Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 272 21 September 2017

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Globecast South Africa has created its own VoD platform – Clients use it to create new content business models

21 September 2017

Faced with the high cost of international platforms, Globecast South Africa decised to create its own VoD/SVoD platform to offer to its clients. Russell Southwood spoke to Alan Hird, CEO, Globecast South Africa about why it chose to do this and how its clients are using it. Q:Why did Globecast South Africa create its own SVoD/VoD platform? A: We did it for a number of reasons. We see it as the future, or at least a key part of the future, and we want to provide our clients access to a platform that can help future-proof their business. We have…

Broadcast

Sudan’s ‘A Kasha’ Wins Two Prizes at Venice Film Festival’s Final Cut Workshop

21 September 2017

VENICE, Italy – Sudanese director’s Hajooj Kuka’s “A Kasha,” an offbeat romancer set against the backdrop of Sudan’s civil war, has emerged as the standout title at this year’s Final…


Broadcast

Africa in Motion announces finalists for short film competition

21 September 2017

Africa in Motion Film Festival is delighted to announce the final short lists of its annual Short Film Competition. The short films will be screened on Monday 30 October 2017…


Broadcast

Cape Town Film Market and Festival – Developing the industry and celebrating film

21 September 2017

The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 12th – 21st 2017 at the V & A Waterfront, with 10 days of film screenings at…


Broadcast

Nollywood the world's second largest film industry lands in Toronto

21 September 2017

Inaugural Nigerian festival lines up a dozen flicks from Nigerian-Canadian producers in an effort to introduce African cinema to a North American audience. Right in the thick of the Toronto…


Broadcast

Akin Omotoso’s Award-Winning Feature Vaya goes on limited release for Oscar qualifying run

21 September 2017

Akin Omotoso’s award-winning feature film examining the lives of a group of strangers who arrive in cosmopolitan Johannesburg to fulfil various personal missions, goes on limited release at Cinema Nouveau,…


Broadcast

Five Fingers for Marseilles Oscar Qualifying Screening in Cape Town

21 September 2017

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley in Cape Town. This…


Broadcast

Moroccan film ‘Razzia’ Shortlisted in Oscar 2018 Best Foreign Movie Pre-selection

21 September 2017

Two years after his much-heralded prostitute drama “Much Loved” was banned in his home country, Moroccan auteur Nabil Ayouch made it to the pre-selection of Oscar 2018 in the Best…


Broadcast

Inexba’s Oscar Qualifying screenings in Joburg and Cape Town

21 September 2017

Multi-award-winning South African film ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound), a powerful and complex tale of closeted sexuality, will screen for seven days at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, and at the…


Broadcast

Film fest at Labia touches on addiction

21 September 2017

The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival returns for its fifth year, continuing its focus on films about addiction and mental health. The festival is taking place at the Labia in…


Content

BBC Worldwide inks first content sales deal with Kwese TV

21 September 2017

BBC Worldwide announced recently that it has concluded its first content sales deal with new pan-African broadcast network Kwes TV, a subsidiary of Econet Media. The mixed-genre package, which has…


Content

Triggerfish, CAKE partner on 'Mama K's Super 4' animated series

21 September 2017

Leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE has announced its partnership with South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios to co-produce comedy action series Mama K’s Super 4. Triggerfish, whose credits include features Adventures…


Content

My Wife And I Goes To Ghana And South Africa

21 September 2017

After a record breaking sales in Nigeria, Bunmi Ajakaiye’s first feature film, My Wife and I is set to be released in South Africa and Ghana on the 15th Of…


Content

Toya Delazy one of 15 people to voice new Powerpuff Girl

21 September 2017

Cape Town – South African artist Toya Delazy will be the voice of the 4th Powerpuff Girl in Cartoon Network's reboot of the animation show – but only for South…


Content

Free broadcast-quality video - South Africa: A new programme in support of vulnerable women and children launched in Botshabelo

