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Lionheart is Netflix's First African Film

For the first time in Netflix history, the streaming service has climbed on board to produce the new Nigerian flick 'Lionheart'. Starring Genevieve Nnaji who takes on the role of…

Showmax to launch new original series ‘The Girl from St. Agnes’

Showmax has launched the first trailer for The Girl from St. Agnes and it looks like a creepy and fascinating adventure. The series is the second original show from the…

BBC Africa launches new TV/radio programmes in Nigeria

As Nigeria prepares for the general election in 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, has launched new television and radio programmes across its partner TV stations in Nigeria. In…

Scoop Network launches on Kwesé iflix

Africa’s Kwesé iflix is launching international channel Scoop Network from FCCE on its content catalogue. Kwesé iflix users can now watchs hours of showbiz from the Scoop Network, comprising of…

PLAYVOD: NBC partners Play Tv, Free Tv, launches video on demand platform

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has launched a video on demand platform, PLAYVOD, as part of its digital switchover activities. The platform was launched by the Director General of the…

The impact of Netflix on movie theatres in South Africa

Going to the movies has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment for over a century. Despite continued innovation in the entertainment industry – such as television, VHS…

Plus TV Africa: 24-hour News Channel Debuts on StarTimes

Leading digital Pay TV Company, StarTimes, has announced the listing of PLUS TV Africa, a 24-hour news channel which will be available on Channel 308 on digital terrestrial television (Antenna)…

Multichoice leads SAFTA nominations

MultiChoice took an early lead at The South African Film and Television Awards as the most nominated broadcaster overall, with 149 SAFTA nominations. These included the most nominated shows in…

South African survey by Turner's Boomerang confirms that the lives of 4 to 7-year olds are one unending party - literally.

A new survey by Turner's Boomerang (DStv 302) channel confirms that the lives of 4 to 7-year old kids are one unending party - literally - as almost half spend…

DStv to launch SuperheroHQ pop channel in March

Turner International has announced the launch of SuperheroHQ animation pop-up channel by mid-March on DStv satellite pay-tv platform. SuperheroHQ will be accessible for DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv…

Basebone calls for content from South African game developers and filmmakers

Basebone, an international mobile entertainment service which launched in South Africa in 2007, has seen unprecedented growth thanks to the recent introduction of Afrocentric films, documentaries, games and lifestyle content.…

Netflix Unveils First Locally-Acquired South African Series, 'Shadow'

The video-streaming giant Netflix has revealed that it will be debuting its very first locally-acquired South African TV series, Shadow. The series is scheduled to become available on Netflix South…

Nigeria: MultiChoice announces online auditions for BBN season 4

Following the conclusion of the nationwide auditions for Big Brother Naija (BBN) season 4, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced a call for special online auditions from February 25th to 27th, 2019.…

The story of the Malawian boy who saved his village comes to Netflix

As a southern African country Malawi's neighbors South Africa and Zimbabwe usually get all the coverage when it comes to global popular culture: both for good and bad. It's probably…

ZEEL's Zee World Channel Celebrates 4 Years In Africa And Plans To Broadcast First Locally-Produced Content

Zee World (DStv 166), the Indian-focused channel is celebrating its fourth anniversary in Africa this month. To celebrate its rapid viewership growth within the continent, the TV channel will broadcast…

Netflix Orders South African Teen Series ‘Blood & Water’

Netflix is continuing its push into African originals with its latest order, the South African teen series “Blood & Water.” The series, which is directed by Nosipho Dumisa, the helmer…

Boomerang Launches in HD

Continuing its ongoing commitment towards re-imagining television for African audiences, Turner has now made Boomerang available in High-Definition across Africa. The switch took place on the morning of March 5th,…

Five things to know about Xhosa comedian Siya Seya - this week's star in 'Trippin With Skhumba'

In the second episode of the Showmax Original Trippin With Skhumba, the 2018 DStv Viewers’ Choice Award: Favourite Comedian winner and 2017 Comics’ Choice Comic of the Year drives over…

