GFC’s catalogue of 2010 soccer projects

In preparation the FIFA 2010 World Cup, the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has compiled a catalogue of 2010 and soccer-themed titles, recently completed or currently in production.

Diallo Entertainment awarded Zain account for Niger

Zain a leading global mobile telecommunications company across the African continent and the Middle East, has once again commissioned the services of the South African based TV production company

European Film Awards honour Huppert & Loach

French actress Isabelle Huppert (Madame Bovary, A Judgement in Stone, The Piano Teacher) and British director Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Looking For Eric)

US TV shows pirated overseas

TorrentFreak, the weblog dedicated to all news regarding the BitTorrent filesharing protocol, reports that US TV shows such as Heroes, House, Entourage and How I Met Your Mother, are being massively and illegally downloaded overseas using BitTorrent clients.

Global animation market suffers impact of downturn

The Global Animation Industry, a new report from media analysts Screen Digest (www.screendigest.com) features exclusive research indicating which countries and companies are leading the industry in annual animation output.

D9 tops R9m

After six weeks of release on the South African circuit, Neill Blompkamp’s blockbuster District 9 has generated R9.1m at the box office.

SA artist’s short film selected for Edinburgh

Paul Emmanuel’s artist’s film, 3SAI: A Rite Of Passage has been selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Africa-in-Motion Film Festival 2009. The festival opens on 26 October.

TVIEC makes progress

The website of the South African Screen Federation (www.sasfed.org) reports that the SABC interim board has committed to paying independent producers the outstanding amounts owed to them by the crisis-stricke public broadcaster.

French public broadcasters increase film support

Proving that there are some places in the world where public broadcasters actually support their indigenous feature film industries, France Televisions ( the country’s public television group) has increased investment funding from 2009 to 2012 in film co-production and pre-sales.

Fox to produce video games

While major American film and television studio Twentieth Century Fox has licensed out video games in the past, it hasn’t produced any of its own. Variety reports that this is about to change with the appointment of Andre Emerson as vice president of video game production.
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