Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 298 – 5 October 2018

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Viusasa wants to give Kenyan producers better distribution and is looking for local content

5 October 2018

George Waititu is the CEO, Content Aggregation which has launched Kenya’s Viusasa. It wants to become the local content contender able to take on the other more Pan-African platforms in the market. Russell Southwood spoke to George Waititu about how things have worked after only 11 months in operation. Former market research company Steadman Managing Director George Waititu has launched Viusasa in partnership with Royal Media Services. It went to market in the last week in October 2017 and has been exploring how best to tackle the market. It still experimenting with different price approaches but has firmly staked its…

Broadcast

South Africa Picks Real-Life Robin Hood Tale ‘Sew the Winter to My Skin’ for Oscars

5 October 2018

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” about a real mid-century outlaw and his Robin Hood-style exploits, is South Africa’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race. The movie,…


Broadcast

Local movie ‘Escape’ at European festival

5 October 2018

Highly publicised award-wining movie “Escape” yesterday got a slot at Gdynia Film Festival in Poland.   The Noir Fairytale movie initially premièred at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIIF) last…


Broadcast

Lesbian romance film shows to sell-out crowd in Nairobi after court lifts ban

5 October 2018

Rafiki, an acclaimed film portraying a lesbian romance that was until Friday banned in Kenya where it was made, showed on Sunday to a cheering, sold-out audience in Nairobi. Nairobi…


Broadcast

Madonsela to the fore at Jozi film festival

5 October 2018

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela was set to take centre stage at Joburg’s longest running multi-genre film festival on Thursday night. ‘Whispering Truth to Power’‚ directed by Shameela Seedat‚ is…


Broadcast

CTIFMF announces official 2018 selection

5 October 2018

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) has announced its official selection including 80 Feature Films, 20 documentaries and 61 short films for the 2018 edition of the…


Broadcast

Baby mamas get standing ovation at Lights Camera Africa film festival

5 October 2018

Baby Mamas, a new movie which premiered at the Toronto Black Film Festival as well as the Durban International film festival received a resounding ovation on Sunday, September 30, when…


Broadcast

Natasha Museveni directs film about Ugandan leader

5 October 2018

Natasha Museveni's new film, 27 Guns, charts her father's journey from rebel leader to Ugandan president. Following a five-year civil war, Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Movement have ruled…


Broadcast

Nodash’s ‘The Delivery Boy’ applauded at Lights, Camera, Africa

5 October 2018

Nodash’s latest movie, ‘Delivery Boy’ was well-received my festival goers as it made its Nigerian debut at the Lights, Camera, Africa 2018 film festival which ended on Sunday.

Movie watchers were left in awes and shrieks as the movie which highlighted social issues like selling of children, homosexuality, radicalisation, terrorism, prostitution screened at the Agip Recital Hall of the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Saturday.

Shot by The Elite Film Team and produced by Something Unusual Studios, ‘The Delivery Boy’ has been screened at the Nollywood Paris Film Festival and at the New York African Film Festival in May.

Read the full article on The Nation here.

Watch Adekunle "Nodash" Adejuyigbe on his film The Delivery Boy about a child suicide bomber

 


Broadcast

In brief

5 October 2018

Marie-Christine Saragosse, President and CEO of France Médias Monde, Peter Limbourg, Managing Director of Deutsche Welle and the management teams of the two groups bringing together French and German international…


Content

TNT Africa is here! Iconic TCM – Powered by Movies makes bold statement with a fresh rebrand this September!

5 October 2018

[Johannesburg, SA]: Lights, camera, action! TV screens all over Africa will never be the same again as Turner ushers in a new era. African audiences can prepare themselves to re-imagine…


Content

Arewa24 launches news slate of Q4 programming and hires top executives

5 October 2018

25 September, 2018 - AREWA24, the leading Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle channel in Nigeria, announces a slate of new premium programming for Q4 and Q1 2019, including the launch…


Content

Ugu Film Festival 2018 a great success despite challenges

5 October 2018

27 September 2018: The Ugu Film Festival lived up to its promise of becoming bigger and better, providing the highest level of film industry development. Hosted by Sollywood Films PTY…


Content

Johannesburg’s Mayfair suburb goes international in new movie

5 October 2018

This much-awaited movie, ‘Mayfair’ showcases the seedy heart of the criminal underworld world along with the vibrant and colorful sights of Johannesburg. Due for release in South Africa on 26…


