Technology & Convergence In Brief


- Wunderman Kenya, a direct and digital marketing agency division of Ayton Young and Rubicam (AY&R) Group has signed an advertising deal with Google that will see the company place local advertising information on the online Google search engine.

- Morocco’s National Company of Radio and TV Broadcasting (French acronym SNRT) has rolled out, on Wednesday, a new mobile TV service that allows mobile phone users to watch five Moroccan TV channels Al Oula, 2M, Arryadia, Arrabiâ and Assadissa. Using the digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H) system, this service is available the cities of Rabat and Casablanca, while eight other cities will be covered by the end of 2008.

- The International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, custodian of Brand South Africa, today, Wednesday, 21 May 2008, launched, a web-based media service built to support the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond. The web-based media service offers journalists and other communication practitioners free access to content on the country and its development and it includes a comprehensive image library.

-THE chief executive officer of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings (ZBH) Henry Muradzikwa has been fired reportedly for failing to handle ZANU-PF's campaign for the March 29 general and presidential elections, which were won by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

-Oracle Airtime Sales (OATS) announced on Friday, 23 May 2008, that is has appointed industry media guru Brenda Wortley to the newly-created position of director: strategy and research. In this capacity, Wortley will head up the development of DStv's recently announced ‘return path' panel - to be known as DStv-i.

- Namibian actress and model Venantia Otto, winner of the Nokia Face of Africa competition in 2006, will walk the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival tonight, 24 May, for the gala Palme d'Or event.

Angola: Luanda Film Festival

November 22-29, 2008

The event is intended to stimulate cultural cooperation, particularly in the field of cinema, between local and foreign producers and directors and re-launch the system of production and distribution of cinema in the country. Addressing the launch ceremony, Miguel Hurst said that Angolan Government intends to award prizes to films screened in Angola, both local and foreign, seeking to increment the production of movies in the country. With the expected participation of local and foreign movies, the festival will comprise competitive, non-competitive categories and parallel activities.