Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 281 9 February 2018

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Mali: TNTSAT Africa gets authorization from media regulator Haut Autorite de Communication to start digital transition

9 February 2018

Africa is still one of the global laggards in making the digital transition. So it’s good news that Mali’s relatively new media regulator has authorized Africable’s TNTSAT Africa to go ahead and start the transition. With this authorization, TNTSAT Africa becomes the first company and the only distributor and broadcaster of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) in Mali. The new Haut Autorite de Communication (HAC) started work in June 2017 with two calls to open up the media space in Mali and regularize authorizations. The first was a Call for applications for the establishment and operation of 57 private radio stations…

Broadcast

Africa World Documentary Film Festival highlights state and global issues

9 February 2018

Shining a light on the life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide has been the mission of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival since its beginnings 11 years…


Broadcast

Tuscaloosa’s Festival has new name, broader mission

9 February 2018

For its sixth year, Saturday’s slate of movies has been re-named the Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival — formerly African Film Festival — to reflect its inclusion of works from the…


Broadcast

‘Black Panther’ Review

9 February 2018

“I have seen gods fly. I have seen men build weapons that I couldn’t even imagine. I have seen aliens drop from the sky. But I have never seen anything…


Broadcast

Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Djon África’

9 February 2018

Fiction and documentary mix in the warmhearted story of a young man born in Portugal who goes to Cape Verde in search of his roots. It takes a film as…


Broadcast

German director Katja Benrath: from film student to Oscar nominee

9 February 2018

Director Katja Benrath has been nominated for an Oscar for her award-winning short film, “Watu Wote: All of Us.” She spoke to DW about the universal message of her film,…


Content

L’Obs TV joined by Africanews in Senegal

9 February 2018

Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews is reinforcing its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with…


Content

Inxeba becomes the latest local film to stream on Netflix

9 February 2018

Mzansi feature film, Inxeba (The Wound) will soon be available on the world’s biggest streaming service. Inxeba, which has become one of South Africa’s most controversial but yet critically acclaimed…


Content

#Inxeba filmmakers fight back against death threats

9 February 2018

Cape Town - The filmmakers behind the controversial film Inxeba (The Wound) said on Saturday that they have submitted a complaint to the SA Human Rights Commission after cinema staff…


Content

Linda Ikeji to launch a new channel on DStv

9 February 2018

After blogging for 11 years as Africa’s number one, 37-year-old and still single billionaire, Linda Ikeji, is set to take over the TV space with the launch of an entertainment…


Content

Six SAFTA nominees to stream right now

9 February 2018

#SAFTAs2012 was trending in South Africa on Friday alongside the announcement of the nominees for the 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards at the Inanda Country Club in…


Content

Mister Smith to Launch Documentary ‘Elephant Queen’ at Berlin Film Festival

9 February 2018

Mister Smith Entertainment is debuting the documentary “The Elephant Queen” to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin, Variety has learned exclusively. The movie tells the inspiring story…


Content

Saftas 2018 nominees announced

9 February 2018

Johannesburg - The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees were announced at the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg on Friday morning. The event was hosted by…


Content

SA government funded film nominated for Oscar Awards

9 February 2018

The film is the adaptation of Roald Dahl’s twisted fairy tales and has been nominated in the category of Best Animated Short. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said…


Content

What’s new on Netflix South Africa in February

9 February 2018

With a new month around the corner, that means we all have tons of new shows and movies to look forward to on Netflix South Africa. We've got all the…


Content

In brief

9 February 2018

MultiChoice admitted on Wednesday that “mistakes” were made in contractual negotiations with the formerly Gupta-owned 24-news channel ANN7 and that the agreement will be terminated when the deal expires in…


Distribution

GTV plans a comeback in Kenya

9 February 2018

Ten years after exiting the market, GTV expresses its wish for a comeback on Kenyan television. According to the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA), GTV has applied for a licence…


Distribution

Cartoon Network Live production comes to SA

9 February 2018

Cartoon Network Live will feature Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, and The Powerpuff Girls in an interactive stage production for kids aged five and…


Investment

Chinese animation explores African market

9 February 2018

ABUJA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- An exploration of the African animation industry by the Chinese has commenced in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, with the first screening of Chinese…


Investment

TPG acquires TRACE

9 February 2018

January got the funding party started. U.S.-based private equity firm TPG Growth acquired a majority stake (of an undisclosed value) in entertainment company Trace. It is a global multimedia giant…


Investment

Partech Ventures launches Africa fund and office

9 February 2018

Paris-based VC firm Partech Ventures raised $70 million for an Africa fund and opened an office in Dakar, Senegal. The firm — with more than 250 investments and 45 exits…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya TV stations still off air despite court order

9 February 2018

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) Three major Kenyan television channels remained off the air Friday despite a high court order compelling the government to allow them to resume broadcasting. In what has…


Regulation & Policy

Kwese TV applied for a streaming license in Zimbabwe

9 February 2018

In Zimbabwe, in the midst of controversy over its license, Kwese TV has just applied for accreditation with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. Following a communication from the regulator that…


Regulation & Policy

Ster-Kinekor prepared for any protests over Inxeba

9 February 2018

Ster-Kinekor says its prepared for any protests at its cinemas as the controversial film Inxeba continues to show at some of its theatres across the country.   The movie is…


Technology & Convergence

AnimaxFYB studio opens in Accra

9 February 2018

The AnimaxFYB Studio is the only 24-hour full-time running animation studio in the country. It specialises in visual effects as well as 2D and 3D animation. The launch will be…


Technology & Convergence

Mediafix TV appoints Boys Toys Production local social media content

9 February 2018

Mediafix has appointed Boys Toys Production to do motoring content for online audiences. Mediafix co-produces with storytellers and aggregates content to different online platforms with the main aim of attracting…


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People

9 February 2018

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has appointed Roland Nikolaou as the senior director of Content Sales and Licensing in EMEA, with a remit to grow content partnerships with traditional broadcasters, digital…


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Opportunities

9 February 2018

The Loeries opens 2018 entries with bold new look The 2018 Loeries are opening with a bold new look to celebrate 40 years of rewarding creativity. The entry deadline for…


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Events

9 February 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…