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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


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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.


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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.

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.

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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Short&Sweet and Springfield Convent High School are proud to present the SA Teen Film Fest, the first annual short film competition of its kind in South Africa. The launch event will take place at Springfield Convent High School in Wynberg, Cape Town on the 24 June 2015. Open to high school students across the nation, the SA Teen Film Fest aims to inspire the filmmakers of tomorrow by encouraging creative thought now.


Teen Mascot (Meet)The SA Teen Film Fest began as an internal short film competition at Springfield in 2010. Learners in Grade 10 were required to produce a two minute short film that interpreted a published poem. Three years later, Bronwyn Wylie and Nicolette Going invited learners from other high schools to participate. The inter-schools competition, then called Focus Festival, ran for two years.


Now, the SA Teen Film Fest is a partnership between Short&Sweet and Springfield, working together towards an all-inclusive, national-level participatory event. There are three categories for students to enter into:

Poetry Film – Grade 10;

Public Service Announcement – Grade 11;

Open – Grade 8 – Matric


A team of up to six learners can enter a short film.


Submissions close 2 September 2015 and short films can be submitted online or physically to Springfield Convent. Entry is free and open to all high school students. The awards evening will take place on the 23 September and prizes will be awarded to learners who stand out in various categories as well as the top short films in each category.


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Zola back on TV with UTatakho

Posted by radio On June - 16 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Genetic discovery and the search for identity are the twin themes at the heart of the brand new docu-reality series Utatakho which debuts on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on Tuesday, July 7 at 19:30.  


Zola_lrgDestined to be emotional viewing, the 13 part series is focused on resolving issues of paternity using DNA testing, allowing the individuals involved the opportunity to answer questions of parentage that they have been unable to answer before.


Hosted by South African musician, poet, actor and presenter Bonginkosi Dlamini ‘Zola’ who takes on the roles of mediator and investigator. Utatakho is centered on bringing resolution and understanding to the difficult topic of absent fathers. Using in-depth interviews, the series will explore the motivations, doubts and hopes of the three most central persons in each episode – father, mother, child.



Whether it’s a father who refuses to acknowledge his child; a mother who wants to prove her child’s father is the man she has named; or even an adult simply wanting to know who their dad is; Utatakho will try to help. From meeting each of the people involved and hearing their story, to facilitating a DNA test, and on to delivering the final results with the help of a counselling psychologist, in each 30-minute episode the show will strive to encourage union, dialogue and a positive way forward in each case that it spotlights.



Produced for Mzansi Magic by Connect tv, the series highlights a prominent social issue that affects many across this country, and is expected to resonate with audiences who can identify with its sensitive yet familiar subject matter. It is important to note that the series was not designed to deal with the topics of maintenance and fiscal arrangements for child rearing, but more to give closure to those who simply want to know how and if they are related to each other.



Commenting on the series, kwaito legend Zola (Bonginkosi Dlamini) says, “I really wanted to be involved in this particular program because it tackles a subject that is very relevant to many South Africans, and very close to my own heart. I want people to see that they can engage, that there can be a powerful positive outcome to years of questions, that using a combination of science and respect, we can have meaningful conversations about paternity, family, future. I think audiences will be inspired and moved by the stories that are told on this show.”

For more info on Utatakho please visit Mzansi Magic 

Catch a glimpse of what to expect on the show right here.


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M-Net Family to launch in July

Posted by radio On June - 13 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net and MultiChoice are redesigning channel 162 on DStv to become a general entertainment channel for the entire family. On Wednesday, 1 July from 17:00 the current MagicWorld will make way for the aptly titled M-Net Family. This revamped channel will speak to the viewing needs of South African customers who subscribe to the DStv Family offering, but will also be available on DStv Premium, Extra and Compact.


M-Net-Family-Feature-921x526M-Net Family will be packed with a variety of high quality international content – from drama and reality series to movies – while some hit local shows and a kiddies programming block will also form part of the great family buffet of entertainment.


“We know that television forms an integral part of home life in our country,” says M-Net CEO for Southern Africa, Yolisa Phahle, “and we’re delighted to bring our audiences a channel that every single member of the household can snuggle up to, at times that are convenient for them. M-Net Family will feature carefully curated content that has proved to be popular family entertainment or that has never been seen on the DStv Family package before. It’s our mission to craft top-notch M-Net channels that excite our kaleidoscope of audiences and M-Net Family is the perfect complement for the array of M-Net general entertainment channels that currently includes M-Net 101, M-Net Edge and M-Net City.”


On weekdays at 15:30 it’s soapie time on M-Net Family with The Wild, M-Net’s multiple award-winning epic set on a game farm. That will be followed by the topical discussions of The Talk, at 16:00, and the telenovela Champs at 17:00.


At 18:00 viewers can chuckle away a stressful day with the romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story and at 18:30 young and old can savour the delicious dishes that are whipped up in MasterChef Junior USA. Then, after the little ones have been tucked in, grown-ups can stay put for variety of reality and drama shows that start at 19:30. Among these are America’s Got Talent, Nashville, The Have and Have Nots, Marvel’s Agent of Shield, Night Shift and Red Band Society.


