Media company Entravision expands to Kenya, appoints Maggie Ndiragu as MD

KENYA – Entravision a global advertising, media and ad-tech solutions company, has announced its expansion into Kenya and welcomes Maggie Ndirangu as its newly appointed Managing Director of Kenya Operations. Ms. Ndirangu has regional expertise and extensive knowledge of the digital landscape across Africa. This expansion aligns with Entravision’s goal to position Entravision 365 Digital as a local digital marketing…

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MTN Nigeria to invest US$722k in its Media Innovation Programme (MIP)

NIGERIA – Technology company, MTN to invest over N300 million (US$722,862) in its Media Innovation Programme (MIP) targeted at empowering journalists in the country. Through the program, which is being organized in partnership with the Pan-Atlantic University, MTN will train 20 Nigerian media practitioners. The training includes digital skills, improvement in writing, and reporting skills through group presentations and sessions…

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Big Cabal Media secures US$2.3M seed round to fuel audience growth

NIGERIA – Big Cabal Media (BCM), a pan-African media company, has secured US$2.3 million seed funding round to fuel audience growth and build new verticals in Nigeria. The funding round was led by MaC Venture Capital, with participation from Luminate, Unicorn Group, Future Africa, and a range of angel investors. The new fund will allow BCM to grow its audiences,…

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Trace Studios appoints Sivan Pillay as its CEO

SOUTH AFRICA – The newly created Trace Studios has appointed Sivan Pillay as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 10, 2022. Trace Studios is the result of the acquisition by Trace of the Cape Town-based Okuhle Media Studios that were merged with Trace premium content production and distribution operations. Trace Studios combines 19 years of experience and assets from…

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Netflix commits US$1m towards creative scholarships in Africa

SUB–SAHARAN AFRICA – Netflix, the global entertainment streaming service, has announced a commitment of US$1 million towards the newly-established Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for film and TV students in Sub-Saharan Africa. The scholarship fund forms part of Netflix’s global Netflix Creative Equity Fund launched in 2021 to be allocated to various initiatives over the next 5 years with…

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Media startup Minly acquires Dubai-based celebrity platform Oulo

EGYPT – Minly, a media and entertainment startup, has announced the acquisition of Oulo, a Dubai-based celebrity shoutout platform focused on the Levant region, as it expands within the MENA region. Co-founded in 2020 by Mohamed El-Shinnawy, Tarek Hosny, Bassel El-Toukhy, Tarek ElGanainy and Ahmed Abass, Minly allows users to buy personalised video messages and shoutouts from their favourite celebrities.…

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Canal+ buys once again ups its stake in MultiChoice

SOUTH AFRICA – Groupe Canal+, the pay-television operator owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, has once again increased its stake in DStv parent MultiChoice Group, taking its shareholding to 15%. MultiChoice disclosed in a regulatory filing that the French company has increased its stake from 12% to almost 15.4%. In 2020, Canal+ began snapping up shares in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed…

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YouTube appoints Addy Awofisayo as Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA –  YouTube has announced the appointment of Addy Awofisayo as Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa for YouTube and YouTube Music. Addy will be in charge of YouTube Music’s business and partnership teams in Sub-Saharan Africa, and she will report to the Head of Music, YouTube EMEA. Addy Awofisayo, incoming Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa said: “Music is a powerful…

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IT firm Accenture acquires creative agency King James Group

SOUTH AFRICA –  IT services and consulting firm Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire King James Group, a highly awarded creative agency with deep expertise in brand strategy, creativity and digital marketing services.  The move will strengthen Accenture Interactive’s focus on putting creativity at the center of experience-led transformation to drive relevance and growth for its clients. “To…

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WPP-Scangroup posts US$15.5m loss as it clears former executives

KENYA – Marketing and communication company WPP-Scagroup, a subsidiary of WPP, has released its financial results for the financial year ended 31st December 2020 after delaying the publication for the third consecutive time due to ongoing investigations against its former Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bharat Thakrar and the former Chief Finance Officer, Mr. Satyabrata Das. These results were due on…

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