Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 325 10 October 2019

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SES and AEB launch new satellite platform in Ethiopia with 33 channels, 12 of which are in HD – looking for hybrid business models

10 October 2019

The launch of the Ethiosat platform is another strong signal that the Ethiopian broadcast market is heading towards full liberalization. Russell Southwood spoke to Clint Brown, VP Sales and Market Development, SES Video Africa about whose on the Ethiosat platform and how it hopes things will develop. The launch of this new platform by SES in partnership with the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Government’s Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) is part of a long established strategy to enter the African market:”No one size fits all so you have to find the most appropriate way to enter specific markets”.…

Broadcast

"Most South Africans No Longer Pay Their TV Licences" -SABC

10 October 2019

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delivered its 2018/19 annual report in parliament on Monday (30 September), announcing that the national broadcaster is technically insolvent. The SABC reported a massive…


Broadcast

Creator of new Nigerian animated film seeks to diversify Nollywood

10 October 2019

Nigeria’s animated movie – Malika Warrior Queen - made its first big screen debut over the weekend to critical acclaim at the 8th edition of the Lagos Comic Con. Set…


Broadcast

E.TV Ghana Celebrates 10 Years Of Operations In Ghana

10 October 2019

e.TV Ghana is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its operations in Ghana. Nosisa Doe, the Programmes Manager of e.TV Ghana in a short documentary that was aired on e.TV Ghana,…


Broadcast

South Africa’s SABC To Receive $139 Million Cash Injection From Government

10 October 2019

Stella Ndabeni Abrahams, South Africa’s Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has announced that the SABC would receive $139 million from the Government on Monday, October 7, 2019. On Friday,…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Shuts Down DStv Select Package

10 October 2019

Many DStv customers will lose access to the kykNET and Mzansi Magic channels. MultiChoice, in turn, is at the risk of losing DStv subscribers altogether after the pay-TV operator told…


Content - Film

Mati Diop’s ‘Atlantics’ Aims To Make History (Again) After Being Submitted By Senegal For Oscar Race

10 October 2019

Mati Diop’s Atlantics, the feature debut that won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival this year, has been submitted by Senegal to compete for the 2020 International Feature…


Content - Film

Middle East film: The hottest features right now are from Saudi Arabia and Sudan

10 October 2019

Europe is the stronge­­st global market for Middle Eastern and North African arthouse features. And there is no better launchpad for any director who wants their film to be seen…


Content - Film

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje makes movie on finding his identity in foreign land

10 October 2019

Leading movie distributor, FilmOne, is set to release Nigerian-British filmmaker, Adewale Akinnuouye-Agbaje's movie in West Africa -The movie titled Farming documents, tells the story of Adewale, who like many Nigerian…


Content - Film

Emotive animated appeal exposes the brutal reality of South Africa's ‘Instagram Lions’

10 October 2019

The plight of lions bred in South Africa to meet demand from tourists seeking to burnish their Instagram feeds has been raised in an emotive animation exposing the bitter truth…


Content - Film

Buzz 1st black female director honoured with release of apartheid film

10 October 2019

Euzhan Palcy made history in 1989 when she became the first black female filmmaker to direct a studio movie in Hollywood - Her movie, A Dry White Season, was actually…


Content - Film

Jozi Film Festival 2019 – winners announced

10 October 2019

The 8th annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) Awards took place on the evening of 6 October at Il Giardino, 44 Stanley Ave, in Johannesburg. Sean Steinberg made Jozi Film Festival…


Content - Film

Local film shines spotlight on debilitating genetic illness

10 October 2019

Cape Town-based Thozamile Mciki, 53, the oldest known Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva survivor. He features in the movie Tin Soldiers. The premiere of the movie Tin Soldier at Nu-Metro in Hyde…


Content - Television

StarTimes Rolls Out Tozali TV In Nigeria’s Northern States

10 October 2019

StarTimes subscribers in Nigeria will now experience Tozali TV, a lifestyle TV channel with rich cultural entertainment shows in English and Hausa. Joshua Wang, the Managing Director of StarTimes, announced…


Content - Television

Opanka to introduce new TV show to promote underground artistes in Ghana

10 October 2019

Ghanaian Hiplife artiste, Opanka is coming with a new tv show project to promote up-coming artistes also known as underground artistes to shine in our world of music. According to…


Content - Television

Vodacom’s Video Play Rolls Out Educational Content On-Demand

10 October 2019

Vodacom’s video on demand platform Video Play has rolled out a substantial selection of educational content for children and young adults ranging from science, mathematics and coding, in fun and…


Content - Television

Africa Magic to offer Nollywood Stars pop-up channel for DStv, GOtv subscribers

10 October 2019

Africa Magic will release its Nollywood Stars pop-up channel for its DStv and GOtv viewers this October. The launch will be on Sunday, 6 October and will end on Wednesday,…


Content - Television

DStv To Cut Three Popular Channels Across Africa

10 October 2019

DStv recently announced that it would be cutting three favourite channels from its network at the end of October – Lifetime, History and Crime + Investigation. These three channels have…


Content - Television

M-Net to launch new musical show

10 October 2019

The South African audio group M-Net will launch the first season of its musical show Amazing Voices, January 12, 2020. The promoters of the show, sponsored by the investor Old…


Content - Television

Showmax starts production on second original comedy

10 October 2019

Cape Town - Filming for Showmax's second original scripted comedy has begun in Johannesburg. According to a statement released by the streaming service, the fish-out-of-water comedy is set at The…


Distribution

African music streaming platform, Playfre features 2 new distribution services

10 October 2019

Playfre-Africa’s first music streaming platform-collected a record 100,00 unique streams only two weeks after being launched in May 2019. The platform was created by Nigerian entrepreneur Chika Nwaogu and has…


Regulation & Policy

Films and Publications Amendment Bill passed by President Ramaphosa

10 October 2019

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) welcomes the passing of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill by President Cyril Ramaphosa. This will assist in providing regulatory certainty on the mandate…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa president signs Films and Publications Act into law, raising fears about internet censorship

10 October 2019

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the Films and Publications Act, which some have called the internet censorship bill, ITWeb reported. Opponents of the law are concerned…


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People

10 October 2019

Burna Boy, Teni, others nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards Damini Ogulu, Nigerian Afrofusion artiste known as Burna Boy, and Teni, fast-rising singer, have been nominated for the 2019 MTV…


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Events

10 October 2019

2nd Benin City Film Festival BCFF 2019 November 6th - 9th, 2019 at University of Benin, Benin City Tickets are available now for 2nd Benin City Film Festival BCFF 2019!…