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MTN slash FrontRow subscription price

Posted by radio On August - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Save R60 on an MTN FrontRow Club subscription

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MTN FrontRow Club subscription now costs only R119 a month on any mobile network – that’s an early Christmas gift of R60 a month. Even better, if you’re an MTN subscriber, you get free data for streaming too!

 

New subscribers are already being charged the lower amount, while current subscribers will be moved to the new price this month.

 

So what do you get for your R119? You can choose from a huge range of TV series or movies from our ever-growing catalogue to watch whenever you like, on any of your digital devices and on any mobile network.

 

Exclusive to MTN FrontRow Club are the acclaimed drama series Power (we have episodes of season two just 24 hours after their US debut) and Black Sails. Other current TV highlights include The Honourable Woman; Sherlock; Castle; and the original Australian version of The Slap.

 

The MTN FrontRow Club movie selection has hundreds of all-time favourites and evergreen classics. Watch titles such as Erin Brockovich; Good Will Hunting; Stand by Me; Sin City; and Identity.

 

Then there are plenty of TV shows and films for the kids; a treasure trove of new and older music videos in popular genres; and beautifully made documentaries … you’ll never be bored again.

Meanwhile, renting a blockbuster or silver-screen classic on MTN FrontRow Premiere will still cost as little as R15 a film – with or without an MTN FrontRow Club subscription and on any mobile network. MTN subscribers using MTN FrontRow Premiere will also now enjoy free data for streaming.

 

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The Marche du Film Festival de Cannes and Rotterdam Lab Announce SA Producer Development Program

 

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The Marché du Film of Festival du Cannes, and CineMart, part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, have partnered with the Association for Transformation in Film and Television (ATFT) to create a development program for five (5) South African black producers to attend the Rotterdam Lab and the Marché du Film’s Producers Network in 2016.

 

The five producers and their projects will be selected by the ATFT in collaboration with the Marché du Film and the Rotterdam CineMart, with preference given to producers who have completed a theatrically released film.

 

The program consists of three stages: firstly producers will partake in the Rotterdam Lab in January 2016, next the producers and their projects will be work-shopped in South Africa two months prior to the Marché du Film, and lastly the producers will attend Cannes and bee nrolled in the Producers Network, where they will be spotlighted at one of the Breakfast Meetings of the Producers Network. In Cannes, meetings with distributors and financiers will also be arranged to support further development of their projects.

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The Rotterdam Lab is a five-day training workshop for young and emerging producers designed to build up their international network and their experience at an international festivals and markets. Participation in the Rotterdam Lab provides producers with the confidence and skills to navigate the festival circuit and meet professionals who can help finance their projects.

 

Alongside the panel discussions, participants take part in so-called ‘speed dating’ sessions in which they meet with industry delegates in person and receive advice about their own projects. In addition to the organised Lab program, producers can strengthen their network and participate in all other CineMart events, like networking lunches, cocktails and other panels.

 

The workshop in South Africa will take place over three days with two experts bringing their expertise on international co-production and international distribution. The two experts will follow-up with the 5 delegates after the workshop to help them prepare for their participation to the Producers Network at the Marché du Film in Cannes.

 

The Producers Network hosts more than 500 producers from around the world for a series of meetings and unique events specifically designed to stimulate international co-production and optimize networking. During the week, with a different program each day, producers are given opportunities to meet the potential partners that will move their projects forward, namely co-producers, sales agents, distributors and financiers.

 

The SA Producers selected will participate in this program be presented at one of the Breakfast Meetings as well as being introduced to a selection of international guests during a luncheon organized by the Marché du Film and ATFT.

 

To apply to the program, ATFT database members need to respond to the callout they will receive on email and apply to both the Rotterdam CineMart and Marché du Film delegations and submit their project via the online application form.

 

 

 

To join the database sign up on the ATFT website at www.atft.info

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Glow TV changes its schedule

Posted by radio On August - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

From 03 August Glow boasts back to back soapies from 5.30pm-10pm every weekday.

glowlogoIn July popular soapie Sadda Haq was extended by a half hour, to start at 5.30pm. This will now be followed by an hour of Bade Achhe Lagte Hai.

