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Saints & Sinners – S3 back on Mzansi

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s gripping family drama, Saints and Sinners, is back for a nail-biting third season, that’s going to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

 

34_sinners_Full of angst and personal turmoil, this season’s storyline is layered with a cocktail of emotions: from hypocrisy and moral dilemmas, to ethical decisions and conflict.

 

“This is Saints and Sinners’ best season yet!” declares Reneilwe Sema, M-Net Local Entertainment Channels’ Head of Drama . “The storyline is reflective of our modern society. The drama holds up a mirror to the world we live in, where anger, resentment and bitterness, are often in conflict with feelings of guilt, anxiety and consequence.”

 

Season three picks up from the cliffhanger of last year, with Mamohato being carted off to prison. This sees the family suffering far-reaching consequences: Phindi cuts all ties with her mother, Boni is left bewildered, and Ndumiso’s loyalty to her mother is put to the true test as she accepts why her mother resorted to criminal actions. Mamohato, in the meantime, swears she stole the matric dance dress out of love for her family, and murdered to save Phakamani. Will she be able to escape Phakamani’s wrath as he seeks a cold revenge?

 

Sema says that for the new season, the writers and producers wanted to explore the human psyche more – the darker side as well as the “good” side. “The core theme is ‘choice’. It’s about determining the route of your journey when faced with what seems like impossible odds and hurdles. In the end, every individual gets to a point where they have to choose their path and destiny.”

 

Through intertwining storylines, the recurring theme of forgiveness versus retaliation also gets explored further, while the viewer still gets to see the story unfold as some suffer the consequences of “getting away with murder”.

 

Returning to their roles are the cast that Mzansi has fallen in love with.  Nthathi Moshesh (Mamohato), S’dumo Mtshali (Ndumiso), Tshepo Maseko (Thabang), Siyabonga Radebe -(Phakamani), Yonda Thomas (Siya) and Thuso Mbedu (Boni), are just some of the power performers that make up this impressive cast list.

 

New characters include: Thami Mngqolo (David), Baby Cele (Celiwe), Aya Mpama (Baby) and Bongiwe Ngidi (Khethiwe), among others.

 

Saints and Sinners Season three premieres on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161) at 8PM on 8 January, 2017.

 

 

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Following its success in 2015, the 2nd annual ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ draws the year 2016 to a close with a festive bang.

 

durbantourism_005The charming coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, which has been the centre of the South African entertainment industry, is set to come alive on Saturday, 17 December 2016 with the ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event.

 

This ‘Durban Summer on Smash’ event, promises a myriad of scintillating performances from South Africa and International’s best musicians; the likes of Ricky Rick, Babes Wodumo, Monique Bingham (USA), Ralf Gum (Germany), OkMalumKoolKat, DJ Bongz, WTF, to name a few.

 

Native Shades Entertainment team has created a fun-filled day paired with a dominant lineup done the Durban way. Event creator and organizer Ntokozo Shozi of Native Shades Entertainment says this year will be more authentic and will truly live up to its ‘SMASH’ name.

“This time around we have included the best of national and international artists. We are expecting double the number of guests to come and enjoy good music and summer fun. We have also for the very first time included Maskandi’s biggest artist, Igcokama Elisha for another smash flavour. We are looking forward to hosting music revellers in Pinetown for another EThekwini experience.”

 

Taking place on Saturday, 17th December 2016 at Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban this affair promises the utmost summer celebration this December. It is one not to be missed!!!

 

Tickets available @Computicket

 

THE DETAILS:

 

VENUE:           Lahee Park, Pinetown, Durban

TIME:              10am ‘till Late

DATE:              17th December 2016 (Saturday)

 

PRE SOLD TICKETS

GA:                  R150

VIP:                 R350

 

AT THE GATE TICKETS

GA:                  R200

VIP:                 R400

 

Cooler boxes allowed until 4PM: R50 per cooler box.

