SCREENAFRICA

 

4 April 2003

 

NEWS BULLETIN VOL. 5  NO.  6


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Dear Readers

 

You will find quite a few items related to the Iraq war in this newsletter.  The conditions of war are such that it tests journalists’ abilities to remain independent in their reporting.  Those journalists “embedded” with the US and UK military are obviously only given the news and pictures that these two military forces will allow  the public to know about. Likewise there are journalist based with the Iraq forces.  Are these journalists taking part in a form of censorship and possibly even propaganda?  On the other hand, it is highly dangerous and near impossible for any journalist to act independently and literally to be caught between the fire of the warring parties. 

 

However, news agencies such as Reuters have journalists working independently in multimedia teams and not attached to a military unit.  They have been specially trained for war conditions and have specialist equipment and emergency kits.  They also have a range of technology to help them communicate, including GPS receivers to help them identify their location and summon assistance, satellite phones and laptop computers loaded with specialist software with which to edit stories.  All this technology has made it possible for us to watch war from the comfort of a sitting-room couch. 

 

The irony is that this continual factual bombardment of war pictures and reporting, does not necessarily involve viewers in the misery of war but carries the danger of desensitising us.

 

Your devoted editor

Angela van Schalkwyk

 

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

 

BROADCAST

·            SABC3 Brief

·            M-Net youth programme brief

·            ICASA face-to-fac with stakeholders

·            SABC3’s new programme line-up

·            Mbalo on International Emmy board

·            Life after Quickies

·            Summit loses Manas

·            Rapid Blue wins awards for educational programme

·            Second series of Sanlam Money Game

·            SABC Africa goes continental

·            Reuters strives for independent Iraq coverage

·            All’s fair in love and war

·            MIPTV report back

 

FILM

·            Feature version of Sarah Baartman

·            Short film for tanzanite fans

·            Polanski’s Oscar speech

·            Rap star on screen

 

COMMERCIALS

·            At the back of the bus

·            Loeries juding underway

·            Ball play inspires Nike

 

FESTIVALS

·            Call for entries

 

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFINGS

·            Top international speakers for Screen Africa Conference

·            MediaTech Africa exhibiton showcase for new products

·            Reporters use 50s handheld mics to cover Iraq war

·            Argentine sports network selects GlobeCast

 

BUSINESS

·            Venfin to become e.tv shareholder

·            Irish are top movie watchers

 

TRAINING & EDUCATION

·            NTVA Western Cape 2003  training initiative

·            M-Net awards recognise film and television students

·            Easter West African Drum Workshop

 

EVENTS

·            The Autumn Season of Soirees

 

CALL FOR ASSISTANCE

·            Friends of Lawrence Ginsberg

 

 

 

 

 

BROADCAST

 

 

1.  SABC3 Brief

 

SABC 3 is looking for a producer to do the Mass Choir Festival which will be a one off event taking place on 14 September 2003.

 

The brief can be accessed on the SABC 3 website: www.sabc3.com.

 

Closing date is 8 May 2003.

 

2.  M-Net youth programme brief

 

Pay-TV station, M-Net proposes to launch a Daily Youth Update slot, on the new DSTV Teen Channel.  The brief requests a programme slot with an exciting, cutting-edge, daily “what’s on, what’s new, what’s worth talking about, what’s happening content”.

 

This programme is intended to expand the brand outside of South Africa, to other African states that fall within the DSTV footprint.

 

The current working title for this slot is: Viciousdelicious.  

 

The closing date for submissions is still to be advised.  Full details of the brief can be found on www.screenafrica.com.< /p>

 

3.  ICASA face-to-face with stakeholders

 

The annual budget of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICSA) is to see an increase of R12-million. This was revealed in Johannesburg  at a ICASA Stakeholder Forum held recently. ICASA also announced a new Chief Financial Officer, Tracy McDonald.

 

A large gathering of top level representatives from the broadcasting and telecommunications industries listened to ICASA Chairperson Mandla Langa present a reportback on ICASA’s activities over the last year and outline plans for the future.

