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African firms to combat content crisis

African distributor Côte Ouest is working to restore more than 3,000 audiovisual programmes as it looks for ways to combat a “serious content deficit”. The distributor, which recently announced plans to move into production, is working with the L’Organisation de la Francophonie (OIF) to fully digitise the programmes, retrace the original rights holders in view […]

News brief: Africa’s M-Net cuts Sony Pictures deal

Sub-Saharan African pay TV platform M-net has agreed a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The package deal gives the African platform new and returning Sony series and titles include The Blacklist, Masters of Sex (pictured), Breaking Bad and Bad Teacher. M-Net director of group content eervices Jan du Plessis said: “The current SPT series […]

News brief: NBCU, M-Net buy MarVista movies

NBCUniversal and South Africa’s M-Net have acquired telemovies from MarVista Entertainment. NBCU has licensed romantic comedy Today’s Special and teen thriller Circle of Lies for its UK channels business, and holiday-themed feature Oh Christmas Tree for multiple territories. Subscription cable network M-Net has acquired teen drama Pop Star, romantic comedy Language of a Broken Heart and […]

Comment: African film is changing the view of the continent

Mandy Roger, head of African acquisitions, sales and business development, group content services, M-Net The African film industry is one of the most rapidly evolving in the world today. Previous African democracies, questionable media freedoms and shaky economies are some of the factors that have hampered sustained infrastructure and skills development in the African film […]

CNN buys Lance Armstrong exposé

As the scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong’s alleged doping continues to unfold, CNN has bought The World According to Lance, a one-off documentary about the disgraced cyclist. Turner-backed current affairs channel CNN will air the film on its US channel in primetime on Saturday, 27th October. The doc is produced by Australian public broadcast ABC for […]

Sony Max acquires Passion’s Man V Food Nation

Pan African broadcaster Sony Max has acquired rebellious food format Man V. Food Nation after striking a deal with distributor Passion Distribution. The sale comes ahead of DISCOP Africa at the end of October. The Sony-owned network bought season one of the Adam Richman-fronted series as well as two accompanying specials. This latest deals follows […]

Executive shuffle at Modern Times Group: three leave, new Nordic boss

Modern Times Group has made several hires and promotions as other executives leave the company to join former boss Hans Holger Albrecht. The free and pay TV broadcast group has hired a new head of Nordic pay TV and appointed a new boss of its African operation. Martin Lewerth, executive VP of pay TV and […]