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Watch Idris Elba in Guerrilla on 1Magic tonight

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guerrilla follows two young Black Power activists, whose relationship is under pressure when they clash with police. Watch online on DStv Now.

Don’t miss Idris Elba in Guerrilla, Wednesday 31 January at 21:30 on 1Magic (Dstv Channel 103), and streaming live on DStv Now.

 

Set against the evocative backdrop of 1970s London, Guerrilla follows two young activists involved in the capital’s Black Power movement, whose relationship falls under intense pressure when they clash with racist elements within the police. It’s a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups in the UK had turned to violence in their fight for equal rights.

 

Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play the central couple Jas and Marcus, with Rory Kinnear as Special Branch Copper Pence. Nathanial Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough and Zawe Ashton also feature, and if all that wasn’t enough Idris Elba, who has co-executive produced the series, co-stars, too.

 

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The River comes to 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flagship telenovela of the new M-Net channel 1Magic (DStv channel 103) The River is a thrill-a-minute showstopper that balances the tightrope between soapie and drama. It’s quite simply an impeccable story, with jaw dropping acting, and cutting-edge production value.

The series is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actress Sindi Dlathu, alongside Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer Larona Moagi amongst others. The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is populated by society’s upper crust in exquisite mansions who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth. The other world is inhabited by the exploited “common folk” who constantly toil with little to show for it.

 

 

Sindi plays Lindiwe, a polished and astute mining magnate whose stilettos have squashed anyone who dared stand in the way of her wealth. Moagi is Itumeleng, the young character from the “poor” side of town who wants to put an end to Lindiwe’s ruthless gluttony, often at the expense of her beloved community.

 

 

Courage and cunning eventually collide when they cannot put their differences aside, resulting in an endless body count. A story of ill placed love, greed, betrayal and blood bonds. The show promises to be gripping television. M-Net Director of Local Entertainment channels, Reneilwe Sema commented on what viewers can expect, “The River is just the type of drama that fans have been waiting for. The storyline combines the allure and ruthlessness of the business world, with the raw essence of township struggles, making for the type of storylines our viewers love. The seasoned cast is sure to bring this intricate story to life in every episode.”

 

 

In The River, the truth won’t remain buried forever.

The Cast:
Lindiwe – Sindi Dlathu: The enigmatic businesswoman who has sacrificed a great deal to become a success; and buries secrets with the same singlemindedness she buries bodies.
Zweli – Hlomla Dandala: Married to Lindiwe, he completes the picture-perfect power couple that’s revered and reviled in equal measure.
Zolani – Lawrence Maleka: The adopted son of Lindiwe, who bites into forbidden fruit and later witnesses a terrible tragedy.
Thato – Don Mlangeni: Itumeleng’s father, who meets an unexpected reckoning that haunts his daughter, committing her to a greater cause.
Malefu – Moshidi Motshegwa: Mother to Itumeleng, matriarch and pillar of strength in the family and township community.
Itumeleng – Larona Moagi: The feisty young rebel who refuses to be silenced and roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed and excess.

Look out for a brand new telenovela The River, starting on Monday, 29 January 2018. The series is produced by Tshedza Pictures and will premiere on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103), every week night at 20:00.

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Bye Vuzu Amp hello 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp will now become 1Magic. Find out everything you need to know about the change below.

It’s going to be a magical start to the new year when DStv Premium customers, say hello to 1Magic on Monday 29 January 2018, DStv Channel 103!

The channel will become the entertainment destination of choice for audiences who enjoy gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows, movies and are also looking for the best in international reality, drama and movies.

 

Leading the charge will be the channel’s flagship new telenovela, The River, which boasts the crème de la crème of South African acting talent. Starting on Monday 29 January, it is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actors, Sindi Dlathu, Hlomhla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer, Larona Moagi. The River is about the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with that of ordinary common folk. Driven by the themes of love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to surviveit’s a show that can’t be missed.

