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The month of April sees the premiere of SABC 2 new groundbreaking Xitsonga drama – Giyani – Land of Blood. The drama will start on Monday, 01 April 2019 at 21h30 and will flight Mondays – Wednesdays. The telenovela, which is set in the heart of South Africa’s own Eden, Giyani in Limpopo Province, brings to life the conflict of two families locked in a bitter, decades-long squabble over a contested piece of fertile land and the banana plantation built on it.

The first episode opens with a jubilant celebration of the land being returned to the community as a result of a successful land restitution claim. Under the apartheid regime, the land had been assigned to the Van Reenen family who had built their considerable wealth through the banana plantation, which supplied every major supermarket in South Africa. The farm, reclaimed by the community, is renamed Tiakeni – a Xitsonga phrase meaning ‘Build Yourselves’, in tribute to the community’s perseverance and success in taking back their land.


Giyani – Land of Blood brings to life the ageless themes of love rivalries, forbidden passion, stolen land, and corruption. The story is centered around the conflict between the Mudau and Baloyi families. Set in the fictional village of Risinga, Giyani has harnessed the considerable skills of wellknown industry veterans as well as undiscovered talent to deliver the gripping storylines that are sure to keep audiences transfixed. Amongst the leads are acclaimed performers – Linah Ebony Ngcobo, Obed Baloyi, Charles Baloyi, Candy “Tsa Mandebele” Mokwena, Ndivhuho Mutsila and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.


Adding to the roll-call of exemplary talent associated with the show, the theme song is composed and performed by the legendary Dr. Thomas Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters, renowned pioneers of Tsonga music, and produced by award-winning Tshedza Pictures.


SABC2 Programme Manager, Ms Jacqui Hlongwane stated: “In our effort to deliver on the public service and language mandate as well as introduce fresh and landmark content, SABC2 is delighted to bring to the South African public, Giyani-Land of Blood; the first ever Xitsonga drama and telenovela.



Produced by Tshedza Pictures and boasting a star-studded cast of Xitsonga actors, who for the better part of their careers, have had to act and perform in roles and languages other than their own in order to make a living; Giyani-Land of Blood has now given them this rightful opportunity. Equally, Xitsonga viewers who have had to watch dramas in other languages will now have their own drama series for the first time; celebrating and affirming their rich culture, tradition, identity, stories, music and heritage.”



Catch Giyani – Land of blood on SABC 2 Mondays to Wednesdays starting on 01 April 2019 at 21h30.

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Celebrating a banner year for African content acquisitions, The Africa Channel will air a collection of 20 new primetime series representing premium drama, lifestyle, and news programming from Africa during 2019.

This programming, as well as the streaming of over 50 hours of African content in support of Black History Month on Comcast’s Xfinity platform, represents significant success for African producers whose work will now be available around the globe, providing these producers a north American and Caribbean voice.

Vice President of Programming & Acquisitions Karen Juve explains further, “We have been extremely fortunate to be able to tap into the increasing pool of talent from the continent and beyond, to present world-class content that is bold, diverse and globally appealing to North American audiences.


Many of these shows have a proven track record of success amongst African audiences and now they will be exposed to a much wider global audience of millions. The Africa Channel is a unique platform globally, with its 100% focus on African content, the channel provides multiple opportunities for African content producers to take their place on the global stage.


The collection of popular shows scheduled for broadcast and streaming in 2019 reflect a range of genres, and have been sourced from outstanding producers and distributors including, M-Net Studios, SABC, and Kew Media Group.



Cooking with Siba and The Hostess each feature celebrity female chefs, one who puts a healthy spin on her favorite recipes, the other who celebrates dining and creative entertaining for food and lifestyle connoisseurs.



iNumber NumberHard Copy and High Rollers offer a new spin on street warfare, newsroom drama and high-stake gambling respectively.



Soaps make a return on The Africa Channel with The Wild, shot entirely on location at a five-star game lodge, capitalizing on the breathtaking beauty of the African wild as three families challenge each other’s right to the land.



