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Mbali Zulu Nominated For SAFTA!

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), M-Net not only received 115 nominations but one of its Magic in Motion (MiM) Academy graduates also received her first SAFTA nomination.  Mbali Zulu, who graduated from the Academy in 2016, has been nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela for Mzansi Magic’s flagship soap Isibaya.

 

M-Net’s MiM Academy, which is investing in the next generation of film and television professionals, is where Zulu began her career after completing a three-year Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of Johannesburg. She credits her success to the M-Net initiative and Bomb Shelter Productions, a leading South African film and TV production company, where she now works as a junior story liner and scriptwriter.

 

Born in the small town of Pongola in KwaZulu Natal, Zulu knew early on that she wanted to be a writer and she fondly remembers her university lecturers telling her to never stop practising. ‘This industry is tough and far from glamorous, but it is very rewarding. I am so honoured to be nominated for a SAFTA and I still can’t believe it. M-Net and Bomb have paved the way for me to be a part of this amazing industry and I will always be grateful’, says Zulu.

 

Further success for the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy is that two interns from the current programme concluding in March, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila, have already landed jobs. Sibiya is working as a story liner and scriptwriter for Penguin Films, which currently produces Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Ring of Lies, and Mashaila has started work as the third assistant director on a new telenovela at Bomb Shelter Productions.

 

Sibiya says her journey hasn’t been easy but encourages those who are interested in a career in the film and television industry to persevere, be prepared to start at the bottom and to work hard. Mashaila says ‘I am looking forward to seeing my ideas and creativity come to life on screen.’

 

The purpose of the Academy is to provide a platform for the country’s top film and television graduates to launch their careers so we couldn’t be happier, explains Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO. ‘The interest in our interns from the industry has been incredible and we truly value our partnerships with the production companies we work with.

 

Now in its third year, the success of the Academy can also be seen in the quality of the Mzansi Magic Original films produced by the interns each year. Zulu and her class of 2015 were responsible for Forgotten and #Lit which ranked within the top 10 shows for the channel in December of that year. The movies produced this year will be screened on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on 1 April and 13 May.

 

 

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Take Me Out Mzansi On VUZU AMP!

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Exciting and provocative dating television show Take Me Out Mzansi is on the way to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103;

It’s new to VUZU AMP, and it’s time to enter, but first, here’s what it’s all about: Exciting, provocative, and funny, Take Me Out Mzansi is a fresh and funny dating show coming soon to VUZU AMP, DStv channel 103! Millenials get to skip the DMs and opt for something more exciting, cool and possibly – more effective for romance opportunities.

 

Here’s how it works:

 

A single player is introduced to panel of 30 girls or boys and tries to persuade them to keep their lights on so he or she can choose one for a potential date. The show provides an entertaining mixture of comedy, jeopardy, surprises and possibly… romance.

 

First impressions count as the first player comes on. Will the panel like what they see, or will the player be ONE BIG TURN OFF! If the panel are not impressed they can switch out their podium lights and if it’s a total black out, the player goes home dateless!

 

Even if the player scores well at first glance, they’ll need to impress the panel more.  How will they react when the player demonstrates a skill or reveals an important fact or maybe they’re given an insight into the player’s character from an ex!  This show certainly isn’t afraid to reveal someone’s biggest weaknesses or darkest secrets.

 

Finally the tables are turned on the panel and the player gets to choose whom he or she will take out by eliminating all but the last two he/she likes best. Tensions run high as he/she asks the final two panellists one revealing question. Before the player reveals his choice the host reveals a mystery fact about one of the girls, the player is then invited to turn off the light of his least favourite.

 

Once they’ve picked their lucky date, they’ll be Taken Out on the ultimate date which will be captured on camera for all to be revealed on the next show.

 

A new single now joins the panel line-up and they’re all in the spotlight again as a new player enters.  Let’s see just how many girls/boys this guy/girl can keep turned on …

 

Now, how to be part of it:

 

The Casting Process explained:

 

Start by sumbitting your entry here along with a recent photo by clicking on either the boys or girls entry form.

Entries close on 15 April 2017.

We go through all the entries received and short list potential candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will have a telephonic interview with our casting experts.

We hold invitation-only, face-to-face interviews in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban during the month of April 2017.

Candidates will be notified shortly after the face-to-face interview if they have been selected.

The show will be recorded in Johannesburg early in June.

