Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 275 2 November 2017

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DISCOP 2017: Economic pressures are forcing changes on African broadcasters

2 November 2017

Africa’s leading TV content market is a barometer of the health and progress of the continent’s broadcast industry. Russell Southwood sifts the tea-leaves to see what can be said about future prospects. DISCOP attracted 1,506 attendees from 81 countries including 37 Sub-Saharan African nations. The market was over one floor this year that made it easier to find people. Subjectively it seemed about the same size as last year and not surprisingly somewhat reduced from its peak size in previous years. Economically Sub-Saharan Africa is going through tougher times, particularly in major markets like Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South…

Broadcast

Bringing African stories to the world: free webinar for animators and storytellers

2 November 2017

On Saturday, 4 November 2017, animators and storytellers across Africa will be able to hear first-hand what it takes to develop TV series for worldwide distribution. During an Animate Africa…


Broadcast

Reset — Lights, camera, AFRICA!! 7th Edition

2 November 2017

The 7th edition of Lights Camera AFRICA!! Film Festival recently concluded. Held from September 29 to October 1, an eclectic collection of films from African Filmmakers around the world were…


Broadcast

African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

2 November 2017

Africa’s toon boom took center stage in Johannesburg last week, as the continent’s animation biz got a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27. A packed agenda…


Broadcast

'The Sound of Animals Fighting' with Emile Hirsch ahead of AFM

2 November 2017

Paris-based sales company Versatile has boarded international sales on South African director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer's Sao Paolo-set thriller The Sound Of Animals Fighting, starring Emile Hirsch and Alice Braga, in…


Broadcast

Ghana movies shine at Film Africa 2017

2 November 2017

Particular focus will be on women’s stories and films from Ghana to mark her 60th independence anniversary at on-going London's Film Africa 2017 festival which opened on Friday, October 27.…


Broadcast

Ethiopian migrant turns perilous journey into film

2 November 2017

Ethiopian migrant Zekarias Mesfin surprised his audience by arriving in a coffin to the premiere of his film depicting his migration across Sudan and Egypt Zekarias Mesfin spent months making…


Broadcast

State of the Arts: What to See at the Upcoming Love Queer Cinema Week, Nov 1-5

2 November 2017

The China-Africa short films screening (Nov 4, 1pm) is one not to be missed as it looks to answer questions regarding other queer subjectivities and experiences and how they relate…


Broadcast

SA Filmmaker Zwelethu Radebe wins shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival's Made in South Africa Award for THE HANGMAN

2 November 2017

At an exciting finale event held at iKhaya Lodge in Gardens, Cape Town last night, 22 October, filmmaker Zwelethu Radebe from Soweto, Johannesburg won shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival's "Made in South…


Broadcast

AFRIFF 2017: Excitement, passion and the world premiere of Kenneth Gyang’s The Lost Café

2 November 2017

The first full day of the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) was loaded with activities from start to finish. Perspectives from behind the camera, an interesting keynote conversation bothering…


Content

Nollywood double bill spectacular comes to The Corinthian Club

2 November 2017

Africa in Motion Film Festival is Scotland’s major annual celebration of African cinema, and is delighted to return this year to celebrate twelve years of bringing you inspiring, thought-provoking and…


Content

Philippines’ ABS-CBN and Africa’s StarTimes form strategic alliance

2 November 2017

CANNES – ABS-CBN Corporation, the leading media and entertainment company in the Philippines, has secured a volume deal with StarTimes, the leading digital TV operator across Sub-Saharan Africa. With this…


Content

Beautiful News a winning formula

2 November 2017

Content marketing platform, Beautiful News, has achieved its target of sharing 365 uplifting short films in one year about the positive South African experience, reaching more than 500m consumers across…


Content

BBC Worldwide agrees content sales deal with Showmax Africa

2 November 2017

BBC Worldwide has a deep catalogue of premium content which we can offer across all platforms to ensure African audiences can view our world class content whenever and wherever they…


Content

KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV, FESTIVAL & MARKET 2017

2 November 2017

Kalasha International Film & TV Awards records the highest number of entries; Kenya Film Commission would like to announce that submission of films for the 2017 Film and TV Awards…


