Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 263 – 18th May 2017

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Nollywood: Filmhouse follows up biggest grossing film ever with The Wedding Party: Part 2 – Destination Dubai, also five other new films

18 May 2017

Nigeria’s Filmhouse Cinemas and Film One Distribution have quietly built themselves a significant audience in their cinemas by giving them something slightly better than run-of-the-mill Nollywood films. Released late last year, their Rom-Com The Wedding Party has already become the biggest box office hit in terms of gross revenues. Russell Southwood spoke to Moses Bapatope, Group Executive Director, Filmhouse Cinemas and Film One Distribution and Production and Executive Producer, The Wedding Party The man who executive produced The Wedding Party started life as a student working for the UK cinema chain, Odeon Cinemas. He worked his way up to become…

Broadcast

Cannes: South Africa Brings Crowd-Pleasing Pics to the Market

18 May 2017

“The South African showcase is a display of our country’s offering to the world and is evidence of the potential we have as a country to be valuable contributors to…


Broadcast

Ghana film(s) for the Oscar - A difficult venture!

18 May 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture And Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the most prestigious and highly-revered film awards in the world, also known as the Oscar, is set to give Ghana…


Broadcast

Encounters, Africa’s Premier Documentary Festival announces its 2017 film line-up

18 May 2017

From Oscar- nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Sundance winner Winnie and Nick Broomfield’s brutally realistic film of Whitney Houston - Whitney: Can I Be Me - these are…


Broadcast

Vibrant young cast shine in new feature film Nul is Nie Niks Nie’

18 May 2017

‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’, a heart-warming and darkly amusing new film about life, death and everything in between, tells the story of three friends living in a sleepy town…


Broadcast

MTN Bushfire partners with TRACE Africa

18 May 2017

MTN Bushfire festival has partnered with TRACE Africa as the official media partner of the 2017 edition, which takes place from 26 to 28 May in the Malkerns Valley, Swaziland.…


Broadcast

'Catching Feelings' to make world debut at LA Film Festival

18 May 2017

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 12 : It's a big news for South African stand-up comedian Kagiso Lediga as his directorial debut film 'Catching Feelings' will be premiered at the 23rd…


Broadcast

Turner Africa Sees Gold!

18 May 2017

Johannesburg, 15 May 2017 – Cartoon Network Africa, Africa’s leading animated, kid-focused channel has walked away with two notable accolades at the first ever African SABRE Awards, which was held…


Broadcast

Nigerian movies top 2017 AMAA nomination list

18 May 2017

African Movie Academy Awards announces nomination for 12th edition. Nollywood movies got the highest number of nominations on the list for the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The list…


Content

Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV

18 May 2017

Broadcast exclusively in the lingua franca of Ethiopia, Kana TV marks a breakthrough in a country where until recently the main alternatives to the drab state-owned terrestrial channels were foreign…


Content

Biola Alaba bets big on Banana Island Ghost

18 May 2017

On the heels of the movie teaser of Chigul’s (Chioma Omeruah) hilarious prayer for ‘Sumtin BIG’ that went viral a few weeks ago, BAM-NEMSIA Pictures today released the first official…


Content

Second season of The Vow headed to your screens

18 May 2017

Johannesburg: 12 May 2017 – Zee World brings you the highly anticipated second season of The Vow. The show premieres exclusively on DStv Channel 166 and GOtv Plus Channel 25…


Content

Kwesé TV signs deal with Turner adding 3 global brands to its line-up

18 May 2017

Johannesburg, 24 April: Econet Media has signed a multi-territory broadcast agreement with Turner which includes some of its most acclaimed kids and news channels. This agreement is significant as it…


Content

DStv customers get more entertainment

18 May 2017

On Wednesday, 17 May, DStv customers will get even more entertainment as we add four new e.tv channels to the DStv family. These channels are eMovies+ (Channel 138), eMovies Extra…


Content

Energy Africa Project: Activist documentary needs your support

18 May 2017

The time has come for the long and twisted tale of South Africa’s energy crisis and the history of its nuclear programme are stories to be told fearlessly and objectively,…


Content

Cinevation to expand commercial brand opportunities for Discovery channels

18 May 2017

Discovery Networks Africa has appointed Cinevation to expand upon the commercial brand partnerships opportunities for of its two flagship local channels, Discovery Channel and TLC Entertainment. The new brand partnership…


Content

Disney XD premieres heart-thumping, soccer-themed live action telenovela, 11, this May

18 May 2017

Disney XD is about to kick-off on a great football adventure when brand new live action series 11 hits TV screens this month. 11, a telenovela, is centred on gifted…


Content

In brief

18 May 2017

Paris: The Public Choice Award for Nollywood Week 2017 went to two films jointly, 76 and The Wedding Party.  


Distribution

Kwesé Free Sports and Namibian Broadcasting Corporation inked new deal

18 May 2017

Econet Media owned Kwesé Free Sports and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) just announced a new deal has been signed. The contract was three-year broadcast-sharing contract. Ben Amadasun, the CEO…


Distribution

Kwesé TV Handed Exclusive Rights …For FIFA 2018 World Cup

18 May 2017

Africa’s newest trusted source for the best in sports programming, Kwesé, has again managed to secure the best in sports rights for its viewers by adding the 2018 FIFA World…


Distribution

In brief

18 May 2017

Naspers’ Showmax has shown its international ambitions by striking a deal with one of Poland’s mobile operators, Play. As part of the deal, complimentary access to Showmax will be made…


Regulation & Policy

Commission to hear Nu Metro-Ster-Kinekor collusion case

18 May 2017

A hearing will start involving a complaint brought by the Competition Commission in 2009 in which it alleges that Primedia's Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Avusa's Nu-Metro Entertainment (Pty) Ltd engaged in…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda bans Dutch film for 'glorifying homosexuality'

18 May 2017

Uganda's censorship board has banned a Dutch film, The Dinner Club, after accusing it of "glorifying homosexuality" the Embassy of The Netherlands in Kampala has said. The embassy said in…


Technology & Convergence

NuVu provides a unique SVoD model for Africa

18 May 2017

NuVu claims to be a unique mobile subscription video on demand service, created in response to online video challenges in developing markets. A complete end-to-end service, NuVu uses several modules…


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Opportunities

18 May 2017

South African HorrorFest Film Festival 2017 - submissions now open   Africa's foremost Horror film festival and Halloween event, the South African Horrorfest showcases exciting new, indie and rare movies…


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People

18 May 2017

DFM 2017 address the role of women in film In a resolute move to address the role of women in film, the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban FilmMart…


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Events

18 May 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…