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Celebrate the 100th year of Mandela’s birth with DStv – a pop-up channel and an innovative app.

Wednesday 18 July is an important date on the 2018 calendar.  On the timeline of world history, it marks a hundred years since the birth of one of Africa’s most beloved icons, legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

On that day, DStv will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel to celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba. DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel (DStv channel 199) will be available to all DStv customers across Africa.

 

Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 19:00, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries, archive footage from M-Net’s multiple award-winning actuality programme Carte Blanche as well as exclusive celebrity interviews.

 

“Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy.  While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.

 

The channel, which was compiled for DStv by M-Net, Africa’s leading storyteller, is packed with programmes that paint a powerful picture of what it meant to be Madiba – and what Madiba has meant to the world.

 

Each night at 20:00 – from Wednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July –  DStv customers across the continent can tune in for a new director’s cut, in the form of a four-part miniseries, of the landmark film The Long Walk to Freedom (2013), based on Mandela’s autobiography which focuses on his early life and 27 years in prison, and stars Idris Elba.

 

The Mandela 100 Tribute builds up to a heart-stopping climax on the final evening: Invictus(2009), the Hollywood blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freemanas Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

 

It is the true-life depiction of South Africa’s victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Madiba famously walked on to the Ellis Park turf in the No 6 jersey, usually worn by Pienaar, to thunderous applause before the match – a stroke of genius that spurred the Springboks on to glory.

 

Other highlights include:

The Face of Unity – a documentary with previously unscreened footage and tributes from former US President Barack Obama; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; musical genius Ray Charles, and Hollywood luminaries Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas.

 

In the Name of Mandela, War and Peace – a summary of the political history of South Africa from the time of the discovery of gold in 1886 up to the election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.

 

Mandela’s Unsung Heroes – an account of the Rivonia trial in which some of Nelson Mandela’s fellow accused in the trial, that led to his incarceration on Robben Island, share their memories.

 

Countdown to Freedom –  Narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, this independent documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes lead-up to the rebirth of a nation and Nelson Mandela’s triumph in South Africa’s first free elections.

 

DStv customers can also access the Long Walk To Freedom miniseries, and Carte Blancheinserts on DStv Catch Up on their PVR and Explora decoders, as well as all the content from the channel on DStv Catch Up Plus through their connected Explora or on DStv Catch Up on DStv Now.

 

HISTORY Channel launches an app and more

To celebrate the 100th year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, HISTORY (DStv channel 186) and streaming live on DStv Now, will launch an app inviting viewers to share their personal stories or moments with Mandela. The innovative campaign includes pieces curated from interviews with amongst others Bill Clinton, Alfre Woodard, Robert De Niro, Richard Branson and Bono to local stars and politicians like Devi Sankaree Govender, Basetsana Kumalo,  Saleem Mowver, Cheryl Carolus, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Bongani Bingwa. The moments will be shared live across digital and linear throughout the month of July and into August.

 

HISTORY is also giving these viewers an opportunity to be heard and become a part of the campaign by sharing their own stories on how they met Madiba, via the HISTORY app.

 

The app will allow participants to be on the platform and will allow each story to have a choice of two filter options with a selection of background music to choose from.  Selected stories will be shown and shared across their personal social media platforms, as well as showcased on History’s Facebook page.

 

Yusuf Nabee, General Manager of A+E Networks Africa says, “We are excited to launch an app that enables viewers to generate their own content and to share their moment/s with the icon that was Nelson Mandela. This initiative is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.”

 

In addition, during the birthday week, special relevant programming from 16 – 22 July includes:

Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me – 16 July

Monday – 19:15

In 2013, actor Idris Elba produced and released ‘Mi Mandela’, an album inspired by his time researching and portraying Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. This special documents one man’s struggle in producing his first album.

 

 

Mandela City – 17 July   

Tuesday, 19:15

The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple apartheid. The programme charts the events that began one of the most legendary civil rights campaigns of the 20th century.

