Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 331 15 January 2020

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Micromedia Group’s Shileola Ibironke pitches her next two TV series and opens a new cinema in Lagos

15 January 2020

Establishing yourself in the Nigerian production sector is a tough business and requires a tricky combination of the ability to persuade sponsors to step up to the plate, a feel for what will work locally but sell continentally and access to finance. Russell Southwood talked to Shileola Ibironke, CEO, Micromedia Group about how she made her first two series, her new productions and opening a cinema in Lagos. Unlike a lot of industry executives on the continent, she started out as an economics graduate who then focused on marketing. Although she had a part in a film while a student,…

Broadcast

Africa Magic Launches New Reality Shows For 2020

15 January 2020

Africa Magic has kicked off the New Year with a series of new reality shows. It recently announced that it would be introducing three new TV shows: ‘Dr Laser’, ‘Date…


Broadcast

BBC Focus on Africa to be broadcast on GHOne TV

15 January 2020

Focus on Africa, the BBC’s daily television news programme for Africa will air every weekday evening on GHOne TV. As of January 6, viewers in Ghana can watch the latest…


Broadcast

In brief

15 January 2020

Zap has delayed the price hike for its satellite services to 23 January and fibre services to 1 February, due to a delay in clearance from the Angolan Telecommunications Institute…


Content - Film

I am Africa Short Film Competition - Spotlights Filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa

15 January 2020

*LOS ANGELES — YouTube, in partnership with The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) and The Africa Narrative at USC Norman Lear Center, announced the 48 semi-finalists for the I Am…


Content - Film

South Africa: 7th edition of Ugu Film Festival to focus on strides made by female filmmakers

15 January 2020

The Ugu Film Festival, hosted by Sollywood Films in partnership with The National Film and Video Foundation, and Ugu South Coast Tourism, is back with a bigger and better programme…


Content - Film

Kenya: Lesbian-Themed Film 'Rafiki' to Be Screened Across Africa, Except Kenya

15 January 2020

Director Wanuri Kahiu's joyous lesbian romance Rafiki is set to be screen across Africa, except her home country, Kenya where the film was made. The film, which has generated acclaim…


Content - Film

SA documentary on Bell Pottinger propaganda war selected for Sundance Festival

15 January 2020

Director of photography Glauco Bermudez and directors Richard Poplak and Diana Neille filming the Swords of Qādisīyah in the Green Zone, Baghdad. From around 15,000 entries submitted to the Sundance…


Content - Film

10 Nigerian Movies That Redefined Nollywood Last Decade

15 January 2020

The last decade inarguably brought tremendous change to the Nigerian film industry. From the quality of production to the scripting and even acceptance among movie watchers, the movies of the…


Content - Film

Ethiopia: Films breathe optimism into political malaise

15 January 2020

Political films and plays motivate audiences of troubled nation to embrace peace, tolerance and unity A mother of nine was on her deathbed after a careless surgeon who operated on…


Content - Film

End Clap in Côte d’Ivoire for the Global Migration Film Festival

15 January 2020

The curtain came down on IOM’s fourth annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) here on Wednesday 18 December, with Estonian filmmaker Madli Lääne taking home the festival’s top award for…


Content - Television

StarTimes Kenya Adds Two New Documentary Channels

15 January 2020

StarTimes Media in Kenya has added the Smithsonian and Love Nature documentary channels to its offering. Love Nature is a 24-hour wild and marine animals channel that has been made…


Content - Television

All the South African series and movies coming to Netflix

15 January 2020

Netflix has acquired the rights to titles from Indigenous Films, the company told MyBroadband. The streaming service said that classic titles such as Tsotsi, iNumber Number, and The Forgotten Kingdom…


Content - Television

Egypt's Second Netflix Original Is Set to Star Satirical Puppet Abla Fahita

15 January 2020

The popular character will try her hand at a scripted series that chronicles her path to stardom. Netflix's continued effort to commission more originals from the continent has yielded another…


Content - Television

Cairo International Film Festival partners with Viu to fund Egyptian short films

15 January 2020

Offering a total budget of $100,000, at least three Egyptian filmmakers will receive funding to produce or complete their films. OTT platform Viu has partnered with the Cairo International Film…


Distribution

Shesha Fest: African Animation Debuts On Cartoon Network’s!

15 January 2020

Finally, here on your screens, Cartoon Network will unveil the three Cartoon Network Africa shorts produced in Africa as part of their Shesha Fest, an on-air stunt in January 2020…


Distribution

StarTimes picks up FA Cup in sub-Saharan Africa

15 January 2020

StarTimes, the Chinese pay TV broadcaster with a strong presence in Africa, has acquired the rights to the English FA Cup and FA Community Shield in sub-Saharan Africa.   Running…


Technology & Convergence

China's StarTimes hands over digital television project to Kenya

15 January 2020

Chinese pay television company StarTimes on Friday handed over a digital television project to Kenyan authorities after successful implementation. The project that was launched in June 2018, and is part…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian Communications Commission Develops Draft Guidelines For Use Of TV White Spaces In Nigeria

15 January 2020

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has developed draft guidelines for the use of Television White Spaces (TVWS) for rural broadband connectivity in Nigeria. The apex regulatory body in charge of…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian govt prohibits exclusive sports broadcasting rights

15 January 2020

The Federal Government has prohibited exclusivity rights in broadcasting sporting events in the country.   The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement issued…


Regulation & Policy

TV channels to launch their activities on the DTT platform as from February in Ivory Coast

15 January 2020

In Ivory Coast, the television channels selected to broadcast on the digital television platform (DTT) must launch their activities no later than next February. This was announced by Sidi Touré,…


Investment

SVOD subs to increase by six times in Africa

15 January 2020

Revenues from African SVOD services are set to skyrocket over the next five years. According to a new study from Digital TV Research, revenues will reach US$1.06 billion by 2025,…


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Opportunities

15 January 2020

Call out for film project submissions Durban FilmMart 2020 is encouraging filmmakers to submit projects. PROJECT submissions for the 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM), Africa’s leading film industry co-production market, close…


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People

15 January 2020

Amaka Igwe - Google Doodle Honours Nigerian Filmmaker On 57th Posthumous Birthday Late veteran Nollywood filmmaker, Amaka Igwe, has been honoured with a Google Doodle on her 57th posthumous birthday.…


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Events

15 January 2020

Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan ANIMATION DU MONDE 2020 @ DISCOP ABIDJAN Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network…