Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 289 – 1 June 2018

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African Pay TV looks set to take a hit from VoD platforms, pressure on DSTV in South Africa from Netflix

1 June 2018

Companies in Africa announce things when there’s good news but always claim confidentiality when things are not so bright. Earlier this month DStv made the odd move of naming its estimate of competitor Netflix’s subscriber numbers. Russell Southwood looks through the lifted curtain and tries to work out what’s going on. Earlier in May 2018 MultiChoice – DStv’s South African operation – took the unusual step of giving South African online publication MyBroadband its estimate of Netflix’s subscribers: 300-400,000 by its estimate since its launch in January 2015. However, nothing’s done without a purpose. MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela…

Broadcast

DISCOP Johannesburg: The premier destination for content produced in Africa

1 June 2018

Los Angeles / Johannesburg | 22 May. The organizers of the Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP market have unveiled plans to welcome – all under one roof - the largest…


Broadcast

Cape Town filmmaker wins inaugural SundanceTV Shorts Competition

1 June 2018

SundanceTV has announced the winner of the first SundanceTV Shorts Competition for South Africa. The winner of the Jury Prize is Good Mourning by Cape Town-based filmmaker Ian Morgan, who…


Broadcast

‘The State Against Mandela and the Others’ Review: Nelson Mandela Documentary Corrects Oversight in Biopics — Cannes 2018

1 June 2018

The life of iconic activist and South African president Nelson Mandela is the subject of multiple features, including “Invictus,” “Mandela,” and Idris Elba’s criminally underrated turn in Justin Chadwick’s “Long…


Broadcast

Africa Eye - A new TV Investigations strand for Africa - My Stolen Childhood

1 June 2018

Brigitte Sossou Perenyi lives and works in Ghana. She was trafficked to the country at the age of seven from Togo and held in captivity as part of a practice…


Broadcast

ZBC To Introduce New Channels: History Channel Among Many Others

1 June 2018

After the completion of digital migration, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) will introduce a range of new channels. The channels will bring variety to ZBC’s dwindled viewers after years of just…


Content

Netflix is making dozens of new shows around the world, but Africa is getting left behind

1 June 2018

Netflix seems determined to change how the whole world watches TV, not only through streaming and binge-watching, but by creating smart content that local audiences can identify with and pay…


Content

The most-watched TV shows in South Africa

1 June 2018

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for April 2018. The data includes a list of the most-watched shows on DStv, SABC 1,…


Content

All-New Series From Animal Planet And The Dodo - "Dodo Heroes" - Spotlights Powerful Bonds Between Animals And People

1 June 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 23rd, 2018,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Dodo Heroes will feature inspiring stories of animals in need from around the world, and the compassionate humans who go to…


Content

‘Aisha: Boko Haram Huntress’ Is the Story of a Fearless Female Warrior Fighting Extremism in Northern Nigeria

1 June 2018

  We speak to Nigerian journalist and director, Rosie Collyer, about documenting the personal and professional life of Aisha, the woman leading the fight against Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria.…


Content

BET's 'Made in Africa' empowers African designers

1 June 2018

HOSTED by South African musician and media personality Nandi Madida, the reality series 'Made in Africa' searches for the continent's best emerging fashion designer. In the wild and creative world…


Content

AfricaCom 2018 Launches Africa Video Forum For Content Creators

1 June 2018

AfricaCom the largest telecoms, media and tech event in Africa- has just launched the Africa Video Forum. The forum will be used to showcase the hottest African video content. There…


Distribution

African News Agency signs strategic partnership with TV BRICS

1 June 2018

CAPE TOWN - The African News Agency (ANA) on Thursday signed a historic partnership with TV BRICS to promote cultural exchange, and to distribute African content amongst the people of…


Distribution

Kwesé TV to relay all 32 African games in 2018 World Cup for free as a way of promoting decoder sales

1 June 2018

One of the countries leading media company Kwese Television, stated that Malawians will have the opportunity to watch this year’s World cup games just by purchasing a Kwese decoder. The…