NO BOTTLES ALLOWED

 

LINEUP: MASSIVE LINE-UP OF LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL ACTS:

 

BABES WODUMO, RICKY RICK, RALF GUM (Germany), MONIQUE BINGHAM (USA), N’DINGA GABA (USA), HEAVY K, DJ HAPPYGAL, DJ VUMAR, DJ BONGZ, OKMALUMKOOLKAT, DISTRACTION BOYZ, WTF, DJ WOBBLY, JUNIOR DE ROCKA, DJ CNDO, DJ LE SOUL, DJ FEEL, IGCOKAMA ELISHA and many more …

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SABC LAUNCHES DISABILITY 360 CAMPAIGN

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC) has announced that it is taking disability to the next level with a project termed SABC Disability 360 Campaign. The Campaign aims to empower People with Disabilities by providing on-going disability related content on-air, online and on the ground (events) through SABC various platforms which will be providing the sector with information about job opportunities, training opportunities and pertinent disability content, in all 11 official languages.

 

SABC LOGOThis Campaign will allow maximum access to information by the Disability Sector in South Africa, thus ensuring that the SABC broadcasts not only compelling content but also content that empowers its audiences.  The Disability 360 Campaign further aims at creating an online “community” where people with disabilities can go and engage and access any disability related Information.

Professor Mbulaheni Maguvhe stated that “Today is a historic day for both the SABC and the disability sector. Disability has remained an afterthought for too long until this change today. The 360° approach of this project is going to change the lives of many for generations to come. And for this structure to work, we need continuous input and contribution from the disability sector.”

Iris Cupido (CEO – SABC Foundation) commented, “Being heard and respected and valued is a basic human right for all.  With the launch of the Disability 360 Campaign, we aim to ensure that this right is enjoyed by all South Africans.  ”

 

This has never been done before in such a structured manner, across all SABC platforms, making it historic for the disability sector and the SABC.  Essentially SABC is creating a “one stop shop” for disability related content, which will be carried by all SABC platforms.

 

 

Digital Information on the Campaign is as follows:

The Social Media Profiles have been created as follows:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SABCDisability360

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SABCDisability@SABCDisability

 

 

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Radio Awards – what are the judges looking for?

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The judges will be looking at the following criteria, and the extent of their relevance, when listening to entries:

 

librawawCreativity – Marks are awarded for innovation, originality and novelty. Is the entry based on a new idea? Or does it follow the old ‘tried and trusted’ formulae?

Presentation – Marks are awarded for the way in which the piece is presented. If a presenter is used, is he/she comfortable with the subject matter? Does he/she appear knowledgeable and well-versed/well-rehearsed on the subject? For pieces without presenters (e.g. drama entries), does the entry run smoothly? Is it well scripted? Is it ‘polished and professional’?

 

Value – Does the entry achieve its objective? Does it entertain? Does it raise awareness? Does it prick the conscience? Does it hold the attention of the target audience?

 

Production – This relates to the technical side of the entry, the production process itself. Is the piece well produced? Is quality evident in the production? Are sound effects used appropriately? Is incidental music well placed and appropriate to the mood/atmosphere being conveyed? Please note that production “embellishments” on the actual entry will not gain extra marks. The judges want to experience the submission just as the listeners did.

 

Hint – In all categories, judges will be seeking to reward the contribution made by radio practitioners, rather than the input of those whose contribution would have been equally as impressive on another medium. For example, the relay of an outstanding musical performance will merit less attention than the added value an imaginative radio practitioner might have brought to such a performance.

 

The Judging Process

 

The categories are split between various judges who work independently and score each submission on its merits. The scores are entered into an online system and averaged for complete fairness. The results will be audited by a professional audit firm.

 

The categories are split between various judges for preliminary judging. In a secondary process, the scores are reviewed at a moderation workshop, at which ties are broken and winners selected.

