Reel African Images seeks the best films

Promoting Reel African Images (PRAI) is seeking the "The Best of the Best" films and videos from the African Diaspora for Fespaco, the Pan African Film/Video Festival held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso The honorary chairman of 2007 Fespaco/ PRAI is Harry Belafonte. In accepting this position, he carries the baton previously held by Dr. Maya Angelou and filmmaker William Greaves.

Dyke demands BBC disclosure

According to Media Guardian, on 20 December Greg Dyke demanded that the BBC publish documents explaining why he was fired as its director-general in January 2004.

Internet TV service coming from Skype founders

Internet TV in high definition quality is about to happen. Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the founders of IP-telephony company Skype, will soon begin offering a worldwide Internet TV service, according to an article in the "Financial Times.'

Gauteng Film Commission launches new marketing drive

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has launched a new marketing campaign to promote the province as a production hub of choice. The campaign, launched under the sassy slogan of "Big ideas, Perfect locations', seeks to reinforce the province as a mature international film centre; one where the creative ideas are as big as the mine-dumps, and the weather and locations perfectly pitched, year-round.

MIPTV keynote speaker announced

Reed MIDEM today announces that Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of leading European entertainment network, RTL Group, will give a keynote speech at MIPTV/MILIA 2007.

Global broadcast and media technology industry experiences 40% profit growth

Broadcast and media technology suppliers in Europe and North America are experiencing a 40% year on year profit growth according to the Q3 Industry Index published by the IABM, the organisation that represents broadcast and media technology suppliers worldwide, with European manufacturers revealing better return on sales figures than their North American counterparts over the period.

Moneypenny Services contracted for feature

Moneypenny Services, a niche financial service provider to the film and entertainment industry, has been contracted to handle the payroll on the independent film,The Bird Can’t Fly, which is being filmed in Atlantis, just outside Cape Town in South Africa.

Durban gets scriptwriter’s lab

The Durban Film Office (DFO) together with the KwaZulu Natal Department of Economic Development, the MAPPP SETA and the South African Scriptwriting Institute, will officially launched the Durban Scriptwriter’s Lab.

Durban gets to savour “Bunny Chow’

The award-winning South African film "Bunny Chow’ had its Kwa Zulu Natal premiere at the Kwa Mashu Film Festival on Friday, 8 December. Director John Barker and three of the movie's stars, David Kibuuka, Joey Rasdien and Kagiso Lediga attended the screening.

Middle East broadcasters boost supplier turnover

Middle Eastern broadcast markets are growing in importance in the broadcast and media technology industry and are now the third most active regional market, behind Europe and North America, according to the latest quarterly IABM Industry Trends analysis. This is up from fifth place in the first quarter survey overtaking Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe.
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