Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 313 – 24 April 2019

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Ugandan broadcast regulator says it will enforce 70% local content quota by May 2019

24 April 2019

Many African countries have local content quotas but they are more honored in the breach than in the observance. This week saw Ugandan broadcast regulator step up and announce that it will enforce its 70% quota next month. Russell Southwood looks at local reaction to the announcement and whether it will bite this time. In 2013, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), broadcast regulator issued a directive which aimed to get broadcasters to increase the level of local content. Three years later stories appeared saying that UCC would impose the 70% local quota, even as media houses pleaded for more time…

Broadcast

So ... Does American TV Ever Mention Africa?

24 April 2019

Answer: In March 2018, it was the fourth-most mentioned African country on American television, after Egypt, South Africa and Kenya. Question: What is Wakanda? This year, the University of Southern…


Broadcast

VIPI TV to be launched in Kenya in May

24 April 2019

VIPI, a new TV station targeted towards youth culture will be launched in May. The new tv station is to promote and highlight Kenya’s booming music industry, to develop local…


Broadcast

ICASA Plans To End DStv’s Monopoly In South Africa

24 April 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released the findings of its inquiry into South Africa’s subscription TV broadcasting services. The regulator said that this process began in…


Content - Film

An Act of Defiance – Bram Fischer’s fight to save Nelson Mandela from the gallows

24 April 2019

Nelson Mandela is a global icon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. But this might not have been if it were not for the heroic fight to save…


Content - Film

Ghanaian Rapper-Turned-Director Taps Traditional Themes in 1st Film

24 April 2019

WATCH: Ghanian Rapper Turned Director Taps Traditional Themes in First Film in the clip above. A new film called “The Burial of Kojo” is a tale of family tensions with…


Content - Film

Nollywood Week Film Festival 2019

24 April 2019

Nollywood at its best. Click the link here to see the festival schedule Moms at War Official SelectionTwo neighbors, both mothers with teenage children at the same school, hate each…


Content - Film

Award winning filmmaker X-rays Lagosians in new film, ‘Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic’

24 April 2019

Imoh Umoren, film director “Lagos: Sex, Lies and Traffic,’ says the film x-rays the multi-faceted lives of Lagosians from all walks of life. Umoren is known for his socially conscious…


Content - Film

Five reasons why 'Supa Modo' will be your new favourite African film

24 April 2019

The multi-award-winning Kenyan superhero film Supa Modo is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa. Jo (Stycie Waweru) is a witty nine-year-old terminally ill girl obsessed with Jackie Chan movies.…


Content - Television

BBC Studios Licence 'The Great Kenyan Bake Off' To East Africa’s Showstopper Media

24 April 2019

Africa will be getting a second localised version of The Great British Bake Off reality baking competition show. BBC Studios has announced that it has licensed the format rights of…


Content - Television

African Union Of Broadcasting Secures Broadcasting Rights For 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations

24 April 2019

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) has been handed the FTA rights to broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament…


Distribution

Netflix to launch all girl superhero animation series from Africa

24 April 2019

Inspiration draws from '90s hip hop groups As part of its growing acquisition of content from Africa, Netflix has announced its first original African animated series - Mama K's Team…


Distribution

‘Shadow,’ ‘The Girl From St. Agnes’ Take South African TV Worldwide

24 April 2019

South African producers have struck a string of international co-production deals in recent months that are poised to push scripted drama series from the Rainbow Nation onto the global stage.…


Technology & Convergence

Ogelle: Africa’s first user-generated content platform berths in Nigeria

24 April 2019

Ogelle, arguably Africa’s first user-generated content platform has made a triumphant entry into the global digital space with the ambitious plan to become the top aggregator of African content. Giving…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia Lifts Prime TV Suspension With Immediate Effect

24 April 2019

The Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia has lifted the suspension of Prime Television with immediate effect, after a successful appeal the station made to Dora Siliya, the state’s Minister of…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda blocks screening of Genocide movies

24 April 2019

Authorities in Uganda recently blocked the screening of films on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda which were to be shown in the city earlier this month, The…


Regulation & Policy

Film and Publication Board bans rape based video game

24 April 2019

Durban - Gender equality organisation the 1000 Women’s Trust has welcomed the Film and Publication Board’s decision to block access to the online game Rape Day that allowed players to…


Investment

Bolloré to build 20 cinemas in Africa

24 April 2019

The Bolloré Group aims to build 20 cinemas in Africa, Philippe Labonne, the General Manager of the French group, has announced.The group’s subsidiary Vivendi that specializes in film and music…


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Opportunties

24 April 2019

Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan Entries NOW OPEN DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) will host the 3rd annual Animation du Monde pitching…


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Events

24 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…