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SuperSport has scored broadcast rights on all platforms (including television, internet and mobile) to an array of major international football, including the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship as well as the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers and the European qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

 

In addition, there’s another jewel in the football crown with the all-new UEFA Nations League, a new competition to be contested by the national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA, also signed by SuperSport.

 

These acquisitions guarantee major European football for each season from 2018 through to 2022.

 

The rights are for exclusive broadcast in South Africa and non-exclusive in the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa and the adjacent islands.

 

“UEFA is happy to continue and further strengthen its relationship with Supersport,’’ said Guy-Laurent Epstein, Managing Director Marketing at UEFA Events SA. “Supersport is a long-standing UEFA partner and we are confident SuperSport will deliver great coverage and promotion of the UEFA 2018-2022 national team football portfolio to fans across Sub-Saharan Africa and exclusively in South Africa.”

 

UEFA Euro 2020, in particular, is shaping as a milestone event given that it will celebrate the 60th birthday of the European championship and will, unusually, be held in 13 cities in 13 different European countries.

 

The European qualifiers will also offer high-quality action as 55 teams chase down 24 spots available for the championship. This will be played from March 2019 to March 2020.

 

“These are tremendous acquisitions,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “The European championship traditionally energises our viewers who thrive on watching the superstars in unrelenting competition. The UEFA Nations League is bound to develop an avid following, too, and SuperSport looks forward to adding this to our already substantial football offering.”

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Showmax Originals to debut with new series

Posted by radio On June - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Filming of the first Showmax Original series, a mockumentary featuring Julia Anastasopoulos, commenced last week in Cape Town. Well-known for her SuzelleDIY alter ego, Anastasopoulos stars as Tali, a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiancé Darren.

 

Showmax has kicked off the first in a series of original productions with the filming of Tali’s Wedding Diary, a mockumentary featuring Julia Anastasopoulos.

Building on the phenomenal success of her SuzelleDIY character, Anastasopoulos stars as Tali, a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to property-agent fiancé Darren.

 

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, more than 70 Suzelle videos have been created, gaining almost 22 million views. One video alone, How To Make A Cinderblock Bench, has clocked up more than 2.5 million views.

Ari Kruger, co-creator and director of Tali’s Wedding Diary, has worked extensively as a director for commercials, music videos and online content. His short films have gained significant attention online and played in film festivals around the world.

 

In 2014, the creative duo combined their skills and passion for comedy and developed a project outside of their commercial work. The result of this, SuzelleDIY, has now grown into a full-scale brand and business. Julia and Ari have since started a production company called Sketchbook Studios, which produces SuzelleDIY alongside an array of new characters and online content.

Speaking about the decision to work with Showmax, Anastasopoulos said:

 

“When Ari and I first approached Showmax we knew we had a great concept but weren’t sure if they’d bite – getting backing for a production in South Africa can be tough. To their credit Showmax instantly bought into what we’re trying to do. This is exactly the kind of support the film industry in this country needs. We’ve got world-class acting and production talent so it’s a huge boost to see a local company fund local productions.”

 

In addition to Tali’s Wedding Diary, work is also underway on iNumber Number, an original co-production with Mzansi Magic. iNumber Number is a crime and corruption drama series based on the award-winning 2013 movie of the same name.

Speaking about plans for original productions, Showmax Africa Head Chris Savides said:

“Supporting African productions is absolutely part of our strategy. There’s incredible talent and expertise on this continent, so why look anywhere else, especially when you’re trying to tell authentic, locally relevant stories?”

Filming for Tali’s Wedding Diary is currently underway in Cape Town. The eight-part series will premiere on Showmax in December. Each episode will be approximately 20 minutes long.

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SABC commemorates June 16

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

SABC will commemorate the 41th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising now known as June 16, National Youth Day. The uprisings tragically ended with hundreds of young people killed by the apartheid government when they protested against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

In commemoration of Youth month, SABC 1, Mzansi’s leading youth TV channel, is excited to announce an amazing opportunity for Mzansi’s aspiring youth.