Regarding ICASA’s Broadcasting Division, the Authority is hoping to conclude the issue of Sports Broadcasting Rights “within the next month or two”.

 

Further, the Authority intends to publish a Position Paper on Ownership and Control of Commercial Broadcasting Services later this year, which will include recommendations to Parliament on amendments to the law, where necessary.

 

Said Langa: “The promulgation of the Broadcasting Amendment Act on 7 March 2003 has started the clock ticking for several key regulatory processes involving the SABC. This Act ensures that ICASA will have proper regulatory oversight over the Corporation and its licensees. “

 

For full report see www.screenafrica.com

 

 

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4.  SABC3’s new programme line-up and scheduling revamp

 

Hannelie Bekker, SABC3 Head of Programmes revealed that SABC3 has optioned the rights to produce a South African version of the overseas game show format, The Weakest Link. She also hinted at the Press briefing that it was not likely that SABC3 would renew its licence with 24-hour news channel, CNN.  This has since happened and the BBC will be the only international news channel on SABC3.

 

As from April, the whole of access and early prime time on SABC3 will become stripped. This move is, according to Bekker, due to the fact that “television is habit-forming and viewers’ habits have changed. Most people’s moves in early prime time are regimented”.

 

For full details of new programmes and changes see www.screenafrica.com

 

5. Significant growth for SABC2

 

Audiences in SABC2’s Afrikaans adult LSM 7-10 market have shown a growth of 10% during the past year. The channel’s popular Afrikaans soapie, 7de Laan, has demonstrated consistent growth and is boasting a 75% audience share in the 18h30 to 17h00 time slot (weekdays).

 

Channel Head Thandi Ramathesele said that as far as Sotho adult audiences (LSM 5-8) are concerned, SABC2 has consistently commanded 25% of this target audience during the past year.  “This means that one in every four of Sotho adults in this LSM bracket watch SABC2 during the 20h30 – 22h00 time slot.”

 

Ramathesele also announced that Stokvel, a new sitcom from Roberta Durrant (producer of Madam & Eve, Khululekha, SOS and Big Okes), will shortly be making its debut on SABC2.

 

For full details of SABC2 changes and new programmes see www.screenafrica.com

 

6.  Mbalo on International Emmy board

 

CEO of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) Eddie Mbalo has been elected an Associate Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, New York.

Another South African Associate Director is Debbie Thwaites, formerly of the Sasani Group. Together they will be co-ordinating the judging process on behalf of the International Emmy Awards.

As South Africa has been selected to host the judging of the Emmy Awards for Africa and Asia and on realisation that the closing date for these awards was 1 April 2003, the NFVF has renegotiated for the entry date to be extended to 11 April 2003.

The NFVF urges its South African colleagues in the industry to submit entries at the Emmys website:
www.emmys.tv (look under “Emmy Awards” and “Calendar” to find the rules and procedures as well as the entry forms).

7.  Life after Quickies

 

Following the screening on SABC3 of the Quickies series of locally produced one-minute films, the Quickies company has been inundated with inquiries from talent scouts looking for directors for international ads. Additionally, some contestants have received jobs as a direct result of Quickies.

 

One of the top three finalists, Alex Yazbek (a regular columnist in Screen Africa), will be directing the second season of SABC1’s educational drama, Gaz’lam. Quickies runner-up, Brendan Pollecutt, has been pitched by NAM Films to direct a feature film, whilst Brendon Poole, who made it to the final six, will be directing a British commercial.

 

Four contestants were also invited to showcase their Quickies at the recent Berlin Biennale, where they attended a weeklong master class in filmmaking under the tuition of esteemed directors such as Wim Wenders and Spike Lee.

 

Thirteen-year old contestant Quanele Makhopa directed one of the scenes for the music video of kwaito star Zola’s hit song, Feleba.

