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Videovision to focus on low-budget local movies

Posted by radio On August - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Anant Singh, Chief Executive of Videovision Entertainment recently announced the establishment of a new division that will focus on modestly budgeted action films made in South Africa by local filmmakers.  The new division has been formed to nurture young filmmakers and create a profile for them, both locally and abroad.videovision_01


The new division will consider projects that meet the following criteria:


Budgets of R10 million or less

Filmmakers must have produced a film

Has a locked script which has commercial prospects

Has a director and key talent attached

Has at least 50% of the funding secured


Projects will benefit from the expertise of the Videovision Entertainment team in the following key areas:


Funding of up to 40% of the production budget

Distribution in South Africa and in international markets

Provide strategic direction on the marketing and distribution of the film

P&A Funding based on a percentage of the production budget for the release of the film  in South Africa


Anant Singh said, “We believe that we have a wealth of talent in our industry, especially young filmmakers, who have great ideas for movies that will resonate with local audiences.  Our proposed new production division is designed to provide a platform for these filmmakers.  It is part of our strategy to unlock value in the South African film industry and develop an appreciation of South African cinema by local audiences, the ultimate goal of which is to ensure that our industry is sustainable in the long term.”


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Discovery Networks will be turning the spotlight on its South African fans this weekend as it invites viewers to film Vox Pop messages about why they love Discovery Networks and its portfolio of channels at its special exhibition stand at the Good Food & Wine Show in Gauteng.


dsttlcThe dual-branded Discovery Channel and TLC Entertainment stand opened from Thursday, 31 July until Sunday, 3 August, offering visitors the chance to potentially appear on TV, by talking about what they love most about both channels.


Whether you’re mad for Discovery Channel or crazy for TLC Entertainment, we want to hear how much and why. Maybe it’s Dynamo’s magic or Bear Grylls’ thrilling missions that get you going, or perhaps you can’t get enough of Cake Boss’ creative cakes, Oprah’s inspirational interviews or Honey Boo Boo’s outlandish family. Discovery Networks is asking visitors to the Good Food & Wine Show to come along to the stand and tell them why.


Visitors can also expect delicious cake pops and tasty biltong for their efforts, with one lucky person winning a special prize of Discovery treats each day. Plus the special “Selfie Zone”, will give people the chance to get a snapshot alongside their favourite Discovery Channel and TLC Entertainment star.


“We cannot wait to open our Discovery Networks stand at this year’s Good Food & Wine Show and meet and record Vox Pops with our South African viewers,” said Lee Hobbs, VP of Channels, Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “Discovery Channel and TLC Entertainment are well-loved brands in the market, so what better way to reward our fans by giving them the chance to possibly star on them!”


Don’t miss your chance to grab your moment in the spotlight when the Discovery Networks stand which opened from Thursday, 31 July at the Good Food & Wine Show. And catch Buddy Valastro, star of TLC Entertainment’s hit series Cake Boss, who will be cooking up a storm across the four days as one of the show’s special star chefs.



[Source: Dstv Online]

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A vastly altered media landscape

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS


ftmedMedia tycoon Koos Bekker transferred Naspers into a global powerhouse before recently stepping down as CEO. He sat down for an exclusive one-on-one video interview for the Future of Media & Advertising Conference.


Asked what his predictions for the future of media were, Bekker said his predictions in the recent past have all been wrong because consumers often react counter-intuitively.

He said he found the advertising industry an interesting fraternity because they appear as though they’re looking into the future although they are basing all their prediction on the past – and the past is a bad predictor of the future, he claims.



Media houses, he stated, are clueless. His prediction: a few newspapers will survive but in South Africa only a few will make the transition from print to digital. He went on to say that most media houses and agencies were just as clueless.


The biggest challenge facing the media industry, he believes, is the ability to transition to the point where the consumer is the co-creator of news. He agrees with Rupert Murdoch’s prediction that print will be dead within the next 10 to 20 years, arguing that there comes a point where it’s no longer profitable. The Internet, however, will lead to the birth of a new generation of news interpreters and competitors, far from being local only, will be global.


Content will become increasingly important, he says, and brands will move into content.

Big data, he said, while commercially useful, is socially ambiguous. And while e-commerce company’s inevitably know a great deal about us, a certain amount of privacy protection is required.


Although mobile will become a primary form of communication, to date the quality of mobile advertising has been fairly poor. Add to this the fact that users are easily distracted and advertisers have a tough call to make between quantity of a mobile audience or the quality of a better educated newspapers audience, for example.

