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HGTV launches in South Africa

Posted by radio On July - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is marking its 24th anniversary in South Africa this month with the launch of HGTV – Home and Garden Television – the number one lifestyle and entertainment channel in the USA.

The growth in viewership figures across all DStv’s lifestyle channels are proof that South African audiences love entertaining lifestyle, DIY, makeover and home and garden content. That’s why the hottest and most-talked-about home renovation channel will be launching on 15 July on DStv channel 177. It will be available in South Africa exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers.

 

The channel will focus on home improvements that are within reach of the average viewer with shows featuring on-screen experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations. The channel will include inspirational programming especially geared towards viewers who enjoy seeing dilapidated dumps transform into stylish and enviable homes, tiny homes become miniature paradises and are interested in learning how to bargain hunt for dream homes.

 

 

Described by Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Middle East & Africa, as a “juggernaut”, HGTV is the number one non-news network on cable television in the US.

Look out for these exciting shows on HGTV

House Hunters USA

Go behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a house to call home.

Starts Monday 15 July on HGTV (177) at 15:20

Flip or Flop Nashville

Page Turner and DeRon Jenkins are busy house flippers in Nashville, Tennessee – and to add a little drama, they used to be a couple. In this entertaining series, the driven duo fight the market – and sometimes each other – in their quest to turn problem homes into profitable ones.

Starts Thursday 15 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Good Bones

Mina and Karen renovate whole neighbourhoods, house by house, in hopes of improving the area and uplifting the community. Having perfected their own area, they’re venturing into a new one.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Home Town

Married couple Erin and Ben Napier devote their time to helping people in their Mississippi neighbourhood renovate their historic homes. They use only found materials and old textiles to keep the character of the homes but give them a gleaming, modern update.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 20:35

My Lottery Dream Home

What type of home would you buy if you won the lottery? In this series, host David Bromstad takes recent lottery winners on the search of a lifetime with extravagant house hunts for their new dream homes.

Starts Monday 26 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

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Mzansi Magic to premiere two new shows

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

A few local acting powerhouses add their star power to Mzansi Magic’s new line up of dramas in July. The two shows The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will resonate with the viewer because of their timeliness and relevance as parallels can be drawn between current affairs and the storylines.

In The Republic that premieres on 7 July at 20h00, Florence Masebe leads the cast as South African President Lufuno. Warren Masemola stars as Thabang Manaka, a fallen hero trying to make amends for his past mistakes while Masasa Mbangeni is Bridget Ranaka a posh young woman from a rich family in Soshanguve.

 

Reality inspires fiction in The Republic with the story set in present day South Africa. In 2009 when president Kgalema Motlanthe’s term in office ended, he was replaced by President Hendrik Mbuli whose presidency was riddled with corruption and looting of state funds. Mbuli is fired from government making way for the party’s secretary Lufuno to take the reins as president. We meet President Mulaudzi who has spent two years fighting corruption and prosecuting those who benefitted from Mbuli’s presidency – including Mbuli himself. This is set to be a thrilling political showdown and a story of political smarts and survival.

 

In Impilo: The Scam that premieres on 8 July at 20h00, the community is up in arms over a pyramid scheme that scammed them of their hard earned cash. Set in Alexandra township, the shady dealings of an unscrupulous man Khulubuse Mtshali played by Desmond Dube are uncovered leading to mob justice attempt on his son Mnqobi Nkosi played by Sipho Mdingi.

 

The stage is set for a cracker of a scintillating coming of age crime drama which sees Mnqobi caught up in the underbelly of financial crime engineered by his greedy and opportunistic father. Some of the big names to look out for are Sthandiwe Kgoroge as Nokulunga Nkosi, Naymapsplays Pacino, Candice Modiselle acts as Naledi, Siya Raymond Sepotokeleportrays Macable and TK Sebothoma features as Tebza.

 

Philly Kubheka, Head Of PR & Publicity at Local Entertainment Channels  welcomed the shows. ‘I believe that The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will do exceptionally well because they are authentically South African. They don’t shy away from the mirror reflection of the state of South Africa and with their outstanding and gripping storytelling the creators have weaved a captivating watch and unmissable performances. Forget the July chill, these dramas bring enough heat and excitement.’

