Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 285 – 6 April 2018

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Mediaworks’ entertainment channel Yanga! takes aim at the African diaspora in the UK

6 April 2018

Ex-TVC Acting CEO Lindsey Oliver has an ambitious plan to create an exciting channel to reach the African diaspora in the UK. Russell Southwood spoke to her about: what content it will carry; who it’s aimed at; and the business model. Q: How did the idea for Yanga! Come about? A: I spent 2016 and part of 2017 as acting CEO of TVC in Lagos for their group of TV channels. There were three TV channels and radio stations. I was focused on revenue generation and commercial stuff. I came back to London with a degree of excitement about Africa.…

Broadcast

93 Days, film on Nigeria’s Ebola experience, screens in Hollywood

6 April 2018

A Nollywood film on Nigeria’s resilience during the Ebola virus outbreak in the country was on Friday night screened at Hollywood, Los Angeles, in a collaboration event tagged ‘Nollywood in…


Broadcast

Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival Throws Focus on African diaspora

6 April 2018

Madrid 22 March 2018. 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT). Looking back, FCAT has turned into a unique platform for the dissemination of African…


Broadcast

Puppet Nation ZA and Tjovitjo take top honours at Saftas night 1

6 April 2018

North West - On Thursday the Television and Film Industry celebrated another year of the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) held in Sun City, Bokone Bophirima. Night one…


Broadcast

AREWA24 launches new studio and a slate of fresh programming

6 April 2018

AREWA24, the leading Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle channel in Nigeria, announces the launch of its new Kano-based multi-set studio and a slate of new shows and formats starting in…


Broadcast

Another win for Uga Carlini's award winning 'Alison'.

6 April 2018

The filmmaker behind the incredible survival story of Alison Uga Carlini of Towerkop Creations, has just been crowned the 2018 Award Winner for the World of Women’s Cinema at the…


Broadcast

Actor John Boyega plans on producing Nigerian stories for the big screen

6 April 2018

Exciting news! John Boyega will be developing a few Nigerian stories from which he intends to choose one which he will shoot. Excited yet? The British-Nigerian actor revealed this during…


Content

Study Shows that 9 out of 10 Children in French-Speaking African Countries Know of Boomerang

6 April 2018

[Johannesburg, SA]: Kantar TNS institute recently conducted a reference study, “Africascope Kids”, amongst children aged four to 14 in French-speaking African countries. Results show that nearly nine out of 10…


Content

NFVF responds over shoddy 12th Saftas: To err is human

6 April 2018

Cape Town – The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is responding over the 12th South African Film and Television Awards held at Sun City that was once again a…


Content

Full List of SAFTA Award Winners 2018

6 April 2018

South African film and TV stars were celebrated and honoured at the 12th annual Saftas ceremony held at Sun City. The biggest weekend of the local awards season kicked off…


Content

Nollywood, Sony Pictures join forces for TV series on all-female African army

6 April 2018

Nigerian studio EbonyLife and Sony Pictures Television are to produce a TV series on the West African Dahomey Warriors, they’re following in the footsteps of box office hit Black Panther,…


Content

MultiChoice Africa, ROK add 2 new channels

6 April 2018

The Television cable entertainment service provider, the MultiChoice Africa and ROK, will be launching on April 5, two new channels: ROK 2 and ROK 3 on DStv and GOtv. In…


Content

Word Is 3: Kenyans music gets chance to score films

6 April 2018

Kenyan musicians got to learn all about film scoring thanks to the new partnership between Discop and Ongea! Africa. The programme, Discore, is specifically targeted at the music industry across…


Content

NickToons announces first local animated acquisition

6 April 2018

NickToons (DStv channel 308) in association with local animation studio, Sunrise Productions is proud to announce its first South African animation acquisition for the channel. Munki and Trunk will be…


Content

In brief

6 April 2018

Mzansi Magic's new drama, Ingoma, which airs on 9 April, follows the story of three aspiring artists from the Eastern Cape town of Alice: Sino (Anita Sibozo), Ezekiel (Ayanda Makayi)…


Distribution

The Africa Channel To Present Inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival 2018

6 April 2018

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and DISCOP Zanzibar are proud to announce The Africa Channel, the largest broadcaster of Africa-themed content in North America, as the official sponsor of…


Distribution

France 24 to celebrate the launch of its international news channel in English on DTTV in Kenya

6 April 2018

France 24, the French international news channel has signed an agreement with SIGNET (a subsidiary of the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation) for the broadcasting of its English channel on the Kenyan…


Distribution

DRC returns to Congo four frequencies illegally seized

6 April 2018

“In recent days, through the regulator, we are informed that the DRC has just returned four frequencies. We can already solve the problems related to analog and digital frequencies, and…


Investment

Naspers Turns Down 1 Billion Offer For MultiChoice Africa

6 April 2018

Naspers the parent company of Multichoice has rejected an offer made by Vivendi to purchase part of MultiChoice (excluding the South African operations). Naspers is reported to have received several…


Investment

Kenya mulls tax incentives to boost film sector

6 April 2018

NAIROBI, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to introduce tax incentives in order to boost the film sector, the country's film marketing agency said on Wednesday. Chris Foot, Chairman of…


Regulation & Policy

Makers of Oscar-nominated film accuse KKFCB of copyright infringement

6 April 2018

The makers of Oscar nominated movie Watu Wote, Germany’s Hamburg Media School, are not a happy lot after the Chief Executive of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) sponsored the…


Regulation & Policy

'Inxeba' filmmakers back in court

6 April 2018

PRETORIA - The makers of the film Inxeba (The Wound) were back in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. Earlier in the month, the court temporarily lifted the X-rated…


Technology & Convergence

Globecast launches cloud playout services at NAB 2018

6 April 2018

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is launching the first of its Cloud Playout services at this year's NAB. Globecast has been developing and honing its cloud playout platform…


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People

6 April 2018

Trevor Noah is heading back to SA to film new M-Net series Cape Town – Trevor Noah is headed back to South Africa for a special TV taping. The Daily…


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Opportunities

6 April 2018

One Week left to enter the SundanceTV Short Film competition There is one week left to enter the 2018 SundanceTV Short Film competition. Entries close on 15 April with the…


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Events

6 April 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…