Globalisation, said Bekker, means that it’s not only local competitors we need to be concerned about also global powerhouses like Google and Facebook.


Turning to his investment interests, Bekker says there have been many lessons learned including the fact that timing is everything. His first investment venture in China failed spectacularly, he admits. The problem with success, he reveals, is that if you’re always successful all you learn is how clever you are, whereas when you fail, you learn so much more. If you can survive a failure, it’s often more productive than a modest success. E-commerce, he believes, is a fundamental shift in the way we live and will continue to dominate for the next few years.


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[Source: Theredzone]

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NDTV Prime redefines entertainment

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

NDTV Prime, the entertainment half of the dual channel NDTV Profit/Prime, has replenished its 21:00 slot with five new shows, since Monday, 28 July.


ndtvThe Boss Dialogues will air on Mondays and will let viewers see intimate conversations with directors, writers and entertainers of Bollywood. It will be hosted by Indu Mirani and will have guests like Karan Johar, Sanjay Gupta, Ayan Mukherji, Farhan Akhtar, Imtiaaz Ali, Salim Khan and many more. This programme will offer an intelligent and meaningful, yet entertaining, dialogue with the “bosses” of Bollywood.


Every Tuesday, former radio jockey Mihir Joshi will raise a toast to good music and dig deeper into the private lives of some of the most renowned names of the Indian music industry. Personalities ranging from independent artists to Bollywood playback singers will be brought to your living rooms straight from the console by Mihir Joshi.


Every Wednesday, NDTV Prime will air Prime Documentaries that have in some way managed to document and capture Changing India.


Every Thursday, Prime Talkies with Pocket Films will showcase different styles of cinema with a generous dose of entertainment. Every episode will telecast three to four films that are critically acclaimed and are production of young and aspiring film makers and students.


Friday will be all about the latest Bollywood movies and its scorecard in ticket sales. Film critic Mayank Shekhar and filmmaker Fahad Samar will host the weekly Friday Double Bill, to help pick a film to watch for the upcoming weekend. Along with that, straight from the sets of the movie in the making.

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[By: Farai Diza]


There is just no separating radio from South Africa’s blooming arts and culture sector. The two go along perfectly just like pap and boerewors.


5756_Nedbank_Affinities_Logos_01Nedbank’s Arts Affinity Programme, which was established 20 years ago, has so far donated R15 million to the Arts and Culture Trust. The programme includes a suite of investment and banking accounts which when used by a client, automatically results in Nedbank donating a sum of money to the trust.


The programme is one of four multi award winning programmes that also include the Green Affinity, the Sport Affinity and the Children’s Affinity.


Since inception in 1994, the Nedbank Arts and Culture Trust has supported over 700 arts, culture and heritage development projects in South Africa. Funded projects include the upliftment of communities through music, dance, visual art, new media, crafts, the theatre, and the spoken and written word.


“The arts and culture trust has contributed immensely to the 20 years of democracy of South Africa by developing and preserving the arts and cultural heritage of our country. During the period, over R20 million has been disbursed to key projects, bursaries and scholarships,” said Nedbank’s Head of Cause Marketing, Maseda Ratshikuni.


Ratshikuni testified that the Arts and Culture Trust has supported more than 800 developmental arts and culture projects in South Africa including the Artist Proof Studio in Newtown, Johannesburg – an innovative community printmaking centre of excellence that provides a professional studio, gallery and education projects.


“The programme is an innovative way to fund South African arts, culture, and heritage because it ensures that these important projects have a continuous source of income for years to come. Art is not the cherry on the cake, it is the yeast, and this holds particularly true in the area of education. A number of studies have shown an improvement in literacy when people take part in drama whilst structured music activities aids better performance in maths and languages,” he divulged.


“Nedbank will continue on this richly rewarding journey together with the arts fraternity as it provides and illuminating mirror through which we as a society can reflect on our past, stipulate dialogue about our present and look forward to the future together,” he stressed.

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SuperSport goes simulcast

Posted by radio On July - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

SuperSport will become simulcast from Tuesday, 12 August 2014. This means that Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) channels will display on the same channel number.

SuperSport-logo-1-e1348796998243[1]Channel 201 will henceforth display SuperSport1 if you have a Standard Definition (SD) decoder and SuperSport1HD if you have an HD decoder. This means that the SuperSport HD channels from 211-217 will fall away as they move onto the same channel number as their SD counterpart.


