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e.tv is South Africa’s biggest independent, free-to-air television channel. With over 16 million viewers, e.tv appeals to all races, ages and income groups and is the most viewed English language channel in the country.

eNCA to deliver Bloomberg’s business and finance video news in SA

eNCA, South Africa’s most watched 24-hour news channel, and Bloomberg Media Distribution, a leading provider of business news, photos, video and data, have signed a new content agreement to deliver Bloomberg’s business and finance news within the channel’s new flagship evening news show.

Starting mid-October, eNCA will carry Bloomberg news segments from New York and other global market hubs. The Bloomberg news segments will be a part of News Hour on weeknights, which airs from 22h00 to 23h00. In a few short weeks, News Hour has entrenched itself as must-see viewing not only for the local business community ending its day and preparing for tomorrow but general news viewers who are looking for sharp economic context to the daily news flow.

Bloomberg Media will also provide fresh insight into global market trends and business analysis through a series of special feature segments and personality profiles available on eNCA and eNCA.com.

With 2,700 journalists and analysts in 120 countries, Bloomberg is the leading provider of global business news reaching a premium audience of more than 80 million influential decision makers across five platforms: digital, television, radio, print and live events.

Mapi Mhlangu eNCA’s editor-in-chief says: “The channel is delighted with this new partnership as it gives more heft to our business and markets coverage at a time when the economy is top of mind for all South Africans. As the recession starts to bite we simply cannot ignore the fact that our economy is intricately tied to the rest of world. Whether it’s the strength or weakness of our rand against the dollar which impacts on the fuel and the cost of imports, or perceptions about our emerging market status, we must be in the know to stay ahead of the money game.”

“As the leading global business and finance media company, we are excited to partner with eNCA to bring our premium journalism and relevant content to business leaders and decision-makers in the region,” said Josh Bassett, director of EMEA Distribution and Partnerships at Bloomberg Media Distribution. “Our partnership with eNCA is an important part of our strategy to extend Bloomberg’s reach in the Africa business community.”

eMedia Investments launches second news channel

eMedia Investments, owner of e.tv and eNCA, will launch a second television news channel to be broadcast on its OpenView platform. OpenNews will launch in the last quarter of 2018 and will have its own management, identity and look distinctively different from eNCA.

eMedia Investments chief executive officer, André van der Veen says: “OpenNews will be broadcast out of the Cape Town studios, offering viewers an integrated news channel combining short format news, onscreen information and links with selected social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and a proprietary app. Openview viewers consume news differently from traditional news broadcasts.”

“eMedia Investments has the talent, knowledge and experience to launch South Africa’s first satellite free-to-air television news channel. OpenNews will be an independent news service, but hosts will be encouraged to ‘to take a view’ on regional, international, sports, entertainment and financial news.”

The line-up will also syndicate the recently launched entertainment programme, The Spotlight with Tanya Nefdt and two new current affairs shows – The Modise Network, and The Fix with Karima Brown.

“Five years ago, eMedia Investments launched OpenView to provide free satellite television to the South African television market. We have consistently expanded our content offering on the platform and the success of our recently launched channels, eBella and Kwesé Free Sports, has demonstrated that our audience is attractive and sought after by advertisers,” says van der Veen.

“The number of OpenView set-top box activations has increased to over 1,2 million, and the latest audience research indicates that viewers want a local news channel on the platform. Given this, we decided to launch OpenNews,” he added.

The company will also launch a two-hour block of Afrikaans programming on eExtra (available on Openview channel 105 and DStv channel 195). The block will include entertainment, current affairs programming and a news bulletin. The programme mix is in the final stages of being finalised and the line-up will be announced in the next few weeks.

eNCA to broadcast Winnie documentary

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eNCA is bringing Pascale Lamche’s Winnie documentary film to its viewers on Wednesday 11 April 2018 at 21h00, after which it will broadcast to all South Africans on e.tv and OpenView.

