Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 259 – 24 March 2017

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Africa Zapping – A pin-sharp Francophone news round-up format crying out for an English-language version

24 March 2017

Every now and then you see a really neat programme format and Cote Ouest’s Africa Zapping is one of them. It’s a fast-moving, best-of news extracts that really gives a feel for what’s happening around the Francophone part of this incredibly diverse continent. To describe Africa Zapping as a news review of African television is to under-describe it. It simply takes short clips from different African countries (identified only by a small map in one corner of the screen) and runs them without commentary. There’s everything from the sexual needs of women to an argument over how women should dress…

Broadcast

Startimes launches digital TV sets in Kenya

24 March 2017

Pay Television Company StarTimes Media (Kenya) has announced the roll out of a new business unit, marking the entry of the StarTimes digital television sets in the Kenyan market. The move…


Broadcast

Full List of Winners at SAFTA's 2017

24 March 2017

South African film and TV stars were celebrated and honoured at the 11th annual Saftas ceremony held at Sun City. The ceremony was hosted by Katlego Maboe and Thando Thabethe.…


Broadcast

Africa Shines At Inaugural Francophone Film Festival

24 March 2017

One would think the inaugural Francophone Film festival Kampala would be just about Europe, and France in particular, but the festival ended up a West African francophone countries' affair. Showcasing…


Broadcast

'Trophy' film tackles African hunting and conservation

24 March 2017

The new documentary Trophy opens in a sprawling corner of South Africa run by John Hume, who is praised by some as protecting the continent's rhinos from extinction and vilified…


Broadcast

Classics in the Park celebrates Ghana at 60 with Kwaw Ansah

24 March 2017

Africa Film Society's free outdoor film showcase 'Classics In The Park' will feature legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker, Kwaw Ansah for its 7th Edition. Slated for March 25th, 6pm at Akola Boni…


Broadcast

Diamond TV in Zambia launched on GOtv

24 March 2017

Formerly known as Mobi Television, Diamond TV was launched on GOtv platform where it can be accessed on Channel 99 in Zambia. The announcement was made by Costa Mwansa, the…


Content

Tope Oshin’s brand new romantic thriller Evol premieres on Africa Magic

24 March 2017

After having sex the very first day they meet- two strangers decide to explore the possibilities of a relationship. ‘Evol,’ a brand new romantic thriller by award-winning filmmaker, Tope Oshin’s…


Content

Kyle Lewis’s epic Nasty C music video featured on Apple Music internationally

24 March 2017

Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed Bad Hair, Nasty C’s epic 14-minute music video that topped the Apple Music video charts in South Africa for the week of its release. Apple…


Content

Top 20 Highest Grossing Nigerian Films – As The Wedding Party drives Nollywood to New Heights

24 March 2017

The Nigerian Film industry popularly known as ‘Nollywood’ has taken another step towards becoming one of the world’s most important film industry’s, with ‘The Wedding Party’ a Romantic Comedy starring…


Content

Sunu wins Branded Content Gold at Bookmarks

24 March 2017

Egg Fllms’ Sunu directed Absolut’s One Source campaign with Khuli Chana, which won the only Gold in the Branded Content category at the 2017 Bookmarks, South Africa’s premier digital awards.…


Content

Brent Owens: Extreme Authentic & Unwrapped Oxyg3n Media produced series starts Tuesday, March 28 on Discovery

24 March 2017

Brent Owens: Extreme Authentic & Unwrapped, a 13 x 24 minute series, created and produced by South African content creation company, Oxyg3n Media, will premiere on Discovery (DStv 121) on…


Content

“Dorothy & The Wizard of Oz” and “Wacky Races” Headed for Boomerang Africa

24 March 2017

Latest original content from Warner Bros. Animation – Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and all-new Wacky Races – will premiere in Africa on Boomerang from October 2017. [Johannesburg, SA]:…


Content

In brief

24 March 2017

The critically-acclaimed ‘Dora’s Peace’ has been selected for the Boston and Beijing International Film Festivals in April. Directed by Konstandino Kalarytis from a screenplay by Andrew Herold, Dora’s Peace is…


Distribution

Honeymoon will soon be over for Netflix in SA

24 March 2017

Netflix has not given its content to the Film and Publication Board for classification, nor has it paid a R795 000 licensing fee for online distribution. However, the honeymoon will…


Investment

Ster-Kinekor pledges more support to film industry

24 March 2017

Ster-Kinekor, the cinema chain, has reiterated its commitment to support the local film industry and the development of exciting young talent therein. It sponsored the Young Achiever Award at the…


Regulation & Policy

SABC faces collapse

24 March 2017

The SABC is in chaos, with the finances of the state broadcaster in such disarray that a halt has been called to producing new TV shows and staff members fear…


Technology & Convergence

ABS Broadcast Partners with Kenya's Leading Television Group...

24 March 2017

Radio Africa came to ABS Broadcast for a cost effective solution to downlink, transcode and deliver sports content that they had acquired from leading international rights company MP & Silva.…


Technology & Convergence

Burkina Faso: Canal + opens solar powered cinema and has plans to open 50 more in Francophone countries

24 March 2017

A new cinema inaugurated in February in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou also makes use of solar energy. The Canal Olympia Yennenga cinema, which can seat up to 300 people, will…


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People

24 March 2017

Euronews: Myriam Vergne appointed VP Sales EMEA As part of the Euronews NEXT strategy, Myriam Vergne joins the team of Carolyn Gibson, Chief Revenue officer, as VP Sales EMEA. Lyon,…


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Events

24 March 2017

To advertise your event on this section, please contact us. You can also rent a banner space. Introduction: Which events to attend in 2017? Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film…