Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 308 – 15 February 2019

Top Story

Kenya: #MsPresident Reality TV series gets down to the final 40 – Preparing for a woman President by 2022? 2027?

15 February 2019

Edutainment reality TV shows nearly always do remarkably well and the new Ms President series in Kenya appears to be no exception. Kenyans often seem obsessed by electoral politics so it’s playing to a home crowd. Russell Southwood talks to the show’s creator, Martin Munyua, Dreamcatcher Productions about how it came to be made and what it’s trying to do. TV series often get people accustomed to the idea of things to come. US action thriller 24 featured a Black and a women President before Barack Obama was elected. Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong Manso took up the baton with her series…

Broadcast

MultiChoice to keep DStv Premium price unchanged for 2019, will increase other packages

15 February 2019

Cape Town – MultiChoice will keep the monthly subscription fee for DStv Premium unchanged for 2019, while planning on increasing prices for its other packages from 1 April 2019. With…


Broadcast

In brief

15 February 2019

The Angolan Association of Consumer Rights (AADIC) has threatened to challenge any agreement that Inacom may reach with pay-TV and internet provider Zap to raise the prices of its services,…


Content - Film

Matwetwe excels in its first weekend at local theatres

15 February 2019

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was…


Content - Film

African filmmakers to market films at 2019 Cannes Film Festival

15 February 2019

African filmmakers, artistes and distributors will get a section to market their films at the 2019 edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) in France. The News…


Content - Film

Star-studded line up for 2019 Cape Town International Animation Festival

15 February 2019

Proudly presented by Animation SA, the star-studded programme has been announced for the eighth Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF), which takes place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at…


Content - Film

HRW Film Festival to close with SA Film

15 February 2019

In the closing night film, the festival returns to one of its perennial themes: the promise of movement-building, action, and the fight for justice in Rehad Desai's stirring documentary Everything…


Content - Film

In brief

15 February 2019

The South African Film and Television Awards is an annual South African awards ceremony hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation, to honour creative excellence in the local film…


Content - Television

PLAYVOD: NBC partners Play Tv, Free Tv, launches video on demand platform

15 February 2019

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, has launched a video on demand platform, PLAYVOD, as part of its digital switchover activities. The platform was launched by the Director General of the…


Content - Television

The impact of Netflix on movie theatres in South Africa

15 February 2019

Going to the movies has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment for over a century. Despite continued innovation in the entertainment industry – such as television, VHS…


Content - Television

Plus TV Africa: 24-hour News Channel Debuts on StarTimes

15 February 2019

Leading digital Pay TV Company, StarTimes, has announced the listing of PLUS TV Africa, a 24-hour news channel which will be available on Channel 308 on digital terrestrial television (Antenna)…


Content - Television

Multichoice leads SAFTA nominations

15 February 2019

MultiChoice took an early lead at The South African Film and Television Awards as the most nominated broadcaster overall, with 149 SAFTA nominations. These included the most nominated shows in…


Content - Television

South African survey by Turner's Boomerang confirms that the lives of 4 to 7-year olds are one unending party - literally.

15 February 2019

A new survey by Turner's Boomerang (DStv 302) channel confirms that the lives of 4 to 7-year old kids are one unending party - literally - as almost half spend…


Distribution

TRACE signs new contracts for content sales in Africa

15 February 2019

Ahead of its participation in the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, TRACE announces the conclusion of new sales contracts in Africa. TRACE’s content distribution arm will take part in the…


Distribution

Al Jazeera to Deliver Bloomberg News Content For Expanded Global Business Coverage

15 February 2019

Agreement extends Bloomberg’s world-class content to Al Jazeera’s global audience Al Jazeera Media Network has announced a content license agreement with Bloomberg Media Distribution to enhance Al Jazeera’s expanding global…


Distribution

Dream Magic Studios Partners with Indie Night Film Festival to Distribute Films Across Africa and The Diaspora

15 February 2019

Dream Magic Studios and the Indie Night Film Festival launches a collaboration to help independent filmmakers distribute their films within the international marketplace. The official announcement will be made Saturday,…


Distribution

Film distribution: Opportunities, challenges

15 February 2019

WHEREAS African television programmes have proliferated via the Multichoice Africa platform, the same cannot be said for film content by producers on the continent. Few Zimbabweans would be aware of…


Technology & Convergence

Eutelsat partners with Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on EUTELSAT 8 West B

15 February 2019

Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) has signed simultaneous multi-year contracts with the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation and the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters for video capacity on its EUTELSAT 8 West B…


Technology & Convergence

Azuri launches pay-as-you-go solar satellite TV in Kenya

15 February 2019

The off-grid solar market is in the midst of a serious boom, already growing beyond the simple necessities of lighting and phone charging. Azuri Technologies, pay-as-you-go solar technology provider, has…


Regulation & Policy

South African competition body foregoes case over MultiChoice dominance

15 February 2019

South Africa's Competition Commission has announced that it will not prosecute MultiChoice and SuperSport after complaints regarding "abuse of dominance", reports ANA. The commission said that it received various complaints…


Regulation & Policy

If you take away DStv we will shut down – PSL

15 February 2019

South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has come out against ICASA’s plans to amend the Sports Broadcasting Services Regulations. The amended regulations aim to make big sporting events more accessible…


Regulation & Policy

NCC Plans To Introduce New Broadcast Policy In Nigeria

15 February 2019

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has revealed that it plans to introduce a national policy that will facilitate the enforcement of copyright law to boost the operation of the broadcast…


Regulation & Policy

Eddy Kenzo, Femi & Seun Kuti, Bono, Mr Eazi & More Sign Petition Against Uganda's Censorship Law

15 February 2019

The proposed law would require government approval before the release of any songs, videos or films. Although freedom of expression is protected under the Uganda constitution, it's been coming under…


Regulation & Policy

Namibia - CRAN Says No Radio Broadcast Licenses Will Be Issued In Namibia For 15 Months

15 February 2019

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has imposed a 15-month suspension on the issuing of spectrum licenses in the country’s FM radio broadcast frequency. A media statement issued by…


Investment

African film industry rising but facing revenue issues says EFM panel

15 February 2019

African cinema is growing but still faces hurdles as it attempts to build a sustainable and profitable film industry, said speakers at the EFM Africa Hub talk “The African Market…


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People

15 February 2019

Comedian/TV personality, Afia Schwarzenegger has given out a warning to TV Africa and P Mobile to pay her salary or face her wrath. According to her, TV Africa and P…


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Events

15 February 2019

Addis International Film Festival30 April to 5 May 2019Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual documentary film festival created by Initiative Africa in 2007 and…