Press Release 24 November, 2016: Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s premium sports content platform, today announced that it is the main sponsor for the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award 2016. Nominated by leading African sports journalists and voted for by fans, the award is globally recognised.
Kwesé will live stream BBC World News’s Focus on Africa, when the result of the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award are revealed live on Monday 12 December 2016.
Kwesé Sports is committed to bringing fans the best in premium football programming. The sports platform also has rights to some of the most first-class football content including the Premier League, Spanish Copa Del Rey, Serie B amongst others and this sponsorship further affirms its commitment to supporting global and African Football.
“Kwesé Sports has demonstrated unparalleled interest in African footballers based all over the world through our content offering on all platforms and we are proud to be part of an award recognising excellence in them, said Joseph Hundah, CEO Econet Media. “This is a natural fit for us because football programming is a large portion of our offering across the continent”.
Kwesé would like to congratulate Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane and Yaya Touré on making it to the top five finalists this past weekend. Voting for the 2016 nominees will open on 12 November and close on 28 November at 1800GMT. Fans of African football worldwide can vote for their favourite player on the official BBC African football website.
For the latest sports news and for more on Kwesé Sports visit www.kwesesports.com
The quest to be crowned South Africa’s best FIFA 17 player will reach its conclusion this month, as the top eight players from across the country take to the virtual pitch on 26 November to be awarded the prestigious title of Kwesé Sports’ African Championship eSports (ACE) champion.
ACE has been the biggest FIFA tournament in the country, with more than 850 entries received between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The final leg of the tournament will see four players from Cape Town go head-to-head against four players from Johannesburg, and competitors will progress to the grand final match through a double elimination system.
“As Kwesé ACE reaches the pinnacle of the tournament, with almost 600 hopefuls competing in the elimination rounds, it just further proves that eSports are making a huge impact in the world of gaming - not only internationally, but also in South Africa,” said Joseph Hundah, Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media.
“We are captivated by the amount of skill and determination from all the participants, and although this is the culmination of the current tournament, the high level of interest has ensured that many more such tournaments will be held in the future in South Africa. Hopefully next year we will be able to break through the 1000-player ceiling for a local FIFA tournament,” he concluded.
Jo Kruger, Xbox Retail Marketing Manager at Microsoft South Africa, added that the ACE tournament is a big driver for eSports in the country.
“Whether you are a seasoned gaming pro or simply just a casual gamer, we want to unleash competitive gaming for everyone. The ACE tournament has been a big step for the future of competitive console gaming in South Africa as well as a giant leap for the growth of the local eSports scene.”
Following the initial four matches in the final, players relegated to the losers’ bracket will have to beat the players in the winners’ bracket twice, in order to come in contention for winning the overall championship.
The prize pool for the ACE final will total R60 000, with R25 000 going to the overall winner on the day, R15 000 for second place, R7 000 for third, and R3 000 for fourth place. There will also be a R10 000 prize in a finalist bonus round.
For those that can’t make it to the finals, the tournament will be streamed live on KweséSports’ Facebook page. Streaming on the Facebook page will start at 13:00 and will run until 14:30, with the final match between the two best FIFA players taking place at 14:00.
All footage from the tournament will also be captured and packaged for on-air broadcast through Kwesé’s network at a later stage.
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The ACE final will be taking place on Saturday, 26 November 2016 at Microsoft’s Bryanston campus in Johannesburg.
Leading up to the much anticipated launch of Kwesé’s Pay TV offering, Econet Media’s Kwesé TV has acquired Pay TV and Catch Up rights to a number of titles from FremantleMedia International.
This content includes the intense and thrilling documentary series The Traffickers, which investigates the global black market, the hugely popular gameshow hosted by Steve Harvey, Family Feud, the unconventional police procedural drama No Offence and three series, The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties, executive produced for CNN/U.S. by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, each examining the individuals and events that influenced and shaped each of the decades.
The programmes have been licensed for broadcast on Kwesé channels set to bring a distinctive offering to the African market. The initial set of Kwesé channels will cover key genres of programming and are being custom made for a young, urban and evolving African market.
“We are excited to be bringing Africans premium content from all over the world and this deal is one of many that Kwesé has managed to secure. We are committed to entertainment excellence while giving our audiences extensive choice in programming and this is the first step towards delivering unparalleled viewing options”, said Joseph Hundah, CEO Econet Media.
Anahita Kheder, SVP Middle East, Africa & South Eastern Europe, FremantleMedia International said, “We’re pleased to be partnering with Econet Media and its Kwesé launch. The mix of titles acquired by the new pay TV service have been hits around the world and we’re confident that they will prove popular with the African Market too.”
Kwesé has acquired premium, exclusive sports rights from all over the world and will work towards bringing nothing but the best in entertainment programming.
About Econet Media
A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options.
Focussed on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products. In addition, Econet Media has invested intensively to build its own operational assets.
