Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 268 – 28 July 2017

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Ghana’s Crystal TV wants to develop a Pan-African, satellite Pay TV platform driven by local premium content

28 July 2017

Ghana’s Crystal TV has an ambitious plan to create a Pay TV bouquet across Africa. Working with Eutelsat, it has launched the Mega-Choice Digital Network. Russell Southwood spoke to Crystal TV’s President and CEO, Chief Paul Crystal-Djirackor. The idea for the satellite platform came from a strong feeling from Crystal TV’s founder that he had to keep up with the pace of change:”I”ve been in the TV business in Ghana for 22 years. You have to stay ahead of broadcast technology. With the move to DTT, we've been in the forefront (of this transition). I was a member of the…

Broadcast

Tanzania: Awards Galore Lights Up ZIFF's 20th Edition

27 July 2017

Just back from Zanzibar THERE was not a vacant seat within the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar on Saturday night's 2017 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) awards ceremony. Within…


Broadcast

#AMAA2017: Ghana’s ‘Keteke’ and ‘Black Barbie’ nominated for 2017 African Movie Academy Awards

27 July 2017

Ghana’s ‘Keteke’ and ‘Black Barbie’ have been nominated for the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Peter Sedufia’s ‘Keteke’ received multiple nomination including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a…


Broadcast

Full list of winners at 2017 AMAA

27 July 2017

Senegalese movie, Felicite, emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders. Felicite…


Broadcast

DIFF award winners for 2017

28 July 2017

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the 38th DIFF Awards ceremony which took place at the Playhouse. The Minister in the Presidency,…


Broadcast

GFC supports major local movie, Zulu Wedding

28 July 2017

This year's big romantic movie hit is likely to be Zulu Wedding, first supported by the Gauteng Film Commission as a short film in 2012, and now developed into a…


Broadcast

Ngema movie to close #DIFF2017

28 July 2017

Renowned South African writer, lyricist, composer, director and theatre producer Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali will be the closing film at the Durban International Film Festival on Sunday (July 23). Renowned South…


Content

Inexba scoops two awards at Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

28 July 2017

‘Inxeba’ (known internationally as ‘The Wound’) scooped both Best Director for John Trengrove and Best Actor for Nakhane Touréat the Durban International Film Festival (13 to 23 July). The win…


Content

e.tv grabs Days of Our Lives from the SABC

28 July 2017

The hugely popular American day time soap Days of Our Lives will air on e.tv as from Monday 4 September at 17:30. The highly applauded tv soap which was not…


Content

Uganda: Queen of Katwe Bags Two AMAAs

28 July 2017

Queen of Katwe scooped two awards at the 13th edition of the Africa Movie Academy awards (AMAAs), held Saturday night at Eko hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. The film set and…


Content

Uganda: Spark TV Starts Airing On DStv

28 July 2017

Kampala — Dstv and GOtv Uganda, both products of Multichoice officially announced that Spark Tv, the first TV to exclusively broadcast to women in Uganda, has started airing on Dstv.…


Content

CBeebies Go Jetters show launches YouTube channel

28 July 2017

CBeebies smash-hit show for pre-schoolers, Go Jetters, has launched its very own YouTube page alongside brand new interactive features on its dedicated website. Now available across South Africa, the brand…


Content

Durban FilmMart Recognizes Works in Progress From Across Africa

28 July 2017

The Durban FilmMart, the industry development program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival and Durban Film Office, has wrapped its latest edition with an awards ceremony showcasing a range of…


Content

Hair That Moves now on Amazon Prime

28 July 2017

The well received South African short, Hair That Moves is now on Amazon prime after being acquired by Gravitas Ventures. The film about a young black girl from the township…


Content

In brief

28 July 2017

Digital terrestrial television has started in Cape Verde, with more than 75 percent of the population covered during the first phase of deployment, according to information provided to Lusa by…


Distribution

Africa's leading digital TV operator StarTimes acquires exclusive media rights for FIBA's 2017-2021 national team competitions

28 July 2017

MIES, Switzerland - StarTimes, Africa's leading pay TV operator, has acquired exclusive media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa for FIBA's national team competitions during the period 2017-2021, including the FIBA Basketball…


Distribution

All3Media bags deals in Africa

28 July 2017

The leading independent distributor All3Media International has closed a significant number of deals in Africa as two of its key formats, namely, Undercover Boss and The Cube have been proposed…


Distribution

Canal Plus launches A+ Sport channel in 25 African countries

28 July 2017

Canal Plus has announced the launch of a new sports channel on 21 July, available as part of its pay-TV offering in 25 French-speaking countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Named A+…


Distribution

In brief

28 July 2017

The Kwara State Government has described as completely untrue and an attempt to misinform the public, a story making the rounds on social media platforms about an alleged plan to…


Investment

Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund backs four projects

28 July 2017

Films from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil selected. The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), which is administered by International Film Festival Rotterdam, has announced the four projects selected for its 2017…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian Govt to Stop Production of Local Movies, Music, Abroad

28 July 2017

The Federal Government says it has taken steps to amend the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country. The Minister of Information…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Licence fee firm slaps SABC with a lawsuit

28 July 2017

A company frustrated by the SABC’s refusal to pay it millions of rands for collecting outstanding TV licence fees from the public has taken the legal route in a bid…


Regulation & Policy

SABC considers laying criminal charges against Hlaudi

28 July 2017

The SABCs interim board is on a mission to claw back millions of rands paid to disgraced former COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. TimesLive reports... The SABC is also thinking of laying…


Technology & Convergence

MTN Ghana partners Broadband Home Ltd to launch ZIPTV

28 July 2017

MTN Business, a total ICT solutions provider for businesses, has partnered Broadband Home Limited, to launch ZipTV service for its customers. The ZipTV service provides customers with varied entertainment programs.…


Technology & Convergence

Quiptel joins LaserNet to enable OTT services in Africa

28 July 2017

A new partnership was announced yesterday between Quiptel, global streaming technology leaders, and the LaserNet Group, experts in digital and broadcast technologies with headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa. The…


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Opportunities

28 July 2017

StarTimes to empower African youths StarTimes Group President Pang Xinxing has said the company will provide more jobs for young Africans. He spoke at the 2017 YouthConnekt Africa Summit in…


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Events

28 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…