Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 329 5 December 2019

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BBC’s World Service wants to increase its Africa audiences with six new laguages and increasing emphasis on TV and digital

5 December 2019

The £298 million commitment to the BBC’s World Service over five years has been one of the biggest new investments in broadcast in Africa. Russell Southwood apoke to Mary Lusiba, Head of Business Development, Africa, BBC World Service about what’s been achieved so far and where things go next. In 2015 the British Government committed to giving the BBC £289 million over five years for the World Service. The cash injection was announced as part of the British Government’s National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, which is its five-year plan “for a secure and prosperous United Kingdom,…

Broadcast

StarTimes Kenya And Beijing Municipal Collaborate For Local Content Production Project

5 December 2019

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio and Television and StarTimes Kenya have announced a joint broadcast content development venture between Kenyan actors and their Chinese counterparts. The development will introduce…


Broadcast

China And Namibia Sign Content Deal For Radio And TV Broadcasting

5 December 2019

A Chinese delegation recently visited Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), to explore opportunities in the space of information and content exchange and dissemination. The visiting delegation was headed by Wu Bao'an,…


Broadcast

DISCOP Johannesburg recalibrates as African marketplace evolves

5 December 2019

The eighth edition of DISCOP JOHANNESBURG wrapped up last week with a lower attendance in comparison to last year – leading to some key changes in the 2020 edition. 976…


Broadcast

Africans win big at Joburg Film Festival

5 December 2019

It was a week of storytelling gold as filmmakers showcased their work at the Joburg Film Festival. “The festival has been a tribute to the power of storytelling. Our City…


Content - Film

Sudan’s ‘You Will Die At Twenty’ wins audience award at Ajyal Film Festival

5 December 2019

Sudanese-set drama You Will Die At Twenty continued its award-winning run at the 7th Ajyal Film Festival in Doha (Nov 18-23), picking up the audience award. It also scored a…


Content - Film

Joburg Film Festival honours African storytellers at Awards Gala

5 December 2019

The Joburg Film Festival, sponsored by the MultiChoice Group, named Rocks (UK) as Best Film at the festival Awards Gala, held at The Inanda Club this week. South African film,…


Content - Film

‘The White Line’ wins big at African Emerging Filmmakers Awards

5 December 2019

WINDHOEK- Locally produced feature film ‘The White Line’ took awards at Seventh African Emerging Filmmakers Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Cinematography. The awards ceremony took place last week…


Content - Film

Netflix-backed Atlas Workshops to showcase rare films from Comoro Islands, Tanzania and Djibouti

5 December 2019

Upcoming feature films by Egyptian director Tamer el Said and Moroccan Bafta nominee Ismaël Ferroukhi are among the 28 projects to be showcased at the second edition of the Marrakech…


Content - Television

China and Namibia Broadcasting Corporation sign radio and TV content agreement

5 December 2019

A Chinese delegation has visited Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to explore information and content exchange and dissemination opportunities, Xinhua reports. It was led by Wu Bao'an, the head of the…


Content - Television

Emmy Award-Winning GRB Studios Inks Deals In Africa

5 December 2019

GRB Studios has recently closed a number of deals in Africa, including one that brings the latest season of Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter to South Africa’s pay-TV channel…


Content - Television

MultiChoice Nigeria launched 5 new packages

5 December 2019

MultiChoice has unveiled five new packages for its DStv and GOtv platforms to provide more quality content at great value for customers this holiday season and beyond. According to the…


Content - Television

Inside Cartoon Network Africa’s grassroots growth

5 December 2019

Turner Kids Africa exec Ariane Suveg explains how the kidsnet is addressing the lack of local content and tapping into the continent's emerging animation sector. WarnerMedia’s kidsnets are on a…


Content - Television

Showmax Ready To Compete With Netflix – MultiChoice

5 December 2019

Showmax is now in the best position to compete with international streaming giants like Netflix. This is according to the MultiChoice Connected Video’s CEO Niclas Ekdahl, who had a conversation…


Content - Television

Cell C Shuts Down Its Black Streaming Service

5 December 2019

Cell C has revealed that it is shutting down its Black streaming service. In an SMS sent to its Black users, the company announced that the service would close on…


Content - Television

Maisha Magic to air Namu’ crime show

5 December 2019

Allan Namu signed a television agreement with Maisha Magic to produce a police program. Tim Okwaro, director of Eastern and Southern Africa, said at a media show in Johannesburg that…


Content - Television

Nvivo TV Rolled Out In Nigeria

5 December 2019

The entertainment and content distribution space in Nigerian is set to see a major transformation following the official rollout of Nvivo TV as part of the revelations made at the…


Content - Television

Third season of ‘The Fastest Shedder’ TV show available in Nigeria

5 December 2019

A reality television show for encouraging healthy living and fight against obesity is set to hit the Nigerian television airwaves. The third season of Nigeria’s first weight loss reality TV…


Content - Television

In brief

5 December 2019

South African and African content has been making inroads into the international market lately. Now three local projects have been chosen as finalists for C21 Content London’s drama series pitching…


Distribution

Euronews expands on DStv in Southern Africa

5 December 2019

The Euronews Group has struck a deal with the MultiChoice Group to offer Euronews content to millions of households across Sub-Saharan Africa, on the DStv platform. Euronews’ English language edition…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice moves 'Dishless DStv' launch to March 2020

5 December 2019

Cape Town – MultiChoice will no longer launch its stand-alone streaming version of its DStv pay-TV service before the end of 2019 as promised but has now pushed the evolving…


Regulation & Policy

IBA Shuts Down Zambia’s Lutanda Radio For Promoting Tribalism And Hate Speech -Reports

5 December 2019

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) has announced that it has with immediate effect suspended the broadcasting license for Zambia’s Lutanda Radio Station for 30 days after the station broadcast a…


Investment

How Knuckle City found the key to unlocking film finance

5 December 2019

The combination of a commercial storyline, an experienced production team and a solid ‘empowerment dividend’ paid off for Yellowbone Entertainment.   Anyone who has produced a film in South Africa…


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People

5 December 2019

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) board has appointed Malolela Lusambo as the new director general effective 01 December. ZNBC chairperson Mulenga Kapwepwe says the board selected Lusambo for his…


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Opportunities

5 December 2019

The Adiaha Women’s Documentary Award at Encounters 2020 The Ladima Foundation will be awarding its Adiaha Prize for Best Documentary by an African woman filmmaker at the 22nd Encounters Documentary…


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Events

5 December 2019

The Global Migration Film Festival November 28 – December 18, 2019 The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration. The UN Migration Agency…