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Premiering on 14 December 2017, Tali’s Wedding Diary follows a self-obsessed Sandton princess (Julia) who’s moved to Cape Town and is filming the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiance Darren (Anton Taylor, star of the popular web series Jozi Shore and the award-winning short Money, Keys, Phone).

 

 

 

“Tali and Suzelle are very different characters,” says Julia. “Everyone loves Suzelle but audiences are going to love to hate Tali – she’s definitely a bridezilla, who’s determined to have the perfect wedding, with or without her husband-to-be.” She says while Suzelle would love Tali, Tali would find Suzelle irritating.

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary was inspired by Julia’s own wedding to SuzelleDIY director Ari Kruger. Their shared sense of humour was part of what brought them together and they had lots to laugh at in the build-up to their wedding. “There’s so much comedic material in getting married,” says Julia. “You meet the funniest people and there’s so much stuff you can’t actually believe, but somehow we’d never seen a wedding parody in a South African context before.”

 

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, Julia and Ari have created more than 80 Suzelle videos with over 23 million views. They’ve taught over 2.5 million peopleHow To Make A Cinderblock Bench and another million How To Make A Braai Pie. Kruger has also directed two Vimeo Staff Pick short films, Jakkals13 and Focus.

 

For Tali’s Wedding Diary, they’ve surrounded themselves with an all-star cast, including Lara Lipschitz, who just won Best Actress at NYC Web Fest  for her seriesChin-Up; three-time Savannah Comics Choice nominee Glen Biderman-Pam; Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner and 2017 SAFTA nominee Kate Normington (Those Who Can’t); and two-time Fleur du Cap winner Guy De Lancey (The Pervert Laura). Look out for cameos from the likes of Top Billing host Lorna Maseko; Nic Smal from Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues; Nicci Saint Bruce (Push Push); members of Al Bairre; and, of course, Gina Collins (Marianne in SuzelleDIY).

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary is the debut Showmax Original, building on the success of this year’s acclaimed co-productions: iNumber Number with Mzansi Magic andWaterfront with kykNET.

 

“There’s no question that there’s a strong demand for local content and that it can be a key differentiator,” says Showmax Africa head Chris Savides. “When Julia and Ari approached us, we loved that they weren’t pitching a Hollywood show cut and paste into South Africa, but rather characters straight from Sandton and Sea Point. We plan to keep giving our customers the best international shows out there but at the same time offer something nobody else has – truly local programming like Tali’s Wedding Diary, made just for them.”

 

“Working with Showmax has been almost like a dream come true,” says Ari. “They gave us creative control, which is unheard of here. I feel like we got everything we set out to get; we didn’t have to compromise on the things we really wanted. That’s a very fortunate place to be.”

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary will be available to binge-watch on Showmax from 14 December 2017.

 

Watch and embed the trailer:

https://youtu.be/XVwMXLkFxlo

 

Watch and embed @talibabes announcement on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbjHzXoF85d/

 

 

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MTN Bushfire 2018 Trader Applications Now Open!

Posted by radio On November - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Are you a seasoned vendor with unique, tasty and culture inspired gourmet street food or an artisan who sells creative, sustainably sourced, high quality products?

 

MTN Bushfire’s 12th edition, taking place from 25 – 27 May 2018, is currently accepting applications for the Global Food Village and Artisanal Design Marketplace.

 

MTN Bushfire 2018 invites all interested traders to APPLY for stalls to trade in the coming edition taking place in the scenic Malkerns Valley, Swaziland. MTN Bushfire, well-known for its diverse and exciting musical line-up, has also always been acknowledged as a holistic experience that includes the arts, food, culture, and family-centric activities. The festival is the ideal opportunity to showcase your products to over 29,000 people who attend from across the globe.

 

The MTN Bushfire Global Food Village and Artisanal Design Marketplace offer the highest quality local products, with an integration of inspired creations from both Swaziland and other countries in the region.