 

Overall Quickies winner Johnny Barbuzano will now make a 10-minute, 35mm movie worth R500 000 as his prize. Pollecutt won a Sony DSR PD150 camera.

 

“I believe we are the most successful film development programme in the country at present,” says Quickies producer and initiator, Marguerite Albrecht.  “It’s clear that we’ve helped to boost the local film industry. We have made huge inroads, and that with very little money and sponsorships.”

 

Albrecht is currently organising Quickies 3.

 

8.  Summit loses Manas

 

Finally when we got used to business news presented on the Summit channel in a deep base tone by Leanne Manas, she moves on.  She has been lured away from Summit to head up Business Beat on SABC 3. 

 

“You see him here, you seem him there, you see him everywhere” -  we are  of course referring to Jeremy Maggs who is also said to be signed up to present a marketing/media insert on Business Beat.

 

9.  Rapid Blue wins award for educational programme

 

A co-production between Johannesburg production house Rapid Blue and TVE and Siguy in London has been awarded a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago International Television Awards for one of its programmes in the educational documentary series Wide Angle. Children of Rio, a portrait of ten children from around the world, was produced to coincide with the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg last year. The Wide Angle series produced by WNET/Thirteen out of New York was judged the top educational documentary series at the Chicago Awards.

 

10.  Second series of Sanlam Money Game

 

The second series of Sanlam Money Game will go on air on Wednesday, 4 June.  There are a number of changes. This time round the winner takes all, contestants compete directly against each other in set challenges, and anyone can enter as contestants do not require business experience.

 

The basic premise is to make as much money as possible from R30 000 in 3 days remains the same.

 

It has a new time slot, new look and has been re-designed to test competitors to the limit. 

 

11.  SABC Africa goes continental

 

The SABC Africa channel on DStv is to be relaunched as a revamped, more informative and entertaining continental channel as from 1 April 2003.

 

The new-look SABC Africa channel will replace the Africa2Africa and the old SABC Africa, whose content and programmes will be merged into the revamped channel.

 

MultiChoice Africa and the SABC have worked closely in the past months to plan the relaunch of SABC Africa on the DStv bouquet. 

 

12.  Reuters strives for independent Iraq coverage


 

Reuters has over 70 reporters, photographers and TV crews and around 30 of these are "embedded" with the US or UK military and are reporting factually what they see and hear on the frontline. The remaining journalists, just over 40 people, are "unilateral" working independently in multimedia teams and not attached to a military unit. Reuters deliberately decided to have a mixture of embedded and unilateral journalists in order to ensure a comprehensive, unbiased and balanced view of the conflict.
 
Staff deployed to Iraq are highly experienced professionals, most with extensive experience of reporting from combat locations and all trained and prepared for work in hostile environments. Their nationalities include Poles, Serbs, Russians, Dutch, Greek, Lebanese, Iranians, Jordanians and Palestinians, South Africans as well as British and Americans.

Television news is provided through its core, World News Service, with delivery systems made up of six dedicated satellite transponders. The public can access scripting information and shot-lists on http://rtv/rtrlondon.co.uk


Raw footage of the war in Iraq, can be viewed on http://www.reuters.com. The video archive is managed and distributed by ITN Archive. The archive consists of over 250 000 hours of global footage, dating back to 1896.  The public can search the archive for detailed shotlisted items on the free online database - see www.itnarchive.com

 

See www.screenafrica.com for full details about how Reuters is covering the Iraq war.

 

13.  All’s fair in love and war

 

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) yesterday protested against the restrictions introduced by the US Central Command in Doha, Qatar on newsgathering in Southern Iraq.

 

“US Central Command policy is now actively restricting independent newsgathering from Southern Iraq,” EBU Secretary General Jean Stock said in a statement. “Reporters and camera crews who put their lives at risk have been detained by American and British troops and returned to Kuwait.”

 

Stock said that this treatment appeared to be aimed in particular at organisations from countries which had chosen not to participate in the American-led coalition. “As a result journalists are now exposed to a much greater risk and the coalition policy targets the quality of their reporting,” he commented.

