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New local soapie to feature on kykNET & Kie

On 16 November kykNET & Kie (DStv channel 145) will launch new local Afrikaans
soapie Suidooster.

The show is produced by Gambit Films which received acclaim at the kykNET
Silwerskermfees and Independent Mzansi Short Film Festival for the short film
Number 37. Gambit Films has received mentorship from Homebrew
Films in the last few years and M-Net Director for Afrikaans Channels Karen Meiring
explains, “M-Net is delighted that this partnership – which we actively supported,
encouraged and nurtured for several years – has led to the birth of a series that’s
expected to become a highlight on our schedule. We are passionate about developing
capacity in the industry and the kykNET Silwerskermfees has been instrumental in
achieving this.’

Suidooster is the first soapie to be set in the Western Cape and will
feature every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 16 November at 20h00 on
kykNET & Kie.

kykNET 2015 Silwerskerm Film Festival call for entries

kykNET is presenting an opportunity to celebrate the growth and diversity of the South African film industry at its annual Silwerskerm Film Festival.

Over the past five years the Silwerskerm Film Festival has become a respected festival within the local film industry. The festival not only aims to provide broader exposure for South African films, but also creates an opportunity for both established and aspirant filmmakers to take part in lively dialogue and debate during the festival. It is through these opportunities that the Silwerskerm Film Festival strives to encourage innovative collaborations between artists and in so doing, to nurture and embrace the future of the South African film industry.

The festival encourages all passionate filmmakers to enter their original short film concepts, or to utilise the opportunity to showcase their existing work. Although all short film concepts must be in Afrikaans, the festival accepts entries in any official South African language in the Existing Films category. Filmmakers whose short film concepts make it to the final round of the competition will receive R150 000 to produce and deliver their films to kykNET. Their film will enjoy its official premiere at the festival and be eligible to win the official festival prizes (Best Short Film, Best Short Film Screenplay). All of the commissioned short films will also be broadcast on kykNET (DStv Channel 144).

All entries for the 2015 Silwerskerm Film Festival must be submitted online. To submit your entries visit the kykNET website.

The closing date for short film concept entries is 30 March 2015 and 24 April 2015 for Existing Works.

This year’s festival will again take place in Camps Bay from 26 to 29 August 2015.

Jacaranda FM and KykNET Musiek launch Lekker TV

On Saturdays from 10h30 to 19h30, Lekker TV, a collaboration between Jacaranda FM
and KykNET Musiek, features on DStv channel 146. The channel offers music charts,
sports, song requests, gossip, entertainment and on-air highlights with
programmes being hosted by popular Jacaranda FM presenters Rian van Heerden,
Janina Oberholzer, Frankie du Toit, Morne JK, Robbie Kruse, Barney Simon and Martin

Kevin Fine, Jacaranda FM’s general manager said, “Our ability to create tears,
laughter or goose bumps has an additional outlet and the partnership with Urban
Brew Studios and KykNET makes this a powerful offering. We’ll be taking our
personalities as well as their guests, artists and magical moments to television which
creates a whole new offering that will provide a new platform for our listeners to
interact with us and enhance client opportunities. The exciting part is the ability to
take the great content that we’re creating and sharing it with television viewers
around South Africa.’

Weekly Lekker TV content schedule

10h30 – Lekker Brekfis: Rian van Heerden and his team present the breakfast hour.

11h30 – Lekker Sport: Sports fundi, Robbie Kruse reviews and previews the week’s
biggest sports events.

12h30 – Lekker Vir Jou: Janina Oberholzer plays viewers’ favourite song requests of
the week.

13h30 Lekker Bester: Martin Bester and his team and share the week’s radio studio

14h30 Lekker Tech: Frankie du Toit and Rozanne McKenzie bring viewers the latest
gadgets, games and tech’ industry news.

15h30 Lekker Celeb: Morne JK fills veiwers in on local and international gossip and
entertainment news.

16h30 Lekker Legendes: Rock industry stalwart, Barney Simon plays his favourite
golden oldies.

17h30 Lekker Vermaak: Janina Oberholzer’s weekly interview with the entertainer of
the week.

18h30 Lekker Nuut: Frankie du Toit presents an hour of the freshest music videos.

Janine Opperman, KykNET’s head of Afrikaans music channels added, “Each hour has
a unique theme, presented by different jocks. Packed with music videos, witty
interviews, songs, games and even field reports, the truly unique Lekker TV will
change live radio music on KykNET. What you hear on Jacaranda FM, you’re likely to
see on Lekker TV. Lekker TV is radio-television in the true sense of the phrase.’

kykNET funds 15 shorts for the Silwerskerm Festival

From 27 to 30 August the fourth annual kykNET Silwerskerm Festival will take place at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town. The festival highlights the best in Afrikaans film and will include feature film premieres, short films, discussion panels, an awards ceremony and for the first time documentary films as well as 15 short films produced by kykNET.

