Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 323 – 11 September 2019

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Kenya: Tifa Research pitches passive research as the next stage of understanding audience behavior – panel members no longer self-report or recall

11 September 2019

The increase in the use of smartphones is beginning to revolutionize African TV audience research. Kenya’s TIFA Research has been pioneering passive research as a way of improving how to understand Kenya’s TV audience. Russell Southwood spoke to Maggie Ireri, Founder and Director of TIFA Research and Kelvin Masika, its ICT and Innovations Manager about what it all means. Audience research is crucial for Africa’s broadcast industry as it is potentially a trusted way of showing to advertisers and brands who watches which channels. Few African countries are big enough economically to carry out this kind of research so the…

Broadcast

Colonizing the Mind: How Beijing Snuck Into Africa Through TV and Film

11 September 2019

AINAMOI, Kenya—On a fine Saturday afternoon at Ainamoi shopping center in Kenya’s Kericho County, Leonard Biegon takes a few colored chalks and sketches the names of the current and upcoming…


Broadcast

Xenophobia: Basketmouth cancels appearance at award show in South Africa

11 September 2019

Just a few hours after the Nigerian singer retired from the upcoming DSTV festival in South Africa, Basketmouth followed in his footsteps. Basketmouth recently turned to social media to respond…


Broadcast

MultiChoice drops its prices for DStv and GOtv in Uganda

11 September 2019

MultiChoice Uganda has just reduced the subscription fees for DStv and GOtv. The affected packages are; DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family, and GOtv Plus. The subscription…


Broadcast

16th Abuja International: All South African film entries suspended

11 September 2019

There is an immediate suspension of all South African film entries at the 16th Abuja International Film Festival scheduled for October 22 to 25, 2019. In a statement released by…


Broadcast

BBC Lifestyle To Offer Advertising Opportunities Across Sub-Saharan Africa

11 September 2019

BBC Studios has announced that it plans to offer advertising prospects on its BBC Lifestyle channel for clients across sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia…


Content - Film

‘The Lion King’ is now the highest grossing film of all time in South Africa Making over R107.6 million.

11 September 2019

Disney’s The Lion King has become the all-time top-grossing film in South Africa, with a haul of over R107.6 million since it’s 19 July 2019 release across the continent. The…


Content - Film

North African Films Set to Make Mark at Toronto Festival

11 September 2019

Toronto International Film Festival’s Contemporary World Cinema lead programmer Kiva Reardon, who also curates the festival’s selections from North Africa, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, has noticed an uptick…


Content - Film

Documentary on missing Chibok schoolgirls wins at Venice Film Festival

11 September 2019

A documentary by a Nigerian filmmaker on the missing Chibok girls has won an award at the Venice Film Festival. 'Daughters of Chibok' won best virtual reality story at the…


Content - Film

Nairobi Animation du Monde 2020 Winners Announced

11 September 2019

Nairobi Comic Con recently hosted the pitch competition Animation du Monde for the second year running. This year, East Africa produced a bumper crop of animation talent in the penultimate…


Content - Film

Locarno Film Review: ‘Camille’

11 September 2019

Following his strong foray into fiction with “Hope,” director Boris Lojkine goes even further in weaving his documentary origins onto a fictional structure with “Camille,” a powerful biopic of French…


Content - Film

‘The Great Green Wall’: First Trailer For Fernando Meirelles & UN-Backed Climate Change Doc With Inna Modja — Venice

11 September 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a good-looking first trailer for Venice Film Festival climate change documentary The Great Green Wall, which is fronted by Malian-French singer and activist Inna Modja, executive-produced by Fernando…


Content - Film

SA film ‘Moffie’ to compete in Best Film category at London International Film Festival

11 September 2019

Oliver Hermanus’ new film, Moffie has been invited to compete in the Best Film category at this year’s 63rd BFI London Film Festival The festival, which is hosted in London’s…