Distribution

‘Rafiki’ Writer-Director Wanuri Kahiu Signs With The Gotham Group

1 June 2018

EXCLUSIVE: Wanuri Kahiu, the award-winning writer-director of Rafiki, a film that was banned in Kenya after the filmmaker refused to alter the film’s portrayal of a lesbian relationship and played…


Distribution

VivaBox partners with AfricaXP to provide premium content for MTNTV Ghana

1 June 2018

Johannesburg, May 30, 2018 – AfricaXP(AXP), Africa’s leading provider of premium themed content announced today that VivaBox DMS, a leading turn-key Mobile IPTV/OTT provider for Telco’s has signed a multi-year…


Distribution

Africa and wholesale market provide boost for Canal+

1 June 2018

Strong growth in Africa and a slowing rate of attrition among subscribers in metropolitan France saw Canal+’s base grow by 612,000 in the year to March 31. The pay TV…


Investment

M-Net and Bomb Productions announce new epic historical drama

1 June 2018

M-Net’s commitment to local storytelling continues with an updated slate of new productions that will provide compelling viewing for DStv customers and take African stories to the world. Following the…


Investment

Kwese TV announces advertising, rights deals for World Cup

1 June 2018

Kwese TV announced that it has signed advertising deals with major brands for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. In addition, the company has sub-licensed its rights to the football…


Investment

In brief

1 June 2018

Pay-TV giant MultiChoice has partnered with the University of Pretoria to develop and sustain scarce artificial intelligence (AI) and specifically machine learning technology skills in SA. This partnership will see…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NBC to act against any breach of political broadcast reporting code

1 June 2018

Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has reiterated that it will deal with any broadcast media that violates its code on political reportage, CommunicationsWeek reports. Mallam Modibbo Kawu, director general of…


Regulation & Policy

Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) Statement on Sexual Harassment in the film industry and Safety on Film Sets

1 June 2018

The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) believes that everyone has the right to work in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits unlawful discriminatory practices, including harassment. This…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt court orders YouTube ban over Prophet Mohammad video

1 June 2018

Egypt’s top administrative court ruled on Saturday that regulators must block the video file-sharing site YouTube for one month over a video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammad, a lawyer who…


Regulation & Policy

Africans, Chinese partner in culture exchange

1 June 2018

In a bid to meet the urgent need of understanding culture and art between African and Chinese people, the Global Max Media Group and its partners from across Africa have…


Regulation & Policy

NBC shuts down Reach FM for broadcasting without licence

1 June 2018

This is not the best of time for the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha. Still battling with the disgrace of being sidelined from his state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) congress…


Technology & Convergence

SES extends its reach in Nigeria to over 11 million TV Homes

1 June 2018

Satellite operator SES exceptionally increased its technical reach in Nigeria to over 11 million TV homes in 2017, up from three million in 2015. The recent Satellite Monitor research has…


Technology & Convergence

Renatelsat to be backed by AUFS for enhancing its satellite network in DRC

1 June 2018

The National Satellite Telecommunication Network (Renatelsat) of the Democratic Republic of Congo signed a cooperation agreement with Africa Union Financial Services Ltd. (AUFS) on May 26, 2018. The overall goal…


Technology & Convergence

TelOne granted Video On Demand broadcasting license in Zimbabwe

1 June 2018

TelOne, Zimbabwe’s state-owned fixed phone and internet operator, has secured a broadcasting licence for Video-on-Demand (VoD) services. The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) granted an operating license to TelOne to…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Spacecom signs USD 55 mln deal to supply communications services in Africa from 2019

1 June 2018

Israel’s Space Communications said it has signed an agreement with a foreign company for communications services from its Amos-17 satellite, which is due for launch in the second quarter of…


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People

1 June 2018

Econet Media's pan-African broadcast network, Kwese, has signed up John Mikel Obi as the first official brand ambassador for the brand.


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Opportunities

1 June 2018

ZIFF celebrates 20th anniversary   THE Zimbabwe International Film and Festival Trust (ZIFFT) has extended a call for submission to filmmakers for its flagship programme the Zimbabwe International Film Festival…


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Events

1 June 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…