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AfriDocs coming to BET

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BET (129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal with documentary curators AfriDocs.

 

AfriDocs’ extensive library of African and international documentaries will be aired on BET’s pan-African entertainment channel on DStv every Sunday evening at 20:00 CAT, starting on Sunday 5 February 2017.

 

Created for film buffs, lovers of African stories and culture, activists and anyone with a passion for powerful and real stories, AfriDocs documentaries are always moving, educational, and entertaining – whether ripped from the headlines, or simply the personal journeys of individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

 

Since its inception in 2014, AfriDocs has presented over 150 documentaries, including powerful environmental doc Virunga, Rehad Desai’s award-winning Miners Shot Down, Nas Jones’ Shake the Dust dance documentary, and Nigeria’s celebrated film, The Supreme Price. This unique documentary strand has also included internationally awarded and acclaimed films such as the Academy Award winner CitizenFour (the Edward Snowden story), the Academy Award-nominated The Act of Killing, the SAFTA winning The Dream of Shahrazad, and many others.

 

 

 

“We look forward to rounding out our factual content offering, and illuminating and entertaining our Sunday night audiences thanks to AfriDocs’ intelligent, thought-provoking and stimulating documentary titles,” said Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa.

 

Executive Producer, AfriDocs, Don Edkins explained further: “We are excited about this new relationship with BET in Africa and we look forward to sharing our curation of the best documentary films on offer.”

 

Under the deal, AfriDocs on BET will feature regular themed months such as Human Rights Month, Music Month, and Women’s Month, while also continuing AfriDocs’ collaboration with the Durban International Film Festival that gives millions of viewers across Africa a chance to view a selection of films from this internationally recognised festival.

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TV Documentary: Is OJ innocent?The missing evidence

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In 1994, the arrest of OJ Simpson for murder shocked the world, and the subsequent trial and acquittal provided gripping and unprecedented television viewing. Private investigator Bill Dear has spent the past 23 years looking into the case and, with potential new evidence, believes he knows who is really responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

This six-part documentary series follows a new examination of the evidence as Bill Dear recruits two investigators to review his material and asks them to put his theory to the test. Will they agree with his theory and identify a suspect?

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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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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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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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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 17, 2016/ — Facebook (www.Facebook.com) had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.In addition to hosting its first-ever African FbStart workshop for developers, Facebook also shared how it is empowering local retailers and entrepreneurs with Internet.org’s Express Wifi programme.facebookChris Daniels, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “Our mission is to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected. Only half of the planet is on the internet – our aim with Internet.org is to connect the other half through initiatives such as Free Basics, solar-powered airplanes, satellites, and our exciting new programme, Express Wifi. According to the ITU, internet Penetration in Africa is now at 28%, but there is so much more do be done.” 

 

Express Wifi empowering local entrepreneurs

Express Wifi by Facebook empowers local entrepreneurs to provide quality internet access to their communities and make a steady income. Working with local internet service providers or mobile operators, they’re able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities.

 

The programme is currently live at 150 locations in five countries across two continents.

In Africa, Facebook already has partners in Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa, with more deployments planned soon, including Ghana.

 

“This is a sustainable approach to bringing connectivity to underserved communities in countries across Africa – it is a business model that will grow itself because it empowers entrepreneurs to serve their communities,” says Daniels.

This programme has also improved the skills of local entrepreneurs who work with Facebook and its ISP partners to build, install and maintain local wifi networks.

“We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made – but also inspired by what we’ve seen in the community,” says Daniels. “It’s exciting to see local economies transformed by connectivity as people use the internet to enhance existing businesses or create new ones.”

 

 

First FbStart Meetup in Africa

More than 150 developers and entrepreneurs gathered for Facebook’s first FbStart event in Africa on 15 November. During this half-day event, attendees met the Facebook team, learned about Facebook platform tools for developers, and saw how Facebook works with mobile app start-ups through the FbStart programme.

 

 

“It would not be possible for us to accomplish our mission of making the world more open and connected without the help of developers and other partners in our community,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Products Partnerships Manager, Facebook. “We were delighted by the excellent turnout for the workshop and excited by the possibilities of the great ideas we saw from the delegates at the FbStart event.”

 

 

Population Density Map data

Also this week, Facebook announced that it is now releasing its Population Density Map data (http://APO.af/HChwir) to the public.

Government policymakers, academics and local organisations will all benefit from access to this rich dataset, with potential applications such as socio-economic research, infrastructure planning, and risk assessment for natural disasters.