 

We invite dynamic entrepreneurs, specializing in gourmet street food to apply to trade at the The Global Food Village, a celebration of food culture offering festival goers an exploration of a tantalizing diversity of tastes from around the world. Here we look for traders providing unique, tasty and culturally inspired gourmet food options.

 

In a change for the 2018 edition, The Artisanal Design Marketplace now welcomes more than just strictly handmade items opening up to up-cycled and recycled vintage fashion as well. The Artisanal Design Marketplace consists of creative, sustainably sourced, high quality products that are made from from recycled, up-cycled, natural and/ or environmentally friendly materials.

 

Application closing date is 12 February 2018. Final trader selection will be made by 26 February 2018 For more information please contact traders@bush-fire.com.

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Heart FM to host Standard Bank Business Breakfast

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Heart FM has partnered with South Africa’s largest financial services institution by assets, to present the latest instalment of the Standard Bank Business Breakfast Series on 28 November 2017 at the Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom.

 

The aim of the event is to create a knowledge-gaining and confidence-boosting experience for attendees that will help them grow their businesses and personal brands by connecting them with inspirational speakers who are not only relatable, but will share their stories and challenge them to what is next.

 

The speaker line up for the day includes Sandras Phiri, Managing Director and Founder of the Africa Trust Academy, and Suhana Gordhan, Creative Director at FCB and Chairperson of the Loeries Awards. The two boast a wealth of knowledge and accolades in their respective fields, and will captivate the audience with their journey to date. Host of Heart Breakfast Aden Thomas will be on MC duties for the day.

 

Legendary Springbok Rugby captain Mornè Du Plessis will also be on the speaker bill for the day. Du Plessis is often described as one of the most successful rugby captains in the game. He also led the Springboks to victory as their manager during the 1995 World Cup campaign. A business man in his own right, Du Plessis co-founded the Sport Science Institute of South Africa with Tim Noakes.

 

Managing Director for Heart FM Renee Redelinghuys says the partnership is a natural fit.  “Our success has really been based on partnering with businesses who engage with communities, place a strong focus on customer experience and embrace innovation which is why this partnership with Standard Bank is a good fit.  As the biggest radio station in the Western Cape, we need to constantly stay ahead of the curve asking ourselves what is next, to provide the best experience for our listeners, in order for us to maintain our number one positioning.”

 

“The Standard Bank Business Breakfast Series is just one of the many ways we help South Africa’s entrepreneurs achieve their business “nexts” – along with innovative, efficient banking solutions and access to capital,” says Willie Chavalala, Head: Business Banking Gauteng Region, Retail and Business Banking SA at Standard Bank. “These events aim to motivate and inspire, while offering small business-owners the valuable opportunity to network with like-minded, ambitious individuals – an opportunity that could take their business to the next, prosperous level.”

 

Tickets for the event are priced at R250 and are available atComputicket.

 

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Entries open for 2018 Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Calling all talented, innovative and popular radio professionals and production companies to register for the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards which will be presented at a Gala Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on 14 April 2018!  Online entries are now open until 31 January 2018 at www.libertyradioawards.co.za.

The Liberty Radio Awards promote, acknowledge and reward excellence in the radio industry, with the ultimate aim of ensuring that the standard is continuously raised which ultimately benefits listeners.

 

Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards, says, “The 2018 programme will determine the best of the best in several categories including:  Best Breakfast Show Presenter; Best Breakfast Show; Best Afternoon Drive; Best Afternoon Show presenter; Best business & finance Show and many more.

 

In recognition of the proliferation of digital delivery platforms, we have added two new categories – Best Internet Radio Programme and Best Podcast.  We have also combined the PBS and Commercial sectors into one Commercial Radio category which we believe will lead to even higher standards across the entire industry, with the listener being the ultimate benefactor. ”

“This year Liberty celebrates 60 years of working tirelessly to making a difference in South Africans’ lives”, says Thembeka Saleshando, Divisional Director for Brand and Marketing at Liberty Group. “Knowledge & Innovation are important to us and part of what we do.  Supporting the Liberty Radio Awards is an extension of these principles. The media are an integral part of society and play such a pivotal role in empowering communities.  Just as Liberty uses its knowledge and expertise to assist clients in achieving financial freedom, the media assists in shaping and strengthening the democracy we live in.”

