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The power of cinema advertising: A big screen with a captivated audience
The power of cinema advertising: A big screen with a captivated audience

At a time when reach appears to be seen as the be-all and end-all of advertising plans, cinema advertising offers more - a captivated target audience

By Motheo Matsau 30 Oct 2017

Business of Design speaker Q&A: Mduduzi Simelane
Business of Design speaker Q&A: Mduduzi Simelane

Business of Design (BoD) is back with a speaker lineup of note. The two-day seminar is held annually in Cape Town and Johannesburg during October and doesn't just focus on design in itself but has a much broader vision for the field in all areas of business

By Jessica Tennant 4 Oct 2017

The next level for cinema is unlocking the customer value chain
The next level for cinema is unlocking the customer value chain

Local content is increasingly influencing the nature of box offices around the world and is likely to measurably drive how cinema and content converge for at least the medium term

By Wanda Matandela 4 Aug 2016

[Design Indaba 2014] People want cities for people
[Design Indaba 2014] People want cities for people

Cities around the world all have one particular thing in common - they are made up of people. The problem is though that most cities have not been built to accommodate people - but to accommodate cars and traffic. (video)

By Ilse van den Berg 26 Feb 2014

Anton Harber
The censorship of crudity and the crudity of censorship

Let's get some facts straight on the effective banning of the film, Of Good Report*, which was due to open the Durban International Film Festival - 18-28 July.

By Anton Harber 30 Jul 2013

Jerome Mouton
YouTube: Why you need a distribution strategy

So your YouTube channel is finally up and running, but after several months the average viewership is distressingly low. Any movie without a distribution strategy will crash and burn, its no different online.

By Jerome Mouton 15 Jul 2013

[SXSW 2013] A brief overview
[SXSW 2013] A brief overview

Anyone who knows anything about SXSW knows that it is a frenzied week of interactive conferences, film and music. This year it is even bigger as its the 20th anniversary of the event, which means there are over 5 000 events in the city of Austin, Texas.

By Keenan Harduth 14 Mar 2013

[2013 trends] Insight into cinema in 2013
[2013 trends] Insight into cinema in 2013

I believe this year will be a positive one for cinema in South Africa, with a variety of influential trends taking hold of the industry. Digitalisation, 3D, blockbusters, increased attendance and on-the-mark cinema campaigns are all sure to contribute to a successful year.

By Ryan Williams 29 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013
[2013 trends] Media and advertising regulation in 2013

So here we are in 2013 - the Mayan trend predictions for 2012 having spectacularly failed to materialise, leaving some of us with hangovers and debt that we had secretly hoped would be wiped clean in a Mayan-flavoured apocalypse. Now is the time for us to look into our crystal balls, and see if we can get our predictions for media and advertising regulation a bit more spot-on than the poor Mayans did.

By Gail Schimmel 24 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] The year of the snake
[2013 trends] The year of the snake

Context is king, but knowing what's around the next corner takes a little more than 20/20 vision. To find out what trends, innovations or environmental changes could affect your brand's future in 2013, here's some foresight.

By Oresti Patricios 22 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Game on for retailers going mobile
[2013 trends] Game on for retailers going mobile

As crisis-hit Europe continues to impact economic growth, and projections for the local economy are trimmed, the battle for a share of consumer spend is getting increasingly fierce. Retailers will rely on technology to drive innovative discount models and integrated loyalty programmes by optimising the one device every consumer has access to already - even in-store - the mobile phone.

By Steve Cragg 15 Jan 2013

Nairobi Half Life with Mugambi Nthinga
Nairobi Half Life with Mugambi Nthinga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Mugambi Nthinga, one of the cast members speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 2 Nov 2012

Nairobi Half Life  with Tosh Gitonga
Nairobi Half Life with Tosh Gitonga

Nairobi Half Life is a film about a young man going to the city to follow his dream and instead ends up in crime. The film was submitted for an Oscar award. Tosh Gitonga, director of the film, speaks to us about Kenya's growing film industry and what the submission means. [video]

By Carole Kimutai 1 Nov 2012

African films to battle it out for an Oscar
African films to battle it out for an Oscar

In the run up to the 85th Academy Award ceremony taking place in 2013, it has been reported that a record number of 71 submissions have been submitted to compete for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Of this record number, four of the films are from Africa, with Kenya submitting its very first film.

By Evan-Lee Courie 9 Oct 2012

Kenya's cinema business is about thinking without the box

Like the films they show, the story of Kenya's cinema industry has very interesting story lines, complete with new characters, a beginning and an end. In 2010, one of Nairobi's landmarks - the Kenya Cinema, run by Fox Entertainment Group, was closed after it went out of business.

