Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 288 – 18 May 2018

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The Digital Revolution: Africa’s Broadcasters need to focus on how to reach their missing audiences

18 May 2018

The wave of digital transformation of broadcasting and the media is already under way in Sub-Saharan Africa. However with a few exceptions, most media organizations are focused on taking audience share from the existing pool of viewers and listeners. Russell Southwood argues that digital offers broadcasters new opportunities to reach those currently beyond media coverage. Advertising in Sub-Saharan Africa can be broadly divided into two categories: those goods and services that are sold to urban audiences with higher incomes (high-end cars, drink, etc) and goods and services that are bought by what Kenyans call the Wananchi (soap, beer, basic foods).…

Broadcast

Supa Modo – A Kenyan superhero film

18 May 2018

“One can always get sucked into the darkness when dealing with such heavy materials and themes, but the producers really encouraged us to explore it from a new angle…and that…


Broadcast

The Ladima Foundation at ZIFF 2018 & DISCOP Zanzibar

18 May 2018

Established as a mechanism to support worthy women filmmakers from across Africa in order to contribute to correcting the major imbalances within the industry, The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with…


Broadcast

Rafiki is the first Kenyan film invited to premiere at Cannes

18 May 2018

We hope the film will contribute to bringing these stories out of the shadows in Africa. For too often officialdom have tried to suppress these stories, but we know they…


Broadcast

Thuli Madonsela, Vivienne Westwood, M.I.A et al – a captivating line-up for Encounters

18 May 2018

Now in its 20th year, The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival celebrates the power of womanhood, reflected by the fact that over half of the 40 films selected…


Broadcast

Locally produced films scheduled for Cannes Film Festival 2018 line-up

18 May 2018

Over 40 South African delegates are expected to attend the inaugural Cannes Festival March Du Film 2018, celebrated as the film industry's biggest annual get-together with a forum of over…


Broadcast

An important time for African cinema at the Cannes

18 May 2018

Africa’s media, film star, producer, writer and director, Ernest Napoleon, and Winston Ellis a martial arts director and producer of Rayzor Edge Films, will travel to France for Festival de…


Broadcast

'Black Panther' leads MTV Movie and TV Award nods, here's how you can vote

18 May 2018

Black Panther, the breakthrough superhero film that has become one of the highest-grossing motion pictures of all time, on Thursday led nominations for the MTV Movie and TV Awards. The…


Broadcast

Official US Trailer for Doc 'This Is Congo' Profiling the African Country

18 May 2018

"Our hope was always to bring civilization to Congo…" Abramorama has debuted the official trailer for a documentary titled This Is Congo, a film made by war photographer Daniel McCabe.…


Broadcast

In brief

18 May 2018

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) announced its partnership with the Robert Bosch Foundation and AfriDocs to award the Golden Dhow for Best Documentary. ZIFF has always celebrated documentary films…


Content

Africanews launches Inspire Africa

18 May 2018

Inspire Africa highlights the face of a rising continent, millions of men and women who are building, innovating and driving the growth of the continent. Inspire Africa brings to the…


Content

VIMN Africa and MultiChoice showcase new local content

18 May 2018

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) in partnership with MultiChoice, aligned an exciting lineup of local content, showcasing the best of Africa’s creativity and talent in May and June.…


Content

Orange Studio Ramps Up Africa Efforts

18 May 2018

Orange Studio is ramping up its efforts to boost production and exhibition across Africa, where the film and TV arm of France’s leading telco operator, Orange, has a growing footprint.…


Content

HBO's Upcoming Documentary Following the Rescued Chibok Girls To Premiere This Fall

18 May 2018

"Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram" presents the traumatizing stories of the Nigerian school-girls who were kidnapped by the extremist insurgent group. In the town of Chibok, Nigeria, on the…


Distribution

DSTV to offer Pay-As-You-Go service to users in Nigeria

18 May 2018

DSTV users in Nigeria may soon have access to the Pay-As-You-Go option to better compete in the industry, by facilitating payment for subscribers. Pay-As-You-Go or pay-as-you-consume is a pricing strategy…


Distribution

Showcasing Africa to the World! TVC Communications announces a Major Programme Output deal with BBC News

18 May 2018

Nigeria’s leading independent TV and radio broadcasting company, TVC Communications has today announced a major programme output deal with BBC News. The agreement means that the two television channels (TVC…


Distribution

MultiChoice Nigeria cuts DStv, GOtv decoder prices for World Cup

18 May 2018

MultiChoice Nigeria has slashed decoder prices in order to help more Nigerians to watch the Russia 2018 World Cup. The DStv HD decoder, which includes a dish kit and one-month…


Distribution

Number 37 Picked Up by Dark Star Pictures

18 May 2018

Hot SXSW title Number 37, a Hitchcockian South African crime thriller, is heading to theaters in the U.S. after Dark Star Pictures picked up all North American rights.   The…


Distribution

Thaicom to beam European content into Africa

18 May 2018

Satellite operator Thaicom Plc has signed an agreement with Europe-based content-delivery specialist Mediavision to expand its broadcast platform in sub-Saharan Africa. The MCPC platform provides broadcasters in Europe with direct…


Investment

Tanzanian businessman seeking to acquire 50% of Wananchi Group

18 May 2018

Tanzanian businessman Ali Mufuruki is seeking to acquire a 50% stake in Wananchi Group Holdings, reports Business Daily.   Wananchi provides broadband and television services under the brand name Zuku…


Regulation & Policy

Film funding body: management guilty

18 May 2018

A forensic investigation into claims of mismanagement and abuse of funds, among others, has implicated some of the executive and senior management of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa's SABC says MultiChoice profiting unfairly from carriage obligations

18 May 2018

South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says must-carry regulations, which require DStv parent MultiChoice and other satellite pay-television providers to carry the SABC’s three free-to-air channels, are unfair and commercial broadcasters…


Technology & Convergence

X-raying future of pay-television in Africa

18 May 2018

The 5th Digital Dialogue Conference, facilitated by MultiChoice Africa, points the way for Africa’s pay-television industry. The future of the pay-television industry in Africa was, again, the focus at the…


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People

18 May 2018

South African Director Khalo Matabane Accused of Rape and Sexual Misconduct  Film and TV director Khalo Matabane has been accused of rape and sexual misconduct in the first high-profile case…


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Opportunities

18 May 2018

Caminhos Film Festival Call for Entries The applications for the 24thedition of the Caminhos Film Festival are now open, from the 1st of May until the 31st of July the…


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Events

18 May 2018

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…