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Netflix users watched 1 billion hours of content a week in 2017

Netflix doesn't like giving out numbers - we still don't know exactly how many South Africans are on the platform, for example. But the company has revealed that in 2017, users around the world were watching over 140-million hours of content a day

By Julia Breakey 13 Dec 2017

#Newsmaker: Fort's Amr Singh on what makes a good director
#Newsmaker: Fort's Amr Singh on what makes a good director

Fort agency's creative partner and director Amr Singh recently won the Craft Gold for Best Directing at the 2017 PromaxBDA Africa Awards for his work on DStv Africa's brand film in collaboration with Studio Zoo

By Jessica Tennant 29 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: Come over to the bright side
#NewCampaign: Come over to the bright side

TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg have just launched MTN's summer brand campaign and everything about it is next level

By Jessica Tennant 28 Nov 2017

#Newsmaker: Kriya Gangiah shakes things up
#Newsmaker: Kriya Gangiah shakes things up

'Info-tainment professional' and Jacaranda FM's digital lead, Kriya Gangiah, while still on air for the Saturday Top 20 show, recently left the station's midweek evening drive show to focus her time and energy on some undisclosed opportunities

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2017

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TV we got right

There's one thing I've been meaning to write about for a long time - a very long time, in fact - and it has to do with an aspect of our broadcasting talents that I've neglected to thank. Yes, ultimately the SABC (who would have thought

By Chris Brewer 20 Nov 2017

Local agency approached to cover Beaumont's world-record circumnavigation
Local agency approached to cover Beaumont's world-record circumnavigation

Scottish cyclist Mark Beaumont approached South African sports production agency MoonSport to cover his Artemis World Cycle, which he recently completed, breaking the Guinness World Record for circumnavigation by bicycle in 78 days, 14 hours and 40 minutes

By Jessica Tennant 15 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: Shake it like Bra Shakes
#NewCampaign: Shake it like Bra Shakes

Vodacom recently launched its summer rewards promotion, 'Shake Every Day'. Prior to the official launch, the campaign had already encountered 14 million customer interactions

By Jessica Tennant 8 Nov 2017

#AfricaCom: What is an African broadcaster in a multi-platform world?
#AfricaCom: What is an African broadcaster in a multi-platform world?

AfricaCom speaker Russell Southwood talks us through what it entails being an African broadcaster in a multi-platform world and how we can go about getting the most out of our content

By Juanita Pienaar 8 Nov 2017

#NewCampaign: It starts with...
#NewCampaign: It starts with...

Woolworths recently launched a digitally-led and multi-channel marketing campaign called the 'Starts With' challenge - a seven-week balanced living challenge facilitated through a Facebook event inviting participants to take part

By Jessica Tennant 7 Nov 2017

Introducing Cell C's entertainment offering: Black
Introducing Cell C's entertainment offering: Black

Cell C has announced the launch of a "revolutionary entertainment offering", named Black, which allows consumers to rent, buy or subscribe to movies and series on up to five devices

By Juanita Pienaar 6 Nov 2017

Netflix in South Africa: fastest ISPs revealed for September
Netflix in South Africa: fastest ISPs revealed for September

Netflix launched in South Africa more than a year ago, officially supporting the region with TV shows and movies. But the streaming service has also recently added South Africa to its monthly ISP Speed Index

By Hadlee Simons 10 Oct 2017

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#AfricaAchiever: Kwesé TV disrupts pay-TV market in Africa

Kwesé TV is disrupting the pay-TV market on the African continent, bringing the ‘TV everywhere revolution' to the continent. President and CEO, Joseph Hundah is our #AfricaAchiever.

