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Eutelsat, RCS partner for DTH

Global satellite operator Eutelsat Communications has signed a multi-year contract with RCS Ghana to provide capacity for the broadcast of its DTH bouquet, bringing content to viewers in Ghana and beyond.

Nicolas Baravalle

With the use of the Ku-band frequency on the Eutelsat 7B satellite, RCS will be able to broadcast its fast-growing free-to-air DTH bouquet, comprising standard- and high-definition channels, to the Ghanaian market and more than 40 other countries in Africa.

The 7° east neighbourhood is a key orbital position for regional TV channels. Over 500 TV channels already broadcast from 7° east, which has become a new DTH hotspot for Sub-Saharan Africa, with some of the fastest growth rates in the region.

Hamza Tanko, chairman and CEO of RCS Ghana, said: “We are delighted to partner with Eutelsat for the broadcast of the RCS DTH bouquet, delivering exceptional content to viewers in Ghana and beyond, and enabling the broadcast of any channel in Ghana in high quality and at compelling rates. The 7° east position is ideal to serve the Ghanaian market and Eutelsat 7B offers consistent coverage and signal power all over Ghana as well as complete sub-Saharan coverage of over 40 African countries.”

Nicolas Baravalle, regional VP, sub-Saharan Africa at Eutelsat, added: “We are proud to support RCS Ghana in rolling out this high-quality content offering. This contract reflects the buoyancy of the Ghanaian broadcast market, the attraction of the unparalleled coverage of our 7° east neighbourhood and Eutelsat’s expertise in the African market. We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration”

Eutelsat enables clients across video, data, government, fixed and mobile broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. More than 7,000 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks.

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Maltavator Challenge comes to Lagos

A US$20,000 prize is on offer to the winner of Maltavator Challenge

Pan-African gameshow Maltavator Challenge, organised by Nigerian beverage company Malta Guinness, is set to take place in Lagos on December 1 at the National Stadium, Surulere.

Following auditions in Ibadan, Enugu, Abuja and Benin, the second season of the show will have its final auditions in the city of Lagos.

Contestants from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia will compete for a chance to win US$20,000 and other prizes in various mental and physical challenges and games.

The Maltavator Challenge is in search of contestants that are strong, fast and smart, who will join winners from the previous auditions to battle it out at the grand finale for the final spots on Team Nigeria.

Aspiring contestants – known as Maltavators – should arrive at the venue by 7am dressed in their sport gear to tackle the obstacle games.

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Malta Guinness gameshow returns

Auditions for The Maltavator Challenge

The pan-African gameshow organised by Nigerian beverage company Malta Guinness is back for a second season.

The Maltavator Challenge will feature contestants from Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia, who will compete to win US$20,000 and other prizes. The contestants will take part in both mental and physical tasks and activities.

While auditions recently took place in Oyo State capital Ibadan, the search is still on to find more contestants from other cities in Nigeria who will make it to the final stage of the competition.

Ifeoma Agu, brand manager of Malta Guinness, said: “The Maltavator Challenge is a Malta Guinness platform that showcases how consumers can turn the Malta goodness into greatness.

“This is in tandem with the brand purpose of Malta Guinness, which exists to fuel the can-do spirit of Nigerians as seen here today with the impressive turn-out of Nigerian youths in Ibadan to contest for a chance to represent Nigeria in the Pan African TV show.”

Although the air date has not yet been announced, the show will be carried by major TV stations across Nigeria and in other participating African countries.

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Script to Screen returns for seventh run

Abuja-based High Definition Film Academy (HDFA) is preparing to launch the seventh edition of its reality TV show on March 24.

Script to Screen aims to train filmmakers by helping to develop their skills through direct mentorship and tasks.

Some 60 participants have been chosen from more than 20,000 applicants. Auditions were held in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, US, UK and Canada.

According to the organisers at the HDFA’s production arm, High Definition Film Studio, this year’s edition will tackle the issue of corruption in Nigeria, with the theme Corruption-Free Nigeria.

Participants will be divided into four teams that will undergo intensive training and lecturing from various mentors. They will also work with the organisers of the show to produce short films featuring top Nollywood actors.

Eviction will be held bi-weekly and viewers can vote for their favourite team. Participants with the lowest performance will be evicted by a jury.

Script to Screen’s 2018 jury and facilitators include Nollywood actors and producers such as Blossom Chukwujekwu, Nse Ikpe Etim, OC Ukeje, Bright Wonder, Teco Benson and Kalu Ikeagwu.

Asides from the filmmaking training, participants will also be lectured by MacArthur Foundation representatives on the issue of corruption in Nigeria.

Script to Screen’s finale will feature the premiere of six short films produced by the teams. The leading films will be awarded in categories including Best Screenplay, Best Filmmaker, Best Actor and Overall Best Short Film (Team Award). Each award comes with cash prizes.

The show begins on March 24 and ends on April 21 and will air on TV channels including Wazobia Max, STV, AIT and Africa Magic.

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iRoko VoD goes live in Ghana

African VoD service iRoko has launched in Ghana with a host of Ghanaian and Nigerian movies and TV series.

Jason Njoku

The company, which launched in 2010 as a YouTube channel, claims to be the world’s largest online distributor of African content.

iRoko is already available in Nigeria and South Africa, while a French-language version launched in Senegal, Cameroon, both Congos and the Ivory Coast earlier this year.

The Ghanaian service includes recent movies and TV series such as Stalemate, Ghana Must Go and Black & White. Other English-speaking territories such as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania are being eyed for 2018.

The service costs GHC25 (US$5.67) for a 12-month subscription and allows users to download movies and series directly onto their phones via kiosks without using up their data.

Jason Njoku, CEO of Nigeria-based iRoko, said: “We know that our Ghanaian neighbours cannot get enough great content, but that data costs have all too often been prohibitive to them watching content online.”

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