Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 286 – 20 April 2018

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Innovative new Cameroonian channel CMR7 wants to be a “citizens’ channel” that reaches beyond the elite and focuses on what’s happening in the country

20 April 2018

Théodore Ndanga is Director General of the new CMR7 Cameroon television channel. Previously he was Marketing and Commercial Director at Canal 2 International from 2004 to 2009 and moved to Canada where he joined Videotron, one of the country's leading telecommunications companies. Back in Cameroon since early 2014, he set up the project and launched the first 100% female radio station in Cameroon: Ell'FM then launched Théométrie, the first private observatory of audiovisual media in Cameroon. Q: How would you define the concept of CMR7? A: We launched the CMR7 on December 15, 2017. It is a "citizen" channel with…

Broadcast

SA on path to digital radio

20 April 2018

South Africa is making new moves to implement Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB) services, or digital radio. This after telecoms regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), published a…


Broadcast

Revolting Rhymes Wins International Emmy Kids Award for Animation in Cannes

20 April 2018

Revolting Rhymes has scooped its twelfth major international award – the Emmy Kids Award for Animation! The film – with animation created by a South African studio – has already…


Broadcast

Kenya: Communication Authority launches KUZA awards 2018

20 April 2018

Communication Authority (CA) has launched the second inaugural awards, dubbed, KUZA 2018, which recognizes and celebrates the milestones achieved by television and radio broadcasters. The awards are aimed at encouraging…


Broadcast

The Difficult Choice Facing Young Bushmen

20 April 2018

Is there inherent value in preserving tradition? What if tradition, for you, meant rejecting modern life in favor of your ancestral lifestyle of hunting and gathering in sub-Saharan Africa? This…


Broadcast

FCB Africa Shines At Africa's First CICLOPE Awards

20 April 2018

FCB Africa was named Agency of the Year at the inaugural edition of the CICLOPE Awards held in Cape Town this week, the only festival dedicated to recognising craft in…


Content

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards: MultiChoice Names In-country Winners

20 April 2018

Miss Elah Ajene of Nigeria Tulip International School, Abuja; and Prosper Okarike of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, have been named as in-country winners of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards…


Content

ROK Launches ROK 2 And ROK 3

20 April 2018

Fans of Palace Regal and Ghanaian films will be open to choose whatever film they want starting Thursday 5th April. Rok Studios have made this possible with the launch of…


Content

Nollywood Actor Oga Bello Signs Production Deal With StarTimes

20 April 2018

Veteran Nollywood actor, filmmaker, and director, Adebayo Salami, popularly called “Oga Bello,” has signed a production deal with pay TV company, StarTimes. According to report, the deal which is yet…


Content

SABC2 to broadcast popular magazine programme, DEKATv

20 April 2018

SABC2 is proud to add DEKATv to our growing genre of magazine programmes that are educating and entertaining. The magazine show will debut for the first time on SABC2 on…


Content

Nigeria: MTN Music+ Goes Int'l With Sony Music Entertainment

20 April 2018

Africa's groundbreaking digital music service, MTN Music+ has added yet another 'plus' by signing a historic deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Through the partnership, which has been described as "the…


Content

The Ladima Foundation: Zanzibar 2018

20 April 2018

Established as a mechanism to support worthy women filmmakers from across Africa in order to contribute to correcting the major imbalances within the industry, The Ladima Foundation, in partnership with…


Content

Annecy goes big for Africa in 2018!

20 April 2018

Annecy International Animated Film Festival and its Market, MIFA- the world’s top reference for animation films and industry, returns to Africa to scout for the best talents for Animation du…


Content

M-Net Movies launches Marvel Studios pop-up channel for ten days

20 April 2018

M-Net announced its intention to provide DStv premium customers, from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 22 with what it described as “unprecedented cinematic journey with the M-Net Movies Marvel…


Distribution

Five Fingers for Marseilles secures release in the USA

20 April 2018

South Africa’s first western Five Fingers for Marseilles opened nationwide at cinemas on 6 April. While South Africans were the first to see the fast-paced action film, Five Fingers for…


Distribution

South Africa - Local comedy Catching Feelings to launch on Netflix

20 April 2018

The 2018 South African comedy will be heading straight from the cinemas and on to Netflix South Africa. A very impressive move for any local film. By Nic Andersen Catching…


Distribution

The Africa Channel and Côte Ouest announce production, licensing and distribution partnership

20 April 2018

The Africa Channel and Côte Ouest have announced they have signed a broad-ranging strategic alliance in which the parties will jointly pursue distribution, licensing and production opportunities across the globe.…


Distribution

MipTV: Beta Film Sells ‘Babylon Berlin’ to Africa, India

20 April 2018

Beta Films has secured new deals which will see acclaimed German crime drama “Babylon Berlin” debut across Africa and India. South Africa-based broadcaster M-Net, which is owned by Africa’s biggest…


Investment

'Black Panther' pounces past 'Titanic', becomes third-highest grossing film ever

20 April 2018

Adding another feather to its cap, 'Black Panther' has now moved ahead of 'Titanic' in the list of all-time highest grossing movies. The film with a predominant black cast is…


Investment

In brief

20 April 2018

Cape Verde has already invested EUR 14.5 million to implement Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), a process that started five years ago, according to the country's Minister of Culture and Creative…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA invites comments on plan to start DAB radio

20 April 2018

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published a discussion document on Digital Sound Broadcasting Services. ICASA intends to conduct an inquiry into the prospects of implementing digital…


Regulation & Policy

NFVCB says Nigeria has what it takes to host #BBNaija

20 April 2018

"If infrastructure is an excuse, then how is MTN operating successfully 24/7 in this same country? - Censors Board on #BBNaija holding in South Africa. The executive Director, National Film…


Technology & Convergence

Imagen media portal chosen by BBC Studios

20 April 2018

Imagen, a leading provider of video management and distribution services, recently announced that BBC Studios has selected Imagen's platform to support and organise its Format Sales Catalogue.'   The platform…


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Opportunities

20 April 2018

71st Cannes International Film Festival – Call for project submissions to the NFVF The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) will embark on a trip to the 71st Cannes International…


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Events

20 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…