To start, Facebook has shared data sets for Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, and they can be found on the website of CIESIN at Columbia University. More countries will be added over the coming months.

 

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How Well Can You Spell?

Show off your superlative word skills by entering M-Net’s Spellbound!

You can’t sing – not even in the shower. Your carefully planned delectable dishes end up being despicable disasters. You simply don’t have the stamina to survive on a deserted island; and your budding entrepreneurial skills won’t turn you into the next big business mogul. But the day spelling talent was handed out, you were in front of the queue, just behind the Oxford dictionary. Finally, it’s your time to shine on M-Net!

27_spellbound-enter-hereThis October, pioneering television network M-Net is celebrating 30 years of timeless magic. It’s also the month during which M-Net’s premium channel, M-Net 101, will be touring the country to hold auditions for the next season of The Voice SA as well as the month the channel introduced the highly entertaining new local reality show Shark Tank South Africa. But there’s more up the M-Net 101 sleeve: The channel is producing a brand-new, family-friendly game show called Spellbound, based on the concept of a spelling bee, and is looking for word whizzes who could become the country’s English spelling and grammar champions.

Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and one for adults of all ages, as long as they’re over 18 and are South African citizens or permanent residents. The learners must currently be attending school in South Africa and must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to take part in the show.

Apart from the exhilarating thrill that comes from knowing that you’re the country’s number one letter-master in your age group, winners – and their schools – will walk away with cash prizes.

Entries for Spellbound have opened on M-Net’s official website and will close on Monday, 31 October at 23:59. To be invited to show off your superlative English spelling and grammar skills on the Spellbound set, the first step is to complete the questionnaire and online test here.

Interestingly, according to Internet quizzes, “questionnaire” often makes the list of most commonly misspelt (or is it misspelled?) words in the English language. And it’s embarrassing (correct spelling) how often spell-checkers have to correct words such as “appearance”, “queue”, “receive”, “mischievous” and “accommodate”. If you never get these examples wrong and find yourself annoyed when the greengrocer wants to sell you potatoes with an apostrophe, you’re indeed the ideal candidate for Spellbound!

Spellbound is a wonderful local addition to our M-Net 101 schedule,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “Spelling bees have become all the rage across the world and while the contestants will be giving it a go on television, the entire family at home can test their own skills and brush up on their grammar. It’s education wrapped in great fun.”

Spellbound is produced for M-Net by Homebrew Films and will be screened on M-Net 101 on Sundays at 17:00 from 20 November 2016.

Click here to enter Spellbound

 

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Mzansi Footballers makes its home-brewed debut

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers.

mzansifballWith all the on-pitch drama unfolding almost every week during soccer’s busy season, it’s safe to say that Mzansi soccer fans are in serious need of a chill pill to balance the scales.

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers. This show follows in the footsteps of the popular globe-trotting Goal Diggerz that gave viewers a peek into the lives of African football stars around the world.

 

Just in time to combat any blues that soccer lovers might be feeling as the club culling continues, this show will invite viewers to kick back and chill with their favourite stars during their downtime.

 

Presented by everybody’s favourite “guy’s guy” Lungile Radu, Mzansi Footballers will take us into the lives of hotshot dribblers such as Benni McCarthy, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala and Keagan Dolly, among others.

 

M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, lauded Mzansi Footballers as one of the best aspirational lifestyle reality shows to hit our screens.

 

“Mzansi Footballers has a fresh new look, format and take. It’s not just about the glamorous side of football – how the players live and play, but also about the hard times they’ve gone through and relentless work they’ve put in to get to where they are. Their skills, work ethic and never-say-die attitudes are attributes that have seen them rise into the giants of the game that they are; and they continue to work hard at their “hustle” while enjoying the fruits of their labour,” said Mabaso.

 

Have you ever wondered who is a secret master chef? Who likes fashion and accessories more than they let on? And which soccer star is a down-low mall rat or club hopper? Well, let Lungile take you into the homes and lives of these athletic greats – and see what comes tumbling out!

 

“This show is about celebrating Mzansi excellence and being inspired – and having a superb time while at it,”added Mabaso.

 

Make a date with Mzansi Magic and Lungile because you won’t want to miss this fresh football-meets-lifestyle show.

 

Mzansi Footballers premieres on the 12th of October, Wednesday at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161)

 

 

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AAA Entertainment is excited to announce that one of its founding members and current Head of Sales, Mayenzeke Baza, has been named by Young Independents, Independent Media’s youth platform, as one of Mzansi’s 100.

