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Happiness is a Four Letter word to screen in Berlin

Posted by radio On February - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The hotly anticipated South African feature film starring Khanyi Mbau, Happiness is a Four Letter Word, will be screening at the Berlin International Film Festival’s market, the European Film Market, taking place from February 11th – 19th.

 

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AAA Entertainment as the official sales agent for the film will host the market premiere screening at EFM on the 15th of February. AAA Entertainment is excited to announce that thanks to the support of the NFVF and Flight Centre, the star of the film Khanyi Mbau will also be on hand in Berlin for the premiere. The market screening is for potential buyers for the film’s international distribution and AAA Entertainment has sent invites to over a thousand buyers to come see the film in Berlin.

AAA Entertainment’s Pascal Schmitz has this to say about the screening, “ with the South African release of this romantic comedy happening on the 19th of February, we are really thrilled to have its international market premiere at such a prestigious event as the Berlinale. The film is a perfect example of the high quality of feature films currently being produced in South Africa.”

The film is based on an award-winning South African novel of the same name, written by Cynthia Nozizwe Jele. The film, in a first for a South African feature film has three female leads, including Mmabatho Montsho and Renate Stuurmanan in addition to Mbau. The stellar cast also includes Tongayi Chirisa, Chris Attoh, Richard Lukunku.

The film is directed by Thabang Moleya and produced by Bongiwe Selane, Junaid Ahmed and Helena Spring and will open at cinemas across South Africa on February 19th.

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Meet the South African GOGGLEBOX Families

Posted by radio On February - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

A number of specially selected South African households look set to become the country’s latest reality stars when Gogglebox South Africa premiers on Thursday 03 March 2016 at 21:00 on the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127).

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A diverse mix of South African’s will be represented on the show where we are invited into ordinary people’s living rooms. Introducing some of Gogglebox’s households:

 

  • Portuguese married couple Travis and Giselle, both share the same professional interest as online content producers. This couple is bold and entertaining. Their strong connection as a couple will be tested as this couple don’t always see eye-to-eye. Join Travis and Giselle as they entertain you with their energetic playful vibe on Gogglebox.

 

  • Valentine and Melissa enjoy spending their time doing the simple things in life as a couple – having dinner and drinks in front of the TV. Valentine a make-up sales rep and Melissa a home executive share their time with their three year old son. A dynamic, supportive and beautiful young family that will be sure to keep you entertained.

 

  • Best friends, Eslina and Mirriam have been by each other’s side since the age of 15. Eslina is a home executive, while Mirriam is a domestic worker. They are entertaining, open and honest, with the best sense of humour. Their contrasting personalities with Mirriam taking the role as the ‘big sister’ and Eslina’s ‘sometimes naughty’ behaviour are sure to get viewers hooked.

 

  • Sisters Tamzin and Adele describe themselves as fun, loud and opinionated. Tamzin is a dance teacher and Adele is a relationship executive. The sisters enjoy spending time together but don’t always agree on what to watch. With Tazmin’s care free attitude and Adele’s more intellectual views, these sisters are set to provide entertainment.

 

Gogglebox South Africa  – Sony Pictures Television Networks’ first locally commissioned South African television series – is set to have us glued to the box, with a concept that will have you addicted to watching people – watching TV!

 

Get ready as the households openly voice their unscripted opinions about what they are watching on the box – whether on  politics, sport, news, reality TV or the latest  dramas, from the comfort of their living rooms.

 

You’ll become acquainted with the folks of Gogglebox, commenting on shows we often think the same about when watching TV. This topical show is filmed 7 days before the episode airs, allowing viewers to observe the ­households watching the weeks TV shows,  encouraging  up-to-date and at times controversial discussions.

 

The 10-part local version has been commissioned by the Sony Channel and will be produced by partners Eject Media’s, Stephan Le Roux and Picture Tree’s; Gary King.

 

Says Sonja Underwood, Sony Pictures Television Territory Director – Africa Channels: “Gogglebox is a fantastic show and we believe that its humour and diversity makes it perfect for South African audiences. It is not your typical television show and we believe our first local production will become a firm viewer favourite.”

