ABN is a globally recognized premier content distributor of exciting new African-originated entertainment and
KEY BUSINESS LINES
• ABN has developed a broadcast strategy across multiple platforms to distribute: information, sports, entertainment, social networking services, communications, reading and online
• Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa & UK
• Business strategy emphasises organic growth, opportunistic joint ventures to add significant value to both ABN and partners that is driven by the Telecoms driven media convergence and demand for data across multiple platforms. • To develop world class leading products and services that help improve the lives of our partners and viewers across Africa.
• Innovative digital TV | Content distribution | Advertising sales | Digital Media
• Encourage and stimulate social and economic change across sub-Saharan Africa
• Inform, motivate, and educate Africans to work for their own development
• To create wealth and opportunity in the African broadcasting net via the African Public Broadcasting Foundation
ABN has access to competent, ready-to-go, skills-set comprising industry professionals at various levels of a set value chain. These include corporate management executives, programme acquisition experts, television ad sales specialists and brand marketers.
ABN is poised to play a major role in the development of a robust and independent commercial television industry across sub-Saharan Africa. The goal is to build on its current audience reach of an estimate of 20 million viewers in Ghana and Nigeria. ABN has plans to secure within three years, the loyalty of 200 million viewers in Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone sub-Saharan Africa.
The network will provide more than entertainment. Via its not-for-profit affiliate - the African Public Broadcasting Foundation - ABN will source and distribute relevant educational and public service programming. This will ensure ABN’s proactive engagement in the dissemination of effective development-enhancing knowledge. ABN’s ultimate commercial goal is to become a premier producer and distributor of exciting new African-originated entertainment and educational programmes that reflect and reinforce indigenous cultures in all their creative diversity.
ABN is supported by broadcasters throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and by a wide range of international organisations involved in the continent’s development.
ABN, originally founded in 2000, is the vision of George Twumasi, its Ghanaian chief executive. With 23 years’ experience in the television industry, he has already carved out a strong brand identity for ABN. Through George, ABN has forged strong affiliate programming and airtime sales relationships with broadcasters, both private and state-owned in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
ABN and its partner broadcasters are committed to the development of a viable pan-African television network that is underpinned by original, African-generated productions, made by Africans for Africans.
John Sanderson, Chairman. John is a media business development expert. After ten years as a leading leisure and media sector investment analyst, John set up his own company, JFWS Ltd. Clients have included United Business Media, the English Football League, Channel 5 and Endemol UK.
George Twumasi, Deputy Chairman and CEO. George is the visionary force behind ABN. He has extensive professional, market knowledge of the free-to-air television broadcasting and advertising landscape in Africa and has established a global network of industry contacts. His ability to secure partnering commitments from the major African broadcasting organisations reflects his pivotal role in African media.
John Momoh, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Channels Television is a renowned broadcast journalist with a vast experience spanning 30 years. Prior to establishing Channels Television, John worked as a News Anchor and Senior Producer for Nigeria's National Radio and Television Stations, Radio Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Highly respected within the Nigerian business community, John Momoh has a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy and a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Mass Communication. He is both a "Chevening" fellow and a fellow of the "African Future Leaders" initiative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government. John also holds Diplomas from the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff and the University of Manchester in the U.K.
Robert Soteriou, Finance Director. Robert was with Price-Waterhouse in the UK, and is now senior partner at Soteriou Barnerji, a firm of chartered accountants in London. He has a working knowledge of Africa and extensive business know-how, having successfully run his own practice for over twenty years. Robert is also the Company Secretary of ABN.
Duncan Irvine, Chief Operations Officer. Duncan is a successful South African television producer, with extensive knowledge of programme procurement and product branding, direct spot advertising, corporate social responsibility sponsorships, and co-production management. He has produced over six thousand hours of television and has strong international links with major media companies including BBC Worldwide and the Los Angeles based United Talent Agents. The operational infrastructure of Johannesburg based Rapid Blue Pty Ltd (www.rapidblue.com), which Duncan founded - is supporting ABN’s pan-African head office operation.
Mary Goodyear, Director. Mary is a market researcher with a distinguished international track record. She has worked for numerous multinational companies and institutions, including the BBC, British Airways, CIBA, Coca-Cola, Diageo, Glaxo-Smith Kline, Shell, Unilever etc. Since her first project in Cameroon in 1971, she has worked extensively throughout Africa.
Qondisa Ngwenya, Non-Executive Director. Qondisa is Managing Director and Deputy Group Managing Director of Octagon Marketing. As Managing Director of Octagon's South Africa office, Qondisa oversees new business development, key account management on marketing consulting and TV and new media business, and a number of other areas. He also provides risk and financial management, and heads Octagon's expansion to the rest of Africa including liaison with football and broadcasting stakeholders around the globe. Prior to working at Octagon, Qondisa held positions at the South African Sports Commission and the National Sports Council of South Africa. He holds an MBA from Leicester Business School and a BS from the University of Cape Town.
