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Netflix announces 2017 recommended TVs

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This year, a handful of devices have innovated further – offering better usability, faster performance, and new features that make getting to Netflix and other internet TV services as easy as getting to live TV. Today, we’re excited to announce the first Netflix Recommended TVs of 2017:

 

2017 LG 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5

2017 Samsung 7, 8, 9, and Q-series Smart TVs

2017 Sony Android TVs

These devices passed a rigorous evaluation process based on factors Netflix members say are important. New criteria for this year’s Netflix Recommended TV designations include:

 

You can power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds.

You can switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.

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Also, the Netflix interface appears in hi-resolution making graphics and text clearer, sharper, and brighter, making for a higher quality, more immersive experience.

 

As with previous years, Netflix Recommended TV continues to evaluate whether Netflix is easily accessible from wherever you are within your TV menu, including having a Netflix button on the remote that can turn on the TV and go directly into Netflix within a few seconds. We also verify whether the device comes with the latest version of Netflix and includes our newest features.

 

These TVs will be in all countries where Netflix is available, though specific model availability varies by region. More information is available on our Netflix Recommended TV website. We’re thrilled with how fast and dead simple these TVs make internet TV and hope you like the difference as well.

 

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Taking Film & TV To The Kids

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For a third year running, the Magic In Motion Expo was held for grade 9 students to introduce them to the world of film and television. For four days, Sasani Studios in Johannesburg, welcomed over 3000 learners from around Gauteng. The aim of the expo was to open the minds of the young learners to the untapped careers that exist in the entertainment industry.

Former M-Net employee and now TV and radio host Ashmud Martins was there to welcome the kids and hype them up for the day’s activities. For him, the expo was a great initiative. From humble beginnings himself, he believes that the expo can help uplift and give hope and positivity to the young kids for their future.

 

The highlight for many of the students was seeing their favourite Mzansi Magic actors Andile Gumbi and Gcina Mkhize on a mock Isibaya set. A few students were selected from each group to act a scene with the cast. Their role-play and introduction to the on-set crew left them all in awe of just how much goes into putting a show together.

 

The control room visits, the media operations room and exhibition were part of the package. The expo partnered with 11 tertiary institutions, AFDA, Boston Media House, City Varsity and The Animation School; to name a few. Information, education and exposure- the students had their eyes opened to the variety of study fields that were previously unknown to them.

 

The outgoing Magic In Motion Academy interns were on hand to share their experiences of working in film and television. From getting hands-on experience on various sets, in the control rooms, to working with esteemed producer Bobby Heaneythe grade 9 students left with a wealth of information on how to direct their study paths in future.

 

Reneilwe Sema (Channel Director, Local Entertainment channels), Nkateko Mabaso (Group GM, M-Net South Africa), Yolisa Phahle (CEO) visited the expo and spent some time with the kids. “South Africa has lots of stories to tell. And it’s up to us to learn how to tell those stories”, said Yolisa Phahle.

 

They know and understand the South Africa has a innumerable stories to tell. And it is up to us, as South Africans, to learn how to tell those stories and take them to the world. The world is waiting!

 

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NFVF is offering film &TV study bursaries

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film & TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered in South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2017 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

  • Must apply six months before the course starts.
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Have a good academic record;
  • Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance; and
  • Enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time studies; post graduate film/TV programme (course must be commencing in September 2017 and not available in South Africa).

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application.
  • No late applications will be considered.
  • Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF.
  • For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on a link below.

http://www.nfvf.co.za//home/22/files/Approved%20FUNDING%20POLICY%20APRIL%202016.pdf

 

How to apply

Complete an online International bursary application form which is available on the NFVF website,www.nfvf.co.za or https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017 at 17h00 CAT.

Failure to submit all the mandatory requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.

For any queries regarding the application process please email Thandekile Hlatshwayo at Thandekiles@nfvf.co.zaand for queries regarding the qualifying criteria, please email Lebohang Khunou at lebohang@nfvf.co.za, 011 483 0880

 

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Mbali Zulu Nominated For SAFTA!

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), M-Net not only received 115 nominations but one of its Magic in Motion (MiM) Academy graduates also received her first SAFTA nomination.  Mbali Zulu, who graduated from the Academy in 2016, has been nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela for Mzansi Magic’s flagship soap Isibaya.

 

M-Net’s MiM Academy, which is investing in the next generation of film and television professionals, is where Zulu began her career after completing a three-year Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of Johannesburg. She credits her success to the M-Net initiative and Bomb Shelter Productions, a leading South African film and TV production company, where she now works as a junior story liner and scriptwriter.

