Issue no 80 27 May 2010

Top Story

Sweden’s NGB takes the DTT route into both FTA and Pay TV content

After the death of GTV, it looked for a while as if no-one new would dare enter the African Pay TV market. However, a new report from Balancing Act (see Technology and Convergence News below) shows that competition is alive and kicking. Russell Southwood talks to Bjorn Weigel, Deputy CEO of Next Generation Broadcasting, one of the market’s new entrants about why Africa remains a compelling business opportunity for Pay TV operators.Those who set up Next Generation Generation Broadcasting (NGB) were involved in the transition to DTT in Sweden, one of the first countries to make the switch to digital…

Broadcast

Al Qarra launches Arab-speaking African news TV channel

The first African Arab-speaking news TV channel  launched on 20 May 2010 on the Arabsat Badr 6 satellite. The project was born out of the following circumstances: There is currently…


Broadcast

Canal+ and Canalsat offers new channels, HD and catch-up channels in the Indian Ocean

After launching Catch Up TV via satellite in Mauritius and Reunion, branded “Canal + A La Demande”, Canal Overseas has announced that new channels have been added to Canal +…


Broadcast

Malawi: regulator received 64 TV Licence Applications for re-advertised licence

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has been overwhelmed with 64 applications for national and regional TV licences following the re-advertisement for TV licence bids a month ago. MACRA's director…


Broadcast

Brazil targets Africa’s lusophone countries with new channel TV Brasil Internacional

Brazil has launched an international television station that will target Portuguese speaking countries and individuals across the continent. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the aim of the Portuguese-language…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- World football federation FIFA has lined up Live 8/Live Earth producer Kevin Wall (Control Room) to executive produce a ground-breaking live event on the eve of the 2010 World…


Content

FIFA: Videos from Cape Town ahead of World Cup South Africa

The Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa in Cape Town captivated football fans around the world. A TV audience of millions followed every moment of the…


Content

Terrence Howard to star as Nelson Mendela

Cape Film Commission announced on 10th. May 2010 that Terrence Howard, Academy Award nominated actor, will star in the role of Nelson Mandela joining Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who will…


Content

Movie about Afrobeat star Fela Kuti to be directed by Steve McQueen

Turner prize-winning artist and film-maker, Steve McQueen, who won a Bafta for debut feature Hunger, will direct and write a movie about the Afrobeat creator and Nigerian activist Fela Kuti.…


Content

South African production wins Best Narrative Short film at the Tribeca Film Festival

The National Film and Video Foundation is proud to announce that Bhekumuzi Sibiya’s Father Christmas Doesn’t Come Here has scooped the Best Narrative Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival.…


Content

Content News: In Brief

- The 8 Goals for Africa music video, the main UN theme song for the World Cup to be held in South Africa starting next month, will be screened across…


Distribution

IDmage showcases its African film distribution projects at Cannes

African Film was celebrated more than ever this year in Cannes with several films selected, but its commercial distribution is till a big issue, be it in Africa or in…


Distribution

South African agency sells programme format to US

Start of May 2010, in what is believed to be a South African first, living brands agency Stimulii sold a TV format into the American market at the recent MIPTV…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

- South African Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana led a delegation formed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), in association with the Department of Trade and…


Investment

Cannes: assistance program for development of feature films in Africa

Through its partnership with “Les Cinemas du Monde” Pavilion, the ACP Secretariat set up a special presentation of the program "Babylon International”, May 21, 2010.Babylon International is an assistance program…


Investment

TED seeking to get partnerships with African broadcasters to get its talks seen and heard on the continent

TED is an American organisation devoted to « Ideas Worth Spreading ». It organises conferences and events globally and records the talks at these events. It is now seeking to get these…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- Almost 30 South African films and projects in development have been presented at the Cannes International Film Festival, 12 to 23 May 2010. African delegates had a much stronger…


Regulation & Policy

S.A.: 2010 FIFA World Cup Filming Guidelines

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup just around the corner many filmmakers are wondering whether filming will be affected during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. To answer this question the…


Regulation & Policy

New regulation to boost creativity in Southern African and Indian Ocean regions

Zimbabwe: Range of State Radio Broadcasts Increase Concern has been expressed over the increasing range of the state broadcaster after new transmitters were installed last week, bringing radio broadcasts to…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- In Angola in month, the Minister Defended wise Management of Media Companies.Social Communication companies will be run in line with the principles of economic rationality and good management practices,…


Technology & Convergence

African pay-TV hits 5 million subscribers

The Department of Communications will hold a conference on 29 April 2010 to finalize the technology standard for TV decoders, which will be used to receive a digital broadcast signal.…


Technology & Convergence

YouTube lands in South Africa

On 17 May, 2010, Google officially announced that it launched a South African YouTube.co.za service.Alon Chen, Marketing Manager at YouTube explained that it will make it easier for local users…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Founded in May 2010, a football website dedicated solely to African soccer and its players worldwide called www.afrikansoccer.com has been launched by football star Andre Dede as a subsidiary…


Events

Events

* 21st to 29th May 2010FCAT – The Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa Venue: Tarifa, SpainTarifa African Film Festival celebrates its seventh edition this year. This event will screen…


People

SABC: News and Current Affairs GE appointed

In line with the stated objectives of the  SABC Board, when it took office in January 2010, to fill key vacant positions, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced the…


People

People News: In Brief

At the last MIPCOM, David Whitehouse, Executive Producer, Ella-b Productions, South Africa said:  “We’re here to exploit South Africa’s international co-production treaties so our animation studios can compete on a…


Opportunities

Opportunities

African broadcast players can make easy money online: IDMAGE which launched two serious African film distribution projects including VOD in Cannes this month (see above story - Cannes: IDMAGE launched…