As of 30 March the African Movie Channel (AMC) went live on South African pay-TV satellite platform TopTV, to bring top quality product direct from Nollywood and other respected African producers to subscribers.
Steven Lauter, sales manager, Jasco Broadcast Solutions, has written the following opinion piece.
John Vlismas will headline the first ever Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker's on Wednesday 28 March, with comedy giant Donovan Goliath, Italian stallion Vittorio Leonardi and Mpho "Popps" Modikoane rounding out the line-up.
The Western Cape judges’s audition for Idols Season 8 got off on a high note at the Table Bay Hotel in the V&A Waterfront on Tuesday, 20 March when eight contestants in a row emerged from the judging room clutching the prized Golden Ticket. In total, 29 Idols contestants from the Western Cape are through to the next round in Sun City next month.
As per its Strategic Plan presented to the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications on 13 March in Cape Town, the Department of Communications has prioritised South Africa’s much delayed migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) as a flagship project.
Seasoned television and radio presenter Azania Mosaka will share her passion for food on new SABC3 show Cooking With Azania, starting on 31 March at 12.00. Cooking With Azania is a 24 minute 26 episode show that looks at the lifestyle of eating in South Africa both at home and out.
In Debt, a popular SABC1 factual entertainment show produced by Johannesburg-based Ochre Moving Pitures, has been selected for INPUT2012, the global television screening conference that is held in a different country each year. INPUT 2012 takes place in Sidney, Australia and runs from 7 to 11 May.
The often ignored but very serious subject of paediatric tuberculosis (TB) will be highlighted on SABC3’s award-winning magazine show, Special Assignment, on Thursday 22 March at 9pm. Titled No-one Will Help Them, the programme is produced by Fathima Simjee of Health-e News Service.
Spokesperson of South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Lesiba Seshoka issued the following statement on 18 March attributing public broadcaster SABC’s declining viewership to its factional coverage.
As from March, SABC3 has ramped up its commitment to catering for the Deaf Community by adding wall to wall subtitles on the channel’s flagship soapie, Isidingo. This reflects SABC’s strong support for fostering deaf pride.
The new season of popular Friday evening youth show Jam Alley Crew vs Crew begins on Friday 30 March at 6pm with some fresh and exciting changes.
Aon South Africa’s Sport, Recreation and Entertainment division (SRE), represented by Steve Levitt and Dani Ettridge, is providing specialist production insurance for the hotly anticipated MasterChef South Africa, which began its run on pay-TV broadcasters M-Net and DStv last week.
The six-part first season of British psychological crime drama Luther, starring Idris Elba (The Wire), will start on SABC3 on Thursday 5 April at 8pm.
Son of a Gun, a new hip hop reality series, follows wannabe rapper Cory Gunz as he deals with family pressure, management issues and creative challenges in a final-ditch effort to become a big shot in the rap game. The series premieres on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Wednesday 28 March at 8pm CAT.
The E! Entertainment cable network has announced a reality show, starting in the US in May, following legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood’s wife Dina as she manages South African vocal group Overtone.
Pan-African television broadcaster M-Net has promoted Pierre Cloete from channel head: M-Net and M-Net HD to director: M-Net Movie Channels.
The following article - Political Economy of South Africa's Digital Broadcasting Transition - was written by Professor Jane Duncan of Rhodes University on 19 March and appears on the Screen Africa website courtesy of the South African Civil Society Information Service*.
SAPA reports that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told Parliament’s portfolio committee on trade and industry last week that they are trying to deepen the presence of the film industry in South Africa and tailor their support to it.
The family in SABC2’s popular drama series, Muvhango, continues to grow with the addition of two talented actresses in the form of former Miss Teen SA, actress Phuti Khomo, and singer Lucia Mthiyane.
A two-part, one-on-one interview with controversial South African politician, Julius Malema, who has just been expelled from the country’s ruling ANC party, will be broadcast on Africa 360 on the eNews Channel on 17 March at 11.30am and on 24 March at the same time.