Content

YOUNG VOICES – YOUNG LIVES: AFRIDOCS in NOVEMBER

2 November 2017

In November, AfriDocs on BET Africa includes a number of films that look at the lives of young people across Africa. With 40% of its working age population between the…


Content

All the winners at the Cape Town International Film Festival

2 November 2017

Cape Town - The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival announced its winners at red-carpet event at the Westin Hotel hosted by Pearl Thusi and Maps Maponyana. Over the…


Content

Kwesé TV add new channel to entertainment bouquet

2 November 2017

Kwesé TV, the Pan-African satellite company announced the addition of Kwesé Family to its entertainment bouquet. Kwesé Family is a channel designed to induce relaxation, engagement, upliftment and education for…


Content

‘Potato Potahto’ Set For African Cinemas

2 November 2017

Pronunciations vary depending on your background, educational capabilities or the inflections your mother tongue subjects you to. Who knows which pronunciation is really correct? If you are the lazy kind…


Content

in brief

2 November 2017

A television channel exclusively for teenagers is set for launch by the end of November 2017 and on Cable by April,2018. Its name is Teen Africa Television. It will air…


Distribution

SPI Channels Roll Out in Democratic Republic of Congo

2 November 2017

SPI International/FILMBOX has inked a multi-channel distribution agreement with Bleusat, a DTT operator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, marking its first deal in the country. Bleusat is adding SPI’s…


Distribution

SPI Channels Roll Out in Democratic Republic of Congo

2 November 2017

SPI International/FILMBOX has inked a multi-channel distribution agreement with Bleusat, a DTT operator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, marking its first deal in the country. Bleusat is adding SPI’s…


Distribution

South African series finds an international home on Amazon

2 November 2017

South African produced drama-thriller Obsessions is set to make history when it becomes the first local series to air worldwide on Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Video. The series, which…


Distribution

IROKOtv Lands in Ghana with Jackie Appiah

2 November 2017

Wednesday 1 November 2017. This week sees the official launch of IROKOtv in Ghana. The home of Nollywood and Ghanaian movies, and Africa’s leading digital entertainment company, has landed in…


Distribution

Netflix wants movies and shows from South Africa

2 November 2017

Netflix has said it wants to bring South African movies and shows to a global audience through its platform. “There are great stories to be told here. It’s just the…


Distribution

RUSHWORKS appoints Zimele as Southern African distributor

2 November 2017

RUSHWORKS, the well-established provider of cool technology for production, playback and streaming, has appointed Zimele Broadcasting Services(Pty), Ltd, as its distributor in the South African region. Zimele provides tailor made…


Distribution

Modern tech, rising middle class drive cinema revival in Africa

2 November 2017

Like the plot in an old-fashioned movie, cinemas in Africa are making a third-reel comeback after years of worrying decline. In many countries south of the Sahara, digital technology, strong…


Investment

TAC Studios bags sales deals with Viasat World and Econet Media

2 November 2017

The L.A based company, TAC Studios two international content licensing deals with Viasat World and Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, in a move to expand the global reach of the Africa…


Regulation & Policy

Discop Africa: African Music Biz Tries to Find Its Groove

2 November 2017

JOHANNESBURG — “Why is the musician and artist always at the bottom of the barrel?” The question posed by Michael Balkind, director of digital media strategist Contentbar, was on the…


Regulation & Policy

Southern African Freelancers' Association applauds victory for media independence

2 November 2017

It is with great excitement that the Southern African Freelancers' Association (SAFREA) shares the news of two major wins for a more independent public broadcaster and greater media freedom in…


Technology & Convergence

Envivo Launches New OTT Streaming Video Service in Africa With Cisco Infinite Video

2 November 2017

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES--(Marketwired - Oct 30, 2017) - TV Connect MENA -- Envivo Communications Limited (Envivo), today announced plans to launch a new OTT streaming video service, nVIVO TV,…


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Opportunities

2 November 2017

Submissions open for the 20th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival Submissions are open for the 20th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, taking place from 31 May to 10…


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Events

2 November 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…