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Prepaid vouchers for ShowMax are now available at all Makro stores nationwide. Makro joins Pick n Pay, CNA and Game stores where ShowMax vouchers can be purchased.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).

The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.

Once activated at the till the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

ShowMax continues to partner with local businesses to improve access to internet TV in South Africa. With prepaid vouchers now available at Makro, Game, CNA and Pick n Pay stores, this gives access to many viewers who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. Prepaid vouchers can also be bought online using eBucks.

 

One of the major obstacles holding back the uptake of internet TV in South Africa is the cost of internet. Which is why ShowMax is partnering with internet service providers (ISPs), like Telkom, to give subscribers access to high-speed internet at an affordable price.

 

John Kotsaftis, CEO at ShowMax said:

 

“These partnerships are a big deal for us to give users a really convenient experience. The in-store vouchers are about giving subscribers more options to pay. For the ISPs it’s about looking at ways to give our users fast internet at a fair price to stream and download ShowMax content.”

 

Through these partnerships and unique features, like the download function to overcome sporadic internet connectivity, ShowMax is addressing real consumer needs in South Africa to break down the  barriers holding back the proliferation of internet TV.

 

“We are developing ShowMax to address specific challenges in the South African market like the fact that many consumers don’t have a credit card. The same applies to the lack of internet connectivity, which is why our app supports downloads.”

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Lifetime’s original movie, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis as the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B icon, premieres Sunday March 27 at 20.00. Toni Braxton executive produces the two-hour film, which is based on her popular memoir Unbreak My Heart.

 

The movie follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, to her battle with Lupus. The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles.

 

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Fans may not know, though, about the intense guilt Braxton once felt when she accepted her first recording deal that excluded her sisters. This decision haunted her for years and tainted the enormous fame she experienced. Despite her early accomplishments, Braxton’s world also crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left alone to pick up the pieces.

 

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart is more than the story of Braxton’s difficult past though – it is a story of hope, healing, and triumph

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart also stars Debbi Morgan as Braxton’s mother Evelyn; Gavin Houston as Babyface, Cortney Scott Wright as Traci Braxton, Skye P. Marshall  as Towanda Braxton, LaToya Franklyn as Trina Braxton and Tiffany Hines (Devious Maids) as Tamar Braxton.

 

Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant serve as executive producers. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds produces. Vondie Curtis Hall (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) directs from a script written by Susan McMartin (Mom, Two and a Half Men).

 

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11 SAFTA nominations for The Puppet Nation!

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ZA News: Puppet Nation has secured 11 nominations at this year’s South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs). – the most of any South African TV programme.  It is the second year that the show has been nominated for as many awards with the team behind the scenes being acknowledged in various categories.

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With such a large number of nominations, there is high anticipation that Puppet Nation ZA will take home many awards at this year’s SAFTA’s scheduled for 18 March 2016.

 

Iconic cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, better known as ‘Zapiro’ and French producer, Thierry Cassuto brought their creativity together to produce their first puppet, Madiba, for ZANews. Over the years the cast has expanded to include many more celebrity puppets, with the result being the all-star series Puppet Nation ZA.

 

The highly entertaining satirical show doesn’t hold back and takes the mickey out of politicians, newsmakers and celebrities – a winning formula that has proven successful across the globe.

 

“A show like ours is not possible without a huge amount of teamwork, and these nominations recognise every single person who puts their time, sweat, and tears into making this show happen, week after week. Thank you to the judges and to you “bloody agents,” for your support, and for inspiring us to keep on bringing you the laughs every week,” said Thierry Cassuto, the show’s executive producer and creator.
The team is especially excited that the un-sung heroes of the show, the puppeteers themselves have also been nominated along with the celebrity voices.

 

Sometimes controversial, always funny, Puppet Nation is proud of the various SAFTA nominations for 2016.

 

 

The nominations for ZANews: Puppet Nation include:

 

Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a TV Comedy

Aggrey Lonake

Nik Rabinowitz

 

Best Achievement by a Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Puppeteers

 

Best Achievement in Art/Production Design in a TV Comedy

Franci van den Heever, Roxanne Hand, Matthew Sanna

 

Best Achievement Costume Design in a TV Comedy

San-Mari Compton 

 

Best Achievement in Cinematography in a TV Comedy

Tonga Isango

 

Best Achievement in Editing in a TV Comedy

Aurora Drummer, Alex Fynn, Nicolai Groudev

 

Best Achievement in Sound Design in a TV Comedy

Lyle Bennet

 

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Writing Team

 

Best Achievement in Directing in a TV Comedy

Alex Fynn

 

Best TV Comedy

ZANews: Puppet Nation

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Greed & Desire on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Come Monday 4 April 2016, M-Net’s local entertainment channel Mzansi Magic (161) will be the ultimate destination for a brand new telenovela, Greed and Desire, launching at 19:30.

