Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 332 30 January 2020

Top Story

Thema’s ROK Studios is producing 300 films and 20 TV series a year and has plans to produce outside Nigeria

30 January 2020

Thema-owned Rok Studios is producing 300 films and 20 TV series annually making it one of the largest producers on the continent. Russell Southwood talked to Thema’s Clementine Tugendhat, Senior Vice President – Thematic Channels and Cedric-Pierre Louis, Director of Programming – African Fiction Channels about what they are doing and their future plans. In 2014 Thema was bought by Canal+ and at the time Jacques du Puy, CEO of Canal+ Overseas, said: “The acquisition of the Thema group will speed up our development strategy, particularly in Africa, and will also provide us with vital marketing and publishing know-how with…

Broadcast

MultiChoice Lets Go Of Over 1000 Employees In Restructuring Process

30 January 2020

More than 1,000 MultiChoice employees have lost their jobs after the African pay-TV operator kicked off its latest round of mass retrenchment in June last year. In June 2019 MultiChoice…


Broadcast

Netflix Acquires Award-Winning Nollywood Movie 'Hakkunde’

30 January 2020

Yet another Nigerian movie has been added to the American streaming service, Netflix’s offering. This time it is Asurf Oluseyi’s debut feature film that was released in Nigeria’s cinemas back…


Broadcast

Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association Sues NCA Over DTT Access Control Policy -Reports

30 January 2020

The Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) has reportedly dragged the National Communications Authority and the Attorney General’s Department to court over the NCA’s decision to enforce Conditional Access for Free-to-Air…


Content - Film

Botswana film Okavango to screen at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

30 January 2020

Documentary Okavango: River of Dreams by Botswana-based wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, has been selected to screen in the Documentary Premieres programme at the Sundance Film festival – set…


Content - Film

Cape Town Tourism video from HaveYouHeard wins at ITFF Africa

30 January 2020

'Cape Town Winter Song', a tongue-in-cheek video parodying Mother City cliches and good-naturedly teasing its residents, has won two awards at the inaugural International Tourism Film Festival Africa. Created by…


Content - Film

Lesotho film debuts at Sundance festival

30 January 2020

Johannesburg- Lesotho film ‘This is Not A Burial, It's a Resurrection’, is set to make its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is one of 12 selected…


Content - Film

Talking About Trees review – how the lights went out in Sudan's cinemas

30 January 2020

This poignant and witty documentary focuses on four directors whose careers were stalled by a military coup thirty years ago This witty and engaging cinephile documentary begins surreally with its…


Content - Television

Hopster launches in African market

30 January 2020

Award-winning pre-school education and entertainment digital platform Hopster is launching in Africa in partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom and Congolese telecom provider MTN. Hopster is working with mobile & web…


Content - Television

South Africa’s SABC Secures Rights To Broadcast 2020 Athletics Events

30 January 2020

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) have announced that they have agreed on a broadcast deal to cover the athletics events for the 2020 season.…


Content - Television

Orange creates TV series to celebrate African culture

30 January 2020

Orange has announced a TV project that focuses on the cultural promotion of Africa, in collaboration with Fame Productions. Named Y’Africa (short for “Africa Ya Ielo”, “Today’s Africa”), the 13-episode…


Content - Television

DStv, GOtv To Premiere New Reality TV Show 'Ultimate Love' In February

30 January 2020

Reality TV in Nigeria will hit a new level with the premiere of Ultimate Love, the latest reality TV show from MultiChoice, on February 9, on both DStv and GOtv.…


Content - Television

Dominion TV Channels now on DStv and GOtv in Ghana

30 January 2020

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, a pioneer of the African religious landscape, joined forces with his wife, Rosa Whitaker, to launch Dominion Television, the first Christian lifestyle network in Africa, now available…


Content - Television

StarTimes obtains broadcasting rights for Formula E

30 January 2020

StarTimes has signed a deal to broadcast Formula E motor racing in 37 countries in the region. The agreement covers non-exclusive live and highlights rights and includes every major market…


Content - Television

Botswana: Dstv Audio Bouquet Adds Yarona FM, Duma FM

30 January 2020

DStv in Botswana has kicked off the new year with yet another milestone in the efforts towards having more local content on its platform. Since the beginning of January 2020,…


Distribution

Airtel Nigeria Goes Live With Airtel TV

30 January 2020

Airtel Nigeria has taken a bold step in redefining the TV viewing experience for its customers with the launch of Airtel TV, a one-stop viewing platform for everything entertainment –…


Distribution

Sundance: PBS POV Acquires Kenyan Doc ‘Softie’ (EXCLUSIVE)

30 January 2020

PBS’s documentary arm POV has snapped up U.S. broadcast rights for Kenyan director Sam Soko’s “Softie,” fresh off its world premiere in the World Documentary Cinema competition at Sundance, Variety…


Technology & Convergence

Madagascar to switch to DTT on June 17

30 January 2020

In Madagascar, the authorities will switch to digital terrestrial television (DTT) on June 17, 2020. The information was recently provided by the Ministry of Communication. According to his information, the…


Technology & Convergence

Ghana To Migrate From Analogue To Digital Broadcasting In June 2020 –Govt Minister

30 January 2020

Ghana’s government has confirmed that the country’s broadcast sector will switch-over from analogue to digital broadcasting in June this year. The nation’s Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disclosed this information…


Technology & Convergence

Facebook And Nigerian Communications Commission To Collaborate On Infrastructure Development

30 January 2020

The social networking platform, Facebook, is seeking collaboration opportunities with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to boost connectivity. A Facebook delegation led by Ibrahim Ba met with the NCC at…


Regulation & Policy

Gambia – 2 radio stations closed over protest broadcast

30 January 2020

Police have extended their crackdown on two news outlets, urging their immediate shutdown as they broadcast the protest that was spearheaded by the Operation 3 Years Jotna – a pressure…


Investment

Nigerian Film Corporation Inks Deal With French Agency

30 January 2020

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has secured a ‘cooperation’ agreement with the Moving Image for film production and the Centre National du Cinema (CNC). The agreement was signed recently in…


Investment

African Union of Broadcasting issues CAF rights fees warning

30 January 2020

The African Union of Broadcasting, the body of free-to-air broadcasters, has called for a drop in the rights fees paid by African public broadcasters for major football tournaments held in…


More

People

30 January 2020

Alex Okosi Leaves ViacomCBS To Head-Up YouTube Africa -Reports Alex Okosi, the Africa boss of ViacomCBS, has jumped ship and moved to YouTube, according to reports. This move allegedly left…


More

Opportunties

30 January 2020

Durban FilmMart is looking for African film projects with strong narratives Submissions for documentary and feature film projects in development for the Durban FilmMart (DFM) close on 31 January 2020.…


More

Events

30 January 2020

OTT Content Streaming and On-Demand Summit 202019 – 20 February 2020 Cape Town Global revenues from OTT content streaming and on-demand services are set to reach US$100billion by 2020. The…