 

Mandela Country – 18 July

Wednesday, 19:15

The unique story of Nelson Mandela’s early years. Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after the death of his father, but the lure of the city is more powerful than an aristocratic lifestyle in the country and Mandela flees to Johannesburg.

Mandela Rivonia – 19 July            

Thursday, 19:15

An uncompromising insight into the darkest days of Mandela’s life as he becomes the world’s most famous prisoner. Despite lengthy incarceration in an apartheid prison, Nelson Mandela overcomes indignity and harshness to begin the negotiations that will eventually lead to a democratic South Africa.

Flat 13 – 20 July            

Friday, 19:20

This is the story of the apartment in downtown Johannesburg that, between the late 1940s and early 1960s, became a hub of resistance against apartheid. Nelson Mandela described it as the place where “the first seeds of non-racialism were sown and a wider concept of the nation came into being.” He was concerned that history accurately record the role played by all freedom-loving people towards the final liberation of the country.

Mandela Tribute: Farewell Father – 22 July

Sunday, 20:15

Celebrating the great stateman’s life and the achievements he brought about through his leadership, from the inception of the ANC, imprisonment and the presidency.

In keeping with the milestone week, HISTORY will be opened to DStv customers on DStv Compact, Family and Access from 16 to 23 July. Customers don’t have to do anything to get the channel as it will automatically be made available on their package.

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The Vodacom Durban July, one of the country’s most anticipated annual events, is set to receive a significant boost in television and online viewers through a new, multi-year broadcast partnership with video entertainment giant, DStv.

The new partnership includes the iconic Vodacom Durban July being broadcast live from Greyville Racecourse on DStv’s SuperSport channels, while extensive coverage of the popular raceday fashion competitions and musical performances will be shown on leading lifestyle channel, Mzansi Magic and music channel, Channel O.

 

The spread of raceday programming and build-up features, along with content cross-promotion on DStv’s social media communities, will ensure that the race is seen by the most viewers in its 121-year history.

 

“The Vodacom Durban July is Africa’s greatest horseracing event as well as South Africa’s most glamorous sporting and social occasion. DStv, with its wide range of channels and customers, is the perfect platform to capture the drama and excitement of this iconic event from every angle.”

 

“Gold Circle is thrilled to be joining DStv in this new broadcast partnership. We’re confident DStv customers across South Africa and Africa will find the content and stories leading up to Raceday entertaining, and will love being part of the action on the day,” said Michel Nairac, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Circle.

 

“DStv is proud to be the official broadcast partner for this year’s Vodacom Durban July. This gives us the opportunity to thank our customers for their support. The Vodacom Durban July is a highlight on the social calendar and a true feast for the senses – and our presence there will be nothing short of a stunning experience. We look forward to welcoming our customers there,” said Simon Camerer, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice South Africa.

 

As part of the partnership, DStv will be offering discounted tickets to the first 1000 customers who buy their tickets via Computicket. Details of this discount will be sent directly to DStv customers.

 

Tickets to the Vodacom Durban July are always a hot item on the annual South African event calendar and Gold Circle once again expects a capacity crowd of 55 000 to turn out at Greyville Racecourse, Durban on 7 July 2018.

 

As part of a full programme of day and night races, the Vodacom Durban July main race will be run at 16:20 and will feature an invited field of eighteen of the nation’s top thoroughbreds, all vying for the most coveted trophy in South African horseracing.

 

Meanwhile, the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Experience will showcase creations from eight of South Africa’s top couture designers as well as ten of the most talented up-and-coming designers in the Young Designer Award.  The theme of this year’s event is “It is Time”.

 

Tickets for the event are available from www.computicket.co.za and full event information is available from the official website www.vodacomdurbanjuly.co.za.

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The organizers of the Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP market have unveiled plans to welcome – all under one roof – the largest  ever contingent of independent producers who are driving Africa’s dynamic entertainment and media industries.

500+ film, television, digital and video gaming content producers from all over Africa will converge in Johannesburg for a vibrant 3-day market and co-production forum expected to welcome 1,500+ delegates from 70 countries.