The Wedding Bash(ers) finds couples willing to put their big day under the scrutiny of celebrity fashion, food, décor and entertainment “experts” in order to win a second honeymoon and other big-ticket prizes. Crimes Uncovered takes viewers through the criminal investigations of true South African crimes through interviews, dramatizations and archival footage as each case unfolds. Both shows premiere Spring 2019.


Monochrome: Black, White and Blue is a 3-part series on the history of blues music featuring musical performances and interviews with Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, and more.


Emancipation Road is a 7-part series, which takes viewers on a journey from the Atlantic slave trade to the election of President Barack Obama.


Shaka Zulu, the epic drama series can now be seen on The Africa Channel.

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Hollywood will be graced by #TheVoiceSA’s own bubbly season 3 host: Anele Mdoda.

The countdown to Hollywood’s most prestigious ceremony, the 91st Annual Academy Awards has begun.

No stranger to awards shows, the country’s beloved radio and television personality will be flying the South African flag high as she represents M-Net with a Red Carpet Special– a pre-show which will broadcast on M-Net Movies Premiere, channel 104 on DStv, at 20:30 on Monday 25 February. The awards show itself will air live on M-Net Movies Premiere at 03:00 on Monday 25 February, with a delayed broadcast in the evening of the same day at 21:00 on M-Net 101.


With the who’s who of La La Land prepping their acceptance speeches and perfecting their potential losing faces, this year’s hotly competitive Oscars are bound to be entertaining – and who better to get up close and personal with the stars than South Africa’s own hostess with the mostess?


“Hosting the red carpet for M-Net for one of the biggest awards shows in the world is an absolute highlight for me,” Anele said.  “I have watched the Oscars every year and the most memorable moments for me were when Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock won, and when Charlize won – and gave South Africa a shout out. “


“This year I look forward to celebrating with the Black Panther cast as they head in with seven Oscar nods,” the host of The Voice SA enthused. “We have to speak to Bradley Cooper and salute his directing for A Star Is Born, as well as his performance in it. We must also get Spike Lee – who has an honorary Oscar but has his first ever nomination as director forBlackKklansman, which you can currently watch on Box Office. And then we hope to chat to Mahershala Ali who was nominated for Green Book and of course Glenn Close for The Wife. We also can’t forget about Rami Malek and Bohemian Rhapsody! And then of course, there’s the fashion!”


Anele made her debut as host on M-Net’s hit local reality singing competition The Voice South Africa on Sunday 3 February, and wowed viewers with her passion, charm and energy. She is currently a presenter on The 947 Breakfast Club – a popular morning show on one of South Africa’s biggest radio stations, 94.7, based in Gauteng. A favourite among South Africans, the radio and television personality has scooped up several awards, including a South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) for Best Television Talk Show, Best Radio Presenter in the Best of Joburg 2018 annual survey and a Style Award. Anele also has an adoring social media following, and is a keen fan of movies and series.


Catch the 91st  Annual Academy Awards live on M-Net Movies Premiere channel 104, Monday 25 February at 03:00 and in Prime Time on M-Net 101 at 21:00 on the same day.


Like M-Net channel 101 on the official M-Net Facebook page, be part of the conversation by following M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#MNet101 #Oscars). For more information on 91st Annual Academy Awards visit


The 91st  Annual Academy Awards Nominees are:

Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”

Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”

Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”

Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”


Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”

Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”

Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”

Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”


Best Actress

Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”

Glenn Close, “The Wife”

Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”

Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”

Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”


Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”

Marina de Tavira, “Roma”

Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Emma Stone, “The Favourite”

Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Best Picture

“Black Panther”


“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“The Favourite”

“Green Book”


“A Star Is Born”



Best Director

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

“Cold War,” Paweł Pawlikowski

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Lanthimos

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“Vice,” Adam McKay


Best Foreign Language Film

“Capernaum” (Lebanon)

“Cold War” (Poland)

“Never Look Away” (Germany)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)


Best Documentary Feature

“Free Solo”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”



Best Documentary Short

“Black Sheep”

“End Game”


“A Night at The Garden”

“Period. End of Sentence.”


