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SA’s largest Independent Music Publisher turns 21

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Sheer Publishing was founded in 1996. With the country and music industry in a state of unprecedented change, they laid the foundations for what has become the largest independent music publisher in South Africa today, ranking among the top five SA publishing companies by market share.

 

Exploiting a gap in the local jazz scene, Sheer’s goal was to share South African music with the world, while supporting the musicians at home. After 21 dynamic years Sheer Publishing has become a globally active publisher dedicated to the advancement of music enterprise, while remaining true to its roots and putting its authors and composers at the heart of the company’s publishing activities.

 

Sheer Publishing is a full-service music publisher, providing expertise in African music copyright ownership, international copyright management, film and television music, clearance and supervision, jingle and songwriter representation and library production music management.

 

Sheer Publishing currently manages a catalogue of over 150 000 copyrights, ranging from songs by iconic songwriters such as Zimbabwean music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, the Grammy award-winning Miriam Makeba, Chimurenga music pioneer Thomas Mapfumo, Kenyan afro-pop band Sauti Sol who has won both the MTV Africa and Europe Awards, rock band The Parlotones, South Africa’s hip-hop ace Cassper Nyovest and the great Busi Mhlongo to mention a few.

 

In 2011 Sheer Publishing bought Skumba Music, a local music library catalogue with about 1500 tracks and has built it into an entity that, today, houses more than 300 000 pieces of high quality music, most of them instrumental. It is the largest, diverse African music library available under a blanket license and has seen music placements in films such as District 9TsotsiSearching for SugarmanMiners Shot Down and television shows such as Private PracticeJacob’s Cross, and Isibaya, as well as in a multitude of South African commercials.

 

Sheer Publishing represents many African-based composers seeking licensing for music used on television, film, commercials and radio. Sheer Publishing also represents various international music publishers such as Kobalt Music, Downtown Music, Songs Music Publishing, Mushroom Music, Mute Song, Freibank Music and Saragema Music of India.

 

Sheer Publishing continues to transport Africa’s musical treasures to the rest of the world, while building market share on the continent, specifically focusing on Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, all of which have developed very sophisticated media industries over the last two decades.

 

Sheer Publishing’s General Manager Karabo Motijoane says: “Sheer Publishing is about innovating, exploring new markets, territories and networking on platforms that can scale and offer clients opportunities. Our brand is steeped in excellence, thanks largely to our stakeholders who are a resource in our value proposition and thus perfecting a publishing solution becomes a treasured partnership in these diverse music economies.”

“Music and business is our passion. We are happy to have reached such a milestone as a company and look forward to doing more in the future” added Motijoane.

Sheer Publishing has a full-time staff of 15 in Johannesburg and part-time agents in Accra, Yaoundé and Nairobi.

 

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DISCOP Johannesburg is Africa’s largest content market with over 1,300 registered delegates from over 34 African countries as well as from across the globe. It is therefore the ideal platform for new player, Mahala.tv to launch its technology that will enable content producers to monetize and distribute their content easily, efficiently, seamlessly and borderlessly.

 

Mahala.tv is a game-changer for thousands of independent content producers, as well as the many new VOD platforms appearing on the continent. The platform is an entire eco-system designed for content producers as well as aggregators and distributers to easily distribute and monetize their existing platforms, be they websites, blogs, or even social media pages.

 

Unlike existing models such as YouTube and others, Mahala.tv enables content producers to share their content via any digital platform and to self monetize content through a variety of subscription and advertising models.

 

The fully-integrated back distribution and advertising functions are underpinned by a global, secure and ubiquitous digital exchange that enables real-time royalty payments to producers for content downloads,streams, related purchases and even micro-payments from anywhere in the world using the latest block chain technology.

 

Push-driven content partnerships in a variety of physical screen locations, as well as via mobile, will also address the fundamental challenge on the “demand” side of the digital distribution equation.

