Issue no 76 26 March 2010

Top Story

With the opening of three new production studios, will Nigeria generate a production ecology with real pulling power?

Outside of South Africa, there is no country on the continent that has a full-service production ecology. This elusive full-service ecology is a mixture of production and post-production facilities, skills and talent that draws film and TV makers like a honey-pot. It may sound ridiculous now but Nigeria has a chance to become a contender for this role with three new production and post-production complexes opening, the latest being Hi-TV’s Paradise Studios which opens this week. Russell Southwood sees which way the wind might blow. The three new production facilities that have opened (or will in the near future) are:…

Broadcast

Ghana: Lawyer calls for ban on “phone-ins” unless they buy proper delay equipment and abide by rules

Ace Ankomah, a legal practitioner, has staunchly called for an end to phone-in programmes on radio stations until the stations have been able to acquire delay broadcast equipment to regulate…


Broadcast

SABC unveils FIFA 2010 broadcast plan: all 64 games live and radio and TV simulcasts

The SABC Board, led by Dr Ben Ngubane, unveiled the organisation's 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast plan and corporate plan in Parliament today, Friday, 19 March 2010.The corporation's 2010 FIFA…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Trial Run for Second Government TV Station

As the liberalisation of the airwaves draws closer in Zimbabwe, the state broadcaster has chosen to launch a second TV channel but one which it says will be much more…


Broadcast

Ethiopia: PM Zenawi compares Voice of America to Rwandan genocide station

In what can only be described as a piece of over-the-top rhetoric, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zanawi compared Voice of America’s broadcasts to his country as comparable to the genocide…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

- The 2010 edition of Maboque Journalism Award is including Cameramen and Sound operators, with a prize estimated at US$ 20,000 each. The information was released Tuesday in Luanda by…


Content

CNN launches Marketplace Africa

CNN International, this week, launched its new programme CNN Marketplace Africa which looks at the dynamics of African business on and off the continent. Each week features major players affecting…


Content

Mauritius – MBC uses its digital channels to offer more languages

MBC’s digital network Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) will be offering new channels that are in several of the languages spoken on the island. The decision was approved by the Council…


Content

South Africa: Children's writer makes breakthrough onto television

A South African childrens writer has made a television breakthrough with his Toby the Tugboat children’s books. Leo Donaldson, 44, a father of two, has signed a contract with Johannesburg…


Content

Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010: Ardman’s Sproxton visits animation academy

After ten days of screenings and events in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Cape Winelands Film Festival came to an end on Saturday 27 March,…


Content

Content In Brief:

- A new version of the D.H.Lawrence classic Women In Love will be filmed in South Africa and the locations for the film are still under wraps, but star Rosamund…


Distribution

Keynote decision for Africa: UK Sky told to cut wholesale prices by regulator Ofcom

Regulator Ofcom has told Sky it must cut the price it charges rival cable, terrestrial and internet broadcasters to show its premium sports channels, particularly for the English Premier League.…


Distribution

Ten films of Love from ten Southern African countries

Love - Stories, a series of 10 short films for television from 10 countries in southern Africa, will explore the many facets of love. In a time of HIV and…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications unveiled its plans on Wednesday 24 March for its extensive cross- platform coverage plans for the soccer World Cup in South Africa which starts on…


Investment

Launch of a Pan African Media Portal

A joint meeting of experts was held from 23 to 25 March 2010 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), at the initiative of Commissions African Union (AUC) and the European Union (UEC),…


Investment

Kenya: New Media School's Initial Campus Set for Nairobi in 2011

The Aga Khan Development Network has launched a new faculty at the Aga Khan University - the Graduate School of Media and Communications. To be allied to the new Faculty…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The troubled Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) had accumulated losses of N$170,6 million and a showed a deficit of N$38 million for the financial year which ended in March 2008,…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: Prime Minister urges Media Commission to register new media houses

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on 19 March 2010 urged the newly constituted statutory Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to speedily register new media houses.In a meeting with members of the Commission,…


Regulation & Policy

DRC: Senator Modeste Mutinga Mutuishayi tries to introduce a media law

Since the end of the monopoly of Voice of Zaire, DRC has become one of the most lively media markets in the whole of Africa. There 107 TV stations, of…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Gauteng economic development MEC Firoz Cachalia has cancelled a R3m-a-year contract that international business channel CNBC Africa had signed with the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC). Cachalia's spokesman, Mandla Radebe…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Bid to Speed Up Digital Switchover

The Department of Communications, recently criticised for stalling the process that will see TV broadcasting in South Africa transfer from an analogue signal to digital, will hold a meeting next…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat to broadcast Zap, Angola’s new satellite TV bouquet

In March 2010, Eutelsat Communications announced that it has signed a major contract with UPSTAR Comunicações for satellite capacity for the broadcasting of ZAP pay-TV platform, expected to launch shortly…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

- The new advertising data from AGB Nielsen also showed there had been a definite shift in advertising spending from print, radio, cinema and outdoor to television, direct mail and…


Opportunities

International Panafrican Film Festival – Cannes: Call for Interns and Volunteers

College and high school students, Professionals, Retirees… you like film, beauty, music, photography…culture. You believe in an ethical world, rich with all its cultures. You dream of a France or…


Opportunities

Opportunities And Requests In Brief:

Sediba international financing programme for producersIn 2009, the NFVF launched the Sediba Advanced International Financing Programme aimed at experienced producers in television drama & feature film products.http://www.nfvf.co.za/document/producers-programme-0http://www.filmcontact.com/south-africa/sediba-international-financing-programme-producersSouth Africa: Applications Open…