Content - Film

Joburg Film Festival & MultiChoice partner to showcase film talent

11 September 2019

The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have embarked on an exciting collaboration to create South Africa’s preeminent film festival. The Joburg Film Festival and the MultiChoice Group have…


Content - Film

TIFF 2019: How the Festival Spread Black Voices Across This Year’s Lineup

11 September 2019

Ahead of the festival's launch, here are five feature highlights that center on the lives of people of African descent worldwide. Three years after the festival’s final installment of its…


Content - Television

Reality Show On Kayayei To Air On TV Africa

11 September 2019

'A Jewel In The Streets', a unique and major transformational reality show on 'kayayei' (head porters), will be aired on TV Africa from September 8, organisers have announced. The first…


Content - Television

DStv to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup

11 September 2019

DStv is the only television platform in South Africa that will air the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. While SABC confirmed it could not reach an agreement with SuperSport…


Content - Television

FIFA.com and YouTube to stream African qualifiers for 2022 World Cup

11 September 2019

Football fans around the world will be able to watch the preliminary round of the CAF qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar. FIFA plans…


Content - Television

Max TV acquires non-exclusive broadcasting rights for the English Premier League in Ghana

11 September 2019

Max TV just announced a non-exclusivity deal to air all of the English Premier League 2019/2020 season. Max TV’s objective is to give Ghanaian football fans the best content and…


Content - Television

iflix is now available in Ghana

11 September 2019

iflix serves as a digital hosting and distribution platform for Western and Asian dramas obtained through partnerships with over 150 studios and content distributors globally, including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Disney, Warner Bros,…


Content - Television

African Movie Channel’s AMC series returns to StarTimes

11 September 2019

A year after African Movie Channel’s AMC Series channel departed StarTimes, it has made its return to the television platform. Following a new deal signed in August with StarTimes, the…


Content - Television

StarTimes’ dating reality show ‘Hello Mr Right’ commences auditions September

11 September 2019

StarTimes have announced that Africa’s number 1 dating reality show ‘Hello Mr. Right’ will commence in Nigeria with auditions on September 7 and 8 The auditions scheduled to hold on…


Content - Television

In brief

11 September 2019

A+ IVOIRE reinforces its schedule of programs with the arrival of new programs and series co-produced by the channel. Launched in 2019, the TV channel A+ IVOIRE has conquered the…


Distribution

MoJo Global Arts picks up North American sales rights to TIFF selection 'Knuckle City'

11 September 2019

Morris Ruskin and Jordan Walker-Pearlman’s new production and management company MoJo Global Arts will launch North American sales in Toronto on festival selection and boxing drama Knuckle City. South African…


Distribution

Cell C's Black suspends linear TV channels as part of cost-cutting review

11 September 2019

South African operator Cell C has stopped broadcasting linear channels on its Black video streaming service as it continues a major review of costs in its business, TechCentral reported. The…


Regulation & Policy

Ezekiel Mutua: The man who polices Kenyan pop music

11 September 2019

Kenya's "moral policeman" Ezekiel Mutua is at the centre of a new storm after banning two popular songs, but the ex-journalist relishes his role, writes the BBC's Ashley Lime from…


Investment

A bright future ahead for KZN movie industry

11 September 2019

Videovision Entertainment, a diversified film and television company, sees a bright future ahead for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) movie industry as it basks in the glow of success as its latest…


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People

11 September 2019

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Names New Acting CEO Following Patrick Mavhura’s sudden release from his position as CEO of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Wisdom Hombarume, who is currently the ZBC’s…


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Opportunities

11 September 2019

AfricaCom Awards 2019 – entries now open     The AfricaCom Awards this year will see the return of old favourites and the addition of several new categories, all exemplifying…


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Events

11 September 2019

Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa and SABA's 27th AGM! The Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa 2019 (incorporating the 3rd SADC-SABA Broadcasters' Forum and 27th AGM) is the platform for TV,…