Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 302 – 30 November 2018

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Azuri Technologies offers solar powered satellite TVs to rural householders - 60 TV and 20 radio channels from Star Times and Zuku

30 November 2018

Solar powered satellite TVs are slowly but surely expanding the size of Africa’s TV audiences and finding new viewers in previously uncovered rural areas. Russell Southwood spoke to Azuri Technologies’ CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth about why rural householders think TV is important and what they watch. When we spoke to Bransfield-Garth at the beginning of 2017, Azuri Technologies had only got customers in “the hundreds”. Now it is selling its solar powered TV in three countries (Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria) and has sold in “the low tens of thousands. Paygo (Pay-as-you-go) is inherently challenging in distribution terms and it’s different with…

Broadcast

Response Architects launches Nigeria’s first international tele-shopping platform, Shopex TV

30 November 2018

Response Architects will launch Nigeria’s first international tele-shopping platform. Shopex TV will offer the Nigerian market with a wide range of lifestyle, fitness and kitchen products at affordable prices which…


Broadcast

Turner reveals content plans for Africa 2018/19

30 November 2018

Global media company, Turner, has revealed a new line up of programming, content and partnerships for its African markets, as well as a brand new look, slate and local partnerships.…


Broadcast

These 4 African Directors Are Set To Premiere Feature Films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

30 November 2018

The Sundance Institute has announced the first group of films that will grace the big screen at the premier film festival next year. The Sundance Institute couldn't end the year…


Broadcast

New Entrants win big at the 2018 Kalasha TV & Film Awards Gala

30 November 2018

The 8th Kalasha TV & Film Awards winners were announced in a lavish gala event held in Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel graced by the crème de la crème of the…


Broadcast

Adekunle Adejuyigbe’s “The Delivery Boy” takes home Best Nigerian Film at AFRIFF

30 November 2018

“The Delivery Boy,” a film by Adekunle Adejuyigbe, has won the Best Nigerian Film award at The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF). The film, which follows Amir, a runaway teenage…


Broadcast

Rwanda Devises Big Plans to Build Its Own Film Industry: "We Have a Chance to Tell Our Stories"

30 November 2018

A quarter-century after a brutal genocide devastated the nation, Rwanda is pulling out all the stops to create a viable film and television business. Rwanda, it is fair to say,…


Broadcast

New short film from SA film company

30 November 2018

Cape Town-based film and entertainment company Triggerfish’s multi-award-winning short film Belly Flop, which screened during the closing ceremony at the world’s top animation festival, Annecy, this year, is now streaming…


Broadcast

African films fight for space at 3 Continents Festival

30 November 2018

Why are films out of Africa struggling for exposure in festivals in France? Of the nine films competing for awards in the 3 Continents Festival in Nantes, not one of…


Content

Africa’s Kwesé Moves Into Local Content With New Original Series on Kwesé iflix

30 November 2018

Kwesé iflix, the multiplatform African entertainment network, announced a slate of original programming Thursday, marking its first foray into original content in a region with a large youth population and…


Content

Highlights from African Movie Channel Launch Event & Private Screening to Unveil Production Hub AMCOP – AMC Original Productions

30 November 2018

It was an eventful evening at the Signature Screen Hall, Filmhouse Cinemas, Lekki as Nollywood industry goons turned out for the AMCOP (African Movie Channel Original Productions) launch on Thursday,…


Content

Short Film Competition launched by Tshimologong, Animation SA and AFD

30 November 2018

Animation Skills Development Programme aims to improve development of animated short films Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), in partnership with Animation South Africa, have announced…


Content

Ngugi Thiong’o’s seminal novel, ‘Matigari’, to be adapted into a film

30 November 2018

Celebrated Kenyan writer Ngugi Thiong’o's remarkable novel, Matigari, is being adapted to film by Nollywood Director Kunle Afolayan. The revelation comes at an opportune time when African storytelling in film…


Content

The African Diaspora International Film Festival 2018 Highlights

30 November 2018

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, November 16, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) celebrates its 26th anniversary from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9 with a total…


Content

AFRIFF 2018: Rita Dominic Urges Storytelling For Advocacy Against Violence

30 November 2018

Day 5 edition of the 2018 Africa International Film Festival held on Thursday at the usual location, Genesis Cinemas, the Palms, Lekki, Lagos. This is the eight year since AFRIFF…


