Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 287 – 3 May 2018

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Gondwana City producer Catherine Guérin talks about comedy feature Welcome to Gondwana, the film’s streaming release and why they’ve given up on mobile

3 May 2018

"Welcome to Gondwana" is the first feature film directed by Mamane, a comedian of Nigerienne descent who has made his way on to RFI radio and performed at the Jamel Comedy Club. The feature film tells the adventures of a team of electoral observers sent to a French-speaking African country, Gondwana, to monitor the organization of a presidential election. Between corruption and abuse of power, these slightly naive delegates discover the beauty of a country and how the wheels of a perverted electoral system go round. The story uses satire and humor to denounce the evils which bedevil African policy…

Broadcast

UK company launches with two South African productions

3 May 2018

The UK company WeDoFilms, under directorship of Malcolm Fudge, has launched with two productions set in South Africa with themes bang on trend. One, ‘Flawless Folly’ showcases typical Zulu culture,…


Broadcast

Canned in Kenya, set for Cannes: Rafiki falls foul of Nairobi film censors

3 May 2018

It is a coming-of-age tale of two girls, the daughters of political opponents, who fall in love and find their identity and dreams compromised by a conservative society. Bringing their…


Broadcast

Coming soon: #ZephanyNurse, the movie

3 May 2018

Cape Town - Zephany Nurse, the missing newborn who was found 17 years after she was snatched from a hospital, is busy writing a book and making a documentary about…


Broadcast

An Ultimate Network has been established for African filmmakers

3 May 2018

CINEAFRI, an innovative network dedicated to African film and video making launches this week. Founded by London-based Ghanaian filmmaker Ishmael Fiifi Annobil, CINEAFRI offers African filmmakers and related companies and…


Content

M-Net launches proudly South African wildlife series The Wild Ones

3 May 2018

M-Net channel 101 has announced that it is launching a brand new local wildlife series entitled The Wild Ones. The proudly South African series, which covers a variety of ecological…


Content

Linda Ikeji to launch TV channel on May 22nd

3 May 2018

Billionaire blogger Linda Ikeji, will on May 22nd 2018 launch her online streaming service, Linda Ikeji TV. In a post she shared on her instagram, the media mogul said she…


Content

Golden Movie Awards jury worried about state of African movie industry

3 May 2018

Jury members of the 2018 Golden Movie Awards have expressed concern about the falling standards of movie production across Africa. The Golden Movie Awards, which is in its fourth year,…


Distribution

Yahlive viewership reaches over 10 mln households in North Africa

3 May 2018

Yahlive, the UAE-based satellite joint venture between satellite operator SES and UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat, has announced that more than 10 million households across Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco have their…


Distribution

Movie theaters are making a big comeback in Francophone Africa

3 May 2018

As recently as 2015, there were no cinemas in Cameroon and filmmakers bold enough to brave the odds could only get their movies across to audiences through DVDs.   Indeed,…


Distribution

Satellite Boosts TV Operations In Ghana

3 May 2018

A Satellite Monitor Study in five African countries have revealed that Ghana is the most promising African country that has the highest satellite penetration to aid television broadcasting to homes.…


Distribution

Arabsat and France Medias Monde announced the broadcast of France 24 in French HD exclusively on Rabsat BADR-4

3 May 2018

Riyadh, Paris, Tunis, the 26th of April-2018, Arabsat & France Médias Monde announced the launch of France 24 French HD -exclusively- on Arabsat BADR-4, broadcasted as Free-to-Air across the Middle…


Distribution

Médiamétrie and Omedia launch DTT barometer in Africa

3 May 2018

Médiamétrie and Omedia are launching the first DTT barometer in Africa, covering French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa. The switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa began in…


Investment

Zimbabwean government releases another USD 6 mln for TV digitisation

3 May 2018

The Zimbabwean government has released USD 6 million to the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to complete digitisation amid reports that most transmission sites countrywide are ready for migration from…


Investment

Kenyan govt pledges youth festival support

3 May 2018

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) will from next year fund the annual National Drama Festival – a platform designed for young people to showcase their musical and theatrical projects.…


Regulation & Policy

UCC halts pay TV licensing structure, to release new one in a week

3 May 2018

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has halted the implementation of the new licensing regime for pay TV service providers, promising to release a revised one within a week.The new licensing regime,…


Regulation & Policy

Sentech to reconnect community radio stations suspended over non-payment

3 May 2018

Fifteen community radio stations that were suspended for non-payment last week will be reconnected, the communications ministry said on Friday. "We have managed to broker an agreement between the parties…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Dealers still wait for TStv decoders after reportedly paying NGN 684 mln upfront

3 May 2018

Telecom Satellite Television (TStv) Nigeria faces from "super dealers" that it owes them some NGN 684 million in dealership subscriptions, reports CommunicationsWeek. About 58 dealers reportedly paid NGN 12 million…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

3 May 2018

A row has erupted between the Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) and MultiChoice Botswana (MCB), reports Biztechafrica citing court papers. This concerns Clause 13 of the licence BOCRA granted MultiChoice…


Technology & Convergence

Cord-cutting not a problem in South Africa… yet

3 May 2018

While cord-cutting is an increasing trend in the US and UK pay TV markets, it hasn’t reached the same levels in South Africa… not yet anyway. South Africans might not…


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People

3 May 2018

Lupita Nyong'o to voice the giant in animated virtual reality version of the Jack and the Beanstalk story New York - It's the latest example of gender-bending casting: Actress Lupita…


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Opportunities

3 May 2018

M-Net and HBO launch apprenticeship programme   Cape Town - M-Net and HBO are at it again! The two businesses, whose well-established relationship has given South African audiences the chance…


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Events

3 May 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…