Turn on and be part of the immensely entertaining and original new dating format Take Me Out Mzansi!

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Sibalicious back on Food Network in 2018

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Food Network had already decided to expand their local programming in South Africa when they found Siba.

Instantly recognising her star power, Food Network commissioned Siba’s Table S1 in 2013. The series proved to be an instant hit and was in the Top 5 titles of the year for Food Network South Africa – a position Siba has retained every year since!

 

Siba’s Table S1 focussed on giving traditional recipes a completely modern twist and an injection of international flavour. From weekend brunch and instant suppers to family feasts and beach braais, Siba’s Table S1 provided viewers an irresistible half-hour slice of recipe ideas, tips and inspiration for all occasions.

 

The success of Siba’s Table S1 led to a first for Food Network South Africa, when the show was picked up by the Cooking Channel in the US, where it launched in 2014. This milestone made Siba one of the first South African chefs to host a series on a US TV network.

 

Siba’s Table S2 followed the successful format of series one and was filmed on location in Cape Town at Siba’s Hout Bay family home. Premiering in 2015, the second series featured Siba’s ever-expanding gorgeous family, and once again the global foodie phenomenon served up a host of delicious dishes for a variety of occasions.

 

Following the birth of her third child, and as Siba’s Table S3 was greenlit, Siba published her first cookbook My Table, which has made history as the bestselling cookbook ever to have been stocked by Woolworths SA. With each development, Siba’s status as national treasure and star of Food Network has become firmly cemented.

 

Siba’s Table S3 was filmed in 2016 and is set to premiere in July 2017. Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! has now been greenlit with filming to commence in April 2017.

 

 

 

This brand new series will include Siba taking viewer-submitted recipes and giving them a twist to make them Sibalicious! Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! will premiere in early 2018.

 

Take the #MakeItSibalicious challenge:

 

Running for the month of March, the campaign is being promoted across Food Network South Africa and Siba Mtongana’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. To enter fans and foodies must send images or short descriptions of dishes they’d like to be made Sibalicious using the hashtag #MakeItSibalicious. The chosen recipes will be remade with a Siba twist and featured in the show.

 

“I have always hoped to somehow involve fans and audiences in the production of a series, as I have had so many requests for this to happen,” says Siba. “I’m super delighted we are taking this current approach. This is a thoroughly contemporary production with a mix of social media, digital trends, wonderful food and creative ideas that allow me to engage with foodies throughout Africa, without leaving my kitchen!”

 

Siba’s Table: Sibalicious! will air in early 2018 on Food Network, channel 175, with Siba presenting ten tasty half-hour episodes, this time with a different and innovative format that encompasses South Africa and beyond.

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GINX eSports coming to DStv Now

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

GINX, the 24/7 eSports and gaming network, will be available to stream on DStv Now and SuperSport.com from May 1.

The deal also includes selected GINX eSports TV content being simulcast on the SuperSport channels.

 

 

Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, said: “The deal with GINX is a massive leap forward and signals our intention to embrace the newest sport out there. There is a real buzz around eSports and we want to be part of that.”

 

Michiel Bakker, CEO of GINX eSports TV, commented “We’re delighted to bring GINX eSports TV to South Africa. It’s an exciting time to be launching in a country with such a rapidly growing eSports scene. GINX eSports TV will provide South African fans with the biggest and best events from around the globe. We also look forward to working closely with MultiChoice and SuperSport to broadcast local eSports events.”

 

 

Massive growth in eSports

 

The global eSports genre is growing exponentially, with hundreds of millions of fans who watch popular online gamers around the world. According to a recently published report, by Ericsson ConsumerLab, 40 percent of young adults and 20 percent of young women watch eSports content.

 

GINX eSports TV will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, as well as to Compact, Extra and Premium customers on the DStv Now service online and on the app.

Live blocks will be broadcast on DStv with Mondays and Fridays featuring live show The Bridge and Saturdays and Sundays featuring five-hour broadcast slots.

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DStv Now usage booms

Posted by radio On March - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv customers are loving the fact that they can watch what they want, when they want, if our stats are anything to go by. Between December 2015 and December 2016, DStv Now usage grew by a remarkable 90%!

 

DStv Now is accessible either via an app or through your desktop browser. You can watch Live TV, enjoy DStv Catch Up content (via streaming or download), manage your account or see the full DStv TV Guide on the go.

