Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 310 – 14 March 2019

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South Africa’s Makhulu Media shoots pioneering VR film to get health clinic workers and young people wanting an HIV test to “step into each other’s shoes”

14 March 2019

Virtual Reality (VR) is still a bit of a technology in search of a role. But South Africa film production company Makhulu Media have used it to craft a very specific solution to a problem. Russell Southwood talks to Rowan Pybus, Makhulu Media about how it approached both filming and distribution. 360HIV is a campaign that uses VR to address the problems people have when they go to a clinic. Prior to filming, Makhulu Media organized workshops to listen to what young people said about their experiences. According to Rowan Pybus:”We sat in many countries listening to young people talk…

Broadcast

SAFTA Award Winners 2019

14 March 2019

The 13th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) took place at Sun City honoring the country's outstanding acting, production, script-writing, and icons in the film and…


Broadcast

Local writers fuming after award show snub: 'Without us there would be no Saftas'

14 March 2019

Cape Town – More than a week after the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) abruptly dropped all writers' categories from its 13th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas)…


Broadcast

South Africa: SABC Boss tells Parliament it will be bankrupt by 31 March 2019

14 March 2019

SABC boss Madoda Mxakwe tells parliament the crumbling South African public broadcaster will be bankrupt by 31 March 2019 as audience share continues to fall: 'Our cashflow is depleted'. Madoda…


Content - Film

Fespaco: Banned lesbian love story Rafiki wins award

14 March 2019

Africa's largest film festival has awarded a Kenyan actress for her depiction of a lesbian character in a film that is banned in her own country. Fespaco film festival in…


Content - Film

Triggerfish’s latest animation to premiere in Cape after five-star reviews in UK

14 March 2019

Proudly presented by Animation SA, The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) kicks off this Friday, 8 March 2019, with the African premiere of Zog, Triggerfish’s latest BBC Christmas special…


Content - Film

First Ever Zim-China Produced Film Premieres In Zimbabwe- The Film Was Entirely Shot In Zimbabwe

14 March 2019

Zimbabwe’s friendship with China has transcended the political arena into the cinema with the premiere of a movie called When Africa Meets You. When Africa Meets You is a film…


Content - Film

New African Film Festival 2019 spotlights South African cinema By New African Film Festival

14 March 2019

Still from director Sara Blecher's Mayfair. Now in its 15th year, the New African Film Festival is presented by AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Centre, Africa World Now Project and…


Content - Film

In brief

14 March 2019

The Cameroonian “Miraculous weapons” produced by Jean-Pierre Bekolo was judged to be the film giving the most positive image of Africa, at the influential 2019 Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et…


Content - Television

Boomerang Launches in HD

14 March 2019

Continuing its ongoing commitment towards re-imagining television for African audiences, Turner has now made Boomerang available in High-Definition across Africa. The switch took place on the morning of March 5th,…


Content - Television

Five things to know about Xhosa comedian Siya Seya - this week's star in 'Trippin With Skhumba'

14 March 2019

In the second episode of the Showmax Original Trippin With Skhumba, the 2018 DStv Viewers’ Choice Award: Favourite Comedian winner and 2017 Comics’ Choice Comic of the Year drives over…


Content - Television

“To Succeed, Content Producers And Local TV Hubs Must Establish Mutually Beneficial Relationships” – Agatha Amata, CEO Of Rave TV Nigeria

14 March 2019

Agatha Amata, the CEO of Rave TV, has suggested that Nigeria’s content producers and media owners ought to develop mutually beneficial relationships in order for the industry to thrive in…


Content - Television

MultiChoice Ghana Partners Box Office Sports For Independence Weekend Boxing – Bukom Brawl

14 March 2019

Supersport has renewed a production and broadcast partnership arrangement with Box Office Sports Promotions. This partnership brings to boxing fans across Africa and Ghana in particular, exclusive top quality live…


Content - Television

The Africa Channel Takes Africa’s Content to the World

14 March 2019

Celebrating a banner year for African content acquisitions, The Africa Channel will air a collection of 20 new primetimes series representing premium drama, lifestyle, and news programming from Africa during…


Content - Television

MultiChoice launches special BBNaija pop-up channel on Dstv, GOtv

14 March 2019

As the countdown to the eagerly anticipated fourth season of Big Brother Naija heats up, MultiChoice Nigeria has announced that it will treat fans of the popular reality TV show…


Content - Television

DStv Angola Boosts Its Offering With The Introduction Of Viacom's Nickelodeon Kids Channel in Portuguese

14 March 2019

MultiChoice Angola has announced that it has added Viacom's Nickelodeon kids channel in Portuguese to its DStv offering in the country, further widening Nickelodeon's reach across the African continent. Nickelodeon…


Distribution

Zambian Film ‘I Am Not a Witch’ Debuts On Netflix

14 March 2019

The award-winning Zambian film “I Am Not a Witch” will be the country’s first film to debut on Netflix. It joins other African films, such as “The Boy Who Harnessed…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice Malawi launches app for accredited installation engineers to ensure quality

14 March 2019

Television entertainment service provider, MultiChoice Malawi, has announced the launch of an installer eco-system application for accredited installers to provide exceptional customer experience. MultiChoice Malawi Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda said…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia's TV And Film Industry Establishes Professional Filmmakers Guild Of Zambia To Standardise Industry Processes

14 March 2019

Zambia's growing TV and film industry has created the Professional Filmmakers Guild of Zambia headed up by interim Chairperson, Lawrence Thompson. Thompson said that Zambia’s TV producers have found it…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

14 March 2019

Angolan pay-TV distributor Zap has assured that its February price update complies with legal requirements and has appealed against the fine imposed by the country's regulator, reports Jornal de Angola.…


Investment

After R42bn market capitalisation, MultiChoice eyes Africa expansion

14 March 2019

MultiChoice, which recorded a market capitalisation of R42 billion on its Wednesday JSE debut, plans to aggressively grow the number of pay-TV subscribers it has in the rest of Africa…


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People

14 March 2019

Ugandan movie producer appointed ambassador to IndieWise Film Convention US-based Ugandan producer Isaac Kigozi has been appointed East African ambassador to IndiesWise film convention 2019 in Las Vegas. Following his…


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Opportunities

14 March 2019

Ladima Foundation announces Women’s Film Festival Network Workshop in Uganda Last month at the opening of the Africa Hub at the European Film Market of the Berlinale, the Ladima Foundation…


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Events

14 March 2019

Join Broadcast And Media Leaders At Upcoming Forum To Explore SpectrumManagement In A Digital EnvironmentWednesday 10th – Thursday 11th April 2019.Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is collaborating with the Southern Africa…