 

The channel will host a symposium for aspiring youth to provide them a platform to discuss their issues ‘head on’ and come up with solutions on how to improve the lives of the youth in Mzansi.

 

SABC 1’s Youth Day symposium themed, Own Your Space, is looking for 25 young people between the ages of 16 and 20 to win a chance to be part of an interactive audience on the set of youth talk show, Daily Thetha. The event will take place on Friday, 16 June 2017 at Shine Studios in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. A number of Mzansi’s leading trailblazers in different fields from broadcasting to business will be in attendance to inspire and encourage them to aim for the sky and fulfil their dreams. The winner will also get a chance to bring a friend as their partner to the symposium.

 

SABC 1’s Youth Month Symposium Competition is now open for entry on the official SABC 1 website at www.sabc1.co.za and will close on Thursday 15 June 2017.

 

Winners will be notified telephonically.  While 5FM is giving their youthful listeners an opportunity to live their radio dream and live loud with their favourite station. On 16 June, eight youthful South Africans will have a chance to take over the 5FM airwaves between 6am – 6pm alongside 5FM DJs.

Kicking off with The Roger Goode Show at 06:00, followed by HammanTime at 09:00, The Forbes & Fix Show at 12:00 and ending with The Thabooty Drive at 15:00, 5FM will have two people join the teams on each show.

 

The station invites youth, who will be known as the 5 Squad, between the ages of 15-20 to send an entertaining voice demo or voice note of no more than 3 minutes (and no bigger than 6MB) to liveloud@5fm.co.za . The entry should include a short motivation as to why they should be a 5FM DJ for a day.

 

Entrants will need to be based in Johannesburg or Cape Town or able to get to the respective studio after school or campus on Thursday, 15 June as well as on 16 June for the show they will be chosen to participate in.

More details are available at 5FM.co.za.

 

Other SABC National Youth Month, 2017 Events include:

 

  • RSG: The station will commemorate Youth Month through various programming themes.

– 13 June – International Albinism Awareness Day; awareness – 360 Disability

  • 16 June – Youth Day Celebrations (Promo)                                                               
  • Radio 2000: Radio 2000 will post short personalised message videos of younger presenters namely Lelo and Tsheko on the station YouTube channel.  Radio 2000 will also post a banner on the website that encourages listeners to SMS the names of music that makes them remember their youth, in so doing the listeners can own the station’s playlist.  The station aims to trend the hash tag #Youth2000 on Youth Day.  The station will cover the Youth Day speech by the President on Friday 16 June.

 

  • SAfm: On the 15th of June the station will cover the SAfm Youth Month Dialogue at Tshing Community Hall in Ventersdorp.  The panellists will include; Member of the Young patriots, Prof Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga, Mr Thulani Tshefuta and Prof Somadoda Fikeni.

 

  • MLFM: The station is planning a Youth Day activation at Malamulele Crossing on Friday 16 June.  The stations morning drive show will broadcast LIVE from the venue followed by artists performances and speeches from Local CPF, Councilors, District Circuit Manager.  Five schools from around Malamulele have been invited to be part of this initiative where they will perform plays related to youth issues.  The station will feature the soapie crew (Mina Hi Mina) as part of the entertainment.  An ex offender will deliver a motivational speech to the scholars about the effects of living a life of crime and the difficulty of spending one’s youth days behind bars.

 

On the same day the afternoon drive show will broadcast from the Department of Correctional

Services.  Young offenders will motivate young audiences to stay away from living a life of crime.

 

SABC is committed to inform, educate and celebrate the country’s youth. The SABC remembers June 16th, as it looks towards a better future for all.

 

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Commemorate Youth Day:  AfriDocs on BET

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Commemorate Youth Day with a powerful film that looks back 40 years at the 1976 Soweto uprising in light of the recent university student uprisings and the #FeesMustFall protests that rocked South African campuses.  UPRIZE! is an extremely relevant take on the continuing struggle for education that is still being led by South African students.