 

During the the last year, more than four million titles were played across Live TV, Catch Up and downloads. These titles were split across the online platform (38%), Android (33%) and iOS (30%) apps.

 

Our online platform has been proving increasingly popular, since we introduced a slicker HTML video player which reduces buffering and works on any browser. It uses adaptive bitrates to deliver the best possible viewing experience based on your connection speed and quality.

 

“In addition to the 90% growth in DStv Now users, we also saw an increase in engagement, with almost four times as many movies and series being viewed in December 2016 compared to December 2015,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “The number of video plays on our web platform grew by more than 500%, with app plays up by nearly 300%. We were delighted to top the four-million play mark at the end of last year and are sure that DStv Now’s evolution over the next few months will continue to drive the number of customers that use the service, as well as the volume of content they watch.”

 

Usage of DStv Now peaked in 2016 with live sporting events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, the Olympics and the Springboks’ end-of-year tour to Europe and the UK. Viewing clearly follows linear TV patterns, with peak usage between 19:00 and 21:00, which just goes to show how the service is an important additional viewing environment at home.

 

While Android customers dominate the DStv Now Live TV viewership figures, iOS customers watch Catch Up content almost three times as often as their Android counterparts. Web viewers split their time nearly 50/50 between Live TV and Catch Up services.

 

In terms of popularity, both local and international shows have done equally well across Android, iOS and online platforms for January 2017, with Binnelanders, MasterChef Australia and Isibaya sharing the top three spots.

 

On the Live TV front, sport dominated across the platforms in January 2017. Android customers’ most-viewed channels were SuperSport 2, SuperSport 3 and M-Net respectively; while iOS customers showed a preference for SuperSport 3 over SuperSport 2, followed by M-Net. Online customers also watched SuperSport 2 more actively followed by M-Net and SuperSport 3. kykNET and Via came in at fifth and seventh place respectively, reflecting a hunger for local content.

 

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After the successful “Moments in Between with McCafé” campaign, McCafé is excited to announce that the ever fabulous, flamboyant, larger than life Somizi Mhlongo, better known to his fans as SomG, SomGaGa, is the face of McCafé Couch Sessions for SAFTAs11.

 

McCafé is headline sponsor for the South African Film and Television Awards and together with Somizi, the brand is launching a series of webisodes called McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi. On the webisodes, he talks to the nominees in The Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film about their careers and achievements, and of course, what a SAFTA nomination means to them.

 

Somizi will be live on the Red Carpet at the SAFTAs11 in Sun City, and hosting McCafé Couch Sessions in the McCafé Winner’s Lounge backstage.

 

Catch the McCafé Couch Sessions with Somizi from Monday, 13 March, and follow the conversation on social media #McCaféCouchSessions

#McCafé

 

About the McCafé sponsorship

 

Our McCafé sponsorship was initially instituted in 2016 and now this year, we have migrated the sponsorship from the Best Youth Production category, to the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film. We are also showing our support in advancing and developing the exceptional talent that exists on our South African shores.

 

This sponsorship emphasizes our commitment to being a good neighbor in the communities in which we operate and serve. Big brands like ours give the industry an opportunity to hone their skills by practicing the art of commercial story telling.

 

This sponsorship also gives us an opportunity to interact with the industry and the people on the platforms that we use for our brand. Brands like ours stimulate and carry the conversation around the transformation of the industry.

 

The nominees in the Best Actress and Actor in a Feature Film include Shoki Mokgope, for her role in film Sink, Christia Visser who is nominated for her lead role as Tess in the film Tess, Garion Dowds who is Leon Labouschagne in Shepherds and Butchers, Deon Lotz who is Bernard in Die Koue Kos and Dan Jaques Mouton who is Abraham “AB” in popular Noem my Skollie.

 

The SAFTAs11 event will be on SABC2 on 18 March in Sun City.

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Facebook to Stream Live MLS matches

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Collaboration with Facebook will provide fans additional interactive touchpoints with the League and its 22 Clubs

 

Major League Soccer and Univision Deportes, the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, announced today a collaboration with Facebook to live stream a full slate of regular season matches on the social network. As part of this, MLS will also drive further social engagement with fans and produce more unique digital content.