On Saturdays and Sundays there will be a family movie at 18:00 as well as series omnibuses throughout the day.


Koowee will keep toddlers happy, playing and cheering from 7:00 to 08:00 each morning on weekdays and 6:00 to 8:00 on Saturdays, as well as on weekday afternoons for a half an hour from 15:00 to 15:30.

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iBiskop Launches at Cannes

Posted by radio On June - 10 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

AAA Entertainment recently attended the prestigious Cannes Film Festival where it launched its digital transactional-video-on-demand (TVOD) platform, iBiskop to the global film market. As the first South African feature films sales agency to attend Cannes, AAA was there to sell some of Africa’s top quality feature films as well to aggregate content for their platform iBiskop.


bioskopWhilst there are numerous video on demand platforms springing up around Africa,  iBiskop is unique in that is has been purposefully developed to address the three major  challenges of the African media consumer environment.


AAA Entertainment Director Pascal Schmitz explains further, “there are three main reasons that most of the nearly one hundred video-on-demand platforms launched across Africa are failing to gain traction. iBiskop has developed solutions for all of these factors and has already started rolling them out for the South African market specifically.”


Schmitz goes on to elaborate on these reasons, the first being the exorbitant cost of data, still well out of reach of most consumers. “There are millions of South Africans who would love to access film content on their mobile phones but simply cannot afford to do so because of the data costs,” he explains.  Ibiskop has partnered with GO!planet to address this issue by providing free wifi at twenty high density commuter locations, such as major taxi ranks, across the country. These wifi hot spots will be rolled out to almost all commuter locations throughout the year. Free wifi means no data costs and easy downloads for all.


The second issue for VOD platforms is that of payment, as most sites accept payment only via credit or debit card. South Africa, and indeed Africa as a whole, has very low penetration of credit card use, effectively shutting out millions of potential consumers. iBiskop has therefore partnered with OTT, a pre-paid voucher service, making it possible for anyone with cash to make a purchase on the platform.


These pre-paid vouchers can be purchased through pre-paid vendors in commuter centres, as well as a variety of retailers, such as Glocell, Caltex Fresh Stop and Fashionworld stores with many new retail outlets coming online soon. These OTT vouchers can also be purchased at many vendors at the taxi ranks. To find out where the vouchers can be purchased simply visit With these vouchers, purchasing via iBiskop is possible without a credit card or even a bank account.


Lastly, iBiskop has addressed the pricing issue that makes pirates DVDs an attractive alternative to consumers, making feature length films available for $1 or R10 per film and shorts for $0,40c or R4. This cost is for a download to own as opposed to a streaming or rental model, much like a DVD. For R10 people can own a film on their phone or tablet and view it as many times as they wish, similarly to iTunes and other such platforms.


When presented with this innovative retail platform at Cannes, many international film agencies have agreed to license their content to the iBiskop platform. AAA Entertainment is the exclusive aggregator for all South African film content on the platform and interested filmmakers are urged to contact them for more information.

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ATV Open Day: 13 June 2015

Posted by radio On May - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Academy of Television & Screen Arts is holding its Open Day in two weeks time.


Open Days are for prospective students interested in enrolling for the Higher Certificate or Diploma in Television and Screen Media, for studies in 2016.

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After the presentation the students and their families will be taken on a tour of the ASE facilities in SABC Radio Park and will then be given the opportunity to have an application interview or to schedule an application interview for the following week.


Please be sure to bring a copy of your most recent Gr 12 results to the open day. If you would like to complete your application on the day, please contact us to discuss what other documents and application fee you would need to bring along.




To book for the Open Day, please fill in this form, or call 011 482 9200.


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 Click here if you want more info.


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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), celebrated Africa Month,  by extending the services of its 24-Hour News Channel, which is broadcast on the DStv platform on channel 404 into the rest of the continent.


The channel was previously broadcast only in the SADC region and with this expansion it will enable 50 African countries to have access to the SABC’s 24-Hour News channel. The channel will feature a mixture of local and continental news stories to appeal to the wide range of audience which the channel will be serving.


The 24-Hour News channel was launched in August 2013, and over the past 18 months has made great strides in becoming a premier source of news and information for the SADC region. Broadcasting highlights thus far, include the coverage of the successful elections in Zambia, Lesotho and Nigeria, as well as the SADC Special Summit in Zimbabwe and the Pan African Parliament held in Johannesburg last week.


Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the Corporation’s Chief Operations Officer (COO) stated: “This development will assist the SABC in championing the voice of the continent, by telling African stories from an African perspective. It will also create a platform for South Africans to interact with their fellow African counterparts, by celebrating the continent’s achievements, showcasing opportunities and addressing challenges”.


He further said that: “With the country having recently experienced Xenophobia, as a public service broadcaster our role in dealing with this matter is to further expose our South African citizens to the lives of their fellow Africans as we are one. The extension of this news service will go a long way in fulfilling that objective and reinforcing Africa’s unity, commitment to peace, democracy and economic development”.


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