Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 266 – 30th June 2017

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Ghana’s Multi TV builds a 3 million household market share with its “shrink to grow” channels strategy

30 June 2017

Mass audience Free-To-Air satellite broadcasting platforms are relatively new to Africa. In partnership with SES, Multimedia Broadcasting has pioneered their development in Ghana. Russell Southwood spoke to Abdulai Awudu, Director of Programmes, Multimedia Broadcasting about how it has grown itself significant market share in the country. Launched by Kwasi Twum in 1995, the Multimedia Group is one of Ghana’s largest media companies and among its key properties are Joy FM, Adom FM and its online news sites that are the most visited locally. In 2009 it launched a Free To Air Satellite platform called Multi TV. The satellite platform it…

Broadcast

Local studio Trigerfish Animation just keeps winning

30 June 2017

Johannesburg - Multiple award-winning South African film and entertainment company Triggerfish Animation added to its considerable award tally by clinching three more, on three continents, last weekend. The studio’s animated…


Broadcast

Terence Neale becomes first SA director to win Cannes Lions Grand Prix

30 June 2017

Original Is Never Finished Egg Films’ director Terence Neale became the first South African director ever to win a Grand Prix at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s…


Broadcast

Durban shishanyama and prison to screen movies for international film fest

30 June 2017

In what is likely a first for South Africa, an international film festival will use a township tavern as one of its screening venues, and a local prison as another.…


Content

Oby Ezekwesili debuts in first episode of Forbes Woman Africa, Against The Odds with Peace Hyde

30 June 2017

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 26, 2017/ -- The highly anticipated women empowerment show, Against The Odds with Peace Hyde is set to premier on Friday June 30th 2017 on Pan African…


Content

Animated local film Liyana wins at LA Film Festival

30 June 2017

Liyana, directed by Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp , has won the Documentary Award at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival ahead of the 38th edition Durban International Film Festival…


Content

South Africa: A new hip hop dance show for SABC 1

30 June 2017

Break The Beat, will start airing on SABC 1 - Mzansi Fo Sho from Sunday 2 July 2017 at 18h00, uncovering Mzansi s best hip hop dance crew in one…


Content

‘My body, my business’ – Shifting attitudes to sex workers

30 June 2017

Peter Machen meets two film-makers who are determined to shift attitudes to sex workers   In South Africa, the position of sex work and sex workers is highly contested, with…


Content

ABS Broadcast launches Afrobeats music channel for iROKO

30 June 2017

Last week, ABS Broadcast successfully launched iROKO Music on French premium television platform, Canal . The Afrobeats music channel features the latest music videos and throwback tracks from popular Nigerian…


Content

Bouquet Restructuring brings growth to DSTV subscribers

30 June 2017

Multichoice disclosed that is has grown the number of pay-television subscribers on its books in the past year although the pressure on prices in the weak economy coupled with low…


Distribution

Kenya: StarTimes extends broadcasts to five more counties

30 June 2017

Pay-TV firm StarTimes has expanded its services to five new counties as it seeks to deepen its reach in rural Kenya. StarTimes in a statement on Thursday said its digital…


Distribution

Competing with Netflix, Showmax dives into Production

30 June 2017

Nearly two years after launching its on-demand service, Naspers’ South African streamer Showmax has begun production on its first original series. By Christopher Vourlias   Building on the popularity of…


Distribution

Soko Filam: Zanzibar Film and TV Market announces programme

30 June 2017

The Soko Filam East African Film and TV Market, taking place at The Zanzibar International Film Festival, in partnership with mahala.tv, from July 12th – 14th at the Hyatt Hotel…


Investment

South Africa's Naspers considering U.S. dollar bond issue

30 June 2017

South African ecommerce and pay-TV group Naspers said on Thursday its subsidiary Myriad International Holdings B.V. (MIH B.V.) is exploring the possibility of an international U.S. dollar bond offering. Naspers,…


Investment

Study reveals the South African film industry has a positive impact on the economy

30 June 2017

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) released findings of their second Economic Impact Assessment study which reveals the industry’s economic contribution to the country’s GDP over a four-year period.…


Regulation & Policy

US firm cuts out parts of Nickelodeon kids cartoons from Kenya

30 June 2017

Nickelodeon, the American production house that supplies pay-TV company MultiChoice with children’s content, has suspended three of its cartoons said to glorify homosexuality from the Kenyan market. Viacom, the US-based…


Regulation & Policy

Special task force set to flush out illegal movie producers in Nigeria

30 June 2017

The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) is set to revitalise the dying dreams of the founding fathers of the film industry, whose sheer efforts brought the sector to…


Technology & Convergence

Gearhouse Chooses Avid

30 June 2017

South African based, Technical supplier to live events, Gearhouse South Africa recently purchased 2 Avid VENUE S6L-32D systems to add to their existing AVID Audio inventory in their Johannesburg operation.…


Technology & Convergence

Brazil supports Botswana in digital TV implementation

30 June 2017

Brazil is providing technical support to Botswana as the only country in Africa to use the Japanese-Brazilian digital TV standard, the ISDB-T. In Brasilia, during a meeting of the two…


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Opportunities

30 June 2017

Showmax partners with ZIFF: Presents Golden Dhow Award The Zanzibar International Film Festival is excited to announce a partnership with Showmax to support the best in African filmmaking. For the…


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People

30 June 2017

Real-life drama at the National Film and Video Foundation A string of resignations at the state film body, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), continues unabated, with an estimated…


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Events

30 June 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…