VUZU AMP audiences should not panic because 1Magic will still be serving a mix of compelling, relevant and entertaining international programmes like The Fixer, How To Get Away with Murder, The Real Housewives, Power and later on in the year, latest seasons of Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure.

 

On Friday 2 February, viewers should look out for a new chic urban drama Unmarried, which unpacks themes of love, urban hustle and bustle, and the daily challenges faced by young urban couples in trying to juggle life and aspirations. The drama boosts a stellar cast of South African household names such as Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda, Renate Stuurman amongst others.

 

“In line with our vision to be the best African storytellers in the world, M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment. 1Magic will fill a viewing gap by combining new and exclusive local shows with international content,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM M-Net South Africa.

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Festive music specials on DStv

Posted by radio On December - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net is bringing you a bunch of music specials to enjoy from U2 to Bruno Mars . There’s something for everyone.

Calling all the music fans who want to enjoy some one-on-one time with their favourite artists this festive.

M-Net  (Which is also available on DStv Now) has made sure to bring you the most popular artists with these music specials.

All the Gwen Stefani fans stand up, can we hear a “Few times I’ve been around that track, so it’s not just gonna happen like that, cause I ain’t no hollaback girl, I ain’t no hollaback girl.”  Watch Gwen Stefani’s Christmas Special on Monday 25 December at 20:00.

 

Ok let’s get back on track. Before the Gwen special we have South Africa’s top vocalists perform with a full philharmonic orchestra in this classy classical music special. Watch Starlight Classics on Sunday 17 December at 17:30.

 

The Grammy Award-winning Irish band U2 gives fans a stellar performance on Thursday 28 December at 20:00.  

 

In his first solo live television special, multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars performs at the famed Apollo Theatre. Watch him on Sunday 24 December t 18:00. Madonna Rebel Heart is on later that night at 22:10 where this timeless pop artist and Grammy-winner Madonna gives fans a visually stunning show to remember with this love and romance themed concert tour special.

 

On New Year’s Eve you can bond with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Sam Smith  as he performs new tracks from his eagerly awaited new album in this intimate music special. Watch him in Sam Smith: Live in London on Sunday 31 December at 18:00.

 

Later that night at 22:00 is the industry’s annual fundraising event The 2017 Royal Variety Performance where legendary performers from around the globe perform.

 

Two special holiday music channels will be available on the DStv audio package until 26 December 2017. Customers can enjoy their favourite contemporary hits, adult contemporary as well as pop holiday music on DMX Holiday Favourites (channel 756); and fans of smooth Jazz, contemporary instrumental and new age renditions of well-known holiday favourites can tune into DMX Holiday Instrumentals (channel 785).

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The SAEInstitute in Cape Town is South Africa’s internationally accredited tertiaryinstitution and is proud to announce its latest scholarship opportunity forSouth Africans interested in learning Film Production at a state-of-the-artcampus in the heart of Cape Town at the renowned Woodstock Exchange.

The Hlubi Mboya Arnold Sunshine Cinema Scholarship will cover the full tuitionfees for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Film Production at the SAEInstitute in Woodstock, Cape Town.

 

Hlubi is an award winning film and television actress, social justiceand civil rights activist, sponsored athlete, educator scholar and socialentrepreneur.  Hlubi, alongsideGareth Armstrong also produces Future CEO’s on CliffCentral assisting young,ambitious, up and coming, high-potential entrepreneurs and executives to growtheir businesses and fast-track their careers. Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema thatconverts solar energy into social impact.

 

To launch the scholarship, SAE and Hlubi, in partnership with SunshineCinemas, will be presenting a FREE evening master classes on November 23rdat the Woodstock SAE Campus. This master class will provide the idealopportunity for to learn new skills, pick up important tips and network withlike-minded individuals.

 

 

This impact focused Storytelling master class will cover the followingtopics:

  • Education for empowerment
  • Women & the SA entertainment industry
  • Storytelling & media advocacy
  • Alternative distribution

 

Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema that converts solarenergy into social impact. We take compelling and carefully curated content toa diverse array of communities across Southern Africa and beyond.