This illuminating work brings fresh perspective and insight into the life of anti-apartheid activist and human rights advocate Nomzamo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The documentary won a Sundance Award in 2017.

Winnie explores Mandikizela-Mandela’s contribution to the struggle against apartheid from the inside country. The work includes interviews with Madikizela-Mandela herself, those who were closest to her, and those who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.

“With the acquisition of the rights to Winnie, the eMedia Group is proud to contribute to the collective understanding of our history, as we continue to do every day in our various media properties. We are particularly excited to be able to offer this award-winning production to our OpenView viewers as part of our commitment to bringing high quality content to our free to air satellite platform. We have also made a library of our key Winnie Mandela interviews and stories available on our YouTube channel so that our viewers are able to watch these enlightening interviews at their convenience” says Andre van der Veen, eMedia Holdings chief executive officer.

“In South Africa, we have lived through turbulent times, and coming to terms with that history is often difficult. The passage of time often distorts as much as it allows for better insight into the past.  Making sense of that past remains absolutely key to imagining a better future, though. In that spirit we hope that this documentary will help many South Africans confirm what they already know, gain new insight into what they have long believed about our collective history, but also, to help inform how we remember someone as important to our history as Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela Mandela.  The life of this singular woman is indeed humbling, and holds many lessons for those of us who have benefited from her work over her long life.” says Mapi Mhlangu, MD and editor-in-chief, eNCA.

Marlon Davids, e.tv’s head of channels says “We look forward to scheduling Winnie on e.tv and on Openview to enable South Africans to see this excellent film in their numbers.”

Lamche’s account of the political life of Winnie includes fascinating archival footage, extensive interviews with her, her daughter Zindzi, and those who sought her downfall. Though firmly on the side of Winnie, this film, nonetheless, offers a unique perspective on recent South African history. In the process, it restores Madikizela-Mandela as a key figure in the liberation of South Africa.

View the Winnie trailer, HERE.

Kwesé Free Sports joins OpenView

OpenView recently announced its breakthrough deal with Kwesé Free Sports for broadcast in South Africa. Kwesé Free Sports, Africa’s largest and only pan-African free-to-air channel, will join OpenView’s programming line-up this March bringing premium African and international sports content to over 1 million homes in South Africa, for free.

According to OpenView, the demand for a dedicated sports channel on OpenView has been at the top of its viewers’ requests, and the platform now is delighted to have struck a deal with the dynamic sports channel.

Kwesé Free Sports has established itself as a premium sports destination for every sports lover. The broadcaster has amassed rights for some of the world’s most loved sporting leagues such as the NBA – providing an extensive content line-up that includes Major League Baseball, Formula E and WTA Miami Masters.

OpenView’s head of Channel Acquisitions, Ziyanda Mngomezulu, commented: “Sport is one of the most talked about subjects in South Africa and giving our audiences a new experience on the platform is perfectly timed. We have had requests for a sports channel since the launch of OpenView and Kwesé Free Sports is the perfect choice for quality sport from around the world that our viewers will love”.

Speaking about the launch of Kwesé Free Sports on OpenView, Econet Media president and group CEO Joseph Hundah added: “This is yet another significant milestone for us as we introduce another premium Kwesé platform to the South African market following the launch of Kwesé Play in 2017. This increases Kwesé Free Sports’ footprint to 27 markets. As a business premised on making world-class sports and entertainment content accessible, we are proud to deliver a dedicated sports channel beaming 24 hours of premium and in some cases exclusive sporting action.”

Kwesé Free Sports is the free-to-air sports content platform from Africa’s newest satellite broadcast network Kwesé TV. Although a relatively new player in the market Kwesé TV has revolutionised the African media industry by offering a multi-platform content distribution network that encompasses linear, mobile and digital services. Kwesé TV’s broadcast network gives viewers unlimited choice to access content whenever and wherever they want, be it free-to-air TV (Kwesé Free Sports), mobile applications (Kwesé App available outside of South Africa), OTT streaming service (Kwesé Play)  and pay TV (linear broadcast service available outside of South Africa).