Content

Nigerian Film Corporation and DISCOP Markets announce “Show Me The Money” Business Summit Nigeria 2019

30 November 2018

Johannesburg, November 16th 2018: Amidst the busy DISCOP Joburg 2018, The Nigerian Film Corporation Managing Director Dr. Chidia Maduekwe and DISCOP Markets CEO Patrick Zuchowicki signed an MOU to confirm…


Content

African Animation to go Global with launch of DISCOMICS IQEMBU

30 November 2018

African Animation Network (AAN) & DISCOP Markets announced at a press conference at the recent DISCOP Joburg market, November 14th – 16th, the official launch of DISCOMICS IQEMBU. AAN’s core…


Distribution

M-Net joins forces with global distribution company for new thriller

30 November 2018

London - MultiChoice and M-Net, have joined forces with Fremantle to develop an eight-part contemporary South African investigative crime thriller, Reyka. Set against the tropical coastline and vast sugarcane field…


Distribution

Afrotainment signs a major agreement with Comcast

30 November 2018

After a thorough evaluation of over 50 proposals, Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) announced today it has selected AFRO, a channel from Afrotainment to be broadly distributed on Comcast Cable systems…


Distribution

France, Nigeria to Sign Film Production, Distribution Agreement

30 November 2018

Plans for a mutually beneficial working relationship in film production and distribution between Nigeria and France have reached an advanced stage. This was disclosed at the French Day Roundtable --…


Distribution

Focus on Growth despite challenges facing Africa’s entertainment and media marketplace DISCOP Johannesburg 2018

30 November 2018

JOHANNESBURG | 20 November. Wrapping up their seventh Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP content, adaptation rights and project markets, organizers announced a steady year-on-year attendance – 1188 delegates representing 783…


Distribution

In brief

30 November 2018

After winning seven international awards and screening at over 60 international festivals, Triggerfish's short film Belly Flop is now on YouTube. Directed by Jeremy Collins and co-directed by Kelly Dillon,…


Investment

Local film gets R2.5m grant from lottery fund

30 November 2018

Cape Town - The National Lotteries Commission, has unleashed a powerful production and a unique training and development opportunity for aspiring South African filmmakers on award-winning director, Sunu Gonera’s upcoming…


Investment

Zambezi Magic searching for new film concepts across the southern region

30 November 2018

Johannesburg, 23 November 2018: Timothy Okwaro, Channel Director – East and Southern Africa Channels for M-Net announced that Zambezi Magic is looking for five new film concepts that depict the…


Investment

After the drought, Cape Town’s film industry is booming again

30 November 2018

Cape Town’s film industry is once again “booming” after a servere drought deterred international agencies from shooting in the city, Wesgro, the Western Cape provincial investment agency, said. HBO’s new…


Regulation & Policy

#DontLookAway: Sexual harassment 'embedded' in SA film industry

30 November 2018

Johannesburg - While women are seen to be making strides in the film industry, behind the scenes sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour haunts them. Local film-maker, director and member of…


Regulation & Policy

Kwese TV broadcasting licence bid big on sports, short on news

30 November 2018

Pan African broadcaster Kwese TV, which hopes to enter the local free-to-air market, has told the Independent Broadcasting Authotrity (Icasa) its established presence in the media space will ensure it…


Technology & Convergence

StarTimes brings in online video streaming service StarTimes ON

30 November 2018

StarTimes has launched an online video streaming service called StarTimes ON. The original StarTimes App had been upgraded to StarTimes ON and provides live TV, Video On Demand (VoD) and…


Technology & Convergence

Broadcast Solutions helps new channel Switch TV in Kenya to go live with novel HD TV-studios

30 November 2018

Broadcast Solutions implemented a new HD TV-studio facility for Switch TV, a brand new channel from Nairobi, Kenya. Broadcast Solutions with their Hungarian team acted as the main contracting partner…


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People

30 November 2018

Nelson Mandela's Grandson Kweku on Inaugural Africa Rising Film Festival: "Africa's Moment Has Come" Alongside well-established events in Durban and Cape Town, the action is heading to the country’s biggest…


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Events

30 November 2018

Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP announced that the second edition of Comic Con Africa will take place from 21 – 24 September 2019, at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Due…