 

The EBU welcomed the initial decision by US Central Command to allow journalists to “embed” with military units, and saw that move as an important contribution to newsgathering about the conflict. On the other hand, the EBU noted that this allowed only a small number of European broadcasters to report directly on the conflict. Others had to report from the sidelines, mainly from Kuwait City.

 

These broadcasters were therefore limited to either relying on third party news sources or to sending their crews as so-called “unilaterals” into Iraq. Those unilaterals were now being turned away by British and American troops and forcibly returned to Kuwait, Stock explained. As a result camera crews had to work almost clandestinely and faced a much higher risk in the area.

 

14.  MIPTV report back

 

The 40th edition of MIPTV 2003, the premier global television programming market held in Cannes, France (24 – 28 March), attracted over 9,000 delegates and registered an increase in exhibitors of 3.49%. 

 

However, the attendance figures show a dip of 11% from the 2002 attendance figure of 10 200. Some 2 705 companies from 89 countries and 2,336 buyers attended MIPTV.

 

“Amid an uneasy global economic and political environment, the feedback that we’ve had from our clients has been positive,” said René Peres, Reed MIDEM’s TV Division Director.  “This was a market about quality time and quality business relationships.” 

 

MIPTV 2003 showed that formats are still high on broadcasters’ agendas and the genre has now entered a new phase of growth, culminating in cross-genre concepts that incorporate other non-format production elements taken from drama, sitcom or factual entertainment.

 

The ultimate format extravaganza came in the form of Eurobest, the grande European finale of Endemol’s Star Academy which was hosted during MIPTV 2003 and broadcast live by TF1. Special performances featured included the legendary Tom Jones, Mariah Carey and Atomic Kitten, who graced the Grand Auditorium stage in the Palais des Festivals. 

 

MIPTV’s satellite market, MIPDOC (22 – 23 March) attracted a wealth of innovative and high-quality programming with current affairs (1,790 screenings) and history/ancient civilizations (1,332 screenings) riding high as the most popular themes.

 

FILM

 

15.  Feature version of Sarah Baartman

 

The story of Sarah Baartman, the Khoi-San woman who was taken to Europe in 1810 and displayed as a curiosity under the name “Hottentot’s Venus”, is to be brought to the big screen by South African director Zola Maseko and producer Shan Moodley.

 

Maseko’s documentaries, The Life and Times of Sarah Baartman (made in 1998) and The Return of Sarah Baartman (2003) have reportedly generated substantial media interest in Europe, the US and South Africa.

 

The Khoi-San people are South Africa's indigenous first nation beings whose habitat is rapidly being eroded. One of the filmmakers’ key aims is to bring global attention to this tragedy with the making of the feature film. Sarah Baartman’s story is tragic in itself, having been the victim of indignity, humiliation and exploitation, due to her protruding buttocks and unusual genitals.

 

Shan Moodly is making a return to producing after having been chairperson of the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) for the last four years. He is looking to raise finance for the film in Europe and South Africa.

 

16.  Short film for tanzanite fans

 

In a bid to boost awareness and increase sales of the world's rarest precious stone – the tanzanite - mining and marketing company Afgem briefed experiential communications company VWV to conceptualise and create a short film that would appeal to the emotions and desires of the tanzanite target market. 

 

The audience for the film is largely elite local consumers and foreign tourists and is hosted by licensed discerning jewelers. Tanzanites are only found at the base of Mount Kilamanjaro.  

 

Segment one of the film was shot in Tanzania, on and around the Afgem Mine, approximately 40km from Kilimanjaro.  Local MAASAI villagers were used in the shoot.  The second segment, which required a great deal of art direction and careful design to give it a distinctive international flavour, was filmed in central Johannesburg, as well as surrounding areas such as Parkview, Forest Town and Parkhurst. Unusual editing and grading techniques were used in post production.