Content

DStv launched ‘Pearl Magic’ channel in Uganda

5 October 2018

DStv has recently rolled out a channel to promote locally made entertainment content. Pearl Magic channel will provide programs like music, reality shows, films and telenovelas. The Marketing Manger for…


Content

BBC Africa offers glimpse at future of documentary film-making

5 October 2018

As part of the investigation, BBC Africa tracked the outlines of visible mountains in Google Maps, using satellite imagery to isolate nearby buildings and triangulate the time of year from…


Distribution

Tanzania: SA Streaming TV Network to Open Shop in Tanzania

5 October 2018

South African based streaming TV Network, ZMTN that is in 54 different countries plans to open shop in the Tanzania in December this year. The ZMTN Revolt Decoder has over…


Distribution

Will Smith's younger brother partners with award's organisers

5 October 2018

Peace disclosed that Harry Smith has officially partnered with AMAA through his film distribution company, Smith Global Media. Peace disclosed that Harry Smith has officially partnered with AMAA through his…


Distribution

MultiChoice to close down DStv Mobile in SA

5 October 2018

MultiChoice is closing its DStv Mobile service in South Africa at the end of October. The company is cancelling its DStv DVB-H mobile pay-TV service with the outmoded DStv Walka…


Investment

Veezi signs deal with pan-African cinema network CanalOlympia

5 October 2018

Vista Group International company Vista Entertainment Solutions (Vista Cinema) and Vivendi’s CanalOlympia signed an agreement to roll out Vista Cinema’s Veezi across all their cinema venues. Veezi, utilized by cinemas…


Investment

MultiChoice says split won't affect Kenya business

5 October 2018

Plans by South African media and e-commerce firm Naspers, the owner of pay-TV provider MultiChoice, to list its video entertainment business on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and unbundle the…


Investment

Eros Now Strengthens its Presence in MENA by Partnering with E-Vision for ‘eLife Triple Play’

5 October 2018

MUMBAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eros International PLC (NYSE:EROS) (“Eros”), a leading global company in the Indian film and entertainment industry, today announced that Eros Now, its cutting-edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian…


Investment

Dunoon youths given opportunity to be filmmakers

5 October 2018

A Cape Town non-profit film training organisation was selected out of hundreds of organisations worldwide to receive a United Nations Youth Solidarity Fund grant. The grant is administered by the…


Regulation & Policy

Fly TV raided for SuperSport Africa broadcast right infringement

5 October 2018

The Film and Television industry in Ghana continues to grapple with the illegal broadcast of content/piracy by Television stations resulting in huge revenue losses. The sports and film sectors continue…


Regulation & Policy

TCRA asks viewers to report any charges for FTA channels

5 October 2018

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) is currently collecting information from viewers regarding payments for access to free-to-air (FTA) local channels from MultiChoice Tanzania (DStv), Azam Media and Simbanet (Zuku)…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya briefly lifts ban on lesbian film Rafiki ahead of Oscars

5 October 2018

A Kenyan judge has lifted a ban on a film about a lesbian relationship - for a week. Kenya's film classification board had imposed the ban on Rafiki in April…


Regulation & Policy

Local firms will get tax waiver for similar ‘StarTimes’ 300 villages project

5 October 2018

The government has assured that tax waivers await local companies that are also able to take up significant initiatives like the ‘300 villages satellite TV project’, being undertaken by Chinese…


Technology & Convergence

Kwesé iflix and Clickatell Transact establish a partnership to expand mobile streaming entertainment in Nigeria

5 October 2018

LAGOS, NIGERIA – September 2018 - Kwesé iflix, Africa’s game-changing digital entertainment platform and Clickatell Transact, together with GTBank and some of the most prominent banks in Nigeria, have partnered…


Technology & Convergence

Yahsat launches YahClick in Ivory Coast

5 October 2018

UAE-based Yahsat has launched its satellite broadband service, YahClick, into the Ivory Coast in West Africa. YahClick will be looked after locally by service partner CEE-NET Technologies. The service was…


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People

5 October 2018

AMAA Renames Category After Murdered Animator An award-winning Film editor/Animator, Jibril Mailafia who was killed by unknown men in Jos, Plateau State, on Tuesday, has been accorded a Posthumous honour.…


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Opportunities

5 October 2018

Generation Africa is a documentary film project aimed at stimulating a new narrative on migration through the stories made by African filmmakers, and particularly young filmmakers. The project is presented…


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Events

5 October 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,…