New soapie Young Love will air from 7.30-8.30pm. It tells the arduous journey of Anadi who married as a child and is now a young adult struggling to find her identity in the world. It sensitively portrays the plight of children who are unwittingly forced into marriage and have to bear the repercussions for the rest of their lives.

This is followed by your favourite soapie, Parichay at 8.30pm and Office at 9.30pm.

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Most exiting is the dual language functionality on the soaps. Viewers will be able chose between watching Glow soaps in English or original Hindi on both DStv and Openview HD, with the simple flick of a button. This kicks in with Parichay this Friday evening at 8.30pm

 Glow for Kids

Glow also introduces children’s shows, weekdays at 4pm.

Little Bheem is a comedy adventure series. Follow the tale of the brave and super-strong Bheem and his friends as they battle to save their town from scheming villains.

Mighty Raju: Raju lives in the city with his parents and his dog, Moby. Raju’s father, a famous scientist, creates a powerful compound that turns him into a superhero. Join the fun and adventure of this superhero and his friends.

Cops and Robbers: Catch the hilarious antics of Anthony, a modern day Robin Hood and the the police inspector who sets out to arrest him.

 Me time for Mom

Saturday mornings will offer some time out for the ladies, with top quality lifestyle shows. Food shows Mummy Ka Magic and Health Mange More air back to back from 8am to 9am.

This is followed by popular wedding makeover show Band Baaja Bride, where brides enjoy five star treatment in the build-up to their big day.

 

Your favourite comedies moves to Saturday night:

How to be Indie at 7pm and the wildly funny, Citizen Khan at 7.30pm and the evening is rounded off with a premium movie at 8pm.

On Sunday nights reality takes centre stage:

India’s Dancing Superstar starts at 7pm and Up Close and Personal with PZ at 8.30pm, followed by MTV Roadies at 9.30pm.

 

 

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“We are delighted to introduce the three radio stations as part of our offering. The aim to launch the radio stations, is to enhance the listeners experience by providing them with excellent digital audio quality from their favourite radio stations”, said Ziyanda Mngomezulu, Channel Acquisitions at Platco Digital.

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Gagasi FM, Heart FM and OFM, are leaders in their respective provinces and play significant roles in providing their listeners with hit music shows, talk shows and current affairs. Gagasi FM is the number one commercial radio station in KwaZulu Natal with a strong urban black youth following. Heart FM prides itself as the Western Cape’s top all-round entertainer in touch with the values of Capetonians.

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OFM is central South Africa’s largest independent radio station. Catering to an English and Afrikaans audience across the Free State, North West Province, Northern Cape and southern Gauteng. OFM plays a mix of today’s hits and yesterday’s classic hits while providing content that is engaging and entertaining. No wonder OFM have the fourth biggest radio webpage in South Africa and the highest incidents of time spent listening to radio in South Africa.

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“Our viewers will be spoiled for choice with radio content from the three provinces. They now have the opportunity to easily access Mzansi’s best and loved radio shows which have a strong local identity. The platform will further boost the reach of the stations, from regional to national influence,” added Mngomezulu.

In addition to the new radio stations, LM radio will also be back on the platform as from the 30th of July.

The radio stations will be available on the following channels:

Gagasi FM: Channel number 603
OFM: Channel number 604
Heart FM: Channel number 605

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Dj Sbu Kicking Doors at CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On July - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa, Africa’s leading business television channel, in collaboration with Sbu Leope and Leadership 2020, is proud to announce the launch of a brand new show:

Kicking Doors with Sbu Leope

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Kicking doors with Sbu Leope is designed to educate and inspire growth amongst the ‘Billionaire Generation’ in Africa. Expect a practical, tactical focused 30 minute window into the world of Africa’s leading minds with a high level experienced team of experts narrating the terrain.

 

CNBC Africa and Leope aim to elevate the status and profile of Africa’s next set of Billionaires, the aspirant and fiercely relentless who will stop at nothing to reach their dream. Presenter of the show, Sbu Leope comments “Kicking Doors is designed for people like me, who challenge the status quo and break boundaries. The generation that is sick and tired of being sick and tired. We will usher in a fundamental paradigm shift in the way people think and apply their energies towards accomplishing their dream.”