A bespoke program, combining personalized attention with online technology will help entrepreneurial, Africa-trotting producers access funding and distribution opportunities for their finished content, for works in progress, and for projects in development.

 

“DISCOP is increasingly driven by a marked preference for homegrown stories that resonate better with local audiences. Most of these shows are produced by independents for whom it is still very difficult to access business opportunities outside of their home countries.” says Patrick ZUCHOWICKI JUCAUD, DISCOP Markets founder and General Manager, who adds, “After careful consideration, we have decided to reconfigure our markets to better welcome these up-and-coming producers and creators and make their market experience more knowledgeable, more comfortable, more economical – and more rewarding”.

 

For the first time, DISCOP Johannesburg will host an online platform for buyers to screen before, during and after the market, over 1,000+ hours of original content produced in Africa and available for immediate delivery. A special area will be set-up on the exhibiting floor, with ‘On-Demand’ viewing stations open to qualified buyers only. Detailed reporting will then help independent producers in their follow-up efforts.

Screening fees will be built into the cost of each producers’ market badge priced at $250 per delegate. The cost of the badge also includes personalized matchmaking assistance, full use of the ‘Meetings on Demand’ lounge, access to the ‘Next Gen’ knowledge transfer, development and pitching program, and invitations to all social events.

150+ exhibitors representing leading international and regional television and online brands are also expected to take part in DISCOP Johannesburg 2018, alongside Africa’s key broadcasters, pay-tv operators, streaming and mobile platforms.

Online registration for DISCOP Johannesburg will start on Monday 29 May with an ‘Early Bird’ offer to register before Friday 14 September with a 50% discount.

 

 

ABOUT DISCOP

In a move to accelerate the development of a sustainable production and distribution ecosystem across Africa and the Middle East, DISCOP markets are held several times a year in strategic regional industry hubs.

Africa and the Middle East are reasserting themselves as the world’s most coveted entertainment and media marketplace, one that encompasses 70 countries with a combined population of 1.5 billion. By 2030, thanks to a young population and growing middle classes, all indicators point to positive future development – especially in the entertainment and media sectors.

2,500+ delegates from 100+ countries representing 2,000+ global, regional and local entertainment and media companies will attend DISCOP markets in 2018.

NEXT MARKETS

  • DISCOP Abidjan28-30 May 2018
  • DISCOP Zanzibar11-13 July 2018
  • DISCOP Johannesburg14-16 Nov 2018
  • DISCOP Sharm El Sheikh26-28 Feb 2019
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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that its broadcast plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, taking place from the 14th of June to the 15th of July 2018, are well on track. Today marks exactly 20 days until the kick-off of the tournament in Russia. The public service broadcaster will provide audiences with a world-class broadcast experience of the greatest football spectacle in the world and celebrate the best of what the world’s footballers have to offer.  32 nations will compete to be crowned the greatest in the world and the SABC will cover the best 44 of the 64 matches live across the SABC radio stations, SABC 1 and its digital platforms.  With the tagline ‘Bringing Russia to Mzansi. KuzobaLit!’, the SABC aims to create the (something is missing) vibe and the spirit of the world’s greatest sporting spectacle.

 

#KuzobaLit will be the theme that will be driving the SABC campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The SABC invites its audiences and football loving supporters in South Africa to join the world in watching the greatest story unfolding on a global stage. Thomas Mlambo, Mpho Maboi, Andile Ncube, Lebo Motsoeli and Romy Titus will be the TV anchors during the tournament, who will be assisted by the best local football analysts in the likes of Siphiwe Mkhonza, Phumudzo Manenhze, Marc Lewis, and Duane Dell’Oca..

