Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 293 – 27 July 2018

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Gambia gets two new TV broadcasters - QTV and Paradise TV with its newly liberalized airwaves and more on the way

27 July 2018

With the exit of President Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s new Government has sought to open the TV airwaves to new private TV entrants. Russell Southwood spoke to Harona Drammeh, CEO of the soon to be launched Paradise TV. The idea for Paradise TV came out of Drammeh’s existing radio station, Paradise FM:”We’d already got the brand and it was easy enough to continue with the name that made waves.” He had been speaking to the previous President about getting a licence but had received many promises but no action. The station is already piloting with broadcasts on Facebook and You Tube…

Broadcast

Togolese film industry back on the international scene

27 July 2018

After a few years of hesitation, Togolese cinema is back in force on the international scene. It is thanks to structures like YoBo studio and the commitment of some young…


Broadcast

Durban FilmMart awards 2018

27 July 2018

It’s been a bumper year for this year’s Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry development programme of the eThekwini Municipality’s Durban Film Office (DFO) and Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), which…


Broadcast

South Africa’s Jenna Bass Explores Race, Class and Gender in ‘High Fantasy’

27 July 2018

As Hollywood’s diversity problems have provoked a reckoning everywhere from the writers’ room to the boardroom, South African helmer Jenna Bass has asked what it’s like to literally inhabit someone…


Broadcast

Sierra Leone filmmakers join forces to document the devastating effect of Ebola in their country

27 July 2018

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: The 2014 Ebola outbreak, which left more than 30 000 people infected and over 11 000 dead, remains one of the deadliest health disasters in West Africa.…


Broadcast

MultiChoice dedicates pop-up channel for Nollywood stars

27 July 2018

DStv and GOtv Max subscribers will have access to the first ever Africa Magic Nollywood Stars Pop-Up Channel (DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29).   According to Multichoice, the…


Broadcast

SWIFT presence at this year's DIFF and DFM

27 July 2018

Following highly successful and meaningful engagements with the film industry last year, Sisters Working in Film & Television (SWIFT) will once again have a strong presence at this year's Durban…


Broadcast

Durban Fest Fetes South African Women With Diverse Line-Up

27 July 2018

DURBAN — The Durban Int’l. Film Festival opened Thursday night with a celebration of South African womanhood and a commitment to diversity in film, even as it mourned the passing…


Broadcast

2018 BRICS film festival line up announced

27 July 2018

As one of the important parts of cultural communication and cooperation of the BRICS summit, the BRICS Film Festival, which rotates between BRICS members, kicks off today in Durban, South…


Broadcast

#DIFF First post-Mugabe Zimbabwean film to premiere in Durban

27 July 2018

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's first post-Robert-Mugabe-era feature film – titled Cook Off will have its African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) at the weekend. Mugabe, 94, was ousted…


Broadcast

In brief

27 July 2018

It is considered to be one of Africa’s biggest film festivals. The aim is to promote African cinema. L’Ecran Noire Film Festival held every year in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé plays…


Content

US-based Inter-Continental Interpretations Film Competition launching in SA by CTIFMF and partners

27 July 2018

After nearly a year of strategic planning and development behind the scenes, the CTIFMF, in partnership with Snake Nation and the YOMYOMF Foundation is proud to announce the Interpretations Inter-Continental…


Content

TV2U video content delivery platform to expand on the African continent

27 July 2018

Internet TV company TV2U International is to expand its African commercial ambitions by signing a licensing agreement with Africa Enterprise Media Group (AEMG), to launch and market its video content…


Content

Local docu-series Night Guard goes global with hulu deal

27 July 2018

South African unscripted television is going global, with Season 1 of NV Studios’ Night Guard now available for streaming on global service hulu, in the USA. The addition of Night…


Content

SABC1 on its new 'quite different' format music competition show The Remix SA that will be taking on Idols: 'For us it's a test actually'.

27 July 2018

SABC1 says the public broadcaster's latest bet on a local version of a format music reality competition show, The Remix South Africa, is going to be a new test for…


Content

IMO Entertainment rolls out TV channel in Nigeria

27 July 2018

SOL TV a new urban and lifestyle television channel from IMO Entertainment is set to hit the screens soon in Nigeria. Coming from the stable of IMO entertainment, the 24…


Content

Nelson Mandela centenary celebrated with DStv

27 July 2018

African pay-TV operator MultiChoice DStv is to launch a pop-up channel on 18 July to mark a hundred years since the birth of African icon Nelson Mandela. Over five days…


Content

In brief

27 July 2018

The French pay-TV operator Canal+ and the Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa (FNG Europe & Africa) are going to work together on a new TV series based on HG…


Distribution

‘Snow Queen 3’ Heads to Southern Africa

27 July 2018

Wizart Animation announced that The Snow Queen: Fire and Ice — the third installment in its globally successful feature franchise — is heading south for a debut theatrical engagement in…


Distribution

Netflix Is Trolling DStv In Their Hilarious New Ad

27 July 2018

How petty can you go? Netflix's latest ad takes a not-so-subtle jab at South Africa's main pay TV service, DStv. The campaign takes a swipe at how tedious it is…


Investment

Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African Filmmakers - Sixteen fiction and documentary projects to take part in annual finance forum

27 July 2018

DURBAN — With the four-day Durban FilmMart building a bridge between African filmmakers and the international market, 16 projects from across the continent arrive in South Africa this week for…


Investment

South Africa: Minister Davies to Launch Revised Film Incentive Guidelines at The Durban Film Festival

27 July 2018

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will launch the revised guidelines for the Foreign Film and Television Incentive, the South Africa Film and Television Incentive, the South…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Icasa to hold additional hearings on community radio, television regulations

27 July 2018

The public may share their insights on the draft regulations for community radio and television services in South Africa as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will be…


Regulation & Policy

New CA rules hand broadcasters 12 months to hire sign experts

27 July 2018

Broadcasters have only one year to hire adequate sign language experts under newly published rules that seek to boost information access among persons with disabilities (PWDs). The Communications Authority of…


Regulation & Policy

NBC shuts Ekiti Broadcast Service over illegal announcement of poll result

27 July 2018

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has ordered the immediate shut down of Ekiti Broadcast Service. The regulatory body indicted the station of breaching provisions of the broadcasting code. Ayodele Fayose,…


Regulation & Policy

FIPAG Fights Film Directors Guild of Ghana

27 July 2018

The Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) has withdrawn its support for activities of the Film Directors Guild of Ghana (FDGG) following a fallout with a member of the FDGG,…


Technology & Convergence

Government of China, Uganda Partner To Launch Satellite TV Project in Wakiso

27 July 2018

China and the Ugandan government on Friday last week launched a USD$12 million (roughly UGX44.6 billion) satellite television (TV) project in the central Ugandan district of Wakiso to benefit over…


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People

27 July 2018

Commercials director Robin Adams has joined the nest at Egg Films, where he's teamed up with producer Kerry Hosford and already finished his first successful flight. After graduating from AFDA…


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Opportunities

27 July 2018

Turner seeks fresh talent for Cartoon Network Africa   Turner’s Cartoon Network is offering African animators the chance of having a pilot aired on the TV channel through its new…