 

The show will feature a live studio audience to contribute to the discussion, and engage with Sbusiso Leope and Africa’s leading entrepreneurs. CNBC Africa’s Executive Director and Head of Programming, Bronwyn Nielsen said, “CNBC Africa continues to explore new programming innovations which help to make business media more universally accessible. Kicking Doors will be our flagship in that regard”.

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M-NET City tweaks its schedule

Posted by radio On July - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net City is making some exciting changes to its line-up to allow DStv Compact viewers to enjoy more local fare alongside a slate of top-notch international shows. From Monday 3 August, the channel will add two telenovelas, four local comedies and a local game show to its early evening weekday schedule while there will also be a special treat for mature, discerning viewers late at night.

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“In our quest to create compelling television channels for different target audiences, it’s important for us to keep a constant eye on the preferences and lifestyles of our viewers,” explains Gideon Khobane, Director: M-Net General Entertainment channels. “Our most recent research indicated that M-Net City viewers prefer light-hearted escapism when arriving home after a hard day’s work and telenovelas and local comedy are the perfect genres to get them to chill out in front of the television. We trust that our M-Net City viewers will enjoy our tweaks to the channel which made these additions possible.”

 

To make space for the two highly-acclaimed telenovelas, which will be screened between 17:00 and 19:00, the talk shows The Doctors and The Jerry Springer Show will move to earlier time slots – 15:00 and 16:00 respectively from Mondays to Fridays.

 

In future, the 17:00 timeslot will belong to the telenovela Sparkling Girls in which three housekeepers find fame and fortune when their music goes viral, but then have to deal with a jealous and vindictive singer who will do whatever it takes to tear them apart. Thereafter, at 18:00, M-Net City will bring viewers the Brazilian series Side by Side which scooped an International Emmy Award for Best Telenovela. It explores the friendship of two women in the early 20th century in a country where the divisions of wealth, power and class still prevailed.

 

At 19:00 on Mondays to Thursdays, viewers will be able to time to laugh out loud with these popular local comedy shows:

Mondays – Tonight with Trevor Noah. South African comedian Trevor Noah showcases his distinctly South African sense of humour in this home-grown talk show.

Tuesdays – The Coconuts. When a a middle-class white family are miraculously turned black, chaos ensues as they deal with day-to-day South African situations.

Wednesdays- Clipz. 947 breakfast host Darren “Whackhead” Simpson takes a look at classic online stars and their internet exploits.

Thursdays – Check Coast. This hilarious series follows the lives of the staff at a local Home Affairs office, a place where you find all kinds of comical conundrums.

 

On Friday nights at 19:00 M-Net City viewers can enjoy the blockbuster local game show Deal or No Deal. Host Ed Jordan is surrounded by a bevy of beautiful models who carry suitcases that contain different amounts of money. Only one of them has R1 million – and it’s up to the contestants to choose the right one.

 

Once the children are tucked into bed, everyone who has missed out on Game of Thrones, or who would like to see the series from beginning to end, should remember to tune in for all the intrigue from the Kingdom of Westeros . Game of Thrones Season 1 to Season 5 will be screened on Mondays to Fridays at 23:00 as of Monday 3 August.

 

Other new series starting this August on M-Net City are the action drama NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 (Friday, 14 August at 21:00) and the family drama The Slap Season 1 (Wednesday 19 August at 22:00). Moreover, don’t forget about the great movies on Saturday and Sunday at 18:00.

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Kagiso Media has secured 100% ownership of Urban Brew Studios, an independent production house.

 

KAGISO Media-LOGO_CMYK-01Urban Brew Studios is one of the largest production studios in South Africa, which supplies content and channels for the broadcast and entertainment industry.

 

Group CEO of Kagiso Media, Mark Harris, states that this acquisition is in line with its holding company’s, Kagiso Tiso Holdings, strategies of majority ownership in strategic assets and expansion into Africa.

