Friday, July 30, 2021
CORONAVIRUS. Ferguson Films owner, producer and actor Shona Ferguson (47) has died from Covid-19 complications.
SABC shocks as public broadcaster parts ways with veteran sportscaster Robert Marawa; Vaylen Kirtley exits after 20 years to jump to Newzroom Afrika.
Netflix acquires feature-length documentary Schumacher that will release 15 September, offers 'deeply personal portrait of Michael Schumacher that will inspire and touch fans'.
"He is admired all over the world for his leadership qualities. He found the strength for this task and the balance to recharge at home, with his family, whom he loves idolatrously. In order to preserve his private sphere as a source of strength, he has always rigorously and consistently separated his private from his public life."
"This film tells of both worlds. It is his family's gift to their beloved husband and father."
Benjamin Seikel, producer, says "The documentary was a big challenge and needed a lot of time and sensitivity, considering the pressure that was put on the production from the outside. But thanks to a great team and a really great collaboration with the family, we didn't let ourselves get rattled."
"We're grateful that it's finally getting underway and excited about its global release on Netflix. The film was always intended to be an international documentary and we're confident it will be embraced as such."
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Jodie Whittaker quits the BBC's Doctor Who as Thirteenth Doctor along with showrunner Chris Chibnall, will be seen in season 13 and 3 film-length specials in 2022.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The actor, comedian and director Clive Scott (84) who was one of South Africa's first TV stars has died.
TV trivia buffs will remember that Clive Scott played the character of the barman Ted Dixon in The Villagers, South Africa's very first locally-produced TV drama series on the SABC's TV1 in 1976.
CORONAVIRUS. Ster-Kinekor reopens its South African cinemas; press screenings back for film critics with pressure review schedule.
CORONAVIRUS. MultiChoice opens a building basement Covid-19 vaccination site at its Randburg complex for pay-TV group's Gauteng staffers.
Showmax to stream The Buzz twice weekly as a commentary show for the 6th season of Big Brother Naija with Nigerian radio personality Toke Makinwa as presenter.
BritBox CEO Reemah Sakaan says "It's quality content that's effortlessly watchable. British TV and film has grown exponentially as a cultural export in recent years, with productions and talent frequently scooping BAFTAs, Emmys and Oscars, and regularly recognized as some of the best in the world for quality and escapism".