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TV BIZ Lala Tuku leaves Clive Morris Productions to become Head of Local Content at the SABC. Lala was the producer of The Estate and Isono, the MD of Clive Morris and has also had roles on various shows including Scandal! (Paris Zondi), Isidingo (Warona) and Ga Re Dumele.
1 Comment | 16 May 2022 15:27
TV BIZ The Chinese owned StarTimes Media launches Russia Today on StarSat 260 after it disappeared from DStv because of the international sanctions against Russia. StarSat tells entertainment blogger Insidus: "Please note that we are a Media platform and regard this channel as one of our news channels. We are and remain Neutral." >>
1 Comment | 16 May 2022 11:56
TV BIZ Disney+ to hold virtual Upfronts for South African media on Thursday 5 May in the build-up to their launch on 18 May. TVSA will be there.
Comments | 04 May 2022 16:35
TV BIZ Netflix investors freaked out after the news that the streamer lost subscribers for the first time in over 10 years. Netflix stock plunged by 35.1% in a day and the company shed a whopping $54.4 billion in market value. Both are the biggest declines in its history.
1 Comment | 22 Apr 2022 12:14
TV BIZ Netflix loses subscribers for the first time in over 10 years, shrinking by 200,000 in the first quarter of 2022. Reasons cited by the streamer include increased subscriber prices in the UK, US and Canada, password sharing and pulling out of Russia. Rapidly increasing competition another key factor obvs.
1 Comment | 20 Apr 2022 10:34
TV BIZ Disney+ enters the competitive world of streaming in South Africa with a pre-order offer for sign-ups ahead of its launch on 18 May. Those who register before midnight on 17 May 2022 can get a 12-month subscription for R950 instead of R1,190. On www.disneyplus.com
1 Comment | 19 Apr 2022 09:29
TV BIZ Streamer Disney+ to launch in South Africa on Wednesday 18 May. Pricing: R119 per month or R1,190 for an annual subscription. Line-up includes TV shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and general entertainment from Star.
1 Comment | 29 Mar 2022 09:30
TV BIZ Disney+ streamer to launch in 42 additional countries in June/July, including South Africa.
2 Comments | 26 Jan 2022 11:07
TV BIZ Arbitration judge rules that Glow TV's contract with OpenView is valid and binding until February 2023. This comes after OpenView removed the channel from the platform on 1 October without explanation. The judge awarded Glow TV costs, meaning eMedia must pay their legal fees.
1 Comment | 30 Nov 2021 10:14
TV BIZ Producer, broadcaster and script consultant Mmabatho Kau appointed as Head of Scripted at Rapid Blue production house, who specialise in reality shows (Come Dine With Me South Africa, Strictly Come Dancing, Blame It On Fame). Now they're making a push in scripted content with this newly created role. They've produced one scripted series to date: Is’thunzi on Mzansi Magic.
2 Comments | 29 Nov 2021 16:50
TV BIZ Waldimar Pelser, editor of Rapport and kykNET current affairs anchor, replaces Karen Meiring as director of the kykNET channels in February 2022. Karen's retiring after 12 years in the position. Will continue consulting for MultiChoice.
Comments | 16 Nov 2021 15:19
TV BIZ Multiple international platforms pick up M-Net/Fremantle crime thriller Reyka including BritBox North America, UK’s Channel 4, Canada’s CBC, Canal+ in Europe and HBO Latin America. Executive producers are Serena Cullen, Harriet Gavshon and Rohan Dickson. Series aired on M-Net in July 2021.
1 Comment | 16 Nov 2021 11:09
TV BIZ Netflix increases the price of its Standard and Premium subscriptions in South Africa. The Standard plan increases by R20, from R139 to R159 per month and the Premium by R30, from R169 to R199 per month. According to the streamer, these prices will roll out to existing viewers over the coming weeks and will apply immediately to new subscribers, starting on 19 October.
Comments | 19 Oct 2021 15:31
TV BIZ eMedia Executive Producer (and Imbewu Series Producer) Lynn Gaines appointed as Managing Director of eMedia-owned Sasani Studios. Series currently filming at the studios include Skeem Saam, Scandal! and 7de Laan.
Comments | 14 Oct 2021 10:47
TV BIZ Surprise-surprise. NOT. Netflix isn't available on Telkom's set-top box anymore. Their agreement hasn't been renewed. The moral of the story: Telkom needs to stick to telecoms instead of TV. No, hang on... they musn't do telecoms either! #Hellkom
Comments | 12 Oct 2021 14:56
TV BIZ Shugasmakx. Where is he now? Producing Mzansi Magic's new drama series Grootboom & Sons through his production house MECA (Marketing and Entertainment Communications Agency).