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Greed and Desire explores the themes of ambition, wealth, power, secrets and desire in a world established in Bloemfontein.

 

The tragic journey of the prominent Makhetha family sets in motion a series of events when the patriarch of the family is killed in a fit of rage. His murder becomes the root of a dreadful secret that sees the family empire falling into the wrong hands. Lives are ruined when the family learns the truth about who killed the head of the house, thus threatening the fate of the empire that was built from nothing to an established jewel. The rightful heir is in the dark about their inheritance and the responsibilities that lie ahead in their future. And so the story of how greed ruined a family by threatening their wealth and fortune unfolds.

 

“At Mzansi Magic, we work tirelessly to bring our viewers the best in local entertainment. We welcome Greed and Desire and its stellar cast to the Mzansi Magic family and we will keep developing new and exciting programmes to keep viewers glued to their screens” says, Nkateko Mabaso, Local Entertainment Channels Director at M-Net.

 

The cast is nothing short of star studded. Headlining the telenovela cast is Thato Molamu, Nthati Moshesh, Xoli Zondi, Sello Sebotsane, Thami Mngqolo, Buyile Mdladla, Linda Sebezo, Nkopano Mohola, Motsoaledi Setum, Keaby Mashugane, Kamo Letsosa and Bonginkosi Shibe.

 

Family values will be tested on Greed and Desire. Tune in to Mzansi Magic (161) on Monday 4 April 2016 at 19:30, Monday to Thursday.

 

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Newtown has it all; music, art performance and fashion, come and see it showcased at the first Hypnotic Friday held at Newtown Junction on 11 March 2016.

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Hypnotic Friday brings both emerging and established artists together in a programme that not only celebrates the city’s cultural uniqueness, but also offers a platform and much-needed exposure for new talent.

 

Hypnotic Friday is an arts celebration that offers the public live hip hop, poetry and dance performances, visual arts and fashion, and an open mic. It invites different artists to come together to perform or showcase their work, and interact one another, advising, inspiring and growing the creative industries.

 

At the heart of Newtown precinct, Newtown Junction offers an outstanding shopping experience, a wide array of restaurants, catering to all tastes, a Ster Kinekor movie house and secure parking. With its growing reputation for holding exciting public events, Newtown Junction will be hosting Hypnotic Fridays on a monthly basis and invites the public to come and be inspired and entertained.

 

Hypnotic Friday runs from 4:30pm to 7:45pm in the Newtown Junction piazza.

 

For any queries, questions, access to hig res pictures or interview request please contact media@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632

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Talk SA Season Seven coming to SABC2 soon

Posted by radio On March - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The seventh season of Talk SA will air on SABC2 every Thursday for 26 weeks from 5th April 2016 at 10h30.  The weekly travelling talk show covers many topics that directly and indirectly affect all South Africans. Some being freedom and human rights, religion in society, HIV and AIDS, housing, skin lightening, mental and physical health, educational rights, culture and heritage and much, much more.

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Cookie Mona, commissioning editor at SABC Education says “the show does not simply highlight a topic and explore it.  It looks at ways South Africans can deal with that particular issue driving towards building a strong and united nation. We look at overcoming all our divisions in order to come up with workable solutions for a nation, different but united, and working towards similar goals. Talk SA’s underlying, driving force is the building of a better Nation for all South Africans.”

 

Talk SA tells us what’s going on in our country, what the state of our natural environment is, our education system, our healthcare sector, what we are doing to make a better South Africa, what we’re not doing, what we’re accomplishing, where we come from and where we are going.  The show has a new co-presenter Kgaogelo Monama, a passionate performer and artist with many talents.

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Pearl and D’Banj in sync

Posted by radio On March - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.

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South African entertainment superstar Pearl Thusi and Nigerian music legend D’Banj will host Lip Sync Battle Africa. Pearl Thusi will serve as all around host and “master of ceremonies”, while Koko Master and Oliver Twist star D’Banj will step up as the “colour commentator”, adding his lively observations to the proceedings.

 

Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere in April 2016 on MTV Base (322).

 

The critically acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle, originally created for Spike, features celebrities going head-to-head, lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

 

Multi-talented actress, radio DJ, model and television personality Pearl Thusi is a fixture on the South African entertainment scene.