 

Director Sifiso Khanyile explains further, “It’s a glimpse into 70s SA, the cost of the fight for education and freedom, and especially relevant 40 years later as university students take on the ANC government demanding free, quality education.”

 

AfriDocs also tackles the on-going struggle for housing that is also being led by the next generation with the film Dear Mandela, the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks, ’considered the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. The film brings us into the everyday lives of three dynamic leaders of the movement.

 

AfriDocs also journeys to the USA this month for a music-drenched chronicle of hip-hop, urban culture and fashion. Fresh Dressed is the story of hip-hop fashion that has transformed the style of young people the world over. The film is a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nas, and others.

 

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday 9:00/ 21:00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStvchannel 129. For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

To watch the June trailer:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL82a6I9kmXXci1RZfBP-1Fbhpqm9aevYJ

 

15 June

UPRIZE! | Sifiso Khanyile | South Africa | 2016 | 58 min

On the morning of 16 June 1976, a group of school children in Soweto gathered peacefully to protest the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall over 200 of them lay dead, mowed down by Apartheid armed forces. Forty years later, this film looks at the world that made these kids, and how in the especially relevant forty years later as university students once again take to the streets to fight the post-apartheid government on the issue of free quality education.

New York African Film Festival, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU4mNMiCYTc

 

22 June

Dear Mandela | DaraKell & Christopher Nizza | South Africa | 2011 | 93 min

When their shantytowns are threatened with mass eviction, three ‘younglions’ of South Africa’s new generation rise from the shacks and take theirgovernment to the highest court in the land, putting the promises of democracyto the test.

Best South African Documentary, Durban InternationalFilm Festival, 2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az8qnp8KWwU&t=1s

http://www.dearmandela.com/?q=node/1

 

29 June

Fresh Dressed | SachaJenkins | USA |2015 | 82 min

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, andthe hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets fromOrchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix ofarchival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and otherindustry insiders.

Sundance Film Festival, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81oLuZBuQqg&t=1s

 

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BET Networks revealed iconic R&B group New Edition will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2017 “BET Awards”. In addition, multi–Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist and singer-songwriter, Chance the Rapper, will receive the evening’s Humanitarian Award presented by Walmart. Internationally, Ilwad Elman and Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be honored with the 2017 BET International Global Good Star and Power Awards, which recognize individuals championing endeavors to positively impact change and heighten awareness in different parts of the world. This year’s broadcast marks 17 years of unexpected performances, trailblazing moments, super dope talent, and entertainment’s most provocative players. The iconic show continues to be a cultural rule breaker steeped in reinvention with some of the most memorable moments in Award show history. The “BET Awards” has set the standard for one of the most intently unconventional, news-provoking broadcasts. The 2017 “BET Awards” will air on Tuesday, June 27 at 8 pm ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on BET Africa, in association with Russian Bear.

 

New Edition is a legendary R&B group consisting of members Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell and Johnny Gill. Throughout the course of their extensive musical career, New Edition released several chart-topping hits including “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now”, and “Mr. Telephone Man” – for which they received multiple Soul Train Awards and American Music Award wins. In January 2017, BET launched The New Edition Story, a three-part miniseries that was also BET’s first scripted music-focused program. The show profiled the New Edition journey from the little-known boy band from the Orchard Park Projects of Roxbury, Massachusetts, to one of the most successful adult acts ever in the music industry. To date, New Edition has sold over 20 million records world-wide.

 

Chance the Rapper is a hip-hop artist, singer-songwriter and philanthropist who rose to popularity with his highly awarded and recognized mixtapes Acid Rap and Coloring Book.

 

Chance has consistently used his musical platform to support a number of impactful educational, social and political initiatives – positively impacting both local and national communities. In 2016, Chance worked closely with President Obama on My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, an initiative of the United States Federal Government to promote intervention by civic leaders in the lives of young men of color – working to address their unique challenges and to promote racial justice. Chance has also activity fought gun violence, leading social campaigns in his home-town Chicago. Most recently, Chance the Rapper pledged to donate $1 million to in-need Chicago Public Schools in an effort to offset the lack of government funding provided to the area.

