Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 269 – 11 August 2017

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Public Vine’s cloud-based software gives creators and broadcasters their own platform to promote their content

11 August 2017

African content creators – whether TV and film production companies or TV channels – are increasingly faced by a strategic choice: do they distribute widely across multiple online platforms or do they run their own platform? Russell Southwood talks to Nam Mokwunye about his platform Public Vine that puts the control in the hands of the creators for those who want to run their own platform. Public Vine is a cloud-based software company founded by Nam Mokwunye. Its flagship product is a streaming platform-as-a-service (“PaaS”) technology that it licenses to enterprise clients so they can launch their own branded, streaming…

Broadcast

Discovery Channel announces finalists for its Jozi Film Festival award

11 August 2017

The search for the winner of Discovery Channel s brand new award category at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival has heated up. After receiving over 200 entries from across…


Broadcast

Film Blog: We now have a date for the Lights Camera Africa!!! 2017 Film Festival 29 September to 1 October 2017.

11 August 2017

Ugoma Adegoke, who is the curator of the annual event. It will be held at the Federal Palace Hotels, Victoria Island in Lagos. Even though it is primarily a film…


Broadcast

New Krotoa film reveals life of that' Khoi woman

11 August 2017

A new local biopic on Khoi historical figure Krotoa opens on circuit this week after raking in eight international festival awards so far. Grethe Kemp speaks with director Roberta Durrant…


Broadcast

‘Trophy’ Trailer Offers a Complicated Look at Big-Game Hunting

11 August 2017

One of the more controversial, much-discussed documentaries to come out of Sundance this year was Trophy, the latest film from Shaul Schwarz (Narco Cultura) and Christina Clusiau. Taking a deep,…


Broadcast

The Dark Tower filmed South Africa as other reality

11 August 2017

The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel saga The Dark Tower filmed partly on location in South Africa, using the country as a stand-in for a fantastical alternate reality. Directed…


Broadcast

Mbithi Masya’s award-winning Kenyan film Kati Kati comes to Showmax

11 August 2017

Johannesburg - Mbithi Masya’s multi-award-winning debut feature, Kati Kati, is now streaming on Showmax. When Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she…


Broadcast

Morocco hosts African Film Festival to promote local film-making

11 August 2017

The 20th edition of African Cinema Festival will take place in the Moroccan central city of Khouribga from Sept. 9-16, the organizers announced in a statement on Tuesday. The festival…


Content

Flag-waving Chinese blockbuster Wolf Warriors 2 smashes cinema records

11 August 2017

Tale of special forces in African war zone has ridden a wave of patriotic fervour with its stunts, soldiers and western baddies A flag-waving Chinese action film depicting the country’s…


Content

Beijing TV dramas, movies broadcasting season for Africa opens in Zambia

11 August 2017

LUSAKA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese pay-television operator StarTimes has launched the 2017 Beijing TV dramas and movies broadcasting season in Africa in Lusaka, the Zambian capital. The Beijing TV…


Content

City Press picks a tense local film to watch on Showmax this week

11 August 2017

Johannesburg - ShowMax has a plethora of great local TV shows to stream. This week's pick of the stream in Of Good Report. Directed by Jahmil XT Qubeka, this tense…


Content

Why we all deserve to see the new Winnie documentary

11 August 2017

There is arguably nobody in South Africa politics that has been more demonised in the media than Mam’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, commonly juxtaposed to her morally uncontaminated ex-husband. A documentary on…


Content

Nomzamo to star in Akin Omotoso's 'Pan-African' silent film

11 August 2017

South African actresses Nomzamo Mbatha and Mmabatho Montsho represents the country and continent at the world premiere of director Akin Omotoso's new "tone poem" film titled A Hotel Called Memory.…


Content

In Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's 'Chadian Tragedy,' one of Africa's least known mass killings is revisited

11 August 2017

Just over a year ago, a Senegalese court found former dictator Hissène Habré of Chad guilty of torture, rape, war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark verdict decades…


Content

In brief

11 August 2017

Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, has come under fire for launching a new bloodsports television channel that was unveiled in the United Kingdom over the weekend that will show regular…


Distribution

Iflix joins Kwesi for SVOD launch in sub-Saharan Africa

11 August 2017

Iflix Africa and Econet media team up to bring subscription video on demand (SVOD) services to sub-Saharan Africa. Iflix is the world s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets…


Distribution

Times Media Films brings Nollywood to the big screen

11 August 2017

Times Media Films is proud to announce the theatrical distribution of three Nollywood films in South Africa. The booming Nigerian industry has been ranked the second highest film industry in…


Distribution

Filmmakers Strive to Raise Awareness of the Disabled in Entertainment With Fully-Formed Characters

11 August 2017

A slate of short films depicting lead characters with disabilities has been making the rounds at film festivals worldwide, giving voice to a demographic mostly ignored in mainstream cinema and…


Investment

Morocco Unveils Plan to Triple Investments by International Film Producers

11 August 2017

A plan to set up financial incentives to attract more international filmmakers to Morocco was unveiled in Rabat with the aim of tripling investments by foreign producers in the Kingdom.…


Investment

Africa Cinematography Festival unveiled to grow Nigeria’s film and entertainment sector

11 August 2017

WorldStage Newsonline-- Africa Cinematography Festival, the game changer in the film making and entertainment industry has been unveiled to train young Nigerians and improve the skills of stakeholders in the…


Regulation & Policy

SABC institutes legal action against Motsoeneng and Aguma

11 August 2017

The public broadcaster’s interim board wants to go after the two executives’ pensions for losses incurred during their tenure. The interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says…


Regulation & Policy

DStv: We can't control the Gupta's television channel ANN7

11 August 2017

MultiChoice in an open letter says that the satellite pay-TV platform can't control ANN7 amidst growing calls for its removal from DStv. An online petition was started in April and…


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People

11 August 2017

Primedia Broadcasting brings in heavyweight Mark Jakins as CCO Primedia Broadcasting will be bringing in the extensive expertise and skills of Mark Jakins to take on a new strategic business…


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Opportunities

11 August 2017

Cartoon Network goes 100% local with animation competition Cartoon Network, the leading children s TV channel in South Africa, is excited to announce that they will be going local this…


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Events

11 August 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…