Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 316 – 5 June 2019

Top Story

Surviving and winning as a production company in a small market – Botswana’s Mohau Mannathoko, Industry Media on the impact of DTT channels and Government tenders

5 June 2019

Everybody knows about Africa’s high-profile production markets like Nigeria and South Africa but how does a production company thrive in a small market like Botswana? Russell Southwood spoke to Mohau Mannathoko, Managing Director, Industry Media about getting work and wanting to make high-quality TV. Industry Media was launched in 2014 and has survived for five years in one of Africa’s smallest broadcast markets. There are only two Free-To-Air TV channels, the Government’s Botswana TV (BTV) and South African owned eTV, alongside Multichoice as the Pay TV operator. Mannathko launched the company because he wanted to produce better quality content:”We don’t…

Broadcast

Nigeria’s Government To Fund Digital Switch Over Process With USD83 Million – NBC

5 June 2019

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) recently announced that the Federal Government would be releasing N30 billion ($83 mil) for the process of Digital Switch Over (DSO) in the country. The…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe to launch 24 new TV channels

5 June 2019

The Zimbabwean government is about to launch 24 television channels where viewers will be beneficial to all viewers. According to Mr Nick Mangwana, the Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting…


Broadcast

Kenya Broadcasting Commission Calls For Govt Intervention In Settlement Of Historical Debts

5 June 2019

The Managing Director of the Kenya Broadcasting Commission, Dr Naim Bilal has declared that there is a need to update the Kenya Broadcasting Act cap 221 to allow for the…


Broadcast

Sputnik Widens Its Reach In Africa

5 June 2019

Russia’s Sputnik news agency and radio has entered into a partnership agreement with Congo’s national broadcaster, RTNC (Radio Television Nationale Congolaise). The deal was signed recently in Moscow as part…


Content - Film

Cannes film festival 2019: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years

5 June 2019

Cannes film festival: Director Mati Diop becomes first black woman to win award in 72 years French-Senagalese director Mati Diop has become the first black female director to win an…


Content - Film

Where Art Meets Activism - Encounters 2019 Special Session

5 June 2019

The power of documentary film is the ability to connect with hearts and minds. Impact Producer Anita Khanna, filmmaker MIki Redelinghuys who is currently involved in cutting edge impact research…


Content - Film

WATCH: The ten riveting documentaries at #DIFF

5 June 2019

Durban - The Durban International Film Festival has announced the ground-breaking and challenging documentaries to be screened at the festival's 40th anniversary edition. Ten insightful and impactful documentaries have been…


Content - Film

Controversy mars Bulawayo awards

5 June 2019

South Africa-based musician Oscar Bonginkosi Mdlongwa, aka Oskido's, rejection of the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards nomination has opened a can of worms amid revelations that another nominee had earlier on…


Content - Film

Aderonke Adeola’s Documentary “Awani” Advocating for the Emancipation of Nigerian Women Wins UNESCO Prize at the Afrika Film Festival

5 June 2019

Awani is a documentary that serves as a timeline that examines the evolution of the role of Nigerian women, starting from pre-colonial Nigeria to the present day. The documentary uses…


Content - Film

Epic story of Racheltjie de Beer headed for SA cinemas in October 2019

5 June 2019

The most anticipated Afrikaans film of the year, ‘The Story of Racheltjie de Beer’, releases nationwide in October 2019. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by writer…


Content - Film

New Cannes Marché works-in-progress doc award goes to 'Their Algeria'; Doc Day report

5 June 2019

Lina Soualem’s Their Algeria won the inaugural documentary works-in-progress prize at the Cannes Marche’s Doc Corner. The award, which comes with €10,000 cash prize, is supported by International Emerging Film…


Content - Television

StarTimes ON Launches Pan Africa Online Film Festival

5 June 2019

StarTimes ON has unveiled its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF). The festival was unveiled at an event, which took place recently at the National Art Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. Aimed…


Content - Television

Kwesé Free Sports to broadcast Castle Africa 5s

5 June 2019

Castle Lager, South Africa’s most loved and iconic brand, has joined forces with pan-African sports and entertainment channel, Kwesé Free Sports, to deliver the second edition of Africa’s Premier Social…


Content - Television

StarTimes to air Plus TV in Africa

5 June 2019

Plus TV Africa, a 24-Hour news channel, will now broadcast across all of Africa via StarTimes platform. According to StarTimes, the performance of the channel is superior since its launch…


Content - Television

MultiChoice adds Discovery’s HGTV to DStv

5 June 2019

MultiChoice is adding US network HGTV channel to its pay TV service, DStv, via a deal with media giant Discovery. HGTV offers programmes about gardening, real estate and home improvement.…


Content - Television

In brief

5 June 2019

The group Sense & Med & com has just launched Chacha TV (Chacha means screen in Arabic) in Algeria. Chacha TV is the first streaming and video-on-demand platform based in…


Distribution

‘Atlantics’: Netflix’s Aggressive Africa Push Continues With Acquisition of Cannes Grand Prix Winner

5 June 2019

Netflix has signaled that Africa holds massive untapped potential for their expansion -- and even Thierry Fremaux recognizes the continent is about to have a filmmaking explosion. Netflix has acquired…


Technology & Convergence

Ivory Coast Accelerates Digital Migration with SES

5 June 2019

Ivorian TV viewers will be able to watch 60 digital TV channels via SES’s satellite at 22 degrees West Ivory Coast’s public broadcasting company, the Société Ivoirienne de Télédiffusion (SIDT)…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya Revenue Authority introduces new policy for the OTT market

5 June 2019

Kenya is working on a new policy by introducing tax to the Over the Top (OTT) non-resident organisations, including Netflix and Hulu, subscription-based services that charge users on a monthly…


Regulation & Policy

MultiChoice & Icasa fight over Pay TV laws

5 June 2019

Following Icasa recent inquiry into subscription of TV broadcasting services where findings highlight ways to improve competition and lower subscription prices in the pay-TV market, the pay TV market inquiry…


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Opportunities

5 June 2019

Entries Open for the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival    In an exciting addition to the African film festival calendar, the first edition of the Cotonou International Women's Film Festival…


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People

5 June 2019

Babajide Fadoju appointed AMAA director of digital media Entertainment THE International Board of the Africa Film Academy has announced the appointment of Babajide Fadoju as the new Director of Digital…


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Events

5 June 2019

Announcing Official DFM 2019 Project Selection for the 10th Durban FilmMart . Durban, South Africa: The Durban FilmMart, which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July,…