 

Ilwad Elman is a Somali-Canadian social activist. In her work with the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center in Mogadishu, Ilwad helps to run Sister Somalia, the country’s first program providing counseling, health and housing support to victims of gender-based violence. Her efforts with Sister Somalia as well as several other organizations have helped to raise awareness locally on the issue and encouraged governmental policy changes. Ilwad’s work promoting gender equality has also brought her to the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Extremely Together initiative, which focuses on countering and preventing violent extremism. Ilwad Elman will receive the Global Good Star Award, which honors individuals who have shown extreme courage and resilience, rising to the challenge and fighting for meaningful resolve across a particular issue (or issues) and human crises impacting their community and the world.

 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa,” Yvonne is a legend in the South African popular music scene, with a 27 year career and hits such as “Umqombothi.”

 

Outside of her musical career, Yvonne is a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa; and the Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has established her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation, which is a member of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Yvonne Chaka Chaka is the recipient of the 2017 BET International Global Good Power Award, which recognizes individuals who have been steadfast and true to their cause(s), leveraging their artistic platform to bring visibility and provide a voice to the under-served and under-represented.

 

Ilwad and Yvonne join past Global Good honorees artist and philanthropist Akon for his Lighting Africa initiative and Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese for her dedicated work in maternal and women health as well as the education of African girls on self-care through her Millen Magese Foundation. The Global Good honors will be awarded as a part of the BET International presentation, and will be airing in the international edition of the 2017 “BET Awards.”

 

Hosted by Leslie Jones, the “BET Awards” 2017 will include performances by Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz and Tamar Braxton. The star power continues as Yara Shahidi, Cardi B, Issa Rae, Jamie Foxx, La La Anthony, the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girls Trip” (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah), Trevor Noah, Robin Thede, Cari Champion and Demetrius Shipp Jr. and many others will take the stage as presenters during the 17th anniversary of the annual highly-anticipated televised event.

 

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iNumber Number to hit Mzansi in July

Posted by radio On June - 9 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic and ShowMax have joined forces to co-produce a new original series based on the award-winning South African crime and corruption drama, iNumber Number. This thrillingly gritty urban story will make its debut on Mzansi Magic (161) on Sunday 9 July 2017, just in time to turn up the heat this winter.

 

iNumber Number takes street warfare, law and order, justice and retribution to a new level in the local television space. The series builds on the original movie’s tense high stakes action and suspense, ensuring that viewers are kept on the edge of their seats every episode.

 

 

 

Just like the film, the heartbeat of iNumber Number remains the relationship between Chilli and Shoes, whose brotherhood bond comes under a dangerous threat.

 

In the series, Chilli infiltrates an infamous crime family to bring down the untouchable patriarch (Mkoto). We soon realise Chilli’s motive is not just professional – it’s personal.

 

Meanwhile, Shoes is battling his own demons when his straight and narrow life is thrown in turmoil. A committed cop who believes in his “calling” to serve the people, Shoes’ idyllic life as a father is threatened by criminals as a tactic to intimidate him into withholding evidence.

 

As Chilli journeys deeper and deeper into the seductive world of organised crime, enticed by having the father he’s always wanted, so does Shoes hurtle into the murky waters of crime – until his case collides with Chilli’s mission. But are the “brothers” still on the same side of the law?

 

Familial relationships are tested, bonds are threatened and men of high moral fibre find themselves on a crossroads.

 

Thickly layered, uncompromising and relentless, iNumber Number the series shows why the feature film was voted the Official selection for the Toronto International Film Festival (2013), Best Screenplay at the Africa International Film Festival (2013) and won the Audience Award at the Jozi Film Festival (2014).

 

iNumber Number premieres on Sunday 9 July 2017 on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00. The series will also be available on ShowMax later this year.

