Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 318 – 3 July 2019

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Tanzanian Parliament passes a law that will compel international film-makers to have their raw footage vetted by Government…Say what?

3 July 2019

Tanzania’s Parliament passed a draft law last Thursday saying that international film-makers will have to submit the raw footage from any location shoot in the country to the Government. Former ZIFF Martin Mhando has sent an open letter (see below) to the Tanzania Film Board headed Disappointed. The newly passed amendment Bill to the Tanzania Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments (No.3) Act 2019) on foreign producers filming in Tanzania not only calls for vetting of raw footage but insists that Tanzania could then use the subsequent film in its promotional material. Failure to comply will leave the entity responsible for a…

Broadcast

Why South Africa’s MultiChoice is laying off 2000 workers

3 July 2019

Satellite TV service group, Multichoice has revealed its plans to lay off about 2,194 employees from its South Africa customer care call centres and walk-in centres. The company stated that…


Broadcast

GBC to reinstate TV licence fee

3 July 2019

Augustin Yamson, the acting Director-General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) says GBC will bring back the payment of the TV Licence fee in order for the organisation to focus more…


Broadcast

StarTimes Secures Four Million More Subscribers, Invests $220m In Nigeria

3 July 2019

The Chinese media company, StarTimes, has revealed that it has invested $220m in Nigeria since it rolled out operations in the country in 2010. David Zhang, the Managing Director of…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Zimbabwe Headed For Trying Times –Reports

3 July 2019

MultiChoice Zimbabwe is bracing itself for another knock as the remaining DStv and GOtv subscribers in the country are now forced to pay their monthly subscription fees in the new…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe's ZBC Struggles To Pay For AFCON Rights -Reports

3 July 2019

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly battling to secure the €700 000 (about US$791 000) that is required to secure broadcast rights for the soccer tournament that just kicked off…


Content - Film

New film details wrenching impact of illegal rhino horn trade on families

3 July 2019

A new short film, titled Sides of a Horn, looks at the impacts of the illegal trade of rhino horn on a community in South Africa. The 17-minute film follows…


Content - Film

Conservators restore Africa’s first animated film in colour

3 July 2019

Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion work Samba the Great is being screened in Bologna The French Embassy’s Cultural Services in New York and New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and…


Content - Film

South African boxing flick to open 40th Durban International Film Festival

3 July 2019

South Africas longest running festival kicks off on Thursday, 18 July and runs through to Sunday, 28 July. The film produced and edited by award-winning Layla Swart of Yellowbone Entertainment,…


Content - Film

South African short film Lace screens at Cannes

3 July 2019

The short film Lace follows Garvey, a man hopelessly in love and planning to pop the question to his girlfriend Vida. However, on the night that he is to propose,…


Content - Television

Production for 'Blood and Water' Netflix's second original African series has begun

3 July 2019

Production for Netflix's second original African series, Blood & Water, a coming of age, mystery drama based in Cape Town has begun. The series will be helmed by award-winning director…


Content - Television

The #1 millennial brand in the US, [adult swim], to make a splash across DStv Africa!

3 July 2019

Renowned counter-culture shows to feature in an epic programming block on TNT this July This July, for the first time on linear TV in Africa, [adult swim] will be available…


Content - Television

Philippine Telenova ‘Asintado’ Debuts On StarTimes Nigeria

3 July 2019

Asintado, the stylish Philippine telenovela series is currently enjoying significant viewership ratings on the TV screen on StarTimes Novela E Plus, Channel 057 and 128. The brand new telenovela, Asintado…


Content - Television

Multichoice plans to make 52 local movies the next year

3 July 2019

Multichoice is planning to produce 52 local movies and 29 local dramas within the next year. It also plans to increase its percentage of total general entertainment spend on local…


Content - Television

Marc Dorcel introduces first African adult channel

3 July 2019

After the introduction of Dorcel TV and Dorcel XXX with approximately 3 million subscribers across Europe and recently Dorcel TV in Canada. The French X giant has decided to satisfy…


Content - Television

In brief

3 July 2019

Angolan pay-TV operator Zap is betting on content production, having recently inaugurated a production company in Tatalona near Luanda which by the end of the year should have around 300…


Distribution

IOC award Infront broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa until 2024

3 July 2019

Infront Sports and Media have been awarded exclusive free-to-air broadcast rights in Sub-Saharan Africa by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through to the conclusion of 2024. The agreement will cover…


Technology & Convergence

Azuri launches solar satellite TV in Zambia

3 July 2019

Azuri Technologies s, a commercial provider of pay-as-you-go solar home electricity to off-grid consumers, has launched its 24-inch solar satellite TV and home lighting system in Zambia. The TV launch…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: ICASA To Investigate Broadcasting ‘Must-Carry’ Regulations

3 July 2019

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has released a press statement announcing that it intends to launch an inquiry into South African broadcasting’s must-carry regulations to determine if…


Regulation & Policy

And SOE it goes: As turnaround plans stumble, SABC is the latest entity to face financial point of no return

3 July 2019

The SABC’s current situation is typical of many SOEs. The attempt to sweep clean after the years of State Capture is proving both long-winded and costly. The SABC board says…


Investment

Tiso Blackstar Group Sells Media, Broadcast Businesses In Four African Countries

3 July 2019

Tiso Blackstar Group has announced that it is selling its media, broadcast and content businesses in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana to the 100% black-owned Lebashe Investment Group for…


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Opportunities

3 July 2019

Triggerfish launches free career-focused learning platform for animators Triggerfish, in partnership with Goethe-Institut and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, has launched Triggerfish Academy, a free digital…


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People

3 July 2019

Musician Nakhane has hit back at suggestions that he fled South Africa in the wake of backlash against his 2017 film Inxeba: The Wound. Nakhane has been touring the world…


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Events

3 July 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,…