 

 

Catch all your favourite shows on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) this July.

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Bring Winter to Life with Samsung QLED

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Thanks to new technology, Samsung’s QLED range is about to bring you a whole new world of cosy nights in front of the TV

TV viewing has changed forever with Samsung’s launch of the revolutionary 8K range which delivers a ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

 

Experience what you never have before

 

With Samsung 8K QLED, every scene is amazingly vivid and real – it’s like watching 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio lets you see, feel and hear as the scene unfolds in front of you.

 

You can upscale what you’re watching

 

8K is still new technology but the 8K QLED display can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before.

 

Enjoy TV as it should be

 

Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness and adjusts the scenes to the lighting conditions in the room. And, with fewer visible pixels, you’ll enjoy the feeling of pure immersion – even when you’re closer to the screen. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Go on an audio journey

 

The QLED range automatically optimises the sound allowing you to hear a pin drop in a movie and even feel the massive roar of a crowd during the big game.

 

You can take control in innovative ways

 

Using the Voice Command feature on 2019 QLEDs, you can now easily access the content you want, and search for content based on your viewing habits. In order to provide even more entertainment options, it offers the all-new Apple TV app, this allows you access to iTunes movies and TV shows, and also supports Airplay2. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.

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The television adaptation of internationally acclaimed author Deon Meyer’s crime novel Trackers marks the beginning of a new era in high-end African storytelling. Pan-African television network M-Net and two global broadcasting giants are joining forces to take this uniquely South African political thriller to the world.  First, as announced in December 2018, M-Net sealed a ground-breaking collaboration deal with Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF. Now, M-Net can confirm that Trackers is also being co-produced by Cinemax, which will also distribute the drama series worldwide beyond M-Net and ZDF’s geographical broadcasting footprint.

 

 

 

“The trailblazing and massively exciting co-production of Trackers illustrates M–Net’s vision and commitment to shine the spotlight on the African film and television industry and provide fresh, proudly African narratives to our viewers as well as global audiences,” says MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle. “It is also taking our longstanding relationship with Cinemax to the next level, allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills.”

 

 

While M-Net is already the home of Cinemax and its sister network HBO, allowing viewers to enjoy showstoppers like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and many more, HBO, Cinemax and M-Net also launched an innovative Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals screened on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back. 

 

 

“Cinemax is delighted to partner with M-Net and ZDF in bringing Deon Meyer’s unforgettable characters and storytelling—all so richly rooted in the people and spectacular geography of South Africa—to screens around the world,” says Len Amato, President, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.

 

 

Filming for Trackers has already started in exotic locations spanning the length and breadth of South Africa and the co-production partners have been working together on all aspects of production – from developing and casting, to assembling the crew and approving the final content.

 

Master wordsmith Deon Meyer, whose multiple-award-winning crime novels have been translated into more than 20 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide, serves as a supervising screenwriter and co-producer; British writer Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise) is the showrunner. The team of South African writers on the project includes the accomplished Mitchell’s Plain playwright, screenwriter and director Amy Jephta (Die Ellen Pakkies Story) as well as local writer/directors Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe.

 

 

Trackers is an unprecedented scripted television venture and MultiChoice and M-Net are proud to chart out new territory with all the game-changing players involved in this co-production,” Phahle concludes.

 

A talented local and international cast is on the bill for the six-part miniseries, some of which include Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena. More details about their roles and additional credits will be announced at a later stage.

 

Trackers will make its debut on M-Net 101 in October 2019 and will also be available on MultiChoice’s popular on-demand service, Showmax. The six-part drama series is produced by UK production company Three River Studios as well as South Africa’s Scene 23.

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It was a dream come true at the star-studded event in Sandton Ster Kinekor Cinema, where graduates of M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy (MiM) had two of their films premiered on the big screen in front of a select audience.

Established in 2014, MiM is focused on transforming the South African film and TV industry. By upskilling students and empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience in just 12 months, they are suitably equipped to embark on a career in their chosen field. Some have started their own production companies and produced award winning content.  To date, 58 students have already been trained and are making their mark in the video entertainment industry.