Sunshine Cinema’s Sydelle Willow Smith explains further, “We are drivenby a strong desire to create communal cinema experiences that act as a catalystfor dialogue, deep listening and ultimately positive social and environmentalchange. Sunshine Cinema isn’t just a mobile movie theater. We are anethically-minded media company that produces films and virtual reality segmentswith meaningful messages. We are proud to be partnering with SAE to offer thisscholarship, as we are firm believers in strengthening the local industry toensure more diverse voices from the continent are heard. “

 

Thisscholarship is just the latest to be announced, with other scholarshippartnerships between SAE and well-known industry names including Ready D, AKA,Skrilllex and Black Coffee.

 

The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidatesmust hold a Grade 12 certificate. The scholarship is only valid for the July2018 study intake. Candidates will be responsible for all living and travelexpenses should they come from outside of Cape Town.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete the applicationform, SAE will then send you a follow up e-mail detailing the next steps tocomplete your application.

 

For more information: https://capetown.sae.edu/scholarships/sunshine-cinema-scholarship/

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Premiering on 14 December 2017, Tali’s Wedding Diary follows a self-obsessed Sandton princess (Julia) who’s moved to Cape Town and is filming the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiance Darren (Anton Taylor, star of the popular web series Jozi Shore and the award-winning short Money, Keys, Phone).

 

 

 

“Tali and Suzelle are very different characters,” says Julia. “Everyone loves Suzelle but audiences are going to love to hate Tali – she’s definitely a bridezilla, who’s determined to have the perfect wedding, with or without her husband-to-be.” She says while Suzelle would love Tali, Tali would find Suzelle irritating.

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary was inspired by Julia’s own wedding to SuzelleDIY director Ari Kruger. Their shared sense of humour was part of what brought them together and they had lots to laugh at in the build-up to their wedding. “There’s so much comedic material in getting married,” says Julia. “You meet the funniest people and there’s so much stuff you can’t actually believe, but somehow we’d never seen a wedding parody in a South African context before.”

 

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, Julia and Ari have created more than 80 Suzelle videos with over 23 million views. They’ve taught over 2.5 million peopleHow To Make A Cinderblock Bench and another million How To Make A Braai Pie. Kruger has also directed two Vimeo Staff Pick short films, Jakkals13 and Focus.

 

For Tali’s Wedding Diary, they’ve surrounded themselves with an all-star cast, including Lara Lipschitz, who just won Best Actress at NYC Web Fest  for her seriesChin-Up; three-time Savannah Comics Choice nominee Glen Biderman-Pam; Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner and 2017 SAFTA nominee Kate Normington (Those Who Can’t); and two-time Fleur du Cap winner Guy De Lancey (The Pervert Laura). Look out for cameos from the likes of Top Billing host Lorna Maseko; Nic Smal from Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues; Nicci Saint Bruce (Push Push); members of Al Bairre; and, of course, Gina Collins (Marianne in SuzelleDIY).

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary is the debut Showmax Original, building on the success of this year’s acclaimed co-productions: iNumber Number with Mzansi Magic andWaterfront with kykNET.

 

“There’s no question that there’s a strong demand for local content and that it can be a key differentiator,” says Showmax Africa head Chris Savides. “When Julia and Ari approached us, we loved that they weren’t pitching a Hollywood show cut and paste into South Africa, but rather characters straight from Sandton and Sea Point. We plan to keep giving our customers the best international shows out there but at the same time offer something nobody else has – truly local programming like Tali’s Wedding Diary, made just for them.”

 

“Working with Showmax has been almost like a dream come true,” says Ari. “They gave us creative control, which is unheard of here. I feel like we got everything we set out to get; we didn’t have to compromise on the things we really wanted. That’s a very fortunate place to be.”

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary will be available to binge-watch on Showmax from 14 December 2017.

