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Mampho Brescia announced as Brand Japan Ambassador

Mampho Brescia Brand Japan Ambassador

Multi-award nominated South African Television, Film and Theatre actress, and prominent media personality, Mampho Brescia, will formally be announced as the first ever Brand Japan Ambassador for South Africa this Friday, 27 July 2018 in Pretoria at the official residence of the Ambassador of Japan, Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki.

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The announcement of naming Mampho Brescia as Brand Japan Ambassador is a highly fitting one due to her background of having studied in Japan. Her celebrity status alongside her knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture has positioned Mampho Brescia as the ideal ambassador to be a bridge between South Africa and Japan.

“Being appointed as Brand Japan Ambassador is a full circle moment for me. I had the opportunity to experience Japan as a student and I discovered an entirely different world. It’s such an honour to now be in a position to represent the beautifully rich and colourful Japanese culture to South Africa,” expresses Mampho Brescia.

Mampho Brescia will be travelling to Japan on 21 September 2018 as the official Brand Japan Ambassador to meet with Japanese role players in areas such as entertainment, tourism and public services.

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The local entertainment sector grapples increasing risks

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The Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 reveals that cyber incidents are a top concern for the entertainment industry with 33% of 39 respondents pointing to the worrisome risk. 

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Natural catastrophes with the same 33% of responses occupy the #2 spot since 2017. Political risks and political violence are at #3 with a 31% response. Business interruptions are a new risk in the sector at 28%. The report is published annually by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS).

South African entertainment producers are adjusting their models in line with the shifting consumer preferences. User experience has become a key competitive advantage as businesses in the sector seek to harness technology and data in order to engage and retain users. This reliance on technologically advanced platforms such as live streams, pay per view and on-demand services presents the sector with cyber risks. IT failure, data breaches are the biggest risk in the sector as participants in the sector are now relying on technology to deliver entertainment content. 

Natural catastrophes also present the sector with risks similar to cyber incidents. Adverse weather conditions such as floods and heat waves often disrupt filming schedules, concerts and festivals. When filming equipment is hired and charged at an hourly rate, companies incur losses as hours of production are lost. The same losses are incurred in the form of low turnout as adverse weather conditions make it difficult to attend outdoor entertainment events.

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Terry Pheto stars in lead role in international movie, FACES

Terry Pheto in international movie, FACES

International award-winning South African actor, Terry Pheto, has been announced to star in a new international feature film titled FACES as a lead actor.

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FACES will have its exclusive world premiere in South Africa at the 39th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) this Sunday, 22 July 2018.

“It’s always great to work with incredible actors and talented film makers from all parts of the world. I don’t take it for granted what a privilege it is to grow my global footprint which such amazing story tellers. FACES is a movie that addresses universal issues that will resonate with all,” shares Terry Pheto.

Terry Pheto further adds: “Having the FACES world premiere in my home turf is truly special.”

FACES is a multi-narrative film set across four storylines that follow a group of characters as their lives begin to unravel. The feature film was shot in London and directed by the award-winning British-Nigerian director, Joseph a. Adesunloye.

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SARAFINA! perpetuates the legacy of the youth of 16 June 1976 this Saturday on

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Producer Anant Singh announced today that the legacy of the youth activists of 16 June 1976 will be honoured with the broadcast of the film SARAFINA! on and its sister channel eMovies.

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Produced by Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, the film stars Leleti Khumalo, Mbongeni Ngema, John Kani, Robert Whitehead, Miriam Makeba, Somizi Mhlongo and Academy Award Winner, Whoopi Goldberg.

SARAFINA! will be broadcast on Youth Day, 16 June on (OpenView Channel 104 and DStv Channel 194) at 3.55pm, and then on eMovies (OpenView Channel 106 and DStv Channel 138) on 17 June at 8pm and on 18 June at 10.55am.

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Question and answer session with Ian Morgan

Ian Morgan Good Mourning

Cape Town based filmmaker Ian Morgan was the winner of the first SundanceTV Shorts Competition for South Africa, with his short film Good Mourning

Ian Morgan, who won a trip to London to premiere his film at the Sundance Film Festival, returned this week excited, elated and inspired. Here he answers a few questions:


Tell us about your winning film Good Mourning?
Good Mourning is a dark comedy about Ted (played by Paul Snodgrass), a professional mourner, who loves his job to death. Until one day he is challenged by a disbeliever, Sandrine (Skye Russell), who questions his morals and ethical standpoint and the conversation take an unlikely turn.

