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BASIC LEAD, the organizers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum today unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg  as the world’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa.”

 

Organizers are launching a new initiative to put film and televised content from sub-Saharan Africa front and center during DISCOP Johannesburg 2017, taking place from October 25 – 27 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A variety of campaigns will be deployed in the next six months to reach out to international broadcasters, pay-tv operators, streaming services, theatrical distributors, and sales agents seeking diverse and high-quality content.

 

This initiative underscores what has been a long-running commitment by the organizers to both showcase African homegrown content and develop coproduction opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. With 267 of the 347 production and distribution houses in attendance last year hailing from 36 African countries, DISCOP Johannesburg is already the largest gathering of African content production and distribution executives under one roof.

 

“We proudly declared after DISCOP Johannesburg 2016 that African content is King,” explains Patrick Zuchowicki, CEO of Basic Lead and founder of the DISCOP markets, ” and while African content has long struggled to reach audiences outside the continent, the presence at last year’s DISCOP Johannesburg of some of the major global streamers – the new kids on the buying block – proved that content “Made in Africa” could be a disruptive force. There is an appetite for new projects with universal appeal and competition increases for fresh talent that can travel across all borders.”

 

As African produced content continues to draw the attention of distributors and content aggregators from around the world, thematic hubs will be set-up to showcase content “Made in Africa”, such as the PAVILION FRANCOPHONE AFRICAIN promoting indepentley produced French-speaking content; the DIGILAB AFRICA unbrella to spotlight innovations in virtual reality and 360-degree storytelling,  and the ANIMATION VILLAGE to welcome Africa’s most creative animators.

 

Indeed, DISCOP Johannesburg 2017 will continue with its strong focus on African animation through its continued partnership with the AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK who will be hosting the ANIMATION VILLAGE. Nick Wilson, Project Manager of the African Animation Network, has this to say of the partnership, “The African Animation Network is delighted to continue to build on the animation presence at DISCOP Markets.  African animation creators are invited to compete in our pitching competitions (Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde) and skills development programme (Annecy – MIFA Animation du Monde – Skills Programme) which are presented in partnership with Annecy International animated Film Festival.  We’re extremely excited to host delegates from across the continent representing the widest diversity of the African animation industry and in line with the mantra “Made in Africa”.

 

Thanks to their extensive talent, shooting locations and skills pool as well as generous incentive programmes, South Africa and the City of Johannsburg will play a central role in the organizers’s plans to turn DISCOP Johannesburg into the World’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa”. Germany will be officially  welcome as DISCOP Johannesburg 2017’s “Guest Country”, and a MASTER CLASS program centered on the benefits of the existing co-production treaties between Germany and South Africa that covers both filmed and televised content.

 

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A number of the South African Broadcasting Corporations (SABC) radio stations along with their presenters and programmes were recognised and awarded across various genres for excellence in local programming, during the Liberty Radio Awards, which were held over the weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre.

 

 

Umhlobo Wenene FM led the SABC stable by collecting six awards including the coveted Station of the Year award for Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The Station broadcasts in IsiXhosa, 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout all nine Provinces and reaches over 5million listeners every week. Several other SABC Radio Stations took home two awards each, these included:

 

  • Tru FM
  • Thobela FM
  • Ukhozi FM
  • SAfm
  • Radio 2000

Not to be outdone, Lotus FM, Ligwalagwala FM, and 5FM bagged an award each.

Other highlights included a TruFM Bright Star inductee, Lwazi Mpofu. This category recognises the future leaders in the broadcasting industry and the SABC expects great things from Lwazi. In the Best News Reader category, Nomsa Mdhluli was recognised as the best news reader across the radio platform, lending credence to the SABC position as the developer of new talent. In addition to the awards, three of the six people who were inducted to the Hall of Fame included Umhlobo Wenene Rev. Nomathamsanqa Rweqana and two former employees Mr Fakir Hassen and Mr Zola Yeye.

 

SABC’s Head of Radio Marketing, Mr Siphelele Sixaso, was exuberant when he said, “These awards are indicative of the SABC’s dominance in South Africa’s radio landscape. It’s wonderful to have our fellow industry peers and competitors recognise this. This is a tremendous accolade to the hard working SABC radio teams who deliver on our mandate and touch the lives of millions of South Africans from all walks of life, every day. The performance of the SABC Radio brands at the Liberty Radio awards confirms that our brands are here to stay and chart the way forward for radio globally. The Liberty Radio awards also play a huge role in reaffirming to our clients and listeners that SABC is home to the country’s biggest radio brands”.

 

 

The Liberty Radio Awards aim to present a credible, well-judged and transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s leading media choices. The awards are about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled and it is important for the SABC to be part of it.