 

17.  Polanski’s Oscar speech

 

Winner of this year’s Academy Award for Best Director, Roman Polanski (The Pianist), has released the following statement:

 

"I am deeply moved to be rewarded for the work which relates to the events so close to my own life, the events that led me to comprehend that art can transform pain. I believe this still holds true today. My most heartfelt thanks to the members of the Academy for this wonderful award."

 

Polanski did not attend the Oscar ceremony in Hollywood because he is still up on statutory rape charges in the US. Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He faces a long prison term if he returns.

 

The Pianist is the harrowing, true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.

 

Paris-born Polanski returned to Poland with his parents two years before the breakout of World War II. His parents (his father was Jewish and his mother half-Jewish) were sent to a concentration camp, but not before they helped their son to escape. Polanski spent the war years wandering through occupied Poland, alternately being helped by Catholic families and being victimised by German soldiers. His mother died in the camp but her husband survived the holocaust.

 

American Adrien Brody who plays the lead role of The Pianist, won the Oscar for Best Actor. The Pianist also won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for South African-born playwright, Ronald Harwood.

 

Viewers of the film will have noticed how all the horrific events are portrayed in a totally unemotional and realistic way. Polanski once made the following comment about filmmaking: “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.”

 

18.  Rap star on screen

 

Cult rap star Eminem has gone straight to the top of the South African box office with his screen debut, 8 Mile, starring Kim Basinger. Interesting to note that the film was directed by Curtis Hanson who did the slick, 'film noir' movie, LA Confidential. In its first week of release 8 Mile amassed R3 987 188. In second place is Catch Me If You Can, followed by Jungle Book 2, Two Weeks Notice and the dubious sounding, The Hot Chick. Real-life holocaust film, The Pianist took R475 836 in its first week which is quite impressive considering that it is hardly mainstream box office fare.

 

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Then you've spent your whole working life waiting for the new DOGSTAR
Awards.  Presented in association with Screen Africa, this is the first
annual award in South Africa to recognise your unique contributions, long
hours and thankless tasks that help make South Africa a great
commercials-making nation.

"These awards are just what the industry needs right now," says Linda
Notelovitz, Producer for Suburban Films.

 

Award categories include: Made for South Africa (work produced for the South
African market by a South African production company);
and Made by South
Africa (work produced for an international market by a South African
production company, and/or using South African skills).
*    Best camera movement *    Best lighting design *    Best original music
*    Best original sound design *    Best on camera special effects *
Best stunt  *    Best creative direction for editing *   Best digital
artwork *    Best animation *    Best art director *    Best wardrobe  *
Best make-up  *    Best young director *

The awards ceremony itself will take place on Saturday, 23 August in Cape Town, and
the deadline for entries is 30 June 2003.

For all the rules and regulations, click on the DOGSTAR Awards logo on
www.screenafrica.com. For further information please contact Julie Coghlan
or Beth Tindall of Gecko Productions, on (021) 448-6989, or email
awards@geckopro.co.za.


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COMMERCIAL S

 

19.  At the back of the bus

 

To entice a potential 17,5 million bus commuters to go to the cinema to see Catch me if you Can, starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks, film distributors United International Pictures (UIP) purchased the back windows of 35 ComutaNet buses plying popular routes nationally.

 

 The applicated image shows both actors with the launch date clearly indicated. The agency Freshamedia negotiated the four-week campaign.

 

20.  Loeries judging underway

 

Lynn Trickett of leading London-based design house Trickett & Webb Ltd was in Johannesburg recently to head up the judging panel for the Promotional Marketing and Design categories of this year’s Loerie Awards.

 

Trickett is one of two international chairmen for Loeries 2003 along with Robert Campbell of Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe (Y&R) London.

 

Considered South Africa’s most prestigious annual awards for the advertising industry, the Loeries were established in 1978 to encourage creative advertising. Loeries 2003 will take place on 6 and 7 June at Sun City.