 

Born in the small town of Pongola in KwaZulu Natal, Zulu knew early on that she wanted to be a writer and she fondly remembers her university lecturers telling her to never stop practising. ‘This industry is tough and far from glamorous, but it is very rewarding. I am so honoured to be nominated for a SAFTA and I still can’t believe it. M-Net and Bomb have paved the way for me to be a part of this amazing industry and I will always be grateful’, says Zulu.

 

Further success for the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy is that two interns from the current programme concluding in March, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila, have already landed jobs. Sibiya is working as a story liner and scriptwriter for Penguin Films, which currently produces Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Ring of Lies, and Mashaila has started work as the third assistant director on a new telenovela at Bomb Shelter Productions.

 

Sibiya says her journey hasn’t been easy but encourages those who are interested in a career in the film and television industry to persevere, be prepared to start at the bottom and to work hard. Mashaila says ‘I am looking forward to seeing my ideas and creativity come to life on screen.’

 

The purpose of the Academy is to provide a platform for the country’s top film and television graduates to launch their careers so we couldn’t be happier, explains Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO. ‘The interest in our interns from the industry has been incredible and we truly value our partnerships with the production companies we work with.

 

Now in its third year, the success of the Academy can also be seen in the quality of the Mzansi Magic Original films produced by the interns each year. Zulu and her class of 2015 were responsible for Forgotten and #Lit which ranked within the top 10 shows for the channel in December of that year. The movies produced this year will be screened on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on 1 April and 13 May.

 

 

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Take Me Out Mzansi On VUZU AMP!

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Exciting and provocative dating television show Take Me Out Mzansi is on the way to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103;

It’s new to VUZU AMP, and it’s time to enter, but first, here’s what it’s all about: Exciting, provocative, and funny, Take Me Out Mzansi is a fresh and funny dating show coming soon to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103! Millenials get to skip the DMs and opt for something more exciting, cool and possibly – more effective for romance opportunities.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

A single player is introduced to panel of 30 girls or boys and tries to persuade them to keep their lights on so he or she can choose one for a potential date. The show provides an entertaining mixture of comedy, jeopardy, surprises and possibly… romance.

 

First impressions count as the first player comes on. Will the panel like what they see, or will the player be ONE BIG TURN OFF! If the panel are not impressed they can switch out their podium lights and if it’s a total black out, the player goes home dateless!

 

Even if the player scores well at first glance, they’ll need to impress the panel more.  How will they react when the player demonstrates a skill or reveals an important fact or maybe they’re given an insight into the player’s character from an ex!  This show certainly isn’t afraid to reveal someone’s biggest weaknesses or darkest secrets.

 

Finally the tables are turned on the panel and the player gets to choose whom he or she will take out by eliminating all but the last two he/she likes best. Tensions run high as he/she asks the final two panellists one revealing question. Before the player reveals his choice the host reveals a mystery fact about one of the girls, the player is then invited to turn off the light of his least favourite.

 

Once they’ve picked their lucky date, they’ll be Taken Out on the ultimate date which will be captured on camera for all to be revealed on the next show.

 

A new single now joins the panel line-up and they’re all in the spotlight again as a new player enters.  Let’s see just how many girls/boys this guy/girl can keep turned on …

 

Now, how to be part of it:

 

The Casting Process explained:

 

Start by sumbitting your entry here along with a recent photo by clicking on either the boys or girls entry form.

Entries close on 15 April 2017.

We go through all the entries received and short list potential candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will have a telephonic interview with our casting experts.

We hold invitation-only, face-to-face interviews in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban during the month of April 2017.

Candidates will be notified shortly after the face-to-face interview if they have been selected.

The show will be recorded in Johannesburg early in June.

Turn on and be part of the immensely entertaining and original new dating format Take Me Out Mzansi!

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Sibalicious back on Food Network in 2018

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Food Network had already decided to expand their local programming in South Africa when they found Siba.

Instantly recognising her star power, Food Network commissioned Siba’s Table S1 in 2013. The series proved to be an instant hit and was in the Top 5 titles of the year for Food Network South Africa – a position Siba has retained every year since!

 

Siba’s Table S1 focussed on giving traditional recipes a completely modern twist and an injection of international flavour. From weekend brunch and instant suppers to family feasts and beach braais, Siba’s Table S1 provided viewers an irresistible half-hour slice of recipe ideas, tips and inspiration for all occasions.

 

The success of Siba’s Table S1 led to a first for Food Network South Africa, when the show was picked up by the Cooking Channel in the US, where it launched in 2014. This milestone made Siba one of the first South African chefs to host a series on a US TV network.

 

Siba’s Table S2 followed the successful format of series one and was filmed on location in Cape Town at Siba’s Hout Bay family home. Premiering in 2015, the second series featured Siba’s ever-expanding gorgeous family, and once again the global foodie phenomenon served up a host of delicious dishes for a variety of occasions.

