil to more than 310 million households in over 100 countries. Starting with the police killing of 34…


Technology & Convergence

SuperSport and GinxTV bring E-sport content to Africa

5 May 2017

SuperSport, the South African group of TV channels owned by Multichoice and carried through DStv satellite announced a partnership with Ginx.tv the international channel dedicated to eSports. This deal will…


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Events

5 May 2017

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…


Opportunities

Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum extends submissions deadline

5 May 2017

African filmmakers are invited to submit proposals for the Al Jazeera-Encounters Pitching Forum in Johannesburg on Saturday, 10 June 2017, during the 19th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. A…