Canal+ acquires African producer ROK from parent IROKO

France’s Canal+ Group has struck a deal to acquire African studio and channel operator ROK as part of its strategy to bolster its operations across the continent. The deal with parent company IROKO comes six years after ROK was launched by producer/actor Mary Njoku. It has since produced more than 540 movies and 25 original […]

iRoko, Canal+ launch iRoko+ Android app

Canal+ Group and African over-the-top video service iRoko have launched an Android app version of the SVoD service for French-speaking Africa. iRoko+ will offer Nollywood (Nigerian cinema) content, telenovelas and programming from Canal+ Group’s African service A+. All content has been dubbed into French, much of it for the very first time, according to iRoko. […]

African OTT service iROKO raises $19m

African over-the-top video service iRoko has raised a total of US$19 million and announced plans to “expand aggressively” across the continent. The move, which comes just weeks after OTT rival Netflix rolled out in Africa, will see iRoko invest in local content financing and production. The service said it aims to produce at least 300 […]

Canal+, iROKO launch African SVOD

Canal+ Group and African OTT TV operator iROKO have teamed up to launch a new Android-based mobile subscription video-on-demand service for Francophone Africa. The pair have formed a partnership to invest “several million euros” in the project, which will be launched in a few months exclusively for mobile users. The offering will be based on […]

‘African Netflix’ launches sales division

Africa’s answer to Netflix, iRoko, has launched an international programming and licensing division to shop its Nollywood content. iRoko Global will be based in London, and look to license around 1,500 Nollywood film titles and 3,000 hours of programming internationally. “Since 2011, we’ve connected with hundreds of thousands of Nollywood fans through our consumer platform, […]