“Urban Brew Studios is recognised for its creative capability and talent in developing content and channels for both local and international markets by using its knowledge of local African languages and culture to develop content suitable to these markets.  Opportunities exist in Africa for a multi-distribution strategy for content.  In recent years, Urban Brew Studios has secured production capacity in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Cameroon,” Harris added.

 

Urban Brew Studios CEO Trish Taylor said, “This development will see us being more closely aligned with Kagiso Media’s strategy of investing in assets that will provide future growth in line with strategic objectives. Both Kagiso Media and Urban Brew Studios will be better poised to play in the content space across all platforms; including TV, radio and digital.”

 

Urban Brew Studios currently runs four channels on DSTV: 1 Gospel, Dumisa, ED, and 1 KZN. The business also produces a range of successful productions for SABC viz. Friends Like These, YOTV, Live Amp, RGB, and Khumbul ‘ekhaya; for etv Gold Diggers and Mahadi – Lobola; and for Mzanzi Magic, Zabalaza.

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Sex Talk – Coming to a TV Near You!

Posted by radio On July - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SEX TALK, a fun, frank and entertaining weekly television talk show hosted by well known radio and television presenter Kgomotso Matsunyane, will be launching on July 8th and will be aired nationally on community television (on DStv and free to air platforms) from July 9th 2015.

 

sxtalkSEX TALK is a weekly show that sets out to shatter the silence and jumpstart a conversation about… SEX.

 

Yes – sex, that topic that we dare not talk about, even though people are thinking sex, wanting sex, reading sex, watching sex, having sex, avoiding sex, or even worse, hurting or killing someone through sex.

 

SEX TALK is enlightening and different with Kgomotso Matsunyane hosting a small, yet diverse group of guests in conversation with topics that range from masturbation and deception to infidelity and impotency. SEX TALK will also tackle issues of social concerns, such as sexual equality, teenage pregnancy, the role of the parents, violence based on sex and sexuality, but also the pleasures of sex.

 

By allowing guests to interact in dialogue rather than being interviewed, SEX TALK enables free flowing and uninhibited conversation -and what emerges is revelatory.

 

Kgomotso brings to the show her amazing track record in South African media, from editing the Oprah magazine to hosting and producing Rise on SABC1.  She is thererfore the ideal host to keep the conversation going – even when things get heated up!

 

South Africa- its time to talk about sex and sexuality – so join Kgomotso over the next few weeks and let’s get talking!

 

SEX TALK will commence on Thursday, 9th July 2015 at 19:30 on community television station, Cape Town TV. Repeats will be on Saturdays at 21:00. Further episodes will be aired weekly in the same slots.

 

Cape Town TV is available on DSTV channel 263, or free-to-air channels 32 and 67.

 

Take a look at the teaser for Episode 1 http://youtu.be/IT6WHSjKcYw

 

Brought to you by the producers of STREET TALK – www.streettalktv.com

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Children’s favourites The Teletubbies and Katy Ashworth from I Can Cook are the star attractions at the DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza, which takes place at Vodacom World in Midrand from July 4 to 9.

 

Teletubbies HRTellytubbyland – complete with Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky-Winky – comes to Johannesburg for holiday entertainment at its best for the entire family. The four popular characters from the CBeebies (DStv Channel 306) hit show will be keeping youngsters entertained during the holiday break followed by a fun session in the kitchen with I Can Cook’s Katy Ashworth.

 

Katy Ashworth has become a household name around the world thanks to presenting CBeebies’ I Can Cook which welcomes children into the kitchen to create a host of delicious meals and snacks that are quick and easy to prepare even if the grown-ups don’t know their way around the kitchen.

 

Katy is thrilled with the challenge to get youngsters in the kitchen and cooking up a storm. She says: “This is exactly what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl making home-made TV programmes in my loft. To be given the opportunity to present such a brilliant show that embodies everything I love – food, children and music – was just amazing. I am so proud to be the face of a show that’s sending out such a great message and I thank my lucky stars every day!”

 

There will be three live hour-long stage shows every day followed by a 90-minute play session in the massive Fun Zone with a host of activities including face painting and gaming stations. There will also be fantastic products to buy.