 

To enable the millions of SABC audiences to consume the matches in the language of their choice, SABC has lined 12 radio stations to broadcast the matches live. The SABC will for the first time be enabling the Khoi and San communities the opportunity to have the world cup matches broadcast in the! Xun and Khwe dialect on XK-FM. In line with the SABC key strategic pillar of delivering the best commentary in all 11 languages, the SABC radio talent will include a pool of sport commentators in the likes of Phalaphala FM’s Sydney Mashige, Motsweding FM’s Brian Letsogo, Ligwalagwala FM’s Sabelo Zulu, Umhlobo Wenene FM’s Thando Gqamane, Ukhozi FM’s Joe Hudla and RSG’s Johann Roussow,amongst the talent lined up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

 

Sport at 10 and Soccerzone will broadcast an episode each on the 4th and 9th of Jul The productions will take a four week break, returning to the screens on the 16th and 18th of July 2018 respectively.

 

As the host channel of the tournament, SABC 1 has come up with several schedule changes affecting prime time slots. A transversal approach has been put in place to ensure that television viewers do not lose out on their favourite shows. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia starts on SABC 1 on Thursday, 14th of June – Sunday, the 15th of July 2018.  The live coverage of the tournament will affect the SABC TV channels as follows.

 

SABC 1 SCHEDULE CHANGES:

SABC 1 will host the soccer tournament providing South African football fans an opportunity to watch the total of 44 matches live. Major changes will be made to the normal SABC 1 schedule between the 17h30 – 24h00 timeslots to accommodate the football spectacle.

 

 

Key SABC 1 titles such as Generations-The Legacy, Uzalo and Skeem Saam will be temporarily placed on sister channels SABC2 and 3 as follows:

 

–              Skeem Saam at 18h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC2

–              Generations-The Legacy at 19h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC3

–              Uzalo at 20h30 (Mon – Wed) on SABC2

 

SABC 2 SCHEDULE CHANGES:

Mon- Fri at 18:00 7de Laan

Mon- Fri at 18:30 Skeem Sam

Mon- Fri at 19:00 Afrikaans Sitcom

Mon- Fri at 20:00 7de News (Afrikaans, Sesotho/Setswana/Sepedi bullentins)

Mon- Wed at 20:30 Uzalo

 

SABC 3 SCHEDULE CHANGES:

Generations the Legacy- 20:00

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RSG wins again at Afrikaans media awards

Posted by radio On May - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Last Friday, the annual ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) media awards were presented at the stylish Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville, Sandton. These awards recognise journalists, producers, presenters and actors to commemorate and celebrate the responsible work they do in informing, educating and entertaining South Africans.

 

RSG presenters and programme makers have won in the following categories within the Listen (Radio) Section:

  1. Best insert in a journal program: Johan van Lill for his insert on ‘Oude Libertas 40 jaar’ in RSG’s arts program
  2. Best presenter or interviewer of a news- or actuality program: Phil Loots for his program Fiks vir die lewe
  3. Best insert in a news- or actuality program: Izak du Plessis for his insert on ‘Paternoster vissers’ in Monitor
  4. Best journal program: Ilze Salzwedel for her program Skrywers en Boeke
  5. Best news- or actuality program: Melissa Tighy for ‘Landwye betogings teen Zuma’ in Spektrum
  6. Best documentary or program series: Jamaine Krige for Na die brande on RSG
  7. Best text for a radio drama or –theatre: Marion Erskine for Akwarius on RSG
  8. Best producer of a radio drama or –theatre: Bettie Kemp for Akwarius on RSG

There were also award sections for print media (read) and TV (watch).  Digital forms part of each section.

Congratulations to RSG and all the award winners – truly inspiring and very proud of the talent at the SABC’s Afrikaans radio station!

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 Heart FM makes a change to its mid-morning show that’s certain to be well received. The station is moving one of Cape Town’s most well-liked presenters, Irma G, into the 9 am to 12 noon show. Irma is no stranger to radio and the station believes she’ll bring her passion and flair for music alive in this time slot. The workplace soundtrack now changes a gear and picks up the pace with Irma G in the driving seat.

 

Head of Programming, Denver Apollus says “ Irma G is a household name in the radio game, and I’m confident she’ll bring a fresh new approach to the 6 to 6 line-up. She’s one of the most versatile radio presenters in the industry and I’m so happy she’ll now have her own daytime slot.”