 

The platform creates opportunities for content producers and aggregators to advertise within videos,to set up subscription or pay-per-view models, and provides the most advanced and effective way to secure product placement. Viewers can instantly buy any product seen in a video with a simple process supported by the global free and secure digital exchange.

 

With all this functionality,content producers can instantly create their own Facebook shops and ad e-commerce elements to their websites. All content views and downloads, along with payments, can be tracked in real time.

 

To celebrate its beta-launch at DISCOP Johannesburg, Mahala.tv will be hosting the Pitching and Pilot Marathon within the Mahala.tv theatre.

 

Various producers whose content and pitches have been pre-selected will have various opportunities to showcase their work. A three-day Pitching Marathon will see 60 producers presenting short so-called “elevator” pitches to a panel of expert judges that includes Jacqui Setai – Siyaya TV, Head of Mojalove channel, Theresa Hill – Documentary producer at STEPS, Pat van Heerden – VIA Chanel 147 on Dstv, Head of Content, Andre Odendaal – Film Director, Jack Devnarain – Actor, Isidingo, Endemol Shine, and Uwe Beckmann, President of SASC.

 

Additionally,two hours per day have been set aside in the Theatre for the screening of pre-selected pilots from across Africa. Producers will have the opportunity to meet with buyers who will be invited to attend these viewing sessions.

 

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Heart FM launches Heart Cape Town Music Festival

Posted by radio On October - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

 Heart FM is set to host one of the biggest music festivals in the Western Cape on 10 February 2018 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. The Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see 22 top South African acts on one stage including hip hop superstar AKA and the legendary Mango Groove to name but a few.

 

The family friendly event aims to attract a diverse audience with music spanning across genre’s to appeal to both the young and young at heart.  Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains. “Putting on this multi-million rand event for the people of Cape Town is our way of saying thank you for making us the biggest radio station in the Western Cape*.”

 

Festival Directors Denver Apollus and Marlo Paulse are confident that theHeart Cape Town Music Festival will be an event second to none. Apollus adds, “We are mindful of the challenges previous concerts at Newlands Cricket Ground has faced and we are applying a different model in the site layout for the event.  Asked about the event, Paulse believes it is something unique to offer Heart FM’s listeners. “Apart from the affordability we see theHeart Cape Town Music Festival as an opportunity to bring Cape Town to life all on one stage.”

 

Confirmed artists to perform on the day include: Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Mark Alex, Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha Lee, Alistair Izobell , Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts and Airborne.

 

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On Saturday, 4 November 2017, animators and storytellers across Africa will be able to hear first-hand what it takes to develop TV series for worldwide distribution.

During an Animate Africa webinar streamed on YouTube Live, Triggerfish Animation Studios will share insights from two years of developing TV series through The Story Lab, that had the support of The Walt Disney Company and the Department of Trade and Industry. The Story Lab, to date, has led to two worldwide distribution deals for series set and made in Africa.

 

​In 2015, Triggerfish ran a search for animation writers throughout the African continent.  The Triggerfish Story Lab attracted 1 378 projects from 30 countries across Africa, with eight chosen to be taken into full development.

 

At the webinar, Triggerfish will discuss what made those eight projects stand out and also share some of the feedback they’ve received from international distributors.

Last month, Triggerfish announced its partnership with leading kids’ entertainment specialist CAKE to co-produce one of these, the comedy action series,Mama K’s Super 4.

 

Aimed at 6-11 year olds, Mama K’s Super 4 is set in Lusaka, where four teenage girls are recruited by former secret agent Mama K to help her save the world. Fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means the girls will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work!

 

At the webinar, Zambian creator Malenga Mulendema and her Cameroon-born character designer, Malcolm Wope, will discussMama K’s Super 4 as one of four case studies of projects generating international interest from Africa.

 

Vanessa Sinden, who produced the Story Lab, will also give some highly practical tips on how to get your concept into a pitch document that can be shown to distributors.

