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SPI/FilmBox, Zuku grow distribution deal

International media company SPI/FilmBox and East African entertainment provider Zuku have agreed an expanded distribution deal to offer SPI’s music and lifestyle brand 360 TuneBox to Zuku subscribers across five East African countries.

Georgina Twiss
Zuku subscribers in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia now have access to music from independent artists, DJ sets and a selection of music videos from around the world on the DTH platform, which is part of the East African telecoms company Wananchi Group.

360 TuneBox is SPI’s home for independent music and a platform for emerging and outstanding artists aimed at enabling them reach a wider audience while cultivating their fan base.

Zuku also carries SPI’s FilmBox Africa at channel 207, which offers more than 300 premiere tiles every year, and features popular Hollywood blockbusters, films from renowned directors, world cinema classics and popular series.

Georgina Twiss, MD for Western Europe and Africa at SPI International, said: “360 TuneBox is a great addition to Zuku’s offering and it is guaranteed to entertain those who enjoy discovering new music on a daily basis with its programming slate. We are happy to be building on our good relationship with the Wananchi Group following the launch of FilmBox Africa last year and are looking forward to growing our content portfolio together.”

For over 25 years, SPI International has been a leading supplier of theatrical films and television programming in the international markets. Headquartered in the Netherlands, it operates 42 channels around the world based on brands including FilmBox, Film 1, Kino Polska, Stopklatka and Dizi.

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AMC debuts on UK’s Freeview

Africa- and UK-based broadcaster African Movie Channel (AMC) has debuted its flagship channel on the UK’s Freeview television platform.

This launch is via OTT tech company Channelbox on Freeview channel 271 and makes AMC the first Nollywood channel ever to be distributed on the UK’s Freeview platform, according to AMC.

AMC showcases Nollywood movies, along with films from elsewhere in Africa. They include AMC’s own movies from its own production division, AMC Original Productions (AMCOP), and cinema blockbusters for the family.

AMC and sister channel AMC Series are distributed all over sub-Saharan Africa on platforms including StarTimes, StarSat, TopStar, Azam TV, Zuku and Airtel TV. They offer a selection of Africa’s most successful and critically acclaimed movies, TV series, reality productions, talkshows, magazine shows and other shortform content.

Yinka Mayungbo, AMC’s founding director, said: “We launched the first ever Nollywood channel in Europe in 2006. 14 years later, we are back – in time for Lockdown 3! Here’s wishing our audience in Blighty good cheer and a brilliant time watching their favourite Nollywood stars on AMC.”

Tanya Kronfli, business development director at Channelbox, added: “Channelbox has established itself as a unique and innovative OTT platform delivering TV channels from all over the world to UK TV screens using OTT technology. We are beyond excited to be the first TV platform in the UK to host African Movie Channel and deliver premium Nollywood content to UK audiences.”

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