Comments | 22 Sep 2021 10:38
TV BIZ DStv suddenly becomes an ISP by launching DStv Internet. Offers 25GB, 110GB and 220GB packages for internet connectivity using a SIM and Wi-Fi router.
Comments | 22 Sep 2021 10:17
TV BIZ HBO launches streamer Max in six European countries on 26 October: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra. Bring it on in Africa!
Comments | 09 Sep 2021 15:44
TV BIZ DStv follows eVOD's model of streaming soapie episodes before they air on TV, except DStv's doing one episode in advance instead of five. They've launched Early Access for Legacy, Suidooster and The River (1Magic). Viewers can watch episodes a day before they're on TV, via Catch Up or an online Explora. Also: Love Island UK episodes are available a week before they're on TV and full seasons of select series are loading when Episode 1 airs on TV e.g. Hacks, which started on M-Net on 27 August.
Comments | 06 Sep 2021 15:11
TV BIZ Disney's streamer Disney+ to launch in South Africa next year, in winter 2022.
Comments | 13 Aug 2021 12:23
TV BIZ HBO streamer HBO Max extends to 39 territories in Latin America and the Caribbean this week. Still no plan for a South African rollout.
Comments | 30 Jun 2021 12:13
TV BIZ Netflix launches R49 mobile-only plan for South African subscribers, accessible on smartphones and tablets. Offers the same content line-up as regular plans. Streams in SD (520p), one device at a time i.e. you can't stream on more than one gizmo at the same time.
Comments | 30 Jun 2021 11:08
TV BIZ ICASA rules that Multichoice and other pay-TV operators may only carry SABC channels “subject to commercially negotiable terms” i.e. MultiChoice needs to pay to carry the SABC channels, which they haven't done for 13 years, yet they pay for the other channels on DStv.
2 Comments | 28 Jun 2021 16:38
TV BIZ Netflix to produce its first Russian series titled Anna K, based on the Tolstoy classic novel Anna Karenina. Described as a "lavish, contemporary retelling."
Comments | 26 May 2021 17:38
TV BIZ Amazon acquires MGM for $8.45 billion. That's R117 billion! Do you know how many noughts? The price tag's for MGM's catalog consisting of 4000 films and 17,000 TV shows including Fargo, Handmaid's Tale and Vikings.
Comments | 26 May 2021 17:01
TV BIZ The E!xodus continues. It's oves for Giuliana Rancic on the E! red carpet after 20 years. She's stepped down as host, three months after Ryan Seacrest dropped his mic. She's signed a development deal with NBCUniversal (who own E!) for undisclosed projects.
Comments | 10 May 2021 16:55
TV BIZ Telemundo launches Telemundo Streaming Studios, dedicated to creating exclusive Hispanic shows for online audiences. Studio will also offer production facilities to other streaming services.
Comments | 06 May 2021 16:22
TV BIZ Netflix first quarter report reveals the streamer will spend $17 billion on content in 2021. That's almost 243 billion rands.
Comments | 21 Apr 2021 16:22
TV BIZ SABC Sport and 19 SABC radio channels went live on Openview today (15 April) as per the new agreement between eMedia and the SABC. SABC Sport: Channel 124. See comments for the radio station channel numbers>>
1 Comment | 15 Apr 2021 15:43
TV BIZ Quizzical Pictures (Swartwater, Intersexions) partners with Australian production house Goalpost Pictures (The Invisible Man) for new M-Net crime series Detective Cooper. It's based on the book A Beautiful Place to Die by Australian-South African writer Malla Nunn and it's about a white detective in apartheid-era South Africa who has a dangerous secret: he's mixed race.
Comments | 08 Apr 2021 14:30
TV BIZ eMedia and SABC extend their carriage deal which currently sees SABC1, 2 and 3 on OpenView. SABC's Sports Channel will be added soon, along with 19 SABC radio stations and two other SABC channels. We presume one of these will be an Encore-type set-up. Move coincides with the switch-off of analogue across the country while many households still don't have access to DTT (digital TV) set top boxes
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 08:57
TV BIZ AMC Networks' scary streaming service Shudder picks up Fried Barry by South African filmmaker Ryan Kruger. Acting newcomer Gary Green stars as a drug addict who gets overpowered by an alien tourist who takes him on a joyride through Cape Town. See comments for trailer >>
1 Comment | 24 Mar 2021 13:27
TV BIZ Netflix picks up Happiness Ever After, the sequel to the 2016 movie Happiness is a Four-letter Word. Thabang Moleya returns as director and Khanyi Mbau and Renate Stuurman reprise their roles as Zaza and Princess. No confirm on whether or not Mmabatho Montsho will return as Nandi. Story takes place five years later and Ayanda Halimana (Makoti, iKani) replaces Busisiwe Ntintili (Greed & Desire, Thula's Vine) as screenwriter. Loads on Netflix later this year.