 

Judges for the Liberty Radio Awards are selected on the basis of their relevant experience and expertise. They offer their service and expertise voluntarily. They are required to judge each entry in its entirety, subject to the entry’s conformity with the rules. Judging will be based solely on the entry submitted, in an independent and objective manner and NOT on the programmes aired throughout the year. If it isn’t in the entry, it isn’t being judged.

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Jenny Morris joins Heart FM Talent Management

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

One of South Africa’s best loved celebrity chefs, Jenny Morris also known as “The Giggling Gourmet” has joined Heart FM. Jenny, a household name in culinary circles, will feature on the Cape’s biggest breakfast show #HeartBreakfast every Thursday morning just after 8am.

 

jenny-morris-logo-picJenny will the act as resident go-to celebrity chef and will bring a fresh new flavour to the taste buds of Heart FM’s loyal listeners. She is the first South African chef to be signed to Food Network, the largest international food lifestyle television channel. Her television shows, Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera, Lead judge Chopped South Africa and Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy are broadcast to 140 countries.

 

Adding to her already impressive accolades, 20 years ago she created Giggling Gourmet and the Cooks Playground (known as SA’s leading recreational and Corporate Team Cooking™ School) has cooked for royalty and Presidents and was voted onto the Oprah’s Power List in 2012. She is also an author in her own right, having penned five cook books. Her newest baby is her restaurant in the bustling De Waterkant Cape Quarter precinct called “Yumcious”.

 

Jenny says “I am very excited to be joining the entertaining and energetic Heart FM breakfast team and look forward to sharing my passion for food with the Heart FM listeners “.

 

Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys shares Jenny’s sentiments. “We are very excited to welcome Jenny Morris to the Heart FM family.  ‘One cannot think well or eat well if one hasn’t dined well’ -Virginia Wolfe, and we are confident Jenny will teach us how to dine well.”

 

Catch Jenny every Thursday morning just after 8 am as she takes you on a gastronomical journey, exclusive to Heart FM.

 

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M-Net Dishes Out Movie Delights

Posted by radio On November - 30 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Get set for two Sunday blockbusters, an inspirational pop-up channel, a special animation festival and hand-picked world cinema.

27_big_billboard_1600_x_533M-Net is upping the entertainment ante yet again with fantastic additions to its movie offering. In future, DStv Premium customers will be treated to two blockbuster premieres on a Sunday night – one on M-Net 101 and one on M-Net Movies Premiere. From Friday, 16 December until Sunday, 29 January a special pop-up channel called M-Net Inspire will infuse positive thinking on DStv’s channel 109, and during the holidays the young at heart can expect visits from their favourite animated characters with a special Animania movie festival on channel 105, M-Net Movies Smile. Then, there’s also a first-class, unprecedented gift for movie connoisseurs: from mid-December, premium channel M-Net Edge (channel 102) will boast a world cinema slot with the best of the best foreign language and nouveau films.

 

Two Sunday Night Blockbusters

 

“Our blockbuster Sunday night movie premieres have been a much-loved institution for many years,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels.” Just after eight on M-Net and half an hour later on M-Net Movies Premiere, we have showcased the hottest first-to-TV Hollywood films on our screens. Now, it’s getting even better!”

 

From Sunday, 4 December there will be not one, but two brand new blockbuster movie premieres on the M-Net Channels. This means that M-Net 101 and M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104 will not be screening the same film 30 minutes apart anymore. There will be another fresh blockbuster on M-Net Movies Premiere at around 20:30.

 

“This exciting scheduling change not only gives viewers more than one movie option for a Sunday night; it also allows us to bring more top-notch movie premieres to our audiences much quicker,” Jan du Plessis explains. “And if you prefer to watch the eight o’clock M-Net movie a little later, you can always tune into M-Net Plus 1 (channel 901), our time-shifted M-Net 101 channel at 21:00.”

 

While the rip-roaring comedy Vacation will be the premiere on M-Net 101 at 20:05 on Sunday, 4 December, M-Net Movies Premiere will be the first to screen The Night Before, in which three friends, including the always hilarious Seth Rogen, are out to find an unforgettable Christmas bash. Due to the high age restriction of this movie, however, it will only be screened at 21:00.

