Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 312 – 9 April 2019

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Understanding the impact of social media and online media consumption – new report sheds new light on how traditional broadcast models are being challenged

9 April 2019

It’s taken four years to gather data from a whole host of new sources to produce probably the most detailed description yet of online behaviour in Sub-Saharan Africa. The author Russell Southwood writes about what’s in the report and how some of its findings challenge traditional broadcast models. Where there is robust national survey data, it shows African online users spending 2-3 hours a day on social media. Whilst you can do social media whilst watching TV, this is a large bite out of the time available for other media. Although pay-for VoD platforms have been slow to take off,…

Broadcast

Uganda: Deutsche Welle expands partnerships with private and public broadcasters in East Africa

9 April 2019

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) is significantly expanding its presence in Uganda. This week Director General Peter Limbourg signed several agreements with private and state-run broadcasters in the capital…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Produces New TV Shows To Develop Industry

9 April 2019

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been producing fresh, new television productions that have all been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe as part of the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting migration project.…


Broadcast

Canal+ rolls out new African TV show ‘Sakho & Mangane’

9 April 2019

Canal+ Africa is planning to roll out new African TV show ‘Sakho and Mangane’ in French speaking African countries. ‘Sakho and Mangane’ is a detective series created and directed by…


Content - Film

Judy Naidoo digs deep into her childhood in charming new film, Kings of Mulberry Street

9 April 2019

The historical towns of Verulam and Tongaat, just north of Durban, were developed largely by Indian indentured labourers. Together, under the fictionalised name of Sugarhill District, they provide the colourful…


Content - Film

Animation du Monde 2020 launches across Africa

9 April 2019

If you have an animation project you have been working on that’s pitch ready, or one that’s been sitting on a hard drive somewhere, it’s time to dust it off.…


Content - Film

The Sound of Masks: Mozambique Focused Documentary to screen at Hot Docs

9 April 2019

Atanasio Nyusi, a compelling storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, takes us on a visually dramatic journey through Mozambique's past and present. The Sound of Masks, directed and produced by Sara…


Content - Film

In Bakassi to Screen at Hot Docs Film Festival

9 April 2019

Joel Benson’s virtual reality documentary ‘In Bakassi’ has been added to the lineup of the largest documentary festival in North America, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. ‘In Bakassi’…


Content - Film

The Nollywood movie experiment to research Nigerians’ anti-corruption behavior

9 April 2019

The popularity of Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry—the world’s second largest by volume—was covertly deployed for a social cause five years ago. Researchers from Princeton University, the University of California, Los…


Content - Film

In brief

9 April 2019

Steamy rom-com ‘Love Lives Here’ tells the tale of a woman caught between two worlds, the township lifestyle and the suburbs A new breed of South African film is about…


Content - Television

New TV Series focuses on human trafficking

9 April 2019

After shooting three feature films for M-net last year, Invision Studios has embarked on shooting a television drama series, Manhounds that touches the cutting edge subject of human trafficking. Manhounds…


Content - Television

Zee World Set To Premiere First Ever Bollywood TV Show With African Actors

9 April 2019

Mehek, a new drama series that was filmed in India, is scheduled to premiere on the Indian-focused entertainment platform Zee World (DStv 166) on Saturday, 6 April. It will be…


Content - Television

Lupita Nyong'o and John Boyega to Narrate Upcoming Wildlife Series 'Serengeti'

9 April 2019

Discovery and BBC Studios new natural history series Serengeti is in on its way and none other than two of the biggest actors of African descent are set to narrate…


Content - Television

Kenyan Film Director Secures a new TV series in USA

9 April 2019

A Kenyan Film Director, Wanuri Kahiu has secured a project in Hollywood after she was chosen to direct and write a new television series in the United States.   According…


Distribution

GOtv expands Local Content offering to subscribers

9 April 2019

Digital Terrestrial Television service provider, GOtv, has announced the addition of nine new local channels to its subscribers in Jos and Kaduna. The channels will be available to subscribers on…


Distribution

CBS Studios International and Scoope Media sign license deal to offer African version of ‘The Doctors’

9 April 2019

CBS Studios International and Scoope Media have signed a licensing deal for an African version of “The Doctors,” the show that offers entertainment with health advice from a panel of…


Distribution

Streaming company, Streamliner.com strikes deal with Nollywood

9 April 2019

AS African stories continue to appeal to the outside world, a media streaming company, Streamliner.com, has taken a historical step to advance Africa’s film market through a Nollywood’s biggest multi-million…


Technology & Convergence

Smartphone moviemakers take the limelight at African festival

9 April 2019

"It's not because you don't have the means that you don't dream," says Guy-Serge Namane, a director at the second Bushman Film Festival, a cornucopia of global smartphone cinema. "Action!,"…


Regulation & Policy

Burundi Bans BBC And VOA Because Of Alleged False Reporting

9 April 2019

Burundi has revealed that it has banned the U.K. public broadcaster BBC and also indefinitely suspended Voice of America (VOA), moves that international broadcasters and campaigners have described as a…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension

9 April 2019

Chanda Kasolo, the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, justified as correct the recent suspension of the Prime TV license. Earlier this month, the Independent…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria’s NBC Issues A New List Of Non-Negotiable Working Conditions For GOtv

9 April 2019

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a new list of conditions for GOtv to continue operating in the country. The NBC Director-General, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu addressed a press conference…


Regulation & Policy

In brief

9 April 2019

South Africa: The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has published the Community Broadcasting Regulations following country-wide consultation and engagement with all relevant stakeholders. The regulations prescribe, among others,…


Investment

Institutions Raise Their Stakes In Recently Listed MultiChoice

9 April 2019

MultiChoice has reported that Allan Gray and Prudential Investment Managers have both raised their stakes in the recently listed pay-TV group. Prudential’s clients have increased their collective shares in MultiChoice…


Investment

Nigerian Government Approves Multi-Million Dollar Contracts For Nigeria’s Broadcasting Stations

9 April 2019

Nigeria’s Federal Government recently approved contracts amounting to approximately $3.6 million to reposition and strengthen its media stations for effective information dissemination. The media organisations that are set to benefit…


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People

9 April 2019

Encounters Fest revamps leadership Mandisa Ralane ( formally Zitha) returns as director of Encounters South African International Documentary Festival The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival has announced the appointment…


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Events

9 April 2019

The 4th edition of Nextv CEO Africa14th to 16th May 2019African Pride Arabella Hotel & Spa in KleinmondSouth Africa. The 3-day conference annually hosts over 200 attendees where industry leaders…