Technology & Convergence In Brief


- South African public broadcaster SABC has selected OmniBus’ Colossus automation system for its upgraded Johannesburg playout facility. The system will provide transmission of the SABC’s three premium channels, along with a spare channel for training

- Karen Meiring, one of the leading figures in the South African entertainment industry, has been appointed head of M-Net’s Afrikaans channel, kykNET.

- Peter Kwele, GM: Strategic Marketing and Communiations with public broadcaster SABC’s Content enterprises unit, has been appointed as new head of the SABC 2010 project unit.

CTO’s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum runs 3-5 February in Johannesburg burg

ITVS International call – Funding opportunity

ITVS International promotes the exchange of compelling documentary films between the United States and other nations, going beyond stereotypes and headline news to provide television audiences around the world with new insight into the cultures and people that comprise the global community.

ITVS International Call enables independent producers from outside the United States to create documentaries for US television. Through the Call, storytellers from other countries introduce US audiences to their global neighbours, opening a window into unfamiliar lives, experiences and perspectives from around the world.

ITVS International Call seeks films in production or post-production phase and encourages independent producers to submit their projects for consideration.

Call for Entries to the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival

The call for Roscar entries is now open. The competition is open to all wildlife, travel and cultural productions. Building on the success from last year’s Awards, six new categories have been added. The Festival will run from 19 – 23 April 2009.

The categories are now:

Best Editing - Awarded to the production which displays the most creative editing style.

Best Cinematography - Awarded to the production which displays the most exceptional camerawork.

Best Production with a Limited Budget - Awarded to the best production with a budget of less than R5 000 per minute (approximately $650 or £330 per minute).

Best Children’s Production - Awarded to the best natural history production produced for a children’s audience, aged 12 and under, which stimulates an interest in the natural world.

Best Environmental and Conservation/Campaign Production- Awarded to the best production which contributes to the awareness of environmental and conservation issues facing the natural world. The production must convey a conservation message and/or a ‘Call to Action’.

Best Eco-Tourism, Travel and/or Culture Production - Awarded to the best production which promotes tourism of a place, town or country through the use of cultural aspects and wildlife.

Best Use of Music - Awarded to the production which has the best original music score.

Best Script - Awarded to the production which, through the use of original storytelling, creates a captivating script.

Best Series - Awarded to the best series with a natural history theme.

Best Sound Design - Awarded to the production which, through the creative combination of production mixing, sound editing and post-production mixing, displays an inventive use of sound.

Best Newcomer - Awarded to a first-time producer (or filmmaker) in the natural history filmmaking arena. To qualify as a newcomer, a filmmaker should have only been producing films or documentaries from January 2007 onwards.

Outstanding Achievement for African Wildlife Filmmaker - The production shows the unique relationship between Africa’s people and animals. This category can only be entered by a national of an African country.