 

 

“Like many incredible works of art, TV shows or movies, it often starts out with a dream. We dreamt of using our experience as Africa’s most-loved storyteller to empower the next generation of Africa’s storytellers, by practically developing their skills in the film and TV industry.” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment.

 

During their year at the academy, the MiM interns attend specialist classes where top industry professionals share their experiences and knowledge of the profession. However, the bulk of the training comes from hands-on training with the best-of-the-best in the industry, through interning on current professional productions and special events.  On the various sets, the interns meet the top television and film producers as well as crew, forging relationships that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.

 

The success of previous MiM interns has led to several MiM graduates being given the opportunity to start their own production companies. One such company is Eccentric Circus, a production company started by Xolani Nhlapho, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila. They were part of the class of 2016 MiM.

 

 

“Last year, our company Eccentric Circus was kickstarted through the MultiChoice Group’s Enterprise Development Trust. Our vision as a company is to tell stories about young black people trying to navigate post-democratic South Africa’s changing landscape.” said writer of Temba Lam, Neo Sibiya.

 

Local actor, Ben Kgosimore says: “Working with these graduates was incredible. They were very professional. Every one of them were truly amazing.”

 

Perhaps the most exciting part of the MiM internship is that they get to make four films during their year, which are broadcast on Mzansi Magic in prime-time slots. The MiM movies compete on an equal footing with all the professional productions that are created for the Saturday evening movie slot and they perform remarkably well, regularly appearing in the Top Ten programmes for the channel. To date, the Academy has produced 15 movies that have been broadcast on prime TV.

 

 

“It is exciting for us as a business that the very thing we are passionate about can bring about a meaningful change and allow people to achieve their dreams. I take pride in seeing how we have enabled passionate young storytellers, to bring to life our stated aim at MultiChoice of ‘enriching lives’,” adds Phahle.

 

The Academy supports MCG’s commitment to uplifting and investing in communities across South Africa and reflects the impact that their contribution makes to upskill local actors as well as film and television makers.

 

During the past financial year, MCG made a substantial R2,5 billion investment in local productions across the continent.

 

“Beyond the entertainment value, it’s rewarding to see how our investments in infrastructure, technology and skills development is empowering the next generation by harnessing the emerging talent of the youth and enabling them to achieve their goals,” concluded Pahle.

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SABC looking for weather presenters

Posted by radio On June - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

FREELANCE WEATHER PRESENTERS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING TV NEWS BULLETINS:

  1. XITSONGA
  2. TSHIVENDA
  3. ISIZULU
  4. ISIXHOSA
  5. ISINDEBELE
  6. SETSWANA
  7. SEPEDI
  8. SESOTHO
  9. SISWATI
  10. ENGLISH
  11. AFRIKAANS

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE:-

 

Presentation of weather shows “live” on television news KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:-

  • Interpret weather maps for live television news broadcasts
  • Alert and warn viewers about severe weather conditions
  • Present weather reports “live” on television;
  • Do live interviews with fellow presentors

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:-

  • Undergraduate qualification in, journalism, media studies or related field
  • Added advantage Meteorologist/Geography degree
  • Good command of the first language
  • Television presenting skills
  • General knowledge of weather conditions/patterns Interested candidates must forward their applications with a concise CV to:

 

 

 

Human Resources Manager: News If you have not had any response within six weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

Email: <newsjobs@sabc.co.za>

Closing Date: 18 June 2019

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced PARANORMAL, its new original Middle Eastern series. Based on Paranormal the best selling books in the Arab world by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, that sold more than 15 million copies. PARANORMAL will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, who is also the showrunner and the director, PARANORMAL is Netflix’s first foray into Egyptian drama.

 

Set in the 1960s, the series, packed with mystery and suspense, depicts the adventures of PARANORMAL leading character Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events.

 

 

We are so excited to be investing in more Middle Eastern productions by adapting the highly acclaimed PARANORMAL series of novels into an exciting show. We’re also pleased to collaborate with prominent producer Mohamed Hefzy and director Amr Salama whose creative vision we look forward to bringing to our international audience” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of International Originals at Netflix.