 

Following the birth of her third child, and as Siba’s Table S3 was greenlit, Siba published her first cookbook My Table, which has made history as the bestselling cookbook ever to have been stocked by Woolworths SA. With each development, Siba’s status as national treasure and star of Food Network has become firmly cemented.

 

Siba’s Table S3 was filmed in 2016 and is set to premiere in July 2017. Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! has now been greenlit with filming to commence in April 2017.

 

 

 

This brand new series will include Siba taking viewer-submitted recipes and giving them a twist to make them Sibalicious! Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! will premiere in early 2018.

 

Take the #MakeItSibalicious challenge:

 

Running for the month of March, the campaign is being promoted across Food Network South Africa and Siba Mtongana’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. To enter fans and foodies must send images or short descriptions of dishes they’d like to be made Sibalicious using the hashtag #MakeItSibalicious. The chosen recipes will be remade with a Siba twist and featured in the show.

 

“I have always hoped to somehow involve fans and audiences in the production of a series, as I have had so many requests for this to happen,” says Siba. “I’m super delighted we are taking this current approach. This is a thoroughly contemporary production with a mix of social media, digital trends, wonderful food and creative ideas that allow me to engage with foodies throughout Africa, without leaving my kitchen!”

 

Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! will air in early 2018 on Food Network, channel 175, with Siba presenting ten tasty half-hour episodes, this time with a different and innovative format that encompasses South Africa and beyond.

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GINX eSports coming to DStv Now

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

GINX, the 24/7 eSports and gaming network, will be available to stream on DStv Now and SuperSport.com from May 1.

The deal also includes selected GINX eSports TV content being simulcast on the SuperSport channels.

 

 

Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, said: “The deal with GINX is a massive leap forward and signals our intention to embrace the newest sport out there. There is a real buzz around eSports and we want to be part of that.”

 

Michiel Bakker, CEO of GINX eSports TV, commented “We’re delighted to bring GINX eSports TV to South Africa. It’s an exciting time to be launching in a country with such a rapidly growing eSports scene. GINX eSports TV will provide South African fans with the biggest and best events from around the globe. We also look forward to working closely with MultiChoice and SuperSport to broadcast local eSports events.”

 

 

Massive growth in eSports

 

The global eSports genre is growing exponentially, with hundreds of millions of fans who watch popular online gamers around the world. According to a recently published report, by Ericsson ConsumerLab, 40 percent of young adults and 20 percent of young women watch eSports content.

 

GINX eSports TV will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, as well as to Compact, Extra and Premium customers on the DStv Now service online and on the app.

Live blocks will be broadcast on DStv with Mondays and Fridays featuring live show The Bridge and Saturdays and Sundays featuring five-hour broadcast slots.

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DStv Now usage booms

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers are loving the fact that they can watch what they want, when they want, if our stats are anything to go by. Between December 2015 and December 2016, DStv Now usage grew by a remarkable 90%!

 

DStv Now is accessible either via an app or through your desktop browser. You can watch Live TV, enjoy DStv Catch Up content (via streaming or download), manage your account or see the full DStv TV Guide on the go.

 

During the the last year, more than four million titles were played across Live TV, Catch Up and downloads. These titles were split across the online platform (38%), Android (33%) and iOS (30%) apps.

 

Our online platform has been proving increasingly popular, since we introduced a slicker HTML video player which reduces buffering and works on any browser. It uses adaptive bitrates to deliver the best possible viewing experience based on your connection speed and quality.

 

“In addition to the 90% growth in DStv Now users, we also saw an increase in engagement, with almost four times as many movies and series being viewed in December 2016 compared to December 2015,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “The number of video plays on our web platform grew by more than 500%, with app plays up by nearly 300%. We were delighted to top the four-million play mark at the end of last year and are sure that DStv Now’s evolution over the next few months will continue to drive the number of customers that use the service, as well as the volume of content they watch.”

 

Usage of DStv Now peaked in 2016 with live sporting events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, the Olympics and the Springboks’ end-of-year tour to Europe and the UK. Viewing clearly follows linear TV patterns, with peak usage between 19:00 and 21:00, which just goes to show how the service is an important additional viewing environment at home.

 

While Android customers dominate the DStv Now Live TV viewership figures, iOS customers watch Catch Up content almost three times as often as their Android counterparts. Web viewers split their time nearly 50/50 between Live TV and Catch Up services.

 

In terms of popularity, both local and international shows have done equally well across Android, iOS and online platforms for January 2017, with Binnelanders, MasterChef Australia and Isibaya sharing the top three spots.