Hugh Jackman will take us to Neverland in the family adventure Pan on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 11 December. Then, on M-Net Movies Premiere at 20:30, Chris Pine and Casey Affleck are in grave danger in the disaster and rescue film The Finest Hours, based on a true event.

Multi-talented Bradley Cooper dons the apron as a down-and-out chef in Burnt on M-Net 101 on Sunday, 18 December, alongside a top-notch cast including Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson and Uma Thurman. On the same night the dystopian young adult science fiction thriller The 5th Wave will keep M-Net Movies Premiere viewers on the edge of their seats from 20:30.

On 25 December, M-Net 101 will celebrate Christmas with three Oscar winners – Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei – in Love The Coopers, while Will Smith is in top form on M-Net Movies Premiere in the sports drama Concussion.

M-Net Inspire

 

Following hot on the heels of the Harry Potter pop-up channel, M-Net Inspire is the perfect pop-up curation for the festive season. Launching on Friday, 16 December at 06:00 and running until Sunday, 29 January at midnight, M-Net Inspire will feature movies that are motivational and celebrate the triumphs of the human spirit.

 

Every evening from 19:45, viewers can catch a feel-good film. These titles include inspirational favourites such as Yes Man, Eight Below, The Preacher’s Wife and American Dreamz. There will also be a selection of awesome classics including Coach Carter, Remember The Titans, Rocky (instalments 1 to 6) and Invictus.

 

In addition to all the soul-enriching movies, the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel will also play host to influential and inspirational faith leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes. Viewers can catch episodes of The T.D. Jakes Show, a heart-warming talk show hosted by the man himself, at noon as well as at 19:00 every day. Interviewing everyone from celebs, to kids, to stay-at-home moms, Jakes takes audiences on a journey of positivity by showcasing stories about the triumphs of the human spirit.

 

In South Africa, M-Net Inspire will be available to both DStv Premium and Compact customers.

 

Animania on M-Net Movies Smile

 

Guess who will be paying us a visit on M-Net Movies Smile, channel 105 on DStv Premium, during the holidays? Open the door for Maya The Bee, Kung Fu Panda, Khumba, Shaun the Sheep, Tarzan, The Minions, Spongebob and many more.

 

M-Net Movies Smile will feature a festival of the most popular animation films from Monday, 5 December 2016 until Tuesday, 10 January 2017 from 06:00 until midnight.

 

World Cinema

 

December also sees the start of a special movie slot on M-Net Edge, channel 102 on DStv Premium, on Sunday nights at 21:00. As of Sunday, 18 December, discerning viewers can get right into the kind of films they have been craving: highly-acclaimed world cinema. The Palestinian film The Idol, which received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on M-Net Edge on Sunday, 18 December. Then, the following week, the French film Saint Laurent, about famed fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will be the special Christmas viewing treat.

 

“We trust that all this mega movie magic will bring loads of joy to our viewers this December and January,” says Jan du Plessis. “More good news is that this is just the start of more amazing content on our channels in the new year. There will be plenty of surprises, including more local shows and more movie pop-up channels!”

 

All the Sunday night premiere movies (M-Net 101, M-Net Premiere and M-Net Edge) will also be available on DStv Catch Up and Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now. Selected titles from the M-Net Inspire pop-up channel, as well as from the Animania festival, will be available on Catch Up Plus as well as through DStv Now.

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Naspers continue to deliver good results

Posted by radio On November - 29 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers recently announced its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2016. Revenues, measured on an economic interest basis (including the proportionate contribution from associates and joint ventures), increased 16% year on year to US$6,8bn. Excluding acquisitions, disposals and currency movements, revenue growth was 27%. Businesses outside South Africa contributed 80% of revenues, up from 75% a year ago.

