Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 295 – 24 August 2018

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Cote d’Ivoire’s public broadcaster RTI - Meeting Africa’s digital challenge:” 86% of our content is viewed on a mobile phone”

24 August 2018

The mobile phone is becoming one of the key devices for accessing broadcast material in Africa. Cote d’Ivoire public broadcaster RTI has chosen to meet the challenge rather than pretend it doesn’t exist. Russell Southwood talks to Sahifoulaye Kone, RTI’s Digital Director about how its content is viewed. Q: What is RTI? RTI is the leading Ivorian public media group. It brings together 6 channels, including 3 TV channels (RTI1, RTI2, RTI Bouaké) and three radio channels (Radio Côte d'Ivoire, Fréquence 2 and Radio Bouaké). In this way, RTI offers diversified programs that meet viewers’ different expectations. These programs are…

Broadcast

Netflix to debut African original documentary

24 August 2018

Cape Town – Netflix on Wednesday in a press statement announced that it will be debuting an African original documentary titled, City of Joy. The documentary follows the unlikely friendship…


Broadcast

Wanuri Kahiu's Kenya-Set Lesbian Love Story 'Rafiki' Will Head To TIFF

24 August 2018

When we last reported on Rafiki, the compelling romance from Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, we said Film Movement had acquired the North American rights to the film. Now, word has…


Broadcast

AMVCAs: Ambode, Ugbe salute film-makers as Lagos partners MultiChoice

24 August 2018

As the 2018 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards holds on September 1, the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, has announced its…


Broadcast

Jozi Film Festival 2018 highlights and opening film

24 August 2018

The 7th annual Jozi Film Festival (JFF) will take place from 27 to 30 September 2018 at The Bioscope Independent Cinema in Maboneng and for the first time, at The…


Broadcast

Siembamba, aka The Lullaby receives eight nominations at AAMA 2018

24 August 2018

Phoenix Films and Valhalla Productions recently announced that the South African horror film, Siembamba (The Lullaby) is nominated in eight categories at the annual AAMA 2018 (Africa Movie Academy Awards)…


Broadcast

Long Read: It’s high time we talked about this year’s AMAA nominees

24 August 2018

On the evening of August 3, the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), the premier rewarding system for film talent in Nigeria and perhaps all of Africa announced the nominations for…


Broadcast

Good news for Africa’s queers

24 August 2018

The podcast series includes the Ugandan Pride parade and a tribute to Seirra Leonean activist FannyAnn Eddy, who was murdered in 2004. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP) An eight-part podcast series looking into…


Broadcast

Netflix announces broadcast of its documentary on the City of Joy in DRC

24 August 2018

Netflix will broadcast on September 7 “City of Joy”, a documentary about a center eponymous welcoming women survivors of gender-based violence in the DRC. The information has just been provided…


Broadcast

Virtual reality film 'My Africa' narrated by Lupita among finalists for global award

24 August 2018

A virtual reality film "My Africa" showcasing community-led wildlife conservation in a remote area of Northern Kenya that was previously scarred by poaching, has emerged among the finalists in a…


Broadcast

NYFF Announces Convergence Slate, Including New VR, Immersive Cinema, and Interactive Experiences for Cinephiles

24 August 2018

The famed "singing wells" of the Samburu people, a scene in a remote area of northern Kenya that has remained unchanged for centuries – and which they are determined will…


Content

Zimbabwe is producing Chinese documentaries to help revive its tourism business

24 August 2018

Zimbabwe’s beleaguered tourism sector is starting to re-engage its international markets, targeting tour operators who had ceased to package the country in recent years. The most high-profile example this month…


Content

Move over Rocky, here comes Knuckle City

24 August 2018

South Africans may love their boxing and the sport has plenty of drama, but it has not been the subject of local film. A brand new motion picture about boxing…


Content

APO Group and Kwesé Sports announce strategic alliance to promote rugby across Africa and the globe

24 August 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 14, 2018/ -- APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading media relations consultancy for Africa and the Middle East, today announced a strategic alliance with Kwesé TV’s sports content…


Content

FOX Africa making moves to boost its ratings and ad revenue

24 August 2018

Mark Strong - Deep StateMoving programmes, securing deals for first-run shows, and investing in locally produced content. These are some of the moves being made by FOX Africa to boost…


Distribution

Cell C's black subscription video-on-demand service slowly making inroads with 80,000 active user logins, 260 000 free trial users.

24 August 2018

Cell C's black subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service is slowly making inroads with 60,000 content sale transactions since it launched and 2.5 million perusals through its content catalogue. As part of…


Distribution

Global TV powerhouse launches exclusive channel for African audiences

24 August 2018

‘It’s a beautiful world’ with Star Life, is the brand-new HD lifestyle channel that is launching on DStv, GOtv and Openview on 27 August 2018. Star Network has announced that…


Regulation & Policy

Paradigm Initiative calls for the sack of NBC DG

24 August 2018

The pan-African digital rights advocacy group, Paradigm Initiative has called on the Acting President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to terminate the appointment of Modibbo Kawu as Director General of…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Court stops DSTV from raising fees

24 August 2018

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday restrained Multichoice Nigeria Limited from going ahead with its recent decision to increase the subscription tariffs for DSTV, its satellite cable television…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Zuku complies with TCRA

24 August 2018

Kenya’s Wananchi Group, the owner of pay television firm Zuku, has removed free-to-air (FTA) channels from its subscription list for Tanzanian customers in order to comply with the TCRA regulations.…


Technology & Convergence

Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces 2018 programme

24 August 2018

The Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, has announced the line-up of its 2018 programme promising to transform Johannesburg into a celebration of technology, creativity and innovation from across the African…


Technology & Convergence

In brief

24 August 2018

Cote d'Ivoire's minister of communication, Sidi Tiemoko Toure, has officially inaugurated the national roll-out of digital terrestrial television (DTT) services in the country, completing a project which started in 2015…


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People

24 August 2018

Ogilvy Cape Town’s Rangaka takes Loeries chair Tseliso Rangaka, executive creative director at Ogilvy Cape Town, has been appointed chairman of the Loeries for the next two years. He takes…


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Opportunities

24 August 2018

Call for filmmakers to participate in Outward Film Investment Mission in LA The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites filmmakers to apply to participate in an Outward Film…


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Events

24 August 2018

MIPCOM - The world's entertainment content market15-18 October 2018, Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France MIPCOM brings together the world’s top TV and digital content executives for four days of meetings,…