Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 339 6 May 2020

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A24 Media launches Yebo VoD service focused on history, biography and African discovery – mobile deals in the offing

6 May 2020

VoD may provide an ideal route for more niche content interests but the road is not always an easy one. Two weeks ago pan-African TV content producer A24 Media launched its Yebo platform focused on history, biography and African discovery. Russell Southwood spoke to Asif Sheikh, A24’s CEO about his ambitions for the platform. According to Sheikh, A24 Media has been building up African content and its VoD platform is a pivot to a channel that can deliver audiences for its content:”The original idea was to do a TV channel when the DTT migration happened. But it was clear that…

Broadcast

‘More TV, Movies And Series’ – new survey during lockdown of Francophone Africa

6 May 2020

Nine out of 10 Africans, which is 89% of the population, watched more television in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa during lockdown, says new study Here’s another study that throws more light…


Broadcast

Eutelsat Secures Multi-Year Contract With RCS Ghana

6 May 2020

Eutelsat has announced that it has secured a multi-year contract with RCS Ghana to deliver capacity for the broadcasting of its DTH bouquet bringing content.   RCS will use the…


Broadcast

South Africa’s Popular TV Series Run Low On New Episodes Amid Lockdown

6 May 2020

Two of South Africa’s most popular TV series, Uzalo and Isibaya are the first daily dramas in the country to run out of episodes due to the current national lockdown.…


Broadcast

100,000 South Africans sign Petition For DStv To Cut Prices

6 May 2020

More than 100,000 South Africans have reportedly signed an online petition calling for MultiChoice’s DStv to decrease its prices – as it has done in other countries across Africa –…


Broadcast

South Africa: Film And TV Industry Back At Work Amid COVID-19 – Under Strict Rules

6 May 2020

South Africa's film and TV sector got the approval to reopen, but as cameras start rolling, it won't be business as usual. After the country's film and TV industry were…


Broadcast

DStv Under Fire Across Africa Over ‘Ancient Content’ Repeats

6 May 2020

The pay-TV operator, Multichoice has come under fire in Africa over’ ancient content’ and repeats of broadcasts on DStv’s channels.   In South Africa, a petition on change.org has been…


Broadcast

All the SAFTAs 14 winners

6 May 2020

The 14th South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) ceremony was held on social media platform, across Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in an effort to still honour the South African…


Broadcast

Ezekiel Mutua Wins Court Battle Against Award-Winning Producer

6 May 2020

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Wednesday, April 29, won a court battle against Wanuri Kahiu, the producer of the award-winning film, Rafiki, who had challenged the ban of…


Broadcast

In brief

6 May 2020

Multichoice Zimbabwe has announced a price increase coming into effect on the 1st of June 2020. The media company has blamed the increase on the 14.5% VAT charge but makes…


Content - Film

Huge SAFTA win for wildlife crime thriller STROOP!

6 May 2020

The South African wildlife crime documentary STROOP - journey into the rhino horn war, by director Susan Scott and television presenter Bonné de Bod, won the award for Best Natural…


Content - Film

SA’s 'Moffie' opens to rave reviews as it hits UK streaming service

6 May 2020

After its successful and much-praised digital release in South Africa, Moffie, has just been released for streaming on Curzon Home Cinema in the UK, where it has been met with…


Content - Film

Moroccan Film "Myopia" Wins Award in Virtual Canadian Film Festival

6 May 2020

Rabat – The feature film “Myopia” by Moroccan filmmaker Sanaa Akroud has won one award and one honorable mention at the 36th “Vues d’Afrique” (Views of Africa) film festival. The…


Content - Film

Lekan Olaleye Speaks On New Film

6 May 2020

Lekan Olaleye's production company, Kingkong Productions, in partnership with Dan Akinlolu Films, is set to release their ultra-modern Yoruba flick, "Boju Boju". With the production recently wrapped up in South…


Content - Television

Netflix Rolls Out ‘Made In Africa’ Collection

6 May 2020

Netflix has announced the introduction of its ‘Made in Africa’ collection - a carefully curated list of African films, documentaries and films - to celebrate Africa Month and also to…


Content - Television

Catch Cut-Out Girls on DStv Box Office

6 May 2020

Among the best local films to watch from the comfort of your lounge on DStv’s BoxOffice is Cut-Out Girls, an important message movie from writer-director, Nicola Hanekom and actor-producer, Grant…


Content - Television

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NETFLIX AFRICAN ORIGINAL, BLOOD & WATER, PREMIERES MAY 20TH 2020

6 May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May marks the start of a new chapter in African storytelling on Netflix. The streaming service will debut its first and highly-anticipated Young-Adult, African Original series, Blood &…


Content - Television

Netflix is renewing Queen Sono for a second season in a strong sign for more African productions

6 May 2020

Queen Sono, Netflix’s first script-to-screen African original production, is being renewed for a second season based on the success of the first season.   The spy drama led by South…


Content - Television

South Africa: SABC’s Full-Time Education Channel Goes Live

6 May 2020

As of today, 4 May 2020, an exclusive SABC channel dedicated only to educational content will go live.   According to a statement issued by the national broadcaster, the SABC…


Content - Television

Ramadan: StarTimes Introduces ‘Ibadah TV’ For Muslim Viewers

6 May 2020

StarTimes, leading digital pay TV company in Africa, has announced the addition of 24-hours Islamic pop-up channel for the delight of television viewers this Ramadan.   The month of Ramadan…


Content - Television

Netflix Announces Its Next African Original - South African Dance Drama JIVA!

6 May 2020

Netflix has announced that it has commissioned yet another South African original drama series, JIVA! as part of its growing offering of Netflix African originals. The series follows the dance…


Content - Television

Canal + regroups African personalities for the Africa at Home concert “Together against the Corona”

6 May 2020

In this situation of unprecedented global health emergency, Canal +, A + and Universal Music Africa engage together in the fight led by the World Health Organization against the Coronavirus…


Content - Television

Netflix to premiere second African original series ‘Blood & Water’

6 May 2020

The streaming giant, Netflix is cashing in on a confined home audience, even in Africa with the lockdown around the world. By offering more international content on its platform, Netflix…


Content - Television

In brief

6 May 2020

E-Vision, a subsidiary of Etisalat Group, has announced its strategic partnership with Egyptian operator Etisalat Misr to launch ‘Etisalat TV’. Etisalat TV is an OTT video streaming app that allows…


Distribution

WarnerMedia and StarTimes ink new agreement to distribute Warner TV and CNN International brands in Francophone Africa

6 May 2020

WarnerMedia continues its deployment in French-speaking Africa with the launch of two of its reference brands with the digital television operator StarTimes in Burundi, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo,…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA extends deadline for community broadcasting licences

6 May 2020

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has resolved to extend the submission deadline for pre-registrations for applications for class community sound broadcasting service and radio frequency spectrum licences…


Investment

South African Drama ‘Chain of Voices’ Gets Financing (Exclusive)

6 May 2020

In today’s film news roundup, South African drama “A Chain of Voices” gets financing, Korean drama “Yourself and Yours” gets a home and “Hope Gap” is coming to digital a…


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People

6 May 2020

Shady Habash - Egyptian director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail A young Egyptian film-maker imprisoned for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has…


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The Kenyan Film Commission call for funding applications is open

6 May 2020

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) would like to commend the industry for the good quality of productions that they have continued to produce and invite applicants to submit for Production…