Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 282 - 23 February 2018

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Kwese TV takes control of iflix and will use it to drive its mobile roll-outs

23 February 2018

This week Econet Media’s Kwese TV bought out iflix’s failing African operation. Russell Southwood looks at how things might have gone wrong for iflix that seems to walk on water in Asia. It all started so promisingly as iflix bought together its Africa team. The CEO was for CEO of Price Check, Andre de Wet. The Head of Content Evert van der Veer was recruited from Comedy Central where he had headed up its African operation. The Head of Marketing was Jo Eyre who was Senior Marketing and Communications Officer – Sub-Saharan Africa for mobile browser Opera. It started its…

Broadcast

Rungano Nyoni ‘outstanding debut’ Bafta for I Am Not A Witch

23 February 2018

A film about an African witch camp by Welsh-Zambian director has won a Bafta for outstanding debut.

Rungano Nyoni’s feature ‘I Am Not A Witch’ tells the story of an eight-year-old Zambian girl accused of being a witch.

The director, who was brought up in Cardiff from the age of eight, accepted the prize alongside producer Emily Morgan.

She appeared to be shocked to have won, saying: “We’re not prepared.” After thanking her husband, mother and niece, she said: “I’m now pulling things from the air. Erm, who else? Oh, and the cast and the crew, thank you.” Nyoni spent a month at a witch camp in Ghana to research the film.

For the film, she decided the idea of introducing a little girl accused of being a witch into the group of old women in her story, would see them re-thinking their lives.

The low-budget feature was made with funding from organisations including Ffilm Cymru and the BFI, and it was the first Zambian film to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

Source: Luska Times

 


Broadcast

Berlinale Africa Hub promotes Pan-African film market

23 February 2018

The Berlinale Africa Hub will take place on February 16-21 in the Gropius Park, during the same period as The European Film Market (EFM). This year’s Africa hub will focus…


Broadcast

Five Fingers For Marseilles opens on 6 April

23 February 2018

Five Fingers for Marseilles, a western that tells the story of a group of young men (the Five Fingers') who stand up to brutal police oppression in Marseilles, a town…


Broadcast

15 Must-See Films At This Year's Pan African Film and Arts Festival

23 February 2018

The 26th annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival is just around the corner, and as always the event will be a cradle for the best and brightest in black…


Broadcast

‘Black Panther’ Composer Infuses Score With Trove of African Sounds

23 February 2018

After being assigned to score a film with a far-flung backdrop, most composers would do a little research to try to add the appropriate atmosphere. Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish-born composer…


Broadcast

TV Africa relaunches on-air programming; introduces ‘Breakfastlive’ with 3 ladies

23 February 2018

TV Africa a wholly Ghanaian owned private television station which seeks to project the true Ghanaian and African values has introduced english content as part of re-branding of its on-air…


Content

iflix seals deal with LEGO for content in Middle-East and Africa

23 February 2018

iflix announces that it has entered into a major two-year distribution agreement with LEGO Systems (‘LEGO’) to add a wide range of the most popular LEGO series to iflix’s extensive…


Content

Netflix Partners With Dubai-Based Pay-TV OSN in Middle East and North Africa

23 February 2018

Netflix has signed an agreement with Dubai-based pay-TV OSN under which OSN subscribers will be able to access Netflix content across the Middle East and North Africa. The unusual deal…


Content

Film on SA junior doctors’ job pressures goes global

23 February 2018

Asked to comment on the film, Department of Health spokesperson Popo Maja simply said he was not aware of the global release of Doc-U-Mentally. The locally made film “Doc-U-Mentally” –…


Content

AfriDocs Presents Colours of the Alphabet

23 February 2018

AfriDocs, the free streaming platform for the best documentaries in Africa, in conjunction with UNESCO is proud to present a unique and innovative film project, available to watch FREE for…


Content

'Can You Dig It?' Africa Reality Show Draws Youth to Farming

23 February 2018

As a student, Leah Wangari imagined a glamorous life as a globe-trotting flight attendant, not toiling in dirt and manure. Born and raised in Kenya's skyscraper-filled capital, Nairobi, the 28-year-old…


Content

In brief

23 February 2018

Project Runway is coming to Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) with a South African touch, with episodes of the designer competition reality show that will be broadcast on the channel from…


Distribution

Revamped programming and rebranding for TV Africa

23 February 2018

Ideal Groupe, a major shareholder in TV Africa, rolled out a big re-branding campaign to re-position the station following 13 years of operations under the old management. The on-air programming…


Distribution

Fox Networks Group Africa enters new content agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution

23 February 2018

Fox Networks Group (FNG) in Africa and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution have announced a new agreement for exclusive premieres and acclaimed series on FOX in Africa. The highly anticipated…


Distribution

Distributor goes the legal route over Inxeba cinema ban

23 February 2018

The commotion surrounding Inxeba (The Wound) appears to be far from over. After the appeal tribunal of the South African Film and Publication Board (FPB) banned it from SA cinemas…


Investment

Rugby to return to SABC Radio after SuperSport waives rights fees for Super Rugby

23 February 2018

Rugby will return to the airways of SABC Radio after television pay channel SuperSport waived broadcast right fees for Super Rugby. SABC Radio had announced to staffers that they would…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe court lifts ban on acclaimed documentary film

23 February 2018

Zimbabwe's High Court has lifted a ban on an acclaimed documentary film that portrays former president Robert Mugabe in a far from flattering light.The film,The Democrats, by Danish filmmaker Camilla…


Regulation & Policy

NBC fines TV, radio stations N12m for contravening broadcast code

23 February 2018

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has fined 88 radio and television stations across the country the sum of N11.775million for various breaches in contravention of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code. The…


Regulation & Policy

Multichoice switched on in Zambia

23 February 2018

MultiChoice’s GOtv unit in Zambia has restored free-to-air channels on its platform, after Zambia’s state broadcaster illegally cut the signals of these TV stations 15 months ago. In December, GOtv…


Technology & Convergence

Equatorial Guinea - TVGE International Extends Global Reach with Satellite and Online Distribution via SES and MX1

23 February 2018

TVGE International, Equatorial Guinea’s governmental channel, is partnering with SES and MX1 to deliver its content worldwide on both linear and non-linear platforms. TVGE International is a free-to-air, Spanish-speaking channel…


Technology & Convergence

M-Net is switching off its old analogue broadcast

23 February 2018

MultiChoice has announced the switch-off of its analogue broadcast service for M-Net. It will take place at the end of March, and subscribers will be migrated to its new digital…


Technology & Convergence

Digital TV: Enugu govt to distribute free 10,000 setup boxes to rural residents

23 February 2018

The Enugu State Government has offered to distribute 10,000 setup boxes valued at N15 million free to low income households in rural areas to enable them access digital television. Governor…


Technology & Convergence

BBC launches Igbo, Yoruba language services in Nigeria

23 February 2018

The BBC this week launches its new Igbo and Yoruba services in Nigeria, as part of an expansion in local languages aimed at more in-depth reporting of countries around the…


Technology & Convergence

AnimaxFYB studio ready for world market

23 February 2018

An ultra modern full house animation studio has opened in Accra to produce world class content for both the local and international markets. The studio, founded by Mr Francis Y…


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People

23 February 2018

East African Women in the Music Industry Sing Out Against Male Domination “Women in music: We have made ourselves known in the music industry around the world. Yet gender inequality,…


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Opportunities

23 February 2018

KZN FILM COMMISSION TRAINING PROGRAMME 2018 TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE WITHIN THE KWAZULU-NATAL FILM COMMISSION 10 February 2018: The KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) is an entity established in terms of the…


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Events

23 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…