 

Other confirmed speakers include award-winning Kenyan filmmaker (and Story Lab alumni) Wanuri Kahiu; Raffaella Delle Donne, co-writer of two of South Africa’s five highest-grossing films of all-time,Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba; Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest; and the founders of two other South African animation companies: Bugbox and Sanusi Chronicles.

 

Delegates will be able to ask questions via Facebook and Twitter.

 

“If you have ever thought about bringing your own characters to life as an animated TV series, this webinar is for you,” says Triggerfish CEO Stuart Forrest. “The Triggerfish Story Lab proved again that Africa is full of amazing stories, at a time when there’s a global demand for more diverse content, so it feels like African animation is at a tipping point.”

 

The webinar is organized by Animate Africa, with the support of M-Net 101, Toon Boom Animation, Triggerfish Animation Studios and the Walt Disney Company Africa, in partnership with African Digital Art, AnimationSA, Animation West Africa, Animation Xchange,  Arterial Network, Association of Animation Artists, Cape Town International Animation Festival, Cape Town International Film Market and Festival,  CGAfrica, Comexposed, Design Indaba, Digital Lab Africa, Fan Con, Kawkab El Rasameen (Painter’s Planet), Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission, Lagos Comic Con, Lusaka Comic Con, Naiccon, Tanzania CGI Artists, The Animation Club Africa, The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, Wesgro, and Writers Guild of South Africa.

 

Register for the free webinar at https://www.animateafrica.org/.

​PROGRAM

​Saturday 4 November

13h00 SAST: Creating an animated TV series

Session 1:   The global stage and where Africa fits in (Stuart Forrest, CEO Triggerfish)

Session 2:   Content that is local but global (Anthony Silverston, Head of Development, Triggerfish)

Session 3:    Putting together a TV pitch package on a budget (Vanessa Sinden, Story Lab Producer)

Session 4:    Writing for children (Raffaella Delle Donne, Head of Story Lab TV series)

Session 5:    From Africa to the world: challenges and opportunities (Babalwa Baartman & Thulani Simantov, Sanusi Chronicles)

Session 6:    Art without agenda: why frivolity and fun are important (Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Story Lab alumni)

Session 7:    Q&A

20 minute break.

 

15h00 SAST: Case Studies

Session 1:   Ninja Princess (Kelly Dillon & Marc Dey)

Session 2:   Mama K’s Super 4 (Malenga Mulendema)

Session 3:   Designing Mama K’s Super 4 (Malcolm Wope)

Session 4:   Musi and Cuckoo (Tim Argall & Candice Argall)

Session 5:    Cloud Life (Andrew Phillips)

Session 6:   Q&A

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Tortured Soul Live at The Lyric

Posted by radio On October - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Whilst Kaya FM & Bassline Live have been striving to bring the best in African acts to the ‘Live at the Lyric’ series over the past year, we are proud to announce a slightly different twist to the end of 2017, in the form of international house and soul sensation Tortured Soul.

 

100% live modern, deep, soulful house music that prides itself on being freed from the dj booth, Tortured Soul is one of the worlds most groove-centred acts.  With a sound reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, it is also deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joe Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Disclosure.

Loved and revered by South African audiences through word-of-mouth and strong radio play, this is one show that Afropolitans will not want to miss.

 

Led by frontman John-Christian Urich, Tortured Soul was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings and the group was officially launched to the world.  Since then it has become a staple amongst DJ’s across the globe and received major airplay, including a number 1 on Kaya FM.

 

‘Introducing Tortured Soul’, the debut album, was dubbed by legendary tastemaker Gilles Petersen as “the future of house music”.  The follow-up album, 2009’s ‘Did You Miss Me’, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records, ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim from music publications like Blues and Soul, SoulBounce, and SoulTracks who described the album as “one immaculate danceable tune after another.”

