Technology & Convergence In Brief


- Research house BMI-T predicts an increase in developers providing fiber based triple-play services to residents in South Africa.

- Pan African entertainment platform MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA) is expanding its operations with a number of key appointments in its Finance, Strategic Services and Commercial Development departments.

This move is driven by the network’s strong growth trend coupled with the developments in the African media environment. Furthermore, MTVNA plans to increase its formidable footprint within sub-Saharan Africa through additional launches of its MTV base and Nickelodeon brands.

Bradley Riback joins MTVNA to assume the role of Head of Finance and Strategic Services. Riback will oversee the Finance, Strategy, Human Resources and Office Services functions across sub-Saharan Africa. As a key member of the senior management team, Riback will report directly to SVP & Managing Director Alex Okosi. Riback joins MTVNA from the Gold Group where he was a Finance Director.

Joining Riback on his team is Chris Torline in the role of Traffic & Production Manager. Torline’s role is to coordinate cross-functional initiatives within the network. His key objectives will be to streamline production and commissioning processes, deliver commercially valuable initiatives and enhance the network’s editorial integrity.

The MTVNA Commercial Development team has also been enhanced through the appointment of Desiree Trout as Sales Manager, responsible for the South African market. Trout’s previous sales experience at South African leading broadcasters SABC, MNET/DSTV and E.TV will prove valuable as part of the newly created in-house sales team. She joins MTVNA from the International Marketing Council.

MTVNA veteran Paul Mayanja has been promoted to the role of Senior Commercial Manager. Mayanja joined MTVNA from its Nordic operation in 2006 and has been a key part of the network’s commercial growth. He has secured partnerships with major brands such as Motorola, MTN, Smirnoff and Guinness. Mayanja will be responsible for all commercial development at the network, encompassing sponsorships, advertising sales and affiliate sales.

The new director general of the Pan-African Festival of Cinema and Television of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Michel Ouedraogo started work in his new job last Friday.

- A TV lifestyle series that focuses on the Indian community, Richly South African, will be screened by SABC3 next month. The series was to have been produced by Durban cinema boss AB Moosa and Johannesburg producer Ebrahim Patel. But Moosa confirmed that he had pulled out of the deal, citing “business reasons”. “I am no longer involved in the show. However, I am sure that it will be a great success,” said Moosa. Patel said Moosa had withdrawn from the show because of other business commitments.

The series, which aims to give viewers an insight into the Indian experience in South Africa, will include features about local movers and shakers, cuisine and fashion. Patel said the show was not intended to rival Eastern Mosaic, which is produced by his sister, Saira Essa.

- Grace Ndiforamang Anin, a staff of CRTV Buea is dead. She died on Monday March 10, at the Buea Provincial Hospital Annex, after a brief illness.

Africa: Artists' Television Access calls for submissions for its third ATA Film and Video Festival!

Experimental Shorts 20 mins and under

Video, Super 8 and 16 mm

Preview on VHS, miniDV or DVD

Deadline: May 15, 2008

Entry fee: $10

The ATA Film & Video Festival was founded in 2006 to showcase some of the best short works by independent and experimental film and video artists exhibiting locally, nationally and internationally. The festival includes several nights of screenings and installations in our Mission District storefront gallery and a lunch for the filmmakers. Throughout the year, work from the festival is broadcast to the San Francisco community on ATV, ATA's weekly cable-access television show, and screened in other national and international venues.

Artists' Television Access is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer, artist-run, experimental media arts gallery that has been in operation since 1984. ATA hosts a series of film and video screenings, exhibitions and performances by emerging and established artists and a weekly cable access television program.

Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Rwanda - Rwanda Film Festival 2008, 16 -30 mars 2008

For the festival programme, click on the link below.

§ Morocco : Tetouan hosts the 14th Mediterranean Film Festival

From 29 March to 4 April, Tetouan (Morocco) will host the 14th Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival which, since its inception in 1985, has continued to actively promote Mediterranean cinema. The creation of the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival Foundation in 2006, headed by the Minister for Communications, was aimed precisely at ensuring the continuation of the festival.

In 7 days of screenings at 5 different venues, almost 100 films from Mediterranean countries will be shown, together with 10 feature films, 15 short films and 10 documentaries which will be in competition. More than 10 countries will be represented, 200 special guests are invited and 50,000 spectators are expected.

This year, the Festival will have a special focus on Tunisian cinema and the 3 Continents Festival of Nantes. They will be the special guests of honour, with a retrospective that will look at films produced over the last 20 years.

Festival events will also be open to the public at large, including those scheduled as part of the “Special Youth” programme. Two roundtable discussions will be held which will examine synergies between film exhibition, distribution and festivals, as well as the link between cinema and literature.

With the aim of supporting and paying tribute to Moroccan writers, this year’s Festival will see the launch of a special section which will enable the general public to interact with filmmakers and writers. Moroccan novelists and writers will participate in a roundtable discussion and provide their contribution to the debate on literature and the possibilities for film adaptations of the literary works presented in this section, which works will - at the same time - be brought to international attention.