According to Silwerskermfees mentor Deon Opperman; “Just like “depth’ is created in sport by creating high-standard training opportunities for the emerging talent of the next generation, Silwerskerm creates an opportunity for emerging talent in the film industry – producers, writers, directors and production teams – to hone their skills in preparation for larger, professional projects thereafter. It gives me great pleasure as writing mentor to be involved with the Silwerskerm festival. It is my belief that this project will in the years to come have a significant impact on the standard of South African film.”

Scripts for the kykNET produced short films were selected from a large number of applicants who were taken through script development sessions and mentorship with Mitzi Booysen, Herman Binge, Andre Stoltz and Deon Opperman. Funded by kykNET, the films are currently being filmed in and around South Africa.

This year the festival will be involved with Cape Town’s World Design Capital initiative. In light of this and in an aim to create unique South African narratives, the Silwerskerm festival in conjunction with AFDA and Guga S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in Langa, will be making a number of short one to two minute films. This project was also executed in Hillbrow, Johannesburg and these films will also be screened at the festival.

Keep up to date with the Silwerskerm Festival by following on Twitter and Facebook.

Entries for the kykNET Silwerskermfees open on 14 April 2014

kykNET is proud to present the 4th annual Silwerskermfees, an opportunity to celebrate the burgeoning South African film industry.

During its existence, the Silwerskermfees has proved itself as a renowned local film festival and aims not only to increase the exposure of young talent but to create an opportunity for dialogue between young upcoming filmmakers and established names within the industry.

Furthermore, the festival strives for an outcome of innovative collaborations that nurtures and helps the filmmakers of the future.

Entries for short films and existing work open on 14 April and all filmmakers are encouraged to enter their proposals or to use this opportunity to enter existing work.

Proposals and films that are accepted by the festival will be shown during the Silwerskermfees in Camps Bay from 27 to 30 August and will be broadcast on DStv channels later this year.

Entry forms are available on the Silwerskermfees website at http://kyknet.dstv.com/category/programme/silwerskermfees/.

Expats now have access to kykNET

South African pay-channel M-Net’s Afrikaans brand kykNET is venturing into new territory. Afrikaans-speaking South Africans in the UK can now enjoy two kykNET channels on the television service TalkTalk.

These two channels, kykNET and kykNET Musiek, have been added to the range of language-specific channels from all over the world provided to TalkTalk by THEMA, a company that aggregates the best television content for diaspora communities.

According to M-Net’s director of Afrikaans channels, Karen Meiring, kykNET’s move into the UK is the next logical step for this popular brand: “Over the years, we have received thousands of requests to expand kykNET’s footprint. Taking kykNET to the UK is testimony to the fact that we are sensitive to the needs of our audiences and potential audiences – no matter where they are.

“With the assistance of THEMA and TalkTalk, kykNET is turning into a citizen of the world – and this is just the beginning.’

The kykNET UK channel allows TalkTalk subscribers to experience the variety of programmes their South African friends and family enjoy, while kykNET Musiek showcases contemporary music stars such as Laurika Rauch, Steve Hofmeyr, Juanita du Plessis, Coenie de Villiers and Kurt Darren.

Pay-television viewers in the UK can now start their day with Dagbreek, kykNET’s vibrant breakfast show; follow the soapies Binneland and Villa Rosa; get up to speed with news and actuality with Robinson Regstreeks, Beleggingsfokus and kykNETNuus; enjoy the drama Donkerland or cook up a storm with Nataniel in Die Nataniel Tafel.

Other cooking shows include Ilse Kook! presented by Ilse Fourie, and Roer! with Tammy-Anne Fortuin visiting the kitchens of SA celebrities.

In the series Jan Braai vir Erfenis a character named Jan Braai travels through the world to convert everyone to the quintessentially South African braai culture. And to add some laughter to the northern hemisphere, the kykNET UK line-up also features the Willie Esterhuizen comedies Vir Beter of Baie Beter, and the old favourite Hester en Ester Bester.

François Thiellet, CEO of THEMA, says THEMA is the ideal partner to bring this variety of Afrikaans programming to expats. “On top of all this home-made programming, TalkTalk offers a wide range of channels that South Africans in the UK are familiar with, as well as broadband. It is your one-stop for great entertainment and we are thrilled to be part of all of this.’

Visit https://sales.talktalk.co.uk/info/tv/tv-extras/boost/world-boost to find out how to subscribe to TalkTalk.

A sneak peek at kykNET Silwerskermfees

The first online promo for the kykNET 2013 Silwerskermfees, which recognises the local industry and is a celebration of Afrikaans movies, has been released.

Audiences will be able to watch the world premieres and first screenings of movies such as Bakgat! 3, Die Ballade van Robbie de Wee, Faan se Trein, Molly & Wors Die Movie and Musiek vir die Agtergrond as well as Durban Poison, which won Best South African Feature Film at the recent Durban International Film Festival.

