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Nov 18, 2019  |  MultiChoice Boss Calls For Support Of Local Production Companies

The general entertainment head of Africa’s biggest pay-TV operator is calling for a stimulus package to be made available for South Africa’s TV and film sector to help support local production companies in maximising their output of local series and ...


Nov 04, 2019  |  MultiChoice Supports New, Original Productions For Showmax In Nigeria And South Africa …Kenya To Follow

African VoD platforms have quickly come and gone, and the survivors have been joined by leading international players such as Netflix. VoD platforms in Africa continue to face issues around bandwidth quality, behaviour change and data pricing. Showmax plans to ...


Oct 09, 2019  |  South Africa: Showmax Filming Second Local Original Comedy Series

Filming began on Monday in Johannesburg on Woke in Progress, Showmax’s second Original scripted comedy series for MultiChoice’s video-on-demand (SVOD) service. MultiChoice’s Connected Video department announced that it had acquired Woke in Progress as its second comedy series after Tali’s Wedding Diary, and its ...


Jul 01, 2019  |  Netflix Starts Production On Second Original African Series

Netflix Africa has kicked off the production for its second original African series. The upcoming series, Blood & Water is a coming of age, mystery drama that is based in Cape Town. The highly-acclaimed award-winning director Nosipho Dumisa (Best Director, ...


Casting And Location Scouting Starting Soon For M-Net's Forthcoming 'Shaka' Series

Casting and location scouting will begin soon to find the perfect place and talent to film M-Net's edition of the story of the South African Zulu king Shaka that will be aired as a new drama series on DStv's Mzansi ...

HBO's Cinemax Joins South Africa-Germany Co-Production Series, Trackers

HBO's Cinemax TV channel has joined South Africa's M-Net and Germany's ZDF in their production collaboration of the Cape Town filmed drama series that is based on Deon Meyer's crime-and-spy book Trackers. While M-Net will broadcast Trackers in South Africa ...

Production Kicks Off For Netflix’s First African Original, Queen Sono

Netflix, the global leader in internet entertainment services, has started the production on its first original African series, Queen Sono, a riveting and action-packed spy thriller produced by the Johannesburg-based Diprente. Actress, Pearl Thusi stars in the title role as ...

GOtv Expands Its Local Content Offering In Nigeria

GOtv was launched in 2011 in the birthplace of television in Africa, Ibadan. The arrival of the digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, immediately extended the access to digital television broadcasting for Nigerians. GOtv also announced that one of its objectives ...

Showmax Screens Swahili Telenovelas That Are Revamping Kenya’s TV Industry

In the history of Kenyan television, Swahili soap operas were the rage, according to many of the country’s TV viewers. Swahili soapies such as Penzi Hatari, Tausi, and Kisulisuli were popular with the audiences and dominated the TV industry in ...

Award-Winning Kenyan Filmmaker Says Africa Needs Superheroes For Its Own Stories

The key theme at the recently held 2019 Design Indaba was around how filmmakers can get Africans across the continent to see themselves as people of joy, imagination, creativity – and as deserving of being heroes. Africa’s story has, for ...

Nigerian Award-Winning Writer To Launch Afrofuturist Film Production Company For Local TV Series

The award-winning Nigerian writer, Nnedi Okorafor has announced her plans to open a film production company that is exclusively focused on Afrofuturist shows. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the acclaimed Afrofuturist shared the exciting news on her ...

Zimbabwean Filmmaker To Dive Into Local TV Production With Reality Show

The up-and-coming Bulawayo filmmaker Braydan Heart wants to reconceptualise local TV productions with his upcoming reality TV show, Being Braydan, which is being recorded using only a mobile phone. Being Braydan is being shot in Zimbabwe with a few scenes ...

MultiChoice Kenya To Host First Ever Maisha Magic Festival To Celebrate Kenyan TV Content

MultiChoice Kenya has announced that it will toast to the growth of Kenyan television content at the first ever Maisha Magic Festival. The festival will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). More than 14 musicians have been ...

Uganda’s Broadcast Regulator Announces Plans To Enforce 70% Local Content Rule

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) recently held a meeting with the Uganda Film Council and Uganda’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) about imposing a 70% local quota on the country’s broadcasters. The Chairman of NAB, Kin Kariisa asked that the ...

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