 

At least 22 matches during the 2017 MLS regular season that are being broadcast on Univision networks in Spanish will now be available in the U.S. for live streaming in English via the Univision Deportes Facebook page. The live streamed matches, which will be produced for consumption on mobile devices, will feature Facebook-specific commentators, interactive graphics, and fan Q&A and polling features allowing viewers to engage directly with commentators throughout matches. The first MLS match to be streamed on Facebook will feature 2017 expansion club Atlanta United hosting the Chicago Fire on Saturday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

Additionally, MLS will now produce 40 exclusive “Matchday Live” shows on Facebook on MLS game days, which will feature highlights and analysis from around the League and a preview of the day’s upcoming matches. These shows will be produced specifically for Facebook and available on the MLS Facebook page, with interactive features that will connect viewers directly to “Matchday Live” hosts.

 

“We are committed to serving our passionate fans,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures. “We are working with all of our partners on making sure our games, and additional content, get to our fans anytime, anywhere, and on any device.”

 

“As the undisputed home of soccer in the U.S., Univision Deportes, together with MLS and Facebook, is committed to growing the sport across platforms and regardless of language,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President of Univision Deportes. “Further engaging the more than 18 million English-language viewers that have watched soccer on Univision coupled with the continued success of our MLS broadcasts, including our record-setting season opener, is a natural path in this new era of content consumption.”

 

“Major League Soccer’s innovative approach to the fan experience has cultivated truly special in-stadium environments, where flag-waving and chant-singing fans come together to passionately support their clubs,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “We’re very excited for MLS and Univision Deportes to bring this same innovative, community-first spirit to the Facebook Live broadcasts of league matches this season. Their approach will provide fans with an entirely new way to experience a live soccer broadcast that is optimized for mobile screens and social viewing. So even if they’re not at the stadium, people can watch the game on Facebook with a great view of the action while interacting with a highly-engaged community of fans.”

 

Throughout the 2016 season, MLS collaborated with Facebook on a number of innovative projects, including doing a total takeover of the Sports on Facebook Page, MLS Commissioner Don Garber hosting a Facebook Live Q&A following his annual State of the League address, and creating unique content around signature MLS events including the MLS All-Star Game, Decision Day, and MLS Cup.

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More local flavour from Mzansi

Posted by radio On March - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Drama, strife, fame and family dynamics are central to Mzansi Magic’s popular reality shows. Not only have viewers been treated to one provocative show after another since the beginning of the year, but things are about to become even more on the small screen between May and October.

The channel will be serving love in the form of new relationship and dating reality shows. There’s Kheth’omthandayo*, a reality dating show with a twist. The recipe is like this – take one bachelor/bachelorette, add four suitors who match their requirements, eliminate the unwanted and at the end, choose between the two who tick the right boxes. It’s all about who’s got the best game!

 

Another newbie, Imfihlo*, will see people reveal their “true selves” in their pursuits of happiness – from admitting to long time crushes to asking forgiveness from their families.

 

Keeping with love and reality, Uthando neSthembu is sure to get tongues wagging as it explores the subject of polygamy in the 21st century.

 

Returning to the small screen are Idols SA, The Ranakas, Papa Penny Ahee! and the emotional conflict resolution show, Please Step In.

 

More DStv Originals coming your way

 

Series addicts are in for a treat with the return of thrilling dramas Igazi, Isithunzi and Lockdown.

 

Igazi held Mzansi spellbound with its intriguing storyline of a family at way, ending the season with the shrewd power-hungry Nomarussia headed to jail, rightful heir Bantu ascending the throne and magical dark forces taking control of his ruthless half-brother Jonga’s corpse.

 

The Isithunzi fairytale also continues, with Winnie and her “ninjas” surviving unexpected twists of fate and do battle with big bad wolves, cruel relatives and their own shadows to discover their personal power and happy ever afters.

 

Tension, betrayal and survival still drive the terse women’s prison drama, Lockdown, as the inmates battle demons within and outside the prison walls.

 

Two brand new dramas join the fascinating series line-up. INumber Number, inspired by the successful feature film of the same name, is about a cop that infiltrates a crime family to bring his estranged father to justice; only to find the father he has always wanted to have.

 

IKhaya* is the story of one man’s life-long quest to keep the secret of his two separate families living in two different cities, from being uncovered. Members from both families are also controlled by their own secrets and lies, making this a precarious house of cards ready to tumble down at any moment.

 

What’s a Mzansi Magic line-up without a telenovela? Sit still for the return of Ring of Lies. In its second season, the story digs deeper into the Majola and Madima families. Could there be something darker and more sinister that binds the two? In Season 2, the shocking truth about Ruth’s baby is revealed.