 

SABC WINNERS AT THE LIBERTY RADIO AWARDS AND CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

Weekend Breakfast Show:

Umhlobo Wenene – Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili

Afternoon Drive Show:

TruFM- Tru Afternoon

Breakfast Presenter: PBS

Thobela FM- Nkgadimeng Kekana

Station of the Year PBS:

Umhlobo Wenene

My Station Listeners Choice:

Radio 2000

Station Imaging:

Umhlobo Wenene

Promotions Stunt/ Event: PBS

Ukhozi FM- Vuka Mzansi Breakfast Show

Music Show: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- Ikwayala Eziphambili

Night-Time Show: PBS

Radio 2000- Talk on 2000

Traffic Presenter: Combined

5FM- Ms Cosmo

News Reader: PBS

SAFM- Nomsa Mdhluli

 

Daytime Show: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- SJL (Sijik’ Langa)

Community Project: PBS

Thobela FM-Ex-convicts Empowerment

Bright Stars:

TruFM- Lwazi Mpofu

Drama Programme: Combined All

RSG- Bloedlyn

Afternoon Drive Presenter: PBS

Ligwalagwala FM – Dumisa ‘Dj Shabbisto’ Mavuso

News and Actuality Show: PBS

Lotus FM- Walk the Talk with Alan Khan

Sports Show: PBS

SAFM- Disappointment for Blitzboks in Rio

Content Producer: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- Mpumelelo Mali

Hall of Fame:

Rev Nomathamsanqa Rweqana

Mr Fakir Hassen

Mr Zola Yeye

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POWER 98.7 bags six at the Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Gauteng’s newest talk radio station, POWER 98.7 dominated the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards by collecting the highest number of awards for any commercial radio station in South Africa. At a classy ceremony in Sandton, the three-year old newcomer was the talk of the night after scooping six awards in key categories, upstaging more established and older competition. POWER Drive, which was previously hosted by Thabiso Tema and produced by Neo Leeuw won Best Afternoon Drive Show, while POWER Talk, hosted by Iman Rappetti and produced by Mava Kuselo won Best Day Time Show.

 

“Thabiso and Neo delivered a brilliant product all through 2016 and this prompted us to move Thabiso to host POWER Breakfast in 2017, a move that has now been vindicated even by those outside of POWER House. Iman is away on a short holiday in the US, after stepping down from here television role and we were on the phone with her as soon as she and Mava were announced. She was very excited to win her first award in radio. She is in love with radio and radio is in love with Iman, so I’m certain there will be many more such awards for her and her partner Mava” says Andile Khumalo, Managing Director of POWER 98.7

 

The popular weekly sports show, POWER Sports Extra, hosted by the SAB Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, Thabiso Mosia and produced by Katlego Modiba won Best Sports Show, against some very tough and established competition.

 

“If you consider that POWER Sports Extra which airs once a week, on a Friday afternoon was in competition with daily shows from some of the biggest commercial radio stations throughout South Africa, you can’t help but be proud of this winning combination of Thabiso and Katlego. Their success bodes well not just for POWER 98.7 but the broader MSG Afrika group, especially with the launch of the two additional stations in the Eastern Cape and Free State – an opportunity I am confident the two of them will grab with both hands” added Khumalo.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of POWER 98.7 winning the Best Station Imaging Award, which was duly collected by Head of Production at POWER House, Linda Manganye. The award represents the full on air identity and personality of the radio station. The POWER Update, presented by Jeremy Maggs and produced by Neo Leeuw scooped the Best News and Actuality Show. In addition to the show awards, Neo Leeuw also won the hotly contested Best Content Producer award for POWER Update.

 

“There is not a single person at POWER House who is surprised by young Neo Leeuw’s success at the radio awards this year. Her work ethic is second to none. She is constantly pushing boundaries and wanting only the best of her work going on air. She deserves all these accolades and we are very proud of her” concluded Khumalo.

 

 

The full list of POWER 98.7 winners:

 

Best Commercial Drive Show POWER Drive
Best Commercial Day Show POWER Talk
Best Commercial Sports Show POWER Sport Extra
Best Station Imaging Award POWER 98.7
Best News and Actuality Show POWER Update
Best Content Producer Neo Leeuw

 

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Liberty Radio Awards – and the Winners are…

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flame of excellence in the radio industry burned especially bright last night at the Sandton Convention Centre when the winners of the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards were announced. The Awards programme celebrates and acknowledges excellence in radio and brings the entire industry together for a night of celebration.

“Radio plays a critical role in the lives of almost 94% of all South Africans – it is their primary source of information and entertainment – sponsoring these awards enables us to contribute towards raising the standard of radio broadcasting, ultimately resulting in stations providing more compelling fare for their listeners,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer of Liberty. “This, in turn, leads to better dissemination of valuable knowledge that empowers listeners with vital information; we trust that building on the successes of the radio industry will help us on building on our successes as a society – which is one of Liberty’s core values.”