By Carole Kimutai 14 Aug 2012

[BFMA 2012] Digital technology proves to be the next money maker

Day 1 of the Broadcast Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference opened with a house full. The two day conference, under the theme "Innovation, investment and partnerships for local content and service excellence" takes place at the Oshwal Centre, located in the Nairobi Central Business District, Kenya.

By Carole Kimutai 11 Jul 2012

Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cash
Are you a content producer in Africa? Here is how to earn some cash

If you are a content producer in Africa, you don't have to be in Hollywood or Bollywood for your work to be viewed in the United States. Carole Kimutai speaks to Victor Mallet, a Ghanaian who is making this a reality through the website, ReelAfrican.com, that hosts African films, TV series and documentaries.

By Carole Kimutai 5 Jul 2012

BFMA Conference attracts venture capitalists
BFMA Conference attracts venture capitalists

Kenya is preparing to host the fourth Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) Conference from 10-11 July 2012. The conference is expected to attract filmmakers, broadcasters and other creative content firms from Africa.

By Carole Kimutai 2 Jul 2012

Nishan Singh
Lights! Camera! Piracy?

Let's take a look at the state of the film industry in South Africa, and why it's necessary to register your creative work.

By Nishan Singh 28 Feb 2012

[Design Indaba 2012] Where it's at
[Design Indaba 2012] Where it's at

Cape Town is gearing up to host one of the world's premier design conferences - the 2012 Design Indaba. Design Indaba regular and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut will MC this years' event alongside Michelle Constant and Khaya Dlanga. The conference takes place 29 February-March 2012 at the CTICC and the expo (which is open to the general public) takes place 2-4 March 2012.

By Herman Manson 24 Feb 2012

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The potential of African identity in advertising

Too often, as marketers and creatives, we wait for some justification of talent, some confirmation of a sure-fire winner, and most often we look to the West - for inspiration, for a formula. All we need to do is look around us. After all, the West is already looking to Africa for inspiration. [multimedia]

By Anton Crone 6 Oct 2011

Walter Wafula
Production firm to screen film on Uganda's first Olympic medalist

VeryMuchSo Productions, a British film production company, is set to screen a film about the life of Uganda's first Olympic champion, John Akii Bua, for the first time in Kampala on 18 October 2011.

By Walter Wafula 6 Oct 2011

Nigerian investor to speak at Kenyan film conference
Nigerian investor to speak at Kenyan film conference

The upcoming Broadcast and Film Africa Conference in Nairobi will feature a speaker from Cinemart, the Nigerian cinema chain, which is to open 25 cinemas in Kenya over the next year, with the first 12 screens opening in September 2011.

By Carole Kimutai 22 Jun 2011

Oscar night! But brace yourself; they let them speak
Oscar night! But brace yourself; they let them speak

Who are the worst speakers on the planet? No, politicians come in a close second. The answer, curiously, is: the best actors on the planet. That's right, Oscar night has rolled around again, and although there is no denying their consummate mastery of the thespian's craft - the emotional complexity required for Inception, the simple yet elegant storytelling of The King's Speech - their public speaking skills leave, well public speaking skills to be desired.

By Douglas Kruger 2 Mar 2011

Funding media projects - financiers' risks, expectations
Funding media projects - financiers' risks, expectations

Pressure continues to mount on financial institutions, including banks and developmental agencies, to do more to fund struggling media companies that are finding it difficult to survive in the fast-growing yet ruthless industry. Last week the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), disclosed its fears, risks and anxiety about funding media projects.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 6 Dec 2010

Animation in Kenya comes of age

Animation is an industry which has been dominated by the West. In Africa, the concept is relatively new, but this year nine animation films from Kenya will be screened at the prestigious Africa in Motion (AiM) festival that will run 23 October - 2 November 2008 in Edinburgh, UK.

By Carole Kimutai 6 Oct 2008

Late-night horror and erotica at AiM 2008
Late-night horror and erotica at AiM 2008

The 2008 Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival will feature night screenings of African horror and erotica. Bizcommunity.com found out more from Lizelle Bisschoff, AiM festival director.

By Carole Kimutai 3 Oct 2008

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Ormerod quits CNBC Africa

CNBC Africa COO Trevor Ormerod is leaving the television business channel to take up a post at Primedia, sources close to the television network told Bizcommunity.com yesterday, Tuesday, 4 December 2007.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Dec 2007

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