Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 328 22 November 2019

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Exclusive interview: Angola’s Isabel dos Santos on Zap going international and investing in local content

22 November 2019

Love or hate her, Isabel dos Santos has carved herself out a significant business empire that stretches across telecoms, broadcast, retail and banking. Russell Southwood spoke to her at AfricaCom about what she’s planning and how she sees the future. Q: How did you come to launch Unitel? A: I was the founder of the second mobile provider Unitel and (pay TV provider) Zap. Unitel started with a very small network. The differences between us (and Movicel) were the technology we chose, the go to market strategy, the customer experience and the relevance to the customer in terms of the…

Broadcast

Thomson Broadcast, Supported by Viaccess-Orca, to Secure Malian Public Broadcaster DTT Deployment

22 November 2019

Viaccess-Orca (VO), an Orange Group company and a global leader providing OTT and TV platforms, content protection, and advanced data solutions, announced today that the Malian Transmission and Broadcasting Corporation…


Broadcast

Trace Acquires And Rebrands Kenya’s Qwetu Radio

22 November 2019

Kenya’s music radio station Qwetu Radio has been bought out by the French multimedia entertainment corporation, Trace, and will now assume the new name - Trace Radio. The company also…


Broadcast

TAC Studios brings new series and development projects to DISCOP

22 November 2019

TAC Studios brings new finished series and fresh development projects amongst its content slate for DISCOP Johannesburg. JOHANNESBURG, November 18, 2019 - TAC Studios, the production arm of US-based The…


Broadcast

SuperSport confirms Caf’s blackout after termination of Lagardère contract

22 November 2019

The broadcasting giants are affected by the decision of the African Football Federation and will not present any continental match until further notice. SuperSport announced that the content of the…


Content - Film

China and Nollywood have signed up for their first major film collaboration

22 November 2019

Chinese entertainment group, Huahua Media, is joining forces with Nigerian filmmakers to produce the first major China-Nigeria film. Huahua signed a deal to co-produce 30 days in China, with Nigerian…


Content - Film

The Oscars have Disqualified 'Joy', a Film about Nigerian Sex Workers, Submitted for Best International Feature Film

22 November 2019

Like Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart', the film has reportedly been disqualified by the Academy because of too much English dialogue. It seems films from Nigeria or films about Nigerians can't seem…


Content - Film

Stroop wins prestigious SAB Environmental Media Award

22 November 2019

The South African Breweries (SAB) along with its judging panel announced the winners of the annual SAB Environmental Media of the Year awards at its headquarters in Johannesburg on 12…


Content - Film

Award-winning film 'Atlantics' offers haunting take on life in Senegal

22 November 2019

DAKAR - To capture the harsh reality of life in Senegal, film director Mati Diop chose young people she met at building sites, bars and in Dakar’s poorer suburbs as…


Content - Film

Mati Diop’s Ocean of Longing The French-Senegalese filmmaker’s Cannes sensation Atlantics is a migrant-ghost story for our time.

22 November 2019

Between Senegal and the Canary Islands stretch almost 1,000 miles of ocean. Cruise ships cut through the waves like knives. They make the journey in 11 days, and their passengers,…


Content - Film

'The Burial of Kojo' Is Ghana's First Golden Globe Entry

22 November 2019

Blitz the Ambassador's debut film is being considered for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes. Blitz Bazawuke, also known as Blitz the Ambassador's critically-acclaimed directorial…


Content - Film

ARIFF Is Building An Audience For African Films

22 November 2019

The last few years have seen an unparalleled emergence of the African voice and influence, both within the continent as well as on a global scale. Auteur film voices like…


Content - Film

Everything you need to know about the third annual Joburg Film Festival

22 November 2019

Cape Town – The third annual Joburg Festival will kick off its six-day celebration from 19 - 24 November. The South African horror film, 8, will premiere at the festival…


Content - Film

Marrakech film festival unveils 2019 line-up

22 November 2019

The 18th Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 29-Dec 7) has revealed its 2019 line-up. The competition line-up features 14 films from first or second-time directors. Five of the films competing…


Content - Film

In brief

22 November 2019

A group of communications students from Villanova University received a gold medal for their documentary at this year’s Student Academy Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills. Princess Garrett and 20 other…


Content - Television

GRB Studios and M-Net signed deal in Africa

22 November 2019

GRB Studios has signed many contracts in Africa, including the last season of Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter on the South African pay-TV channel M-Net. M-Net has also acquired…


