Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 267 – 14 July 2017

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Senegal: Excaf Telecom’s roll-out of digital coverage and decoders gathers pace across the country

14 July 2017

The digital transition in broadcasting has not been Africa’s finest hour. Many countries have barely started the process. However, Senegal is one of West Africa’s leaders in implementation. Russell Southwood spoke to Jupiter Diagne, D-G, DTV, a part of Excaf telecom about progress. In 2014 Excaf Telecom Group won a public tender to launch and popularise the DTT offer in Senegal. It already owns two pay-TV channels – La RDV and la RDV Music et Sport – as well as four radio stations. The digital transition process it is managing started two years ago. Through a combination of terrestrial, satellite…

Broadcast

South Africa: Local film’s feminism

14 July 2017

A Woodstock-born filmmaker has a future shining brighter as she has landed herself a gig on a Smirnoff campaign titled Change Makers. Through the campaign 23-year-old Jabu Newman is celebrated…


Broadcast

Asian film festival opens in Nigeria

14 July 2017

ABUJA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The first Asian film festival in Nigeria opened in the capital Abuja on Monday, with an aim of promoting interaction between Nigeria's film industry, the…


Broadcast

Krzysztof Krauze’s Rwanda Genocide Film Premiers Three Years After His Death

14 July 2017

Polish film director Joanna Kos-Krauze showed her film ‘Birds are singing in Kigali’ at the 52nd International film festival in the western Bohemian spa of Karlovy Vary. Kos-Krauze started working…


Broadcast

KZNFC supports the Durban International Film Festival

14 July 2017

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) has once again partnered with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DIFF is currently in its 38th year. The KZNFC is especially excited about…


Broadcast

Durban Film Festival Kicks Off With Big Lineup of African Works

14 July 2017

The 38th Durban International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, with a big lineup that reflects its location and status as South Africa’s longest-running film fest. Of the 225 features, short…


Broadcast

Kenyan FTA channels on DTT platform reduced to 60

14 July 2017

The number of Kenyan free-to-air television channels on the digital terrestrial platform fell to 60 from 66 at the end of December 2016. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said…


Content

Barnard - The Movie ... celebrating 50 years since the world's first heart transplant

14 July 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of what has been called the greatest medical achievement of the 20th century. The world’s first ever heart transplant, performed at…


Content

Uganda - DSTV suspends six children's TV programmes

14 July 2017

MultiChoice Uganda has dropped six children's programmes that have been airing on three DSTV channels. The programmes include Loud House, the Legend of Kora, Hey Arnold, Steven Universe, Adventure Time…


Content

Moses Brown grad directs film about South African apartheid

14 July 2017

Lydia Beal, a 2017 graduate of Moses Brown High School, knew exactly what to pursue for her senior project. The film she created is the culmination of more than a…


Content

Africa Still Negatively Portrayed in Film

14 July 2017

Zanzibar — The way media in other parts of the world portray Africa has attracted attention at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2017. Speaking at a two-day China Africa…


Content

Marvel's 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films

14 July 2017

Sure enough, Spider-Man: Homecoming will soon be followed by 2018's Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan (who made headlines as…


Content

This is not a drill! Come Dine with Me SA is back for real!

14 July 2017

Cape Town - BBC Worldwide has confirmed, that after a three year break, a new series of the critically-acclaimed ratings hit Come Dine With Me South Africa will be coming…


Content

In brief

14 July 2017

South African film ‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) has won the Best Film Award in the International New Talent Competition, at the Taipei Film Festival, which runs from 29…


Distribution

SABC, SuperSport given Olympic TV rights until 2024

14 July 2017

Cape Town - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the Olympic Games free-to-air and pay-TV broadcasting rights for South Africa to the SABC and SuperSport for the next two…


Distribution

CAK to give its verdict on football rights to MultiChoice by August

14 July 2017

MultiChoice Kenya, owner of DSTv, should know at the end of July whether it will be forced to re-sell exclusive English Premier League (EPL) rights to rivals. The Competition Authority…


Distribution

MTV Shuga expands to India and Egypt

14 July 2017

New York - MTV Shuga, the youth culture network's drama on sexual behaviour that has won an audience across sub-Saharan Africa, will expand with editions in India and Egypt, it…


Distribution

Kenya: KPL, Bamba Sports Sign Broadcast Deal

14 July 2017

The Kenyan Premier League on Tuesday unveiled a Sh100 million broadcast partnership with free-to-air channel Bamba Sports in a deal that is set run for the next six months. The…


Investment

Zimbabwean bank suspends pay-TV payments over forex shortages

14 July 2017

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Steward Bank has suspended payments to the pay-TV subsidiary of South Africa's Naspers, citing unavailability of foreign currency, in a sign that dollar shortages are worsening…


Investment

Vubiquity signs content licensing deal with Iroko Partners

14 July 2017

Vubiquity, a leading provider of premium content to video providers, announced today that it has signed a two-year content licensing deal with Iroko Partners, the world’s largest online distributor of…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA to hear comments on community broadcasting proposals

14 July 2017

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) said it has received a number of submissions from stakeholders in relation to the review of the framework governing the community broadcasting…


Technology & Convergence

Angola: Angosat1 signs two reserves contracts

14 July 2017

Luanda - Angola’s first satellite, Angosat 1, signed Monday two reserve agreements with the Public Television of Angola (TPA) and Renatelsat of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to…


Technology & Convergence

Zambia to switch off analogue signal 1st October 2017

14 July 2017

Kampamba Mulenga, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chief Government Spokesperson says all analogue television services along the line of rail will be switched off, effective as of October…


Technology & Convergence

Reflecting on the arrival of the VR movie in the region

14 July 2017

Keen enthusiasts have little doubt that virtual reality (VR) cinema is the next big thing on the African continent. African filmmakers are already at it in the still nascent industry.…


Technology & Convergence

Africanews launches its App available for free on the App Store

14 July 2017

Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo - 10 July 2017 - Africanews is a leading multilingual, pan-African news outlet. Africanews is available in sub-Saharan Africa via its complete offer (TV + digital:…


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People

14 July 2017

VIACOM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA NETWORKS ANNOUNCES KEY APPOINTMENTS Johannesburg, 12 July 2017: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced key appointments for two of…


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Events

14 July 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…