Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 283 – 9 March 2018

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Cote d’Ivoire: Minister says it will be ready for digital transition well before its June 2020 deadline and liberalization leads to more channels

9 March 2018

Bruno Nabagné Koné, Minister of Communications, Digital Economy and Post has announced that Cote d’Ivoire will have completed its digital transition by its new deadline, the end of June 2020. It will also liberalize its airwaves to allow private broadcasters to compete in the market. Russell Southwood put his ear to the ground to see what’s happening there and in other francophone countries making the transition. The original ITU deadline was June 2016 but according to the Minister the deadline was missed because the call for tenders launched by the National Committee for Migration to DTT (CNM-TNT) for the selection…

Broadcast

Nine Awards for African-linked films at Berlin International Film Festival

9 March 2018

2018 marked the first year a short film from Rwanda competed at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival – and it won! Samuel Ishimwe’s Imfura took home the Silver Bear…


Broadcast

Trailer for South African Movie 'Blood & Glory' Directed by Sean Else

9 March 2018

"What if we defeat you?" Cleopatra Entertainment has released an official US trailer for the South African period epic Blood & Glory, which opened in South Africa in 2016, but…


Broadcast

Here's a First Look at 'The Forgiven,' Starring Forest Whitaker as Archbishop Desmond Tutu

9 March 2018

In an exclusive with OkayAfrica, watch a chilling scene from the thriller chronicling an investigation during South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. On March 9, we'll get to see Academy…


Broadcast

Comic Con heads to Africa

9 March 2018

Johannesburg - Members of the cast of the most successful TV series of all time, Game of Thrones, and of comedy series The Big Bang Theory are heading for our…


Broadcast

'Djon Africa': Film Review | Rotterdam 2018

9 March 2018

Cinema will seemingly never run out of stories in which sons go in search of their missing/lost fathers, but if the results were always as charming as Joao Miller Guerra…


Broadcast

Interfaith Film Misses Oscar, but Raises Hope in Africa

9 March 2018

It didn’t bring home an Oscar this week, but a film nominated for one is helping to spread a message that many Africans said is too rarely heard: that people…


Broadcast

Inxeba to return to cinemas on Friday following court ruling

9 March 2018

Johannesburg - Inxeba (The Wound) has been ‘unbanned’ by a Pretoria High Court Order and will be back on mainstream cinema screens again from Friday, 9 March. This is the…


Broadcast

Youth TV Channel in Botswana to air only 4 hours daily

9 March 2018

The Minister of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng, says the just launched Youth TV channel will only air for four hours. He said the limited broadcast time…


Broadcast

Kenyan film school takes on Hollywood for an Oscar

9 March 2018

When the Oscar winners are announced this weekend, it won't only be Hollywood superstars who will be waiting anxiously. There will also be eight graduates from a film college in…


Broadcast

Kenya is readying to set itself up on the global film stage

9 March 2018

In an evening in 1952, Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom went up the Treetops Hotel near Nyeri town in Kenya’s central highlands with her husband Philip. The hotel was…


Content

e.tv SA pulls the plug on Club 808

9 March 2018

e.tv has announced it will not be airing Club 808 anymore after seven years of having the show. Club 808 is a lifestyle and music entertainment show, aimed at the…


Content

Why is South Africa not watching South African movies?

9 March 2018

You hear it all the time (at least in the hipster parts of Cape Town): support local. Wear locally-made clothes, buy fruit and veg from your local vendors. Whether these…


Content

A Catalyst for Revolution! Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV Project to run March 24th till April 21st

9 March 2018

Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV ProjectHigh Definition Film Studio has re-launched its Script2Screen Africa Filmmaking Reality TV project. The reality TV show which is themed “film as a catalyst for…


Content

Zambia’s first musical feature film premieres in Lusaka

9 March 2018

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Actors, directors, producers and crew turned out this week for the premiere of Zambia’s first musical feature, Damyna The Musical, at Sterkinekor in Lusaka’s Manda Hill Mall.…


Content

Eco@Africa: A sustainable African-European TV success story

9 March 2018

“DW’s science and environmental programs are generally doing really well, but Eco@Africa is definitely a success story of its own,” DW Director General Peter Limbourg said on the occasion of…


Distribution

Nigeria Building Africa’s Biggest Free to Air TV Platform, Says Minister

9 March 2018

Nigeria is building what will be Africa’s biggest and most lucrative Free to Air Television platform, with the ongoing transition from analogue to digital television in the country, the Minister…


Distribution

Online series Johnny Die Skopper puts PE on the social network map

9 March 2018

Johnny Die Skopper, an Afrikaans mini online drama series created by Benito Carelsen, has drawn massive interest on the South African social network Chomi. The 6-part short form series was…


Distribution

Buyers pounce on Studiocanal's hot EFM title 'Mia And The White Lion' (exclusive)

9 March 2018

Paris-based Studiocanal is reporting near sell-out sales on French director Gilles de Maistre’s South Africa-set family film Mia And The White Lion at last week’s EFM. The English-language drama revolves…


Distribution

DISCOP Dubai Wraps on a Strong Note With Announcement of New Market in Sharm El-Sheikh

9 March 2018

DUBAI & LOS ANGELES | 27 February. The second Dubai edition of the DISCOP film, television, online content and adaptation rights market wrapped up today on a strong note with…


Investment

Over 60 parties interested in bidding for DStv news channel

9 March 2018

Cape Town – MultiChoice says over 60 groups have registered their interest to bid to start a new local South African TV news channel on DStv to replace ANN7 that…


Regulation & Policy

Oscar-nominated gay love film banned in Tunisia: distributor

9 March 2018

Tunisia’s ministry of culture has banned the Oscar-nominated film “Call Me By Your Name”, a love story between two men, one of its main distributors said on Wednesday. The feature…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt detains state TV host in latest crackdown on media

9 March 2018

Egyptian authorities briefly detained a pro-government TV talkshow host accused of insulting the police, in the latest example of an intensifying crackdown on the media before the country’s presidential elections.…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda radio fined $2,320 and closed for one month over sexist sermon

9 March 2018

Rwanda has slapped a local radio station with a Rwf2 million ($2,320) fine and a one month suspension for undermining state security and Rwandan culture. Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) had…


Technology & Convergence

Botswana ISP CENE Media to offer Kwesé Play

9 March 2018

Kwese TV Lifestyle image 23 June 2017Econet Media's video streaming platform Kwesé Play is now being streamed in Botswana following a tie-up with Internet provider CENE Media. The agreement will…


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People

9 March 2018

Prince Minkah Joins TV Africa To Lead News Team Former Radio XYZ presenter Prince Minkah has joined the rebranded TV Africa as the lead anchor on its news team. The…


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Opportunities

9 March 2018

MultiChoice, Africa Magic announce 2018 AMVCAs Following months of speculation and anticipation, Africa Magic, in association with Multichoice, have announced the call to entry for the 2018 edition of the…


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Events

9 March 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…