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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 http://find.ott-mobile.com/. 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.

 

Also check their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AcademyofTVandScreenArts

 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.

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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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Body art goes mainstream in Skin Wars, the hot new reality show debuting on Sony Max (DStv Channel 128) on Friday May 22 at 21h30.

 

SSW_9157_aThe host is international supermodel and actress Rebecca Romijn who knows her way around a jar of body paint as she was the first model to be body-painted for Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue in the year before she made her big-screen debut as the blue body painted Mystique in the hit film X-Men.

The gripping eight-part Skin Wars pits 10 talented and versatile body painters against each other for a $100 000 grand prize in a series of challenges that promise amazing reveals.

Romijn says viewers should get used to their eyes being tricked: “The camouflage challenges were my personal favourite and the level of art was fantastic. And then it’s time to wash off your canvas…”

 

Entertainer and drag artist RuPaul joins body painting rock stars Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina as judges, with one contestant eliminated every episode.

There are regular guest judges including Carson Kressley, the fashion expert on the TV hit Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Another guest is Wonder Woman Lynda Carter who comes in to judge after a superhero challenge.

Some of the contestants are as colourful as the art they produce. They come from various backgrounds including tattoo, comic books and freehand (one even paints vehicles) and brilliantly use their talent to turn the body’s blank canvas into works of art.

 

Each week, contestants are given a particular theme and collateral. Once the clock starts ticking, contestants need to battle it out for the best body-painting design of the day, which guarantees the contestants a step closer to the ultimate grand prize.

 

Says Romijn: “I love body art and have plenty of experience in the subject. X-Men was a nine-hour make-up job with another two hours needed to take it off! The amazing thing about being painted is that once you’re completely painted you don’t feel nude. Look at my shoot for Sports Illustrated and you are fooled into believing that I am wearing a costume. Skin painting could overtake tattooing. With skin painting you can shower it off. With tattooing you are stuck.”

 

 

South African model and actress Jay Anstey decided to pay homage to both Romijn’s sultry Sports Illustrated shoot and Sony Max’s Skin Wars by recreating Rebecca’s famous cover shot. It may have taken six hours to complete but Anstey was thrilled with the end result courtesy of local artists Airvolution: “It was inspirational watching incredible artists work to transform my bare skin into beautiful body art.”

 

Skin Wars starts on Sony Max (DSTV Channel 128) on Friday May 22 at 2

 

 

[Issued by Total Exposure ]

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Metro FM’s Sammy Sosa to host The Hustle

Posted by radio On May - 5 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net’s premier youth channel, Vuzu AMP is proud to announce DJ Sam “Sammy Sosa” Lehoko as the host for The Hustle talent show.

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The vibrant TV and radio personality with extensive experience will be in the driver’s seat in the quest to find the ultimate hip-hop hustler.  Having worked at a youth radio station Sammy understands youth culture and is an inspiration to many.

 

Her blossoming and successful television journey makes her the perfect choice to host The Hustle. She has just the right amount of spunk, a good ear for music and most of all an undying love for hip-hop.

 

“South Africa is filled with amazing talent waiting to be discovered, I’m so excited to be on the forefront of a show that will see young people transformed. This is history in the making and will be a step into the music industry for the winner. I’m looking forward to the experience and seeing someone become an overnight success because of their God given talent and really just pursuing their dreams” says Sammy Sosa.

 

The Hustle continues its mission to discover the underground kings and queens of the rap game, entries remain open until the 15 May 2015.

 

How does one enter? Simply record a 15 second video busting the hottest rhymes, follow @vuzutv on Instagram and submit your video on Instagram with the hashtag #Vuzuhustle.

 

Contestants must be between the ages of 18-26.

 

The hunt for the ultimate hip-hop head continues. Join Sammy Sosa as she gears up for the search… The Hustle, coming to Vuzu AMP soon!

 

For more information will check out our website: www.vuzu.tv

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The time has finally come for lovers of SA music to book their seats for the highly anticipated rock comedy – Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie.

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The full length feature film, due for public release on the 22nd May 2015, is an hilarious reality-styled comedy that pushes boundaries in the entertainment world whilst taking the viewer on a journey into the lives of two loveable, yet delusional rogues, Johnny and Karel – the main members of the band Stone Cold Jane Austen.

 

With an all-star cast of SA celebs, Stone Cold Jane Austen – The Movie is without a doubt one of the funniest theatrical releases of 2015.

 

Jon Savage, writer, director and actor in the role of Johnny Van Heroine, has spent the past three years sourcing funding and convincing SA celebs to help him create this ridiculously funny, yet strangely real look at the life of a highly delusional band in the SA rock scene.

