Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 273 6 October 2017

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Trace TV launches Content Distribution division to promote its Afro-Urban programmes in Africa and elsewhere – Acquiring from external producers

6 October 2017

Since 2003 Olivier Laouchez’s Trace TV has been building an international position for itself around Urban and Afro-Urban music and culture. With its expansion into the USA in June this year, it has chosen to create a Content Distribution division and deepen its relationships with producers and directors. Russell Southwood spoke to Anne-Laurence Ndaptje, Head of External Communications, Trace TV about what it wants to do with the new division. The idea for the distribution was a logical extension of what it saw itself as doing:”Our CEO wanted to tackle the distribution area. Because we have been a producer of…

Broadcast

Kenya’s radio advert spend largest in Africa

6 October 2017

Radio remains the key mode of advertising in Kenya, despite Internet access being the fastest growth industry in the Kenyan market. Over 67 per cent of the country’s population uses…


Broadcast

Commonwealth endorses Ndiva Women's Film Festival

6 October 2017

The Royal Commonwealth Society, a major Commonwealth body has endorsed the Ndiva Women’s Film festival (NWFF), slated to run from November 1st until November 3rd 2017, in Accra. Speaking to…


Broadcast

AfriDocs on BET Celebrates Music in October

6 October 2017

Its all about the music as AfriDocs celebrates the lives of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti amongst a host of music-focused documentaries. The month kicks off with Kevin MacDonald's acclaimed…


Broadcast

Welcoming the strangers among us – Africans in Israel’s Levinsky Park

6 October 2017

In 2012, while visiting her daughter in Tel Aviv, Beth Kruvant happened upon a controversial spot. Levinsky Park had become a meeting place and sometimes a makeshift home for up…


Broadcast

South Africa’s official selection to the Oscars is INXEBA/The Wound!

6 October 2017

 The NFVF assembled a South African Academy Awards Selection Committee, comprising of professionals from the various fields of the film making value chain. The committee sat over three days to…


Broadcast

SA zombie story in Slamdance semis

6 October 2017

Cape Town - A local screenplay about a post-apocalyptic South Africa has made it to the semi-finals of the 2017 international Slamdance Competition. Raoul Dyssell’s PreZident is an action-horror about…


Broadcast

The V&A Waterfront finally gets its own TV series

6 October 2017

Showmax and kykNET have released the first trailer for Waterfront, a star-studded family noir set in the dark underbelly of one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions. Boat-building patriarch…


Content

PrideTV adds second tier to its Freemium viewing experience

6 October 2017

PrideTV, Africas LGBTQ video on demand (VOD) channel, has launched a second tier of streaming video content to cater to its audience. Titled Freemium, the new viewing option aims to…


Content

‘Trophy’ Filmmakers Explain How The Film Became More Than an Anti-Trophy-Hunting Exposé

6 October 2017

When filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau first set out to make their stunning documentary “Trophy,” about the complex industry of big-game hunting and conservation in Africa and the U.S.,…


Content

Onyeka Nwelue releases ‘The Great Masturbator’

6 October 2017

Onyeka Nwelue has released a short film, The Great Masturbator, inspired by the painting of Salvador Dali. It is the story of Stan, played by Tosan Dudun, who was molested…


Content

A pan-African silent tale in A Hotel Called Memory from Akin Omotoso

6 October 2017

In the Silent Era the art of storytelling and cinematography lay in the visual interpretation of the narrative; while a new age and sound have come to replace some of…


Content

New BBC Somali radio series addresses drought

6 October 2017

A unique new series, Ogaal, that will help Somalis cope during the current drought, begins on Tuesday 3 October on BBC Somali. Ogaal will air three times a week, at…


Content

Ghana - TV stations must broadcast 70% local content at prime time

6 October 2017

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says government would soon roll out a policy to ensure that television stations broadcast at least 70% local content at prime time. She noted…


Content

In brief

6 October 2017

A new television channel catering specifically to South Africa’s coloured community will launch Friday, 29 September 2017. OnseTV will be run by husband-and-wife, Jaco and Hilda Ferreira who started the…


Distribution

Kwese launches free-to-air bundle throughout Africa

6 October 2017

Pan-African broadcaster Kwese is adding a package called the Kwese Free bouquet of at least five channels that are usually only available to subscription customers. They will include Kwese Free…


Distribution

Jean Rouch, Whose Films Inspired Godard, Receives Eight-Film DVD Box Set From Icarus

6 October 2017

For decades, this major French filmmaker's work has been unavailable in the U.S. That's about to change. Jean Rouch may not be a household name, but some of the world’s…


Distribution

Classic and contemporary African films come to Scotland this autumn!

6 October 2017

Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 27 October – 5 November 2017 Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to…


Distribution

DISCOP – Germany is official guest for country programme

6 October 2017

Earlier this year, DISCOP Johannesburg announced that 2017’s official Guest Country would be Germany. This partnership will bring a host of exciting opportunities for those attending this year’s event taking…


Investment

The SABC releases its 2016/2017 annual results

6 October 2017

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced its annual results for the 2016/2017 financial year. The SABC posted a net loss after tax of R977 million during the year under…


Investment

Multichoice prioritises investment in local film and TV entertainment

6 October 2017

The Southern Times (TST) spoke to MultiChoice Namibia general manager, Roger Gertze, about the role the cable network plays in promoting local content. TST: Please give an insight on how…


Regulation & Policy

How much Netflix and Showmax will have to pay the FPB in South Africa

6 October 2017

The FPB recently released a draft review of its tariffs, proposing a new licensing model for online distributors in South Africa. Under its model, online services like Netflix and Showmax…


Regulation & Policy

SA film funding body wasting thousands on travel and luxury hotels

6 October 2017

The behind-the-scenes drama at the state's film funding body continues, with fresh plot twists and explosive new claims. Last week, City Press reported that two investigations into staff claims of…


Technology & Convergence

Demand Africa SVOD service to launch 1 October

6 October 2017

The Africa Channel (TAC) has announced that it will launch its new streaming video venture, Demand Africa (DA), on 1 October 2017. At launch, the subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service will offer…


Technology & Convergence

IMAGESON AFRICA Audiovisual Exhibition

6 October 2017

ImagEson africa is an African audiovisual fair ,an African event dedicated to the professionals of the audiovisual and broadcasting. ImagEson is an opportunity to show the new technological solutions, IP,DTT…


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People

6 October 2017

Appointment of Sandra COULIBALY as the Sales and Marketing Director for Côte Ouest Group. Sandra will have the motivating mission to shape and drive our Sales and Marketing strategy, while…


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Opportunities

6 October 2017

The 12th annual SAFTAs call for entries is now open The call for entries for the much anticipated 12th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) brought…


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Events

6 October 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…