Best Short, Animated

“Animal Behaviour”


“Late Afternoon”

“One Small Step”

“Weekends” Best Short, Live-Action







Best Animated Feature

“Incredibles 2”

“Isle of Dogs”


“Ralph Breaks the Internet”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”


Best Original Song

“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”

“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”

“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”

“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”


Best Adapted Screenplay

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”


“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“A Star Is Born”


Best Original Screenplay

“The Favourite”

“First Reformed”

“Green Book”




Best Cinematography

“Cold War,” Łukasz Zal

“The Favourite,” Robbie Ryan

“Never Look Away,” Caleb Deschanel

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuarón

“A Star Is Born,” Matthew Libatique


Best Production Design

“The Favourite”

“Black Panther”

“First Man”

“Mary Poppins Returns”



Best Costume Design

“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Mary Zophres

“Black Panther,” Ruth Carter

“The Favourite,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Poppins Returns,” Sandy Powell

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Alexandra Byrne


Best Film Editing

“BlacKkKlansman,” Barry Alexander Brown

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” John Ottman

“The Favourite,” Yorgos Mavropsaridis

“Green Book,” Patrick J. Don Vito

“Vice,” Hank Corwin


Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“Border,” Göran Lundström & Pamela Goldammer

“Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher & Jessica Brooks

“Vice,” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe & Patricia DeHaney


Best Original Score

“Black Panther,” Ludwig Goransson

“BlacKkKlansman,” Terence Blanchard

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” Nicholas Britell

“Isle of Dogs,” Alexandre Desplat “Mary Poppins Returns,” Marc Shaiman


Best Sound Editing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”

“A Quiet Place”



Best Sound Mixing

“Black Panther”

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

“First Man”


“A Star Is Born”


Best Visual Effects

“Avengers: Infinity War”

“Christopher Robin”

“First Man”

“Ready Player One”

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”


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Best Short Film
Measure of a Woman
Die Man van Bewusteloos

Best Student Film
The Water Dancers
Scarlet’s Tale

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Comedy
Bennie Fourie, Hotel
Catharine Cooke & Krijay Govender, Bedford Wives
Ari Kruger, Tali’s Wedding Diary 

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Comedy
Thandeka’s Diary 3
Tali’s Wedding Diary
Thuli No Thulani

Best Achievement in Art Direction
Tali’s Wedding Diary
Abo Mzala 3
Taryn & Sharon

Best Achievement in Hair & Make-Up – TV Comedy
Abo Mzala 3
Die Kasteel
Thandeka’s Diary 3

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Comedy
Taryn & Sharon
Bedford Wives
Abo Mzala

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Comedy
The Bantu Hour
Die Kasteel
Bedford Wives

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Comedy
Bedford Wives
Tali’s Wedding Diary

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Comedy
Bedford Wives
Tali’s Wedding Diary

Best Actress – TV Comedy
Talitha Ndima, The Bantu Hour
Julia Anastasopoulos, Talia’s Wedding Diary
Nqobile Sipamlam, Abo Mzala 3

Best Actor – TV Comedy
Wright Ngubeni, Thuli No Thulani
David Isaacs, Die Vlieënde Springbokkie
Hannes Brummer, Elke Skewe Pot 2

Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy
Marisa Drummond, Elke Skewe Pot 2
Carien Botha, Elke Skewe Pot 2
Nomsa Buthelezi, Abo Mzala 3

Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy
Muzi Mthembu, Taryn & Sharon
Tsepho Maseko, Skwizas
Warren Masemola, Single Galz

Best TV Comedy
Tali’s Wedding Diary
Thuli No Thulani

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Soap

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Soap

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Soap
Getroud Met Rugby

Best Achievement in Hair & Make-Up – TV Soap
Rhythm City
Getroud Met Rugby

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap
Getroud Met Rugby
Rhythm City