 

On the Live TV front, sport dominated across the platforms in January 2017. Android customers’ most-viewed channels were SuperSport 2, SuperSport 3 and M-Net respectively; while iOS customers showed a preference for SuperSport 3 over SuperSport 2, followed by M-Net. Online customers also watched SuperSport 2 more actively followed by M-Net and SuperSport 3. kykNET and Via came in at fifth and seventh place respectively, reflecting a hunger for local content.

 

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After the successful “Moments in Between with McCafé” campaign, McCafé is excited to announce that the ever fabulous, flamboyant, larger than life Somizi Mhlongo, better known to his fans as SomG, SomGaGa, is the face of McCafé Couch Sessions for SAFTAs11.

 

McCafé is headline sponsor for the South African Film and Television Awards and together with Somizi, the brand is launching a series of webisodes called McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi. On the webisodes, he talks to the nominees in The Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film about their careers and achievements, and of course, what a SAFTA nomination means to them.

 

Somizi will be live on the Red Carpet at the SAFTAs11 in Sun City, and hosting McCafé Couch Sessions in the McCafé Winner’s Lounge backstage.

 

Catch the McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi from Monday, 13 March, and follow the conversation on social media #McCaféCouchSessions

#McCafé

 

About the McCafé sponsorship

 

Our McCafé sponsorship was initially instituted in 2016 and now this year, we have migrated the sponsorship from the Best Youth Production category, to the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film. We are also showing our support in advancing and developing the exceptional talent that exists on our South African shores.

 

This sponsorship emphasizes our commitment to being a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate and serve. Big brands like ours give the industry an opportunity to hone their skills by practicing the art of commercial story telling.

 

This sponsorship also gives us an opportunity to interact with the industry and the people on the platforms that we use for our brand. Brands like ours stimulate and carry the conversation around the transformation of the industry.

 

The nominees in the Best Actress and Actor in a Feature Film include Shoki Mokgope, for her role in film Sink, Christia Visser who is nominated for her lead role as Tess in the film Tess, Garion Dowds who is Leon Labouschagne in Shepherds and Butchers, Deon Lotz who is Bernard in Die Koue Kos and Dan Jaques Mouton who is Abraham “AB” in popular Noem my Skollie.

 

The SAFTAs11 event will be on SABC2 on 18 March in Sun City.

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Facebook to Stream Live MLS matches

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Collaboration with Facebook will provide fans additional interactive touchpoints with the League and its 22 Clubs

 

Major League Soccer and Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today a collaboration with Facebook to live stream a full slate of regular season matches on the social network. As part of this, MLS will also drive further social engagement with fans and produce more unique digital content.

 

At least 22 matches during the 2017 MLS regular season that are being broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish will now be available in the U.S. for live streaming in English via the Univision Deportes Facebook page. The live streamed matches, which will be produced for consumption on mobile devices, will feature Facebook-specific commentators, interactive graphics, and fan Q&A and polling features allowing viewers to engage directly with commentators throughout matches. The first MLS match to be streamed on Facebook will feature 2017 expansion club Atlanta United hosting the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

Additionally, MLS will now produce 40 exclusive “Matchday Live” shows on Facebook on MLS game days, which will feature highlights and analysis from around the League and a preview of the day’s upcoming matches. These shows will be produced specifically for Facebook and available on the MLS Facebook page, with interactive features that will connect viewers directly to “Matchday Live” hosts.

 

“We are committed to serving our passionate fans,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures. “We are working with all of our partners on making sure our games, and additional content, get to our fans anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”

 

“As the undisputed home of soccer in the U.S., Univision Deportes, together with MLS and Facebook, is committed to growing the sport across platforms and regardless of language,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Further engaging the more than 18 million English-language viewers that have watched soccer on Univision coupled with the continued success of our MLS broadcasts, including our record-setting season opener, is a natural path in this new era of content consumption.”

 

“Major League Soccer’s innovative approach to the fan experience has cultivated truly special in-stadium environments, where flag-waving and chant-singing fans come together to passionately support their clubs,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “We’re very excited for MLS and Univision Deportes to bring this same innovative, community-first spirit to the Facebook Live broadcasts of league matches this season. Their approach will provide fans with an entirely new way to experience a live soccer broadcast that is optimized for mobile screens and social viewing. So even if they’re not at the stadium, people can watch the game on Facebook with a great view of the action while interacting with a highly-engaged community of fans.”

 

Throughout the 2016 season, MLS collaborated with Facebook on a number of innovative projects, including doing a total takeover of the Sports on Facebook Page, MLS Commissioner Don Garber hosting a Facebook Live Q&A following his annual State of the League address, and creating unique content around signature MLS events including the MLS All-Star Game, Decision Day, and MLS Cup.

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