Issue 90, 12th. Oct 2010.

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Kenya's political satire show XYZ gets funding in the bag for two more seasons

The number of groundbreaking African television programmes is relatively small, given the huge size of the continent. One of the stand-out programmes is Kenya’s XYZ Show, a 15 minute shot of political satire, based on Spitting Image, a similar programme produced in the UK in the 1980s. In a continent where sharp comment on the antics of politicians is often limited by political control and self-censorship, the XYZ Show pushes the envelope. Russell Southwood spoke to its creator Gado in Nairobi recently.Gado is the pen name of Godfrey Mwampembwa who started out as a teenage cartoonist working freelance on magazines…

Broadcast

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe to grant more Licenses for TV and Radio

Tererai Karimakwenda wrote that “The state owned Herald newspaper reported start of October 2010 that government had urged the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to license more radio and television…


Broadcast

Vuzu and Supersport International channels selected for Hot Bird TV Awards 2010

On 28 September 2010, the shortlist of channels nominated for the Hot Bird TV Awards 2010 was finalised and released.With a record number of over 150 channels entered from 21…


Broadcast

Somalia: Somaliland Bans Universal TV

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has expressed concern over Somaliland authorities’ decision to temporarily suspend, on the evening of 5 October 2010, the operations of the London-based private…


Broadcast

CNBC Africa appoints 2011 sales team and reports audience growth

Quinton Scholes has been appointed head of sales at CNBC Africa. Scholes will be taking up the position on 11 October 2010, heading up sales for both CNBC Africa and…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has announced the launch of new digital TV and radio channels. Its strategy is to offer content in local languages: tamoul, marathi, télougou, mandarin and…


Content

“Companies should contribute to Education and Economic development in Africa via our programmes” says People TV’s MD

Francois Baudry, MD of People TV gave Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre a first taste of its 2011 programmes, freshest formats and its new partners’ programmes.People TV produces two popular TV…


Content

India’s Shemaroo seals 3D co-production deal with South Africa’s Astral Studios

On October 7, 2010, Angela Natividad reported that South African production house Astral Studios, which specialises in 3D animation, has formed a co-production liaison with Indian production house and distributor…


Content

South Africa’s Triggerfish launches new feature film production

South African-based Triggerfish Animation Studio has announced production is under way for its first full-length feature film, Zambezia, scheduled for a worldwide theatrical release in 2011. The feature is about…


Content

Africa takes part in “Earth project” with material showcased on Vimeo

Supported by the United Nations, American Red Cross, Vimeo and Dozens of Non-Profits, One Day on Earth Connects Thousands of Filmmakers in Over 200 Countries to Share their Unique Experiences.On…


Content

Content News - In Brief

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in association with Services Seta, Screen Africa and Cape Film Commission set up a publicity workshop with internationally acclaimed Jonathan Rutter. A new…


Distribution

Ten10 Films adds new content to its catalogue

Recognising a gap in the local market for quality distribution, South African based distributor Ten10 Films is leading the way for a new breed of independent distributors that aren’t afraid…


Distribution

Deloitte SA: “Television remains the top media platform“

As digitisation radically transforms the way people around the world interact with media content, and as media consumption trends and behaviour continue to evolve, Deloitte has released new research that…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Bernard Azria, MD of Cote Ouest – one of the largest distributors of audiovisual content in Africa including 200 very high-quality films from Africa – said he was delighted…


Investment

South Africa: SABC Needs R600 Million for Digital TV

Business Day’s Chantelle Benjamin reported on 6 October 2010 that the SABC needs at least another R600m for the technology and skills to meet an international deadline of 2015 for…


Investment

Uganda: Nation Media Group to Cross-List in Uganda

Faridah Kulabako and Walter Wafula reported for the Monitor on 7 October 2010 that NMG calls for investment via the USE. In Kampala, Nation Media Group has set October 19…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- Morocco and RDC bid for CAF - 2015 and 2017 “Confédération Africaine de Football” - said Mustapha Fahmy, general secretary. Final verdict initially set for November 10th 2010 will…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: TV Programmes Closed in Run-Up to Elections

On 7 October 2010, “Reporters Without Borders” deplored the end of “Baladna bel Masry”, a current affairs programme that was hosted on a privately-owned TV station. No reason has been…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: My Ordeal With SSS Over Abuja Bombings, By Dokpesi

This Day’s Chuks Okocha reported on Chief Raymond Dokpesi’s arrest on 9th. October 2010. Dokpesi who runs AIT/DAAR in Nigeria was questioned and released. In Abudja, barely a week after he…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy New - In Brief

- Human Rights Watch have disseminated a report on the increased threats to freedom of expression in Uganda. The 60-page report, “A Media Minefield: Increased Threats to Freedom of Expression…


Technology & Convergence

UNESCO-funded training on online radio in Rabat

ISIC and Radio Canada Twelve teachers and technicians from the Audiovisual Department of the Higher Institute of Information and Communication (ISIC) in Rabat started a one-week course on online radio.…


Technology & Convergence

MWeb Enables South Africa's First Online Radio Service

MWeb's unlimited internet has enabled the launch of SA's first online radio service that is targeting the tech-savvy market. 2oceansvibe Radio is aiming to change the face of radio in…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- The latest in imaging technology will be on show at the Photo and Film Expo, where some of the top names in South African film and photography will also…


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Events

21st October to 5th November 2010 Africa in Motion 2010 Venue: Africa in Motion 2010 will take place at Filmhouse Cinema and other venues in Edinburgh, Scotland. Much longer than…


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People

- The National Film and Video Foundation congratulates Lerato Moloisane and the Hopeville team on their nominations for the 8th International Emmy Awards.Nominees were announced on Monday 04th of October…


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Opportunities

YouTube Partner Program Invites Video Makers to Earn Money; Marketers Take NoteYouTube highlighted to Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre that South African users – whether professionals or amateurs - are invited…


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More News - In Brief

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking, the award-winning film school, is now offering fully sponsored National Certificates in Filmmaking in Cape Town.Subscribers of Dstv North and South Indian bouquets will…