Best Actress – TV Soap
Dawn Thandeka King, Mangcobo Uzalo
Kgomotso Christopher, Scandal!
Nomzamo Mbatha, Isibaya

Best Actor – TV Soap
Sdumo Mtshali, Isibaya
Jamie Bartlett, Rhythm City
Pallance Dladla, Isibaya

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap
Linda Sebezo, Isibaya
Nokuthula Thabethe, Isibaya
Gcina Mkhize, Isibaya

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap
Melusi Mbele, Isibaya
Khaya Dladla, Uzalo
Abdul Khoza, Isibaya

Best TV Soap
Rhythm City

Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela
Ring of Lies 2
The River

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting 
Broken Vows
Ring of Lies 2
The River

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Telenovela
The River
Ring of Lies 2

Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela
Ring of Lies 2
The River

Best Achievement in Sound – Telenovela
Ring of Lies 2
Broken Vows
The River

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela
Ring of Lies 2
The River

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – Telenovela
The River
Broken Vows

Best Achievement in Hair & Make-Up – Telenovela
The River
Broken Vows

Best Achievement in Art Direction – Telenovela
Ring of Lies 2
The River
Broken Vows

Best Actress – Telenovela
Jo-Anne Reyneke, Broken Vows
Sindi Dlathu, The River
Moshidi Motshegwa, The River

Best Actor, Telenovela
Siyabonga Radebe, Ring of Lies 2
Hlomla Dandala, The River
Presley Chweneyagae, The River

Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela
Ferry Jele, The River
Vele Manenje, Ring of Lies 2
Nthati Yolisa, Ring of Lies 2

Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela
Zenzo Ngqobe, The River
Lawrence Maleka, The River
Warren Masemola, Ring of Lies 2

Best Telenovela
Ring of Lies
Broken Vows
The River

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama
Side Dish Dilemma 1
The Herd

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama
The Herd
Lockdown 2

Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama

Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – TV Drama
Side Dish Dilemma 1

Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Drama
The Docket
The Herd

Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama
The Docket
Lockdown 2

Best Achievement in Hair & Make-Up – TV Drama
Lockdown 2
The Docket

Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama
Side Dish Dilemma

Best Actress – TV Drama
Thuso Mbedu, Is’Thunzi 2
Zola Nombona, Lockdown 2
Dawn Thandeka King, Lockdown 2

Best Actor – TV Drama
Mothusi Magano, Emoyeni
Warren Masemola, Tjovitjo
Sello Maake Ka Ncube, The Herd

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama
Zikhona Bali, Is’Thunzi 2
Pamela Nomvete, Lockdown 2
Lorcia Cooper, Lockdown 2

Best Supporting Actor –  TV Drama
Terence Bridgett, Knapsekêrels
Thulani Shange, Is’Thunzi 2
S’dumo Mtshali, Is’thunzi 2

Best TV Drama
The Herd
Lockdown 2

Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature
Everything Must Fall
Whispering Truth to Power

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary Feature
Christiaan Barnard: Deurbraak
Tribe Versus Pride

Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary Feature
Whispering Truth to Power
Tribe Versus Pride

Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Documentary Feature
Ons Botha
Tribe Versus Pride
Whispering Truth to Power

Best Documentary Feature
Everything Must Fall
Whispering Truth to Power

Best Documentary Short
Scenes from a Dry City
Someone to Blame
Follow the Guns

Best Wildlife Programme
Grit: Honey Badger Tough
Africa’s Super Snake
Incredible Bats

Best Children’s Programme
Restyle My Style 4
Hectic on 3
YoTV Live Career Thursday

Best Reality Show
My First
Ultimate Braai Master 5

Best Game Show
Parlement, Parlement
Op die Spel
vir Noot

Best International Format Show
Dancing with the Stars SA
My Kitchen Rules SA 2
Survivor: South Africa – Philippines

Best Factual & Educational Programme
Case Closed: Justice Served, the Teenage Serial Killer
Cishe Ngafa
Kick It

