Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 301 – 15 November 2018

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83 million African households to have access to Digital Terrestrial Television by the end of 2020, but will they actually be consuming it?

15 November 2018

The slow progress of Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been frustrating for everyone in the broadcast industry. Balancing Act’s latest report Analogue to Digital Broadcasting Migration Africa shows there has been some progress but there’s still a long way to go. Balancing Act’s Head of Research Matthew Dawes looks at whether Africa will reach the finish line just as viewers take their loyalty to other screens. The ITU’s 17th June 2015 deadline for the switchover from analogue to digital migration has long been passed by the vast majority of African Governments, but, a newly released report by…

Broadcast

Cinema sees revival in post-revolution Tunisia

15 November 2018

Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival. "Since 2011, one of the most…


Broadcast

AFRIFF 2018 Begins Sunday

15 November 2018

The eight edition of African International Film Festival AFRIFF, begins on Sunday, November 11, 2018 and already, stakeholders of African Cinema have arrived the country to celebrate the giant stride…


Broadcast

Young writer’s first short film a dream come true

15 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG, November 8 – Local writer Sibusiso Khuzwayo’s dream of directing a film came true after a donation of filming equipment from the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission, the National Film…


Broadcast

Touki Bouki: The greatest African film ever?

15 November 2018

When it came out in 1973, Touki Bouki was panned by the Senegalese public and press. Yet 45 years on, it deserves to be regarded as one of Africa’s finest…


Broadcast

Metro TV Sacks 45 Staff

15 November 2018

Privately-owned free-to-air television firm, Metro TV, has sacked about 45 of its staff, DAILY GUIDE has gathered. This paper learned that the affected staff were support employees with the company…


Content

AfriDocs: Migrant Stories Changing the Narrative on Migration Documentaries to Air Across Africa

15 November 2018

Nov 12th 2018: AfriDocs, Africa’s only free streaming platform for documentary films, is launching an informative and engaging series of films that tackle the complex issues of immigration and migration…


Content

SA Indian gangster thriller Mayfair opens to great reviews

15 November 2018

Gangster tale ‘Mayfair’, the fourth film by award-winning director Sara Blecher (‘Ayanda’, ‘Dis Ek Anna’, ‘Otelo Burning’) opened to rave reviews this past weekend. This comes after several sold-out screenings…


Content

Watch First Trailer for ‘Chief Daddy’ From Nigeria’s Mo Abudu (EXCLUSIVE)

15 November 2018

When an extravagant, exuberant billionaire patriarch drops dead at the dinner table, a mad scramble for his fortune ensues among his extended family, household staff and a few mistresses. EbonyLife,…


Content

New study commissioned by Boomerang reveals importance of downtime and humour in South African kids’ busy lives

15 November 2018

[Johannesburg, SA]: Turner’s Boomerang, the home of Tom and Jerry and Mr Bean and the channel that promises ‘endless moments of pure enjoyment’, has conducted a brand-new study with parents…


Content

Welcome to the action packed world of 'Wakaliwood'

15 November 2018

In the heart of a Ugandan slum, there exists a world of zombies, cannibals, and kung fu. It's a place where a slum cat called "Famous" lounges in the sun…


Content

In brief

15 November 2018

Kwese Iflix says it will grant loyal Kwese TV subscribers complimentary access to Kwese Iflix for twelve months. Those with an active Kwese TV subscription on 31 October get one…


Distribution

South Africa: Telkom scores with Netflix partnership

15 November 2018

Netflix has officially signed its first partnership with a South African telecommunications company. Telkom confirmed the agreement with the leading internet entertainment service on Thursday. Netflix services in the country…


Distribution

'The Wound' producers secure sales deal for South African drama 'The Tree'

15 November 2018

Berlin-based sales outfit Pluto Film Distribution has picked up rights to South African debut feature The Tree. The film is from producers Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw of Urucu Media,…


Distribution

Girl From Nowhere’s surprise success has Showmax execs smiling

15 November 2018

Showmax execs have been thrilled by the success of their recent acquisition, Girl From Nowhere. With no prior cinema release, no marketing budget, and a miniscule production budget, Girl From…


Distribution

Tanzania: TBC Tourism Channel Launch Pencilled for Next Month

15 November 2018

Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC)'s new tourism channel, to be known as Tanzania Safari Channel, is set to be launched mid next month. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural…


Distribution

Econet Media criticises reports on court case over Kwese TV satellite content distribution in Zimbabwe

15 November 2018

KWESE parent company, Econet Media (Mauritius), say it has nothing to do with the Supreme Court ruling against Dr Dish over the distribution of its content through Kwese TV to…


Distribution

In brief

15 November 2018

The first two seasons of The Girlfriend Experience, executive produced by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Traffic), are now streaming first and only on Showmax in South…


Investment

US film companies back efforts in SA to transform industry, says dti

15 November 2018

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Bulelani Magwanishe and the Motion Picture Association of America’s Marianne Grant after their meeting in Los Angeles. Photo: Supplied (dti) Pretoria - The United States…


Regulation & Policy

MultiChoice and SABC violate competition merger rules

15 November 2018

The Competition Commission has ruled that the channel distribution agreement between Multichoice and SABC, signed in 2013, constitutes a notifiable merger. The five-year agreement deal allows MultiChoice the right to…


Regulation & Policy

DISCOP and ONGEA! to host music rights event in Joburg

15 November 2018

DISCOP, in partnership with ONGEA! Africa, will host a DISCORE music rights and supervision program in Johannesburg from 14 to 15 November. The program is aimed at broadening networks, educating…


Regulation & Policy

Over 300 women gather to talk gender disparity at the Joburg Film Festival By Joburg Film Festival

15 November 2018

Over 300 women will gather at Constitutional Hill to discuss gender disparity in the film sector at the 2nd edition of the Joburg Film Festival. Taking place on Sunday, 11…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Icasa closes down FS community station

15 November 2018

Icasa spokesperson, Paseka Maleka, on Wednesday told OFM News that the broadcasting rights of Karabo FM have been revoked due to non-compliance with Icasa’s orders.   According to Icasa, the…


Regulation & Policy

Safaricom renews push for digital broadcast licence

15 November 2018

Safaricom says it will seek answers from the telecoms regulator over the three-year delay in issuance of its digital broadcast licence, chief executive Bob Collymore has said. The telco is…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa Production Rebates Under Fire

15 November 2018

The Motion Picture Assn. has raised concerns that recent changes to South Africa’s tax incentive scheme and other regulatory proposals could stunt the development of the country’s film industry, according…


Technology & Convergence

Niger to deploy DTT officially in December

15 November 2018

Digital terrestrial television (DTT) is already operational in Niamey, declared Abdoulaye Coulibaly, chairman of the National Technical Committee for Digital (CTN). “DTT is now a reality in Niger. And by…


Technology & Convergence

SENTECH and Broadpeak to Demonstrate OTT Multiscreen Video Delivery Via DVB-T2 at AfricaCom 2018

15 November 2018

OTT Multiscreen Video Delivery Over Terrestrial Networks is Scalable and Cost-Effective With Broadpeak’s nanoCDN™ Multicast ABR Solution CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Nov. 12, 2018 — At AfricaCom 2018, Broadpeak®,…


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Events

15 November 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…