 

Starring acclaimed actor Rob Van Vuuren as Jon Savage’s partner in crime, the two main characters, Johnny and Karel set out on a journey of humiliation, aggressive self promotion and epic downfalls in their musical careers.

 

The film tackles how hard it is to achieve stardom in the SA rock music scene and shows the lengths one band will go to in order to achieve respect and recognition for their wares.  Although essentially a black comedy, the film tells the story of a musician who has never given up on his dream, despite it being utterly unrealistic – and is unaffected by the lows he needs to stoop to in order to achieve it.  So much so that he is convinced being an Afrikaans band will help him get famous, despite not being able to speak Afrikaans.

 

Jon Savage, the once lead singer of rock band Cassette, sees an amplified version of himself in the main character Johnny Van Heroine, “I remember what it was like to be a complete egomaniac in a semi-successful rock band in SA only too clearly”, he states, “We had a hugely disappointing reality check at the end of it all.”

 

But as a director and writer, Jon has found a niche for himself in a highly competitive creative world.  Having single handedly created this movie from scratch, the amount of stars that were willing to get on board is unbelievable.  High-powered musicians, TV presenters and media all participated in the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at themselves and the industry and bring this movie to light.

 

Some of the artists that starred in the movie include Fokofpolisiekar, Jack Parow, Kurt Darren, Die Hewels Fantasties, The Parlotones, aKing and many more.  “Everyone was amazing”, Savage recalls.  “They all brought their own set of challenges and gave so generously to the movie.”

 

Beautifully shot and edited, Stone Cold Jane Austen is a movie that any South African can relate to – more so if they have tried their hand at making it in the music industry.  The film brings the bands tragic reality to light with one of the wittiest and most risky scripts ever seen in a South African comedy.

Through relentless fund raising and diligent hard work, Savage has brought his own dream to the silver screen – a must see for music and comedy fans alike.

 

Stone Cold Jane Austen opens in Nu Metro cinemas on the 22nd May 2015.

View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7XV03lVJjM

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ITV Choice coming to DStv

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

ITV Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice. The commercial channel will launch exclusively on DStv across the continent as the home of great British entertainment and drama.

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ITV Choice has a packed schedule lined up for its launch on DStv on Tuesday, 5 May 2015. Entertainment highlights include ITV Studios’ award-winning primetime entertainment series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway; family entertainment shows Big Star’s Little Star from 12 Yard and Keep It In The Family from ITV Studios and Over The Top Productions, celebrities mastering variety acts in ITV Studios’ Get Your Act Together and 12 Yard’s Eggheads and Coach Trip.

 

The drama offering features brand new titles such as Poldark, the period drama adaptation of the classic novels produced by Mammoth Screen; Arthur & George, Buffalo Pictures’ adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel about the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, played by Martin Clunes and ITV Studios’ World War II drama Home Fires. It also features detective series Vera and Murdoch Mysteries and Britain’s best-loved soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. All programming will air very close to UK transmission dates, with the soaps airing within 48 hours of the UK.

 

ITV Choice will be exclusively available to DStv Premium customers on DStv channel 123, across the African continent. The launch means that ITV Choice will now be available in over 100 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

 

Nic van Zwanenberg, Channel Director of ITV Choice, said: “We are delighted to bring ITV Choice to Africa for the first time with MultiChoice as our partners. Viewers across the continent will join 11 million households in over 40 countries and territories in the Middle East and Asia who already enjoy the best British entertainment and drama within days of it airing in the UK. This is a key element of our strategy to build the ITV Choice footprint, and we look forward to announcing further expansion in due course.”

 

Aletta Alberts, GM for Content for MultiChoice South Africa commented: “Our customers love British content and when we decided to add more British channels, ITV was the natural choice. The cherry on top is that our DStv Premium customers will get to see the majority of programming only two days after the UK broadcast.”

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Your Perfect Sishebo is Back!

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most popular cooking reality TV shows, the second season of Your Perfect Sishebo returns with a stunning mix of riveting and engaging content.

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Contestants will yet again be awarded an opportunity to showcase their cooking talents on screen, while they share their life stories through their ‘perfect sishebo’.

 

Knorr Soup, Knorrox as well as Rajah Spice, have teamed up with the SABC to bring this tasty viewing treat directly into your home.  The show also features a theme song written and produced by Mi Casa’s J’Something and which is performed by Brenda Mtambo, formerly of Joyous Celebration and now a respected artist in her own right.

 

Your Perfect Sishebo will launch on the 2nd of April 2015 on SABC 1 with a panel of celebrity judges and guests.  The first episode on April 2nd will introduce the Top 10 contestants who have been selected from thousands of entries from across South Africa.

