Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 291 – 29 June 2018

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Angola: TV Zimbo’s Serge Kalu on taking on the state-owned TPA – “We pride ourselves on showing more.”

29 June 2018

Angola’s TV Zimbo has been the pioneering privately owned broadcaster and has built itself a space. Once tightly controlled, the Angola broadcast market is now changing under the country’s new President. At the recent Global Media Forum, Russell Southwood spoke to Serge Kalu, Programmes Manager, TV Zimbo about its output and how things are changing. TV Zimbo is the first privately owned TV station in Angola and is part of Grupo Medianova which also owns O País (second most read weekly newspaper with web site), Semanário Económico, O jornal da economia Angolana e do mundo, Socijornal, Revista Exame, Rádio Mais…

Broadcast

All the SA Winners at Cannes Lions Festival

29 June 2018

The 65th annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity came to an end on 22 June 2018, rounding out a full week of award shows that celebrated creativity across various categories.…


Broadcast

StarTimes joins Pay Tv market in Ethiopia

29 June 2018

The Chinese multinational company, StarTimes, launched direct paid broadcast satellite service, making it the other player in the market besides DStv. Bridgetech Broadcasting & Media Plc, the local exclusive agent…


Broadcast

Nollywood goes global with Nigeria’s ‘Netflix of Africa’

29 June 2018

Netflix said that membership jumped 3.3 million last quarter, crediting original shows such as "Orange is the New Black" that have been hits with viewers Video-on-demand platforms have sprung up…


Broadcast

Big win for 'Black panther' at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards show

29 June 2018

Superhero movie “Black Panther’ made a killing at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday (June 16) in an awards show shown on television on Monday (June 18) that…


Broadcast

Upcoming Zim film to gobble US$260,000

29 June 2018

Zimbabwean filmmaker Marc Mandishona will on June 30 start shooting one of the biggest budget films in Southern Africa titled "State of Malambia", an African fantasy epic gangster movie, with…


Broadcast

Zanzibar TV Series in Competition Announced - ZIFF and The Africa Channel

29 June 2018

The Africa Channel, proud sponsors of the inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival and The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), are excited to announce the 20 official titles entered into competition…


Broadcast

Africa Magic to announce AMVCAs nominees

29 June 2018

Nominees for the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) will be announced via a televised broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on DStv on Saturday, 30 June at 20h00.…


Broadcast

BET Awards 2018: All the winners

29 June 2018

Nigerian superstar Davido was named Best International Act while South African hip hop artist Sjava walked away with the Viewer's Choice: Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards in…


Content

Boxing clever: FOX Networks has plans for Africa

29 June 2018

New FOX Networks Group Africa VP general manager Evert van der Veer hasn’t spent a lot of time at his desk since arriving five weeks ago, in a move that…


Content

DStv CEO: Why you can’t pick your own TV channels

29 June 2018

Cape Town - In an interview on SABC News Calvo Mawela explained why DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Africa can’t each pick only the TV channels each one…


Content

Cartoon Network, Gulli Double Down on African Animation

29 June 2018

The Cartoon Network and Gulli, the Lagardère-owned kids network, are doubling down on African animation. Gulli announced in Annecy June 14 that it’s pre-purchased “L’arbre à Palimpseste” (The Tree of…


Content

What’s New? is now on TV for young Africans

29 June 2018

“What’s New?” an exciting weekly TV programme by the BBC for young people in Africa launches on 23rd June. Aimed at 11-16 year olds the show is an informative, entertaining…


Content

Sanlam launches first interactive audio drama

29 June 2018

Following the success of South Africa's first ever WhatsApp drama series - the multi-award-winning Uk'shona Kwelanga - Sanlam has launched a follow-up audio drama, Lives of Grace. This time the…


Content

In brief

29 June 2018

Cape Town - The critically acclaimed season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale debuts exclusively on M-Net (DStv 101) on Monday, 2 July at 22:10.


Distribution

Free to launch Pay-TV service in Ivory Coast

29 June 2018

In Ivory Coast, Xavier Niel, the boss of Free, could launch a Pay-TV service before the end of the year. The French operator was supposed to obtain, in early June,…


Distribution

Africa’s Greatest Filmmaker Has Been Unavailable to Africans — Until Now

29 June 2018

I imagine it’s a thrill for any filmmaker to share a documentary with an audience. Since the premiere of our film “Sembene!” three years ago, I’ve had the luck to…


Distribution

New WTCR TV agreement for Sub-Saharan Africa

29 June 2018

Highlights of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO will be shown on television in Sub-Saharan Africa following an agreement between WTCR promoter Eurosport Events and…


Investment

Wasafi TV ties up with StarTimes Tanzania

29 June 2018

Tanzania's Wasafi TV has joined cable network StarTimes expected to boost Wasafi TV's reach to a wider Tanzanian audience, reports Nextvame. Wasafi CEO Diamond Platnumz also took the opportunity to…


Investment

Médiamétrie takes 50% stake in African media research outfit Omedia

29 June 2018

French audience ratings agency Médiamétrie has taken a 50% stake in Omedia, a media and marketing research company based in Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon as part of its…


Investment

Civil Society saves Encounters - this time

29 June 2018

Encounters, the South African International Documentary Festival, has been an essential fixture in the South African film landscape for two decades, but this year it almost never happened. The festival,…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana - Minister sues Atinka TV

29 June 2018

Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, has sued Atinka TV, a subsidiary of Atinka Media Village, for defamation, claiming GH¢5 million in damages. Mr Osei-Mensah said the television station broadcast false…


Regulation & Policy

SA Government to reconsider SABC TV license fees

29 June 2018

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says the review of the public broadcasting policy will start with the review of the SABC.This includes, among others, the logic of maintaining a 3-tier broadcasting…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

29 June 2018

Augustine Abbey, a veteran actor and president of Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), has lauded the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture over its commitment to making sure that…


Technology & Convergence

MTN Partners Kwese Iflix to provide Quality TV & Video Streaming Service in Nigeria

29 June 2018

In bid to provide quality video entertainment for its customers, MTN, the Information and communication technology (ICT) company, has announced its new strategic partnership with Kwese Iflix, the joint venture…


Technology & Convergence

US based Rwandans develop mobile app to promote local music

29 June 2018

The local music industry has for long struggled to find its footing on the international market due to lack of systematic exposure to the global community and very few artistes…


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People

29 June 2018

The SABC appoints new CEO   The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has appointed Madoda Mxakwe as its new group chief executive officer (GCEO) and Yolande van Biljon as its…


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Opportunities

29 June 2018

MultiChoice to train African filmmakers MultiChoice is looking for aspiring film directors, sound engineers and scriptwriters to enter the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), which offers them a chance to gain…


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Events

29 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…