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IRF Malta Days: 29 October – 30 October

 

IRF International Days: 31 October – 4 November

 

IRF Audio Conference: 1st November

 

The International Radio Festival (IRF) is pleased to announce the final line up of international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air to their peers and home audiences, from the Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

Now in its 9th year, this international broadcasting event represents the first and only global conference to debate and showcase the business, production and curation of the world’s most consumed medium – audio/radio content.

 

 

The IRF’s unique conference format presents industry leaders from the world of broadcasting and audio production and features more than 30 international radio stations broadcasting their programmes live-on-air across Malta and the International Radio Festival DAB+ channel and also to their peers and home audiences, reaching over 100 million listeners around the globe.

 

IRF Festival Director Darryl von Däniken says:

 

“We are delighted to be heading towards music-island Malta, producing the 9th edition of the IRF midst the historic Piazza D’Armi in Valletta, this year’s EU Capital City of Culture, which is more than apt as the IRF represents the world’s leading broadcasting cultural exchange showcasing ’radio’ nationalities such as India, UK, France, Russia, Turkey, USA and China.”

 

Find out more about all the radio stations and shows here:

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/

 

 

Watch the video recap of edition in Milan here:

 

 

As well as the live radio broadcasts The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

BBC R&D’s Executive Producer Nicky Birch will cover exciting developments in voice-first audio formats, while international radio consultant John Simons will lead a panel on the rise of niche radio services from rock to jazz.

 

James Keen, the newly-appointed Station Director for Channel 103 and Island FM in the Channel Islands, will talk with Andrew Zammit from Malta’s ‘number one hit music station’ 89.7 Bay, about the benefits and challenges of targeting a small island-based audience.

 

The Conference will also include a celebration of ten years of the UK’s Absolute Radio, with its Content Director, Paul Sylvester; and a look at how audio services are re-inventing radio from Xanthe Fuller, Head of Community at Mixcloud.

 

Martyn Ware – founder of The Human League and Heaven 17, with a 40-year career as a leading record producer – will be talking about his work past and present, including designing and composing ground-breaking 3D-soundscapes.

 

The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta. Led by Cliff Fluet, a digital lawyer from London-based law firm Lewis Silkin, the session will lead the way in the exploring how blockchain can benefit the radio industry.

 

Register here for the IRF Audio Conference 2018

 

 

https://www.internationalradiofestival.com/conference-malta18/

 

The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

 

What the industry says:

 

 

 

“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”

 

 

Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA www.somafm.com

 

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Back by popular demand! Johannesburg audiences are in for a musical treat when Emperors Palace hosts the world’s premier Freddie Mercury and Queen tribute show, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic, for a four-week run over the Christmas period.

 

Performing in the Theatre of Marcellus from Friday 30 November until Monday 31 December 2018, including a rock-star worthy New Year’s Eve performance to ring in 2019, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is set to recreate Queen’s historically famous 1986 World Tour concert on stage in SA.

 

 

The two-hour theatrical rock concert, which will showcase for the first time at Emperors Palace after previously enjoying a performance run at The Joburg Theatre in 2016, features all of the band’s greatest hits performed live including hits such as ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘Fat-Bottomed Girls’.

 

If you’re wanting to ring in the New Year in style, this show gives ultimate rock fan the chance to sing and dance along to some of the most classic rock hits of our generation.

 

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic is set to yet another smash hit for promoters, Showtime Australia, who continue to wow South African crowds with stellar crowd favourite shows such as The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston Show, Tina: Simply The Best, as well as Beatlemania On Tour – all of which showcased at Emperors Palace earlier this year.

 

Director Johnny Van Grinsven attributes the show’s continued global success to the attention-to-detail in this mind-blowing and energetic stage show includes the costumes, instruments and even the lighting cues have been designed to replicate those seen in real Queen concerts.

 

Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic also attracted the attention, endorsement and eventual involvement of Freddie Mercury’s best friend, neighbour, biographer and personal assistant for 12 years: Peter Freestone.

 

After reviewing the show while in Singapore in 2007, Freestone contacted promoter Van Grinsven with his compliments and support for the production. A friendship ensued between these two, upon which Freestone has since toured with QIAKM globally, working as a production consultant for the show.