Kwesé Free Sports will premiere on OpenView (Channel 110) on Friday 16 March 2018 at 11h30.

 

OpenView welcomes new channel, eBella

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OpenView announces a new member of the eFamily of channels, eBella. eBella will premiere on OpenView on 5 March 2018 on channel 109.

Viewers can expect a wide array of inspirational content that reflects the lives and stories of women from around the world. eBella is all about women and celebrating their prominent influence in the global landscape. The choice selection of the channel’s premium local and international content offering reflects women in today’s society as empowered and bold individuals. Whether it’s an award-winning series, indulgent lifestyle show or a ground-breaking movie, everything on eBella will satisfy viewers with a dose of guilt-free entertainment.

Marlon Davids, MD of e.tv, says the new channel will bolster the eFamily of channels’ impressive offering. “e.tv has always celebrated our supreme women through campaigns and programming and now we can extend this messaging into an entirely new channel. eBella is a strong addition to the OpenView platform, and we know that our viewers are going to indulge and enjoy the content immediately,” says Davids.

eBella will feature much-loved telenovelas from around the world, including So Much Love aka Tanto Amor, Qubool Hai, and Fatmagul. There will also be a lifestyle and reality shows galore on the channel, with Secret Guide To Fabulous, Princess, The Dog Whisperer and Beverley’s Full House already available as the channel launches.

Not only has OpenView added eBella, the platform will be growing its unique content offering with the addition of more channels in the near future, catering to viewer demands for more quality television viewing.

Imbewu: The Seed brings family drama to e.tv viewers

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e.tv premieres a new local daily drama, Imbewu: The Seed, in April 2018.
In a modern society which worships wealth and rewards ruthless acts of power, the Bhengu family must live in the shadow of a potent secret stemming from ancient traditional practice.

One side of the Bhengu family has been keeping a secret from the other for many years, with treachery and tumult never more than a step away. Brothers Zimele and Phakade are both honourable men, but one will feel betrayed when he learns of a deep secret that could leave a stain on the legacy he hopes to leave for his four children. The potential fallout is certain to provoke controversial questions about values and legacies, relevant to all South African cultures.

The show features a host of new local talent, alongside icons Leleti Khumalo and Thembi Mtshali-Jones.
One of the families central to the plot of the shows is the Bhengu family, comprising Mazulu (Leleti Khumalo); MaNdlovu (Thembi Mtshali-Jones); Ngcolosi (Mpumelelo Bhulose); Zithulele (Rafael Griffiths); KaMandosela (Fundiswa Zwane) and Kanyo (Nqobile Ndlovu) The family also features Vuyokazi Tshona as Buhle, Nokubonga Khuzwayo as Zakhithi, Xolani Mfeka as Nganono, Sandile Dlamini as Phakade and Nokwanda Khuzwayo as Futhi.

The world of Imbewu: The Seed is a reflection of the unique interaction between rural and urban lifestyles in South Africa. It will also showcase the struggles and conflicts between home and corporate settings and the emotional tension created by the economic gap between the haves and have-nots. The Bhengu family is more a reflection of many of South Africans.
Molefe Lebone, the executive producer, says that e.tv is committed to exposing new talent in quality local shows. “Imbewu: The Seed features new talent from KwaZulu-Natal that we know will make an impact on our television screens,” he says. “The move to have these fresh faces share the screen with iconic industry veterans is one which assures the future of South Africa’s acting talent pool.”

Imbewu: The Seed is produced by Grapevine Productions, which is a joint venture between Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, Duma Ndlovu’s Word Of Mouth Pictures and Luyks Productions.

New daily drama Imbewu: The Seed to air on e.tv this April

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Imbewu: The Seed is a compelling new daily drama set to premiere on e.tv in April 2018. The drama series focuses on the ties that bind families through blood and spirit, asking sobering and controversial questions that are relevant to all South African cultures.

