Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 256 – 10 February 2017

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Rwanda’s Tele10 remodels its VoD platform as a “white label” for mobile operators with local content

10 February 2017

Getting the right business formula for a VoD platform in Africa is tough. It’s a new market and nobody really knows yet what will work. Tele10’s CEO Eugene Nyagahene has had to rethink how its sells its Watch Africa TV service. This week he talked to Russell Southwood about how he has changed it. The Watch Africa TV VoD platform, was launched in Kenya at the end of 2015:”We lost money in Kenya because our package was US$25 a month because of (the international partner) we were working with. We couldn’t make it a game changer. When Netflix came in,…

Broadcast

Globecast provides complete contribution and distribution services for the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2017 in Gabon

10 February 2017

PARIS — 7th Feb 2017— From 14th January to 5th February, Globecast, ensured the successful international coverage of the 31st Total African Cup of Nations 2017 from Gabon. Globecast provided…


Broadcast

Zee World celebrates its second anniversary

10 February 2017

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced the successful completion of two years of Zee World, the first English-dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. The channel was launched on DStv 166…


Broadcast

M-Net seals deal with STUDIOCANAL to bring series in Africa

10 February 2017

M-Net, the subscription-based television channel broadcast in South Africa, has signed an agreement with STUDIOCANAL, the French film production and distribution company and a unit of Canal+ Group. M-Net will…


Broadcast

Winnie wins Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival

10 February 2017

The Sundance Film Festival (USA) announced this weekend that Pascale Lamche won Best Director: World Cinema Documentary Competition for Winnie, her film about the South African political icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…


Broadcast

Q&A with director of short film on The Black Mambas anti-poaching unit in South Africa

10 February 2017

Mongabay spoke with Dan Sadgrove about the impetus for his film “The Rhino Guardians,” his experience going on patrol with The Black Mambas, and why the film is about much…


Content

Multichoice clarifies reason to move Big Brother Naija to South Africa

10 February 2017

MultiChoice Nigeria has clarified its decision to move the Big Brother Nigeria house and film season two of the show in South Africa, which was met with a barrage of…


Content

Okuhle Media begins production on Sarah Graham’s Food Safari Season 2

10 February 2017

Cape Town - Leading local production company, Okuhle Media, is halfway through the filming of a consecutive second of Food Safari, featuring local food writer and TV host, Sarah Graham.…


Content

Script2Screen Africa '17 Debuts With Film Making Reality TV Show

10 February 2017

The Script2Screen Africa has launched its film making and acting reality TV show in Nigeria with the theme: "Film as a catalyst for revolution." Addressing journalists in Lagos on Wednesday,…


Content

SA filmed Blade Runner short tribute film now on You Tube

10 February 2017

Five years ago South African-born writer/director Christopher Grant Harvey began production on a short film Tears in the Rain. Set in the world of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel Do…


Content

Pan-African Multi-Platform Network IrokoX Signs Exclusive Partnership with Award-Winning Producers MTA Interactive

10 February 2017

IrokoX, the pan-African Multi-Platform Network (MPN), has signed a one-year exclusive partnership deal with MTA Productions, the award-winning TV producers of Pan African hit TV show, “Meet the Adebanjos.” Planned…


Content

Tess features original score and song by Grammy award winning composer Christopher Tin and local compose Ebrahim Mallum

10 February 2017

The feature film Tess, which goes on circuit on 24 February 2017, features an original score and theme song composed by the two-times Grammy Award winning composer and producer Christopher…


Content

Starsat beaming more local channels

10 February 2017

People in the country will now have a wider choice of viewing local content, thanks to Starsat Malawi for introducing three more channels on their decoders. StarSat offices in NICO…


Content

AREWA24 launches new sports division, branded as “A24 SPORTS”

10 February 2017

February 7, 2017 –AREWA24, the 24/7 all-Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle satellite TV channel, production studio and media company, announces the launch of a new programming division, “A24 Sports.” Since…


Content

Middle East and North Africa Digital TV Forecasts 2016-2021 - Legitimate Pay TV Operators are Increasingly Relying on Exclusive Content Rights to Gain Subscribers

10 February 2017

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Digital TV Middle East and North Africa Forecasts" report to their offering. Legitimate pay TV operators in the Middle East and…


Content

SPI/Filmbox Channels soon in Liberia

10 February 2017

SPI International/Filmbox Channels Group, the international TV operator, is all in for the launch of nine networks on a new IPTV service which will be operated by K3 Telecom in…


Content

In brief

10 February 2017

Africa Magic Films in collaboration with Golden Effects Pictures present a beautiful and emotional drama, ROTI. SYNOPSIS The psychological limits and endurance of a couple are stretched after the wife,…


Distribution

Zee TV to premiere its Bollymovies and Bollynova channels Kwese TV

10 February 2017

Zee TV Africa continues to make inroads into the continent with the launch of two new channels Zee Bollynova and Zee Bollymovies which will broadcast on Africa’s new pay TV…


Distribution

AfriDocs NOW on BET!

10 February 2017

BET (DStv channel 129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal…


Distribution

Kwesé TV starts African DTH service rollout

10 February 2017

KweseLifestyleImage2Kwesé TV, a new satellite-delivered pay TV service for Africa, has launched in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, marking the first stage of a phased rollout across the continent. Viewers in…


Investment

Zimbabwe seeks USD 125 mln to complete digitalisation

10 February 2017

Zimbabwe’s government is seeking for USD 125 million for the completion of its long overdue digital migration programme, reports ITNewsafrica. The programme, which is 25 percent to complete, has been…


Regulation & Policy

Set-top box dispute goes to arbitration

10 February 2017

Two black-owned set-top box manufacturers are headed to formal arbitration proceedings and possibly to court after the government agency responsible for procuring decoders for South Africa s digital television migration…


Technology & Convergence

Virtual Reality Africa at Berlinale Africa Hub

10 February 2017

Electric South and the Goethe-Institut present New Dimensions Virtual Reality Africa, a selection of Virtual Reality (VR) productions from Kenya, Senegal and Ghana. Each of these works offers a view…


Technology & Convergence

Pretoria joins the 4DX revolution

10 February 2017

Due to overwhelming public demand, Nu Metro can now confirm that Gauteng s second 4DX cinema will open its doors to public at Nu Metro Menlyn Park in Pretoria from…


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Opportunities

10 February 2017

Jozi Film Festival Call for Submissions All New Jozi Film Festival Award is calling for feature films, short fiction films, documentaries (both short and long) as well as student films,…


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People

10 February 2017

Lions Innovation 2017 jury presidents announced Lions Innovation, now in its third year, today announced the presidents for 2017. Innovation jury president, Susan Lyne, president and managing partner, BBG Ventures,…


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Events

10 February 2017

Introduction: Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge…