Issue no 82 23 June 2010

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2nd African Broadcast and Film Conference will look at new challengers in the market and how Africa can generate its own local content

The 1st African Broadcast and Film Conference attracted over 200 participants from across the continent, There was a real buzz in the air as many people within Africa’s broadcast industry met for the first time. This 2nd African Broadcast and Film Conference will take place over two days (28-29 July 2010) in Kenya at the Kenyatta Centre in Nairobi. Key topics include a session on Africa’s newest generation of Free-to-Air and Pay TV Challengers, a look at how broadcasters can generate local content and a look at multi-platform strategies with social networking and blogs.Chaired by Cathy Fogler of CAfrica Sports,…

Broadcast

South Africa: Worldspace May Aim for Satellite Radio Market Again

Worldspace, a US-based satellite radio provider, plans to relaunch its services in South Africa if a bid by former chairman Noah Samara to buy the company is approved. WorldSpace filed…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- Ideally packaged for the World Cup, Omedia and Repucom have launched a new media monitoring solution which tracks advertising and sponsorship media campaigns in Africa. More from www.omedia.ci -…


Content

A24 media and FIFA Films distribute the football fever in Africa

African film distributor A24 media has compiled footage that showcases the football fever in four of the six African countries that participate in the June 11th South football African gala.…


Content

Ethiopian movie production gets record increase

The movie industry in Ethiopia recorded a record increase in production and audiences with 75 films produced in the last year alone, attracting over 600,000 viewers.An international short film festival…


Content

Nigeria: Stepping Stones uses Nollywood’s Teco Benson to direct The Fake Prophet to combat witchcraft

The belief in child witches is widespread throughout Nigeria and many other regions of the World. These beliefs have had a significantly negative impact on children who become victims of…


Content

Content News: In Brief

- DStv Compact campaign won silver at the APEX awards. - The Secretariat of the ACP Group and its ACPFilms Programme announced that the 26th International North-South Media Forum will…


Distribution

Sony FIFA World Cup Documentary airs in South Africa and Egypt

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced on 7th June 2010 that it has secured numerous sales across multiple territories of its groundbreaking, new football documentary, How to Win the FIFA World…


Distribution

South Africa: Soccer Cinema took World Cup out to villages and townships

The FIFA Football World Cup taking place in South Africa is a unique event for South Africans. It has the potential to unite South Africans as no other event since…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

- 28 May 2010: The government of Malawi announced during the national budget that functions of the Malawi Television Limited (TVM) would be merged with the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).…


Investment

South Africa: State, Australia Sign Film Co-Production Agreement

South African and Australian film-makers will now have an opportunity to work together following the signing of a film co-production treaty between the governments of South Africa and Australia. Arts…


Investment

Maghreb: Mediacast launches an international web TV

Mediacast (Maghreb), the leading independent broadcast content provider from the North Africa region has in June 2010 launched Africa’s first global web TV in Arabic. Using a proprietary development of…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- BBC’s African office in Dakar is almost set up. The new office will have 20 staff and should kick off in July 2010 with “pilot” programmes. - Two donors,…


Regulation & Policy

Sierra Leone: 'No Discrimination in the Use of SLBC' - President Koroma Warns

President Ernest Bai Koroma says there should be no discrimination in the use of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) facilities and equipments. He made this statement during the commissioning…


Regulation & Policy

Niger: Sahara FM allowed to resume broadcasting in Agadez

The main privately-owned radio station in the central city of Agadez, Sahara FM, was back on the air yesterday for the first time since it was shut down two years…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy

- At the start of June 2010, ICASA in South Africa issued a second invitation to apply for a potentially lucrative digital mobile television broadcasting licence.- Ten Radio Fahazavana employees…


Technology & Convergence

AV technology to support WC South Africa 2010: Alfacam

At the football World Cup in South Africa, Alfacam has taken up a new technological challenge and started to make an important contribution to the biggest television project on the…


Technology & Convergence

APS Chooses Volicon’s quality monitoring for South African Viewers

Astra Platform Services (APS), one of Germany's foremost broadcasting and playout centers, has implemented Volicon's Observer Remote Program Monitor (RPM) 400 to provide remote quality monitoring for delivery of a…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Avusa-owned cinema chain Nu Metro plans to bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africans in 3D.- International broadcasters will be working with the Alchemist Ph.C – HD…


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Events

11 June – 11 July 20102010 FIFA World CupVenue: South AfricaMore at http://www.fifa.com 24-30 June 2010Africa on Screen Festivalvenue: South Africa, Johannesburg http://www.filmcontact.com/south-africa/events/africa-screen-festival5-7 July 2010Highway Africavenue: Rhodes University, Grahamstown, S.A.click for details:…


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People

Oprah Winfrey is to introduce a documentary film club on her cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN has partnered with Ro*co prods., a division of documentary film distributor…


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Opportunities

CALL FOR PAPERS: SOUTH AFRICAN CINEMA, POST-1994.Start of June 2010, the National Film & Video Foundation invites submissions for an anthology of essays that will focus on South African cinema…