 

Executive Producer Stephan Le Roux concurs: “We believe that we have created a show that will create debate among people. Gogglebox South Africa reflects the current state of society and will stimulate viewers to share their opinions and thoughts. We hope that it will also inspire more channels to make programmes in the local marketplace.”

 

On its debut in the UK, Gogglebox soon became a word-of-mouth hit that had the Twittersphere buzzing and has resulted in numerous spin-offs in countries around the world with popular editions made in the US, Canada, Australia, Italy, Israel, Poland, Finland, France, Norway, China and the Ukraine. And now South Africa is to get its own home-grown version.

 

 

Gogglebox airs every Thursday at 21:00 on SONY CHANNEL DStv (Channel 127)

 

Gogglebox, will get you talking

 

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MTV Base (DStv channel 322) is at it again – taking the nation’s cultural temperature by showcasing the hottest artists of the future with MTV Base Roundtable: Hottest Newcomers 2016.

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Tune into MTV Base on Friday 5 February as VJ Sandile Ntshingila hosts the year’s most anticipated music industry debate since MTV Base’s ‘SA’s Hottest MCs” in November 2015.

 

Ntshingila will be presiding over a panel of industry heavyweights for this year’s roundtable discussion; panelists include MoFlava, Zalebs’ Tinashe Venge, Mantsoe Pout and legends Amu and the King of Kwaito – Arthur Mafokate.

 

MTV Base anticipates huge interest in the list as the year’s most promising players are analysed and discussed by the panel of industry experts.

 

Comments Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “MTV Base loves celebrating established artists, but it’s also important to shine a spotlight on the industry’s newest talent and create a platform for the superstars of the future.”

 

“MTV Base Roundtable: Hottest Newcomers 2016” premieres on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Friday 5 February at 17:00 CAT with a repeat on the same evening at 22:00 CAT, and then again on Saturday 6 February at 11:30 CAT and Monday 8 February at 09:00 CAT.

 

 

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MTV’s colossal TV and social media hit Lip Sync Battle is back with a vengeance as Season 2 opens with an epic clash between Channing Tatum and his wife, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum (MTV, 21:35 CAT, Monday 8 February).

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The “Magic Mike” muscleman gets well and truly in touch with his feminine side in a high octane display of girl power as he busts some killer moves dressed as Beyoncé, before performing a show-stopping rendition of “Let It Go” tricked up as “Elsa” from “Frozen”. Not letting him win that easily, wife Jenna holds her own, grinding away to Ginuwine’s “Pony” and giving her better half a lap dance to remember – although a surprise appearance by Queen Bey herself could tip the scales in Channing’s favour.

 

Hosted by the multi-talented LL Cool J with commentary by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Lip Sync Battle has become a global success story for Viacom since launching on Spike TV in the USA in 2015.  Based on an original idea by John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant (both of whom have performed on the show) the series has become a global ratings and multiplatform superstar and is the most-watched original series in Spike’s history.

 

A-list stars and pop culture stars who went head-to-head in Season 1 included Emily Blunt vs Anne Hathaway, Common vs John Legend, Queen Latifah vs Marlon Wayans, and Jimmy Fallon vs Dwayne Johnson.  Among the most memorable performances are Will Arnett’s rendition of “Everything is Awesome” from the Lego Movie, Joseph-Gordon Levitt channelling Janet Jackson in “Rhythm Nation”, and John Legend getting in touch with his inner MC Hammer.  Other celebrities featuring on the show have included Mike Tyson, Anna Kendrick, Justin Bieber, Taraji P Henson and Malin Ackerman.

 

Commented Dillon Khan, Channel Head, MTV, “Lip Sync Battle is the funniest, most exciting and original reality format brought to TV in the last year. Season 2 promises to top Season One with some of the key players in the industry delivering jaw-dropping performances that will keep you talking for days on end. This is not to be missed.”

 

Get your regular dose of Lip Sync Battle on MTV (DStv channel 130) every Monday from 8 February at 21:35 CAT and on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 16:30 CAT every Fridays from 12 February.