 

Musician, wit and virtuoso harmonica player D’Banj, best known for his mastery of the contemporary Afrobeat genre, first catapulted to fame in 2005 following the release of his debut album, No Long Thing, and has subsequently enjoyed success with global hits such as Oliver Twist, Fall in Love and Suddenly. His latest release, Emergency, is grabbing headlines and notching up radio airplay around the continent. Among his many accolades and awards, D’Banj has won Best African Act and Artist of the Year at the MTV EMAs and MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and was named Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards.

 

Pearl Thusi commented: “Lip Sync Battle is such an incredible social, cultural and media sensation, I am so excited to be a part of bringing it to African audiences.”

 

Added D’Banj: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting Lip Sync Battle Africa. I’m excited, willing and ready to entertain the continent on such a great platform. I am looking forward to seeing how well my fellow celebrities battle each other and entertain the world.”

 

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, commented: “We are thrilled to translate this global hit franchise to Africa for the first time. With huge personalities such as D’Banj and Pearl Thusi at the helm, Lip Sync Battle Africa cannot fail to emulate the success of the franchise in the United States, and spin-offs in other territories such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Chile.”

 

Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Ifeoma Williams, said: “With great chemistry between our hosts and a fantastic line-up of contestants from across the cultural spectrum, Lip Sync Battle Africa is guaranteed to capture the attention and affection of our audience in Africa. Whether you are 15 or 55 years old, you’ll be “lip syncing” in the car, with your friends, or in the shower. We hope and expect that people will take to social media and tag each other to start battling each other with #LSBChallenge.”

 

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Africa’s #1 urban lifestyle festival filled up the TicketPro Dome in December, setting a new bar for music and lifestyle events on the continent.  Now you can catch all the magic, glamour and behind-the-scenes excitement of BET Experience Africa in a series of themed BETX programmes premiering on BET (DStv channel 129) from Saturday 13 February.

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The celebration of the BET Experience kicks off with BETX Africa 2015 Live!, a concert special showcasing the musical artistry of Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq and Young Thug, as they appeared on the same stage as African superstarsAKA, Flavour and Diamond Platnumz.

 

 

Providing inspiration and food for thought is BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks – based on BET’s pioneering series of Genius Talks –  a series of revealing conversations between leading luminaries and younger contemporaries.   One the line-up are charismatic South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula;South African media mogul Khanyi Dhlomo, NBA vice president and managing director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, inspirational Black Girls Rock! founderBeverly Bond, radio futurist and “musical maestro” Greg Maloka, and BET president of programming Stephen Hill.

 

 

Packed with entertainment BETX Africa 2015: Behind The Scenes highlights all the fun-packed action from BET Experience including fabulous Festival Stageperformances from Euphonik, Monique Bingham, Black Motion and Nathi.  Expectthrills and spills of the Celebrity Basketball Match with Cedric Ceballos and rival teams headed by Tbo Touch and Fikile Mbalula.  Expect laugher galore from theComedy Central Stage where South African comedians such as David Kau, Celeste Ntuli, Tats Nkonzo, Jason Goliath, Joey Rasdien, John Vlismas, Skhumba rub shoulders with Kenyan funnyman Churchill Gorgeous glamour African-style was the hallmark of  the AFI Fashion Catwalk showcasing the latest threads from designers David Tlale, Martelle Ludek, Thebe Magugu and Nthabiseng Molefe.

 

 

If you missed the action now is your chance to catch what all the hype was about. If you were lucky enough to attend BET Experience Africa you can now relive some of your favourite moments! Don’t miss the premiere of BETX Africa 2015 on BET (DStv channel 129).

 

 

The BETX Africa 2015 schedule:
Saturday 13 February
19h30 BETX 2015 Live!                         
20h30 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
21h20 BETX 2015 Best of Genius Talks

Sunday 14 February (Repeat)
17h35 BETX 2015 Live!                         
18h35 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
19h20 BETX 2015 Best of Genius Talks

Tuesday 6 February (Repeat)
14h15 BETX 2015 Live!                         
15h20 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks
15h45 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes

Friday 19 February (Repeat)
21h50 BETX 2015 Live!                         
22h50 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
23h35 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks

Saturday 20 February (Repeat)
12:15 BETX 2015 Live!                         
13:15 BETX 2015 Behind The Scenes
14:00 BETX 2015 Behind Genius Talks

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Happiness is a Four Letter word to screen in Berlin

Posted by radio On February - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Meet the South African GOGGLEBOX Families

Posted by radio On February - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Gogglebox, will get you talking

 

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