Thorsten Stamer, Sales Director. Thorsten Stamer is ABN’s Sales Director for Africa and the Managing Director of ABN Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. He is responsible for the sales of commercial television airtime across sub-Saharan Africa. Thorsten, a chartered accountant by training, has 17 years of sales experience in the African TV broadcast industry and has been involved in the packaging and selling of airtime around major events including: Gillette World sports, Africa Cup of Nations, Beijing Olympics, and 46664 Nelson Mandela Concert.
August 2009: DISCOP and ABN partner to deliver ‘The Future of African Programme Barter Syndication’ a round table at DISCOP Africa ’09 - 25 to 27 February ‘09. The African Broadcast Network DISCOP Africa ’09 is designed to bring together programming, acquisitions, production, distribution and advertising executives to implement creative and innovative solutions to enhance the development of television content business in Africa. “Reliable studies show that for the next five years, television advertising spending in Africa will be driven by double digit growth provided that African audiences can be exposed to significantly better programming. All facts also point to a potentially very dynamic marketplace for African TV Stations, suppliers of programs and formats, and advertisers and their agencies in a context where there is still little on offer in terms of high-quality and entertaining television content. This is why we have decided to launch DISCOP AFRICA, a new networking and business event designed to bring together highly-motivated programming, acquisitions, production, distribution and advertising executives ready to implement creative and innovative solutions that could enhance the development of television content business in Africa. An estimated 200 participants are expected to take part in the premiere edition of DISCOP AFRICA which will take place from 25 to 27 February 2009 at the SOFITEL TERRANGA HOTEL in Dakar, Senegal”. » Visit DISCOP website to register for DISCOP Africa ’09
July 2008: ABN-Octagon successfully delivers Beijing Olympics 2008 package to broadcasters across 37 sub-Saharan countries. The SABC & the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) appointed ABN-Octagon as its exclusive commercial and sales agency in May 2008 around the broadcast rights to the IOC Beijing Olympics. » Go to news article
July 2008: Building Robust Broadcast Media in Sub-Saharan Africa: Kahlil Byrd, ABN’s Africa Learning Channel Consultant is interviewed by the Council on Foreign Relations, July 1, 2008. » Listen to Streaming Audio of CFR site
July 2008: ABN and The Steadman Group agree to initiate a research plan, to support the delivery of The Africa Learning Channel's educational and informational objectives. » See The Africa Learning Channel presentation
June 2008: ABN facilitates the transmission of the 46664’s Honouring Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday - concert in Hyde Park, 27th June, in over 22 African Countries: ABN facilitates a free, sponsored package to African broadcasters who delighted their viewers with international stars including Will Smith, Queen and Annie Lenox, along with African favourites the Soweto Gospel Choir, Jonny Clegg, Loyiso and more. » Go to 46664
June 2008: ABN/APBF participates in a high-level Africa Group Workshop in Seattle, Washington on 3rd June. This meeting, hosted by The Africa Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together a select group of experts to discuss intersections and opportunities in African media and development. » Read more about the APBF
May 2008: Africa Media Initiative (AMI) sees the close of its first phase in Maputo Mozambique. George Twumasi, who was appointed into the AMI Technical Team, as part of the Investment and Infrastructure Stream participation, assisted in providing a framework for an African-owned and led media development agenda addressing existing deficits faced in, and by, the media sector in the region, set against the MDG’s. » Read more about the AMI
March 2008: ABN enters into an exclusive agency agreement with BBL Distribution Inc. USA for free-to-air television in the Anglophone and Lusophone African territory. » Read more about ABN Programming
MIPTV Preview Magazine Article
New treasures from the South - Sub Saharan Africa is suddenly on the international radar. A spate of deals underscores the region’s burgeoning self-belief – and the world’s growing confidence in the African media landscape. Marlene Edmunds reports, March 2008, pg 101 “Among those organizations working to improve the region’s infrastructure is the African Broadcast Network (ABN), headed by its Ghanaian-born deputy chairman and CEO, George Twumasi…Our aim is to help transform the broadcast economy of Africa into a viable commercial proposition and to formulate a new infrastructure that provides a ore welcoming climate for media investments,” he says. » Click to read MIPTV Preview Magazine on-line
ABN co-sponsors International Emmy event (19 November 2005)
The first International Emmy World Television Festival launched on November 18 with a kick-off cocktail party at HBO. The two day event took place Saturday, November 19 and Sunday November 20, 2005 at the Sofitel Hotel in New York City. Over eight hundred people attended the newly expanded Festival which featured the traditional screenings of the nominated programs as well as panels, presentations and cocktails hosted by international sponsors A&E Television Networks, African Broadcast Network, Ariana Television and Telemundo. Mr. Liu Changle, Founder and CEO of Phoenix Satellite TV, was the 2005 Festival Chairman. » www.iemmys.tv/festival.aspx
Bruce Paisner, President of The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with George Twumasi, CEO ABN
Variety Magazine Article
World TV Festival aims to aid Foreign Broadcasters
By Elizabeth Guider, November 20, 2005
"I'm here in New York to tell you that the next great TV market is Africa. We have 200 million people watching television, including 90% of folks in cities, the growth in viewership is 5% a year, and the total ad spend market in sub-Saharan is already worth $1 billion a year." Kahlil Byrd, Director of US Business Development and Strategy, African Broadcast Network » Click to read full article
The MacTaggart Lecture was named after the pioneering and innovative writer, producer and director James MacTaggart. The Lecture by John McGrath, playwright, opened the first Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in 1976 and has fast established itself as a platform for important policy announcements and controversial industry attacks.