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Johannesburg will once again host the world’s largest and most important Sub-Saharan African entertainment content market, DISCOP Johannesburg and welcome some of the most ambitions and talented people on the Continent, South Africa’s next generation of film and tv creators, producers and dealmakers.

 

The 6th edition of DISCOP Johannesburg will take place from October 25th to 27th at the Sandton Convention Centre, specifically scheduled so that it does not conflict with the American Film Market, enabling many more international delegates to attend.

 

Over 1,500 delegates representing multiplatform entertainment content businesses from across Africa and the globe will converge in Johannesburg for three days of deal-making and networking. Participants come from over 70 countries and include distributors, acquisition and development executives, producers, and financiers.

 

Confirmed exhibitors for this year’s event include the likes of Fox, NBC Universal, BBC, ZEE Entertainment, CBS, Viacom, Lionsgate, Dreamworks, Televisa, Indiacast, Kanal D, Turner, TV5 MONDE, Deutsche Welle, NHK, CCTV, SkyVision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, ZDF, Paramount, Mondo TV, Global Agency and others leading film and television companies.

 

Over the years, DISCOP Johannesburg has also established itself as a pivotal destination for independent creators and producers seeking knowledge-transfer, funding, partnerships, and distribution opportunities.

 

To further service this interest and to provide further opportunities for independent distributors, DISCOP Johannesburg will present a new sidebar initiative dubbed, THE NEXT GEN PROGRAM, and aimed specifically at assisting South Africa’s next generation of film and tv creators, producers, and dealmakers to learn from to pros, perfect their pitch projects, and network with key industry players.

 

“The program aims to guide and nurture the next wave of South Africa’s talented producers and provide them with expert guidance and top-level industry networking opportunities to develop content and monetize entertainment content,” explains Patrick Zuchowicki, founding manager of the DISCOP markets.

 

Developed with key industry associations, this thorough, intensive, and real-world program will specifically focus on animated content, multiplatform short formats, virtual reality production, and partnership opportunities with Germany, South Africa’s #1 coproduction partner.

 

Asa result of a new partnership with DISCOP Johannesburg, announced by The African Animation Network (AAN), up and coming animators will be able to take part in the continent’s only pan-African animation pitching competition planned with the support of Africa’s leading animation, visual effects, gaming, and comics associations (AVGC).

 

Nick Wilson, Project Manager of AAN explains further, “True to the AAN mandate, we provide AVGC associations across Africa with an open network and platform to market themselves at the DISCOP Abidjan and Johannesburg markets, the world’s premiere destinations for content made in Africa.  We’re excited to explore the diversity of the African animation industry with the possibility of creating co-production and collaboration opportunities across borders and regions whilst simultaneously building capacity within the sector.”

 

The development, production, and monetization of short formats tailored to reach audiences via varied digital distribution streams will take center stage. A pitching competition sponsored by mahala.tv, Africa’s newest innovative distribution and funding platform and filmmaker community, will see a concerted outreach to independents, especially those creating short formats.

 

Mahala.tv CEO and well known South African director Gerhard Mostert has this to say of the partnership, “To celebrate the launch of mahala.tv, and to promote the importance of short formats within the digital space, mahala.tv has partnered with DISCOP Johannesburg to put out a call for short format content that will be showcased at the 3-day industry gathering. Mahala.tv is especially excited to be hosting the pitching competition and will be offering funding support to winners, as well as welcoming all independents to become part of a new global community of producers that will enable them to create, share, and monetize content.”

 

DISCOP Johannesburg’s NEXT GEN PROGRAM will also focus on the increasing potential of virtual reality, a new hot trend in the industry, with the global augmented reality and virtual reality markets expected to generate US$ 80 billion in revenues by 2020.

 

Major broadcasters such as Arte, France Television, National Geographic, Discovery, ZDF, Sky, BBC, ABC and NBC, to name a few, are already searching for virtual reality content.

 

As part of the program, producers can attend a series of master classes, talks, and round-table discussions with leading VR producers who will share their forecast for this exciting landscape and their vision on what role Africa can play in the VR industry.  A VR Cinema hosted by INVR.SPACE. will allow participants to immerse themselves in the best virtual reality content, a stimulating experience that will inspire a new generation of projects for the years ahead.

