Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 309 – 28 February 2019

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New study focuses on how to reach youth through media in Sub-Saharan Africa – what share of the youth market have you got?

28 February 2019

A new study looks at what youth in Sub-Saharan Africa does, thinks and feels. Africa’s traditional media is in danger of losing its youth audiences to social media. The commissioner of the study, Aric Noboa talks about why youth are a vital audience and what the study says about them. In less than 10 years, Africa will be home to a billion people under the age of 24. There is little doubt that this group of young people will largely determine the shape of our world. What’s more, accelerating urban migration and digital access means their global impact will be…

Broadcast

NBA to launch pro league in Africa with direct involvement from Barack Obama

28 February 2019

Former President Barack Obama will play a hands-on role in an NBA-backed basketball league in Africa according to USA Today. The NBA and FIBA announced plans to launch the Basketball…


Broadcast

Africa-Focused Chinese Handset Maker to Roll Out Smart TVs

28 February 2019

China's Transsion Holdings, the leading smartphone maker for the African continent, will expand into smart televisions through its Infinix brand, Yicai Global has learned. Transsion aims to replicate the success…


Broadcast

Media Council Reveals That Radio Still Has The Largest Audience In Kenya

28 February 2019

The Media Council of Kenya has congratulated Kenyan radio journalists for overcoming all obstacles to make sure that Kenyans stay informed through the broadcasting medium. While speaking in celebration of…


Content - Film

Martin Scorsese and the African Film Heritage Project Are Bringing Four Vital Films Home

28 February 2019

“Soleil Ô” The African Film Heritage Project has announced that it will screen restorations of four African films on their home continent for the first time as part of the…


Content - Film

Fespaco: Africa's largest film festival turns 50

28 February 2019

Some 100,000 people are expected to attend 450 screenings over the next week at the Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso. Security is tight following a wave of attacks by…


Content - Film

Showmax invites student films

28 February 2019

Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers. Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9, Tomb Raider 2018, and The…


Content - Film

Blitz the Ambassador's 'The Burial of Kojo' Is Heading to Netflix Very Soon

28 February 2019

This is the 22nd acquisition for Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY. After a successful world premiere at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, even more folks will have the opportunity to…


Content - Television

DStv to launch SuperheroHQ pop channel in March

28 February 2019

Turner International has announced the launch of SuperheroHQ animation pop-up channel by mid-March on DStv satellite pay-tv platform. SuperheroHQ will be accessible for DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv…


Content - Television

Basebone calls for content from South African game developers and filmmakers

28 February 2019

Basebone, an international mobile entertainment service which launched in South Africa in 2007, has seen unprecedented growth thanks to the recent introduction of Afrocentric films, documentaries, games and lifestyle content.…


Content - Television

Netflix Unveils First Locally-Acquired South African Series, 'Shadow'

28 February 2019

The video-streaming giant Netflix has revealed that it will be debuting its very first locally-acquired South African TV series, Shadow. The series is scheduled to become available on Netflix South…


Content - Television

Nigeria: MultiChoice announces online auditions for BBN season 4

28 February 2019

Following the conclusion of the nationwide auditions for Big Brother Naija (BBN) season 4, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced a call for special online auditions from February 25th to 27th, 2019.…


Content - Television

The story of the Malawian boy who saved his village comes to Netflix

28 February 2019

As a southern African country Malawi's neighbors South Africa and Zimbabwe usually get all the coverage when it comes to global popular culture: both for good and bad. It's probably…


Content - Television

ZEEL's Zee World Channel Celebrates 4 Years In Africa And Plans To Broadcast First Locally-Produced Content

28 February 2019

Zee World (DStv 166), the Indian-focused channel is celebrating its fourth anniversary in Africa this month. To celebrate its rapid viewership growth within the continent, the TV channel will broadcast…


Content - Television

Netflix Orders South African Teen Series ‘Blood & Water’

28 February 2019

Netflix is continuing its push into African originals with its latest order, the South African teen series “Blood & Water.” The series, which is directed by Nosipho Dumisa, the helmer…


Distribution

Eutelsat Collaborates With Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation And Association Of Ethiopian Broadcasters For Video Capacity On Satellite

28 February 2019

Eutelsat Communications has signed separate multi-year contracts with the Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and for video capacity on its EUTELSAT 8 West B…


Distribution

New streaming service with SABC launched in South Africa

28 February 2019

SABC announced that it has signed a license agreement with the streaming service Viu. Viu is a new streaming service to be launched in South Africa on February 28, 2019,…


Distribution

M.P. Ajaere: Proudly presenting Nollywood, African cinema to the world

28 February 2019

For several years, filmmakers, particularly those in Anglophone Africa, have clamoured for a platform to promote ventures by Africans in the industry and that would support stakeholders and organisations that…


Technology & Convergence

Nollywood Calls For Bundled Broadband Services To Boost Nigeria’s Digital Content

28 February 2019

Key players in Nigeria’s entertainment space, Nollywood, have urged the Nigerian government to make bundled broadband internet services widely available in its mission to diversify the country’s economy and boost…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s Department Of Communications Plans To Fast-Track Digital Migration

28 February 2019

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has yet again promised to speed up the rollout of the digital migration project. The DOC said this in its plans in the Estimates…


Technology & Convergence

GatesAir Wins National Ivory Coast Digital TV Transition Contract

28 February 2019

Company’s leadership in the global DTV transition, established presence in Africa, and high-performance, cost-efficient technology factor equally into the Republic of Ivory Coast’s decision GatesAir, a global leader in wireless,…


Regulation & Policy

How political ads must be shown in South Africa this year

28 February 2019

ICASA has published its Final Amendment Regulations on Party Election Broadcasts ahead of the 2019 national elections. The regulations contain the guidelines for political election broadcasts (PEB) and political adverts…


Investment

Creating more local films means creating jobs

28 February 2019

“How long is it going to take for another Tsotsi to receive an astounding local and international recognition?” Actor and director Pepi Khambule has called on the government and private…


Investment

Triggerfish sponsors three more bursaries to The Animation School

28 February 2019

Sibusiso Ngubelanga, 26, first applied to study at The Animation School in 2014 but couldn't afford the tuition. The Khayelitsha resident attended every open day for the five years since…


Investment

MultiChoice lists on the JSE

28 February 2019

MultiChoice Group Limited (MCG) on Wednesday (27 February), listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The group is listed under symbol “MCG” and started trading at a price of R95.…


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Events

28 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…


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Opportunities

28 February 2019

Invitation to submit proposals for the Female Filmmaker Project The NFVF in collaboration with KZN Film Commission (KZNFC), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and North West Culture Art and…