Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- Sajen Production, a Sierra Leoneon film production company has launched its new website:

- When disaster strikes anywhere in the world Radio Netherlands Worldwide will go into action as an international disaster service. RNW will not only report on the events, it will provide a complete information service for any Dutch victims, those in trouble and their relatives. With special broadcasts, a separate website and mobile phone platforms all serving to keep the audience constantly up to date. RNW expects the disaster service to go into operation by spring 2009.

- Nelson Chamisa, the Minister of Information and Communications Technology, has accused ZANU PF's Webster Shamu, the Information and Publicity Minister, of 'over-chewing' into his mandate and trying to usurp his responsibilities.

Chamisa's ministry primarily oversees the posts and telecommunications sector, while Shamu runs the publicity arm of government, including broadcaster ZBC and the state owned newspapers. Shortly after the MDC Minister held a meeting with officials from mobile phone provider NetOne, fixed line operator TelOne and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, about the high tariff charges affecting consumers, Shamu proceeded to have another meeting with the same group.

- The Mozambican government on Tuesday dismissed the chairperson of the board of directors of the publicly-owned Mozambican Television company (TVM), Simao Anguilaze. His term of office had come to an end in December 2008, and the government declined to offer him a second three year term. Instead, it appointed Bernardo Mavanga as the new head of TVM. Whereas Anguilaze had built a career in television, Mavanga's experience is as a print journalist. For a decade, from 1993 to 2003, Mavanga was director of the country's main daily paper, "Noticias".

- CNBC Africa has announced the departure of its sales director, Susie White, who played a major role in implementing the company's sales and marketing strategy. White lead the sales team in Johannesburg, in addition to sales executives based in the offices in Cape Town, Nairobi, Lagos and Abuja.

Rwanda: Fifth Film Festival to Be Held in June

This year's film festival has been pushed to June in order for it to coincide with the popular annually celebrated Gorilla Naming Ceremony commonly known as Kwita Izina.

This was revealed Sunday evening by the founder of the Rwanda Cinema Centre (RCC), Eric Kabera, at an event held to encourage Rwandans to take ownership of the theatre complex currently under construction.

According to Kabera, the decision to push the festival forward, which normally takes place in March annually, was for it to coincide with the Kwita Izina week to allow more film makers to attend.

"June is the best time for this festival since many tourists will be in Rwanda for the annual gorilla naming ceremony- Kwita Izina. I therefore call upon all interested companies to support the festival," he said. He said that the decision to postpone the event was taken after consultations with the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

"This year's festival will be better and bigger, we will invite film makers from across the globe to witness and participate. I am also glad that many of you have taken ownership of this complex (Rwanda Cinema Centre), by committing to own chairs in the theatre," Kabera added. The Rwanda Film Centre, is a local body whose aim is to promote the country's film industry.

At a recent event that was held at the film centre's almost complete theatre, Rwandans were called upon to permanently own sitting space through pledging and paying for the theatre's seats.

North American Jennifer Bruneti is one of the centre's mentors, according to her; many film producers have already shown an interest to film in Rwanda. "It is a call for me to volunteer at the centre and I hope my contribution helps towards the success of this film centre. This year, the National Geographic has agreed to film here and many other producers are also interested," Bruneti said.

6th Edition of BobTV in Nigeria

The role of the Nigerian media in the global information exchange, would be a hot topic by the first week of March, when the cream of the Nigerian broadcasters, film makers and their counterparts across the globe would gather at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre Abuja to discuss ways of consolidating on the Nollywood phenomenon.

That actually flags off the 6th edition of the African Film and television programmes expo tagged BOBTV, initiated by a veteran Nigeria film maker, Amaka Igwe.

The unique aspect of the 2009 edition of this expo is that the media and how it has fared in the global information exchange would be lead discussion and prominent Lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome is slated to deliver his findings on the issue as the opening paper at the show.

Explaining why Ozekhome comes handy for this onerous task of x-raying the media, BOBTV festival director, Amaka Igwe, said that "he has been an advocate for change and a culture of excellence for a long time. We feel that lending a voice like his to a discussion on how our stories are being told through various forms of media will be instructive."

The theme for BOBTV 2009 is “Consolidating the Phenomenon: Nollywood” and this year’s event is shaping up to be glorious with world class line up of events. BOBTV 2009 4 day event would include among others

* “Women in Movies” - Movies by women, for women about women

* RMD Hosts Hlomla (Jacob of Jab’s Cross) in a Q&A session

* National convention of Licensed Distributors - National Film and Video Censors Board

* Workshop on Nigerian Content - Production, delivery and Pricing - NBC

* World Premiere of “Ebuwa” - “Edo state film on Human Trafficking and Prostitution”

* “Delegate Dinner” with the Honourable Senator Ayogu Eze

* Manpower needs & Development in the Media Industries - Amsco/IFC & UNDP

* International Conference on Digital capture and Delivery - Adobe & HP

* Investment in Africa - Financing the entertainment Industry - SEAR Africa & Makeda FUNDS

* Annual Lecture, workshop and Awards - Nigerian Film Corporation

* Seminar on Film as a Tool for National Orientation - NOA

* Master classes/Training on Film, Media and TV programmes Production

* Nigeria First Movie Initiative - Yakadi Group, NTA & Bank PHB

* University Challenge amongst 26 Universities - Topic for this year, “Impact your world”

* Best of the Best Awards - to Bukky Ajayi Nkem Owoh, Okey Ogunjiofor, Lekan Ogunbanwo,Zainab Bewell for contribution to the film and TV industries