 

Sönke KIRCHHOF, CEO of the German VR Studio INVR.SPACE, is pleased to host and curate the VR Cinema at DISCOP Johannesburg, “We are more than happy that our partner DISCOP Johannesburg is featuring Virtual Reality as a serious and promising topic and invited us to present a selection of the latest and most impressive Cinematic VR content. We believe that VR can expand the limits of storytelling and can offer a new approach to cinematic experiences. As content from African continent and Filmmakers is still rare, we are especially excited to host this VR Cinema in South Africa and participate in a dialogue between German and African producers.”

 

Cooperation between independents from South Africa and Germany will also receive a major boost. The NEXT GEN PROGRAM will show how producers can use the South Africa- Germany film and television coproduction treaties to their advantage and how their cross-border cooperation incentives can deliver feature films, TV series, and documentaries that work around the world and would otherwise be impossible to finance.

 

“When it comes to setting up international partnership, South Africa has an obvious advantage and offers one of the most effective co-production treaties.  The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is pleased to once again partner with DISCOP Johannesburg, in our efforts to increase relations between South Africa and Germany and enable the development and promotion of a transformed and thriving audiovisual industry in both countries.” explains Peter KWELE, NFVF Head of Marketing and Communications.

 

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From Radio star to soapie darling

She’s already a familiar face on the social and lifestyle television scene, but will be adding soapie star to her resume soon. Heart FM presenter Tracey Lange will be gracing our screens on the popular Afrikaans kykNET soapie Suidooster on Thursday 8 June 2017 at 18:00. Lange who hosts the 9-12 show on Heart FM, the number one commercial radio station in the Western Cape*, will be playing a radio host who discovers a new talent in the fictional suburb of Ruitersbosch.

On Monday 16 November 2015 South African TV history was made when Suidooster, the first soapie to be set and filmed in the Western Cape went to air on Afrikaans DStv channel kykNET. The production features some of South Africa’s top acting talent including Denise Newman, Cedwyn Joel, Abduraghmaan Adams and Marcel Van Heerden to name a few. Co-incidentally Lange broadcast her show from the studio on launch day creating awareness around the production.

Lange is no stranger to the television world, she has been hosting the Afrikaans lifestyle show Bravo!   for a number of years. Lange says the role was crafted for her. “I absolutely love the show and have done extensive interviews with cast members. Because I love showcasing local talent on my radio show, I was asked to play myself hosting a show on Heart FM. I don’t want to give too much away as we’d like for viewers to tune in, but I discover a lovely new talent in the fictional community of Ruitersbosch.”

 

Lange’s debut appearance takes place on Thursday 8 June 2017 followed by two more episodes on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 June 2017. Publicity Manager for Suidooster and Hombrew Films Wilmer Miller says casting Lange was a no brainer. “Tracey makes no secret that she is a big fan of Suidooster and therefore it was so exciting to include her in such a special episode.” Asked if this could possibly become something permanent, Lange gave her well known infectious laugh and said everyone will have to wait and see.

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Jägermeister  is renowned the world over for its edgy campaigns and events. In order to maintain its presence as a brand leader, especially in an age of diminishing social engagement,  Jägermeister  South Africa enlisted the services of Thread and well known digital disrupter and strategist Jon Savage who developed a unique multi-media experience as the mechanism for ticket delivery for their exclusive invite only event, Enter the Woods.

 

In order to bring the mystique of the experience to users in a social platform, Jon and the team created a dual-narrative interactive video stream that managed to synch, beat-by-beat, two different songs from key Jagermeister sponsored artists Jack Parow and Reason.

 

The first video follows SA hop-hop artist Reason, as he “enters the woods” to deliver a case of Jägermeister  to the event. Through a slick interface of arrows, visible across all platforms including mobile, viewers could immediately switch into the second video narrative, that of Jack Parow, on his own mission to deliver a case of Jägermeister  to a different party.

