Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 303 – 14 December 2018

Top Story

Ghana: Health channel launches for the middle aged and the old against a backdrop of difficulties in local TV sector

14 December 2018

The number of TV channels available to viewers in Ghana has proliferated. All too many look the same and as the economy sinks, advertisers are less willing to back the same old horses. Russell Southwood talks to Michael Adjey Gyang, Managing Director, Itex Media Ghana about its new health channel. Gyang is one of Ghana’s veteran broadcast professionals having previously worked with African Film and Music Company, Homebase TV and iflix. The idea for the channel came out of two insights. Firstly, he said:”There’s been an influx of general entertainment channels so these have become too ordinary”. Secondly, the idea…

Broadcast

Zimbabwe - HStv set to hit market

14 December 2018

HEART & SOUL Broadcasting Services (HStv), an Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) subsidiary, is set to hit the market with a bang as scouting for talent and preparation of exciting programming…


Broadcast

Netflix’s Funa Maduka on Strategy for African, Arab Markets

14 December 2018

Netflix has played a prominent role in this year’s edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival through sponsorship of the main industry event – the Atlas Workshops – and its…


Broadcast

Al Jazeera's Witness wins prestigious award for Sudan documentary

14 December 2018

Sudan's Forgotten Films follows the journey of two men as they attempt to rescue the African nation's film archive. Al Jazeera's flagship programme, Witness, has won the prestigious Arts and…


Broadcast

Another video streaming service launches in SA and it's perfect for fans of British telly

14 December 2018

Cape Town – Another global video streaming service, Acorn TV, has launched in South Africa offering users British and international television series. Acorn TV, priced in dollar at $4.99 (R71.51)…


Broadcast

New Dating Show ‘Looking For Love’ Now On DSTV

14 December 2018

The search is over for those looking for love as a new dating show hits African Magic Urban. For single Nigerians who desire to build companionship or are in dire…


Content

Netflix is extending its library of original African content

14 December 2018

African subscribers of Netflix will soon be able to watch local shows. The global streaming giant has planned to add original series from Africa next year to its ever-growing roster.…


Content

Pearl Thusi to star in Netflix's first original series from Africa

14 December 2018

Cape Town - Netflix has commissioned its first African original drama, Queen Sono starring Pearl Thusi. The action-packed series follows Queen Sono, the highly trained top spy in a South…


Content

Fiesta TV Ghana’s music platform can be viewed from Sub-Saharan Africa on DStv and GOtv.

14 December 2018

Viewers across Africa will now have firsthand access to Ghana and West Africa’s biggest songs, artistes and celebrity news live from Accra on GOtv (159) and DStv (329) plus on…


Content

Mnet opens pop-up channel East Africa Movie Fest for DStv subscribers

14 December 2018

Mnet has announced a pop-up channel featuring films from East Africa. East Africa Movie Fest will be available on DStv Channel 197 between 10 December and 03 February 2019 to…


Content

Africa’s Kwesé Moves Into Local Content With New Original Series on Kwesé iflix

14 December 2018

Kwesé iflix, the multiplatform African entertainment network, announced a slate of original programming Thursday, marking its first foray into original content in a region with a large youth population and…


Content

In brief

14 December 2018

Showmax has been steadily ramping up its selection of local content all year but they’ve saved the best for last: you can now stream this year’s Oscar-shortlisted drama The Wound…


Distribution

Roving cinema plays public service role in Central Africa

14 December 2018

A giant screen flickers to life in a remote village in the equatorial forest of the Central African Republic. Some 200 villagers avidly take in an evening of films thanks…


Distribution

Viacom expands multi-platform distribution with Amazon across Europe, Africa

14 December 2018

In Germany and Austria, the new MTV+ Prime Video channel now offers 24-hour free music video programming, featuring today’s newest tracks and tomorrow’s biggest hits. MTV+ also offers on-demand reality…


Distribution

Fiesta TV Live Across Africa on DStv

14 December 2018

Fiesta TV Ghana’s foremost music platform can now be viewed from all the four corners of Sub-Saharan Africa on DStv and GOtv. Viewers across Africa will now have firsthand access…


Investment

FranceTV Publicité and Canal+ Advertising join forces to boost the advertising revenue of France 24, TV5MONDE and the MCD radio station

14 December 2018

TV5MONDE and France Médias Monde (representing France 24 channels in French, English and Arabic as well as the Arabic-language radio station MCD – Monte Carlo Doualiya) invited bids from advertising…


Investment

South Africa: 3 SABC board members resign amid political interference

14 December 2018

Three board members have resigned from the SABC after reports of political interference, reports News24. Deputy chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama, DA nominee John Mattison, and board member Krish Naidoo are the…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Film Industry Stakeholders converge to discuss national film policy

14 December 2018

Kenya Film Commission, the government agency that is mandated to promote local content and the film industry held a meeting with stakeholders within the film industry to discuss the National…


Technology & Convergence

Kwesé to offer gadgets for Internet TV connection clients

14 December 2018

Pay TV provider Kwese has delivered converter boxes that offer customers with traditional television sets to connect to the Internet. The devices will be connected to their televisions and Kwesé…


Technology & Convergence

DStv Now launches Xbox and Hisense TV apps

14 December 2018

MultiChoice has announced that two new versions of its DStv Now app have been released, one for the Xbox One and another for Hisense TVs. “Usage of DStv Now is…


More

Opportunities

14 December 2018

Durban FilmMart 2019 project submissions now open Project submissions for the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM) which takes place from 19 to 22 July 2019, during the 40th Durban International Film…


More

Events

14 December 2018

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that the second edition of Comic Con Africa will take place from 21 – 24 September 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Due…