Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 326 24 October 2019

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Newly spun-off MultiChoice backs new, original productions for its Showmax VoD platform in South Africa and Nigeria…Kenya to follow

24 October 2019

African VoD platforms have come and gone and the surviviors have been joined by tried and trusted international players like Netflix. VoD platforms are a medium to long-term play as they continue to face issues around bandwidth quality, data pricing and behavior change. Showmax has sought to make itself more competitive by commissioning its own content. Russell Southwood talked Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content, Showmax about how they are going about it. Fangueiro previously worked for Liquid Content’s Ipidi (now closed) before coming to Showmax. The reason she wanted to commission original content for the platform was that its South…

Broadcast

Insufficient funds delay Digital Switch Over project in Nigeria

24 October 2019

Thirteen years after the approbation of Digital Switch Over (DSO) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Federal Government has not yet validated the N45 billion to the National Broadcasting…


Broadcast

South Africa’s SABC Faces Potential Music Boycott

24 October 2019

The SABC’s financial woes have not only affected its ability to air local sports on its TV channels, but the public broadcaster has also short-changed many South African musicians.  …


Broadcast

Boomplay to enter French-speaking countries

24 October 2019

After four years of being on the market in West Africa, Boomplay Music is set to expand its services to French-speaking countries on the continent. Boomplay General Manager, Dele Kadiri…


Broadcast

#AFRIFF 2019 announces festival dedicated to “SHEROES”

24 October 2019

At a media launch which took place at Radisson Blu Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday 7th October 2019, the atmosphere tells again of how ready and excited industry tastemakers…


Broadcast

The most-watched TV shows in South Africa

24 October 2019

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for September 2019. The data includes a list of the most-watched shows on DStv, SABC 1,…


Content - Film

Shadow land: New film dissects anti-gay stigma in Nigeria

24 October 2019

watch the trailer above London - A film about the fallout from a romantic relationship between two Nigerian men has premiered in London before a hoped-for but likely controversial release…


Content - Film

‘Herbert Macaulay Affair’ for screening at Joburg Film Festival

24 October 2019

A film exploring the life of a nationalist, Sir Herbert Macaulay, has been selected for screening at the prestigious Joburg Film Festival.   The film, ‘The Herbert Macaulay Affair’, is…


Content - Film

Between Two Seas” in Cinemas this Wednesday

24 October 2019

The filmmakers of “Between Two Seas” began the countdown to release the film in theaters on Wednesday, October 16th. The film is the product of a joint collaboration between the…


Content - Film

Watch this Stunning South African Documentary Film 'Womanhood'

24 October 2019

South African women from different walks of life speak about their experiences of womanhood through various lenses. Womanhood is a short documentary film which is the result of a collaboration…


Content - Film

CUT-OUT GIRLS – NEW FILM PERFECT PRELUDE TO WEEK OF ACTIVISM

24 October 2019

It is fitting that ‘Çut-Out Girls’ opens the 22nd of November, a week before sixteen days of activism for no violence against women and children. This frighteningly relevant and unsettling…


Content - Film

In brief

24 October 2019

  The 35th Haifa International Film Festival announced its awards Saturday night and two films won its top prize in the Best Israeli Feature Film Competition: Africa, directed by Oren…


Content - Television

BBC Studios extends reach across Africa

24 October 2019

At MIPCOM 2019, BBC Studios announced that it has licensed over 800 hours of content to clients across the African continent in the past six months; striking a first agreement…


Content - Television

CANAL + and Mediawan join forces in content production originals for Africa

24 October 2019

CANAL + International (an international subsidiary of the CANAL + group) and Mediawan will create a joint venture to produce original content in French for the African public. This content…


Content - Television

SA-animated Zog up for International Emmy

24 October 2019

Watch the trailer here. South Africa is having a good year at the International Emmys: first The River was nominated as best Telenovela and now Zog, animated in Cape Town…


Content - Television

International Emmy Kids Awards nod to Nigeria

24 October 2019

Kids shows from Nigeria and India have earned both countries their first nominations from the International Emmy Kids Awards. Season two of Cartoon Network and Vaibhav Studios’ Lamput (pictured) brought…


Content - Television

In brief

24 October 2019

Canal+ is launching, Basketball Academy a reality show on basketball, shot in Gabon. The show follows the journey of 20 young Gabonese players aged 15 to 18 who want to…


Distribution

MultiChoice South Africa customers sign petition against DStv plan to cut channels

24 October 2019

Thousands of MultiChoice's DStv subscribers have signed a petition against DStv’s plan to cut three popular channels from its offering, MyBroadband reported. DStv recently announced that it will discontinue History,…


Distribution

Kenya, China sign deal to air Chinese TV series

24 October 2019

Kenya’s national broadcaster, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation-KBC has signed a partnership deal with China’s National Radio and Television Administration to broadcast a Chinese TV drama series, “Feather Flies to the…


Distribution

Nigerian animated film ‘Malika: Warrior Queen’’ is now available on YouTube

24 October 2019

The Nigerian animated film produced by Anthill Studios and YouNeek Studios, ‘Malika: Warrior Queen’ is now available on YouTube. The animated film is a historical imaginary epic delivered in an…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya’s state corporation inks partnership deal with StarTimes to boost local film industry

24 October 2019

State-owned Kenya Film Commission (KFC) inks agreement deal with Chinese pay-TV company StarTimes to boost the local film industry. The CEO of state-owned Kenya Film Commission (KFC), Timothy Owase, stated…


Regulation & Policy

Why Nigeria Is Ending DStv's Monopoly In Sports Broadcasting — Government Minister

24 October 2019

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has announced that the Nigerian government is determined to end all monopoly in broadcasting because it is detrimental to the immense potential…


Regulation & Policy

NCA Denies Muting Free Speech By Shutting Down Radio Stations In Ghana

24 October 2019

The National Communications Authority (NCA) in Ghana has rejected the claims by former President John Mahama that its decision to close down various radio stations stifles free speech. The Authority…


Regulation & Policy

Cairo becomes first Arab film festival to sign gender equality charter

24 October 2019

The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) has become the first Arab film festival, and second African festival, to sign the 5050×2020 gender equality charter, launched at the Cannes Film Festival…


Investment

The SABC is busy selling off some of its 'non-core' properties in South Africa and has sold its flat in London.

24 October 2019

The struggling South African public broadcaster is in the process of selling off some of its derelict buildings and other properties that the SABC hasn't used for years, including in…


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People

24 October 2019

Outrage as Kenyan minister re-appoints dead man Kenya's Information and Communication Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru is on the spot after he re-appointed a dead man to occupy a top seat…


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Opportunities

24 October 2019

The Triggerfish 10-second Animation Challenge, supported by Goethe-Institut, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, and The Walt Disney Company, is currently open for entries. Aspiring animators across…


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Events

24 October 2019

2nd Benin City Film Festival BCFF 2019 November 6th - 9th, 2019 at University of Benin, Benin City Tickets are available now for 2nd Benin City Film Festival BCFF 2019!…