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It's about the creative
It's about the creative

Eddie Mbalo, Interim CEO, On Digital Media/StarSat, believes South Africa's content providing industry is in a crisis and this is why TopTV ended up the way it did...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Nov 2014 14:15

[NewsMaker] Cameron Naidoo; Louis Enslin
[NewsMaker] Cameron Naidoo; Louis Enslin

A new agency called Three D Radio has launched an interesting advertising concept for cinema audiences in partnership with Ster-Kinekor and Cinemark...

By Louise Marsland 24 Oct 2014 12:34

[Cannes Lions 2014] SA's Kirk Gainsford on Film category entries
[Cannes Lions 2014] SA's Kirk Gainsford on Film category entries

South African Kirk Gainsford, Executive Creative Director of Lowe Cape Town, was a Film Jury member at Cannes Lions 2014. We asked him couple of questions about this category. (video)

By Hando Sinisalu 24 Jun 2014 16:47

[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 08:00

[2014 trends] 12 broad (but cherry-picked) trends
[2014 trends] 12 broad (but cherry-picked) trends

Our selection of trends is broad - but cherry-picked - to give you a sense of what the trends are, across a wide variety of industries.

By Dion Chang and Raleen Bagg 29 Jan 2014 09:26

Mandela movie a hit
Mandela movie a hit

NEWSWATCH: South Africans are flocking to see the Mandela movie, reports IOL, which also reports MWEB is to increase its data speeds, and EWN reports Cell C's Alan Knott-Craig is recovering well after a stroke.

By Rod Baker 29 Nov 2013 07:18

The art of grading - movie-making's silver lining
The art of grading - movie-making's silver lining

Lights. Camera. Action. From epic big-screen dramas to spellbinding or humorous television programmes and commercials, the world of entertainment provides an escape from the humdrum, moving and inspiring - at times, even without sound.

By Warwick Allan 8 Nov 2013 10:24

Sid Peimer
We're off to the pitches, Hollywood style

It's like the Gods must be crazy except the Coke bottle is an actress...

By Sid Peimer 2 Sep 2013 07:34

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 06:37

FPB gets bad report
FPB gets bad report

NEWSWATCH: Brigid Pohl, writing in Times Live, reckons the Film and Publication Board lost the plot regarding the film 'Of Good Report' and in the UK, online porn is to be blocked by default, reports the BBC. Back in Africa, pirated South African soaps are being sold to viewers outside of SA.

By Rod Baker 23 Jul 2013 06:54

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 09:41

Sekunjalo's INMSA deal concerns Sanef
Sekunjalo's INMSA deal concerns Sanef

NEWSWATCH: The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is concerned at the manner in which Iqbal Survé's Sekunjalo group is going about its acquisition of Independent News & Media South Africa (INMSA), reports IOL. Mail & Guardian reports on Facebook bowing to an outcry over sexist content, and also reports on pirates - the film, that is - in Cape Town.

By Rod Baker 30 May 2013 07:03

Ilse van den Berg
Where the real Movie Magic happens

One thing that will always bring back fond memories for me are the days when we still had old school drive-in cinemas. I never understood why these were kind of phased out... There literally is no better way to see a movie than under the stars.

By Ilse van den Berg 5 Apr 2013 14:21

[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 10:17

[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 12:06

[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 12:05

[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 09:55

[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 11:08

Harry Herber
Who'll survive the next decade?

Hell, in the blink of an eye, it's 10 years later. I would not have thought a decade would fly by so quickly, but there you are. And if you asked me if a whack had changed in that time, I would've answered "not so much".

By Harry Herber 12 Oct 2012 06:30

Horrorfest 2012: Still scary as hell
Horrorfest 2012: Still scary as hell

Let me open up with a question that's a kind of joke: What's worse, a person addicted to horror or porn flicks? Bizarre how both instantly paint an undesirable stereotype hooked on entertainment we've all secretly indulged. Now think why. You have? Wonderful. Now that we've all had time to reflect and laugh at our choices of recreation, it's easier for me to ask you without any immediate satanic associations: Keen to nurture your love of horror?

By Johann M. Smith 1 Oct 2012 12:22

Peter Mann
Do PR practitioners have more power than ad agencies? (Part I)

The other day I was asked whether PR practitioners now have more power than ad agency bosses. Brian Berkman who was writing for Advantage magazine kindly told me I could disagree if I wished (I do) and he gave me 200 words in which to do so.

By Peter Mann 20 Sep 2012 07:06

Gill Moodie
Primedia's Kuben Pillay: Radio active and talking digital

Ever since Primedia delisted in 2007 in a R7-billion deal, it has being flying under the radar because it no longer puts out financial results. CEO Kuben Pillay, who took over from William Kirsh in 2009, tells Bizcommunity why talk radio is booming, how Ster-Kinekor is the second biggest part of the business and how the company has changed in preparation for listing again.

By Gill Moodie 19 Jul 2012 07:40

The nerds are taking over
The nerds are taking over

Not that long ago, in a galaxy known as the Milky Way, on a planet called Earth, I read the words 'Save a Non-Geek Today' in a PC Format editor's note, and was amused by the seemingly far-fetched concept. Little did I know that those words foretold the revolution that is silently sweeping over the world and converting the masses into geeks without them realising it.

By Charles Siboto 16 Mar 2012 10:37

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 13:40

[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 11:35

[2012 trends] In case the world doesn't end...
[2012 trends] In case the world doesn't end...

While the theme song for the Year 2012 will undoubtedly be ''It's the end of the world as we know it..." by R.E.M., and we'll be bored with all the End-of-the-World theme parties and raves and launches by March already... in case the world doesn't end, these are some essential trends and things you need to know for the year to come [with additional editing and contributions from moi - managing ed].

By Louise Marsland 31 Jan 2012 14:13

[2012 trends] GFC's impact on media-marketing arena
[2012 trends] GFC's impact on media-marketing arena

There are a number of trends forecast for 2012 that will have an impact on all facets of the media-marketing arena.

By Karen Phelan 18 Jan 2012 15:59

Craig Wilson
End of an era as last drive-in closes

Ster-Kinekor has confirmed that the Velskoen drive-in in Randburg, Johannesburg, will close next year. It is the last of its drive-ins and the company says the decision comes as a result of declining audiences, which is says isn't unique to South Africa.

By Craig Wilson 28 Nov 2011 10:35

Anton Crone
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 15:30

The true story of Bizcommunity lies in the numbers -
The true story of Bizcommunity lies in the numbers

Since its inception a decade ago,'s subscriber base to its popular newsletters has grown to 241 000 subscriptions across Marketing & Media South Africa and Africa, Retail and Medical. Subscriptions to the new portals before the launch last week were already in the tens of thousands without any active marketing - the power of content.

By Robin Parker, Issued by 26 Sep 2011 14:10

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