 

Watch and embed the trailer:

https://youtu.be/XVwMXLkFxlo

 

Watch and embed @talibabes announcement on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbjHzXoF85d/

 

 

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See Terry Phetho and other local stars in Madiba

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is bringing you a six-part drama series Madiba with a stellar cast.

Madiba focuses on the revolution created by Nelson Mandela to fight for the freedom and equality of all South Africans, despite the efforts of those in power to maintain longstanding separation and discrimination in the country.

Watch it on Monday 6 November ay 21:00 on Discovery.

 

The series will see Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela and Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo.

– Keep checking DStv.com for an interview with Orlando Jones.

Here are some of the local cast who are also in Madiba. Look out for their interviews coming soon to DStv.com.

Terry Phetho as Winnie Mandela. We all know this amazing award-winning beauty. From the likes of Tsotsi, Bold and The Beautiful to A United Kingdom. She also won Best Actress TV/Drama 2017 for the Madiba miniseries at the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA AWARDS) earlier this year.

 

Hlomla Dandala plays Govan Mbeki. He’s played Oliver Tambo in Winnie, was also in Happiness Is a Four Letter Word, Contract and Land of Thirst amongst many others.

Kate Liquorish as Ruth First. She’s been on Catching Feelings, Eye in the Sky amd The Bantu Hour.

Meren Reddy as Ahmed Kathrada. You may have seen him in Mr Bones 2, Invictus, Homeland and Lullaby amongst others.

 

Lerato Mvelase as Albertina Sisulu. She’s been on Saints and Sinners S3, The Road, and currently on Isibaya (Weekdays at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic, also available on DStv Now) as Lt Samkelo Mkhize.

 

Thishiwe Ziqubu as Evelyn Mandela. You can watch Thishiwe on The Imposter Sundays at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic. Also available on DStv Now.  She’s also been on It’s Complicated, Hard To get and Tell Me Sweet Something amongst others.

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced that its original unscripted series TERRACE HOUSE: Opening New Doors will premiere in Japan on December 19, 2017 with bi-weekly episodes, with Part 1 (episodes 1-8) launching globally in Spring 2018.

TERRACE HOUSE is a series of wildly popular reality shows documenting the daily lives of six young men and women living together in a shared house. The show features these six girls and boys day and night in their shared living situation, reflecting modern life for young Japanese men and women, including their friendships, romances, career ambitions and the daily dramas of their lives.

 

The series were initially aired on Fuji Television from 2012 to 2014, and Netflix has teamed up with Fuji Television and East Entertainment since 2015 to deliver the new stories set in Tokyo (TERRACE HOUSE: Boys & Girls in the City) and Hawaii (TERRACE HOUSE: Aloha State).

 

 

The new series is set in Karuizawa, a popular Japanese resort that is accessible by car or by one hour train from Tokyo, surrounded by nature and Western-style buildings imported after the 1880’s. The unscripted daily lives of six young men and women living in a brand new shared house will begin soon.

 

 

The in-studio cast continues to tell viewers how to best enjoy the episodes. The members include Japanese talents YOU, Reina Triendl, Yoshimi Tokui (from the comedy duo Tutuorial), Azusa Babazono (from the comedy duo Ajian), Ryota Yamasato (from the comedy duo Nankai Candies), and talented young actor Shono Hayama.

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DISCOP announces partnership with Sky Rink Studios

Posted by radio On October - 26 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DISCOP Johannesburg is pleased to announce a partnership with Sky Rink studios, aimed at supporting independent producers working in Johannesburg.  This year’s DISCOP Johannesburg will be hosting over 300 African producers who could benefit from the resources now available at Sky Rink.

With the massive and ever-increasing interest in African content, there are more and more independent producers looking to do co-productions in South Africa and specifically Joburg.

All of these productions will need sets, crews, production offices, fully equipped, sound proofed studios, as well as editing suits and final mix facilities.