 

With a new album, ‘Hot For Your Love Tonight’, burning up dance floors with songs like the heartfelt ‘I’ll Be There For You’ and the Deep House-flavoured ‘Don’t Lead Me On’, Tortured Soul shows no signs of stopping. The future of House Music is now.

 

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, new affiliates to the Kaya Fm & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts an culture scene in SA through music.

 

 

The band will be performing for one night only at the Lyric on the 15th December and tickets are on sale at Computicket now for between R200 to R685.  Book now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

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Gaming Africa, the two day conference which runs across the 24th and 25th October in Johannesburg, has attracted the support of 49 organisations comprising commercial, trade association and media sponsors.  The first edition of the free-to-attend event, organised by Clarion Gaming, will feature commercial sponsors BetConstruct, FSB, GLI, Kiron Interactive and Sirplay.  Gaming Africa’s supporting partners comprise the European Casino Association, Global Gaming Company, Industry Group For Responsible Gaming, Spectrum Gaming Group and the Western Cape Bookmakers Association with a further 39 media channels including B2B gaming and business media, all covering the launch event.

Reflecting on the response, Clarion Gaming’s Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa, said: “We’ve worked hard in partnership with the market to curate an event which chimes with the development of gaming across the African continent.  We have established an extensive two-day learning programme featuring national and international thought leaders, created unrivalled networking opportunities with the continent’s foremost operators, suppliers and regulators and flown in two of world gaming’s most respected training experts to provide complimentary courses valued at R15,000.

 

“Learning and training are the foundation stones of Gaming Africa and the opportunity to network underpins every element of the two days delegates will spend with us in Johannesburg.  From our experience putting on events throughout the world, the gaming industry thrives when it has the opportunity to sit down and talk about opportunities, challenges, technology, regulation, personalities and products.  This is what Gaming Africa is all about and the energy this combination of topics brings will be in abundance.”

 

He added: “It’s not just the commercial world that has shown its support for next week’s event.  Gaming Africa will also feature influential regulators including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Jean Claude Mushimire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry and Peter Mireku, Commissioner for the Gaming Commission of Ghana.”

 

To be part of this historic event which has received registrations from a total of 52 nations, including 16 from the continent of Africa, visit: www.gamingafrica.za.com

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South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) joins South Africans and the world in the unveiling of the life-size statue of Oliver Reginald Tambo at OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday 19 October 2017. The event is part of the build-up to the centenary celebration that will take place on 27 October 2017 under the theme:   Life and Legacy of OR Tambo and is expected to run until December 2017.

Nine SABC Radio Stations, News and Current Affairs will be broadcasting from OR Tambo International Airport between 6h00 and 13h00 including live interviews on Morning Live and morning drive time radio shows.  Other platforms and programmes will be crossing to the event at different intervals.

 

“As part of the SABC’s mandate to inform, educate and entertain, the nine Radio stations that will broadcast the event include 5FM, SAFM, Radio 2000, Ukhozi FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Lesedi FM, Ikwekwezi FM, Channel Africa, and METRO FM.  Other SABC Radio stations will be supporting the event on air using the #ORTambo100 with the support of the SABC digital news. SABC News and current affairs programmes will also cover the event”, said Mr Kaizer Kganyago, the Spokesperson for the SABC.

 

Content on OR Tambo has been a permanent feature on SABC platforms since 100 and 50 day countdown to his birthday on 27 October 2017.  Storyline integration into soapies, broadcast of documentaries are some of the activities that the SABC is doing to celebrate this giant.

The official hashtag for the campaign is: #ORTambo100

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Son to Peter Tladi, one of the most prolific and respected music industry experts, Tumi Tladi is undoubtedly his father’s son. With music in his DNA, it was a matter of time since the world would hear Tumi’s incredible sound. The release of his debut album Written In The Stars is testament to his hard work, passion and unbreakable spirit.

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Ferocious Hip hop beats fused with modern day trap, slick flow, memorable keys layered beautifully, making a well-put together body of art, Written In The Stars. His first single Dirty Dancer is every producer’s dream with all the makings of an absolute hit. Some of the songs on the album include Like That, Adidas, Chemistry and Fade.