 

naspersCore headline earnings grew 31% to US$914m. “We experienced a satisfactory first six months to the financial year,” said Naspers chair Koos Bekker. “The ecommerce businesses and Tencent performed well, while video entertainment and print did their best in a pretty tough environment.”

 

As part of regular portfolio reviews, Naspers concluded four notable ecommerce transactions. In Poland, the agreed sale of Allegro for US$3,25bn will realise a solid return on investment. In India, the merger of the ibibo platform with MakeMyTrip will create a leading business in the travel segment. The acquisition of Citrus Pay drives consolidation in the online payments space in India, whilst in the United States, the consolidation with Wallapop gives mobile-only classifieds platform letgo increased scale.

 

Naspers now reports in United States dollars (US$), with the financial performances of the businesses consolidated in their functional currencies and translated into US$. Where pertinent, performance in local currencies, adjusted for acquisitions and disposals, is quoted in brackets after the equivalent International Financial Reporting Standards metrics.

 

Currency again impacted our results. In the video entertainment segment, which typically earns local currencies but incurs significant US$ costs, currency affected both revenues and profitability. However, in the ecommerce segment, currency movements are diffused by the group’s diverse geographic spread and the fact that costs are mainly in local currencies.

 

Revenues in the internet segment, which now accounts for 72% of group revenues, were up 30% (40%) to US$4,9bn. Trading profits increased 54% (71%), driven by Tencent and higher profits or contracting losses in many ecommerce units. “The group now has 23 profitable ecommerce businesses, up from 18 a year ago,” said CEO Bob van Dijk. “Classifieds delivered strong results across the portfolio, boosted in particular by Avito. Our etail, travel and payments businesses all performed well.”

 

The digital terrestrial television (DTT) business and the African video entertainment group experienced the impact of weak currencies. Reported revenues of US$1,6bn were down 8% (up 6%) on the prior year and trading profit dropped 43% to US$226m. However, the team delivered a pleasing return to subscriber growth, reporting 11 million subscribers. The focus remains on giving subscribers the very best quality local and international content, while managing costs, improving customer service and retaining customers in an environment where there is intensifying competition from global players such as Amazon, Netflix, Apple and Google. ShowMax, the subscription video-on-demand service, is growing steadily.

 

The print media segment of Media24 continues to face structural declines in its traditional print business – a global phenomenon. The revenue performance of its new ecommerce initiatives was positive, benefiting from fresh product offerings.

 

The group’s share of equity-accounted results was US$912m and their contribution to core headline earnings increased 47%.

 

Consolidated free cash flow was close to neutral, due to lower profitability of the sub-Saharan Africa video entertainment business and higher consolidated development spend.

 

“The group will continue investing in long-term opportunities, and seek further promising models within the internet segment,” said CFO Basil Sgourdos. “In the US, we expect to accelerate letgo’s development spend to further strengthen its position. In video entertainment, we will battle a tough environment by reducing costs to counter the impact of falling currencies and we aim to grow DTH customers by offering increased value,” he added.

 

 

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Mzansi Magic’s new prison series – LOCKDOWN

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s breakout prison series is set to deliver maximum drama!

 

IT’S a local drama like no other on the small screen – tough, terse and totally gripping. This is Lockdown, Mzansi Magic’s newest and edgiest drama series to date.

 

34_lockdown_Set in a fictional high security female prison, this Black Brain production brings maximum drama delivered by authentic characters. Their fascinating backstories will hold you enthralled as they unravel to reveal the paths that led them into prison and behind locked gates.

 

The motley crew of Lockdown’s female inmates is led by the tough Ma Z (Dawn Thandeka King), a leader who wants nothing more than to gain her freedom so that she can become a good and present mother to the daughter she left on the outside. Cunning and not beyond using manipulation, she co-ops those she can – be they other inmates or wardens – to meet her end goal. One of those people happens to be the beautiful and talented Monde (Zola Nombona), a young woman who left the cocoon of her small town life to pursue fame and fortune in the dazzling lights of Egoliwood. Instead, what she got was infamy, thanks to her wily money-hungry boyfriend/producer Zakes (Luxolo Ndabeni), who introduced her to a notorious lifestyle that landed her in jail.