 

“I was particularly pleased with the number of entries that we received,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Thanks to Liberty’s foresight in sponsoring the awards, radio stations and personalities have a platform to benchmark their performance and to strive to meet higher standards of excellence in their craft. The quality and depth of entries was remarkable and the adjudicators had a difficult time sorting out the best of the best, all of which bodes well for the future of radio.”

 

John Robbie, who hung up his headphones at 702 after a distinguished career spanning 30 years with the station, was presented with a Lifetime Achiever Award. Robbie’s career and his achievements paved the way for many broadcasters to follow and the Lifetime Achiever Award is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to the radio industry.

Please click here for a list of the respective category finalists and winners: (Winners in bold type).

 

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Kaya FM 95.9 to announce new line up changes

Posted by radio On April - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Kaya daytime line up has been largely established, with Bob Mabena and Mo-G having been at the station for the last 5 years. T-Bose Mokwele and John Perlman celebrate 10 years with the station in 2017 and Georgie Munetsi Bizzah and Nicky B are celebrating 20 years with Kaya this year, having started in the year of Kaya’s inception. While much success, tears and laughter have been shared, now is the time to make some line-up changes in-line with the vision to take the station into the future.

Kaya started implementing future plans by making shifts with the last line-up change that revolved around evening and weekend radio in late 2016. Bridget Masinga and Kojo Baffoe joined in September and October of 2016 launching Late Nights with Bridget Masinga and Life with Kojo Baffoe. Tebogo “Proverb” Thekisho was brought on to take over the Top 40 on a Saturday morning and Thomas Msengana coming in on Fridays and Saturdays with Weekends with Thomas. Other empirical changes involved T-Bose taking over Sunday afternoons with Sunday soul sessions.

 

“The changing landscape of the Afropolitan in the South African context is going to be challenging in many ways and will require deep meaningful conversations which Kaya aims to deliver with the announcement of the new line-up “, says Kaya FM Managing Director Greg Maloka.

 

Kaya will make the announcement of the new line up on Thursday 13 April 2017.

 

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MTN Joyous Celebration turns 21!

Posted by radio On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Well known for inspiring gospel compositions, uplifting nations, changing lives and creating memorable spiritual experiences, MTN Joyous Celebration has been unrivalled for over two decades. And this year, which marks the inspirational gospel extravaganza’s 21st anniversary, #MTNJoyous21, is most certainly no different.

 

Officially on tour with their 21st album titled ‘Heal Our Land’, MTN Joyous Celebration wants you to be part of the incredible journey, reliving the past 21 years, as well as making new amazing memories and joyous experiences. This year’s momentous national journey, Tour 21, boasts a sterling cast of fresh, raw talent from all around the country bringing much joy and celebration to audience members, as well as blessing them with an unforgettable phenomenon of new, and much loved, vibrant gospel tunes.

 

Since its inception in 1994, MTN Joyous Celebration has enriched and enthralled the lives of many South Africans, not just the spiritual group’s devoted followers, but ultimately, the entire nation, and in turn has become the most acclaimed gospel group in Mzansi.

 

 

To celebrate this amazing milestone, MTN is giving you, and all MTN Joyous Celebration enthusiasts, the incredible opportunity to stand to win R200 000, for you and a charity of your choice to share. This is your chance to give back to the musical group, to thank them for the past 21 years of gospel magic and to share your joyous experiences with others.

 

Entering is simple. To stand a chance to win the ultimate prize of R200 000 (R100 000 for you and R100 000 for a charity of your choice), download any of these exclusive MTN Joyous Celebration 21 CallerTunez from their new 21 ‘Heal Our Land’ album.

 

  • Dial *123*90# for Nozipho Phiri’s ‘Mayenzeke
  • Dial *123*91# for Pastor Jabu Hlongwane’s ‘I’m Surrounded
  • Dial *123*92# for Takesure Ncube’s ‘Ndiye
  • Dial *123*93# for Pastor Mthunzi Namba’s ‘Ngena Noah

 

Dial the relevant number above to download the song you want, and you could win R200 000 (R100 000 for you, and R100 000 for a charity of your choice under the theme ‘Heal Our Land’). Once the lucky winner has been announced and they have selected their charity of choice, MTN will continue the journey alongside them helping to uplift and heal the community by facilitating the donation process. T&C apply.

 

But that’s not all. There are also many other incredible prizes to be won including VIP experiences, grocery and airtime vouchers, Skull Candy headsets, and so much more!

 

Together, let’s dance, sing and celebrate, reliving the past and sharing new memories. Let’s Live Joyous.