 

“I fell in love with radio many years ago, and have loved entertaining and talking to people from all walks of life! I am honoured to have had a career that’s  spanned over 22 years – and this opportunity to host the 9 to 12 space excites me! I’m looking forward to sharing my love for music, which is pure; music drives me beyond bad moods and exhaustion, it fuels me! And I hope to bring that drive and passion and share it in my 9 to 12 show.” Says Irma G.

 

 

Some of the other voices who feature on the station are the likes of the experienced producers – Grant Jansen and Duncan Patrick – and new recruit, Kelly Pearce.

 

Pearce is one of a few new radio voices to have been recruited by Heart FM recently – and Apollus says this fresh talent will be given their own space to develop as well.

Mon to Fri

04:00 – 06:00      Kabelo Shomang

Fri & Sat

04:00 – 06:00      Lesley Piet

Apollus also mentions a few other changes will be  implemented in the coming weeks.

Heart FM enjoys a dominant position in the radio landscape in the Western Cape, and a refreshed, well-timed  talent line up should see the station retain that mass appeal.

 

 

Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys says “Irma has always been a loyal and committed presenter, and affording her this opportunity makes sense. She has the potential to elevate the show and bring a uniqueness for this time of the day”

 

 

The Mon to Fri Line-Up 

06:00 – 09:00      Heart Breakfast with Aden Thomas, Tapfuma Makina, Julian Naidoo, Deon Bing, Darren Green & Jenny Morris

09:00 – 12:00      Irma G

12:00 – 15:00      Clarence Ford

15:00 – 18:00      #Drive326 with Suga, Jeremy Harris & Jodee Butler

18:00 – 22:00      In the mix with Diggy Bongz

22:00 – 01:00      JP Carelse

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The award which aims to acknowledge the very best of business journalism, comes in recognition of the network’s efforts to highlight the narrative of Africa’s growth and the opportunities present in the continent
 

On 01 May 2018, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) presented CNBC Africa (www.CNBCAfrica.com) the 2018 Award for “Best Business Television”, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The award which aims to acknowledge the very best of business journalism, comes in recognition of the network’s efforts to highlight the narrative of Africa’s growth and the opportunities present in the continent. According the Director of Advocacy & Research, LCCI, Dr. Vincent Nwani, “the objective of the annual awards is to recognise, celebrate and promote private and public institutions that have exhibited the core values of best business practices, growth through innovations, business sustainability and have positively impacted the society. This award is the outcome of a painstaking selection process from numerous entries received for this award category and backed by feedback from industry/market intelligence”.

 

 

The distinct blend of PAN African and International content, and keen focus on economic news led CNBC Africa to emerge as the undisputed winner of this award. CNBC Africa commenced its African  journey in 2007- and has since then, grown to be a dependable network for actionable business and financial information. The detailed coverage provided by the channel across markets and sectors, makes it a reliable source of information to the African business community. With a viewership crossing 23 million households on DSTV, Startimes Nigeria, Canal Plus and Kwese TV, across 48 African countries- CNBC Africa bridges the gap between CEO’s, entrepreneurs, government, the business community and the average man. The channel has state-of-the-art infrastructure and studios in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kigali and Johannesburg, and imbibes a PAN African spirit unique to itself.

 

 

Mr. Frederic Vandevyver, Executive Director for West Africa, collected the award on behalf of CNBC Africa and expressed his gratitude for the honour. Mr Vandevyver noted that CNBC Africa remains committed to creating value and empowering people by accurately and passionately telling Africa’s business story first; He stated, “To get an award in Lagos, which in my opinion is one of the most vibrant economic and business cities in Africa means a lot. I want to dedicate this award to the team working here in West Africa. They work 24 hours, 7 days a week to ensure that we cover all the business news in the best way possible. This award goes to them.”

 

 

The network aims to be Africa’s business channel of choice across the continent – focused on aggressively growing its viewership by making the channel more accessible to the average African, this award does provide more momentum and encouragement to channel to achieve its dream.