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The DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza takes place from Saturday, July 4, to Thursday, July 9 at Vodacom World. Show times are at 09h00; 12h30 and 16h00 followed by 90 minutes in the Fun Zone. Tickets are available at Computicket at R135 a person and include entrance to the live shows as well as the play time in the Fun Zone.

 

Get your tickets now for this July’s best holiday entertainment.

 

The DStv Kids’ Xtravaganza is bought to Johannesburg courtesy of DStv, Vodacom World, Mitsubishi Motors and Jacaranda FM.

 

Online Links:

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Pearl & Lerato to host Moments on DStv

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

As EbonyLife TV (DStv channel 165) celebrates its second year anniversary on Wednesday, 1 July, the channel has announced the launch of spin-offs of Moments with Moin key countries across the continent in a move that is aimed at consolidating and reinforcing the position of the talk show, which has become famous as Africa’s first and only syndicated daily talk show, as the true pan African leader in the talk genre.
The Moments with Mo spin-off will be launched simply as Moments and will closely mirrorMoments with Mo in structure and style. However, Moments with Mo, hosted exclusively byAfrica’s Queen of Chat herself, Mo Abudu, still remains on air across the continent but will now appear occasionally for only a limited number of VIP interviews.

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Moments will be launched in four flagship countries, to include South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, being the first phase of the roll out, on Wednesday, 1 July, to coincide with EbonyLife TV’s second year anniversary celebration of creating and broadcasting original, premium and inspiring content with an African soul that showcases the best of Africa for a Global Black audience.
A key highlight of Moments is that each focal country will have its own homegrown co-hosts. Already, two co-hosts per flagship country have emerged through a painstaking but rewarding search. From South Africa, Pearl Thusi and Lerato Kganyago will be calling the shots; Wanjira Longaue and Amina Abdi will anchor the show in Kenya; Berla Mundi andAma K. Abebrese will be in the saddle of Moments Ghana; and in Nigeria, the threefold ofBolanle OlukanniToke Makinwa and Michelle Dede will be in the spotlight.

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Another important feature of the new Moments is that each of the four countries will have its own array of guests. Also, each country will have its location shoot which would take place every quarter; each would also have its own full episodes featuring interesting guests and inspiring stories from across Africa; and even more importantly, demonstrate its own uniqueness through its peculiar local symbols and distinctive cultural identity, making the show truly authentic to the country in question.

 

 

However, no matter the cultural diversities reflected on Moments from country to country, all the shows will be unmistakably bound together by a number of set props that will be unique to the format, defining it and making it single-minded to viewers across the continent.

Speaking on this exciting development, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu said, “As EbonyLife TV clocks 2 on 1 July and as Moments with Mo enters its ninth year, we are excited to see the Moments with Mo brand expand across the continent of Africa in what we have called Moments. So now you have Moments Nigeria, Moments South Africa, Moments Ghana and Moments Kenya, airing across the continent on EbonyLife TV.”

According to Abudu, “Moments with Mo, which has consistently aired on a pan African scale and on cable TV in the United Kingdom for nine resounding years and counting, will also continue to have me as its exclusive host, treating viewers to the best of VIP interviews. This, however, will not air as frequently as Moments definitely will.”

 

 

“The purpose behind the creation of Moments,” she continues, “is not only to connect more with audiences across the continent, as well as offer a much wider and more divergent platform for truly pan African conversations, it is also calculated to be an exponential brand extension strategy targeted at delivering greater brand visibility and larger market shares for discerning advertisers across the continent.”

 

 

For the series producer, Damilola Amele, “Moments with Mo is reinventing itself by birthing a Pan-Afro conversation, a new and exciting spin-off – Moments. With nine beautiful, intelligent and stylish co-hosts spread across four African countries, Moments is set to capture an even wider audience by connecting Africa like never before and will continue in the tradition ofMoments with Mo, showcasing the greatness of Africa.”
She continues, “Our target is to keep the show as one, but introduce diversity and infuse the different unique flavours from Kenya, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria. Despite the introduction of MomentsMoments with Mo, hosted solely by Mo Abudu, the creator and CEO of EbonyLife TV, will retain its place as the longest-running Talk Show in Africa by bringing to our viewers, insightful interviews with VIP’s in different fields.”

 

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