This is great news for SuperSport fans, as they won’t have to spend time flicking between SD and HD channels.


SuperSport channels have been playing in dualcast since the beginning of 2014, in preparation for this change – the content on the SD and HD channels has been exactly the same.


Customers with PVR decoders need not worry as their scheduled recordings will not be compromised by the switch over to simulcast – these recordings will automatically be moved to the new channels. We do recommend that customers double check their list of scheduled recordings just to be safe.

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Patrick Baron, Executive Creative Director of McCann in Australia will chair the Radio, Television, Film and Video panel for the Loeries. Last year Baron was honoured by the Advertising Age USA as the world’s No.1 Creative Director and Art Director. He is also the only Australian creative director and art director to have had work awarded by TED.loeries2


Baron will also be speaking at the DStv Seminar of Creativity during Loeries Creative Week Cape Town on 19 September. Joining Baron at the Seminar and on the judging panel is Regional judge Ali Ali, Film Director and Founder of Elephant in Cairo. Ali took home a Cannes Gold Lion this year for directing a two-for-one movie ticket campaign offer from telecommunications company Du.


The crafts panels for radio, television, film and video media are made up of specialists in the key areas. The craft panels can be viewed on, where all announced panels can be viewed.


Judging takes place during Loeries® Creative Week™ Cape Town from 15 to 21 September 2014. Finalists will be announced during the week and winners will be announced on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September at the 36th Annual Loerie Awards at the CTICC.





  • Patrick Baron (chairman)

Executive Creative Director, McCann Australia

  • Ali Ali (regional judge)

Film Director

  • Ahmed Tilly  

Executive Creative Director, Black River FC

  • Brett Morris  

Chief Executive Officer, FCB

  • Chris Gotz    

Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Cape Town

  • Jenny Glover

Joint Executive Creative Director, Net#work BBDO

  • Justin Gomes

Executive Creative Director, FoxP2

  • Kirk    Gainsford      

Executive Creative Director, Lowe Cape Town

  • Rob McLennan        

Creative Founding Partner, King James II

  • Rui Alves       

Executive Creative Director, Y&R SA

  • Xolisa Dyeshana       

Executive Creative Director, Joe Public

  • Pete     Case   

Founder & CEO, Gloo
Specialist: Internet & Mobile Commercials

  • Michael Middleton   

Director, Jump

Specialist: Long Format TV & Cinema Commercials and Non-broadcast Video & Film


Key dates to remember:


  • Loeries Effective Creativity Deadline 31 July
  • Loeries® Creative Week™ Cape Town: 15-21 September
  • DStv Seminar of Creativity 2014: 19 September
  • The Loerie Awards Ceremonies: 20-21 September
  • Ticket Sales for Creative Week are open
  • For more information go to



Major Partners


The major partners of the 2014 Loeries are DStv Media Sales, the City of

Cape Town, Western Cape Government and Gearhouse South Africa


Category Partners


Adams & Adams, ADreach, Commercial Producers Association, Continental

Outdoor Media, The Times, Unilever South Africa, Woolworths, and YFM

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Can DJ Fresh Unleash Radio Bomb?

Posted by radio On July - 21 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


It’s that season again when “dreamers” get the opportunity to share their aspirations with the world in a well cut talent search show –SA’s Got Talent that premieres on eTV on Sunday 7 September.


freshSeason 5 of the much anticipated show has seen some changes to its judges with the addition of Lalla Hirayama and DJ Fresh replacing Ian von Memerty and Kabelo Mabalane who have been with SA’s Got Talent for the 3rd and 4th seasons since SABC 2

But it is the emergence of DJ Fresh that will get radio enthusiasts all pumped up.


Born Thato Sikwame, DJ Fresh has been on radio for as long as I can remember having kicked off his career in Botswana in the early nineties and from the minute he was shown the mic, he has made the most of broadcasting.


After anchoring the YFM breakfast show for years, DJ Fresh joined 5FM to present the Fresh Drive before moving to the breakfast show a few months ago after Gareth Cliff’s departure.


He has also released a total of 24 house albums over a career spanning more than two decades and has shared the DJ booth with world renowned DJ’s “Little Loule” Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Armand Van Helden, Oskido and Ready D.