 

With radio reaching and influencing such a vast proportion of our population, through this sponsorship Liberty aims, to support and promote the radio industry and to reward and acknowledge excellence. It provides listeners with increased access to knowledge and understanding of a range of issues.  “I urge all role players in the radio industry to participate in the Awards. Radio audiences across the country and beyond are encouraged to vote for their favourite radio category winners”, says Saleshando.

 

Entries for the 2018 Liberty Radio Awards may only be made via the revised online entry system.  Edits and changes are permitted up to the deadline of 18:00 on 31 January 2018. Each time a registered entrant logs in, a dashboard will show the status of the participant’s entries.

Saleshando concludes, “We eagerly await the entries and look forward to celebrating the Liberty Radio Awards’ winners in April next year.”

 

 

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Rita Ora to host the 2017 MTV EMAs

Posted by radio On November - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

One of the hottest and biggest nights in the European awards calendar is coming to African screens live from London.

 

Hosted by and featuring a performance by pop superstar Rita Ora, the 2017 MTV EMAs is set to be an epic ceremony of global proportions, airing live on Sunday 12 November at 22:00 CAT simulcast on both MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322). Also available on DStv Now.

 

 

The evening includes a sensational ensemble of performers and presenters including; Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, Kesha, Camila Cabello, The Killers, Stormzy, Natalie Dormer, and Madison Beer.

 

 

This year’s MTV EMAs features six African artists nominated for the MTV EMAs Best Africa Act category, including two of SA’s very own talent; Babes Wodumo and Nasty C, Nigeria’s Wizkid and Davido, Kenya’s Nyashinski and C4 Pedro representing Angola

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Orange announces improved Internet and mobile services connectivity in Africa with the launch of two new IP and IPX Points of Presence in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa

 

Following the launch of these two new IP and IPX PoPs in South Africa, Orange will now be able to fully address the market’s needs
 

Today, Orange (www.Orange.com) has opened two very large-capacity IP and IPX Points of Presence (PoP) in South Africa. The facilities, which are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa are operational from today and will enhance Internet and mobile connectivity in the region by offering faster connection speeds and improved reliability for wholesale customers.

 

 

IP and IPX Points of Presence are part of the technical infrastructure equipment necessary to enable local operators to access the Internet & mobile services through an interconnection point with long-distance networks.

 

 

By offering access to an IP and IPX PoP connection, Orange is providing wholesale customers, notably telecoms operators and ISPs across the region, with the following advantages:

  • High Capacity
  • Resiliency and High-availability: 3 routes with protected backbone network (including access to submarine cables SAT3 and EASSY/SMW5; ACE to be added soon)
  • Supported by Orange-owned international assets
  • Improve QoS by providing delivery content closer to customers
  • Optimize Mobile Services QoS
  • Improve roaming: avoids unnecessary traffic going back & forth to Europe by local processing.

 

Customer Benefits
Orange is the first operator capable of offering reliable, high quality, secure connections for the wholesale market around the continent of Africa to support the huge rise in IP and IPX traffic in this area. This fully redundant IP and IPX PoP is a secure solution that will help facilitate the development of this region. Orange is now able to offer reliable, high-quality connections for African countries surrounding South Africa.

 

Orange already holds a strategic position in this field in Africa and the Middle East, thanks to its existing IP and IPX PoPs in Amman and Abidjan. Following the launch of these two new IP and IPX PoPs in South Africa, Orange will now be able to fully address the market’s needs. Orange offers a complete range of services to customers wishing to connect to the South African IP and IPX PoPs, including, notably, a range of high-end value added services.