Starring the iconic Leleti Khumalo, who is also an executive producer, Imbewu: The Seed is set in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal, with a storyline that spans from the most-affluent parts of Umlazi and to the humblest street in eNquthu and the township of Chatsworth. A deep and unspoken truth, representing the cultural legacy between two brothers, is at the centre of the series’ captivating plot. Showcasing local talent at its best, Imbewu: The Seed will see up-and-coming performers ply their craft alongside legendary actors.

The cross-cultural drama series is produced by Grapevine Productions, a joint venture between Videovision Entertainment, Word Of Mouth Pictures and Luyks Productions. Anant Singh from Videovision Entertainment and Duma Ndlovu from Word Of Mouth Pictures will be at the helm of the production of the show. Singh’s international recognition is overwhelming with credits that include the films Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom; the Oscar nominated Yesterday and Sarafina! both of which starred Leleti KhumaloSouth African audiences are very familiar with Ndlovu’s work. Having produced successful local soapies and drama series, Ndlovu’s name has become synonymous with excellence on the small screen.  

Anant Singh states that Imbewu: The Seed will be in a class of its own, “Imbewu: The Seed reflects the multi-cultural environment which makes Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal unique. The show has the ability to cross the cultural divide and promote social cohesion in South Africa, showcasing a hybrid of cultures in South Africa today. We are extremely excited to be embarking on this amazing television series in KwaZulu-Natal with our partners, e.tv.” says Singh.

Duma Ndlovu explains his excitement about the crossover of cultures that will be represented in the show. “We, as storytellers, are very excited for this opportunity to tell an authentic South African story. I am excited to be partnering with Anant Singh and Leleti Khumalo as we prepare to give South Africans a new and unique story. In South Africa, we have not yet had the opportunity to see Indians and Africans come together to tell a story with a social cohesion message and Imbewu: The Seed will deliver this to audiences.” says Ndlovu.

GM of e.tv Local Content Ziyanda Mngomezulu is confident viewers will love what they see on Imbewu: The Seed. “One of e.tv’s commitments in 2018 is to invest in provinces beyond Gauteng. KwaZulu-Natal is the country’s fastest-growing province with a strong focus on the entertainment industry. We are honoured to be partnering with film, television and theatre greats in Anant Singh, Duma Ndlovu and Leleti Khumalo, from the newly formed Grapevine Productions, and look forward to presenting viewers with a fresh reflection of KZN that is all encompassing”. says Mngomezulu.

Is it possible to be related by blood and not be family? Can people who share no blood connection be family?

Local crime and investigation comes to e.tv with Case Closed: Justice Served

Case Closed: Justice Served is a new local crime and investigation series that exposes and investigates various crimes in South Africa. The show gives viewers an insight into local crime-solving and investigation every Monday night at 22h00 from 15 January 2018.

Case Closed: Justice Served celebrates the servants of the law who work hard to bring criminals to justice. The 13 part series will unpack chilling stories from across South Africa, tackling crimes including murder, heists, robbery, rape, financial crimes and drug trafficking. The show takes us through the step-by-step examination of each crime, how the case unfolded, how the perpetrator was captured and its conclusion. Viewers will hear the horrific tale of each case from the perspective of those affected by and involved in the crime. Each case is meticulously re-enacted – in some cases, by those who were directly involved, including the investigating officers from the SAPS. The actual presiding judges and legal teams from both the defence and the prosecution also weigh in on the show giving viewers the most accurate representation of the case at hand.

“The channel made a conscious decision to ensure that through the exploration of the harsh realities of crimes committed in our society, there is a silver lining in that each case examined throughout the series has been concluded, with the perpetrators arrested, found guilty and sentenced. The show emphases the successes of our criminal justice system to help restore faith where much has been eroded in South Africans,” says Ziyanda Mngomezulu, GM of e.tv Local Content.