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CNBC AFRICA to bring viewers WEF in Davos

Posted by radio On January - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa viewers will enjoy extensive coverage of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016, in Davos from 20-23 January 2016 on DStv Channel 410

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With a seasoned editorial team deployed to the town of Davos, Switzerland, CNBC Africa will be crossing to the World Economic Forum (WEF) throughout the three-day gathering, interviewing some of the world’s top business leaders and global thinkers on the state of the world in 2016.

 

For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme and since 2007, CNBC Africa has been on the frontline, bringing the thoughts of global leaders to Africa and the opportunity of Africa to the world.

 

On Wednesday, 20 January, CNBC Africa will host a discussion at the Brand South Africa ‘Thought Leadership Breakfast’ at the Grischa Hotel in Davos, moderated by Senior Anchor and Executive Director, Bronwyn Nielsen, with a panel including:

 

  • Ben Kruger, Joint-CEO of Standard Bank

 

  • Vassi Naidoo, Executive Chairman of Nedbank

 

  • Nicky Newton-King, CEO of the JSE

 

  • Geoffrey Qhena, CEO of the IDC

 

This exclusive breakfast will play host to an international delegation of business leaders and government officials as well as international media and will be broadcast on CNBC Africa.

 

On Thursday, 21 January, CNBC Africa will once again put Africa on the official WEF agenda with a debate titled ‘Africa’s Next Challenge’. Anchored by Bronwyn Nielsen, the panel will include:

 

  • South African President, Jacob Zuma

 

  • Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn

 

  • President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina

 

  • President and CEO of Ericsson Sweden, Hans Vestberg

 

The continent is home to nine of the world’s 15 fastest-growing economies; yet, over the past 10 years, productivity has fallen. How will the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ impact Africa? Viewers will be able to watch this dynamic discussion LIVE from 11h30-12h30 CAT on CNBC Africa, DStv channel 410.

 

The Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities. Around 2,200 participants gather for the three-day event, attending some 220 sessions and CNBC Africa will be there.

 

 

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Ever wondered what goes into making one of the biggest music stable in South Africa? This January, Mzansi Magic takes viewers on a journey to Afrotainment where they get a sneak peak into the business that goes on there. Synonymous with Durban Kwaito Music, Afrotainment has given audiences, hit after hit. Tune in to EZASE AFRO: THE EMPIRE on January 14 at 20:00.

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EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE follows the powerhouse music stable, Afrotainment, headed by the Durban born star and entrepreneur, Mthokozisi Khathi popularly known as DJ Tira who has been delivering hits. He has been on the forefront of some of SA’s biggest house music sensations including DJ Fisherman, DJ Cindo and Big Nuz. From the friendships and the family, from the jet set lifestyle to the pressures of fame, it’s a close up look at how Afrotainment became a success.

 

What does it take to get to the top and stay there? Tira is about to let the curtain down on his life, his business, his deal-making and recording breaking success in this reality series that will follow him and Afrotainment. Stay close because it promises to be a roller-coaster ride – from meeting tight deadlines for corporate clients to hitting the stage full force, from demanding studio recordings to tour difficulties; the series won’t miss a beat as it showcases it all.

 

Commenting on EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE, M-Net Director of Local Interest Channels, Nkateko Mabaso says, “Personality driven reality television continues to draw consistently high ratings across the world, and in South Africa that trend is also evident. Audiences want to share in the experiences of famous individuals whose lives are interesting, dynamic and evolving. Locally, DJ Tira is one of this country’s most versatile stars and viewers will get the chance to see just why he is talented, popular and successful.

 

Tune in to EZASE AFRO:THE EMPIRE on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 on the 14th of January at 20:00.

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Clash of the Choir is back!

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Following a hugely successful second season of Clash of the Choirs, one of Mzansi’s most loved reality shows is back – and it’s bigger and better than you could have ever imagined.

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Last year, South Africa chose Team Robbie as the country’s best new amateur choir during a spectacular live finale on July 6th 2014. Team Robbie, representing KwaZulu Natal province, the defending champs, was announced as the winners of Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs SA 2, beating out Team Shugasmakx, Gauteng province and Team Moneoa, Mpumalanga province in a stunning display of South African musical talent.