 

What did Trickett think of the South African entries?  See www.screenafrica.com.< /p>

 

21.  Ball play inspires Nike

 

Nike’s new campaign, Got Moves, is inspired by the skill of everyday ball players. The campaign celebrates sport as a vehicle for self-expression which can be seen in the players moves, attitude and energy.

 

To embody the ultimate player, Nike have created Stickman Masterson who will step into the streets of South Africa and challenge street players.


The South African youth will have the opportunity to show if they’ve “got moves”, in a series of freestyle face-offs that will be held at shopping centres countrywide.

 

Stickman Masterson will show his coolest moves on an interactive chat screen and challenge the spectators to elevate their game and express their own creativity through sport.

FESTIVALS

 

22.  Call for entries

 

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival to be held from 19 to 29 June has called for festival entries.  According to Festival Director and event founder Richard Sowada, the festival has developed from literally an underground event in the basement backroom of a Perth Jazz club in 1998 to one of Austalia’s most highly regarded and acclaimed film events.

 

Entries close on Friday, 18 April 2003.

 

Entry forms available for download:    http://www.revelationfilmfest.org/entries   

Print Quality Downloadable stills: http://www.revelationfilmfest.org/media

 

 

TECHNOLOGY BRIEFINGS

(MediaTech Africa Exhibition, Sandton Convention Centre, 10 – 12 June 2003)

 

23.  Top international speakers for Screen Africa Conference

 

Top international speakers have been secured for the Screen Africa Talent & Technology Conference which will run at the Sandton Convention Centre on 10 and 11 June 2003.  The conference, organised with the close co-operation of the Southern African Digital Broadcast Association (SADIBA), will present a full day session on Wednesday, 11 June which will examine the new opportunities available through digital television and radio. 

 

To provide expert opinions on the current state of digital broadcast, SADIBA has secured top international speakers Stuart Prebble, former Chief Executive of ITV Digital; Jeff Astle, Head of Strategy & Development at Digital One in the UK; and Roger Johannson, Manager Digital Radio at Factum Electronics in Sweden. 

 

In addition a high level breakfast briefing will be hosted by SADIBA in association with Screen Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre on Tuesday, 10 June.  This session will be pitched at media investors, broadcast shareholders, broadcast industry board members, senior government delegates, Members of Parliament as well as senior management in broadcasting, network provision and telecommunications.  Prebble and Astle will be amongst the speakers who will speak at the breakfast.

 

For full details about the conference and breakfast which will run alongside the MediaTech Africa Exhibition contact Ellen Oosthuizen on Tel: 011 884-3162, Cell: 083 268 6868 or email info@screenafrica.com.  The full conference programme will be available shortly on the Screen Africa website www.screenafrica.com.  Early Bird bookings will qualify for a discount on registration fees.

 

24.  MediaTech Africa exhibition showcase for new products

 

A  host of exciting new products and technologies for the media, entertainment and communications industries will be showcased at the MediaTech Africa exhibition to take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 10 to 12 June 2003.

The organisers of the event, South Africa RAI announced that among the close on 80 companies exhibiting will be Bosch Security Systems, Soundfusion, Tuerk Technologies, Electrosonic SA, Skytronic, Panasonic, Sony, Spescom and EMS Africa.


High Definition (HD) video technology will be featured by amongst others Panasonic and Electrosonic SA.

Electrosonic SA will showcase a new, High Definition (HD) video server,
from Electrosonic UK.

Among others, the company will launch a digital video processor from
Crestron, which is capable of showing four simultaneous image windows on a
single display. 


Integrus, the world's first Digital Language Distribution System offering up
to 32 languages, from Bosch Security Systems, will also make its debut at
MediaTech Africa.

Half of the entire EMS Africa stand will be taken up by the highly successful range of Bose Professional loudspeakers. 

 

For more details about MediaTech Africa exhibitors and products visit www.rai.co.za/mediatech.  The April issue of Screen Africa also carries news about the exhibition.