Best Current Affairs Programme
Darryn August: A Selfless Hero
Dr. Sello of Ikhageng

Best Variety Show
Starlight Classics: Johannesburg 2017
DStv Mzansi 
Viewers’ Choice 2017

Best Magazine Show
The Man Cave 6

Best Youth Programme
Mi Kasi Su Kasi
Siyaya – Wildest Cape

Best Talk Show
Thando Bares All
Trending SA
Republiek van Zoid Afrika

Best Music Show
Die Kontrak
Klavierkuiers Met Pedro 2
The Rockets 50ste Herdenking Konsert

Best Made-for-TV Movie
Thembi’s Trial


Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, Sew the Winter to my Skin
Daryn Joshua, Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie
Michael Matthews, Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film
Nosipho Dumisa, Nommer 37
Johan Cronje, Wonderlus
Christiaan Olwagen & Charl-Johan Lingenfelder, Kanarie

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film
Nommer 37
Five Fingers for Marseilles
Meerkat Maantuig

Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film
Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie
Sew the Winter to my Skin
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Feature Film
Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film
Nommer 37
Sew the Winter to my Skin
Meerkat Maantuig

Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film
The Recce
Meerkat Maantuig
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film
Sew the Winter to my Skin
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Achievement in Hair & Make-Up – Feature Film
Nommer 37
Five Fingers for Marseilles

Best Actress in a Feature Film
Diaan Lawrenson, Raaiselkind
Monique Rockman, Nommer 37
Jill Levenberg, Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie

Best Actor in a Feature Film
Schalk Bezuidenhout, Kanarie
Irshaad Ally, Nommer 37
Jarrid Geduld, Ellen: Die Ellen Pakkies Storie

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Kanarie
Ilse Klink, Stroomop
June van Merch, Raaiselkind

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Germandt Geldenhuys, Kanarie
Zolisa Xaluva, Sew the Winter to my Skin
Alex van Dyk, Die Stropers

Best Feature Film
Nommer 37
Sew the Winter to my Skin

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SABC Broadcasting plans for SONA

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to announce that it will broadcast the 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA) live by President Cyril Ramaphosa on its radio, TV and online platforms on Thursday, 07 February 2019.

SABC News will commence its coverage on one of its flagship current affairs programme Morning Live on SABC News Channel 404 on Dstv and terrestrial channel SABC 2 between 06h00 and 09h00. Morning Live will predominantly broadcast a preview of the SONA. This preview will be followed by coverage on SABC News Channel 404’s programmes ‘Agenda’ and ‘On Point’, building up to the President’s address. These programmes will also cover the Civil Guard of Honour, Red Carpet event and the 21 Gun Salute.


The President’s address will be broadcast live during the prime time programme, ‘Full View’ on SABC News Channel 404 and on terrestrial channel SABC 2. Following the President’s address, a post analysis of the speech will be broadcast live with experts and reaction from various political parties. There will also be live crossings to Provinces to solicit reaction from ordinary South Africans to the President’s speech.


The SABC’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) radio stations will carry the President’s speech live. SABC Radio News bulletins and Current Affairs programmes will continue to provide updates relating to SONA throughout the day.
SABC News digital platforms will also provide comprehensive coverage of SONA building up to the President’s address, from in-depth coverage in a special report on to social media updates on @sabcnewsonline. The red carpet arrivals will be live streamed from 16h00 on the SABC News website and the SABC News YouTube channel ( until the end of the proceedings.

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M-Net Movies sprints out the blocks in 2019 with the Game On Pop-Up on DStv channel 109

A new year is barely out of the blocks, and M-Net Movies is ready to join the action with a slew of riveting sports films on a special pop-up channel. For three weeks, (Friday 22 February – Sunday 10 March) grit, desire, pain, defeat, and victory will play out in your living room, on the M-Net Movies Game On Pop-Up channel 109.