What made you decide to enter the competition?
Paul (Snodgrass) suggested it and sent me a link to the SundanceTV Shorts Competition site. We had been entering the film into a number of local and international film festivals and thought we’d try our luck with this one.

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Did you know Trevor Noah made a ‘Black Panther’ cameo?

Trevor Noah Black Panther cameo

Comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and ‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah had a cameo in Black Panther movie and everyone missed it. 

While many people focused on big stars such as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o, the South African-born comedian Trevor also managed to play a role in the blockbuster film too.

According to Vanity Fair, in the movie’s end credits, as noted by and other Comic Book Movie News websites, Noah is listed as the voice of the character “Griot”—better known as the sleek, Shuri-invented A.I. system that guides Martin Freeman’s character in a virtual plane during the battle scene.

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Some people on Twitter spotted his name but they were not sure if it’s really Trevor. But Vanity Fair confirmed that it is really him.

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SundanceTV has announced the winner of the first SundanceTV Shorts Competition for South Africa. The winner of the Jury Prize is Good Mourning by Cape Town-based filmmaker Ian Morgan.

Ian Morgan wins a trip for two to the premiere of his film at an event at Sundance Film Festival: London which takes place May 31 to June 3. Good Mourning will also be broadcast on SundanceTV (DStv channel 108) later this year. SundanceTV was joined by MultiChoice as exclusive partner for the competition.

Good Mourning is a dark comedy about Ted, a professional mourner, who loves his job to death. However, one day he is challenged by a disbeliever, Sandrine, who questions his morals and ethical standpoint and the conversation takes an unlikely turn.

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“The SundanceTV Shorts Competition offers a unique platform to showcase the creativity of emerging filmmakers,” said Victoria Spitalieri, Marketing Director, AMC Networks International. “We’re incredibly excited to broadcast Ian Morgan’s film on SundanceTV Global later this year as well as to premiere Good Mourning at an event during the upcoming Sundance Film Festival: London. We’d like to thank all of the South African filmmakers who submitted entries as well as our partners who generously supported this exciting initiative.”

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Idols SA runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba gets an acting role

Idols SA runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba (1)

Idols SA runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba is a man of many talents. We first met Mthokozisi on Idols SA season 13, the singer now scored himself his first acting gig in the Zimele film set to premiere on Mzansi Magic soon. 

The former Idols contestant will play a role of Prince Bhekisisa in the Zimele film. He’s also joined by actress Zekhethelo Zamisa who plays has a similar character with Cinderella. The movie is set to play on Mzansi Magic in July. The movie is shot in KwaZulu-Natal.

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The film is directed by a Durban filmmaker Bonnie Sthebe. Bonnie is a producer with five years experience in a film industry, a founder and co-owner of a film, video and television production company Durban Motion Pictures established in 2005.

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The Durban artist told TshisaLive: “I have a master plan. Besides radio, I have gone back to the church choir and have been recording music in my home studio.

I have a book coming in the middle of the year. The book will blow people’s minds because it will tell only the truth. I want people to see that I am a human being. I’ve been through so much in my life and I want them to accept who I am, a fighter.”

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Actress Terry Pheto on cover of lifestyle magazine Moziak Africa

Moziak Africa Terry Pheto

Moitheri Terry Pheto, who is best known for her leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi, has graced the cover of lifestyle magazine Moziak.

The actress is seen on the cover in a black and white photo with camera in hand. In her interview, she told the lifestyle magazine that she is more of a seat dancer than a show-stopper on the floor.

Terry recently rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest artists in the world at Coachella. One of the famous faces she bumped into was Hollywood muso DJ Khaled.

“The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.”

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South Africa’s most iconic television series Yizo Yizo to be made into a film

Yizo Yizo the return

Yizo Yizo is counted as one of the most iconic shows to hit South Africa when it comes to television shows. Yizi Yizo played on SABC1 from 1999 to 2004. The series was set in a fictional school, Supatsela High, in a township of Johannesburg.

The show broke record ratings and is still watched by millions of South Africans on YouTube and SABC Encore on DStv Channel 156.

Aluta Film Festival announced on Twitter that the series will be made into a feature length film. Your favourite South African actors Menzi Ngubane, Pearl Thusi, Thapelo Mokoena and Connie Chiume will star in the movie.

The news was received with mixed reactions, check what Twitter had to say about this.



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