Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 271 8 September 2017

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Francophone Africa still looks to RFI and France 24 remain reference channels, according to Africascope 2016/2017 survey

8 September 2017

RFI and France 24 should be very pleased with the results of the annual Afriscope survey. Conducted by Kantar-TNS in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Mali, DRC and Senegal, it shows that the two-French speaking channels continue to attract strong audiences, The survey indicates that RFI is top of the charts among international radio stations and remains in the top 5 most listened to radios daily (all radios combined). Between one quarter and two thirds of the total population listen to it weekly in the various countries surveyed. RFI is particularly popular among professionals like executives and managers. In…

Broadcast

Woodwind in competition at Cape Town International Film Festival

8 September 2017

South African director Fin Manjoo’s debut feature film, Woodwind has been selected in the official competition at the 10th Cape Town International Film Festival. This year the festival moved from…


Broadcast

Cinema Nouveau hosts the Turkish Film Festival

8 September 2017

Continuing in its efforts to bring the best of foreign language films to local audiences, Cinema Nouveau will host the 5th Turkish Film Festival from 29 September until 22 October…


Broadcast

Five Fingers for Marseilles competes in Toronto

8 September 2017

Five Fingers for Marseilles, a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, will be in official competition at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival…


Broadcast

Tanzania: Nepal Africa Film Festival in offing

8 September 2017

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The sixth edition of Nepal Africa Film Festival-2017 is all set to begin from September 18 at Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari. According to a…


Broadcast

'Nomfundo' selected for Africa On Screen Festival In Australia

8 September 2017

Nomfundo, a short film produced by Passion Seed Communications, has been selected for the 2nd edition of the Africa On Screen Festival. The festival will take place in Melbourne, Australia…


Broadcast

The TV channel Carthage+ to be launched in Tunisia

8 September 2017

In Tunisia, the general television channel Carthage + will soon be launched. The new station completed its experimental broadcast period, begun in August 2017, on the 11393 verticals (symbol rate…


Content

Season 2 of Disney Cookabout comes to Disney Channel

8 September 2017

Disney Africa has announced that Season 2 of Disney Cookabout will premiere on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303) on Saturday 14 October. Winner of the 2016 SAFTA award for Best…


Content

Educational movie on TB screens at waiting rooms

8 September 2017

In an effort to spread the message on tuberculosis to the broader public the Ministry of Health and Social Services, through district tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy coordinators, is screening the…


Content

BBC World News comes to OpenView HD

8 September 2017

South Africa’s free-to-air satellite platform, OpenView HD, welcomes BBC World News to its bouquet. The channel will go live at midday on Monday 4 September 2017. With the platform on…


Content

First BRICS film co-production released

8 September 2017

The ninth meeting of BRICS leaders will be held in Xiamen. The film "Where Has Time Gone ? ", is a shortcut to understand culture and customs of other four…


Content

Showmax Features 3 Ghanaian Classic Films

8 September 2017

Sinking Sands named one of CNN’s ten ‘Must-see African Movies Of The 21st Century’ Writer/director Leila Djansi won Best Screenplay three years in a row at the Africa Movie Academy…


Distribution

Beautiful News to broadcast its short films on Mango Airlines

8 September 2017

Beautiful News South Africa will be showing its short films on Mango Airlines from September until December. The film viewing experience – set up in partnership with Mercedes-Benz South Africa…


Distribution

StarTimes prepares to take Nollywood content to China

8 September 2017

Pay-TV operator StarTimes is paving the way to export digital content from Nigeria’s Nollywood to the Chinese market, according to local reports. “StarTimes is working with one of the major…


Distribution

Children of the Mountain; Adama; Layla Fourie and more – review

8 September 2017

Even in the home entertainment market, African cinema still gets such short shrift from UK distributors that the announcement of an on-demand service from London’s Film Africa initiative is genuine…


Investment

BEE shareholders get R1.3 billion in dividends from MultiChoice

8 September 2017

MultiChoice has announced that its Phuthuma Nathi shareholders will receive R1.3 billion in ordinary dividends. The dividend, which was approved by shareholders at the annual general meeting held in Johannesburg…


Investment

Internal memo confirms Showmax to merge with DStv

8 September 2017

An internal memo has confirmed Naspers is to merge on-demand TV streaming platform Showmax Africa with DStv Digital Media as it looks to "create greater synergy". ITWeb Africa has already…


Regulation & Policy

An Anglophone TV Channel banned in Cameroon

8 September 2017

An English-speaking channel which airs programs about protests, activism and human rights abuses has been banned in Cameroon. The Cameroonian government also banned all programs pertaining to the celebration of…


Technology & Convergence

Vodafone Egypt Selects Openwave Mobility for Faster User Experience and Outstanding Mobile Video QoE

8 September 2017

REDWOOD CITY, CA – September 6, 2017– Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile traffic, announced today that Vodafone Egypt has selected Openwave Mobility’s NFV-based…


Technology & Convergence

DStv Now breaks live streaming records with The Money Fight

8 September 2017

DStv Now has broken all previous records with the live stream of The Money Fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. The daily live stream audience peaked at 40%…


Technology & Convergence

Showmax offers refunds after Money Fight pay-per-view chaos

8 September 2017

The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service Showmax says its offering subscribers who signed up to see the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor boxing fight a refund after pay-per-view chaos led to…


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People

8 September 2017

Dabo Denies $20,000 Kumawood Fees Actor Yaw Dabo has debunked claims that some actors, including himself, are paid $20,000 each for lead roles in local language Ghanaian films. The diminutive…


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Opportunities

8 September 2017

Call for Oscars Foreign Language Film Category Submissions The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is extending a call to all…


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Events

8 September 2017

Uganda: Bayimba fest celebrates 10 years A large contingent of arts and music fans are expected in Uganda’s capital Kampala from 22 to 24 September as Bayimba International Arts Festival…