Pan-Asia entertainment exhibition & conference launched

Reed MIDEM, the Paris-based organiser of international exhibitions, announced on Wednesday, 18 April, that the company was to launch AMAZIA, the first pan-Asian, business-to-business exhibition and conference devoted to the creation and distribution of international entertainment content across all delivery platforms.

Call for entries for the Roscar celebratory awards

In a celebration of natural history, eco-tourism and cultural filmmaking, the ROSCAR Celebratory Awards will be awarded to filmmakers at the Durban Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference, which runs from 27-30 August 2007 at the ICC Durban.

Singh honoured in Palm Beach

On 23 April, South African film producer Anant Singh (Yesterday, Cry, The Beloved Country, Sarafina!) will be honoured at the 12th Annual Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) with the prestigious Career Achievement Award

SA filmmaker scoops award in Hollywood

On 24 March at a glittering ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel in Hollywood, independent South African filmmaker Bart Smithers walked away with the Brigitte Bardot award for Best Film or Television Production in the International category of the Genesis Awards.

Piracy on the increase reports that NBC Universal general counsel Rick Cotton has asked the White House to establish a Cabinet-level piracy czar to deal with the alarming increase in piracy. According to Cotton, billions of dollars have been lost due to copyright piracy.

Women in Film honoured

Oscar-winner Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain, Miss Potter, Bridget Jones’ Diary) will receive the Crystal Award for excellence in film at the Women in Film Awards in Beverly Hills in June.

MGM movies sold on iTunes reports that MGM has become the fourth Hollywood studio to make its movies available for downloading on Apple’s iTunes Store.

A slice of Spanish life

The acclaimed talent of contemporary Spanish cinema, widely regarded as one of the world’s great filmmaking traditions, will be on display during The Spanish Film Festival which runs during April and May in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town at Cinema Nouveau screened by Jameson.

Discovery axes 200 staffers

According to Bloomberg News reports, Discovery Communications has axed 200 staffers which represents about 3% of the Maryland-based company’s workforce.

eLearning Africa – ICT and Development

The organisers of eLearning Africa 2007 today released the programme for the second annual conference on ICT for development, education and training.
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