“The SA’s Got Talent team had been asking me to join them as a judge as I usually take bookings way in advance. The timing was never right and I’m glad that we finally found a time that’s mutually right. I have watched the shows from the start whenever I could so I am familiar with what I am getting myself into,” professed Fresh.


As usual with shows like these, there will only be one winner. But according to DJ Fresh just being on the show should be enough for anyone to push their talent to another level.

I watched last season’s talent show and was heavily disappointed when an aspiring radio soccer commentator (from Joburg) got on stage, strutted his stuff, and went home with tears.  The young man did an IsiZulu commentary mimicking the Soweto Derby match between giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. When Chiefs had scored (perhaps a wrong choice) the young lad didn’t get just one or two but got all three buzzers flashing in red.


I was left with one question I failed to answer: Does the show not recognise radio presenters as talented entertainers?


One only hopes that DJ Fresh will give radio a big boast on SA’s Got Talent by noticing radio talent that’s itching for recognition.


“It is advisable to start early in the arts because your work ethic improves with age. So it all differs from one individual to the next. You have success stories of people like Usher who are still in the game and killing it, although they started out young,” stated Fresh.

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etv to air Comrade President Zuma doccie

Posted by radio On July - 19 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Don’t miss the documentary Comrade President: The Man from Nkandla on Sunday 20 July at 3PM.Zumare

This biopic takes a look at the life and times of South Africa’s third democratically elected state president, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, and his difficult journey to the highest office of his newly liberated country.


Born into poverty during apartheid, his survival skills are prominent as he overcomes controversy and scandal, to continue his reign as President.


Zuma, a young Zulu boy with no formal education, was stirred into a political awakening by stories of local rebellions and socialist revolutions in distant corners of the world.


His involvement in the 1950’s Defiance Campaign lead to a revolutionary life which included spending over a decade incarcerated at Robben Island, where he also learned to read and write.


After the liberation movement ended its war, his real troubles started. His accession to power was fraught with controversy and scandal. He fell out with at least two of his closest comrades, he’s tainted by corruption, he’s fired and his polygamy and infidelities outrage the conservative center.


But his uncanny survival skills, sophisticated legal team and long-standing connections with intelligence networks, help him survive as President, leader of the majority party and still in 2014, holding the levers of power.


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Mo Flava Flavours YFM

Posted by radio On July - 18 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


The beautiful rainbow nation of South Africa has produced its fair share of entertainers. Some came out of the blue making the world stand on its feet while others were born to be the best entertainers on the land.mflava2


There is no doubting that the drive time slot on radio is the preserve of truly talented personalities because they are the most listened to shows worldwide. That is where the born entertainers step into the fray.


Tuning into YFM every week day between 3 – 7pm can leave you mesmerised.


Aptly named Get On The Freeway, the drive time show has the ability to make trickling through traffic seem like a walk in the park. The show is hosted by Mo Flava, christened Moeti Tsiki, and it is not a surprise as to why he squeezed his way to hosting one of the best shows in the land. The station also adheres to that notion as his profile on the YFM website describes him as an unstoppable ball of entertainment fire.


“I did the breakfast show for four years before I got the drive time slot. This shift is exactly what I had planned from the moment I joined YFM and now the time is right for me,” he testified.

Get On  The Freeway consists of various features that cater for a full spectrum audience.


mflava3A Soweto boy by birth, Mo Flava obtained a Diploma in Media Studies and majored in radio broadcasting, programming and journalism.


“The drive time slot allows me to explore various topics and conversations that I couldn’t tackle in the morning, making for better radio. Plus I get to sleep a little longer and not have to wake up before the cock crows,” Mo Flava added.  He joined the popular youth inspired YFM in 2007 and rose up the ladder from hosting Flava In The Morning. He did the morning show with so much aplomb having taken over from DJ Sbu.


He views radio as one of the main drivers, not only for information, but also of popular culture and perceptions.


“YFM has been an amazing part of my 8 year commercial radio career. Radio is continuously expanded thanks to the 20 years of democracy. New and upcoming DJ’s, who were previously unheralded, now have the scope for upward movement within the industry. This is largely because of the high number of radio stations that we have now. It’s such a great thing.” he alluded.


Mo Flava isn’t just a voice on radio. He is a born entertainer whose voice has managed to conquer the airwaves and taken him to millions of hearts within the country’s borders.

He also has a huge passion for writing and plans to write for some of the country’s most recognised publications.

Wait, this dude even has his website! Way to go my man!

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