 

Honouring local talent

 

With so much on offer from the channel, the Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards should be a sweet thrill for viewers as they vote for some of their chart topping artists, best reality shows, actors and series from this buffet of delectable local-flavoured offerings.

 

Here’s what’s coming your way from April:

April

– Igazi S2

May

– Kheth’omthandayo

– Uthando neSthembu

July

– Ring of Lies S2

– Isithunzi S2

– INumber Number

– Idols S13

– Please Step In

 

August

– Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards

October

– Lockdown S2

– IKhaya

– Papa Penny Ahee! S2

– The Ranakas S2

 

 

* Working title; subject to change.

 

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Facebook launches Video App on Apple TV

Posted by radio On March - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Facebook is keen to prove its social media platform isn’t just about news feeds or updates from friends but can be an equally popular video sharing site as well.

 

Facebook has launched a new Video app on the Apple TV. The social media giant had already identified videos as one of its priority areas, and the launch of the new app dedicated exclusively to videos can well be considered to be in line with that. The app will be compatible with only the fourth-gen Apple TV.

 

The new app that allows you to view the videos in a big screen will also enable Facebook to emerge as a competitor to YouTube, something that the company wishes to see itself to shape into in future. Facebook’s VP of Partnerships Dan Rose had earlier announced such an app for viewing videos being in the works though a similar app for Android should also be in the making. Dan, though, is yet to confirm any such plans.

 

Meanwhile, as should be already discernible, the app will be good for viewing only videos and will carry none of the news feeds or photos that you can see on the regular Facebook app. The Video app will have six sections – Shared by Friends, Top Live Videos, Following, Recommended for You as well as Saved Videos and Recently Watched. You will also be able to visit a particular page to view videos shared by them.

 

There also are reports of Facebook trying to forge an agreement with MLB to have one baseball game to stream on the app every week. However, nothing definitive has emerged on that so far. That said, there will no doubt be similar efforts to source more exclusive live content to stream on the Facebook Video app.

 

Facebook will also be recommending the more popular live streams based on what you like and viewing tendency. The social media giant already has extensive knowledge of our likes and preferences and populating the recommended section will never be an issue for them.

 

The Video app is available for free from the tvOS App Store even though it won’t function as a standalone app. Instead, the app would very well be part of Facebook for iOS and requires an active Facebook account for its operation. Dan also stated the app won’t carry any ads as of now though that again is a tested method to rake in popularity during the initial stages.

 

[Source: www.inferse.com]

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ShowMax sets up shop at the Nairobi Garage

Posted by radio On March - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Internet TV company ShowMax has set up its East Africa headquarters in Kenya at the acclaimed Nairobi Garage co-working space, and is in the process of recruiting for a number of new roles based in this office. The new office will support growth both in Kenya and in the wider East Africa region as ShowMax continues to expand to new countries with a tailored, localised service.

Talking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

“One of the keys to business success in Africa is recognising and catering for the differences in each market. In our view it’s essential to tailor content, functionality, and partnerships to the needs of consumers in each individual country. Our new office in Nairobi forms the heart of our operations in East Africa and is key to this localisation strategy.

“We chose to base our operations at the Nairobi Garage for both practical and competitive reasons. Practically, it’s a flexible space well-known for consistently delivering the services essential to running a business like ours. Competitively, we want to be plugged-in at the heart of digital entrepreneurship in the region. We’re looking forward to learning from and hopefully contributing to the business community in Nairobi.”

 

ShowMax is currently recruiting for a number of roles to be based at the new office including:

Partner growth manager East Africa

Head of regional growth East Africa

Marketing manager Kenya

For more information on working at ShowMax visit careers.showmax.com.

 

Nairobi Garage, set up in early 2012, is the largest co-working space in Africa accommodating over 100 businesses. They currently have two different office hubs located in Westlands and Ngong Road and have further expansion plans in the pipeline.

Hannah Clifford, General Manager of Nairobi Hub said:

“A common mistake companies make is to think that they can run their business in this region from thousands of kilometers away or even from another continent. It’s great to see companies like ShowMax investing in Kenya and creating jobs. The co-working concept is a proven model and by surrounding themselves with startups and entrepreneurs, we think ShowMax is making the right move to grow their business.”

 

ShowMax was launched in 2015 and is part of Naspers, a global internet and entertainment company and one of the largest technology investors in the world.

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