Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 321 – 14 August 2019

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Online platform Avails Africa wants to lower programme rights costs by online transactions and shared licensing costs

14 August 2019

The declining strength of African currencies means that international rights costs are now extremely expensive. Avails Africa wants to bring them down through a combination of automating transaction processes and shared licensing costs. Russell Southwood spoke to Co-Founders Adam Lotz and Francois Schreuder about the platform they have developed. The idea for Avails Africa came out of Francois Schreuder’s experience working in the industry, particularly as Head of Channels for AfricaXP:”The idea came from hustling in the industry for so many years and trying to find content for no money for channels. It was often 3rd or 4th window stuff…

Broadcast

Kwese Play Enters Liquidation

14 August 2019

Econet issued a statement saying that it is with sincere regret that it is announcing the liquidation of Kwesé Play. The statement goes on to explain that a few weeks…


Broadcast

The last straw: Econet Media finally brings an end to Kwese TV

14 August 2019

With effect from August 5th 2019, Econet Media Limited, the parent company of Kwese TV put the final nail on its entertainment division. This move has put an end to…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Zimbabwe runs voluntary redundancy scheme as subscriptions drop

14 August 2019

MultiChoice Zimbabwe has announced a voluntary redundancy programme as the subscriber base declines, reports Zimtechreview. MultiChoice said it has undertaken a comprehensive business evaluation in order to remain sustainable due…


Broadcast

In brief

14 August 2019

Angolan pay-TV operators TVCabo and Zap have announced they will once again increase prices for their services, by 13 percent, reports Menos Fios. The new price lists for the TV…


Content - Film

AFRIMMA Awards Unveils 2019 Nominees List

14 August 2019

African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) organisers have unveiled the list of its nominees for this years AFRIMMA Awards. Nigerian music stars, as usual, dominated the nominees’ list with Burna Boy,…


Content - Film

Award-winning Thuli Madonsela doc airs on Showmax for Women’s Month

14 August 2019

Whispering Truth To Power, Shameela Seedat’s documentary about Thuli Madonsela’s last year as South Africa’s public protector, is now streaming first on Showmax. A perfect fit for Women’s Month, the…


Content - Film

kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival 2019 promises top-class films and A-list stars

14 August 2019

Cape Town - Like so many success stories it started small. The dream at the first kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival in 2010 was to give young film-makers a chance to…


Content - Film

East Africa Welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

14 August 2019

After making its way through South and West Africa, Animation du Monde turns to East Africa as Nairobi Comic Con (NAICCON) 2019 hosts the fourth leg of the Pan-African Animation…


Content - Film

Oliver Hermanus' film 'Moffie' nominated for Queer Lion Award at Venice International Film Festival

14 August 2019

Cape Town - South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus' new film, Moffie, has been nominated for this year's Queer Lion Award at the Venice International Film Festival.   The Queer Lion…


Content - Film

Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa film industries must create a joint hub to push African movies to the world – British actor Hugh Quarshie

14 August 2019

Ghanaian-born British actor, Hugh Anthony Quarshie has called on the leaders of the Ghanaian, Nigerian and South African film industries to collaborate and create African movies of international standards that…


Content - Film

KENYA FILM COMMISSION HOSTS INDIAN FILMMAKERS TO DISCUSS FILM BUSINESS

14 August 2019

Kenya Film Commission in its bid to market Kenya as a filming destination for local and international filmmakers has partnered with the Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) to host the…


Content - Television

Discover Digital International partnered with SPI/FilmBox

14 August 2019

Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) will now FilmBox Africa, FilmBox Arthouse, Fast&FunBox HD, DocuBox HD, 360 TuneBox, Gametoon HD and FashionBox HD. FilmBox Africa and FilmBox ArtHouse feature Hollywood movies…


Content - Television

Ethiopia: First Ever Kids TV Channel Goes On Air

14 August 2019

Ethiopia Kids TV Channel, the 30th television channel to be launched in the nation, started trial transmission last month. Founded by seven professionals hailing from journalism, the arts, information technology,…


