Technology & Convergence In Brief
- Members of Zoopy.com, which launched in March 2007, are able to upload and share videos, photos, podcasts and blogs - both online and via a choice of mobile applications. Until now, users have been doing so using international bandwidth to connect to Zoopy's overseas servers. This is standard practice for most medium to large online businesses in South Africa, who are often left with little option but to host internationally when faced with much higher local hosting fees. The downside to hosting outside of the country, however, is reduced loading speed of websites and, in Zoopy's case, media files like videos and photos.
- Angolan minister of Social Communication, Manuel Rabelais opened a new digital production centre at the state-run television station TPA, hailing it as a "technical and technological revolution."
- After almost 10 years at the helm of Original Productions at M-Net, Carl Fischer has decided to step down on 31 March 2009.
- Kenya’s Africa Broadcasting (U) Ltd, a subsidiary of Nation Media Group, has appointed Johnson Omolo as the new advertising manager for NTV.
- The board of the local commercial radio station Gabz FM on Friday announced the appointment of Kenneth 'Cutrite' Moeng as the new chief executive officer.
- A former reporter at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Engel 'Seun' !Nawatiseb, has joined the company's board of directors.Information Minister Joel Kaapanda announced at the board's meeting last week that he had appointed !Nawatiseb and Reverend Ludwig Siyaka Hausiku as new board members.
- Matthew Buckland, the former GM of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Online has gone to be GM of online publishing and social media at 24.com.
- Akin Omotoso has joined Sub urban as director. He appeared in front of the camera in Generations and both his acting and directing work have been recognised at the Cannes and Toronto Film festivals.
First African Broadcast, Film and Convergence Conference, Kenyatta Centre, Nairobi
September 23-25, 2008
The first African, Broadcast, Film and Convergence Conference will take place at the Kenyatta Centre in Nairobi, 23-25 September 2008. It will bring together senior broadcasting executives, producers, advertising agency executives, regulators and policy-makers to discuss the challenges faced by the industry over the next five years.
Speakers lined up include: David Waweru, MD, KBC; David Maingi, CEO, Kenya Film Commission; Khalik Sherriff, COO, e.TV; Ian Fernandes, MD, Nation TV’s Digital Division; Toyin Subair, CEO, Hi-TV; Richard Bell, African Telecoms, Media and Technology Fund; Redeemer Kwame, Ghana Telecom on its IP-TV service with Indian partner WiseNet; lawyer Claudia Rinke on international rights issues; Angelo Kinyua, Big Ideas Entertainment; Kenyan producer Thump Campbell; UK’s Lucy Scher, Script Factory; Ronnie Andrews, GTV; Jeremy Nathan, DV8; Lenny Nganga, Saracen Media; Joe Otin, Steadman Group; James Boyd McFie, Business School, Strathmore University; John Sarpong, Africast; Joe Mucheru, Google; and many, many more.
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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.
African Movie Channel calls for input from SA filmmakers
Ever considered watching African movies at home on your PC for a fairly reasonable rate? Interested in another source of distribution for your African movie? Well, it is all possible and the UK-based African Movie Channel (AMC) is offering this service right now.
Hundreds of Nollywood and other African movies are now just a mouse-click away, at www.africanmoviechannel.tv, for viewers to watch on their PC and TV whenever they like. Viewers can enjoy the fine works of some of Africa's best producers and directors - Tunde Kelani, Charles Novia, Fred Amata, Chico Ejiro, Paul Igwe, and many more...
Nollywood as we know is the enormously popular Nigerian film industry, and the third largest film industry in the world, behind Hollywood and India's Bollywood. “We are always on the lookout for good quality content for all over Africa,” says AMC’s Yinka Mayungbo.
“We have a revenue-share arrangement with rights-owners. We also license African content from all over Africa (movies, TV series, talk shows, reality TV, documentaries, etc) for our broadcast clients in the UK and the USA. This is totally separate from the use of such content by the African Movie Channel. Once we have assessed and approved such content, and if the rights owners are interested, we deliberate on what license fee and terms would apply.”
AMC provides best picture quality for Nollywood films on the internet, with every selection available to enjoy at excellent full-screen DVD quality. All movies are sourced direct from the original master versions, thus, says Mayungbo, guaranteeing audio and visual quality, exceeding what consumers currently get with regular Video CD's or from anywhere online.
The channel is available on-demand 24/7 anywhere in the world, with every movie selection available to fast-forward, rewind, and pause, just like a DVD. All that is required is an internet connection together with a laptop or PC. Registration is free and no subscription is required, and it is totally safe and legal. A free film is available to watch upon completion of a very brief 30 second registration process.
Viewers simply buy credits, and choose the movie to watch from the large selection available, and start watching instantly. A readily accessible account enables each viewer to see what movies he/she has watched and how many credits are left at any point in time. The credits do not expire, and you can sign into their account at any time, from anywhere, on any computer.
The channel is refreshed weekly with a mix of the best new and recent Nollywood releases and classics, and the finest movies from other African motion picture houses. All content are in English, or sub-titled in English.
AMC continues to sign content agreements with various partners, and is also involved in movie distribution arrangements with top African movie rights-owners and film production houses.