Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 290 – 15 June 2018

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Pan African TV Channel VoxAfrica has a big hit with The VoiceAfrique and will launch a live streaming channel

15 June 2018

Being a Pan-African free-to-air channel is tough and takes a lot of time and investment. Based in London, VoxAfrica started broadcasting in May 2008 and ten years later it still here and has over that time widened its audience base. At the recent Afrobytes event in Paris at the beginning of the month Russell Southwood spoke to Sora Yago-Boli, Director of Finance and Operations, VoxAfrica. Sora Yego-Boli started at VoxAfrica in 2014 after a period of being consultant for the channel. VoxAfrica itself is bilingual, free-to-air, Pan-African TV station, available on both satellite (it’s on Canal +, Gotv, Zuku and…

Broadcast

The 39th Durban International Film Festival Announces Opening and Closing Films

15 June 2018

A thriller/horror film and a LGBTI love-story have been selected respectively as the opening- and closing films of the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which takes place from 19…


Broadcast

South African short films leave New Yorkers speechless

15 June 2018

From stories about contemporary dance in South Africa to deeply moving and tragic tales about love, resentment, anger and redemption - this year's South African short film slate at the…


Broadcast

Pop Culture Imports: A Tranquil Korean Reality Show, a South African Romantic-Comedy, and a Delicious Documentary on Chinese Food

15 June 2018

Yes, it’s that time again — the time when I yell at you to dive into the wealth of foreign movies and shows available to stream, and you nod your…


Broadcast

African film makers gear up for TAFF 2018 in Dallas

15 June 2018

Filmfest opening with folklore of storytelling Organizers of the annual African Film Festival, TAFF, in Dallas, have announced Nollywood producer and CEO of Royal Arts Academy, Emem Isong Misodi alongside…


Broadcast

Record number of films submitted for ZIFF 2018

15 June 2018

There has been a record number of films, across all categories in competition this year, at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). There has also been a marked increase in…


Broadcast

Bowdoin Grads Produce Documentary on South African Comedians

15 June 2018

Two Bowdoin graduates have directed and produced a fifty-two-minute documentary about standup comedy in South Africa. According to Broadway World-South Africa, Meg Robbins and Hannah Rafkin, who both graduated as…


Broadcast

Full list of winners at 2018 Golden Movie Awards Africa

15 June 2018

It was a star-studded event at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, which hosted filmmakers from Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Ivory Coast for the 2018 Golden Movie Awards Africa. Golden Movie Awards…


Content

Kings of Mulberry Street commences principal photography in KZN

15 June 2018

Production has begun on ‘Kings of Mulberry Street’, a feature film written and directed by acclaimed director and producer Judy Naidoo, and set in the fictional town of Sugarhill District,…


Content

MultiChoice Boosts Local Content Production with Talent Factory

15 June 2018

The launch of Multichoice Talent Factory in Lagos last week, promises to enhance the production of local content in the country, writes Tunde Falola The African creative industry is set…


Distribution

SundanceTV Shorts Competition Winner

15 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…


Distribution

2018 Oscar-nominee Revolting Rhymes now streaming first and only to Showmax

15 June 2018

“The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers. She whips a pistol from her knickers.” There’s the story of Little Red Riding Hood that everyone knows and then there’s the Roald…


Distribution

New titles to stream for free on AfriDocs

15 June 2018

This month catch a range of new titles now available to stream for free, anytime, anywhere via AfriDocs. Many of these films have never been available to stream before and…


Distribution

Streaming: in search of the films that inspired Black Panther

15 June 2018

From a Senegalese road movie to lesbian blues goddesses, dig deep online and you’ll find gems of the less moneyed African-disapora cinema T’Challa rules all in the Blu-ray and VOD…


Distribution

Film Tourism Growth in the City of Tshwane

15 June 2018

Developing a business environment that is conducive to “film industry” growth has proved desirable to many governments because of the range of benefits arising from the sector.   South Africa,…


Distribution

Kwesé Partners with Orange to Launch Kwesé TV in Liberia

15 June 2018

Monrovia – Econet Media’s dynamic content business, Kwesé TV, has launched in Liberia. Arguably amongst the best entertainment and sports bouquets in Africa, Kwesé TV will make its first to…


Distribution

Beleaguered NFVF abruptly pulls funding of Encounters documentary festival

15 June 2018

Cape Town – In a shocking move the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has abruptly pulled its financial support of the 20th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival –…


Distribution

World Cup: StarTimes launches video streaming

15 June 2018

StarTimes has launched its App video streaming service in Nigeria. According to the company, the first 40,000 users can enjoy a pre-order offer for watching World Cup on the App.…


Distribution

Kwese To Televise All 64 FIFA World Cup Matches Live, ZBC Partners Kwese To Televise All Matches Too

15 June 2018

After months of questioning whether Kwese will televise the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup, Kwese has cleared the air by announcing that it will broadcast all 64 FIFA World Cup…


Investment

Annecy-bound Triggerfish, CMG tempt buyers with 'Seal Team' (exclusive)

15 June 2018

Annecy-bound South African animation house Triggerfish Animation Studios has begun production on the action-comedy Seal Team, which Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (CMG) has licensed in a raft of pre-sales.…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana: GRA locks up Metro TV for Gh¢2.3m tax default

15 June 2018

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has shut down media company, Metro TV for defaulting taxes worth GH¢2.3 million. The move by the Debt Management Compliance Enforcement Unit of GRA follows the…


Regulation & Policy

UCC finally raises Pay TV license fees to UGX 95 million

15 June 2018

The Uganda communication commission (UCC) 2 months ago marked PayTV broadcasters as uncompliant after issuing strong license restrictions and fees only to spark off a cold war with the providers.…


Technology & Convergence

DRC restores all 20 TV frequencies to Congo-Brazzaville

15 June 2018

Started a few months ago, the process of restitution of TV and radio frequencies, plundered in Congo by neighboring DRC, is now complete. Lambert Mende Omalanga, the Communications Minister of…


Technology & Convergence

Kenyan, Chinese Govts start 10,000 Villages Digital TV Project

15 June 2018

The Kenyan ICT ministry and the Chinese Government have begun the 10,000 Villages Digital Television Project for beneficiaries in 47 counties to get access to satellite TV. This is one…


Technology & Convergence

Tanzania - Three million receive TV channels on satellite

15 June 2018

MORE than 3.3 million television households receive channels via satellite fleet, the SES satellite monitor study conducted in the local market has unveiled. According to the study, SES contributes TV…


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People

15 June 2018

Zama Mkosi Abruptly Out As NFVF CEO After Forensic Investigation Zama Mkosi has abruptly resigned as CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) following a forensic investigation into…


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Opportunities

15 June 2018

Cartoon Network wants Africa’s animators to pitch their kids show ideas Cape Town – Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network in Africa is giving Africa's animation creators the chance to pitch short-form…


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Events

15 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…