Case Closed: Justice Served will broadcast weekly from Monday, 15 January 2018 at 22h00 on e.tv and eHD on Openview HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

Global drama Roots comes to e.tv

The internationally-acclaimed drama Roots, starring Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin and Malachi Kirby, and featuring local stars Nokuthula Ledwaba, Mbulelo Grootboom and Nandi Nyembe, makes its free-to-air television debut on e.tv on Monday, 6 November at 20h30.

The harrowing miniseries chronicles the story of an African man sold into slavery in America and his descendants. In the 1770s Kunta Kinte (Kirby) is kidnapped from West Africa and sold to a British slave trader. His journey intensifies as it unfolds, introducing viewers to the lives of the enslaved and showing the brutality, abuse and sexual violence they endure over generations.

A remake of the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s classic novel of the same name, Roots’ worldwide appeal can be credited to its awe-inspiring international locations and award-winning cast. South African viewers will recognise a number of these locations, with spectacular scenes filmed at Mtunzini’s Umlalazi River and in the Dlinza Forest, near Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal.

The star-studded American cast is supported by well-known South African actors Nokuthula Ledwaba, Mbulelo Grootboom and Nandi Nyembe. SAFTA nominee Ledwaba burst onto the scene as wild child Lu in Backstage, before playing diva-in-the-making Tshidi Khuse on Rhythm City and then starring as Dumile in Umlilo. Grootboom recently starred as Ntlonipho ‘Killer’ Nxasana in the e.tv drama series Z’bondiwe and played Tony in the 2009 feature film White Wedding. Nyembe is a familiar face having appeared in numerous television series and movies, including Jacob’s Cross, Soul City, Yizo Yizo, Izoso Connexion,
Soul Buddyz
and 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls.

Catch Roots, from Monday 6 November 2017 at 20h30 to 22h30 on e.tv and eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194). The internationally-acclaimed miniseries will run over four weeks, with weekly two-hour episodes.

See the promo clip below:

Bruce Whitfield brings you Taking Stock on eNCA

eNCA in partnership with Discovery Invest, bring you a new weekly show to tackle issues in the business, finance and economic environments. Taking Stock is an in-depth interview programme, which blends news-driven topics and off-the-wall thought-provoking issues. Taking Stock will start on 4 October 2017 at 17h30 on eNCA.

Influential brands, such as Discovery Invest and eNCA, believe it is essential to get the country to take stock of its intractable challenges and to help South Africans make sense of their business landscape. eNCA managing director and editor-in-chief, Mapi Mhlangu, says, “As part of the expansion of its coverage of business and the economy, eNCA welcomes Bruce Whitfield to its lineup. The popularity of our flagship business show, Moneyline, is an indication that our audience has interest in business content on South Africa as the region’s economic hub. Under the stewardship of business & economics editor, Phathiswa Magopeni, and Whitfield, eNCA has every confidence that Taking Stock will charter a new territory in business news coverage during these politically and economically turbulent times.”

Discovery’s ethos is centred on stimulating minds by providing South Africa access to leading thinkers and experts to promote positive behavioural change. Discovery Invest’s sponsorship of this show is a manifestation of this ethos to educate the public on financial matters, with the aim of promoting and encouraging a savings culture as a requisite for long term personal and national financial stability.

Seasoned broadcaster, Whitfield brings wealth of experience to eNCA and the show. He will talk to influential minds in business, policymakers and trailblazers about what informs their decision-making and how they see their roles in tackling the country’s economic challenges in their respective domains. “I cannot wait to take stock with some of South Africa’s most powerful voices on money and business on eNCA. It’s a great opportunity to really dig into the biggest issues facing South Africa today,” says Whitfield.

Join Bruce Whitfield as he brings you Taking Stock from Wednesday 4 October 2017. The episodes premiere on Wednesdays at 17h30 and will repeat on Thursdays at 13h30, Saturdays at 13h00 and Sundays at 21h30 on eNCA on DStv (Channel 403).

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