Sishebo is South Africa’s favourite family dishes, and the Your Perfect Sishebo team visited a range of potential contestants in their homes to discover first-hand the diversity of stories and recipes linked to this much-loved dish.

 

The Top 10 contestants reflect a wide range of cultures, personalities and cooking styles – the challenge for each of them will be to convince the celebrity judges not only that their sishebo is the best – but that they can rise to the various challenging tasks presented each week.

 

Each episode will see contestants facing various challenges – and of course it’s out the door for those unlucky ones not making the cut.

 

Will you be able to predict who will make it to the final?  Your predictions could see you winning an incredible R25,000.00 in Shoprite vouchers in our grand prize draw. Simply play along every week and answer the episode related question by dialing *120*125# to enter (T & C’s apply 20c / 20 sec).

 

For those who just can’t get enough – Your Perfect Sishebo’s social platforms will feature the “behind-the-scenes” drama from each week’s challenges, as well as all background and stories about the contestants and judges.  Make sure to visit www.facebook.com/sishebo for all the backstage video and to enter exciting competitions.

 

Your Perfect Sishebo kicks off on Thursday April 2nd at 18:00 on SABC 1 – make sure to tune in every week to follow your favourite contestants as they battle it out in this culinary journey.

 

Zwakala sizokuphakela i-entertainment from the 2nd of April 2015, 18:00, on SABC 1, Mzansi Fo sho.

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The 15th National Teaching Awards will be broadcast on SABC2 on 12 March from 21h30 to 23h30.

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This is the fourth year that SABC Education has partnered with the Department of Basic Education to salute all schools and teachers who entered the awards.  The 15th National Teaching Awards honour, recognise and reward teachers in South Africa that perform their duties exceptionally well and in doing so inspire all of us to be the best that we can be in everything that we do.

 

Watch SABC2 on the 12th of March 2015 at 21:30 where some of the most outstanding teachers in South Africa will be publicly lauded for their commitment to the profession that gives rise to all other professions.

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SABC 1 searching for acapella talent

Posted by radio On March - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SABC1’s very first talent show  dedicated to the art of acapella, The Sing Off SA, is calling on all Mzansi’s acapella artists to respond to a call-to-entry to the auditions process taking place across South Africa, from 14 – 29 March 2015.

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Are you an acapella group with voices that are as powerful as any musical instrument? Have you been craving a chance to be on stage and sing to a crowd with great melodies and harmonies? This is your chance.

 

The international hit show, The Sing Off SA, is looking for you! Stand a chance to win a big cash prize and a Sony recording contract!

 

Visit www.sabc1.co.za to get entry forms and to read terms and conditions.

 

 

AUDITION’S VENUES AND DATES:

 

 

o        Johannesburg: 14 and 15 March

Venue: The Bass Line. 10 Henry Nxumalo Street Newtown Johannesburg

Times: Saturday 14 March: 09h00 to 19h00; Sunday 15 March: 09h00 to 17h00

 

o        Polokwane: 16 and 17 March

Venue: The Library Gardens Auditorium. 71 Hans van Rensburg street C/O Grobler Street, Polokwane

Times: Monday 16 March: 14h00 – 19h00; Tuesday 17 March: 09h00 to 19h00

 

o        Cape Town: 21 and 22 March

Venue: City Hall, Darling Street, Cape Town

Times: Saturday 21 March: 09h00 to 19h00, Sunday 22 March: 09h00 to 19h00

 

o        Port Elizabeth: 25 and 26 March

Venue: The Savoy Theatre and Conference Centre. cnr Diaz Road and Stirk Road, Port Elizabeth.

Times: Wednesday 25 March: 14h00 to 19h00; Thursday 26 March: 09h00 to 19h00

 

o        Durban: 28 and 29 March

Venue: The Play House: 29 Anton Lembede Street, Durban

Times: Saturday 28 March: 09h00 to 19h00; Sunday 29 March: 09h00 to 19h00

 

 

ENTRY CRITERION:

 

On-line application forms and terms and conditions are available at www.sabc1.co.za

 

What you need to prepare:

Prepare three (3) vocal performances – each no longer than three (3) minutes. Groups might not perform all songs but should be prepared.

Local Song – Current Popular

Local Song – Classic

Own Composition

International Popular Song

Two (2) songs must be recognizable popular cover songs.

Medleys are allowed but should be no longer than three (3) minutes.

ALL musical styles are accepted.

Choreography, creativity, and dress are encouraged to enhance your performance.

Instruments and backing tracks are NOT allowed.

Beatboxing and all vocal sounds are encouraged.

 

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