 

ATFT_COLOUR_006_PRINT_Mzansi’s 100 recognizes inspiring young South Africans in five categories innovators, trailblazers, influencers, healers and disruptors. Baza has been honored in the innovation category specifically for his innovative and creative approaches to developing the SA film industry across the spectrum; from production to market.

 

Through his work at AAA Entertainment, Baza has spearheaded a number of innovative projects and initiatives within the film and television industry, especially regarding the distribution and financing of content.

 

This work includes iBiskop, an online film store that allows people to download videos using wi-fi at taxi ranks. It bypasses the difficulties many South Africans have accessing video on demand because there is unlimited bandwidth, the films are cheap, and they can be purchased using a cash voucher that can be bought from a vendor, so there is no need for credit cards.

 

Cinema exhibition has also been innovated by Baza with a new approach in the Faith Based genre. On the release of God is Not Dead 2 AAA Entertainment piloted a mobile DCP system that allowed churches to screen the film day and date with the release in traditional cinemas with no risk of piracy and contributing 5% of the weekend box office with one single screening. “The system can also be used to bring local black films to untapped audiences in areas where cinemas have not been built, yet the appetite for these films is evident”, says Baza

 

AAA Entertainment is a global company doing sales on films and TV content around the world and has offices in Johannesburg and Los Angeles, with an office in Lagos imminent in the next few months. The LA office is co-developing a television and film slate of 400 hours for the US and international market with their partners Hoplite Entertainment, with distribution and network deals signed on each series or film before being greenlit for production.

 

Pascal Schmitz head of acquisitions at AAA Entertainment is delighted with the recognition of his business partner and adds, “At AAA Entertainment, we are motivated to succeed based on our passionate belief in the talent and potential that exists in this country. We are always looking for new ways to develop that talent and bring it to market.”

 

 

As Head of Sales at AAA Entertainment, Baza has been responsible for shopping a host of South African films to international distributors. With recent deals concluded for films such as Hard to Get and Between Friends.

 

Baza explains the importance of innovation within this field, “You have to be ahead of the game and understand both international trends as well as the local environment. At AAA we don’t just acquire films for international sales, but rather we  work with filmmakers from the development phase to ensure that their films will be marketable locally and internationally.  Our international experience in sales, working with some of the biggest buyers and distributors globally, as well our personal experience as South African producers, give us a unique perspective on the industry.”

 

AAA Entertainment represents some of the continent’s most promising films, TV series and talented filmmakers, offering a unique, globally focused distribution and sales service to buyers across the globe.

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Hot on the heels of the release of South African musical legend Johnny Clegg’s brand new album of 17 remixed tracks – JOHNNY CLEGG: 2016, Jaron Clegg has released a breathtaking video for the single “Take My Heart Away.”

Jaron Clegg, who studied at The Vancouver Film School and currently works in LA as a film-maker, had already created a script for a short movie he had developed, and  during the process of remixing “Take My Heart Away” Johnny was imagining  a theme that would reflect the overwhelming power of the human spirit and remembered Jaron’s script.

jcgAfter much convincing, Jaron shortened the script and transformed it into a magnificent piece of art, using special CGI effects that took months to create. The effects developed included creating the South African Space Centre that we see in the film, as well as simulating rocket fire and smoke for the launch scenes. “It was challenging to streamline the visual effects work while writing, producing and directing the production,” explains Jaron.

The concept of the video “Take My Heart Away” is about the passion and the yearning to have your dreams and your spirit take you to a better place. The story follows a young township boy who escapes his township “life-world” on a space shuttle, which literally and figuratively launches him into the next plane of existence.  As Jaron so succinctly puts it, “It’s a journey of transcendence.”

When asked about making the video Jaron had this to say;

“It was quite an emotional project for me– making a film for my dad. I treated it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and pushed really hard to bring the script to life. I put a lot of pressure on myself to create something I could be proud of.”

The video was shot at Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind with the  amazing support of the staff and then moved on to Diepsloot Township for four days.  For Jaron this was a humbling, eye-opening experience for him and the crew as he explains, “The township community was so welcoming and supportive; we couldn’t have made this film without their blessings. We must also make mention of the extras that came from that community who got into the spirit of the project, and delivered beautiful and heart-warming moments in the film.”

Here’s the official link to the video https://youtu.be/lL4_flXbHhs

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