Pixar is making another in-house animation tool free for anyone to use

Last year, Pixar made its in-house animation software RenderMan free for non-commercial use, giving would-be filmmakers a powerful tool to get started with animated shorts and films. Now, it’s following this up by making another piece of in-house software not only free, but also open source. Pixar’s Universal Scene Description tool (USD) acts as an assembly station for…

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Nigeria’s VoD platform Dobox turns its attention to Francophone markets

Nigeria’s digital entertainment platform Dobox has quietly built itself a user base by concentrating on getting a number of things right. According to its CEO, it is now looking at expanding into Francophone Africa. It is probably one of the first Anglophone VoD platforms to make this step. Balancing Act’s Analyst Sylvain Beletre interviewed Dobox’s…

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Eugénie Diecky of Africa N°1 launches Radio Télévision Africaine

Eugénie Diecky, famous presenter of numerous radio programs on Africa N°1, is the developer of this Pan African television channel which will at first broadcast its programs on Internet before being available on satellite bundles. Program clips are already available online. Eugénie Diecky is confident that her channel will “create a revolution on the African…

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Active Film Distribution Companies in Nigeria and the Vicious Circle of Movie Piracy

Nigeria has a peculiar film industry. The Nigerian film industry does not have a formal film market, but there is active film distribution in Africa’s largest film industry. The Nigerian film industry which comprises of Nollywood and Kannywood is estimated to be worth more than US$ 590 million annually; producing over 2, 400 movies annually…

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Collaborative technology solutions are breaking down cultural borders

The attraction of high-growth markets is strong, and companies of all sizes are looking to develop in new regions that are full of potential. However the rules of the game have changed. There are regulatory, political, infrastructure and cultural considerations. There are also local players, who can be just as innovative, high-tech, well-branded and service-orientated,…

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FilmBox expands in African with OVYtv

SPI International/Filmbox has agreed with African operator OVY Network to extend their channel distribution agreement, extending its reach in a number of sub-Saharan African countries. The deal will see eight channels from the SPI International/FilmBox portfolio initially set for Botswana be made available through OVYtv in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania,…

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