 

 

25.  Reporters use 50s handheld mics to cover Iraq war

 

With the wind whipping sand in their face, helicopters whirring overhead and a variety of all-consuming noises of war surrounding them, reporters in Iraq have been forced to improvise when it comes to being heard. They are using a handheld mic developed by BBC engineers in the 50s.

 

 It's officially called the Coles 4104 Commentator's Ribbon Microphone, but commentators like ABC's Ted Koppel have referred to it on-air as "the lip mic." The microphone's odd design covers the reporter's mouth while talking, causing some very weird pictures to reach home viewers. It's called the "lip mic" because its metal positioning bar crosses the upper lip.

The lip mic captures intelligible speech in areas of high background noise, places such as battlefields or in airborne helicopters.

 

For more information visit www.wesdooley.com.

 

26.  Argentine sports network selects GlobeCast

 

America’s third largest direct-to-home television provider GlobeCast has announced that TyC Sports (Argentina’s leading all-sports network) has selected GlobeCast WorldTV on Telstar 5 for direct-to-home distribution of TyC Sports USA.

This subscription-based service targets Spanish-speaking viewers across North America. Created in 1994, TyC Sports (a 50/50 joint venture by El Grupo Clarin and El Grupo Torneos y Competencias) is a 24-hour Spanish-language all-sports network covering world sports with a focus on Fútbol Argentino (Argentine Soccer).

GlobeCast’s WorldTV platform on Telstar 5 is dedicated exclusively to delivering international and specialty programming across North America. GlobeCast WorldTV broadcasts over 65 television and radio channels from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.  

 

 

BUSINESS

 

27.  Venfin to become e.tv shareholder

 

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has approved the conversion into equity of the loans made by investment holding company Venfin to Midi TV, parent company of free-to-air broadcaster e.tv.

 

As per ICASA’s ruling, Venfin can acquire a 29,5% stake of Sabido Investments (Midi TV’s controlling company). Venfin can increase this stake, subject to ICASA’s approval. However, the majority of shares of Midi and Sabido must continue to be held by black economic empowerment entities.

 

Meanwhile, ICASA has rejected Midi TV’s request to increase its hourly advertising limit from 12 to 14 minutes.

 

28.  Irish are top movie watchers

 

Of all the countries within the European Union, Ireland rates as tops in movie watching.  The Irish go to the cinema three times more often thatn the Finns and the Greeks according to new statistics that show box office receipts rising across the EU from 2000 to 2002.

 

What do people in the 15 EU member countries watch?  Mostly Hollywood films.

 

The figures compiled by the Luxembourg-based EU statistical agency Eurosat reveal that moviegoing in 2001 rose 10.2% from the previous year to 928 million admissions.  Box office revenue grew by 12.9% to Euro5 billion in 2001.

 

Figures for 2002 are not yet available but provisional figures indicate an additional 1% increase 938 million admissions.

 

 

TRAINING & EDUCATION

 

29.  NTVA Western Cape 2003 training initiative

 

The NTVA Western Cape’s Annual Training Initiative for 2003 involves the making of an ambitious, exciting, 26 minute short film that will be shot on 35mm and will enjoy its premiere during the Sithengi 2003 market in November.

 

Reflecting the culture and people of the Western Cape, the project encourages film and video making in South Africa and kindles the spirit of independent filmmaking.

 

The initiative offers unique training opportunities for student and aspirant filmmakers who have limited financial resources.

 

For more information see www.screenafrica.com

 

30.  M-Net awards recognise film & television students  

 

Pay-TV channel, M-Net, will be rewarding film and television students at the third EDiT (Emerging Dynamics in Television) Awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg on 3 April 2003.

 

EDiT is one of a number of M-Net projects conceived to spearhead the creation of production opportunities for emerging talent. As a major player in the African broadcasting arena, M-Net recognises the critical imperative to invest in the development of hard skills of promising filmmaking talent.

