Issue no 99 - 2nd March 2011

Top Story

Nollywood’s The Mirror Boy gets a West End Premiere in UK and looks set to get theatrical release in Q2, 2011

Last week Thursday saw the first premiere of a Nollywood movie – The Mirror Boy – in the heart of London’s cinemaland at the Empire, Leicester Square. However, this event was simply the culmination of over five years of work on encouraging premiers and theatrical release for Nollywood movies in the UK. With a new wave of more cinematic releases from Nollywood makers, they seem to be on the verge of a breakthrough into international theatrical release. Russell Southwood spoke to Moses Babatope, the Special Projects Manager, Odeon Cinemas about how things are changing.In 2010, Odeon Cinemas had 14 screenings…

Broadcast

SA: Super 5 Media wants more time

Wannabe pay-TV operator Super 5 Media has requested yet another extension from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch services commercially. However, it is not clear whether the…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Expect so much more from Dstv this year

Segun Fayose is the Head, Corporate Communication, MultiChoice Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with Daily Independent Deputy Editor, Charles Okogene, he spoke on the challenges of his job and all…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: ZBC TV viewership hits rock bottom

The Standard reported on 20 February 2011 that TV viewership fell sharply across the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) channels during the last quarter of 2010 as the country's sole…


Broadcast

TV5Monde, first international channel in Mali, according to TNS Sofres survey

On 21st February 2011, it was confirmed that TV5Monde is consolidating its position as the leading international broadcaster in Mali, leading the race according to the latest indicators published by…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

In Gambia, residents in Upper River Region have had no TV signal for two months. This, according to the residents is beyond belief when state broadcaster GRTS is claiming to…


Content

"Africa United" encourages a new African film genre

Trying to make a positive, fun and entertaining fairytale about Africa, where you talk about hard issues such as HIV/Aids, child soldiers, refugee camps, child parents, arranged marriages and prostitution…


Content

Broadcast Rights Agreement With TPL Still Stands, Says Nigerian Premier League

The Nigerian Premier League (NPL), has said that its Title Sponsorship suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos, did not affect its Broadcast Rights Agreement with Total Promotions Ltd (TPL).The…


Content

Kenyan Film Commission looks to up jobs and turnover of country’s film industry

The film industry in Kenya has been identified as a key growth industry with great potential to spur economic growth and help in the realization of vision 2030 through tourist…


Content

Isidongo scoops best TV director at SAFTAS

Winners of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) were announced 20 Feb. 2011 at an award ceremony held at Madame Zingara's Theatre of Dreams. The event was hosted…


Content

Content - In Brief

The Kenya Film Commission has posted trailers of the few films that have been recently released by Kenyan directors and actors: "Bloodline", "Kibera Kids", "Mo & Me", "his moves her…


Distribution

Mzansi Magic good news for South Africa’s local production

South Africa’s local production industry received a boost back in 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which show cases on screen since the 12…


Distribution

Kenya to Market Films Online As Sector Reels From Lack of Exposure

The government will develop a content management web portal to market Kenyan films on a digital platform to raise international visibility. The portal, to be run by the Kenya Tourist…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

In South Africa, and according to the 2010 cinema attendance figures of over 27.4 million visitors, 2010 was the best year for cinema since 2005. This is a good omen…


Investment

Uganda: Switching to digital TV will favour local productions

Charles Hamya is the long-serving General Manager of Multichoice Uganda, the premier provider of satellite digital TV. The Independent's Haggai Matsiko spoke to him.Q: 2010 saw an influx of players…


Investment

TV5Monde continues to innovates on the web to promote African productions

In addition to the mini-site devoted to Fespaco at tv5monde.com/fespaco which offers quizzes, «Y’a du Monde à Ouagadougou», with updates presented by Estelle Martin and all the latest news from…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

Alassane Ouattara has provided speeches on TCI, Télé Côte d`Ivoire despite media blockage from opponent Laurent Gbagbo. "In terms of communication, I am glad that our citizens are able to…


Regulation & Policy

Tunisia: New freedoms for the media

Speech and press freedoms are new for Tunisia. With president Ben Ali gone, they're now being allowed to flourish. Along the main boulevard in Tunisia's capital, Tunis, stores are open…


Regulation & Policy

Togo: Three radio stations closed for past three months over red tape

On Monday 21 February 2011, Reporters Without Borders supported the campaign launched today by the National Press Owners Committee (CONAPP), the Togo Union of Independent Journalists (UJIT) and the Togolese…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

In Ghana on 18 February 2011, President John Evans Atta Mills says his government will push for the passage of a new Broadcasting Bill. The Bill will help regulate the…


Technology & Convergence

North Africa: Online media lead crisis coverage

Fast-moving events across northern Africa have shaken long-lasting regimes - and the news organizations struggling to provide timely coverage. But new media - plus the youngest news network, Al Jazeera…


Technology & Convergence

MTN and Vodacom bring internet on TV

TechCentral reported that MTN has unveiled InternetOnTV, a R999 living-room product that connects consumers to the Internet through a television set. The announcement comes just days after Vodacom (Feb. 11)…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In a quest to meet the viewing needs of its terrestrial as well as its satellite viewers, M-Net will be introducing two custom-made programme schedules for these two audiences in…


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Events

26th February - 5th March 20112011 FESPACO – 22nd editionVenue: Ouagadougou – Burkina FassoSet up every two years, the well-known FESPACO festival is a week of celebration for Cinema for…


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People

The National Film and Video Foundation’s CEO Eddie Mbalo announced he was leaving last week. Karen Son will be CEO from 1April 2011.Former Independent Communications of Authority of SA (Icasa)…


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Opportunities

Kenya Film Commission (KFC) Animation Expo 2011 - Call for EntriesThe KFC Animation Expo is set to take place on 12th March 2011. The Expo will incorporate a showcase of…