 

Written In The Stars is a 13-track album which flows from start to finish, with a number of features from the likes of Thiwe, Cuebar, Phantom Steeze, B3nchmarQ, Christie and DJ Smokes.

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Tumi, 25 years old, broke into the entertainment scene as a dancer, performing alongside respected names, the likes of Somizi, Lalla Hirayama, Cassper Nyovest and Khuli Chana among others. As a dancer, he has performed across North America, Europe, Asia and a number of African countries. Tumi has always known that he would end up in the music industry. Not only a rapper with a flawless flow, his singing is also tasteful.

 

Not one to ride on his family name for recognition, Tumi has earned his stripes in the industry and has proven to be a stronger force to be reckoned with among his peers. His offering is a gift and a steering in the direction for the hip hop industry.

 

Written In The Stars is available on all digital music platforms and retail stores.

 

Connect with Tumi on social media: @TumiTladi

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Winners of The BET Hip Hop Awards 2017

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 brought the heat to Miami, Florida on Friday, October 6, 2017 for the annual taping of the most prominent hip hop showcase on television. Multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and holder of ‘the keys to success’ DJ Khaled hosted hip-hop’s biggest night of the year at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 will premiere on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Friday, 13 October at 21:00 CAT.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 17: DJ Khaled performs onstage during the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on September 17, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Marcus Ingram/BET/Getty Images for BET)

 

 

Cardi B stole the show with 5 wins for ‘Single of the Year’ for her Number #1 Billboard hit, ‘Bodak Yellow’; ‘Best New Hip Hop Artist’, ‘Best Mixtape’, ‘Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)’, and ‘Hustler of the Year’. Kendrick Lamar followed closely picking up 4 awards for ‘Best Hip Hop Video’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘Hot Ticket Performer’ and ‘Lyricist of the Year’. Host DJ Khaled snagged 3 honors for ‘DJ of the Year’, ‘Best Collab, Duo or Group’ and ‘MVP of the Year’, dedicating the accolades to his son, Asahd Khaled. Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell received the night’s biggest honor, the ‘I Am Hip Hop Award’ for his unmatched achievements and contributions to hip hop culture.

 

Viewers should tune into the hottest performances by DJ Khaled featuring Trick Daddy, T-Pain, Plies and Rick Ross with their 2007 anthem “I’m so Hood”. Migos kept the energy going with a performance of their latest single “Too Hotty”; Playboi Carti had the house rocking with hits “Woke Up Like This” and “Magnolia (Milly Rock)”. Over at Club Liv, Gucci Mane performed a medley of club bangers including “Tone It Down”, “I Get the Bag”, “Curve” and “Make Love First”; Yo Gotti performed new single “Juice” and chart-topping hit “Rake it Up”. Cardi B hit the stage with a much anticipated performance of her Billboard Chart-topping hit, “Bodak Yellow” and Rick Ross, Trina, Trick Daddy and Flo Rida all hit the stage in a nostalgic tribute to hip hop pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, during which “Uncle Luke” performed some of his classic hip hop hits “Scarred”, “It’s Your Birthday”, “Me So Horny”,  “Pop That” and “I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)”.

 

The complete list of 2017 BET “Hip Hop Awards” winners are:

 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.”

 

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

 

Hot Ticket Performer

Kendrick Lamar

 

Lyricist of the Year

Kendrick Lamar

 

Video Director of the Year

Benny Boom

 

DJ of the Year

DJ Khaled

 

Producer of the Year

Metro Boomin

 

MVP of the Year

DJ Khaled

 

Single of the Year

“Bodak Yellow” – Produced By J. White Did It (Cardi B)

 

Album of the Year

Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.”

