Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 294 – 9 August 2018

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The End of Africa’s Mr President TV – Several steps forward and two steps back for the liberalization of the airwaves

9 August 2018

Most African countries have now formally ended the monopoly of state-run TV. Many more countries have liberalized their airwaves over the last ten years but there is a small but stubborn minority that have failed to do so. Russell Southwood assesses the current state of play and looks at the impact of social media on the debate. You cannot mistake Mr President TV when you see it. The news opens with the Agriculture Show opened by the President or his latest overseas visit. At its worst, this is then followed by a succession of Ministers speaking in declining order of…

Broadcast

‘Nyasaland’ on global journey … As the Malawi film is set to premiere in US

9 August 2018

‘Nyasaland’, the first Malawian film to win Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCA) Best movie - Southern Africa two years ago, is set to premiere in the United States in…


Broadcast

Ecrans Noirs Film Festival: Role African youth play in the film industry

9 August 2018

A breed of young filmmakers is gradually emerging in the African Film Industry. The Ecrans Noirs Film Festival in Cameroon has displayed a number of their work which have clearly…


Broadcast

South African director makes his unfunded film in Dubai

9 August 2018

“Louder” is an unfunded Independent feature film produced in the UAE which is currently in post production to be premiered on the 14th September 2018. Written, produced and directed by…


Broadcast

Disney To Produce African Fairytale “Sade”

9 August 2018

Deadline has disclosed that Walt Disney company is working on the release of an African fairytale film named Sade. Sade is a princess, who when her kingdom is threatened by…


Broadcast

Disney Is Developing a Live-Action Fairytale About an African Princess Named Sadé

9 August 2018

A new Disney original centered on the story of an African princess warrior is coming our way. The studio has acquired a pitch for Sadé from writers Ola Shokunbi and…


Broadcast

AMAA 2018 Nominees announced in Lagos

9 August 2018

The list of nominees for the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) were announced at an event held at the Wheatbaker Hotel in Lagos. The winners will be announced at…


Broadcast

Nigeria dominates AMAA 2018 nominations

9 August 2018

Ahead of this year’s edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), scheduled to hold in Kigali, Rwanda in September, organisers on Friday, announced nominations in the 27 categories of…


Broadcast

Nommer 37 wins Best Director award at the Fantasia International Film Festival

9 August 2018

Director and scriptwriter, Nosipho Dumisa, won Cheval Noir Jury Prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, Canada, for her debut motion picture, Number 37! “Nosipho…


Broadcast

In brief

9 August 2018

South African director Zwelethu Radebe’s short film, The Hangman has bagged another international award. It won Best Foreign Film at the 22nd annual LA Shorts International Film Festival. The festival…


Content

Scoop Network On Kwesé TV

9 August 2018

Africa’s newest entertainment channel, Scoop Network Africa, will be launched on pan-African satellite TV broadcast network, Kwesé TV, on July 26 2018. Scoop Network’s programme schedule will consist of a…


Content

NEW COMEDY CELEBRATES STRONG WOMEN LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

9 August 2018

In celebration of National Women’s Day on Wednesday 9 August, there will be a special screening of the new film ‘Looking for Love’ by Nigerian-born filmmaker Adze Ugah, at the…


Content

Zwelethu Radebe directs choose-your-own-ending Twitter series for Ford Fiesta

9 August 2018

Egg Films’ Zwelethu Radebe directed The Independent State of Nandi, a choose-your-own-ending series of short films brought to Twitter from inside the all-new Ford Fiesta. Released every Monday and Thursday…


Content

Hit Radio group in Morocco gets first audiovisual licenses

9 August 2018

On July 26, the broadcasting group Hit Radio obtained two audiovisual licenses. The company publishing the eponymous radio will launch Télé Jeunesse and Télé Découverte in the coming days. The…


Content

Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali in cinemas on Friday 3 August

9 August 2018

Some three decades after ‘Asinamali!’ first appeared on stage at The Market Theatre, Mbongeni Ngema’s play about the lives and suffering of black inmates in an apartheid-era prison has been…


Content

Africa Looks to Unleash Box Office Potential

9 August 2018

DURBAN — Africa has the potential to unleash up to $2 billion in box office revenues a year, according to the findings of a study that was presented during the…


Content

Discovery Channel announces top 10 Don’t Stop Wondering award finalists

9 August 2018

The search for the winner of Discovery Channel’s second consecutive Don’t Stop Wondering award category, at the seventh annual Jozi Film Festival, has begun! A jury of Discovery Channel and…


Content

Kumaran Naidu’s Broken Promises 4-Ever hits R1 million at box office in just 3 days

9 August 2018

‘Broken Promises 4-Ever’, by award-winning director, producer, and scriptwriter, Kumaran Naidu, raked in R1 million at the box office, after opening on 27 July, in just three days at 15…


Content

South African film producer wants Nollywood movies translated to local languages

9 August 2018

Durban (South Africa) – Mack Dollvins, Chief Executive Officer of Artvision, a filmmaking and capacity building firm based in South Africa, has called for the translation and distribution of Nollywood…


Content

Durban Makes Push to Bring African Docs to Global Audiences

9 August 2018

DURBAN — With a global debate calling for greater diversity and representation onscreen, and growing demand for documentaries across borders and platforms, the organizers of the 9th Durban FilmMart (DFM)…


Content

CARTOON NETWORK’S POWERPUFF GIRLS AWARDS AIMS TO EMPOWER AND CELEBRATE YOUNG GIRLS IN AFRICA

9 August 2018

As part of the Powerpuff Girls’ 20th Anniversary, Cartoon Network Africa places focus on recognising and celebrating young girls, from all walks of life, who want to shape the future…


Distribution

Our Perfect Wedding comes to Zimbabwe

9 August 2018

Fans of South Africa's Our Perfect Wedding (OPW) will be delighted to know that Zimbabwe will soon have its own version of the reality show that is viewed by millions…


Distribution

DISCOP Johannesburg 2018’s ‘Next Gen’ Program place with a special focus on animation

9 August 2018

Los Angeles & Johannesburg | 1 August 2018. Organizers of the next Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP film, television, digital and video gaming content market and coproduction forum announced a…


Distribution

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival Drives Audience Engagement

9 August 2018

In the exciting build-up to the industry focused Market program of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF), a host of interventions such as the Works in Progress…


Regulation & Policy

Ladima Foundation launches database of women film professionals across Africa

9 August 2018

The Ladima Foundation has launched a database of women professionals in film, TV and content across Africa. Dubbed “The A List” – it is reported that more than 150 women…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa seeks collaboration with Nigeria on Film Piracy

9 August 2018

The South African Film and Publication Board(FPB), has expressed willingness to partner the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to curb piracy. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports…


Technology & Convergence

Owners tell MultiChoice they must improve digital services to compete with Netflix

9 August 2018

As the digital revolution continues its migration online, MultiChoice have been told to get with the times or suffer the consequences. That was the warning issued by Naspers; the holding…


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People

9 August 2018

NBC fines Daar Communications NGN 500,000 after provocative comments by programme presenters The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed a fine of NGN 500,000 on Daar Communications Group for alleged…


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Opportunities

9 August 2018

BBC News Pidgin launches first essay competition A new essay writing competition for Pidgin language speakers was today launched by BBC News Pidgin. The contest is open to all current…


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Events

9 August 2018

5th Mzansi Women's Film Festival is postponed to 26-28 October Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (MWFF) is a platform to empower women filmmakers by showcasing films by women and about women,…