 

“I have not seen another show in the world do it better.” – Peter Freestone

Multi-talented English musician, Giles Taylor, yet again reprises the role of Freddie Mercury and is the only tribute performer in the world who sings and plays both piano and guitar live on stage.

 

“Freddie was known for his powerful voice and vocal range, and had a very distinct character in general, so emulating him is quite a challenge, but those details need to be just right for a show of this magnitude. True Queen fans will appreciate the attention to detail,” says Taylor.

 

Supporting Taylor on stage throughout this two-hour rock concert are: Australians Richie Baker, as Brian May on guitar, and Kyle Thompson, as Roger Taylor on drums, and South Africa’s very own Steven Dennett as John Deacon on bass guitar.

 

Tickets for this spectacular show can also be purchased via Computicket at either www.computicket.com or via Checkers and Shoprite retail stores, countrywide, and are priced between R180 and R250 each.

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Canada in the Spotlight: DISCOP Joburg 2018

Posted by radio On October - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
DISCOP, the leading content, adaptation right and project market dedicated to Africa and the Middle East, today announces that Canada will the Guest Country of its Johannesburg edition slated from 14 to 16 November.
This announcement was made possible thanks to the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the the Department of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa, who have launched a dedicated incentive for the co-development of audiovisual projects between Canadian producers and South African producers.
The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is approximately CAD $120,000 or ZAR 1,200,000 with each funding organization contributing half of the funds.
“In the past 20 years, we’ve seen content produced between Canadian and South African creators hit international markets with great commercial success and critical acclaim. Producers in both countries have partnered to tell stories that are culturally-relevant to audiences in both countries and around the world,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Through our matching fund with the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, we have further enabled the development of strong partnerships between producers in both countries. As we aim to create yet more partnerships between Canadian and South African producers, we look forward to participating in DISCOP Johannesburg 2018 where Canada will be Guest Country.”
NFVF Acting CEO, Shadrack Bokaba has this to say of the partnership, “The relationship between South Africa and Canada is very special, it was the first audio-visual co-production treaty to be signed, stemming from shared values of equality, democracy, peace, security and prosperity. The treaty has allowed the union between South Africa and Canada to continue to grow and forge new partnerships while cementing and enhancing old ones. The recently renewed Canada Media Fund partnerships is one such partnership aimed at fostering the development of content that is able to travel and find audiences across the globe.
It is therefore encouraging to witness South African content markets like DISCOP honour the relationship in this manner. We look forward to creating more opportunities for collaboration.”
The tribute to Canada will be marked by the presence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who will be in Johannesburg to present PANORA.TV its new B2B online platform facilitating transactions, from searching and shopping, to contract generation, payment processing and content delivery.
Canadian producers and government representatives attending DISCOP Johannesburg 2018, including André Ferreira, Communication Manager of the CMF, will be hosted at the “MADE IN CANADA PAVILION”, a networking and communications hub that will provide visibility and market exposure to Canadian delegates.
Two important sessions scheduled in the context of DISCOP’s sidebar NEXT GEN development and knowledge-transfer program will also examine coproduction and distribution opportunities between Canada and South Africa.
1500+ delegates are expected to take part in DISCOP Johannsburg 2018 including 400+ acquisition and development executives representing broadcasters, premium cable channels, mobile operators and streaming platforms operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and 200+ global and regional distributors will also be at the market to showcase their latest offerings and seek new representation deals.
 
In a move to accelerate the development of a sustainable production and distribution ecosystem across Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP content, adaptation right and project markets are held several times a year in strategic regional industry hubs.
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The use of Blockchain technology in the audio world will be explored at the International Radio Festival’s Audio Conference in Malta. The ground-breaking session will lead the way in the exploring how blockchain can benefit the radio industry.

 

Led by Cliff Fluet, a digital lawyer from London-based law firm Lewis Silkin, who advises clients on music-based content, branded entertainment and rights issues, who will explain what Blockchain is, and what it might mean for audio and other creative businesses.

He says the potential impact of Blockchain is “staking a claim as being the most talked-about disruptor.”

