Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 299 – 19 October 2018

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Multichoice’s Talent Factory Academy opens in Lagos, Lusaka and Nairobi and aims to take 60 chosen film-makers “to the next level”

19 October 2018

Africa’s film and TV industry does not have a lack of raw talent but in many countries it has simply not had the breadth of experience you might find elsewhere. As part of its Corporate Shared Value programme, the Multichoice Talent Factory is aiming to help change things. Russell Southwood spoke to Cheryl Uys-Allie about how they found people to participate and what it’s offering, The idea for Multichoice’s Talent Factory came out an initiative that M-Net had run in South Africa. Started in 2014, the Magic In Motion (MIM) Academy was targeted at film graduates:”The Talent Factory is a…

Broadcast

Swaziland: Swazi-Based Short Film 'Liyana' Premieres in U.S. Theatres

19 October 2018

Since its original premiere last year, 'Liyana', which has received critical acclaim on the continent and at global festivals, is finally set to premiere in the US this October. The…


Broadcast

Documentary film, 'Liyana' puts a twist on the art of storytelling

19 October 2018

A story within a story is how filmmakers Aaron and Amanda Kopp describe their new documentary film, ‘Liyana.’ Over the course of 3 weeks in 2010, the couple filmed at…


Broadcast

The 2018 Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival announces its Jury Award winners

19 October 2018

The 8th annual Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, that finished its 10-day run on 30 September 2018, with 57 titles screened during the programme, has announced the Jury awards…


Broadcast

MultiChoice, the SABC and Viacom International's MTV to broadcast the Global Citizen Festival in South Africa in December across the continent and globally.

19 October 2018

MultiChoice, the SABC, Viacom International's MTV and YouTube have picked up the broadcasting rights of the upcoming Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 with the SABC, MTV (DStv 130) and YouTube…


Broadcast

African movie channel launches production hub

19 October 2018

African Movie Channel (AMC) has launched a production division, AMC Original Productions, AMCOP, to develop and produce original movies and TV series. The UK-based company with offices in London and…


Broadcast

6 African films enter the Oscars race

19 October 2018

Africa's film star continues to rise as more countries from the continent continue to submit entries in the foreign language category and with Malawi and Niger becoming first-time entrants this…


Broadcast

SA film wins big at international film festival

19 October 2018

Durban - The South African feature documentary STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war has won the coveted Best Documentary award at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival…


Content

Film Festival Favourite The Tokoloshe opens on 2 November

19 October 2018

‘The Tokoloshe’, directed by Jerome Pikwane and starting Petronella Tshuma (Rhythm City, Scandal!), opens at cinemas countrywide on 2 November. The chilling film has generated much interest at fantasy and…


Content

OpenNews to launch on 1 November on eMedia Investments'

19 October 2018

OpenView; new local TV news channel infused with social media content will make use of new Cape Town interactive studio. eMedia Investments will launch its new free-to-air TV news channel…


Content

Nahoo TV introduces first shopping channel in Ethiopia

19 October 2018

Nahoo Television launched Ethiopia's first shopping channel Mazesha Zone, exclusively dedicated to commercials, presentations and demonstrations of products. The broadcaster has already set up warehouses, delivery systems, epayment mechanisms and…


Content

Sara Blecher’s Mayfair a semi-finalist at Australia Independent Film Festival

19 October 2018

Gangster tale ‘Mayfair’, the new film by award-winning director Sara Blecher (Ayanda, Dis Ek Anna, Otelo Burning) and writer Neil McCarthy, has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2018…


Content

SABC1 showcases Ndebele culture for the first time with new TV drama iKani

19 October 2018

For the first time in the history of the SABC, the isiNdebele language and culture will find expression in the form of a TV drama, with the pioneering multi-lingual drama…


Content

Perceptions of Africa changing as film industry goes international

19 October 2018

The continent's film industry is making great strides in changing negative and untrue perceptions about the Africa, according to the European Film Market's Jana Wolff The European Film Market’s Jana…


Distribution

Turner Africa chooses Greenworld Communications: Media Sales Representative for Key TV Channels in Nigeria

19 October 2018

Turner Africa is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Greenworld Communications in Nigeria. This partnership will offer Greenworld’s client’s access to advertising solutions on some of its iconic,…


Distribution

4KUNIVERSE channel to launch across EMEA

19 October 2018

4KUNIVERSE, a 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) general entertainment channel, is due to launch over Europe, the Middle East and Africa after agreeing a deal with Eutelsat.   The channel…


Investment

South Africa: The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) undertakes mission to America to attract investment for film industry

19 October 2018

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a group of filmmakers to Los Angeles in the United States of America to attend the popular American Film Market…


Investment

MultiChoice donates broadcasting equipment to Soweto TV including a new final control centre with Cinegy Air PRO.

19 October 2018

Naspers' MultiChoice pay-TV business has donated new state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment to the community TV channel, Soweto TV (DStv 251 / StarSat 488) where Bridget Nkuna is the new Soweto TV…


Regulation & Policy

The impact of piracy on the creative industry in Africa

19 October 2018

Africa’s fast-growing, dynamic and increasingly world-class video entertainment industry has surged ahead in the last decade, driven by rapid economic growth and demand for the best local content. This flourishing…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

19 October 2018

Furious TStv dealers, agents and installers in Nigeria have staged a public protest in Abuja, accusing the Nigeria's TStv satellite pay-TV operator of massive fraud and demanding their money back…


Technology & Convergence

Vodafone, Kwesé launch video-on-demand service

19 October 2018

Telecommunications giant, Vodafone Ghana has partnered with multiplatform broadcaster Kwesé, to bring the video-on-demand and live TV content to Ghana through the broadcaster’s video streaming service Kwesé Play. This partnership…


Technology & Convergence

Senegalese filmmaker to help make KU's academic stories digital

19 October 2018

LAWRENCE — When he was a child in Senegal, Mamadou Dia would listen to his grandmother's stories. Now a filmmaker, he tells the stories of his native Africa. This fall…


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People

19 October 2018

Top notch U.S. talent agency snatches up legendary Nigerian actress after Netflix deal Just over a month after the announcement of her movie being bought by Netflix, iconic Nigerian actress…


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Opportunities

19 October 2018

CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR GENERATION AFRICA Generation Africa is a documentary film project aimed at stimulating a new narrative on migration through the stories made by African filmmakers, and particularly…


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Events

19 October 2018

The 14th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)Kigali Rwanda Saturday 20th October, 2018. AMAA is at the heart of African movie industry, an imperative in rewarding creativity and greatness. For the…