 

 

This third Middle Eastern Netflix original show reflects the company’s commitment to exploring more stories and talents in the region. This will give filmmakers and audiences in the Middle East presence on a global platform to both tell and enjoy a variety of exciting new stories.

 

 

Show producer, Mohamed Hefzy, commented, “I’m proud to be working with Netflix on bringing to life the PARANORMAL series, which I hold dear to my heart. I’m also excited to be cooperating again with long time collaborator and friend, director Amr Salama. Together with Netflix, we aim to present a show of international quality and that lives up to the promises and ambitions of Egyptian and Arabic drama.

 

 

I’m very excited about this project, It was my dream to adapt PARANORMAL of the late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik and turn it into a drama since I ever wanted to be a filmmaker. I’m proud to present the books in a new light while still keeping the essence of PARANORMAL. I can’t wait to introduce these exciting stories to the Netflix public in 190 countries around the world” said producer, director, and showrunner Amr Salama.

 

 

Expected to be filmed in Egypt, PARANORMAL is the third Middle Eastern Netflix original show after Jinn, which features a cast of emerging Jordanian talents and is set to be released on June 13, 2019, and Al Rawabi School for Girls, which was announced last April. These productions reflect Netflix’s dedication to investment in Middle Eastern Arabic content.

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The Game of Thrones finale is upon us

Posted by radio On May - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

We take a look at what’s happening in the teaser video that’s been released ahead of the last episode.

 

* Warning: Spoilers *

King’s Landing lies crumbling as Tyrion emerges from the ruin and rubble after the battle of the two queens. The Red Keep has been destroyed, the Unsullied stand proud and the Dothraki victorious, ready to watch their fair-haired leader ascend to the Iron Throne.

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But Arya lurks hidden in the crowd of survivors. Will she allow Daenerys to assume rulership of the Seven Kingdoms? And what will Jon, the rightful ruler of Westeros, do now that his beloved queen is showing signs of the famed Targaryen madness?

Watch the final episode of Game of Thrones S8 on Monday 20 May on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.

 

 

[Source: Dstv.com]

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  • Netflix has ordered Black Excellence, their first series project with Kenya Barris with Barris and Rashida Jones set to star.

  • Inspired by Barris’ irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture, Black Excellence looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the “family sitcom” in a way we’ve never seen before.

 

  • Barris and Jones will executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein (black-ish, grown-ish). The single-camera comedy will be produced through Barris’ production company, Khalabo Ink Society, under the multi-hyphenate’s overall series deal with the streamer.

 

  • Black Excellence marks Barris’ first series with Netflix since making the streamer his home less than a year ago. Barris hasn’t been shy about his desire to flip the family sitcom and what it looks like on its head; and with the series officially launching its writers room last month, he is wasting little time getting to work on exploring and pushing those boundaries.
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Game of Thrones S8 Ep 5 Preview

Posted by radio On May - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

If you haven’t watched episode 4 of Season 8 of Game of Thrones yet, look away!

** WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD **

Euron properly destroyed Danaerys’s fleet. It was a whitewash, made more so when the dragon Rhaegal was shot from the sky by scorpion bolts. It really does feel like Queen Cersei is holding all the cards now – with one brother, Tyrion, pleading futilely for the life of Missandei, and Jamie up and leaving Ser Brienne in Winterfell to return to his twin’s side.

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How can two more episodes wrap up all these plot twists? We find out in this preview of Game of Thrones episode 5.

From the looks of things, Tyrion is properly gobsmacked at every turn as the army of the North and what remains of Danaerys’s legions gather at the gates of King’s Landing. The only one who looks more astounded is Euron, who is peering into the sky as if seeing… a dragon, of course. The Internet is rife with speculation that there may, in fact, be more than one dragon that Euron is seeing up high. Is it possible?

Watch the penultimate Game of Thrones S8 on Mondays on M-Net (101) at 03:00 and again at 22:00 on M-Net and Showmax.

 

 

[Source: Dstv.com]

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