Game On is a collection of the best sports movies of all time – and it’s not all about sport either. In some instances, the basketball court, football field, boxing ring, or ice rink provides the backdrop for deep human drama, humour, real-life tragedy, suspense, love, and pressing social issues – the stuff of life.



With over seventy titles, M-Net Movies Game On will appeal to every taste and preference. The line-up includes the Rocky series, Jerry Maguire, Remember the Titans, A League of their Own, Rudy, Warrior, Hurricane, Friday Night Lights, Happy Gilmore, Rush, White Men Can’t Jump, Cool Runnings, Cinderella Man, The Color of Money, The Mighty Ducks, The Waterboy, Race, Best of the Best, Wimbledon, Space Jam, Tour De Pharmacy, Chariots Of Fire, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Blue Crush,  and Goal!



Hollywood’s A-listers grace many of these iconic films, including Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Dennis Quaid, Tom Hanks, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Rodriguez, and Kate Bosworth.

Feature films are accompanied by six enthralling documentaries on some of the greatest stars in recorded history: Ronaldo, Senna, Faster, Fastest, Pelé: Birth of a Legend, and Matthews.



Every weekend will have a themed day. The flag drops with Formula One Friday on 22 February, followed by Soccer Saturday on 23 February, and Super Bowl Sunday the following day.

Enter the ring with legends on Friday 1 March with a boxing extravaganza. Saturday is devoted to basketball and Sunday to baseball.


Friday 8 March swings into action with golf, then ice hockey on Saturday, and rugby and athletics on Sunday.

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Netflix, the global leading entertainment streaming platform, today announces that the Mandarin-language film Dear Ex, winner of multiple awards across Asia, will premiere globally starting February 1.


Dear Ex was written by Mag Hsu and Shih-Yuan LU and directed by Mag Hsu and Chih-Yen Hsu. The all-star cast, including Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen and Joseph Huang, brings to the screen a story of diverse and sometimes conflicting family values in a refreshing and fascinating way that marks a departure from conventional Mandarin films.

“From the themes and cast to the decision to land on Netflix as our exclusive global premiere platform, every choice was an experiment,” says director and writer Mag Hsu. “We have shone a spotlight on the forces behind different kinds of family values for audiences in Taiwan and across Asia. Now, we want to show the world the growing momentum in Mandarin-language films.”

Dear Ex follows three people who are linked by fate because of love and family. Adolescent Song Chengxi (played by Joseph Huang) loses his father Song Zhengyuan (played by Spark Chen) to cancer, but instead of having time to mourn, Chengxi finds himself caught in a feud between his widowed mother Liu Sanlian (played by Ying-xuan Hsieh) and his father’s gay lover Jay (played by Roy Chiu). As Liu fights Jay for Song’s insurance money, Chengxi gradually learns that what holds both Liu and Jay back is not the money, but the weight of the loving memories they each have with his father.



About Dear Ex
Directed by renowned writer Mag Hsu and emerging director Chih-Yen Hsu, Dear Ex is a melancholy comedy from Taiwan. Created by Golden Bell Award winning writer Shih-Yuan Lu and produced by DEAR Studio, the cast includes Roy Chiu, Ying-Xuan Hsieh, Spark Chen and Joseph Huang. The film kicked off its theatrical release on November 2, 2018 and has been well-received across Asia since its debut in the Taipei Film Festival. It has won awards for Best Actress at the Golden Horse Awards, Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Media Recommendation at the Taipei Film Festival as well as Best Director at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2018.

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Showmax launches free data deal with Vodacom

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Showmax has launched a deal with Vodacom featuring three months of free access to the Showmax video on demand service and three months of free Showmax data.

Showmax has launched a new deal with Vodacom featuring free access to the Showmax service and free Showmax data. Vodacom customers who add Showmax to their bill between 1 November 2018 and 31 January 2019 will receive 15 GB of free Showmax data* (5 GB per month for three months). On top of this, the usual Showmax R99/month subscription fee will be waived for three months. There’s no contract or lock-in period – Showmax can be cancelled at any time.