 

This year’s MTN Joyous Celebration dates for your region:

 

DATE VENUE CITY/PROVINCE NO OF SHOWS
14 – 16 April 2017 Carnival City Brakpan, Gauteng 3
5 – 6 May 2017 NMMU Missionvale PE, Eastern Cape 2
2 – 3 June 2017 Good Hope Christian Church, Ottery Cape Town, Western Cape 2
30 June and 1 July 2017 Banquet Hall Middleburg, Mpumalanga 2
TBD Sun City Rustenburg, North West 1
4 – 5 August 2017 ICC Durban Arena Durban, KZN 2
26 August 2017 Vista Arena UFS South Campus Bloemfontein, Free State 1

 

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More than 170 million people in Africa now access the platform each month, 94% of which are on mobile
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

 

“Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

 

 

Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

 

 

Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

 

“Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We’re also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”

 

 

 

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At the Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet on 22 April at the Sandton Convention Centre, acknowledgement will be made of people who have made a significant contribution to the radio industry as well as of the young Bright Stars who will play a substantial role in the industry’s future.

The following individuals will be inducted into the Liberty Radio Awards Hall of Fame:

  • Fakir Hassen
  • Lynn Joffe
  • Jeremy Maggs
  • Rev Nomathamsanqa Rweqana
  • Tony Sanderson
  • Zola Yeye

The future leaders of the industry who will be inducted as “Bright Stars” are:

 

Keneilwe Mohapi Capricorn FM
Herman Human East Rand Stereo
Nonjabulo “Njabs” Zwane Gagasi FM
Sthabiso Nyaba Inanda FM
Mbalenhle Shandu Nqubeko FM
Charonike Nel PUK FM
Lwazi Mpofu trufm
Katleho Mahlangu VOW FM

 

To book your ticket to the Liberty Radio Awards Banquet, click here or contact melissa@libertyradioawards.co.za

 

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The Liberty Radio Awards adjudication panel reviewed more than 1700 entries earlier in March, making this the most hotly contested Radio Awards yet. Following the announcement of the various category finalists on 22 March, the finalists for the coveted Station of the Year title have now been selected and the final adjudication of this category is in process.

 

“The excitement that the announcement of category finalists is generating is confirmation that radio is the best medium to engage with a nation,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Group. “The finalists in the Station of the Year category have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the radio industry, and this resonates with the values that Liberty has inculcated over the last 60 years to guide our customers towards financial freedom, using media such a radio to also do this. A solid future for radio ensures increased access to knowledge and information and ultimately empowers listeners with the ability to make informed choices.”

 

 

The adjudication panel will now review the finalists taking the following criteria into account:

  • Quality and depth of entries
  • On-Air success and innovation
  • Audience numbers
  • Community outreach
  • Understanding of listener and focus
  • X-factor

“The challenge of selecting the best of the best will be very exacting,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “With the depth and standard of entries received, there is not much to separate the finalists and I eagerly await the outcome of this final adjudication process.”

 

The Station of the Year finalists are:

CAMPUS
MFM
PUK FM
UJFM
VOW FM
COMMUNITY
HOT 91.9
GROOT
MIX 93.8 FM
RADIO ISLAM
RADIO PULPIT
 

PBS
LOTUS FM
MOTSWEDING FM
RSG
THOBELA FM
UMHLOBO WENENE FM

COMMERCIAL
5FM
ALGOA FM
JACARANDA FM
KAYA FM
POWER FM
TALK RADIO 702

 

 

 

The 2017 Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 22 April.

 

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OPW has a new host,guess who?

Posted by radio On March - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – host of Our Perfect Wedding.

 

She cemented her place in our hearts as the well-meaning gossip, Ma Mnisi in Isibaya and she captured our imagination as Slenda in the local female prison drama, Lockdown.

 

Now actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – as the host of the wildly popular Mzansi Magic reality show, Our Perfect Wedding.

 

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time. This is a big challenge and a huge responsibility because South Africa is very passionate and opinionated about OPW. I hope to win them over,” said Buthelezi.

 

The animated TV personality will become a regular Sunday TV fixture over 13 weeks from May 2017, while current host Thembisa Mdoda takes a break.

 

As an experienced stage and television actress, she has cultivated a strong brand for herself, playing fun and loving characters that South Africa has come to love.

 

Her deep husky voice coupled with her effervescent personality are sure to bring a different flavour to the narrative of lovers and the journey they face on their way to the alter.

 

“I’m looking forward to hearing couples recount their stories and being able to walk with them in the final leg of their path to marriage. Love is such a beautiful thing!,” said an excited Buthelezi.

 

Don’t miss her debut as the new host of Our Perfect Wedding in May.

 

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