 

SkyRink Studios offers a one-stop shop with channel hosting and live transmission capabilities, tools that are critical for the growth of content made in Africa.

 

As part of this partnership, DISCOP will promote Sky Rink facilities via tours taking place during DISCOP where producers will have the opportunity to visit the facilities and Sky Rink will also have a space at DISCOP to showcase their various platforms and services.

 

Frank Mahopi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink explains further, “As Sky Rink Studios we see this partnership as a great opportunity to showcase our facilities to the right target audience. Our high-tech facilities create a one stop shop located three blocks away from Downtown Music Studios in the City of Joburg’s Creative Corridor. The Sky Rink Studios and Downtown Music Studios present an immediate and effective solution for Producers on the continent and abroad looking for production facilities that will meet their high tech needs.”

 

PatrickZuchowicki of DISCOP also stresses the importance of a facility such as this in regards to the growth of the African content industry, “DISCOP is committed to supporting the growth of content made in Africa. Producers however, need facilities that understand and support them. We feel that Sky Rink Studios is just that kind of facility and we are excited to partner with them and share this valuable information with the hundreds of producers from across Africa who will be attending this year’s event. This kind of partnership is exactly whereDISCOP aims to be as we continue to find ways to support the industry on the continent.

 

SkyRink Studios stand can be found in the main exhibition hall at The Sandton Convention Centre, along with dozens of other major players from the African and global film industry.

 

DISCOP Johannesburg started on Wednesday October 25th and runs daily through Friday Oct 27th.

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DISCOP Johannesburg is Africa’s largest content market with over 1,300 registered delegates from over 34 African countries as well as from across the globe. It is therefore the ideal platform for new player, Mahala.tv to launch its technology that will enable content producers to monetize and distribute their content easily, efficiently, seamlessly and borderlessly.

 

Mahala.tv is a game-changer for thousands of independent content producers, as well as the many new VOD platforms appearing on the continent. The platform is an entire eco-system designed for content producers as well as aggregators and distributers to easily distribute and monetize their existing platforms, be they websites, blogs, or even social media pages.

 

Unlike existing models such as YouTube and others, Mahala.tv enables content producers to share their content via any digital platform and to self monetize content through a variety of subscription and advertising models.

 

The fully-integrated back distribution and advertising functions are underpinned by a global, secure and ubiquitous digital exchange that enables real-time royalty payments to producers for content downloads,streams, related purchases and even micro-payments from anywhere in the world using the latest block chain technology.

 

Push-driven content partnerships in a variety of physical screen locations, as well as via mobile, will also address the fundamental challenge on the “demand” side of the digital distribution equation.

 

The platform creates opportunities for content producers and aggregators to advertise within videos,to set up subscription or pay-per-view models, and provides the most advanced and effective way to secure product placement. Viewers can instantly buy any product seen in a video with a simple process supported by the global free and secure digital exchange.

 

With all this functionality,content producers can instantly create their own Facebook shops and ad e-commerce elements to their websites. All content views and downloads, along with payments, can be tracked in real time.

 

To celebrate its beta-launch at DISCOP Johannesburg, Mahala.tv will be hosting the Pitching and Pilot Marathon within the Mahala.tv theatre.

 

Various producers whose content and pitches have been pre-selected will have various opportunities to showcase their work. A three-day Pitching Marathon will see 60 producers presenting short so-called “elevator” pitches to a panel of expert judges that includes Jacqui Setai – Siyaya TV, Head of Mojalove channel, Theresa Hill – Documentary producer at STEPS, Pat van Heerden – VIA Chanel 147 on Dstv, Head of Content, Andre Odendaal – Film Director, Jack Devnarain – Actor, Isidingo, Endemol Shine, and Uwe Beckmann, President of SASC.

 

Additionally,two hours per day have been set aside in the Theatre for the screening of pre-selected pilots from across Africa. Producers will have the opportunity to meet with buyers who will be invited to attend these viewing sessions.

 

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