By Louise Marsland 10 Oct 2017

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The Establishment Survey, a foundation for a brave new world

The Establishment Survey (ES) is a multi-purpose, multi-media survey providing context for all media platforms and all media currencies in South Africa

By Danette Breitenbach 6 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

#StartupStory: Blacksmith Collective
#StartupStory: Blacksmith Collective

“Like a blacksmith, we forge together various skill sets and craft to create a beautiful finished piece,” explain co-founders Diogo Mendonça and Marcus von Geyso of Blacksmith Collective

By Jessica Tennant 29 Sep 2017

#Newsmaker: Danilo Acquisto heads up local YouTube multi-channel network
#Newsmaker: Danilo Acquisto heads up local YouTube multi-channel network

Following the recent launch of Special Effects Media SA, I interviewed CEO Danilo Acquisto who was appointed by the network's global partners to head up the new South African studio, effective 1 August 2017

By Jessica Tennant 27 Sep 2017

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Dissatisfaction with local TV services

When I wrote last week about declining audiences and poor customer support in the TV industry, I didn't expect the deluge of sympathetic complaints I received - nor how upset a lot of viewers really are

By Chris Brewer 26 Sep 2017

#SACSCCongress: Nigella Lawson on the role of food in storytelling
#SACSCCongress: Nigella Lawson on the role of food in storytelling

Internationally renowned food writer and TV cook Nigella Lawson has amassed a loyal following of food lovers charmed by her no-fuss approach to cooking

By Lauren Hartzenberg 18 Sep 2017

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Are TV audiences declining?

At first it's hard, if not impossible, to get a grip on TV audiences. It will remain difficult until the industry has some real and solid research to confirm whether it's one way or the other

By Chris Brewer 18 Sep 2017

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#Pamro2017: The challenges in changing media consumption habits

How does ‘going digital' in the television market affect content and viewership patterns? Kui Kariuki from Ipsos Kenya looked at what happened with Kenya's digital migration

By Louise Marsland 28 Aug 2017

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#NewCampaign: Standard Bank's next

Through its current ‘What's your next?' integrated campaign, Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking South Africa (PBBSA) seeks to reconnect with its customers in a way that acknowledges that they're unique individuals with their own unique aspirations and ambitions, in an effort to partner with them on their journey to step up to their ‘next'

By Jessica Tennant 27 Jul 2017

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Swift: 78% of women in the film/TV industry victims of discrimination

A new report being prepared by women working in film and television in SA has revealed shocking findings at the Durban International Film Festival

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Jul 2017

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#OrchidsandOnions: There's no monopoly on capital doing good

When a brand does good for the society in which it exists, it can have powerful positive effects not only on its image, but also on sales

By Brendan Seery 20 Jun 2017

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How digital killed the TV star

It's official: digital advertising has overtaken TV advertising revenue (IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, 2016). As a medium, digital advertising has grown at supersonic speed. Here's what the latest statistics reveal

By Desiree Gullan, Issued by G&G Digital 20 Jun 2017

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#Newsmaker: Sarah-Jane Harling joins BBC Worldwide to grow its advertising business across Africa

BBC Worldwide recently appointed Sarah-Jane Harling in the newly created role of advertising account director for its Africa division, based at BBC's Melrose Arch office

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jun 2017

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How emotion affects advertising

You really have to be operating in the dark ages of marketing if you haven't cottoned on to the importance of emotion in marketing communication

By John Laurence 25 May 2017

Gen X: How to get the generation right (part 3)
Gen X: How to get the generation right (part 3)

Based on Viacom's extensive research on Generation X, how should brands, advertisers, marketers and media companies alike re-evaluate the way they represent this group of consumers?

By Jessica Tennant 24 May 2017

The future of advertising
The future of advertising

Everyone's talking about it falling circulations, viewers flocking to various competitive TV channels and a myriad of online internet offers, streaming options and, oh, there are so many others

By Chris Brewer 22 May 2017

Gen X: From rebellious, slacker youth generation to trailblazers of profound social change (part 1)
Gen X: From rebellious, slacker youth generation to trailblazers of profound social change (part 1)

Christian Kurz, senior vice president, global insights for Viacom International Media Networks unpacks the media company's latest global study and some game-changing insights on Generation X

By Jessica Tennant 19 May 2017

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