Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 335 12 March 2020

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African Animation Network will be taking talent and ideas to Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2020

12 March 2020

Africa’s animators have been largely self-taught but there is no lack of talent. This year ‘Annecy’ has made Africa its territory of honor so they will be getting a great deal more international exposure. Russell Southwood talked to Nick Wilson, Head of Projects and Content, African Animation Network about how things have been building up to this point. African Animation Networks’ relationship with ‘Annecy’ (Annecy International Animated Film Festival) began in 2014 when it pitched a special call for projects to the Festival for South African animation studios. Out of this initial approach, African Animation Networks organized a pitch competition…

Broadcast

Nigeria’s NBC Approves 65 Radio And TV Licences

12 March 2020

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has announced that it has issued 65 new broadcasting licences. The breakdown, according to a statement released by the commission, includes 43 new FM radio…


Broadcast

Cinéma du Désert: Mobile theatres aim to stem the migrant crisis through film

12 March 2020

Hundreds of people gather around a dusty square in Daloa, in the Ivory Coast, transfixed by films projected onto the side of a giant truck. It is part of the…


Broadcast

TRACE Jama Officially Launches In Ghana

12 March 2020

TRACE Jama, the Ghanaian spin-off of the TRACE channel was officially launched in the country a few days ago, on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. This follows many calls from industry…


Broadcast

Khouribga African Film Festival Succumbs to COVID-19 Anxiety

12 March 2020

The festival is the latest addition to the list of canceled or postponed events amid the growing fears of a major COVID-19 outbreak in Morocco. Rabat – The organizers of…


Broadcast

Nigerian Cinemas Lose Customers, Risk Revenue Decline

12 March 2020

When people are asked to determine the growth of a sector, it is easier to use revenue to measure the decrease or increase. Higher revenue is most times linked to…


Content - Film

Congolese rape survivors re-enact trauma in new film

12 March 2020

The movie SEMA, meaning "speak out" in Swahili, is a fictional story about two rape survivors in their struggle to rebuild their lives and combat stigma Rape survivors in eastern…


Content - Film

Zambian film up for three international awards

12 March 2020

The Borderline, a Zambian story of love, betrayal and crime, has been nominated for three prestigious international awards, barely three months after its release. The feature film is up for…


Content - Film

‘Zulu Wedding’ scoops two awards at film festival in Los Angeles!

12 March 2020

Los Angeles-based South Africa actor Nondumiso Tembe is beaming after local film Zulu Wedding scooped two awards – Best Picture and Best Narrative Feature – at the 28th Pan African…


Content - Film

This New Short Film Offers an Intimate Glimpse Into the 'Sights and Sounds' of Abidjan

12 March 2020

Media platform FABA shares the first video in their new 'Sights and Sounds' series, which uses "imagery and sound to capture the elements of African cities." A new short film…


Content - Film

SPL!NG Movie Review: Poppie Nongena

12 March 2020

Poppie Nongena is a South African historical biographical drama about a housekeeper who struggles to keep her family together in the face of inhumane pass laws. Set in Cape Town…


Content - Film

In brief

12 March 2020

Boxing movie fans in America and South Africa have warmed to the news that 'Gerrie', a film dedicated to the trailblazing achievements of Africa's first world heavyweight boxing champion, Gerrie…


Content - Television

MultiChoice’s Showmax Local Content Offering Climbs To 50%

12 March 2020

Showmax has revealed that more than half of its catalogue of movies and TV shows is now local content. This very deliberate shift to local started over a year ago…


Content - Television

John Boyega confirms Netflix deal to develop African films

12 March 2020

John Boyega signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to develop non-English language African Films. The streamer debuted its first African original Queen Sono last month and is now collaborating with…


Content - Television

Family Feud to broadcast in South Africa and Ghana

12 March 2020

Steve Harvey, comedian and TV personality is bringing the iconic game show Family Feud to the continent of Africa. His media company, Steve Harvey Global, has just obtained the rights…


Content - Television

StarTimes Rolls Out First-Ever Afro-Brazilian Channel In Africa

12 March 2020

StarTimes subscribers are set to enjoy new enriched content with the pay-TV company set to improve its Telenovela offering with the introduction of the first-ever Afro-Brazilian channel – Nina Novelas.…


Content - Television

Netflix announces first Nigerian original

12 March 2020

On 27 February, Netflix announced that it will increase its investment in Nigeria’s creative community with the production of its first African original scripted series from Nigeria. The yet to…


Content - Television

MultiChoice and M-Net add a new library content channel kykNET Lekker to bring Afrikaans TV content for DStv Access subscribers.

12 March 2020

MultiChoice and M-Net is launching another new kykNET channel, kykNET Lekker, on 9 March 2020 which will be an Afrikaans TV channel compiled with shows from the existing kykNET library…


Content - Television

Netflix versus MultiChoice Africa

12 March 2020

THE battle for the hearts and minds of African viewers is getting hotter and it pits Netflix versus MultiChoice Africa. Netflix has a war chest of millions of dollars in…


Content - Television

New shows on CTV focus on women’s struggles

12 March 2020

Women facing difficult issues such as gender-based violence are getting a helping hand from Cape Town TV (CTV). The community broadcaster is tackling such social problems with several exciting and…


Distribution

DStv To Temporarily Avail Its Channels Online For Lower-Tier Subscribers

12 March 2020

In an effort to drive the uptake of its DStv Now service, MultiChoice has announced that it is making all its DStv channels available online from Friday to Sunday this…


Technology & Convergence

Netflix Exploring Mobile-Only Subscriptions For Africa

12 March 2020

Last year, Netflix announced that it would be introducing mobile-only plans in its India operations, with cheaper subscription prices set at approximately half of the standard price. A few months…


Technology & Convergence

Studio tech rising up – machine learning and Augmented Reality

12 March 2020

The broadcast and media technology industry sectors are enormous, covering everything from cameras and studios through to network technologies, post-production services and live streaming video. Last year we saw incredible…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice Kenya to upgrade DStv and GOtv at no extra cost

12 March 2020

Panafrican Pay TV provider MultiChoice has announced new packages that will keep GOtv and DStv customers in Kenya entertained in the month of March, providing more value, while making offerings…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria’s NBC Kicks Off Broadcast Industry Reform Implementation

12 March 2020

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has kicked off the implementation of the broadcast industry reforms. The implementation of…


Investment

Govt plans to write off KES 40 bln Kenya Broadcasting Corporation loan

12 March 2020

The ministry of ICT is seeking cabinet approval to write off a Treasury-backed loan to Kenya Broadcasting Corporation estimated at more than KES 40 billion in principal and interest. ICT…


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People

12 March 2020

The SABC Will Carry on Playing Sjava’s Music Amid Rape Case The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the country's national TV and radio broadcaster, will not stop playing Sjava's music…


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Events

12 March 2020

  International Tourism Film Festival – Africa April 6 - 8 2020 African films will be on showcase at this year’s World Travel Market (WTM) – Africa, which is billed…