Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 276 16 November 2017

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African broadcast innovation using apps and social media to engage audiences and monetize online activity

16 November 2017

Africa’s broadcasters are facing a legion of challenges and need to find new ways to connect with their audiences to build loyalty. In a world awash with mobile internet and social media they need to be able find new ways of working that will change things. Russell Southwood looks at two African innovations – Fabrik and Volume News - that might help breed a better-connected broadcast media. Africa’s TV channels do not have the reach of radio or mobile, although it is probably the latter that poses the greater threat. Africans can sit on buses in the traffic listening to…

Broadcast

Mozambique war-time Western scoops top prize at Carthage

16 November 2017

TUNIS: The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival. “The Train of Salt and Sugar” by Licinio…


Broadcast

Showmax titles rack up 26 nominations at Kalasha Awards

16 November 2017

A 2018 Academy Awards contender, Kati Kati tells the story of Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga from Going Bongo and Nairobi Half Life), a young woman who finds herself in an afterlife…


Broadcast

LGBT film gets warm welcome at Tunisia festival

16 November 2017

A frank documentary about the lives of gay Tunisians received an enthusiastic welcome at a local film festival Friday despite homosexuality being a crime in the North African country. “It’s…


Broadcast

Ugandan movie wins award in London

16 November 2017

The movie RAIN won the best women’s rights film award at the London Eye International festival on Sunday. The awards which took place at the Terbanacle Theater in London were…


Broadcast

Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival couch session focuses on women in film

16 November 2017

The Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival took place on 27 to 29 October at various venues in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The festival, which was launched in October last year, offers youth…


Broadcast

SA takes home metal at international craft festival

16 November 2017

South African production and film talent recently took home a number of accolades at the leading international craft festival Ciclope, at the awards ceremony hosted in Berlin, Germany on 26…


Broadcast

'Call Me Thief' gains international recognition

16 November 2017

The film Call Me Thief or Noem My Skollie has made its UK premiere as part of London’s Film Africa Festival. The film’s Director Daryne Joshua was in the UK…


Broadcast

In brief

16 November 2017

Two students from Namibia have begun a film residency in Wales after winning a short film competition. Felicia Mutonga, 23, and Darryn February, 24, won a University of Namibia competition…


Content

Star studded SA musical film She is King to open nationwide on 1 December

16 November 2017

Starring Khabonina Qubeka, Khanyi Mbau, Gugu Zulu, Mandisa Nduna and Aubrey Poo, to name a few, ‘She is King’ is a joyous celebration of Zulu culture in a glossy contemporary…


Content

StarTimes Nigeria bagged the rights to broadcast Bundesliga matches Live

16 November 2017

StarTimes subscribers in Nigeria will keep enjoying live matches from the Bundesliga season as Borussia Dortmund slugs it out with Bayern Munich this weekend on StarTimes World football. Brands and…


Content

MultiChoice Ghana adds more local channels on DStv

16 November 2017

MultiChoice Ghana announced the addition of GHOne TV, UTV and TV Africa to the DStv platform this month. The addition of these three channels to their packages is aimed at…


Content

Zulu Wedding to open nationwide in February

16 November 2017

Zulu Wedding is the much-anticipated romantic comedy from producer and director, Lineo Sekeleoane. This is a first in South Africa when a black female producer and director, also created the…


Content

Black new entertainment platform launched in South Africa

16 November 2017

Joe Public United recently announced the launch of Black, a revolutionary entertainment offering. The new platform is a South African first, allowing users to rent, buy or subscribe to movies…


Content

In brief

16 November 2017

Four Kenyan movies and TV shows currently on Showmax received a whopping 26 nominations in the 2017 Kalasha International Film and TV Awards, announced by the Kenya Film Commission on…


Distribution

Kanal D International became the first Turkish company in the South Africa

16 November 2017

Kanal D’s riveting Turkish dramas have established a cult following across Africa – and now, the e.tv audience can get in on the action as the twists and turns come…


Distribution

Kwesé TV launches free channel Ezekiel TV in Zimbabwe

16 November 2017

Kwese TV, Pan African broadcaster, has added the Ezekiel TV channel produced by Zimbabwe Assemblies of God (ZAOGA) to its free-to-air line-up as one of five Kwesé Free TV channels…


Investment

These Young Liberians Are Building an Arthouse Movie Theater

16 November 2017

The students behind "Image of Liberia" Film Festival are building a new movie house in Monrovia. Before Liberia's two civil wars its capital city, Monrovia, had a lot more entertainment…


Investment

MultiChoice faces backlash over ANN7 payments

16 November 2017

MultiChoice has denied it signed a revision to an agreement with formerly Gupta-owned 24-hour news channel ANN7, in terms of which it would pay the channel R150 million/year. But the…


Regulation & Policy

Writers' Guild of SA becomes a full member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds

16 November 2017

After 8 years of lobbying, the Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) has finally secured its seat at the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG). On the 9th October 2017…


Regulation & Policy

TV show about gay teenager won't be broadcast on DStv in Africa

16 November 2017

Cape Town – In Africa's growing TV censorship problem Kenya has banned the Disney Channel's tween series Andi Mack, making it the latest TV series that MultiChoice says won't be…


Regulation & Policy

CNBC Africa Partners with International Media Intelligence Firm

16 November 2017

CNBC Africa has partnered with United States based Meltwater, a software company that develops and markets media monitoring and business intelligence. CNBC Africa has been at the forefront of bringing…


Technology & Convergence

Muchinga province in Zambia all set for DTT transition

16 November 2017

The Permanent Secretary of Muchinga, Bright Nundwe said, the province is ready to drift from analogue to digital due to the works on the modern television transmission site in Chinsali…


Technology & Convergence

VUBIQUITY to partner with Cell C in new VOD and linear entertainment service

16 November 2017

VUBIQUITY, a leading global provider of premium content and marketing services, has signed a three-year deal with South African Cellular Operator Cell C, to provide new and exclusive content and…


Technology & Convergence

Eros Now becomes first Indian OTT player with presence in South Africa

16 November 2017

Eros International Plc, a global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced Eros Now, its cutting-edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform will enter the South African…


Technology & Convergence

Breaking barriers – Hangman style

16 November 2017

Cell C, in partnership with Blink Pictures, has made broadcast history. Hangman, which debuted on South African television screens in early October, is a different beast from your average unscripted…


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People

16 November 2017

OnseTV appoints Simon Witbooi as head of channel The management of OnseTV is very pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Witbooi (aka Hemelbesem) to the position of, head of…


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Events

16 November 2017

This event section provides a selection of major events in the audiovisual sector related to Africa and black culture: conferences, seminars, film festivals, trade shows. To advertise your event on this…