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GfK launches its annual ViewScape study in Africa, showing how the rise of digital platforms is transforming consumers’ viewing habits.

Some 20% of South Africans who sign up for a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service such as Netflix or Showmax do so with the intention of cancelling their pay television subscription. That’s according to GfK’s international ViewScape survey*, which this year covers Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria) for the first time.

 

The study-which surveyed 1,250 people representative of urban South African adults with Internet access-shows that 90% of the country’s online adults today use at least one online video service and that just over half are paying to view digital online content. The average user spends around 7 hours and two minutes a day consuming video content, with broadcast television accounting for just 42% of the time South Africans spend in front of a screen.

 

Consumers in South Africa spend nearly as much of their daily viewing time – 39% of the total – watching free digital video sources such as YouTube and Facebook as they do on linear television. People aged 18 to 24 years spend more than eight hours a day watching video content as they tend to spend more time with free digital video than people above their age.

 

Says Benjamin Ballensiefen, managing director for Sub Sahara Africa at GfK: “The media industry is experiencing a revolution as digital platforms transform viewers’ video consumption behaviour. The GfK ViewScape study is one of the first to not only examine broadcast television consumption in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, but also to quantify how linear and online forms of content distribution fit together in the dynamic world of video consumption.”

 

The study finds that just over a third of South African adults are using streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, with only 16% of SVOD users subscribing to multiple services. Around 23% use per-pay-view platforms such as DSTV Box Office, while about 10% download pirated content from the Internet. Around 82% still sometimes watch content on disc-based media.

 

“Linear and non-linear television both play significant roles in South Africa’s video landscape, though disruption from digital players poses a growing threat to the incumbents,” says Molemo Moahloli, general manager for media research & regional business development at GfK Sub Sahara Africa. “Among most demographics, usage of paid online content is incremental to consumption of linear television, but there are signs that younger consumers are beginning to substitute SVOD for pay-television subscriptions.”

 

 

*GfK’s annual ViewScape study is run in 19 countries: Australia, Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South African, Spain, Sweden, UK, US. Full country reports are available for purchase.

 

 

[Source:GFK.com]

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Orange (www.Orange.comand Vivendi (www.Vivendi.com)  have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared, the unique experience of the big screen in the best technical conditions and absolute comfort.

 

CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and performance venues deployed by Vivendi in central and Western Africa, with 8 cinemas open to date, twenty by the end of 2018 and several dozen in the next few years. Every week, several thousand spectators visit each of the cinemas, all equipped with a cutting-edge projection and sound system.

 

As part of this partnership, Orange will offer its “Cinédays” programme in all the CanalOlympia cinemas where Orange is present, i.e. 8 African countries and a dozen multi-purpose cinema and performance venues. Cinédays was launched in the UK in 2004. Today, it is available in Romania, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Morocco. It enables Orange customers to benefit from a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer once or twice a week, to invite a person of their choice to share an enjoyable moment at the cinema together.

 

 

The offer will initially be launched in Cameroon, quickly followed by Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, and Niger, then Mali, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the CanalOlympia network is deployed.

 

The CanalOlympia cinemas offer a varied programme including French films, films from different African countries, American blockbusters and productions specifically aimed at young people. Orange Studio may contribute to the programming with new co-productions as well as its extensive catalogue of European and African films.

 

Orange will provide its expertise and know-how to ensure the best connectivity and to improve the digital distribution of films in the various CanalOlympia cinemas.

 

Orange’s contribution to this ambitious project will also include the integration of Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer, now available in 17 countries with over 37 million customers. For the first time, you will be able to pay directly at the cinema using your mobile thanks to the digital tills.

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) is a membership-based organisation that administers the performing right in musical works on behalf of its composer and publisher members.

 

SAMRO plays a key role in the music ecosystem of South Africa and regularly engages with other players in this ecosystem, including its members, other copyright management organisations, and users of music, the recording industry, as well as policy and lawmakers.