 

In total, four major awards and three merit awards will be presented to students. Prizes will be awarded in the following major categories: Best Project, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Technical Contribution. The merit awards will go to Best Performance, Best Dramatised Inserts and Best Editing.

 

EDiT, a learner-based initiative, was conceived to provide students with the opportunity to produce a short format television programme. M-Net awards R25 000 towards the production of each of the ten selected projects.

 

For the names of the ten finalists for this year’s entries from tertiary institutions see www.screenafrica.com.< /p>


31.  Easter West African Drum Workshop

 

Marimba House in Rustler’s Valley in the Maluti Mountain Foothills of Lesotho is the venue for intensive drumming workshops. These workshops will be led by experienced and acclaimed Ghanian drummer, Nicholas Kotei Djanie, more popularly known as 'Africa' from Ghana's Suade Cultural Troupe.  There is space for only 30 participants for the workshops which take place from 18 – 21 April. 

 

For more info about the course, accommodation and cost email niyan@marimbanet.org.za or visit http://www.marimbanet.org.za

 

EVENTS

 

32.  The Autumn Season of Soirées

Des and Dawn Lindberg’s rambling Victorian mansion, Longnor House celebrates its 100th birthday in 2003. 

In the 35 years they have live there, Des and Dawn have hosted over 500 Soirées on Sunday nights featuring more than 2000 artists from every field of the Arts.


During April, May and June 2003, Des and Dawn will host their Autumn Season of Special Centenary Soirées.

The Soirée Line Up includes:

A Sneak preview of "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler. With Rachel Tambo, Lesego Motsepe, Zuraida Jardine and Dawn Lindberg  (Sunday, 20 April) 
- Tessa Ziegler - Highlights of The Classical Guitar (Sunday, 27 April)
- Elzabé Zietsman in "Kaalgestroop" Directed by Deon Opperman (Sunday, 4 May)
- Movies Greatest Music. (From Casablanca to Moulin Rouge) With Charl Van Heyningen, Lisa Melman and AJ Van Der Merwe. Written by Alan Swerdlow and Russel Savadier. Directed by Fiona Ramsay (Sunday, 11 May)

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33.  Friends of Lawrence Ginsberg


For nigh on 35 years Lawrence Ginsberg has made South Africa laugh. He has always been the centre of any function - you only had to follow the laughter to find him. He is also known for his generosity - you only have to ask Lawrence for a loan, and it's yours !  -  to his own detriment.

Sadly, over the last 3 years, Lawrence has suffered severe health problems, starting with a triple bypass, which exceeded his allowance with Discovery Health, and was followed by a recovery period when he could not work. This was followed this year by more heart surgery which set him back even further. To add to this he had a nervous collapse aggravated by his diabetes,
where his sugar levels had not stabilized. He has recently been hospitalized  for two weeks on sleep therapy to stabilize his sugar levels.

All of this has resulted in a chronic financial situation for Lawrence. His telephone has been cut off , lights and water are about to be disconnected, Discovery Health are about to cancel his membership, and his bond repayments are behind. Basically , Lawrence is penniless.

The friends of Lawrence Ginsberg are appealing to the entertainment industry, the movie industry, and all the clients and customers that Lawrence has entertained over the years, to please dig deep into their pockets and make a donation to a trust fund for Lawrence which has been set up. It will be managed by Adrian Parnell, Manager of Nedbank, Randburg.


Adrian has handled the estates of late magicians Andre Boje and Jimmy Ritchie. This trust fund will be used only for essentials, i.e. water and lights, bond repayments , medical aid and daily necessities, to tide this lovable performer over this troubled time in his life.


Your welcome donation can be made to:
A.D. PARNELL
SAVINGS ACCOUNT:  NEDBANK, RANDBURG
ACCOUNT NUMBER : 2984465172
BRANCH CODE : 198405

Please do write your name and contact details on the deposit slip and  fax it to (011) 453-7055  or email it to riaanl@damelin.co.za. If you wish to remain anonymous, please still fax through the deposit slip for control reasons.

 

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