Thursday, February 28, 2013

7th South African Film and Television Awards shown on SABC3 on 16 March - contracts with DStv's Mzansi Magic and TopTV still negotiated.

The 7th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) will be broadcast on SABC3 on Saturday 16 March at 19:30 - but while the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) which runs this award ceremony says the 7th Saftas will also be broadcast on TopTV and on the M-Net run Mzansi Magic channel on DStv, I can reveal that both satellite channels are still negotiating.

I've spoken to both Mzansi Magic and TopTV and both say they don't have broadcasting dates and times yet two weeks before the actual event is going to take place, since nothing regarding the 7th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) have been concluded yet.

"Mzansi Magic and TopTV will broadcast an edited version of the awards," says the NFVF in a statement on its website.

Mzansi Magic told me there isn't a date yet because it's not finalized yet; TopTV told me today "the agreement is still in the process of being finalised" and broadcasting details don't exist.

Meanwhile the TV broadcast of two and a half hours until 22:00 will be a delayed live broadcast from Gallagher Estate at Midrand on SABC3 on 16 March. Highlights from the technical categories awarded on the previous night, 15 March, will be included in the broadcast on 16 March on SABC3.

The event production for the award ceremony will be done by Vibe 2000 Entertainment and Vertical Limit Production.

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