Content News: In Brief

- CanalSat Maurice acquired Barclays Premier League and championship rights for the next 3 seasons, over 2010 to 2013. The contract includes rights to broadcast these in Mauritius, France and Poland. - The Durban-produced feature film, Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), has won second prize in the Drama category of the One World Media Awards in the UK. This is the seventh international award to be clocked up by Madoda Ncayiyana’s film. He co-wrote the script with Vuleka Productions partner and co-producer of the film, Julie Frederickse. - Since July 12th 2010, Canal Overseas becomes Canal+ Overseas in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the French “Outre-mer” territories. The objective was to get closer to the company owner’s name: Canal +. Local subsidiaries will also use Canal+. - Euronews and Canal France International (CFI) have reached agreement that euronews content will be made available to African broadcasters. Details of the countries and stations can be found at: The programmes will be available in English, Portuguese and French. - South African Singer Simphiwe Dana makes her acting debut in the locally produced movie Thema: A Boy Called Hope which tells the story of a young boy growing up in rural Eastern Cape. He rises above his family difficulties to become a player in the South African national soccer team, despite Aids. Set and shot in Port St John in the Eastern Cape and Masiphumelele township, south of Cape Town, the film is directed by Stefanie Sycholt, who also adapted the screenplay from Lutz van Dijk’s youth book Crossing the Line.