“To Succeed, Content Producers And Local TV Hubs Must Establish Mutually Beneficial Relationships” – Agatha Amata, CEO Of Rave TV Nigeria

Agatha Amata, the CEO of Rave TV, has suggested that Nigeria’s content producers and media owners ought to develop mutually beneficial relationships in order for the industry to thrive in…

MultiChoice Ghana Partners Box Office Sports For Independence Weekend Boxing – Bukom Brawl

Supersport has renewed a production and broadcast partnership arrangement with Box Office Sports Promotions. This partnership brings to boxing fans across Africa and Ghana in particular, exclusive top quality live…

The Africa Channel Takes Africa’s Content to the World

Celebrating a banner year for African content acquisitions, The Africa Channel will air a collection of 20 new primetimes series representing premium drama, lifestyle, and news programming from Africa during…

MultiChoice launches special BBNaija pop-up channel on Dstv, GOtv

As the countdown to the eagerly anticipated fourth season of Big Brother Naija heats up, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced that it will treat fans of the popular reality TV show…

DStv Angola Boosts Its Offering With The Introduction Of Viacom's Nickelodeon Kids Channel in Portuguese

MultiChoice Angola has announced that it has added Viacom's Nickelodeon kids channel in Portuguese to its DStv offering in the country, further widening Nickelodeon's reach across the African continent. Nickelodeon…

Not all YouTube Originals available to Premium users in South Africa

Google launched YouTube Premium in South Africa on 12 March, offering subscribers the service for R71.99 per month, or a family plan for R109.99 per month. This is significantly cheaper…

Africa's Boomplay Announces Licensing Deal With Warner Music

Boomplay, the largest music streaming and download service in Africa, has signed a direct licensing agreement with Warner Music to bring the record company's diverse global roster of music to…

BBC Lifestyle to bring local version of global dating hit First Dates to South Africa

Dating here in South Africa is serious business with couples really pulling out all the stops, so I cannot wait to see how fun local personalities demonstrate how dating should…

Zambezi Magic to roll out Date My Family Botswana

Local production houses have been invited to collaborate to produce Botswana’s version of DsTV’s popular dating show, Date My Family. The tv show aired on Zambezi Magic, or channel 160,…

In brief

South Africa's E.tv announced that it is shutting down its unsuccessful eBella channel a year after its launch. The channel was carried on e.tv's own Openview satellite platform and also…

New TV Series focuses on human trafficking

After shooting three feature films for M-net last year, Invision Studios has embarked on shooting a television drama series, Manhounds that touches the cutting edge subject of human trafficking. Manhounds…

Zee World Set To Premiere First Ever Bollywood TV Show With African Actors

Mehek, a new drama series that was filmed in India, is scheduled to premiere on the Indian-focused entertainment platform Zee World (DStv 166) on Saturday, 6 April. It will be…

Lupita Nyong'o and John Boyega to Narrate Upcoming Wildlife Series 'Serengeti'

Discovery and BBC Studios new natural history series Serengeti is in on its way and none other than two of the biggest actors of African descent are set to narrate…

Kenyan Film Director Secures a new TV series in USA

A Kenyan Film Director, Wanuri Kahiu has secured a project in Hollywood after she was chosen to direct and write a new television series in the United States.   According…

BBC Studios Licence 'The Great Kenyan Bake Off' To East Africa’s Showstopper Media

Africa will be getting a second localised version of The Great British Bake Off reality baking competition show. BBC Studios has announced that it has licensed the format rights of…

African Union Of Broadcasting Secures Broadcasting Rights For 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) has been handed the FTA rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament…

BLOG: How do broadcasters optimise their content delivery journey? By Bruce Hume, Switch Media

Sponsored Content To keep up with the changing demands of today’s television viewers, broadcasters need to ensure their content workflows are as optimised as possible, so that content is made…

OpenView to drop channels

OpenView has announced that it will be cancelling sports channel Trace Sports Stars as well as Afrikaans religious channel KruisKyk. KruisKyk, which aired on channel 151, is being removed from…

Comedy Central working on local version of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems” for MENA

Comedy Central is expanding globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) working together to produce MENA’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed show will have its own…

