Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 292 –13 July 2018

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Nigeria’s news satire show The Other News hits audiences of 2 million and brings in new types of viewers for Channels TV

13 July 2018

Many countries in Africa love news satire programmes because they allow difficult issues to be talked about with a smile and puncture the pomposity of the political elites. Kenya had the XYZ Show and South Africa its Puppet Nation and news satire attracts good audiences. At the Global Media Forum Russell Southwood spoke to Neil McCafferty, Pilot Media Initiatives about Channels TV’s The Other News. The idea for The Other News format goes back to a group of people who were working on media development initiatives in Kyrgyzstan:”My colleague Dillon Case (Co-founder and CEO, Pilot Media Initiatives) was working on…

Broadcast

Social realism and a 'new voice' in Nigerian cinema

13 July 2018

A low budget comedy set in the working class suburbs of Nigeria's capital, Ema Edosio's debut film "Kasala!" is a world away from the usual style and glamour of Nollywood.…


Broadcast

Kenyan movie ‘18 hours’ bags 5 nominations in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

13 July 2018

The 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) list of nominees is out and Kenyan Movie 18 hours has received 5 nominations. The film which was inspired by a true…


Broadcast

All the details about Wavescape Film Festival at DIFF

13 July 2018

Cape Town - The 14th iteration of the Wavescape Surf Film Festival takes place at the Durban International Film Festival, headlined by the African premiere of smash-hit feature documentary by…


Broadcast

Love film to be shot in Kenya after intervention of State

13 July 2018

A movie about the love story between a Kenyan and an American will not be shot in South Africa as earlier planned. The Government intervened to have the movie about…


Broadcast

Shemu Joyah, Joyce Chavula films nominated in AMVCAs

13 July 2018

Shemu Joyah and Joyce Mhango Chavula’s latest films Road to Sunrise and Nyasaland respectively have been nominated in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) which were announced on…


Broadcast

Togolese film industry back on the international scene

13 July 2018

After a few years of hesitation, Togolese cinema is back in force on the international scene. It is thanks to structures like YoBo studio and the commitment of some young…


Broadcast

Durban International Film Festival announces films in competition

13 July 2018

The 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 19 to 29 July, has announced its films and jury members for this year’s competition. Award categories are Best…


Broadcast

The 3 Biggest Ways Those 928 New Academy Voters Could Change the Oscar Race

13 July 2018

What difference will some 928 new Academy voters make to next year’s Oscar race? (That’s assuming they all join.) That impressive number is the result of efforts by Academy CEO…


Broadcast

Leap forward for SA animation industry

13 July 2018

The South African animation industry cemented its position as a key industry player when locally produced film Belly Flop was screened at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France.…


Content

Kenya Film Commission Takes Over Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018

13 July 2018

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) officially kicked off last weekend. The 9-day festival, also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries is taking place in Stone Town Zanzibar, Tanzania…


Content

beIN media to beam Wimbledon in MENA

13 July 2018

The renowned grass court event from London will be broadcasted in MENA live in three languages – Arabic, English and French – across 11 beIN channels. HD9’s Daily Arabic studio,…


Content

Kwesé TV launches Scoop Network Africa channel

13 July 2018

Kwesé TV will air Africa’s newest entertainment channel Scoop Network Africa on 26th July 2018. Scoop Network’s programme schedule will comprise of a mix of light entertainment magazines with movie,…


Content

The Tokoloshe terrifies the planet

13 July 2018

Johannesburg - South African pop culture is no stranger to world domination. Modern-day saint Nelson Mandela is a household name, Trevor Noah’s mixed-race life is about to become a Hollywood…


Content

MultiChoice and A+E Networks Africa add the History channel's History Vault video-on-demand service to DStv Now

13 July 2018

MultiChoice and A+E Networks Africa that run the History (DStv 186) are adding History's subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, History Vault, to DStv for DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv…


Content

The carnage cabaret: Tate's high-octane tribute to Africa's forgotten war dead

13 July 2018

Ten times more porters than soldiers died in Africa during the first world war. But they have never been properly commemorated. Now Tate Modern is putting this right – with…


Content

In brief

13 July 2018

AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2018: Our feature film, T-Junction continues to impress with TWO nominations at the famed AMVCAs 2018 in Nigeria. Our deepest appreciation to the crew and…


Distribution

Nigerians in rush to get Nollywood films online

13 July 2018

Blogger Linda Ikeji, one of Nigeria's biggest names on social networks recently launched Linda Ikeji TV (LITV) to great fanfare. It offers dozens of films, series and programmes inspired by…


Distribution

African SVOD to hit 10 million in 2023

13 July 2018

Subscription video-on-demand users in sub-Saharan Africa will number 10 million by 2023, according to Digital TV Research. According to the research outfit’s Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report,…


Distribution

In brief

13 July 2018

Officials from Rwanda and China have reiterated the need to forge common grounds to promote the arts and creative industries in their respective countries. The calls were made on Saturday…


Distribution

South Africa's Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council named

13 July 2018

The department of communications plans to cut off all analogue TV signals to the Free State by December 2018 leaving millions of viewers without TV reception. South Africa's department of…


Regulation & Policy

Africa’s biggest TV player is lobbying to have Netflix regulated

13 July 2018

Spooked by Netflix’s growing popularity among African viewers, the continent’s largest television operator wants the disruptor to be regulated. This call for regulation is a common call from established monopolies…


Regulation & Policy

Court sets aside Inxeba's X-rating reclassification

13 July 2018

Pretoria - The reclassification of the controversial film Inxeba (The Wound) to an X-rating.- which classified the film as pornography - was on Thursday set aside by the Gauteng High…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania: TCRA slaps hefty fines on two erring radio stations

13 July 2018

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), has fined two radio stations, including Dodoma based FM radio station (RASI FM), 6m/- for violating content regulations. TCRA’s Content Committee Vice-Chairman, Joseph Mapunda,…


Technology & Convergence

Two new premium large format cinemas for South Africa

13 July 2018

Nu Metro Cinemas has once again affirmed their lead in innovation to give South African moviegoers premium cinema experiences on par with the best in the world. Two new Xtreme…


Technology & Convergence

Interview: Fighting intellectual property pirates with the cloud

13 July 2018

The modern-day pirate has a new target. By stealing original digital content like books and films, they rob hard-working creatives of their intellectual property and income. To address this problem,…


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Opportunities

13 July 2018

Black Star International Film Festival Organises Symposium For Filmmakers Organisers of the Black Star International Film Festival held a symposium on June 21 at the African Regent Hotel in Accra…


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People

13 July 2018

Don Edkins, the well known and respected South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape Town and founder of STEPS, is one of the Africans that were invited this…


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Events

13 July 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…