Issue no 43 27 November 2008

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Returned Nigerian Film-maker wants to produce “Oscar-winning industry” through African Roving Film School and own productions

Nigeria’s success with its Nollywood film industry is leading to a great deal of soul-searching (see Regulatory News below). The country’s censorship board NFVB has attempted to licence film distributors and is making pronouncements about how Nollywood films should reflect “a more positive Nigerian Image internationally”. Kiszo DuFay learnt his film-making skills at the Hollywood Film Institute but he returned to Nigeria two years ago to make films in his home country and to launch the African Roving Film School as a way of raising skills locally. Russell Southwood spoke to him last week. Q: What’s your company Taradome Entertainment…

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Nigeria: Endeavour Country Thrills

A new reality TV show promising lots of cash is set to hit the airwaves across Nigeria soon. Called Endeavour Nigeria Reality TV Show, the programmme, according to organizers, is…


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South Africa: Country, Netherlands Collaborate on Reality TV Show

Currently being broadcast on Link television in the Netherlands is Expedition Unlimited, a reality TV show on the South African adventures of five models and five young people with physical…


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South Africa: Splashing out on supersized decals to promote dirty sexy money

M-Net and Mindshare recently chose The Letter Corporation (TLC) to assist in boosting support of its popular Thursday evening blockbuster series ‘Dirty Sexy Money'. To grab the attention of entertainment-seeking…


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New Muslim TV channel to be launched in South Africa

An international Islamic-focused satellite TV channel that aims to give non-Muslims a better understanding of the faith will be launched in South Africa early next year. The UK-based Islam Channel,…


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Content In Brief

- The world’s most famous teenage couple, Troy (Zac Effron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) have launched an impressive attack on the South Africa box office. Their film High School Musical…


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Ghana: Viasat - 1 TV Network to Start Operations in Ghana

Viasat Broadcasting G Limited an international Entertainment Broadcasting Group is to begin operating in Ghana by the end of the year. Rune Skogeng Chief Executive Officer of the company disclosed…


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Rwanda: Local Media Yet to Acquire Can U-20 Rights

Despite previous reports out of Rwanda, the local broadcasting media is yet to enter any form of agreement with French-based SportFive over-the-air television and radio rights for next year's African…


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South Africa: Ensuring a Viable SABC

The SABC Board and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications share the responsibility of ensuring that South Africa has a credible and successful public broadcaster the chairperson of the SABC…


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Senegalese Government seeks to promote regional television initiative

The Senegalese Government’s Ministry of Information, Telecommunications and ICT announced on 14 November that it will provide resources for a “regional television project” in association with NEPAD and other institutions.…


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Broadcast In Brief

- A new South African industry body, the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), was launched during the South Africa Radio Forum 2008, which took place at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre on…


Distribution

Liberia: Broadcasting System Goes Nation-Wide as China rehabilitates facilities

The Chinese Government has turned over to the Liberian Government, the newly renovated and expanded facilities of the Liberia Broadcasting System. Wednesday's ceremony also marked the formal launch of the…


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DVD sales crucial to South African film

Local films do as well as top international films in SA, but financing remains a struggle. In spite of a generous government rebate, DVD sales have become crucial, delegates at…


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Distribution In Brief

- The third edition of « Rencontres du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Lomé » (ReCiTel) was launched at the French Cultural Centre on 27 November. The event’s theme…


Investment

Nigeria: Film, Advertising Sectors Can Generate N500 Billion Yearly - Odey

Information and Communications Minister, John Odey, has said Nigeria's movie and advertising industries have the potential to generate about N500 billion annually. Odey said this at the launch of the…


Investment

MultiChoice staffers probed over R11m fraud

Media group Naspers is investigating four staffers employed by its pay-TV operation MultiChoice on suspicion of fraud. The four are accused of defrauding Africa’s largest media company of R11m, according…


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Investment In Brief

-The Moroccan public broadcaster SNRT has become a 0.33% shareholder in SECEMIE, the holding company for Euronews. It joins 22 other shareholders who include: CT (Czech Republic), CyBC (Chypre), ENTV…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: At CFC Conference, Stakeholders in the Film Industry Tackle Piracy

Practitioners from the film industry, performing arts, advertising, scholars, and other stakeholders at the Board room of the Eko Hotel, Lagos, took turns recently to appraise the various ways the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Board Restrategises Against Corruption

Nigerian Film and Video Censorship Board (NFVCB) has concluded plans with some stakeholders to use the film industry to fight corruption and engineer development in the country. At a stakeholders'…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Armed Somali government troops have put in the jail the director Warsan radio station in the south-western town of Baidoa on Tuesday night, journalists said.


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice’s remarkable universal remote control

From your TV set and decoder, to your coffee machine - yes your coffee machine! - your house lights, your home theatre set-up, and many more, the latest PVR remote…


Technology & Convergence

Google Aims to Stop 'Agency Fraud' in South Africa

Myth and misunderstanding is leading to digital mayhem in the industry, whereby agencies are being accused by digital behemoth Google of committing fraud or, at the very least, irresponsible accounting…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- The independent electronic publication Tunisnews ( http://www.tunisnews.net ) has announced that its site was the target of a hacking attack on 5 November 2008, and that the administrators of…