Africa Film & TV magazine no 37 Aug – Oct 2003

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Edition 37– Contents2. 2003 Diary / Letters3. Movers and Shakers 3. THE Business3. M-Net & SuperSport shares remain linked and M-Net keeps growing… Sasani repurchases ordinary shares… 4. E-TV in financial doldrums… E-TV to become cash positive later than expected… AME finally gives up movies and focuses on radio… MIHL merger completed – Naspers lists on Nasdaq… 6. Granada and Carlton merge to pave the way for a consolidated ITV…6. Broadcast News 6. Ten new audio and video channels on Canalsatellite-Horizons… ITO denounces the unfair competition of: Canalsatellite Horizons & Portinvest… AIT commences transmission in North America… 7.Historic MOU signed by M-Net and NFVF… South Africa gets news censorship rating… Namibian President blasts national broad-caster on programming content… Kenya Television Network goes on Satellite… 9.Changes at SABC news… ENTV and Khalifa Télévision sign a partnership agreement… New TV Magazine on West African Business… Kenya Government revokes broadcast frequencies and licences… 10.Videovision Entertainment to collaborate with Egoli’s Franz Marx… Launching of the West African Television News Agency(WTNA)… Over 30 million subscribers across Europe and Africa for NGC… BBCWorldwide and Discovery sign new footage agreement… Deutsche Welle: Digital shortwave broadcasts to begin in June 2003… 11. German television in Africa…14. Legislation14. South African Legislation… 15. Article 19 welcomes the adoption of the declaration of principles on freedom expression in Africa…18. Production18. The Video Lab Johannesburg… 20. Why the film industry is such good news for the Cape… 22. Cape Film studio getting closer… World’s first Junkmation movie now complete… 23. NFVF outlines strategy for moving image industry… 24. Cape Town’s Film Afrika worldwide reports record year… 26. A Case of Murder… 27. Big Budget Cape Oil rig drama encounters off set controversy…29. Profile of Christa Schamberger… 32. 2002 version of Sumuru… 31. Partnership between Avatar Digital and Peacefulfish.com… 31. Nam Films goes low budget… Nam Film’s scores NO.1 rights… 34. US actor to play Mandela role… Deal signed for SA Idol to sing for Disney… Three Feature Films to be made in Nairobi… More DVD pirates raided…35. Focus: Nigeria35. Is the Nigerian home video model exportable?…39. Distribution39. Film Resource Unit and Nigerian Africa Independent Television in landmark deal…Videovision Entertainment strikes distribution deal with FRU… FRU increases royalties to Africa… Ster-Kinekor Pictures released SA film God is African… 40. NuMetro invests in African cinema theatres… Nu Metro opens cinema in Nairobi as film-going declines… 42. South African features strong at local B/O…42. Satellite News42. Intelsat enables Vodacom to grow in Africa… Satellite and wireless connectivity for rural schools and development workshop… New Skies to re-deploy NSS-8satellite to satisfy growing demand in Indian Ocean region… PanAmSat expands satellite coverage of United States and Latin America with 22nd spacecraft…43. Festivals & Markets43. IDFA AFRICA 2002…45. Festival Round up …46. Awards46. Kids take centre stage at Sithengi… Eighth CNN African Journalist of the Year competition expands to include tourism award… 32nd International Film Festival Rotterdam: Whale Rider by Niki Caro wins Canal+ Audience Award…47. Technology47. The Film Lab orders a Colormaster analyser… MultiChoice Africa awards Nextream a contract for CDTV upgrade… 48. Gearhouse SA expands film involvement… Five split cube walls a first for Gearhouse SA at Miss South Africa..