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Oscar Pistorius: Claims of profiteering as reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp airs
 
Women's rights groups in South Africa have called for proceeds from a reality television show featuring Reeva Steenkamp, whom Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is accused of murdering, to be donated to charity. The first episode of Tropika Island of Treasure was broadcast last night on South African state television, SABC, despite the death of the 29-year-old model and contestant in a shooting at the athlete's house on Thursday.

"If this programme is to be aired it should help the cause of women and children suffering from violence," Stubbs Maluleke, from South Africa's Sonke Gender Justice Network, said. "It would be very short-sighted of the producers to refuse."

Despite criticism of exploitation in some quarters, and the production company's failure to consult Ms Steenkamp's family, the celebrity challenge programme filmed in Jamaica in November was shown in a prime-time slot last night.
Source:  independent.co.uk – Daniel Howden 17 Feb. 2013.


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In an interview with The Africa Channel UK, Haroun, considered a leading light in African cinema, introduces and discusses the story behind of two his remarkable films with Sex, Okra and Salted Butter, a humorous take on a Malian family finding their feet abroad, and Daratt, a revenge and personal destiny in Chad. He also talks about the opening of a new film school in Chad, and his hopes for the future of African cinema and his encounters with Robert de Niro and Jude Law at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Africa Channel is a general entertainment TV channel available in the UK, delivering a wide range of programming inspired by Africa including documentaries, dramas and movies, news and more. Don’t miss Daratt on Sunday 10th March at 9pm on The Africa channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828)

Watch the video interview here
And read the full story here


Turner reshapes CNN International’s commercial division

Turner has rejigged the commercial and ad-sales operation at news operation CNN International. Amid wide-ranging job cuts across Turner, CNNI’s commercial activities will be coordinated through a single division, run by Rani Raad.

Raad will be executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at CNNI. In that role he will be responsible for overall commercial strategy including advertising sales, content sales, business development, international research and marketing.

Raad currently manages Turner Broadcasting operations in Turkey, the Middle East and Africa and will retain these responsibilities alongside the new role.
February 20, 2013 - Full story on digitaltveurope

February 22, 2013: SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced that Padraig Mc Carthy has been appointed by the Board of Directors as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and member of the company’s Executive Committee.

Jolie Murenzi, a Rwandan art director with Rwanda Art Initiative
, is appearing on the panel of judges at the 23rd edition of the Pan-African Film & TV Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). "I am excited to be part of the judges that will select the best film and art pieces at this festival. This is a special moment for me and the film industry in Rwanda because it shows that our efforts are recognised by Africa" Murenzi said before she flew to Burkina Faso on Friday evening.

The Nigerian entertainment industry has been hit by another tragedy. One of the most talented actors in our country, Justus Esiri has been reported dead. He was 7o. Nollywood Director Collins Ifeanyi Chukwu also passed away at the Maitama General Hospital after a brief illness. He is survived by his young wife, Blessing Collins, and little son, Doxa Efechukwu Collins.


Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw
has landed a major endorsement deal with Samsung Mobile Nigeria. She has replaced Sasha, as the female brand ambassador for the company. A formal announcement is expected soon. The actress is also a brand ambassador for Blessings Perfume (UK) . She has also been a brand ambassador for telecommunications company, Globacom Limited.

Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson, has joined the cast of the popular South African TV show, Scandal.  Scandal also stars Sello Maake ka Ncube, Nthati Moshesh, Clint Brink, and Lorcia Cooper.