Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 277 1 December 2017

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See Feem’s Enyi Omeruah co-produces new Nollywood comedy and wants to create a fund for a five-film slate

1 December 2017

Nollywood is in the slow process of professionalizing. Key players are beginning to work out the business of the business. Russell Southwood talks to Enyi Omeruah, Managing Partner, See Feem, a talent agent turned film producer, who wants to create new opportunities for the talent he represents, Enyi Omeruah started See Feem through one of those accidents we call life:”I went to a US college and at the time I wanted to be a singer. But the fees were so expensive that there’s no way I could be a singer”. After college he worked at Deloitte and Touche. He went…

Broadcast

Triggerfish wins first BAFTA from second nomination in two years

1 December 2017

Revolting Rhymes won Best Animation at the BAFTA Children's Awards last night, beating off strong competition from The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and We're Going On A…


Broadcast

Khanyi Mbau, Gugu Zulu to star in new blockbuster 'She is King'

1 December 2017

Johannesburg - The queen of bling Khanyi Mbau, award-winning actor and choreographer Khabonina Qubeka, rising Idols star Gugu Zulu, and up-coming rapper Mandisa Nduna are among the South Africans named…


Broadcast

Namibia: Damara Film in Top 10 At British Film Awards

1 December 2017

THE 'Damara King's Festival' film of last year's Damara Goab festival held at Okombahe was among the top 10 films at the arts and humanities research council's 'Research in Film'…


Broadcast

This South African Documentary Explores Skin Lightening Among Women of Color

1 December 2017

Some were just trying to get rid of pimples, while others were succumbing to societal pressures. A Gentle Magic is a 55-minute-long documentary by South African documentary filmmaker Lerato Mbangeni,…


Broadcast

Nollywood powerful tool for “soft” diplomacy – Envoy

1 December 2017

Ambassador Audu Kadiri, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) office in Geneva, says Nollywood is fast becoming a very powerful tool for “soft” diplomacy for Nigeria. Kadiri spoke…


Broadcast

Cape Flats gang violence to hit small screens

1 December 2017

Cape Town - Scared mothers, terrified children, gunfire, and gang hits that cost as little as R1 000. This is the harsh reality of everyday life in Hanover Park. Now,…


Broadcast

Women dominate Wavescape Festival line-up

1 December 2017

The Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival has announced a focus on women in an expanded line-up of ocean-conscious events in 2017. Wavescape will showcase the talents of scientists, artists, photographers…


Broadcast

‘Container’ Carries Migrants’ Journey Into Virtual Realm at IDFA

1 December 2017

South African duo explore modern-day slavery through VR, video art A harrowing journey across the high seas comes to life in “Container,” an ambitious cross-media project being pitched at IDFA…


Broadcast

Movie review: Documentary 'Jane' celebrates Goodall's life and work with newly discovered footage

1 December 2017

Brett Morgen’s “Jane” tells the story of Jane Goodall, the famous naturalist who spent years studying chimpanzees in Africa. Built from recently discovered footage taken in the 1960s, Morgen’s film,…


Content

Ebonylife TV shooting Nigeria’s first legal drama

1 December 2017

Castle & Castle is the first Nigerian legal drama currently being filmed by Ebonylife TV. Popular legal dramas have been a staple of television for years, a boon for producers…


Content

'It's the worst thing I've ever seen'- SA lambastes Oscar Pistorius film

1 December 2017

Fans were left disturbed and unimpressed after a biopic, Blade Runner Killer about the rise and fall of paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was aired on TV this past weekend. The…


Content

Tali’s Wedding Diary coming to South Africa on Showmax

1 December 2017

The upcoming comedy series, Tali’s Wedding Diary is the first ever original series from Showmax African Streaming service. The show has its origins not in the established television community but…


Content

Inexba looks to be strong contender in Oscar race for foreign language film award

1 December 2017

AwardsWatch, which tracks and predicts the nominees and winners of the entertainment industry’s biggest awards, the Oscars®, has given South Africa film ‘Inxeba’ an 80% chance of winning the Foreign…


Content

Malawi: Shemu Joyah Calls for More Professional Film Reviews

1 December 2017

Blantyre — Managing Director of First Dawn Arts and award-winning film producer, director and screenplay writer, Shemu Joyah has called on the media industry to come up with more professional…


Content

Kwesé Nigeria adds Hip TV to its channel line up

1 December 2017

Kwesé TV, pan-African satellite pay television service provider, has added Hip TV, an urbane contemporary music and lifestyle channel for a youthful audience, to its channel line-up. Available on channel…


Content

Doug Lwanga sealed big deal with reality TV Show ‘God Father East Africa House’

1 December 2017

Douglas Lwanga Yuppy’s Clothing Ambassador and top Host of The Beat on NTV Uganda, is set to take part in creation of a brand-new show. According to his social media,…


Distribution

StarTimes acquires exclusive media rights for FIFA Club World Cup

1 December 2017

Pay-TV operator StarTimes has acquired exclusive media rights for FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 & 2018 in Sub-Saharan Africa. FIFA Club World Cup is an international club football tournament…


Distribution

Phoenix Films strikes China TV deal

1 December 2017

Phoenix Films is proud to announce that they have sold three of their films: Treurgrond, Mignon Mossie Van Wyk and Trouvoete to China. This deal was struck by producer Andr…


Distribution

Black inks deal with Fox Networks Group to bring incredible content to SA

1 December 2017

Eight premium channels to launch on black including FOX, National Geographic and FOX Life black to be the first platform to launch FOX+ in South Africa, the new on-demand service…


Distribution

Senegal: Building Community Support for Drug Users Using Mobile Cinemas

1 December 2017

Waves of dialogue in West Africa on drug policy reform with the ultimate goal of decriminalizing drug use and possession for personal use have been making headway. Progress is slowly…


Distribution

Canal+ extends DTT EasyTV in Congo

1 December 2017

Canal+ Group has extended its DTT offer EasyTV to a third city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Matadi, after already rolling out in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa. Priced…


Investment

SABC wants DStv to pay to carry its channels

1 December 2017

Instead of giving away its channels SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 for free to subscription broadcasters like DStv, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) wants to be able to negotiate payment,…


Regulation & Policy

SABC seeks to alter rules giving pay-TV stations free use of channels

1 December 2017

The SABC has asked the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to conduct an urgent public review of regulations that allow pay-TV operators to carry its television channels for free.…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania: Middlemen in Film Trade Face the Axe

1 December 2017

Dar es Salaam — Tanzania Film Federation (Taff) and CogsNet Technologies have signed an agreement that will see the two parties commercialising an online database they are to form and…


Regulation & Policy

Ethiopia: New Film Policy Set to Promote Industry, Cultural Values

1 December 2017

The new Film policy that has come into effect as of November 2017 would help promote the film industry and contribute to the preservation of cultural values, said Ministry of…


Technology & Convergence

Condriac launches streaming platform CondriacLive

1 December 2017

Live streaming is without a doubt the hottest trend of 2017, and Condriac’s in-house initiative, Condriac Live, aspires to be at the forefront of eSports and live streaming entertainment in…


Technology & Convergence

Afrinolly appointed first DaVinci Resolve Certified Training Partner in Africa

1 December 2017

A few months ago at NAB 2017 in Las Vegas, Blackmagic Design announced a new worldwide training and certification programme, along with certified curriculum for DaVinci Resolve. Users can take…


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Opportunities

1 December 2017

SAE Institute launches film production scholarship Internationally accredited SAE Institute in Cape Town has announced its latest scholarship opportunity for South Africans interested in learning film production at its campus…


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Events

1 December 2017

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…