Global movie business grows

According to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the global movie business outside America reached record levels last year, with a turnover of $25.8b. This is despite slow growth in America, which reached $9.49b.

Cape aims to attract more film business

The City of Cape Town and the Cape Film Commission (CFC) are working towards making Cape Town, the location for high profile international productions like "Blood Diamond' and "Goodbye Bafana', an even more film friendly environment than it already is.

SAMRO signs historic agreement

In a significant development for the domestic music industry, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has entered into an historic agreement with the UK-based Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS).

Hit comedy on mobile video

Mobile media company Player X in co-operation with Universal Mobile Entertainment have expanded their strategic relationship by offering exclusive-for-mobile content from Hot Fuzz, the new hit comedy from the makers of Shaun Of The Dead. Player X is a mobile media company that specialises in games, video and TV.

Portal for SA content

IOL.com reports that new South African video portal MyVideo.co.za plans to give South Africans a place to post locally-generated music, film and design content.

Gauteng winner for kid’s competition

Twelve-year old Mapaseka Khanye from Wadeville is the Gauteng winning story writer in the Lights Camera Action film and story writing competition launched in June 2006 by SABC Education. Her story is entitled "There was a boy called little boy'.

Universal, Warner go for alternative distribution

According to the Associated Press, Hollywood Studios Universal and Warner Bros. plan to deliver films to cinemas via satellite and the Internet. The studios are working with Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP).

Whitaker and Hudson strike again

Just when you thought the Hollywood awards season was over, comes the news that Oscar/Golden Globe/SAG winners for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress - Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland') and Jennifer Hudson ("Dreamgirls') - have been honoured again.

One Show on show

Two thousand creatives from all over the world will gather in New York City from 8 to 11 May for the One Show Festival, advertising's most prestigious annual event.

Personal views of gender violence

The 11-part co-production between the SABC, UNICEF and South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority, "Our Own Stories in Our Own Voices' began broadcasting on SABC2’s "Nation in Colour' strand at 9pm on 1 March.
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