 

This season, we haven’t swayed far from tradition and have banded together the hottest team of choirmasters, to help us unearth the best voices in the land. iFani, Bucie, Busiswa, JR, Kelly Khumalo and Penny Penny and Sfiso Ncwane will go head-to-head for the title that is sure to be fiercely contested.

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M-Net Statement: Over the last few months following Unathi’s indiscretions on social media, we have been in discussions with our judges, presenters and talent to sensitise them to the risks of using social media. All the Idols SA judges were reminded that M-Net holds all brand ambassadors and employees to the highest standards in our ongoing efforts to promote and build a modern and inclusive South Africa.

Gareth Cliff Image by:You Magazine

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Unfortunately we then had to deal with Somizi’s inappropriate comments and following the latest issue, we have now implemented a zero tolerance policy for all social media posts that go against the spirit of nation-building. This policy will apply to everyone associated with our brands going forward.

We do not believe that Gareth is a racist but his response showed a lack of empathy for our history and it is important to differentiate between freedom of speech and hate speech. Penny Sparrow’s comments were hateful. Hate speech is not applicable with regard to freedom of speech .

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More fun & drama on Love & Hip-hop

Posted by radio On January - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MTV’s Love & Hip Hop follows the lives of Atlanta’s hip-hop elite as they take on their trials and tribulations of juggling both their professional and personal lives…which often intersect and unravel for the whole world to see!

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With artists rising and falling, and families growing or being torn apart, the cast members are about to have their lives changed in ways they never imagined…for better or worse. Nothing is off limits as they explore the good, the bad and sometimes even the naughty side of love, passion, fame and hip hop, their way!

 

Programme:      Love & Hip Hop Atlanta

Channel:           MTV (DStv channel 130)

Broadcast:        11 January

Time:                 22:00

 

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Saints And Sinners Returns For Season 2

Posted by radio On December - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Are you a Saint or a Sinner? That’s the question at the heart of the multi-generational Mzansi Magic drama, SAINTS AND SINNERS. The channel has now announced that the Khumalos and Moloiswas will return to DStv channel 161 on Sunday, 10 January at 8PM.

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The 13-part first season launched to great acclaim last year and its memorable moments included the tragic death of a young character whose demise devastated his loved ones, fracturing a once solid marriage. The action escalated and culminated in a gripping cliff-hanger finale that saw leading lady Phindi being kidnapped. Season two, will pick up the story from this suspense and the damaging consequences that this dark act has had on the lives of so many characters.

 

 

Included in the new season will be the sensational rediscovery of a long-lost father, whilst a domineering matriarch finds herself at odds with her shattered family. Along the way the contrasting elements of revenge and forgiveness, destruction and redemption, greed and sacrifice, trust and betrayal all simmer under the surface, in line with the new series tagline: ‘A Second Season Grounded in Truths’.

 

 

In confirming the second season of SAINTS AND SINNERS, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, highlighted the appeal that well-produced drama holds for Mzansi Magic viewers, “Our audiences have demonstrated that they will continue to engage with dramatic storylines if these are well scripted and well executed, simultaneously relevant and escapist, and populated with characters who are highly believable. These were the key ingredients in the success of last season and it is what will continue to fuel the viewership in season two.”

He goes on to say, “Mzansi Magic is not just focused on launching exciting new shows but also on growing those proven properties that have delivered great value for viewing audiences. We are also pleased that we have been able to bring back the same stellar cast and are delighted with their commitment to the series.”

 

 

The cast of the series remains unchanged and includes the talents of: Thuso Mbedo (Boni Khumalo), Nthathi Moshesh (Mamohato Khumalo), S’dumo Mtshali (Ndumiso Khumalo), Tumiso Masha (Gibson Mosia), Siyabonga Radeba (Phakamani Makhoba) and Sibulele Gcilitshana (Lulama Moloiswa). SAINTS AND SINNERS is produced for Mzansi Magic by Penguin Films

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