Issue no 64 30th September 2009

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Tinga, Tinga: Africa’s first major animation series production set for release in 2010

Tiger Aspect’s Head of Animation and Children’s Claudia Lloyd travelled to East Africa and fell in love with Tanzania’s Tinga Tinga art and the classic African childrens’ tales about the origins of animals and why they are the way they are. She first did a pilot three years ago and chose to work with Kenya’s Homeboyz director Myke Rabar. Together they set up an animation studio in Nairobi and will be ready to release the 52 x 11 minute series in January 2010. Russell Southwood spoke to Claudia Lloyd about how it all happened. In her travels across Africa, Claudia…

Broadcast

Nigeria: HiTV gives free airtime for it independence promo

In the spirit of Independence, Pay TV Company, HiTV Nigeria has announced plans to give its subscribers with gifts in commemoration of the nation's 49th Independence anniversary celebration on October…


Broadcast

Southern Africa Direct wins Highway Africa New Media Award

Southern Africa Direct has been awarded for its innovative and creative use of technology to serve Africa. As a multi-platform destination marketing company promoting Southern Africa to an international audience,…


Broadcast

GlobeCast deal to deliver HD Champions League to Africa

GlobeCast has renewed and significantly expanded its contract with UEFA in a deal to provide HD coverage of the UEFA Champions League and HD and SD coverage of the UEFA…


Broadcast

South Africa :Radio DJ Suspended Over Athlete’s Gender Controversy

A Kaya FM DJ, Majota Khambule, nicknamed Phat Joe has been suspended following complaints from listeners regarding his comments about revelations that South Africa’s World Champion Athletic Runner, Caster Semenya…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- Top management at the BBC in a review of the public broadcasters various businesses is considering a partial privatisation of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. BBC director-general Mark Thompson…


Content

African TV content to be family-driven, says Multimesh CEO

Chief Executive officer of Multimesh broadcasting company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa has called on African countries to borrow a leaf from Nigeria , by returning to family-driven TV content. Ohuabunwa made…


Content

South Africa’s eTV starts raising its profile across the continent by selling its TV channels

South Africa’s Free-To-Air channel eTV is seeking to raise its profile across the continent by selling its channel to other broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has cleared 99% of the…


Content

SA White Wedding enters Oscar race

The hit South African feature film, "White Wedding", is South Africa’s official selection for entry into the Foreign Language Category of the 82nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2010. This was…


Content

CFI supports digitalisation of TV archives and sharing of expertise

Over Discop Africa 2, several producers and broadcaster expressed their concerns about the lack of skilled audio-visual staff in Africa. As an African broadcaster, who can you get help from…


Content

Content In Brief:

- South Africa’s Cookie Jar Entertainment’s most recent film projects are based on books: Ella the Elephant and Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular. “We developed Ella with a Canadian partner, and…


Distribution

Discop Africa 2 – Smaller than Dakar but content deals are growing in number

Africa’s first media market in Dakar in February (Discop 1) was always going to be a hard act to follow. There were over 600 people in one hotel for the…


Distribution

Chello Zone secures deal with My TV for African distribution

Chello Zone has secured a deal with Africa's My TV platform for the launch of the women's lifestyle channel Zone Club as a 24-hour English-language offering this October. Zone Club…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold season three of its crime thriller Lewis, to M-Net. Beyond Blue and Grey has been licensed to Founoun Films in the Middle East/North…


Investment

Cable Africa Network (CAN) to be launched later this year

Executives from Cable Africa Network (CAN) who were present at Discop 2 Africa announced that it will be launched later this year. As a broadcaster in the cable medium with…


Investment

Portuguese cable company Zon Multimedia to enter the Angolan market

Portuguese cable co Zon Multimedia, intends to enter the Angolan market soon, and has bought 30% of a company called Finstar through another acquisition, Teliz, via which it reportedly intends…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- Lagos-based infrastructure provider Netcom Africa has extended its relationship with satellite operator SES by contracting additional capacity from SES World Skies to expand its services in Nigeria and western…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian govt. slams District 9 which portrays Nigerians as criminals

One of the summer's biggest blockbusters — a sci-fi morality tale about aliens and apartheid — is not welcome in Nigeria because of its portrayal of Nigerians as gangsters and…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Government's Tough New Rules for Media

"A major battle looms between the Kenya Government and broadcasters over new regulations seeking to take back licenses and vet programmes. The most significant and potentially controversial change by the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) has asserted that it has jurisdiction over both licensed and unlicenced broadcasters operating in Botswana. - Sierra Leone's largest opposition party has taken the…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Early into the race for the transition to digital broadcasting

Kenya became one of the first African countries outside South Africa to begin the journey to digital broadcasting. That journey involves migrating all broadcast media from analogue to digital. It…


Technology & Convergence

DStv Mobile for South Africa on It's Way!

MultiChoice and MTN recently expanded on their plans to release a mobile television offering in South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in time for next year's FIFA World Cup. Mybroadband are…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- Kagiso Media , the radio station owner and publisher, has said it will place a strong focus on digital solutions to help it adapt to a new media future…