 

 

Following the presentation of the new SAMRO strategy at the AGM of November 2017, which focusses on member-centricity, operational and governance efficiency and policy review, the membership at that meeting gave SAMRO the mandate to engage in a full policy and systems review.

 

 

This review has included various engagements with members, included Roundtable meetings in Johannesburg, Capetown and Durban, and has included assessments of the rules governing membership, distribution and directorship at SAMRO.

 

 

Also under review have been the distribution rules governing the calculation of royalties earned for the arrangement of gospel and traditional music that is in the public domain (so called “DP” works). A musical work is classified as “DP” by SAMRO when it does not enjoy copyright protection and is in the public domain (domaine publique, DP). Contrary to various media reports, DP is not person but a system identifier to classify works that are in the public domain.

 

 

In an article published on 1 April 2018, it was alleged by the media that SAMRO is involved in the unlawful deduction of royalties pertaining to re-arrangements of music that is in the public domain (i.e. not copyright-protected). SAMRO stands by its rejection of the allegation that it has acted unlawfully and views the statements as deeply false and misleading.

 

We acknowledge that the treatment of arrangements of public domain works requires attention by ourselves as a membership-based organisation and the Government of South Africa, from a copyright policy and socio-economic perspective.

 

This arrangement rule currently recognises a capped 16.7% copyright royalty share for the portion of the work that the arranger created on the back of the original public domain work.  This percentage is allocated to the person who arranges the DP work. The balance of 83.3% of the royalty share that would have accrued to the rest of the arrangement had the DP portion been in copyright is held back and distributed to all the active musical works belonging to SAMRO members in proportion to the use of their music during the period under review.

 

 

The idea behind this rule is that it would not be equitable for the re-arranger of the music to benefit from 100% of the royalties because he/she has used someone else’s music as a base and has only contributed to a portion of the new arrangement. Royalties are neither collectable or payable for out-of-copyright/public domain works. As such, SAMRO’s licensing arrangements are limited to the copyright-protected musical works of its members.

 

 

SAMRO accepts that this rule, although not unlawful, is ripe for review by the membership to have a more favourable impact on the arranger who decides to “revive” a traditional song that has now fallen outside copyright. The members of SAMRO, during the roundtable consultations, have engaged favourably on this matter and it has been agreed that the percentage payable should be increased from the current 16.7%. It should be noted that the 16.7% level is benchmarked internationally with most similar organisations pegging the percentage between 12.5%-25%.

 

 

Other important matters discussed at the roundtables were:

  • the simplification of membership categories,

  • understanding membership criteria,

  • streamlining of member benefits,

  • the introduction of more independent directors on the board,

  • inadequate music usage reporting by users of music,

  • the Copyright Amendment Bill currently under review,

  • SAMRO’s commitment to transformation,

  • the link between local content music quotas on broadcasters and higher local royalty distributions, and

  • the need for increased member engagement to ensure an increased understanding of how SAMRO operates and its role in the larger music ecosystem.

 

 

It is unfortunate to note that at the Johannesburg roundtable meeting that took place on Monday 23 April 2018, a group of non-SAMRO members forced their way into what was a members-only meeting. It is believed the lack of understanding of the role SAMRO plays in the music industry was the cause of the numerous non-member musicians demanding entry into the meeting. SAMRO is in fact an administrator of active copyright music used by licensees, but is largely and wrongly viewed as the central body responsible for policy and socio-economic issues in the music industry. SAMRO accepts it has a contribution to make in this regard, but it is important to note that SAMRO’s mandate remains limited to its members and to matters of copyright, and specifically the public performance right, in compositions. This means that matters relating to recording contracts, unfair practices between musicians in general as well as any other artist royalties and revenues are excluded from SAMRO’s mandate.

 

 

The executive team at SAMRO is now collating all member inputs and encourages any more submissions to be sent to marketing@samro.org.za.

 

 

The submissions and recommendations will be presented to the membership of SAMRO at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) in June 2018, where it is hoped that new rules will be adopted that reflect the member’s will and best interests.

 

 

 

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