Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 305 – 4 January 2019

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Ethiopia’s Kana TV deepens its commitment to local content as media reform increases competition

4 January 2019

Usually stories about media freedom and broadcasting in Africa are all about murdered journalists, the shutdown of broadcast stations and repressive laws. So it makes a change to tell the story of Ethiopia where the conditions are being created for a much more open media. Russell Southwood looks at the significant changes and talks to Welela Haileselessie, Deputy Managing Director, Kana TV about how it’s producing a wider range of local content. Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Prime Abiy Ahmed was sworn in on 2 April 2018. He promised to reform Ethiopia:“Building democratic institutions is a matter of survival for us.…

Broadcast

Africa's first short-format sitcom

4 January 2019

'The Bellos', Africa's first short-format sitcom for TV and social media produced by KMP Media Group, Johannesburg, is now released. Written by screenwriter Cilla Lowen, who has a penchant for…


Broadcast

Iflix exits Africa to focus on core Asian markets

4 January 2019

Iflix has sold the remaining stake in its African business, Kwesé Iflix, to local partner and the parent company of Kwesé, Econet Global Limited. Iflix said the move would allow…


Broadcast

South Africa: The SABC has completely collapsed

4 January 2019

The SABC has been issued a notice by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), asking the broadcaster to explain why it believes it is not trading recklessly under insolvent…


Content

Bustop TV partners Kwese iflix

4 January 2019

Online production company Bustop TV which specialises in comic skits has partnered with online content provider Kwese Iflix to come up with a comedy TV series Comic Tick that is…


Content

Kansanga Miracle Centre rolls out new TV Channel ‘Rest Television’ in Uganda

4 January 2019

Kansanga Miracle Centre on Thursday introduced a new faith-based television channel attended by several Born-again Church leaders in the country. Through the TV Channel, Kansanga Miracle Centre founder and lead…


Content

DStv opens up channels for the festive season

4 January 2019

Cape Town – DStv is giving lower-tiered subscribers an early Christmas gift by opening up some of the premium channels during the end-of-year and beginning-of-2019 festive period. From Tuesday, 18…


Content

Content – In brief

4 January 2019

Disney is facing a major backlash after trademarking the phrase 'Hakuna Matata' ahead of the release of its live-action Lion King remake. The phrase, which loosely translates to 'no worries',…


Distribution

Major Coup for Young Filmmaker

4 January 2019

Director Jarryd Coetsee's multiple award-winning short film The Suit is now streaming to over 100 million subscribers in over 200 countries and territories on Amazon Prime. Coetsee says: "Amazon Prime's…


Distribution

What Netflix’s involvement in Nigeria’s massive film industry really means

4 January 2019

Big investors seem to be mainly interested in Nollywood's already established popularity with African audiences Global streaming service Netflix set its eyes a few years ago on Nigeria’s film industry,…


Distribution

MBC Action bags Formula E rights in MENA

4 January 2019

MBC Action has bagged the rights to beam Formula E races across the Middle East and North Africa for the next two seasons. With live coverage of the final practice…


Technology & Convergence

Senegal’s OniriQ provides solar-powered digital services to off-grid populations

4 January 2019

Senegalese startup OniriQ has combined the traditional Solar Home System (SHS) with a set-top box to provide off-grid African populations with access to solar-powered digital services. Founded in December 2016,…


Technology & Convergence

DTT will be effective in Ivory Coast as from the end of December 2018

4 January 2019

According to a statement of the Council of Ministers held on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Ivorian government announced that the availability of the DTT signal will be effective by…


Regulation & Policy

The Walking Dead was the most pirated TV show in 2018

4 January 2019

Cape Town – The Walking Dead has pushed Game of Thrones from the iron throne of most pirated TV show of 2018, according to TorrentFreak. The blog, dedicated to reporting…


Regulation & Policy

DRC shuts off French radio station and local TV channel in tension over vote count

4 January 2019

Kinshasa — Democratic Republic of the Congo said on Wednesday it had pulled accreditation for a French radio journalist and cut broadcasts from the station, as well as a local…


Investment

TV Cabo Mozambique sentenced for tax evasion

4 January 2019

TV Cabo Mozambique has lost its second appeal to the Administrative Tribunal regarding a conviction for tax evasion, and must therefore pay just over 2.4 million meticais to the national…


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Opportunities

4 January 2019

RapidLion 2019 tickets go on sale as the festival expands its line-up   With just 12 weeks remaining before the opening night, RapidLion – The South African International Film Festival…


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Events

4 January 2019

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…