 

Best New Hip-Hop Artist

Cardi B

 

Hustler of the Year

Cardi B

 

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Cardi B

 

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/ App

TheShadeRoom.com

 

Best Mixtape

Cardi B – “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2”

 

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Nicki Minaj – “Rake It Up” (Yo Gotti ft. Nicki Minaj)

 

Impact Track

Jay Z – “The Story of O.J.”

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, served as Executive Producer of the BET Hip Hop Awards along with Connie Orlando, BET Head of Programming and Jeannae Rouzan–Clay, Vice President of Specials, Jesse Collins Entertainment.

 

BET.com/HipHopAwards is the official site for the BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 where fans can visit to get up-to-date info on this year’s show and take a look back on past BET Hip Hop Awards.  The BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” 2017 will premiere on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) on Friday, 13 October at 21:00 CAT.

 

BET “HIP HOP AWARDS” is fresh, legendary and, as always, a memorable night that you don’t want to miss!

 

For more information on the BET Hip Hop Awards, visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica or join the conversation about the channel on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETHipHopAwards17.

 

 

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2017 will see Johannesburg host the world’s largest and most important African entertainment content market. As African produced content continues to draw the attention of distributors and content aggregators from Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as from around the world, DISCOP Johannesburg 2017 has seen a significant rise in the number of registered African content producers, as well as of interested buyers.

With revenue from Africa’s pay TV sitting at$4.4 billion and expected to exceed $6 billion by 2021, the time is now to continue the momentum of content production as a significant economic booster for African economies.

 

African produced content rightfully took its place centre stage last year at DISCOP Johannesburg with 267 of the 347production houses in attendance hailing from Africa, an increase from 193 in2015.

 

With a total over 10,000 hours of original programming presented by 300+ global, regional and local content distributors and producers, from 60 countries, delegates at this year’s event will notice the abundance of content produced in Africa on offer.

 

This year, of the nearly 1,000 registered delegates there are representatives from 32 sub-Saharan African countriues:

 

  • # of Independent Producers from Sub-Saharan Africa | 212
  • # of content acquisitions executives from Sub-Saharan Africa | 225
  • # of content distributors from Sub-Saharan Africa | 128
  • # of companies selling content “Made in Africa” (sofar) | 287

 

 

Major players such as XXX as well as dozens of independent producers will be in attendance.

 

These producers and distributers  will be presenting their content to international buyers from across the globe including, Fox, NBC Universal,Viacom, Disney, Canal +, CBS, Lions Gate, DreamWorks and Cote Ouest amongs tothers.

 

African broadcasters are also more than ever looking for African content, and a host of top African broadcasters, streaming networks and content aggregators are registered to attend, including Africa TV Kinshasha, Kana TV Ethiopia, Ghone Television Ghana, Radio Television Burkina Faso, Botswana Television, Mnet Africa Magic Nigeria, Kwese TV, Showmax, Mnet,SABC South Africa, etv South Africa, Showmax, and RTI Cote d’Ivoire amongstothers.

 

Close to 250+ international, regional and local suppliers and producers of film, television and digital content, adaptation rights and packaged TV channels will be attending DISCOP Johannesburg with more than 10,000+ movies, limited and episodic TV series, dramas, animated and educational content, formats, documentaries, and much more. They will exhibit across a 5,000 SQ.meter market floor at the Sandton Convention Centre.

 

Running parallel to the market and open to all registered delegates, The Next Gen Program will feature speakers and experts from major corporations, smaller companies and select start-ups, both onstage and in carefully constructed discussions and workshops.

 

The Next Gen Program will specifically target film, television and digital content producers and help improve pitching, networking and business skills. It will guarantee access to indispensable information onalternative distribution and funding opportunities; on virtual reality content production, funding and distribution; on expanding relations between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

 

The program will also put under the spotlight, Ethiopia, a country with a population in the upwards of 100+ million; animation, Africa’s fastest-growing and most creative content production and distribution segment,and the new global streaming services and their impact on homegrown original content production.

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