Thirteen exciting short films also screen, showcasing the efforts of promising talent in the industry.

The fourth edition of the kykNET 2013 Silwerskermfees takes place from 28 to 31 August at The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay in Cape Town.

Watch the promo here:


Visit www.kyknet.co.za for more information and to book weekly and daily festival passes.

Epic Afrikaans drama on kykNET

A new kykNET production, Donkerland starts screening in August in South Africa on DStv Channel 144. Filmed from March to June, the 13-hour drama series is based on the stage production with the same name written by Hertzog prize winner, Deon Opperman.

Since 2008, Opperman has written six drama series for kykNET, namely Kruispad (2008), Hartland (2011) and Getroud met Rugby (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012). These series were all produced by Bottom Line Entertainment (Pty) Ltd.

The story of Donkerland is set over a period of 158 years from 1838 to 1996. With the changing sociopolitical landscape of the country as its background, Donkerland chronicles the lives of six generations from a settler family as well as the workers’ family on the farm Donkerland in the Weenen district in KwaZulu-Natal.

The series mainly focuses on the complicated relationships between the different generations and the dynamic between the family and the farm workers.

Created in 1997 as theatrical drama, Donkerland was regarded as a milestone in South African literature, especially due to its revisionistic viewpoint of Afrikaner history.

Donkerland stars, among others, Anel Alexander, James Alexander, Neil Bennett Grib, Jacques Bessenger, Mothusi Chebeletsane, Gys de Villiers, Lelia Etsebeth, Gustav Gerdener, Lucius Khulu, Busiswa Mambi, Rolanda Marais, Albert Maritz, Fezile Mpela, Gerard Rudolf, Jana Strydom, Thabo Tshabalala, Marcel van Heerden and Karen Wessels.

The series is directed by Jozua Malherbe and written by Saartjie Botha and Deon Opperman.

KykNET launches breakfast show

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: Afrikaans pay-TV broadcaster kykNET launched a new breakfast show called Dagbreek at The Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg on Monday 22 October. Dagbreek will go on air on 5 November and will broadcast live every weekday between 06h00 and 08h00.

KykNET head, Karen Meiring, noted that there has never been a live Afrikaans breakfast show in South Africa. “This is also a first for M-Net, so we feel like pioneers,’ said Meiring.

She added that they have chosen their presenters carefully to represent a full spectrum of their viewers. Presenters include Bettie Kemp, Elma Smit, Harald Richter, Rozanne McKenzie, Pierre Breytenbach and Dalen Lance.

Executive producer, Wim Steyn, noted that breakfast TV can’t be generic. “We will have a very strong focus on business, news, current affairs, agriculture and politics. However, there will also be a balance of lifestyle, including food and exercise, as well as art and entertainment.

“We’ve got 24.com as a news partner, so we will have newspaper editors coming into our studio daily and having in-depth conversations about the news of the day. We’ve also got SuperSport as our sport partner.’

Steyn described the programme as easy-going and friendly, yet business-orientated.

The show will be broadcast from Stark Studios in Randburg, with three static studio cameras and one roaming, handheld camera. Dagbreek also has two teams – one in Johannesburg and one in Cape Town – that will shoot inserts on Canon 5D cameras.

Report by Linda Loubser

Afrikaans short film at kykNET film fest

Drukkersbloed, a new Afrikaans short film written by Kabous Meiring, Jennis Williamson and JC Snooke, will make its debut as part of the 2012 kykNET Silwerskerm Filmfees (kykNET Silver Screen Film Festival). The film is one of only 10 finalists in this competition.

Drukkersbloed revolves around the intrigues, politics, scandals and envy in the African music industry, leading to the murder of a journalist.

The cast includes soap actors, singers and newcomers like Illse Roos, Karin vd Laag, Anel Alexander, JC Snooke, Lee Scott, Leandie du Randt, Mari Molefe van Heerden, Gustav Gerdener and Debre Rossouw.

Drukkersbloed is produced by Jennis Williamson, managing director of well-known talent agency Talent Etc, and JC Snooke, currently featured in Getroud met Rugby on kykNET as well as Deon Opperman’s theatre production, Ons vir Jou. Drukkersbloed will be directed by Kabous Meiring, with Regardt van den Bergh as mentor.

“The soundtrack consists of new music sung by Debre Rossouw (accompanied by the new pop-rock group, Faith Regained), a fantastic cast and story lines regarding several scandals in the South African music market. Sure to put any music manager and producer on edge,’ explains Williamson.

JC Snooke, fellow producers adds: “Drukkersbloed will answer some questions, but also leave the viewer with unresolved feelings regarding the music industry and market, a market that they, without any question or research, support.’

The top five short films will be screened in Nu Metro cinemas nationwide as well as on kykNET. The kykNET Silwerskerm Filmfees aims to improve the South African film, documentary and short film market by giving it the platform it needs. The festival will take place from 5 to 9 September 2012, in the heart of the winelands, Stellenbosch.

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