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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of America’s greatest president, and the untold story that shaped a nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bring a fresh and visceral voice to the bloodthirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the living. Don’t miss Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter staring Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln, Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess and Rufus Sewell as Adam on Friday 12 July 2013 20:30 CAT.  

The Raven: When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery. The crime resembles a fictional murder, described in gory detail in the local newspaper, part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah, Edgar Allan Poe (acted by John Cusack). As Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realising a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for a bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. Tune in to The Raven on Friday 12 July 2013 22:30 CAT. Lies Men Tell: Starring Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot, Mofe Duncan and Bayray Mcw, Lies Men Tell is a story about issues common with relationships worldwide. Emeka, Jide and Femi are three friends who are caught up in an endless circle of lies, deceit and betrayal. They reach their own peculiar cross roads in their relationships with their wives. Catch Lies Men Tell on Sunday 14 July 2013 at 22:30 CAT.   Marbella Mansions: This fascinating and entertaining series follows interior designers, estate agents and property managers working at the top end of Marbella’s housing market.  Each episode features a mix of big characters and tricky clients with high expectations. The designers oversee the makeovers of some of the most expensive properties in the region, and the series offers viewers a window into a world that most can only dream about. These mansions are built and refurbished with the type of spending habits that would make most people gasp. Catch Marbella Mansions every Sunday from 14 July at 18:00 CAT.  

Defiance: The year 2046 sees an unrecognisable Earth with new rules after various alien races arrive on the planet and throw the world into chaos. A former marine and his adopted alien daughter decide to settle down in a small town seemingly unaffected by the conflict. Once they arrive, the pair quickly realise that things aren’t what they seem. Defiance premieres on Monday 15 July at 20:30 CAT.

Mandela Marathons with Eddie Izzard: This series sees comedian Eddie Izzard attempt to run an incredible 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days across South Africa to commemorate each of the 27 years of world renowned former statesman, Nelson Mandela’s incarceration. Eddie’s marathons give him a chance to tell Mandela’s story, as well as the turbulent history of South Africa. As he travels the country, Eddie stops off at the places that matter most to Mandela, meets the people whose lives he has touched and reveals the chaotic story of a country that has undergone radical change. Mandela Marathons airs Tuesdays at 21:25 CAT.

The Good Wife: This is a riveting blend of courtroom, politics and steamy personal relationships drama series of a wife whose world was shattered when her husband was caught in a corruption scandal. Forced to support her family, Alicia returned to work at a Chicago law firm headed by Diane Lockhart and Will Gardner, a driven attorney with a passion for justice. Don’t miss The Good Wife on Saturday 13 July at 18:30 CAT.

 

**Please note that the schedules were confirmed by DStv and accurate as at the time of distribution. Dates and times are subject to change. For more sports news and information, visit www.dstv.com or on www.facebook.com/DStvGhana

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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Our Culture, Our Heritage!!

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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio features K.O this Friday !

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022
Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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