 

By connecting to this very large-capacity PoP, wholesale customers, regional operators and Internet Service Providers will benefit from cost-effective connections to a Tier 1 operator. Thanks to this Point of Presence that will bring content providers closer to Internet users, the customer experience is set to improve.” said Pierre-Louis de Guillebon, CEO, International Carriers, Orange.

 

With the opening of this new PoPs, Orange has now enhanced its position as a major Internet and mobile services connectivity enabler in South Africa, where capacity is constantly increasing.

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See Terry Phetho and other local stars in Madiba

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is bringing you a six-part drama series Madiba with a stellar cast.

Madiba focuses on the revolution created by Nelson Mandela to fight for the freedom and equality of all South Africans, despite the efforts of those in power to maintain longstanding separation and discrimination in the country.

Watch it on Monday 6 November ay 21:00 on Discovery.

 

The series will see Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela and Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo.

– Keep checking DStv.com for an interview with Orlando Jones.

Here are some of the local cast who are also in Madiba. Look out for their interviews coming soon to DStv.com.

Terry Phetho as Winnie Mandela. We all know this amazing award-winning beauty. From the likes of Tsotsi, Bold and The Beautiful to A United Kingdom. She also won Best Actress TV/Drama 2017 for the Madiba miniseries at the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA AWARDS) earlier this year.

 

Hlomla Dandala plays Govan Mbeki. He’s played Oliver Tambo in Winnie, was also in Happiness Is a Four Letter Word, Contract and Land of Thirst amongst many others.

Kate Liquorish as Ruth First. She’s been on Catching Feelings, Eye in the Sky amd The Bantu Hour.

Meren Reddy as Ahmed Kathrada. You may have seen him in Mr Bones 2, Invictus, Homeland and Lullaby amongst others.

 

Lerato Mvelase as Albertina Sisulu. She’s been on Saints and Sinners S3, The Road, and currently on Isibaya (Weekdays at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic, also available on DStv Now) as Lt Samkelo Mkhize.

 

Thishiwe Ziqubu as Evelyn Mandela. You can watch Thishiwe on The Imposter Sundays at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic. Also available on DStv Now.  She’s also been on It’s Complicated, Hard To get and Tell Me Sweet Something amongst others.

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced that its original unscripted series TERRACE HOUSE: Opening New Doors will premiere in Japan on December 19, 2017 with bi-weekly episodes, with Part 1 (episodes 1-8) launching globally in Spring 2018.

TERRACE HOUSE is a series of wildly popular reality shows documenting the daily lives of six young men and women living together in a shared house. The show features these six girls and boys day and night in their shared living situation, reflecting modern life for young Japanese men and women, including their friendships, romances, career ambitions and the daily dramas of their lives.

 

The series were initially aired on Fuji Television from 2012 to 2014, and Netflix has teamed up with Fuji Television and East Entertainment since 2015 to deliver the new stories set in Tokyo (TERRACE HOUSE: Boys & Girls in the City) and Hawaii (TERRACE HOUSE: Aloha State).

 

 

The new series is set in Karuizawa, a popular Japanese resort that is accessible by car or by one hour train from Tokyo, surrounded by nature and Western-style buildings imported after the 1880’s. The unscripted daily lives of six young men and women living in a brand new shared house will begin soon.

 

 

The in-studio cast continues to tell viewers how to best enjoy the episodes. The members include Japanese talents YOU, Reina Triendl, Yoshimi Tokui (from the comedy duo Tutuorial), Azusa Babazono (from the comedy duo Ajian), Ryota Yamasato (from the comedy duo Nankai Candies), and talented young actor Shono Hayama.

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Are you a fun loving and crazy about Summer, Music, Sand and Surf?

 

If you tick all the boxes, then this one’s for you! Grab your beach towel and sunscreen, and join the new tribe known as Africa’s Fun-Loving People (AFLPs) as they launch the very first #BRINGSUMMERBACK –Fresh Ink Party!

