Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 342 18 June 2020

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Ethiopia’s liberalized broadcast market under pressure – audiences increase with Covid-19 but advertising down and there will be more casualties

18 June 2020

Ethiopia has put in place a relatively light touch set of emergency responses to Covid-19, including banning public events and closing schools. UNECA estimates that the impact of the virus will shave 2.9% of the country’s economic growth in 2020. Russell Southwood looks at the latest market research data to try and work out what’s going on. Ethiopia liberalized its broadcast sector in 2019. There are now nearly 20 local channels, most delivered by satellite, which is the dominant mode of delivery. Three channels – FANA, Walta and ETV have all picked up reach and market share over the last…

Broadcast

DISCOP SELECTS VUULR TO POWER NEW DIGITAL PLATFORM

18 June 2020

DISCOP, Africa’s most prominent Film and TV content Market has selected VUULR, the world’s leading B2B Content Rights Marketplace, to provide its technology to power DISCOP CLUB a brand new…


Broadcast

How Covid-19 Changed Everything for Annecy Competition Feature ‘Jungle Beat’

18 June 2020

How Covid-19 Changed Everything for Annecy Competition Feature ‘Jungle Beat’ Sandcastle Studios’ “Jungle Beat: The Movie,” produced in collaboration with South Africa’s Sunrise Productions, had big theatrical plans for its…


Broadcast

SABC: Massive Staff Lay-Off May Be Necessary As Part Of New Operating Model

18 June 2020

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is said to be planning to shed hundreds of 'unnecessary costs' from it employee payroll soon - in-line with the dictates of its new…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Says Sports Rights Exclusivity To Cease

18 June 2020

The Nigerian broadcast industry regulator - National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has made it clear it will be seeking to break the decades-old monopolistic sports broadcast rights structure in Nigeria. The…


Broadcast

Netflix Signs Original Content Deal With Nigerian Producer, Mo Abudu

18 June 2020

Seasoned Nigerian producer - Ms Mo Abudu - has announced she has a content production deal with the mega streaming platform Netflix. As part of their agreement, Mo Abudu is…


Broadcast

Durban Film Fest goes virtual

18 June 2020

THE Durban International Film Festival will be going virtual for the first time in its 41-year history due to the Coronavirus pandemic. DIFF will be held over 10 days from…


Broadcast

Hit by blackouts and economy, 92 000 Zimbabweans switch off DStv

18 June 2020

Multichoice lost 92,000 subscribers in Zimbabwe over the past year, 41% of its total subscriber base in the country, as hard-up consumers ditched pay TV. In its first results since…


Broadcast

In brief

18 June 2020

According to African Business Magazine, among the most admired media brands in the African market are: 1 BBC UK, 2 DStv South Africa, 3 CNN USA, 4 Al Jazeera Qatar,…


Content - Film

Works of Congolese, Egyptian directors feature at Cannes 2020

18 June 2020

There will be no African film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival according to organizers. In the midst of the fight against the coronavirus, the annual meeting of world cinema…


Content - Film

Watch Rehad Desai's Everything Must Fall as part of IOL's Youth Day Mini Film Festival

18 June 2020

Rehad Desai is well-known for his hard-hitting documentaries on South Africa's hot button issues, including Miners Shot Down about the Marikana massacre and the recently released How to Steal a…


Content - Television

'Trackers', Original Series From M-Net Goes On HBO Cinemax

18 June 2020

According to an insider report, 'Trackers', an original M-Net show will go global when it debuts on America's HBO Cinemax global broadcast channel. 'Trackers' is the M-Net's big-budget show adapted…


Content - Television

StarTimes to add ‘Melody d’Afrique’ to its bouquet in DRC

18 June 2020

StarTimes has announced the launch of, ‘Melody d’Afrique’ on its bouquet. The channel has been available on Canal+ in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2019.   The promoters of…


Content - Television

Oprah Winfrey special will air on Discovery Channel & TLC in MENA

18 June 2020

Oprah Winfrey Network will host two-night special ‘Oprah Winfrey presents: Where do we go from here? Viewers in the Middle East region can tune in on Discovery Channel or TLC…


Content - Television

Netflix and Cinemax Go to South Africa for Real

18 June 2020

The teenage mystery-melodrama “Blood & Water” and the spy thriller “Trackers” use local studios and actors to tell local, if easily translatable, stories. Thapelo Mokoena in “Trackers,” a new South…


Content - Television

Showmax to add brand new content to its line-up

18 June 2020

Adult Swim on Showmax has added new seasons of ‘Robot Chicken’ and ‘Mr Pickles’ to its entertainment portfolio.   Season 9 and 10 of ‘Robot Chicken’ will be available exclusively…


Content - Television

Pride Month: six African LGBTIAQ+ series and movies to stream on Showmax

18 June 2020

RAFIKI "Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena (Samantha Mugatsia, who won Best Actress at Carthage 2018 and FESPACO 2019 for the role) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) long…


Content - Television

In brief

18 June 2020

MultiChoice Nigeria aired uLesson, a new educational content to assist young minds engaged on DStv and GOtv while schools are still closed due to COVID-19. The new programme started at…


Distribution

Wizart closes deals with UK, India and Africa for two animated feature films

18 June 2020

Russian toon house Wizart Animation has closed deals for the U.K., India, and across the African continent for two of its feature film franchises. The deals were announced during the…


Technology & Convergence

Online offerings gain ground in battle for subscribers in Zimbabwe

18 June 2020

From Zimbabwe, power outages and complaints over programming have cost MultiChoice subscribers and industry research suggests consumers are increasingly tuning into online alternatives including YouTube and Netflix.   MultiChoice stated…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice to offer Netflix and Amazon through its new decoder

18 June 2020

MultiChoice Group Ltd signed deals with Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc to offer their streaming services through its new decoder, a move intended to help Africa’s largest pay-TV company retain…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: New Broadcasting Code Could Risks Further Investment In Content

18 June 2020

According to the Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper, some content distribution platforms in Nigeria are unhappy with the new national broadcasting code.   Global players such as Netflix and Amazon, as well…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator Decries ‘Unwholesome Free Satellite Transmissions

18 June 2020

In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (the agency that regulates its broadcast media industry) has issued a warning against unwholesome free satellite transmission in the country. According to a statement,…


Investment

eMedia Investments' satellite TV service Openview suddenly loses all TV channels without any explanation.

18 June 2020

Openview's TV channels suddenly all went off-air on Friday in an as-yet-unexplained problem and flickered back later on Friday afternoon.   e.tv has so far not responded to a media…


Investment

In brief

18 June 2020

MultiChoice Group, operator of African pay-TV service DStv, reported 38 percent growth in core headline earnings to ZAR 2.5 billion for the year ended 31 March. Free cash flow increased…


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People

18 June 2020

Pete Edochie honoured with African Film Legend award at TAFF 2020 Film Legend award at TAFF 2020 Pete Edochie By BENJAMIN NJOKU Legendary actor and producer, Pete Edochie, who turned…


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Opportunities

18 June 2020

AFRICAN WOMEN IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 SHORT FILM COMPETITION: MEET THE JURY The recently announced Ladima Foundation short-film competition aimed at African women during the world-altering Covid-19 pandemic and…