 

Ma Z’s arch rival is the tough-as-nails prison boxing champ Tyson (Lorcia Cooper), who literally fights her demons with her fists. Temperamental, intimidating and confrontational, Tyson wants to rule the prison’s other inmates with an iron fist and has her sights at dismantling any kind of hold that Ma Z has. Complete control is her ultimate prize. The often-delusional Slenda (Nomsa Buthelezi) acts as Ma Z’s lieutenant. Her gullibility and loyalty to her gang leader usually sees her being the one executing Ma Z’s bidding. The fact that she is mentally unstable and talks to her dead baby, means she should be in a psychiatric ward, but this works beautifully to her leader’s advantage.

 

Beauty (Slindile Nodangala) is the prison’s Governor, the head whose “tough but fair mama” façade hides a manipulative and shrewd businesswoman. She wants her prison to run smoothly and her “girls” to give her the barest of problems. You see, Beauty does not want her fiefdom to be tainted because then, her underhanded and blatantly corrupt practices might be revealed. This is why she has wardens like her son Njabulo (Mthunzi Ntoyi), an academic underachiever who desperately wants to prove his worth to his mother by finally obtaining civil engineering degree and freeing himself from her prison – in every sense of the word.

 

There’s also the ruthlessly ambitious warder Sharon (Lindiwe Ndlovu), who is Beauty’s right hand but secretly wants to occupy the Governor’s seat herself. She believes she can do a much better job, but her real motivation – like some of the women she guards – is ultimate power. This is a woman who will do anything to ascend the throne, believing it will fill the void she has lived with all her life.

 

“Lockdown is an exciting new series that will raise the bar high for South African television drama; there’s nothing like it on our screens. Mzansi Magic viewers are in for a treat because this is gripping stuff. Each episode is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you craving more,” enthuses M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema. “These characters are authentically South African and their stories are recognisable to many of us. Viewers will alternately love and vilify them because they will recognise someone they know, have heard of or even a little bit of themselves in the characters.”

 

Lockdown will premiere on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) in January 2017.

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The Ranakas invade Mzanzi Magic

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

34_theranakasThe modern world has left African families in a state of flux. Every day the young generation juggle careers, parenthood, relationships, media noise, and future uncertainty; whilst the older folk try and impose longstanding, at times obsolete, traditions on them. Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

Hailed as “a glimpse into the everyday lives of an authentic African family”, The Ranakas is a spin-off of the highly successful VUZU AMP reality show Dineo’s Diary starring Dineo Ranaka, wherein viewers caught glimpses of this very animated household.

 

The interesting family dynamic is fueled by a mix of 7 very distinct characters:

 

A writer and publisher, the 70-something Kgotlaesele Ntate Ranaka is the willful, outspoken traditionalist, who is seen as the head of the family, and often tries to impose his cultural views on the kids.

Catering business owner, Mama Siba Ranaka is the wise family matriarch. Often seen as the voice of calm in the storm, she’s at times regarded as an “enabler” for bad behaviour.

 

Manaka Ranaka is the eldest sibling. A popular figure, known for her string of high profile drama and production roles, she’s inherited her dad’s strong-willed personality, placing an emphasis on respect. Despite her famous public profile, Manaka prefers the simple life and shies away from the media industry limelight.

 

Mpumi is the insightful, introvert. This gentle soul is a writer, mom and home-maker.

Television producer, media personality and mind coach, Dineo Ranaka is the versatile go-getter, struggling to balance family life with her newfound success.

Entrepreneur, Ziggy Ranaka is seen as the hustler of the family and is the eldest son. We pick up on his previously documented wedding plans from Dineo’s Diary.

