Kwesé TV

BBC Studios names executive duo for CEE and Africa

BBC Studios (BBCS) has appointed two executives to oversee branded programming for Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as part of its recent restructuring in the regions. Former M-Net and Kwesé exec Pierre Cloete and BBCS Poland’s Zbigniew Pruski have been named as commercial directors for branded services for Sub-Saharan Africa and CEE, respectively. […]

Kwesé TV shutters as Econet blames Zimbabwe economic crisis

Econet Media’s pan-African satellite TV service Kwesé TV is shutting down today, with parent company Econet Wireless blaming economic conditions in its home territory of Zimbabwe and the difficulty in securing foreign currency to pay suppliers. Zimbabwe ceased to recognise the US dollar and South African rand, as well as other foreign currencies, as legal […]

Out of Africa: a look at expanding TV markets

Africa’s television markets are rapidly expanding, as many of the nations gradually grow richer. Nick Edwards speaks with local and international players working to create and distribute original content across the continent. Made up of over 50 different countries, it is impossible to make a sweeping homogenous statement about Africa’s TV industry. Some countries share […]

Turner APAC ups Schwebig as Jain exits

Turner Asia Pacific (APAC) has promoted Clement Schwebig to CFO, with senior VP of finance Shitiz Jain exiting next month. Schwebig (pictured) will keep his post as SVP of business development, licensing and China, while adding the new responsibilities. He joined Turner in 2013, and has led efforts to create new local and pan-regional channels […]

Sky Vision snags Kwesé deal before MIPTV

UK-based distributor Sky Vision has signed a programming deal with fledgling pay TV broadcaster Kwesé TV. he agreement hands the Econet Media subsidiary 20 factual shows. These include Start Up You, a 10x60mins series following an ambitious group of young entrepreneurs, who worked under the mentorship of billionaire venture capitalist for the chance to win […]

Kwesé adds AMC and Scripps nets

New African pay TV platform Kwesé TV has struck deals with AMC Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to boost its growing content line-up. Econet Media-owned Kwesé TV has struck a deal with AMC to provide a version of the AMC Channel on the platform bringing shows such as Fear the Walking Dead (pictured), Breaking Bad, […]