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FremantleMedia creates, produces and distributes some of the best known and loved content in the world including: Idols, Got Talent (co-produced with Syco in the UK and the US), The X Factor (co-produced with Syco in the UK), Take Me Out, My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours, Family Feud, The Price is Right, Farmer Wants A Wife, Deutschland 83, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten, Wentworth, Neighbours, Generation War, No Offence, Grand Designs, Jamie Oliver, Danger Mouse, Kate & Mim-Mim, Munchies (with VICE Media), and The Football Republic. We have an outstanding global network with operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and airing 350 programmes a year worldwide. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. We are part of RTL Group, a global leader across broadcast, content and digital, and a division of the international media company Bertelsmann. For more information, visit www.fremantlemedia.com, follow us @FremantleMedia and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
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Press Release 17 November, 2016: Kwesé Sports, Econet Media’s sports content platform has signed an exclusive one-year deal with the Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) which commenced on 1 November 2016 with an option of extension for another two years. The deal includes the broadcast rights for the COSAFA U20 and Women’s Tournament to fans across sub-Saharan Africa.
Kwesé Sports has secured both Free to Air and Pay TV rights, COSAFA content will also be streamed live on the Kwesé Sports website as well as on the official Kwesé App which is available on Android and IOS. Programming will include live games, highlights and catchup.
Speaking on local content, CEO of Econet Media Joseph Hundah said “We are working towards being the hub for everything sports related on the African continent, be it local or international. We aim to bring the best in premium content from all over the world complemented by an extensive selection of local tournaments”.
Kwesé Sports has exclusive pan-African rights for some of the world’s leading sports content including the EPL, NBA, Formula One, EFC, The Spanish Copa Del Rey, English Rugby and Brazilian soccer to name a few. The move to acquire COSAFA rights is one that follows the acquisition of Africa Netball and is in efforts to diversify programming and strike a feasible balance between Kwesé international and local offering
“COSAFA is delighted that it’s U20 Youth Championship and Women’s Championship will be reliably televised and brought to the continent thereby showcasing the competitions and providing exposure to the players and referees of the southern Africa Region” said COSAFA’s Chairman of Competitons Mr Timothy Shongwe.
For the latest sports news and for more on Kwesé Sports visit www.kwesesports.com
Wednesday, 9 November 2016 - Econet Media, and Discovery Communications today announced the start of a long-term broadcasting partnership for Africa. Four Discovery Networks channels; IDX, Discovery Science, Animal Planet and Discovery’s latest turbo channel, DTX, will join the African media company’s growing Kwesé TV portfolio upon the launch of the platform, offering a mix of well-established shows and never-before-seen content for African audiences.
“Our purpose is to give our audiences access to the best programming from all over the world”, said Joseph Hundah, CEO Econet Media. “Discovery’s thought-provoking and compelling content is globally recognised for its quality and entertainment value. These channels are a natural fit for Kwesé, adding a unique dimension to our programming which we believe will appeal to our different audiences across Africa.” he added.
“Joining forces with Kwesé represents our commitment to expand our African consumer fan-base and bring our content to more audiences, across more screens than ever before,” said Dilek Doyran, Vice President of Commercial Development, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “IDX is one of our most globally successful channels, with sticky content that keeps its female audiences gripped to their seats as the mystery unfolds; while DTX, our newest channel brand for younger males, offers lovers of turbo programming a dedicated home to quench their first for everything fast and loud. With Animal Planet and Discovery Science included, this is the perfect channel line-up for the whole family to enjoy.”
Making its debut on African screens, DTX, which will be exclusive to Kwesé, is a fully-loaded, turbo-charged entertainment channel offering African viewers a non-stop programming line-up with ‘Xtra’ man appeal. Transporting viewers into a world where speed, adrenaline and extreme antics rule, themed nights on DTX include; ‘Xtreme Mondays’, ‘Totally Turbo Tuesdays’ and ‘Feel Good Fridays’, plus a dedicated Eurosport block on Sundays featuring highlights from a selection of the world’s biggest turbo-themed sporting events. Programme highlights early next year include How it’s Made: Dream Cars, Kindig Customs and Fantomworks.
Animal Planet is one of the world’s most-loved wildlife networks, offering viewers a unique and compelling mix of heart-warming, hilarious and uplifting programming straight from our charismatic and lovable animal ambassadors. In 2017 the animal fun continues, with new shows such as Deadliest South Africa and Meet the Penguins premiering on the channel, as well as the globally popular series Treehouse Masters.
The only global channel dedicated to science, Discovery Science celebrates science as part of our everyday lives. From the low-tech to the high-tech, and from how your smartphone works to the mysteries of the universe, Discovery Science satisfies the needs of those who are curious by nature through diverse genres such as space, gadgets, engineering and body science. When Discovery Science launches next year, Econet viewers will be treated to programming such as Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Alien Encounters and Storm Rider.
IDX is a market leader in the mystery and suspense genre, showcasing the best in gripping stories and dramatic reconstructions of real-life mysteries, all filmed in a contemporary and stylish format. From devious housewives to vengeful husbands, IDX depicts intriguing real-life stories of passion and revenge to satisfy the most curious and inquisitive viewer. Content guaranteed to keep viewers at the edge of their seats next year includes, People Magazine Investigates, How (Not) to Kill Your Husband and Married with Secrets.
DTX will be exclusive to Kwesé across Africa, alongside Animal Planet, which will be exclusive in select markets including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Uganda.
About Econet Media
A subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options. Focused on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing choices, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products. In addition, Econet Media have invested intensively to build its own operational assets. www.kwese.com.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across all screens through digital-first programming from Discovery VR, Seeker and SourceFed Studios, as well as over-the-top and TV everywhere offerings including Eurosport Player, Dplay, Discovery K!ds Play and Discovery GO. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.
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