Fluet will look at how it can directly facilitate consumer sales and peer-to-peer transmission; allow a producer or musician to be able to track, tokenise and monetise their works including recordings, artwork, publishing and merchandise; and help ensure the protection of intellectual property.

 

The Audio Conference on 1st November is just one part of the ninth edition of the International Radio Festival, taking place in Valletta, Malta – the European Capital of Culture 2018 – from 29th October to 4th November.

Other speakers at the Audio Conference include composer and producer David Lowe discussing his work on branding and idents around the world, including the BBC News theme. How the radio and audio sector is reinventing itself will be explored with Xanthe Fuller, Mixcloud’s Head of Community, Nicky Birch from BBC Research & Development, and Scott Cohen, the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard. The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations is 30 global territories.

 

 

The day will close with legendary record producer and artist Martyn Ware in conversation with presenter and DJ, Carly Wilford. He’ll talk about his career, from founding the Human League in 1978, to his current work with unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology – including a demonstration in the setting of Malta’s historic Mediterranean Conference Centre.

 

The Malta edition of the International Radio Festival’s B2B Forum takes place at the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre on 1st November, covering the hottest topics in the global audio and music industries.

 

What the industry says:
“A gathering of an amazingly diverse and fascinating group of people with one thing in common: a love of radio. The most diverse radio gathering I’ve ever been to!”
Rusty Hodge, SOMA FM, San Francisco, USA www.somafm.com

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Former Talk Radio 702 host Redi Thlabi is set to host a new Current Affairs show named Unfiltered, launching on Sunday, 07 October 2018 at 20:30, on the SABC News Channel and SABC 3. This is part of SABC’s efforts to attract top talent to enhance and strengthen audience experience, in line with its turnaround plan.

Tlhabi, who is no stranger to the SABC, brings immense experience and knowledge in the television news domain, including working with international broadcasting platforms such as Aljazeera and BBC World News. She is a distinguished broadcast journalist, columnist and author.

The new weekly show, Unfiltered, will boldly tackle the broad spectrum of issues affecting South Africans, including crime, corruption, education, politics as well as community and social issues.

 

In making the announcement, Phathiswa Magopeni, Group Executive for News and Current Affairs division says, “SABC News is taking an unrestrained, courageous and forthright approach to discussing tough issues facing South African citizens daily. Redi is a dynamic and versatile journalist who fits the profile of the show and our editorial character very well. We are happy to welcome her back as part of the SABC News team”.

 

Talking about her move, Thlabi says, “I have always responded positively to conversations that help us confront the ills of our society and affirm our quest for justice, democracy and accountability. It is with that vision that I begin this new chapter with the SABC”. Thlabi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Master’s degree in gender and politics.

 

The new current affairs show seeks to communicate and strengthen the Independence and Impartiality of SABC News, and ensure that the public news service delivers on its mandate.

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Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa, Marketing Manager says the campaign is completely in line with what they stand for, “There is no better fit than South Africa’s favourite toy and baby store partnering with the biggest toy collection drive over the festive season. The ECR team have done an incredible job of making Toy Story a much anticipated and well known campaign for the year! The main aim of the campaign is to pull our community together to give back and to ensure we add joy to the lives of those in need! In our dealings with local organisations, we have seen first-hand that a toy is not just an object, but is a symbol of excitement, joy and a bit of hope, which every child deserves to feel.”

 

East Coast Radio’s Boni Mchunu says the station is delighted to have Toys R Us/Babies R Us on board, “East Coast Radio’s Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children in our country. We are honoured to facilitate giving on such a massive scale and are so grateful to our sponsors for all their efforts in making this possible.”

Other key sponsors that have come on board this year include; Durban Deliveries, who will facilitate the collection of toys from stores, schools and businesses; Gift of the Givers Foundation who assist with storing and then packing toys for distribution; Hirt and Carter, who manufacture the Toy Story boxes; Verigreen who manufacture bags for the campaign and Red Cross Air Mercy Services, who assist with the distribution of toys to rural areas.

 

 

 

When the campaign officially rolls out from 22 October, KwaZulu-Natalians will be able to donate a toy at any Toys R Us & Babies R Us store across the province. Last year, KZN listeners, schools and businesses donated 20,000 new toys and more than R750,000 towards East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign.