Ghana: KweseTV Brings Millennial Music Platform, MuseAfrica Back To TV Screens

The MuseAfrica block will be broadcasting 60 minutes of exclusive music-related material on KweseTV (KFS) daily on weekdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. KweseTV announced that the programming would…

Edan TV rolls out new TV show ‘The River’

‘The River’, the new series from the country of Nelson Mandela, arrives exclusively on the pan-African channel Edan TV. This high-profile South African series will make you live the powerful…

Trace Sports Stars And KruisKyk Channels Removed From E.tv's Openview Satellite-TV

E.tv's Openview free-to-air satellite service is reported to be dumping two more channels with the Afrikaans Christian TV platform KruisKyk and Trace Sports Stars both getting axed. KruisKyk was broadcasting…

MultiChoice Kenya To Host First Ever Maisha Magic Festival To Celebrate Kenyan TV Content

MultiChoice Kenya has announced that it will toast to the growth of Kenyan television content at the first ever Maisha Magic Festival. The festival will take place at the Kenyatta…

Kwesé iflix collaborates with Flytime Promotions to offer African content to subscribers

Africa’s mobile entertainment app, Kwesé iflix, has strengthened its commitment to offer more local content to its subscribers with a recent collaboration with entertainment company, Flytime Promotions. The collaboration will…

Brand New News Channel, Newzroom Afrika, To Launch On MultiChoice's DStv

South Africa’s newest news channel Newzroom Afrika is scheduled to launch on Thursday 2 May with a news team that includes the former eNCA stars Thulasizwe Simelane, Cathy Mohlahlana, and…

Yalla Yalla to offer Arabic film and TV content in MENA

Yalla Yalla is a brand-new Dubai-based film and television company from a joint venture between Dubai-based distributor and producer, Front Row Filmed Entertainment and UK sales and production outfit Rocket…

Showmax Screens Swahili Telenovelas That Are Revamping Kenya’s TV Industry

In the history of Kenyan television, Swahili soap operas were the rage, according to many of the country’s TV viewers. Swahili soapies such as Penzi Hatari, Tausi, and Kisulisuli were…

Netflix on a Roll with Afrocentric Content

Shortly after announcing their first ever South African series Queen Sono, Netflix announced the release of another local production, Shadow. The story follows police detective Shadrach ‘Shadow’ Khumalo as he…

Kwesé iflix Partners Flytime Promotions to Bring More Local Content to its African Subscribers

Africa’s fastest growing mobile entertainment app, Kwesé iflix, has reemphasised its commitment to bringing more local content to its viewers with a recent partnership with foremost entertainment company, Flytime Promotions.…

Iconic South African series Yizo Yizo now available on Viu SA

Viu, a leading entertainment streaming service, has announced the re-entry of Yizo Yizo on South African screens. As part of its licence agreement with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC),…

In Brief

MultiChoice Nigeria has launched a special Ramadan pop-up channel to cater to the spiritual needs of its Muslim viewers on GOtv and DStv throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan, ThisDay…

StarTimes ON Launches Pan Africa Online Film Festival

StarTimes ON has unveiled its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The festival was unveiled at an event, which took place recently at the National Art Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. Aimed…

Kwesé Free Sports to broadcast Castle Africa 5s

Castle Lager, South Africa’s most loved and iconic brand, has joined forces with pan-African sports and entertainment channel, Kwesé Free Sports, to deliver the second edition of Africa’s Premier Social…

StarTimes to air Plus TV in Africa

Plus TV Africa, a 24-Hour news channel, will now broadcast across all of Africa via StarTimes platform. According to StarTimes, the performance of the channel is superior since its launch…

MultiChoice adds Discovery’s HGTV to DStv

MultiChoice is adding US network HGTV channel to its pay TV service, DStv, via a deal with media giant Discovery. HGTV offers programmes about gardening, real estate and home improvement.…

In brief

The group Sense & Med & com has just launched Chacha TV (Chacha means screen in Arabic) in Algeria. Chacha TV is the first streaming and video-on-demand platform based in…