Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 300 – 2 November 2018

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DISCOP Johannesburg 2018: Potential for growth despite strong prevailing headwinds in the broadcast sector

2 November 2018

Africa’s broadcast markets are facing tougher times: even the larger players are feeling the strain. Some of the recent optimism about growth in the African TV markets now has to be tempered by realism. Nevertheless, for any serious African broadcaster or producer DISCOP Johannesburg remains the place to go to meet buyers and sellers. Russell Southwood spoke to the event’s organizer Patrick Zuchowichi about what’s happening this year. The challenges for the industry are many:”They are the same as anywhere else. Where’s the money to fund the content that’s so badly needed? We’re hearing from all quarters that broadcasters have…

Broadcast

Stolen daughters: what happened after #BringBackOurGirls?

2 November 2018

In a powerful new documentary, film-makers follow the lives of Nigerian girls freed after being kidnapped by Boko Haram In 2014, the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign transfixed people around the…


Broadcast

Cape Town International Film Market wraps up another successful edition

2 November 2018

For 11 days, from 9 to 19 October, the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival (CTIFMF) ensured the focus of the media, the public and key industry stakeholders on…


Broadcast

Serious Klein's Reflective Short Film Unpacks the Challenges of Growing Up

2 November 2018

The Ghanaian-German rapper is effortlessly vulnerable in his new experimental project, 'The Seed.' Leading up to the release of his debut album, You Should've Known, the artist dropped The Seed—an…


Broadcast

Radio stations unite around the world for synchronised broadcast of Snared IN Africa

2 November 2018

Born Free is delighted to announce that Snared, a new radio drama about an age-old conflict - the poaching of Africa’s wildlife - will premier in a synchronised broadcast on…


Broadcast

Free TV is here for South Africa

2 November 2018

The wait is finally over – South Africans can now access and enjoy FREE TV like never before. With over 100 channels of quality diverse content, TV2GO offers an extraordinary…


Broadcast

Joke Silva, RMD, “Isoken,” “Banana Island Ghost” win at 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards | Full List

2 November 2018

Here’s the full list of winners for the 2018 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which took place in Kigali, Rwanda. Best Short Film – Tikitat Soulima (Morocco)…


Broadcast

Kenya: Power of Film for Rights Human Rights Watch Film Festival

2 November 2018

(Nairobi) – The 6th Nairobi Edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will showcase four films from October 30 until November 2, 2018. The 6th Nairobi Edition of the…


Broadcast

In brief

2 November 2018

Cape Town - Filming for the much anticipated South African film The Story of Racheltjie de Beer will begin on 29 October 2018. The film will be shot on location…


Content

Canal+ hopes Ivorian gangsters will help in battle for viewers

2 November 2018

Canal+ has lost 1.3-million subscribers in France since 2013 but has added twice as many in Africa, now its second-largest market On a muddy side street in Abidjan, Alex Ogou…


Content

South Africa - Production starts on local film Poppie Nongena

2 November 2018

Producer Helena Spring has announced that production on the legacy film, Poppie Nongena, has begun, the film is based on The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena, regarded as one of…


Content

Kunle Afolayan Reveals Plans For Next Movie Production

2 November 2018

Ace Nollywood filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, has disclosed that he is working on adapting ‘Matigari’, a novel by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, into a movie. Thiong’o is a Kenyan literary icon who…


Content

South African First for TV Series: “Unarmed” selected by C21 London International Drama Pitch Summit

2 November 2018

Cape Town, October 26th: In a first for a South African drama series, Both Worlds’ Unarmed has been selected as one of the finalists for C21 Content London 2018 Drama…


Content

Animation and TV series dominate content demand at 2018 DISCOP Johannesburg

2 November 2018

As the African/MENA regions continue to grow as the world’s most coveted entertainment and media marketplaces, encompassing 70 countries with a combined population of 1.5 billion, DISCOP markets remain the…


Content

SA Film Wins in Europe to Close Out Festival Run with Clean Sweep

2 November 2018

The award-winning South African documentary film Stroop - journey into the rhino horn war finished its international premiere run this past weekend with impressive wins in Europe. After leaving the…


Content

Idris Elba to stage musical about South Africa after Mandela

2 November 2018

The show, called Tree, will feature music, dance and film and premiere at the Manchester International Festival next year. Idris Elba has created a musical about life in South Africa…


Content

African Filmmaker Tells Tales of South African Migrants

2 November 2018

In his latest film “Vaya,” Nigerian-born director Akin Omotoso explores the themes of migration and coming of age. “Vaya” tells the story of three strangers who get on a train,…


Content

NTV to air BBC’s Smart Money Show

2 November 2018

Smart Money was launched officially on Monday, October 22, 2018 with a nearly all-African-journalists team behind sharing the compelling entrepreneurship stories under the BBC Smart Money banner. The first production…


Distribution

Kiliye Kiliye digital television starts pay service

2 November 2018

Malawi Digital Broadcasting Network Limited (MDBNL) popularly known as Kiliye Kiliye television has introduced a pay service of K6000 (US$40) as subscription fee per month to its viewers in order…


Distribution

Kwesé partners with Kalakoda Boxing to beam the Friday Fight Nights Series in Nigeria

2 November 2018

Kwesé collaborates with Kalakoda Boxing Promotions to bring the Friday Fight Nights series dubbed, Chaos in Lagos, to Nigeria on October 26. The much-anticipated rematch between Chomunorwa ‘Sting’ Gondarenda and…


Distribution

A+E launches History Vault in South Africa

2 November 2018

A+E Networks’ History’s video-on-demand service, History Vault, has launched in South Africa, marking the first time the service has been available outside North America. History Vault offers an array of…


Distribution

Netflix launches gift cards for South Africa

2 November 2018

Netflix will start issuing gift cards this month, reports Broadband. They can be loaded with between ZAR 150 and ZAR 1,000 and will not expire. Existing Netflix members can use…


Distribution

Strand Releasing acquires Egyptian Oscar submission 'Yomeddine'

2 November 2018

Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights from CAA and Wild Bunch to A.B. Shawky’s feature directorial debut Egyptian Oscar submission Yomeddine. The film premiered in competition in Cannes…


Distribution

In brief

2 November 2018

Attention all outdoor enthusiasts and adventure addicts, bookings for the annual International BANFF Mountain Film Festival, which takes place between 26 October and 04 November 2018, can now be done…


Investment

Zambia broadcaster denies merger deal with StarTimes

2 November 2018

Zambia's National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has denied reports that it has merged with China's StarTimes. ZNBC chairman Mulenga Kampwepwe said the broadcaster is fully owned by the public and cannot…


Regulation & Policy

Mass retrenchments at the SABC: up to a third of staff to go

2 November 2018

The SABC is set to retrench almost a third of its workforce. The public broadcaster set out restructuring plans on Monday evening in which it said as many as 981…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa adopts new market-driven strategy for 2020 digital switchover

2 November 2018

The long-delayed digital switchover in South Africa will now take place by July 2020 at the latest following the implementation of a “revised delivery model”, according to communications minister Nomvula…


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Opportunities

2 November 2018

RapidLion - The south African international film festival lauds outstanding filmmakers The burgeoning film industry on the African continent and the outstanding quality of films it produces has given the…


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Events

2 November 2018

Africa cinema rebels against dominant narratives this Autumn Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 26 October – 4 November 2018 Africa in Motion is Scotland’s major annual…


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People

2 November 2018

Nollywood Producer Chris Ekejimbe Dies The veteran producer was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital after he was allegedly given an overdose of malaria drugs at another hospital. Ekejimbe…