This free data deal with three months of free access to Showmax is exclusive to Vodacom customers. To sign up for the deal, visit The deal is open to both prepaid and contract customers.

Once the three months’ free access period has expired, customers will then be charged R49 per month for Showmax access for the following nine months. In total, this means that a year of Showmax, which would normally cost R1 188, will instead only cost R441 – and that’s with the 15 GB of free Showmax data during the first three months.


Showmax apps** feature bandwidth capping functionality, giving viewers the ability to select the most appropriate quality level for the device being used. The low data usage setting, which is perfect for watching on cellphones and tablets, gives 45 hours or more of viewing from 15 GB.

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Telkom confirmed today it had secured a partnership with the leading internet entertainment service, Netflix.

The partnership is Netflix’s first such agreement with a South African telecommunications company and a significant milestone as the company seeks to bring South African consumers the latest technologies and a great entertainment experience.

Telkom Content Executive, Wanda Mkhize said, “we are excited to expand our content offering with Netflix. The Netflix partnership allows us to offer more entertainment.

“As a start, we can respond to customer requests for the inclusion of Netflix on Telkom’s LIT TV Box,” she added. Netflix will be available on Telkom’s LIT TV Box later this year.


Maria Ferreras, Netflix’s VP Business Development EMEA, said: “We are excited to partner with Telkom and highlight our commitment to South Africa. With this partnership, Telkom users will easily access the most-loved entertainment experiences that Netflix provides.


Netflix service in South Africa includes licensed and original TV series, movies, stand up comedies, documentaries and children’s programmes. Netflix is the home of award-winning Original series and movies like Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why, The Crown and The Kissing Booth.

Mkhize said the teams are working on exciting mobile & broadband service offerings to be launched before the end of the year. These will include enhanced LIT video options and data offerings.

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In a first for a South African drama series, Both Worlds’ UNARMED has been selected as one of the finalists for C21 Content London 2018 Drama Series Pitch. From over 100 submissions from established drama creators worldwide bidding to attract additional finance and co-production partners, C21 selected Both Worlds’ political spy thriller as one of the final eight invited to pitch at the International Drama Summit on November 27.


UNARMED will be presented at the International Drama Summit at Content London on Tuesday 27 November between 3pm and 4.30pm. The series will compete with productions from France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and the UK. The winning project will be announced at The International Drama Awards, which take place from 7pm on Wednesday 28 November.


UNARMED, in advanced development stage, has attached internationally recognised talents including Shawn Slovo (A World Apart, Catch a Fire, Mohammed Ali’s Greatest Fight) who developed the pilot script alongside Both Worlds’ Thierry Cassuto and Karen Jeynes, Charlotte Brändström (Colony, The Witcher) as director, and Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Amistad, Guardians of the Galaxy) as the lead.



The series is a fact based thrill ride through Southern Africa, Germany, France and Belgium in both the late eighties and present day. When terrorists pull off an audacious heist at Pelindaba,  one of the world’s largest stores of highly enriched uranium, and a representative of the International Atomic Energy Agency is brutally murdered, the world’s eyes are turned to Southern Africa and the threat of a dirty bomb. UNARMED is based on the premise that South Africa finally agrees to hand over its weapon-grade uranium stores, a legacy from the atomic bombs the apartheid regime made in defiance of UN sanctions, and thirty years of secrets were to be revealed.



Both Worlds is a Cape Town based South African production company known for its many award-winning programmes including twice International Emmy nominated and multiple SAFTA winner ZANEWS’ Puppet Nation, as well as Point of Order and Operation Rainbow Warrior. Both Worlds has recently launched a high end scripted programmes division, and has several series in advanced stage of development with local and international broadcasters.



The Content London International Drama Pitch Summit is the world’s highest platform to launch scripted series to the international marketplace, providing access to over 2000 of the industry’s top executives. The winning pitch will receive a marketing package through C21Media worth £30,000 to support series’ development and pre-sales promotion.

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