 

 

 

[Issued by:ECR]

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Mzansi Magic’s popular drama series, The Imposter returns to the small screens for the second instalment on Sunday, 7th October 2018, on DStv Channel 161 at 20:00 with Seriti Films on the helm of production as the producers.

 

The creators of The Imposters, Ferguson Films, approached Seriti Films to produce the follow up season of the hit series by adding their own flavour and twist to the new storyline.

 

“The idea was that the series has a premise that can continue for as long as each season has different creative minds to it. We wanted to encourage producers in the industry to work together to build an even greater TV and film landscape. Mzansi Magic fully endorsed this direction as it was in line with their new story telling anthology concept,” says Shona Ferguson.

 

Ferguson Films paved the way with the first season which became one of the best performing dramas on Mzansi Magic hands over the batten to Seriti Films to up the stakes and produce yet another successful season.

 

“As Mzansi Magic, we decided to explore a strategy by introducing a novel storytelling technique with our dramas and telenovelas – the anthology concept (rolling out a series of stories under one title). In this case, The Imposter will be the first show to carry this concept; where we will be alternating top production companies to come up with the new story, new cast but keep the same premise. By keeping the premise of the show allows us to refresh the narrative by introducing a new perspective each season”, explains Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

The Imposter Season 2 comes with an all-new cast, packed with an innovative storyline with a different approach set in a whole new world.

Following Season 1’s gripping storyline which zoned in on twin sisters, Mantwa and Matshepo Tau, whose lives took an unconventional twist when one of the sisters broke out of prison to claim the life of her identical twin. The second season is also set in two worlds.

 

In Season 2, we explore two sides of the same coin as The Imposter follows the story of Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane who struggles to make ends meet and to provide for his daughter in a township called Kliptown, while his long-lost twin brother, Gary Mokoena lives a luxurious life, with manicured lawns, expensive cars and extreme wealth.

 

A rollercoaster of events that neither Tebza nor Gary could anticipate takes shape as one is faced with living in poverty while the other won the trust fund lottery.

The second season boasts the acting prowess of Mpho Osei Tutu as Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane/ Gary Mokoena, Didie Makobane as Mmabotse, Mmabatho Mogomotsi as Candy, Gail Mabalane as Kelebogile, Joyce Skefu as Valeta, Seputla Sebogodi as Dali, Tiisetso Thoka as Paballo, Nonhle Thema as Evodia, Sonia Mbele as Big Daddy, Kabelo Thai as Turbo to name a few.

 

“The Imposter Season 2 promises to be yet another fast-paced series that will keep the audiences captivated. We are always looking for creative ways to give our viewers spellbinding television. We can’t wait to unravel the plot and showcase the talented cast production has ensembled,” concludes Sema.

 

Catch The Imposter season 2 on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 20:00

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A chance at Love at Second Swipe

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Lifetime’s new makeover series with host Pabi Moloi premieres 25 October on DStv channel 131 – stream live on DStv Now.

Lifetime’s latest local reality show Love at Second Swipe will be making over the South African dating scene one online dater at a time, starting Thursday 25 October at 20:00 on DStv 131 and streaming live on DStv Now.

Hosted by Pabi Moloi, each week a team of experts will completely makeover two people in the hopes of helping them find love online. Together with the experts they’ll revamp their dating profile, their look and also dig deeper into issues that could be holding them back.

Love at Second Swipe promises to be uplifting, sometimes hard-hitting and always emotional. You’ll laugh and cry as you watch ordinary South Africans transformed inside and out, culminating in a jaw-dropping big reveal.

Recognised TV star Pabi Moloi will host Lifetime’s Love at Second Swipe, while a qualified team including a life coach, style expert, makeup guru and hairdressers will rally around the participants throughout the transformation process.

 

 

Moloi believes there’s so much about Love at Second Swipe that the viewer will be able to relate to, “These are personal stories, these are real human beings experiencing the anguish of wanting to love and be loved and not knowing how to navigate that and we’re going to capture those moments. It excites me to demystify what online dating is and to help people discover the true connection with themselves before they make a match with somebody else.”