 

The two stories run in perfect parallel synch, with viewers able to follow the case of  Jägermeister between the stories, with the music, imagery and narrative seamlessly aligned.

 

The videos end with footage of each artist performing at the actual Enter the Woods events in their respective cities, enabling the live event experience to be amplified across digital platforms.

 

The team’s innovation didn’t end there, with the mandate to put the brand in the centre of the narrative, a third video was created, following the journey from the point of view of the case of  Jägermeister  itself.

 

This execution completely transformed the way audiences engage with  Jägermeister  online. The numbers of engagements speak to the success of the campaign, with over 243,000 reach within the first 24 hours.

 

Jon Savage, as part of the team at Thread, and in collaboration with Craig Parker (co-director) and Motif, developed the concept and were forced to create the custom technology for the three-way interactive video, as there was nothing available to currently support the concept.

 

They also used a series of unconventional film making techniques in order to make sure that each video matched shot-for-shot and that the viewer could choose which video to interact with live and on-the-fly while the video was playing.

 

Check the behind the scenes making-of-the-video here:

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With products aligned with the preferences and habits of end-users, Konnect Africa is making a strong push with a double objective: to be a partner of choice on the continent and to demonstrate how satellite technology is today the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet in Africa

 

With new-generation services starting today in Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda, Konnect Africa (www.Konnect-Africa.com) is confirming its bold ambitions for Sub-Saharan Africa. The company’s innovative service offerings and products, included packaged offers inspired by ‘pay as you go’ models and Wi-Fi hotspots schemes, have already convinced a number of local operators, telecom companies and resellers. With products aligned with the preferences and habits of end-users, Konnect Africa is making a strong push with a double objective: to be a partner of choice on the continent and to demonstrate how satellite technology is today the most relevant solution for unlocking access to the Internet in Africa.

 

Konnect Africa’s first partners include a wide range of operators, each with its specific DNA:

 

AfrikaNet GoSat, already active in the broadband-based internet telephone, VOIP options and provision of customer support and services in the satellite telecommunications industry in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire;

Bentley Walker, known notably for designing efficient solutions for government and military customers with a Pan-African footprint;

Bloosat, a leader in satellite services in Cameroon and Central Africa;

China Telecom (Africa and Middle East), that is establishing communications link between the African continent and the Asia-Pacific region;

Coollink, a leading player in Nigeria with a broad portfolio of services addressing enterprise and consumer needs;

Global Broadband Solution, a leader in internet and data solutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.;

Ubora Systems, that focuses on IT solutions for government and administrations and business automation in Kenya;

Terrace Projects, a managed satellite service solution provider in South Africa.

 

Leveraging expertise and knowledge, these partnerships reflect Konnect Africa’s approach to adapt to the specifics of each market to reach out to a vast audience. Wi-Fi hotspot access can be available for a few cents, family offers are being optimised for a few dozens of dollars, while high grade corporate services are also proposed to enable videoconferencing, storage, audio-visual content development and safe and reliable communication. Konnect Africa aims to give its partners the means to succeed with each relevant segment, through dedicated commercial, marketing and technical support. The company will also train and reward local installers to enhance service quality and drive more talent into the industry.

 

“This initiative echoes a broad ambition. Connecting Africa means changing the way people live, study, perform business, and transforming daily life. We aim to take broadband further and closer to multiple development sectors such as the healthcare system, education, agriculture or SMEs”, explained Laurent Grimaldi, Chief Executive Officer of Konnect Africa. “We are proud to partner with prominent players and excited to embark on this truly unique venture”, he added.

 

Unlike mobile wireless or fibre technologies, satellite broadband does not depend on terrestrial infrastructure and literally comes ‘from above’. It is seen as the best approach to provide populations in remote locations with access to efficient, cost-effective and easy-to-install internet solutions. Konnect Africa’s is an affiliate of Eutelsat, the leading satellite operator with 40 years of experience. Its advanced satellite technology is a powerful tool for social and economic development.

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