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Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Crowned Miss Universe 2017

[unable to retrieve full-text content]  Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, has been crowned Miss Universe 2017! The 22-year-old contestant beat out 91 other women to take the top prize in the annual pageant, which took place at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night. Nel-Peters, the second-ever Miss Universe winner from South Africa, was crowned by ...

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Discop Africa: Africa’s Biggest TV Market Wraps With Eye on Expansion

JOHANNESBURG — The launch of an ambitious new initiative designed toward boosting the fast-growing music business in Africa was one of the highlights of the final day of Discop, which wrapped Oct. 27 at the Sandton Convention Center. A partnership with ONGEA! Africa, hosts of the annual ONGEA! Eastern Africa Music Summit in Nairobi, Discore was conceived with an eye ...

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Discop Africa: Annecy Shows Support for African Toon Talent

JOHANNESBURG — With the final round of the first-ever pan-African animation pitching competition Friday night at Discop, the Annecy Int’l. Animation Film Festival and Market signaled its commitment to shoring up local partnerships to help develop the continent’s toon biz. The French fest has been onboard with African animation since 2011, when it partnered with the French Institute and South ...

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Discop Africa: Streamers Search for Foothold in Crowded African Market

JOHANNESBURG — Before Naspers’ VOD service Showmax rolled out its hyper-local Kenyan offering last year, Showmax Africa head Chris Savides noticed that audiences in Nairobi already had their own version of video-on-demand: Pirated content which was downloaded, distributed on flash drives, and often delivered to your door. The existence of that parallel ecosystem underscored the fact that, despite the challenges ...

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Discop Africa: African Music Biz Tries to Find Its Groove

JOHANNESBURG — “Why is the musician and artist always at the bottom of the barrel?” The question posed by Michael Balkind, director of digital media strategist Contentbar, was on the minds of film and music biz veterans gathered at Discop on Friday, during a lively panel discussion on how African artists can benefit from the rapidly evolving digital music ecosystem. ...

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Discop Africa: African Co-Prods Find Common Ground

JOHANNESBURG — It’s been more than half a century since independence movements swept across Africa, but when it comes to doing business on the continent, stubborn reminders of the colonial borders remain. Perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the worlds of film and TV, where the French and English markets have only in recent years begun to court ...

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