Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 314 – 7 May 2019

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AfricaXP goes all out to beat the market’s pay TV blues by developing its own free-to-air satellite TV platform, Premium.free

7 May 2019

Kwese’s withdrawal from the Sub-Saharan African pay TV market late last year was one of a long string of failures in this sector. Content distributor and linear channel creator AfricaXP has been riding the ups and downs of supplying pay TV operators and decided to create its own free-to-air platform. Russell Southwood talked to AfricaXP founder and CEO about its new platform Premium.free. Distributor AfricaXP launched its first linear channels in 2013 and pioneered the idea of selling low-cost channels that would enable new operators to get a foothold in the market. It offered tech-convenient services like remote and cloud…

Broadcast

KBC grappling with historical debt of Ksh 71.3b

7 May 2019

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) is grappling with a historical debt of 71.3 billion shillings even as it works to position itself as the premier public broadcaster. KBC Managing Director…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Invests In Community TV Stations To Enhance Entertainment Sector

7 May 2019

The MultiChoice Group that has been investing in community TV stations throughout South Africa with technical training, equipment upgrades and content-sharing partnerships on community-level in an effort to build more…


Broadcast

Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor to launch Afrofuturist film production company to produce TV series

7 May 2019

Nigerian award-winning writer, Nnedi Okorafor is set to open a film production company solely focused on Afrofuturist shows. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the acclaimed Afrofuturist shared the…


Content - Film

New film Skemerson portrays grief of losing a loved one

7 May 2019

Grief at losing one’s mum is the universal theme that lies at the heart of ‘Skemerson’ (‘Sun Cry Moon’), the new film directed by Phillip Rademeyer and written by Pietie…


Content - Film

Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival to Premiere Moroccan Amazigh Amussu Film

7 May 2019

The documentary focuses on the Imider community’s fight against exploitation by the local silver mine. The documentary film “Amussu” about protests in Imider, a village in south-east Morocco against exploitative…


Content - Film

Animation and Pop Culture ICON Wraps-Up

7 May 2019

This past weekend saw some of the most talented African animation creators present their work both live and through video presentations at ICON CGC. These pitches were part of The…


Content - Film

First African films confirmed for Encounters 2019

7 May 2019

Following the announcement of the first international titles for this year’s 21st Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, the first South African and African films are as compelling as their…


Content - Film

“Atlantique” by Senegalese director Mati Diop selected for the Cannes Film Festival

7 May 2019

Yes she Cannes! “Atlantique”, the film debut from French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, will be competing for the very prestigious Palme d’Or. This marks the first time that a film by…


Content - Television

BLOG: How do broadcasters optimise their content delivery journey? By Bruce Hume, Switch Media

7 May 2019

Sponsored Content To keep up with the changing demands of today’s television viewers, broadcasters need to ensure their content workflows are as optimised as possible, so that content is made…


Content - Television

OpenView to drop channels

7 May 2019

OpenView has announced that it will be cancelling sports channel Trace Sports Stars as well as Afrikaans religious channel KruisKyk. KruisKyk, which aired on channel 151, is being removed from…


Content - Television

Comedy Central working on local version of ‘Comedians Solve World Problems” for MENA

7 May 2019

Comedy Central is expanding globally with Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI) working together to produce MENA’s episode of “Comedians Solve World Problems”. The internationally acclaimed show will have its own…


Content - Television

Ghana: KweseTV Brings Millennial Music Platform, MuseAfrica Back To TV Screens

7 May 2019

The MuseAfrica block will be broadcasting 60 minutes of exclusive music-related material on KweseTV (KFS) daily on weekdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. KweseTV announced that the programming would…


Content - Television

Edan TV rolls out new TV show ‘The River’

7 May 2019

‘The River’, the new series from the country of Nelson Mandela, arrives exclusively on the pan-African channel Edan TV. This high-profile South African series will make you live the powerful…


Content - Television

Trace Sports Stars And KruisKyk Channels Removed From E.tv's Openview Satellite-TV

7 May 2019

E.tv's Openview free-to-air satellite service is reported to be dumping two more channels with the Afrikaans Christian TV platform KruisKyk and Trace Sports Stars both getting axed. KruisKyk was broadcasting…


Content - Television

MultiChoice Kenya To Host First Ever Maisha Magic Festival To Celebrate Kenyan TV Content

7 May 2019

MultiChoice Kenya has announced that it will toast to the growth of Kenyan television content at the first ever Maisha Magic Festival. The festival will take place at the Kenyatta…


Content - Television

Kwesé iflix collaborates with Flytime Promotions to offer African content to subscribers

7 May 2019

Africa’s mobile entertainment app, Kwesé iflix, has strengthened its commitment to offer more local content to its subscribers with a recent collaboration with entertainment company, Flytime Promotions. The collaboration will…


Content - Television

Brand New News Channel, Newzroom Afrika, To Launch On MultiChoice's DStv

7 May 2019

South Africa’s newest news channel Newzroom Afrika is scheduled to launch on Thursday 2 May with a news team that includes the former eNCA stars Thulasizwe Simelane, Cathy Mohlahlana, and…


Distribution

Rootflix Streaming Services To Be Launched To Stream Nollywood Movies

7 May 2019

Kelechi Eke has made a name for himself in the African Film Industry with significant roles spanning from director, producer, writer and star. He has also founded an African Film…


Distribution

Nollywood Signs Movie Distribution Deal With France

7 May 2019

France’s Alliance Francaise and Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) have signed a deal to distribute and showcase the two countries’ films through the "French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference."…


Distribution

Natural TV Becomes First Private Turkish TV Channel To Reach African Audience

7 May 2019

Natural TV, the first private Turkish TV channel to air in Africa, offers original content from Turkey and grows cultural awareness in the region. The channel kicks off the day…


Distribution

Disney+ video streaming service not coming to SA soon

7 May 2019

Cape Town - The Walt Disney Company's video streaming service Disney+ that will launch in November 2019 in the United States and as well as in other international key territories…


Distribution

Kwesé Free Sports Acquires Rights To Broadcast EHF Champions League

7 May 2019

The African broadcaster Kwesé TV has entered into a partnership with the European Handball Federation for broadcasting rights to its Champions League club competition. The newly-inked deal with EHF Marketing,…


Technology & Convergence

Comscore Expands Box Office Measurement to West and Southern Africa

7 May 2019

Comscore (SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, announced today that it will expand its box office measurement service into West and Southern Africa. The…


Regulation & Policy

Nigerian Copyright Commission Calls For More Effective Legal Framework To Protect Sports Rights

7 May 2019

Recently in Abuja, Nigeria, the Director-General of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), John Asein said that in order for the full potential of the sporting and other related industries to…


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Opportunities

7 May 2019

Calling on all emerging African film professionals THE 40th Durban International Film Festival (Diff), hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts in co-operation with Berlinale Talents, is…


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Events

7 May 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…


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People

7 May 2019

Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s biggest stars, signs exclusive global deal with Universal Music Group Universal Music Group (UMG) has signed an exclusive global recording agreement with Nigerian singer-songwriter Tiwa…