Content - Television

DStv Adds Euronews, CBS Justice And CuriosityStream Channels

22 November 2019

MultiChoice has revealed that it is adding two more TV channels to DStv including CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and is also bringing back Euronews. As it is a crime channel, CBS…


Content - Television

3 new channels coming to DStv

22 November 2019

Cape Town – Multichoice is adding three new channels to the DStv platform. The company announced on Wednesday that CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and Euronews will be available from 21 November.…


Content - Television

Netflix reveals a first look at the cast of the highly anticipated Queen Sono

22 November 2019

Today, Netflix released first look images of the highly anticipated 6 part series - Africa’s first script-to-screen Original series, Queen Sono. The action-packed series follows Queen Sono (Pearl Thusi), a…


Content - Television

MultiChoice boss calls for massive stimulus package for South Africa's film and TV industry as part of 'a national agenda' needed to elevate the local content production biz.

22 November 2019

The general entertainment boss of Africa's biggest pay-TV service is calling for a massive stimulus package to be made available for South Africa's TV and film industry to help support…


Content - Television

Marsha Thomason set to star in UK-South African thriller ‘Stolen’ (exclusive)

22 November 2019

The UK’s Marsha Thomason has signed to star in Gary Young’s action thriller Stolen which is set to start shooting in the UK and South Africa in January 2020. Thomason,…


Content - Television

Fight Sports obtains broadcast rights in Africa for Joshua and Ruiz’s return match

22 November 2019

Combat Spots broadcaster, Fight Sports, got the exclusive rights in Africa on the return leg Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz. The fight, for the WBA, WBO and IBF World Heavyweight…


Content - Television

The hilarious comedy series from Cote d’Ivoire has finally landed!

22 November 2019

Let’s laugh at our faults and the flaws of our society, such is the motto of these humorous shortcoms. Through a gallery of lively and colourful characters facing everyday situations.Feel…


Content - Television

MultiChoice announced four new channels this November

22 November 2019

MultiChoice Group launched four new channels, namely the Da Vinci Children’s Educational Channel, which will be offering informative and fun learning on the DStv Family package as well as CuriosityStream,…


Distribution

BBC eyes expansion in Africa, India to fight digital rivals - report

22 November 2019

The BBC is looking to expand its reach across Africa and India as it looks to fight back against competition from digital streaming rivals such as Netflix, reports The Sunday…


Distribution

SPI/FilmBox Inks Channel Distribution Deals with Multiple Players in the African Region

22 November 2019

SPI/FilmBox announces new channel and content distribution deals with Azam TV, MTN Group, and habeshaview to deliver eight of SPI/FilmBox’s most sought after channels to viewers across Africa SPI/FilmBox continues…


Distribution

Charles Novia gets his own first TV channel

22 November 2019

A filmmaker and critic, Charles Novia completed the launching of his first television channel, Teen Africa TV. Charles Novia, a popular film critic and filmmaker, became the first Nigerian to…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act

22 November 2019

On 2 October 2019, the President ratified the controversial Films and Publications Amendment Act, which has been described in the media as the “internet censorship bill”. Although the Act is…


Regulation & Policy

South African copyright proposals anger Hollywood

22 November 2019

The US film and music industry is putting pressure on the South African and US governments to axe the African country’s proposed copyright. The copyright amendment bill has generated controversy…


Investment

MultiChoice Looks Forward To Profit Surge -Reports

22 November 2019

MultiChoice released a trading statement last week that states that it expects trading profit to reach over $335,000 m for the six months that ended in September 2019, up approximately…


Investment

South Africa: Thebe Acquires Controlling Stake In VOD Provider Discover Digital

22 November 2019

The black empowerment investment firm Thebe Investment has acquired a 51% controlling stake in Discover Digital South Africa and also 50.1% in Discover Digital International. The deal, which was recently…


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People

22 November 2019

Spacecom CEO Pollack to step down Spacecom CEO and president David Pollack has announced his resignation from the Israeli satellite operator. In a statement made to the Tel Aviv Stock…


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Opportunities

22 November 2019

AMVCA 2020: Organisers call for film submissions ahead of 7th edition Africa Magic, in association with MultiChoice Nigeria, has called for film submission ahead of the 7th edition of the…


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Events

22 November 2019

The Global Migration Film Festival November 28 – December 18, 2019 The Global Migration Film Festival showcases films that capture the promise and challenges of migration. The UN Migration Agency…