Comments | 23 Mar 2021 18:09
TV BIZ Showtime orders drama series Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, while we await the much-hyped but non-materialising Shaka Ilembe from M-Net. Showtime's rendition will be directed and produced by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Created and written by Nigerian-born writing team Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, writers on the upcoming Chris Pratt TV series The Terminal List for Amazon Prime, also directed by Antoine.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 12:31
TV BIZ Principal photography underway for Star Trek spin-off Strange New Worlds by streamer Paramount+, previously known as CBS All Access. It's a prequel to the original series that follows Captain Christopher Pike, Mr. Spock and Number One on the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk took command. Stars the same headliners as Stark Trek: Discovery: Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 12:13
TV BIZ BBC Studios and ITV joint streaming service BritBox to launch in South Africa in the second half of 2021. Now we know why Emmerdale and Coronation Street have been ripped from M-Net City. Both are on BritBox in the US and Canada within hours of their UK broadcast so very likely it will happen here too.
Comments | 17 Feb 2021 09:53
TV BIZ HBO streaming service Max launches in Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2021, in its first extension beyond the US. Still not a word about it coming to South Africa.
Comments | 15 Feb 2021 15:47
TV BIZ The National Film and Video Foundation is on a mission to quantify the economic impact of the South African TV and film industry in detail, looking at its contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), taxes, and employment. Study also includes impact of COVID on the industry. TV and film practitioners can contribute perspectives by filling in a survey. See comments for details >>
1 Comment | 05 Feb 2021 10:55
TV BIZ Kevin Hart and his production company Heartbeat Productions ink deal with Netflix for four exclusive films starring Kevin.
Comments | 12 Jan 2021 16:16
TV BIZ Rapid Blue co-founder Kee-Leen Irvine steps down as Managing Director of the production house after 28 years. Rapid Blue Executive Producer and Business Director Ziyanda Mngomezulu steps up as new MD. Kee-Leen's husband Duncan Irvine remains CEO.
Comments | 23 Dec 2020 15:13
TV BIZ DStv adds Amazon Prime to the new Exlora Ultra decoder. Viewers who have a Prime account can watch on the Ultra in the same way as Netflix and Showmax.
Comments | 15 Dec 2020 10:22
TV BIZ As you know, renowned agent and casting director Moonyeen Lee died in July this year. She left her agency Moonyeen Lee & Associates (MLA) to her daughter Cindy Lee and Cindy's wife Nina Morris Lee. Nina, who ran her own advertising agency, has taken over the reigns as CEO and manager of MLA. See comments for more about her>>
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2020 17:02
TV BIZ Discovery launches its streaming service called Discovery+. Such a creative title! NOT. Debuts in the US on 4 January 2021. No word on when it will be available in South Africa.
Comments | 03 Dec 2020 12:35
TV BIZ DStv's stand-alone streaming service now officially up and running. Viewers can subscribe to DStv packages via the DStv app without a decoder or dish.
Comments | 02 Dec 2020 16:46
TV BIZ SABC and Cricket South Africa sign broadcast deal for the 2020/2021 cricket tours between Proteas and England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan. Live games air on what SHOULD be the SABC's sports channel, SABC3. See tour dates in the comments>>
1 Comment | 30 Nov 2020 09:48
TV BIZ DStv launches new concept store in Polowane called a Customer Experience Centre. Combines services at walk-in centres with a shopping experience in two floors. Subscribers can purchase decoders, test devices, activate services, pay for subscriptions and access self-service functionalities. Features themed spaces with a sales booth, solution bar, content lounge and what they're calling "entertainment pods".
1 Comment | 19 Nov 2020 10:10
TV BIZ Netflix to hold virtual 2021 upfronts for the members of the media on Thursday, 19 November.
Comments | 16 Nov 2020 16:40
TV BIZ SuperSport signs broadcast deal to be the official broadcaster of the Premier League for another five years, until 2025.
Comments | 10 Nov 2020 16:08
TV BIZ SABC partners with Telkom for its new streaming service TelkomONE which offers four SABC channels for free: SABC1, 2, Sport and Education. No sign of SABC3 anywhere. Sport and Education are the channels created for DTT. Now live on www.telkomone.tv. They'll have to run it much, MUCH better than they run their telecoms if they hope to last.
Comments | 09 Nov 2020 15:08
TV BIZ Nicole Kidman tells iHeart Radio’s Jam Nation podcast that Season 3 of Big Little Lies is in the works. Says author Lianne Moriarty (who wrote the original novel) is working on a new book to be turned into the season.
Comments | 30 Oct 2020 13:06

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