 

Brought to you by the Chief Fun Lovers of EM.ZA Entertainment, powered by MTVBASE, Clere Radience & Zkhipani.com, #BRINGSUMMERBACK- Fresh Ink Party is the ultimate beach party where summer bodies are flaunted, great music never ceases, pop culture personalities mingle and, most importantly, the fun never stops.

“BRINGSUMMERBACK is aimed at bringing together all fun loving people together under the African sun. We are looking at having AFLPs from the continent coming together to celebrate Summer and African music and the beautiful city of Durban create the perfect ambience for this event. This year we’ve teamed up with the Fresh Ink Party to throw the biggest party to welcome Summer 2017!” says Emmanuel Dube of EM.ZA Entertainment.

 

Fashioned after the world’s best beach parties from Miami to Ibiza, the #BRINGSUMMERBACK – Fresh Ink party will breathe new life to the sunny Palm Tree Paradise of Durban on November 25 as we welcome the official South African Summer season.

 

The inaugural shindig will see over 20 artists and DJs which include Gqom Queen Babes Wodumo (photos attached), Riky Rick, Major League, Distruction Boys, DJ Walker, DJ Wobbly, Junior DeRocka, Lady Zamar, “NgizoMemeza” hit maker DJ Benny Maverick and Gagasi FM’s DJ Vumar, DJ Mayibuye, to name but a few, flock to the Blue Lagoon Beach in Durban.

 

Among the throng of celebrities who’ll be hosting this event and making sure that the Music lovers have the good time of their lives will be MTVbaseduo Nomalanga and Tshego Koke, Ntando Duma, Generations’ Thuli P (Phongolo), Club 808’s Bontle Modiselle, The Queen’s Kay Sibiya,  to name but a few.

 

So get your beachwear on and head over to the Blue Lagoon Beach, Durban on Saturday, November 25, to be part of the coolest crowd in town – Africa’s Fun-Loving People! Miss it as your own peril *wink*.

Tickets now available at Computicket at R120 for General and only R350 for VIP before the 25th November.

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DISCOP announces partnership with Sky Rink Studios

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DISCOP Johannesburg is pleased to announce a partnership with Sky Rink studios, aimed at supporting independent producers working in Johannesburg.  This year’s DISCOP Johannesburg will be hosting over 300 African producers who could benefit from the resources now available at Sky Rink.

With the massive and ever-increasing interest in African content, there are more and more independent producers looking to do co-productions in South Africa and specifically Joburg.

All of these productions will need sets, crews, production offices, fully equipped, sound proofed studios, as well as editing suits and final mix facilities.

 

SkyRink Studios offers a one-stop shop with channel hosting and live transmission capabilities, tools that are critical for the growth of content made in Africa.

 

As part of this partnership, DISCOP will promote Sky Rink facilities via tours taking place during DISCOP where producers will have the opportunity to visit the facilities and Sky Rink will also have a space at DISCOP to showcase their various platforms and services.

 

Frank Mahopi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink explains further, “As Sky Rink Studios we see this partnership as a great opportunity to showcase our facilities to the right target audience. Our high-tech facilities create a one stop shop located three blocks away from Downtown Music Studios in the City of Joburg’s Creative Corridor. The Sky Rink Studios and Downtown Music Studios present an immediate and effective solution for Producers on the continent and abroad looking for production facilities that will meet their high tech needs.”

 

PatrickZuchowicki of DISCOP also stresses the importance of a facility such as this in regards to the growth of the African content industry, “DISCOP is committed to supporting the growth of content made in Africa. Producers however, need facilities that understand and support them. We feel that Sky Rink Studios is just that kind of facility and we are excited to partner with them and share this valuable information with the hundreds of producers from across Africa who will be attending this year’s event. This kind of partnership is exactly whereDISCOP aims to be as we continue to find ways to support the industry on the continent.

 

SkyRink Studios stand can be found in the main exhibition hall at The Sandton Convention Centre, along with dozens of other major players from the African and global film industry.

 

DISCOP Johannesburg started on Wednesday October 25th and runs daily through Friday Oct 27th.

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