The show’s ‘life coach’ Dr Zenia Barnard who has degrees in both psychology and technology says the ‘makeover’ isn’t a superficial exercise , “We delve into their emotional challenges and what has possibly been holding them back and what they can let go of. You can put as much makeup on and change your hair but if the emotional shift isn’t happening then that person isn’t going to find ultimate happiness and love.”

 

 

Renowned stylist Shaldon Kopman will help the Love at Second Swipe participants see what it is they need in order to portray themselves correctly on their online dating profiles. He adds, “A lot of people don’t understand how to dress themselves or how to style themselves. So in the show my role is to makeover the participants from a style perspective so that they can feel good and comfortable in their space and go out there and conquer.”

The six-episode series is produced by Hi Mom exclusively for Lifetime Africa. South Africa’s latest reality show – Love at Second Swipe – brings together style tips, online dating advice and the magic makeover reveal moments. Tune into Lifetime on DStv 131 at 20:00 every Thursday evening, starting 25 October.

 

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers.

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The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 Comments Off on The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Tune into Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161), on 11 October for The Ranakas season three premiere. This lively and refreshingly authentic family will be on our television screens every Thursday at 20:00.

Recapping on how the second season ended, Mama Siba started studying at a culinary school and pursued her dream of having a cook book. Ntate Ranaka experienced health difficulties and gave Mama Siba a scare when he had a heart attack.

 

Ranaka, the youngest sibling was trying to find himself and was pursuing his dreams in the music industry. Michelle and hubby Mzingisi officially became Mr and Mrs Ranaka. They also became first time parents! Mpumi, who is married to a German man was dealing with a long-distance relationship, family and career life. Dineo and Mpumi were not seeing eye to eye and were constantly at logger heads.

 

This season Michelle and Mzingisi deal with typical challenges of being newlyweds as well as the excitement of parenthood. Find out if Mzingisi has gotten over his bachelor days and old habits.  Manaka, actress and mom, is on a journey of personal growth and healing. Dineo, radio and television presenter is passionate about building an empire and is still aiming for the stars.

 

Who has moved back home and why? And will Mpumi and Dineo settle their differences and get along? Tune into The Ranakas every Thursday at 20:00, from 11 October on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161).

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With the eagerly anticipated DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards quickly approaching, voting fever is reaching an all-time high.

 

Scores of local entertainment fans are battling it out on the voting lines as they fight for their favourite stars to be declared Mzansi’s best-loved on the big night of 24 November 2018.

 

To show their appreciation to the stans, the DMVCAs are gifting fans with a chance to interact with some of their faves at three popular venues in Joburg, Durban and Pretoria – a once in a lifetime chance for many!

 

Watch out for The Herd’s most stylish witch, Winnie Ntshaba at Maponya Mall on Saturday, 29 September. She’ll be joined by fellow actors, Abomama’s Khanyi Mbau, Skeem Saam’s Clement Maosa, Lockdown’s Dineo Nchabeleng and Isidingo’s Motlatsi Mafatshe. And the cherry on top? The Queen’s SK Khoza will be there to MC the whole event!

 

Those who will not make it to Maponya Mall will get another chance to mingle with the stars the following Saturday, 06 October, when The Queen’s Patronella (Thembsie Matu) takes over the State Theatre in Pretoria with her big personality. Matu will be joined by Kabelo Moalusi for a fan meet-and greet, with Somizi making sure to keep things even more entertaining as the MC.

 

Durban will see Somgaga return to host the last leg of the fan treat at the Suncoast SunDeck on the 27th of October. Much-loved actor, Linda Sebezo from Isibaya will be joined by Ukhozi FM’s flamboyant SelBeyonce to give the public some love. Now if that’s not a party, we don’t know what is!

The activations will be from 12:00 – 15:00 and free of charge, so make sure not to miss a chance to see your fave and let them know you’re voting for them! Thank us later!

Remember to also nominate someone for the 1Life Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE and DStv, and help put a smile on the face of a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will receive a cash prize of R20 000 (Twenty Thousand Rand). Viewers can nominate by visiting  www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

How to vote:

•             Viewers can vote for free on web and mobile at www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

•             Via SMS by sending your SMS short code to 39201

•             By dialling *120*33033# on their mobile and following the prompts.

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