21 September 2017

BOTSHABELO, South Africa, September 15, 2017/ -- A pilot programme for the support of vulnerable women and children has been launched on Friday 15 September in Botshabelo, the second largest…


Distribution

Econet Media partners with Netflix and Roku

21 September 2017

Econet Media’s Kwese TV announced the launch of a long-term partnership with Netflix or the sub-Saharan Africa region. This move leverages Kwese’s pan-Africa reach to facilitate consumers to enjoy Netflix.…


Distribution

Owners of Malawi Kung fu film disowns Chapeyama

21 September 2017

Producers of the 82 minutes Malawian locally produced kung fu movie have disowned Saidi Rashiz Chapeyama who uploaded the film on social media and later claimed ownership of the production.…


Distribution

Turkish Channel NATURAL TV Reaches West-African Audience with SES Video

21 September 2017

NATURAL TV, a Turkish channel featuring health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African audience thanks to SES Video’s broadcasting services.   Under the new…


Investment

Actis and Genesis Group unveil premier cinema in Douala

21 September 2017

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, and Genesis Group have signed an agreement to bring the premier cinema to Douala in Cameroon. The five screened cinema will add to the…


Investment

Africa aims to grow its film industry

21 September 2017

Africa has set up an ambitious program to grow the continent's film industry from 5 billion US dollars to 20 billion US dollars, with the potential to create at least…


Investment

A Hollywood take on local talent

21 September 2017

Cape Town - South Africa is world-renowned for its wines, so it’s no surprise that big-shot Hollywood film executive producer Dexter Davis, the chief executive of D Street Media, settles…


Regulation & Policy

SABC wants R3bn bailout

21 September 2017

The beleaguered South African public broadcaster urgently wants a massive R3bn bailout to keep it from collapse, more than double its last government bailout of R1.47bn in 2009. Parliament’s standing…


Regulation & Policy

The tax exemption in respect of films in South Africa

21 September 2017

“From the beginning of the production stage to the actual editing of the final film and exhibition, the industry contributes to the economy, revenue, job creation and economic activity.” The…


Regulation & Policy

Filmmakers discuss ‘The Africa We Want’ AU Agenda

21 September 2017

Filmmakers, government representatives and stakeholders from across the continent converged in Nairobi seeking to discuss how the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – “The Africa We Want’’ – can be reflected…


Regulation & Policy

CMF unveils Canada-South Africa co-development incentive

21 September 2017

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) have inked an agreement to establish a dedicated incentive for the co- development of audiovisual projects…


Technology & Convergence

The Africa Channel Sets Launch of Subscription VOD Service

21 September 2017

The Africa Channel is the latest to get into the internet subscription-video game: The cable programmer will launch its new streaming video service, Demand Africa, on Oct. 1. At launch,…


Technology & Convergence

Inview is to provide middleware for the DSO in Ethiopia

21 September 2017

Inview Technology announced that it has been selected by Set-Top Box manufacturers (Tana and Hi-Tech) and endorsed by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Authority (EBA) to be the sole middleware provider for…


Technology & Convergence

In brief

21 September 2017

Chinese company StarTimes Group has begun negotiations with Sao Tome and Principe aimed at converting the country's TV and radio broadcasting from analogue to digital, reports Macauhub.


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People

21 September 2017

Ama K triumphs as Best Actress at NIFF  Ama K. Abebrese has been crowned Best Actress at the 2017 Newark International Film Festival (NIFF) which came off in New Jersey,…


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Opportunities

21 September 2017

AAN partners with Turner for DISCOP Johannesburg & FupiToons Festival & Revised Submission Deadline- 22 September! The organisers of FupiToons Festival have decided to move the deadline for submissions forward.…


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Events

21 September 2017

Uganda: Bayimba fest celebrates 10 years A large contingent of arts and music fans are expected in Uganda’s capital Kampala from 22 to 24 September as Bayimba International Arts Festival…