Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 279 12 January 2018

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Providing African content for in-flight entertainment – John Parr, Global Eagle on what content works and why it does

12 January 2018

London This week Russell Southwood talks to John Parr, Content Programme Manager - Africa, Global Eagle about the kind of content airlines are looking for and the criteria they are expecting from films they take. Global Eagle is the biggest provider of in-flight content and systems and former producer John Parr is responsible for acquiring content for them in Africa. Global Eagle has deals with a good part of the airlines flying to and from the continent and acquires both English and French films. "Passengers flying to and from Africa want African content. As there is a diverse audience, we…

Broadcast

Two African films edges closer to Oscar nomination

12 January 2018

Africa's diverse movie industry has received a nod from Oscar awards after two movies from the continent have moved a step closer to qualification into best foreign language film slot.…


Broadcast

Hard-hitting local film that goes back to the future

12 January 2018

One of the least travelled artistic routes until recently has been life behind bars for female inmates. Thembi, a locally-produced film, aims to delve into this life and also open…


Broadcast

Showbizbee acquired rights to film the story of Brenda Fassie

12 January 2018

Fassie was a South African Afropop singer, affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she was sometimes described as the Queen of African Pop' or simply as The Black Madonna. London…


Broadcast

'Hello, Rain,' Is an Afrofuturistic Short Film Based on Nnedi Okorafor's 'Hello, Moto'

12 January 2018

Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll, and we're so glad that we get to tag along for the ride. After a tremendous 2017, in which the celebrated writer announced an…


Content

kykNET moves Kwêla again, adds doc series about SA’s TV history

12 January 2018

Cape Town – kykNET (DStv 144) is moving its weekly Afrikaans magazine show Kwêla to a new timeslot again from this weekend – now to Sundays at 18:00 – and…


Content

Kendrick Lamar heads to films with ‘Black Panther’

12 January 2018

High-flying rapper Kendrick Lamar is making his first soundtrack as he released a song Thursday with singer SZA for the upcoming superhero film Black Panther. Lamar, whose socially conscious and…


Content

South Africa - e.tv adds new local crime investigation series

12 January 2018

Cape Town – e.tv is adding Case Closed: Justice Served from Monday 15 January at 22:00 as a new local crime and investigation series of 13 episodes exploring real-life South…


Content

Afri Health TV added to satellite channels in Ethiopia

12 January 2018

Afri Health TV which was established to air medical TV show productions is now starting a 24-hour transmission. The production will start in Amharic, but the company has planned to…


Content

Sahara Group partners with young filmmaker to empower African girl children

12 January 2018

With statistics indicating that 15 million girls of primary school age – half of them in sub-Saharan Africa – will never enter a classroom, leading African energy conglomerate, Sahara Group,…


Content

TiVo introduces ‘Next-Gen’ platform for Pay TV providers to enhance their game

12 January 2018

TiVo launched a new “Next-Gen Platform,” allowing pay TV operators to better keep up with the changes in how consumers prefer to watch television today. The platform enables operators to…


Content

Trailer & US release set for animated film 'Bilal', starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Latimore and China Anne McClain

12 January 2018

Actors Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jacob Latimore, Ian McShane and China Anne McClain all voice starring characters in Abu Dhabi-based Barajoun Entertainment's first feature film production, Bilal: A New Breed of Hero.…


Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa to add 17.4 million pay-TV subscribers by 2023

12 January 2018

The number of pay-TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will increase by 74 percent between 2017 and 2023 to reach 40.89 million, according to a report by Digital TV Research. The…


Distribution

KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

12 January 2018

Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of…


Distribution

Iflix Signs Deal with NBC Universal for Africa

12 January 2018

Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has signed a deal with U.S. studio NBCUniversal to bring premium content to sub-Saharan African users. The Netflix…


Investment

Movie pass service potentially on its way to South Africa

12 January 2018

Sinemia, an online-movie ticketing business started by a Turkish developer, is in talks with US-based venture-capital investors to fund an expansion in the world’s largest cinema market. The company is…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana To Extend TV License To Content Viewed On Mobile Devices

12 January 2018

Consumers of media content on mobile devices are to be liable for TV license fees in Ghana - this is according to Dr Akuffo Annor-Ntow, the Director General of Ghana…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA opened application for Digital Pay TV channels in SA

12 January 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has opened applications for broadcasters to apply for multiplexer 3 digital terrestrial television spectrum. ICASA issued an invitation to apply for this…


Technology & Convergence

70 per cent of digital migration completed in Burkina Faso

12 January 2018

On December 28, 70 per cent of the population of Burkina Faso switched to digital terrestrial television (DTT). The infrastructure installed for the project was commissioned by Sherif Sy, the…


Technology & Convergence

New deadline set for DTT in South Africa

12 January 2018

June 2019 is the new deadline set by the African National Congress (ANC)for SA’s switch from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) completion. This was announced by Jackson Mthembu, ANC…


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Opportunities

12 January 2018

You are a young African filmmaker looking for an international training platform to develop your new documentary film project? DOK.fest München together with the Cultural Department of the City of…


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Events

12 January 2018

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…