Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 338 23 April 2020

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African broadcasting in a time of Covid-19 – Reports from the front line in Ghana, Kenya and Rwanda

23 April 2020

A month ago I wrote an article trying to anticipate the impact of Covid-19 on African broadcast. What follows is the first of a series of articles looking at how this impact is playing out, both during lockdown and, as in the case of Ghana, once it has been lifted. This week I have spoken to Abdulai Awudu, General Manager, Multi TV in Ghana, David Campbell, CEO, Mediae in Kenya and Eugene Nyagahene, CEO, Tele10 in Rwanda. TV production has been severely curtailed by the Covid-19 lockdown. In Kenya, none of the broadcasters are finding life easy at the moment…

Broadcast

Zambia: Govt Removes Prime TV From TopStar

23 April 2020

The Zambian government’s recent decision to remove Prime TV from the TopStar digital migration platform has reportedly been criticised by many media groups and opposition political parties among other stakeholders.…


Broadcast

South Africa: TV Ratings Hit A Record High During COVID-19 Lockdown

23 April 2020

South Africa’s national lockdown period to try and curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has given rise to some record TV ratings in the country with millions of viewers…


Broadcast

DISCOP launches two virtual markets in Africa

23 April 2020

The organizers of the signature DISCOP film and television content markets, Basic Lead, are deploying a new initiative to strengthen and expand business in sub-Saharan Africa from the comfort of…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Sued Over Inaccessible Information On COVID-19

23 April 2020

Three organisations that represent people who are deaf and visually impaired have sued the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) demanding to be provided with accurate information and updates on the coronavirus…


Broadcast

StarTimes Kenya Rolls Out Online App Recharge Platform

23 April 2020

In an effort to encourage its subscribers to avoid cash-handling as a result of the threats that are posed by the coronavirus outbreak, the pay-TV Company StarTimes Media has introduced…


Content - Film

“Breathtaking” Cape Town documentary wins prestigious international award

23 April 2020

After the prestigious World Press Photo Awards ceremony conducted online from Amsterdam on Thursday 16 April 2020, it was announced that SCENES FROM A DRY CITY, a short documentary film…


Content - Film

A must-watch this Freedom Day: Zupta documentary 'How To Steal A Country'

23 April 2020

The Guptagate documentary How To Steal A Country is now streaming first on Showmax, just in time for the Freedom Day long weekend, with early reviews calling it “An excellent…


Content - Film

Kayode Kasum premieres ‘Oga Bolaji’ on YouTube

23 April 2020

As the coronavirus lockdown persists in many parts of the world, filmmakers are screening their movies for free on online platforms like YouTube. A Nigerian filmmaker, Kayode Kasum, has also…


Content - Television

Second Edition of “NBA Africa Game Time” Hosted by Award Winning South African Music Artist Sho Madjozi Tips Off on Youtube

23 April 2020

What: The second edition of “NBA Africa Game Time” (https://bit.ly/3532Jjl) has tipped off on the NBA Africa YouTube channel (https://bit.ly/3cH9MRc). Every Wednesday starting today, April 22, South African music artist…


Content - Television

Gulli revamps its programming in Africa

23 April 2020

Gulli has boosted the programming on its channels in Africa in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Available in 25 French-speaking African countries and also via Canal+, Gulli Africa offers a…


Content - Television

Huawei Video launches in South Africa as the latest video streaming service, now looks to add local South African content.

23 April 2020

Huawei Video is the latest subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service that has launched in South Africa with the video streamer now offering 10 000 hours of content and 30 million short…


Content - Television

New Nollywood legal reality show to air in Nigeria

23 April 2020

New reality show ‘Judging Matters’ will showcase real life court cases and will have Ebuka Obi-Uchendu hitting the screens with some new dramatic content. The new show promises to showcase…


Content - Television

Comcast Ups Free Diversity Content as Pandemic Continues

23 April 2020

On April 7 Comcast Cable announced it is making on-demand programming from more than 12 entertainment networks and subscription video services available for free to its Xfinity X1 and Flex…


Content - Television

Canal+ launches new original series called Agent in Africa

23 April 2020

Canal+ has launched Agent, a new Canal+ original series in Africa. The new series is co-produced by Canal+ International and Cinebar Studio Ltd. Agent is a series about the unforgiving…


Content - Television

Showmax slashes its monthly subscription in Kenya

23 April 2020

Showmax has slashed its monthly subscription by up to 50 percent in Kenya. Customers will be using the service of M-Pesa to pay for the three months package at Sh2,250…


Content - Television

Popular Pantsula Dance Drama Series ‘Tjovitjo’ is Now Streaming on Netflix

23 April 2020

You can now stream 'Tjovitjo,' the popular South African drama series centered on pantsula dance, on Netflix. More than two years since its initial premiere, the popular South African drama…


Content - Television

In brief

23 April 2020

The official Phuma (Bad Self) music video premieres on Friday 24 April, since it's release the track will have enjoyed a constant presence on Spotify’s official Afro Indie & Discover…


Distribution

CMG signs key European partners on ‘Panda Bear In Africa’ (exclusive)

23 April 2020

Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) has closed key deals with European partners on Panda Bear In Africa following an appearance at Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, France. Le Pacte will…


Distribution

In brief

23 April 2020

The Nollywood Week team in Paris have postponed it with the following message:” Regretfully but with full responsibility, we made the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of Nollywood Week.…


Technology & Convergence

Netflix forced to reduce streaming bitrate in Africa during the Covid19 crisis

23 April 2020

The streaming service aims to reduce the use of bandwidth by 25% until the end of April. With people working from home and schools closed the networks experience a much…


Investment

MultiChoice investing R4.5 million in three local community TV stations

23 April 2020

MultiChoice has announced a sizeable investment that it is making in three local community TV stations. The firm explained that it will be giving R1.5 million each to Bay TV…


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People

23 April 2020

Africa: Pan-African Filmmaker Sarah Maldoror Dies in Paris From COVID-19 Complications Sarah Maldoror, a pioneer of PanAfrican cinema and lifelong activist , died in Paris at the age of 91…


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Opportunities

23 April 2020

EAC dangles $25,000 prize money for youth short video In a bid to creatively engage youthful East Africans on issues of integration, the East African Community (EAC), on Wednesday marked…