Content - Television

Fox Sports Africa To Rebrand Channels And Online Site To ESPN

14 August 2019

Fox Sports Africa has announced that as of 30 August, its African audience will access ESPN shows on TV and online with the official rebrand of Fox Sports Africa to…


Content - Television

M-Net acquires Stroop, the award-winning rhino-poaching documentary for broadcast across the M-Net and kykNET channels during September

14 August 2019

M-Net has acquired the award-winning and hard-hitting rhino-poaching documentary, STROOP - Journey into the Rhino Horn War with Bonné de Bod with both the English and Afrikaans versions that will…


Content - Television

Openview to broadcast the English Premier League in South Africa

14 August 2019

Openview has expanded its content offering to include sports with the introduction of live English Premier League matches. The free satellite service provider will broadcast the Premier League on its…


Content - Television

East Africa Got Talent available on Clouds TV, Citizen TV and NBS

14 August 2019

East Africa’s Got Talent, a talent show competition which is part of the Got Talent franchise owned by Simon Cowell, launched last weekend with a live screening at the Coca…


Content - Television

Multichoice Botswana unveils Now! TV on DSTV

14 August 2019

MultiChoice Botswana has launched a youth-focused channel. NOW! TV is available on DStv Channel 290 which provides entertainment and local film and television content. MultiChoice Botswana managing director, Katlego Arnone…


Content - Television

Zog, the award-winning animation from Triggerfish, is now available on Showmax

14 August 2019

Zog, the newest award-winning animation from Triggerfish, is now streaming on Showmax in Africa. Zog is the liveliest but clumsiest pupil in his class at Dragon School, where he wants…


Content - Television

BABA TV launched on DStv in Uganda

14 August 2019

BABA TV, the highest-ranked new channel in the ‘family’ with the best quality picture has been launched on DStv platform in Uganda. BABA TV is available on the DStv platform…


Distribution

ZimboTube Video-Sharing Website Rolled Out In Zimbabwe

14 August 2019

A well-known Bulawayo based web-designer Donald Chabata, who is also known as Tyga Sparta, has developed a Zimbabwean video-sharing website called ZimboTube which is similar to the internationally popular YouTube,…


Technology & Convergence

DTT to reach Cape Verde's Sao Nicolau in October

14 August 2019

The Minister of Culture and Creative Industries of Cape Verde, Abraao Vicente, said that DTT broadcasts will start in October on the island of Sao Nicolau, reports Lusa. The project…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe - Govt appoints ZBC, BAZ and Transmedia boards

14 August 2019

Government has appointed boards for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Transmedia Corporation Limited and Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ). The appointments are with immediate effect. In a statement yesterday, Information,…


Regulation & Policy

NBC Grants Satellite Broadcast Licence To Nigerian University

14 August 2019

The National Broadcasting Commission has granted approval for a Direct Satellite Broadcast (DSB) licence for Bayero University in Kano, Nigeria. The NBC’s Director-General, Ishaq Kawu, said that the licence would…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

14 August 2019

ICASA has lifted its’ moratorium on community broadcasting services. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa announced that it will lift the moratorium on applications for class community sound broadcasting…


Investment

StarTimes unveils new investment to boost local content in Kenya

14 August 2019

StarTimes, a pay-TV service provider, on Monday launched a channel with nearly 2 million U.S. dollars of investment, aiming to boost local content production in Kenya. StarTimes chief executive officer…


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People

14 August 2019

Fox Africa Boss Repositioned As Restructuring Continues     The Walt Disney Company has revealed that it has repositioned the role of Fox Africa boss, Evert van der Veer, who…


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Opportunities

14 August 2019

MultiChoice Africa Announces MTF Masterclasses Hosted By Christian Epps MultiChoice is proud to present another Masterclass in its MultiChoice Talent Factory Masterclass programme, a series of industry-led workshops aimed to…


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Events

14 August 2019

Join Broadcast And Media Leaders At Upcoming Forum To Explore Digital Infrastructure And Platforms For Converged Broadcast Media  Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with the Southern Africa Broadcasters Association…