Ranaka Ranaka is the family’s last born and fully embraces his youthful lifestyle. Ranaka is a highly talented creative, DJ, and event organizer. Dineo has described him as “the one who will be the most successful of all of us.”

 

Dineo, who has now made the transition from on-screen talent, to executive producer commented on their journey, “It’s been an incredible experience working on this production with my amazing, dynamic family. The Ranakas wear their hearts on their sleeves. We are a vibrant family made of strong characters, and I believe that the audience will form personal relationships with each character. The truest, most genuine family dynamics will be seen: from tests of loyalty, sibling rivalry, love and all its challenges, to joy and sorrow alike, the production is nothing short of incredible. I’m excited for the country to share in on our story.”

 

Catch The Ranakas from Thursday, 12 January at 8PM on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

 

 

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Meet Julian von Plato – Digital Content Evangelist

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With  the mantra “content is king” becoming more and more self-evident, there are still only a handful of digital innovators in South Africa who are truly pushing the boundaries of content creation as well as content distribution channels.

 

digevaFor nearly two decades, Julian von Plato has been at the forefront of developing digital strategies, content, and distribution platforms within the entertainment sector,  as well as for a host of corporates looking to play in this space.

 

Just within the last few months Julian and his team have launched an amazing array of mobile content including; PockitTV,  allsports TV,  Trace Presents, (the mobile version of Trace TV  on the MTN Play platform), Digital Lab Africa’s live-stream 3 day event from DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the new VR-driven platform for content called VRinterview, and STAGE360, a new artist development and discovery platform with Trace  and Hunters.

 

With his extensive entertainment industry background, Julian understands that at its core, content must entertain. This insight, combined with his passion for the latest technology, has enabled him to reach the holy-grail of mobile content that few digital specialists have achieved; creating sustainable platforms for original African content that can be monetized on a global scale.

 

The team’s latest  success is the launching of PockitTV mobile offering that went live on the MTN Network on October 22nd. This platform will feature entirely bespoke content created specifically for mobile, and with an understanding of the local data constraints and limitations. Already, within in the first two months the platform has seen over 160 000 subcribers join at a subscription rate of of R1 per day.

 

PockitTV is Africa’s first mobile TV network aimed at providing consumers with an alternative video viewing experience that is able to be viewed anywhere anytime. PockitTV is hosted on SSTREAMM’s video streaming platform hosted on the backbone of SA’s mobile networks. This allows video to be streamed to consumers via African 3G/4G networks providing a rich consumer experience. PockitTV’s aim is to provide African content creators a platform to showcase their content and to monetize their content.

 

Another innovation from Julian and his team, STAGE360 offers content in multiple formats including Virtual Reality and has been rolled out alongside the BalconyTV Johannesburg platform. STAGE360 is a multi-platform providing new and up coming urban artists the opportunity to be discovered in ways they never thought possible. From live performance recordings to  virtual reality experience filmed in a full 360 degrees, viewers can navigate their viewing experience through an immersive interface that is the closest thing possible to being there in person.

 

BalconyTV is a streaming video platform that has proven to be a unique and unmatched opportunity for up and coming South African acts, providing them with a high quality live performance video screened to a global platform.  With over 400 videos produced and over 1million views, BalconyTV Johannesburg produces a new show every week – ensuring a steady stream of the latest South African music available anywhere, anytime. The team is also excited to be launching BalconyTV Cape Town in December 2016.

 

By combining a creative and passionate ability to source and produce content and a skill for harnessing the latest technology trends, Julian and his team  are quietly changing the landscape of digital content in the country.  His aims with these various innovations are clear, “I was once asked what is my aim in the industry and I always respond with  the same answer-  to put video on every mobile phone in Africa.”

 

With the various projects that Julian has developed, this aim is well within reach.

 

For more information on the various projects and platforms;

 

www.pockittv.mobi

www.sportvideos.co.za

www.balconytv.com/johannesburg

https://www.facebook.com/VRinterview/

https://www.facebook.com/stage360live/

 

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