In 1997 the Edinburgh International Television Festival launched the Alt. Mac. Billed as a dynamic 'alternative' to the famous James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, the platform gives a media visionary an opportunity to present an inspirational view of the broadcasting future. The Richard Dunn memorial lecture was inaugurated in 1999 in memory of the respected former chairman of Thames Television. This platform is distinct in its remit to look at the personal business vision, creative strategy and management style of a major TV executive. (Please visit www.amazon.com to purchase the published series of lectures)
Drawing on broadcast professionals, conferences and manufacturers, Broadcastpapers.com is a library of the latest ideas in broadcasting technology and business. A totally free resource, Broadcastpapers.com covers areas such as broadcast business, digital and analogue transmission, data services and interactivity, asset management, animation and FX, cameras and lenses, radio, audio and more.
Abstract: Television broadcasters, music companies, movie studios, and video game companies spend billions of dollars a year creating and distributing products composed of various combinations of digital or rich media assets. Besides representing a massive dollar investment, digital assets contain the potential for generating even greater ancillary revenue. On the other hand, managing digital assets presents an enormous challenge unless you have the software that can handle it.
Communication, Cultural and Media Studies InfoBase
The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Broadcasters
Primary source for information on the telecoms, Internet and audio-visual media industries in Africa:
Premier sourcing site for the digital video and television industry
Mass media: broadcasting
Types of organizations of broadcasting systems
Media Channel is a media issues super site, featuring criticism, breaking news, and investigative reporting from hundreds of organizations worldwide
PAMBAZUKA NEWS - a weekly electronic newsletter for social change in Africa
A Guide to Interactive TV
A Report by the Center for Digital Democracy, 2001
TV That Watches You: The Prying Eyes of Interactive Television
Interactive Television Alliance is an independent trade association representing the broad interests of the entire ITV industry.
Interactive TV Research and News - research papers, PhD theses, journals,
Conferences, textbooks and collection papers
Interactive Television Research Institute
Ofcom review of public service television broadcasting (Phase 3)
Competition for quality (08.02.06 UK)
UNESCO - Communication and Information Department
The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). It is a major forum in the UN system designed to develop free and pluralistic media with a global approach to democratic development.
New Projects Submitted to IPDC: (documents - PDF)
Part 1: Africa (204 pages)
Part 2: Asia and the Pacific (138 pages)
Part 3: Latin America and the Caribbean (78 pages)
Part 4: Arab States (38 pages)
European Audiovisual Observatory
European Audiovisual Observatory is the only centre of its kind to gather and circulate information on the audiovisual industry in Europe. The Observatory is a European public service body with 36 member States and the European Community, represented by the European Commission.
EU Information Society
Study on the Development of Digital Television in the European Union Study prepared by IDATE for the Commission. (PDFs)
Austria (173 Kb) - Belgium (136 Kb) - Denmark (133 Kb) - Finland (131 Kb) - France (164 Kb) - Germany (219 Kb) - Greece (99 Kb) - Ireland (115 Kb) - Italy (145 Kb) - Luxembourg (70 Kb) - Netherlands (128 Kb) - Portugal (106 Kb) - Spain (142 Kb) - Sweden (163 Kb) - United Kingdom (252 Kb)
ICD Media Assistance Workshop, 2004
Broadcasting is the media most accessible and useful to the poor
The Media in Governance, 2001
The purpose of this guidance paper is to improve the quality and impact of government-media relations and media effectiveness in serving the interests of the poor and the disadvantaged
ARTICLE 19 is an international human rights organisation which defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world.
They campaign against the wide-spread use of defamation laws, restrictions on media and pluralism, and censorship to safeguard pluralism and diversity of views.
ABN has established a significant network of contacts and business relationships spanning the international broadcasting, production and programme distribution and development communities. These include:
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 350 companies. Sixty percent of the Board of Directors come from countries based outside of the U.S, and represents the world's largest production, distribution and broadcast companies.
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in childrens lives around the world. Founded in 1968, the Workshop changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street. Today, the Workshop continues to innovate on behalf of children by reaching out globally to meet local needs.
WGBH productions are seen and heard across the United States and Canada. They deliver content that informs, inspires, and entertains millions. WGBH produce more PBS prime-time and Web lineup than any other station including teaching tools for schools and home-schooling, IMAX films, plus services for people with hearing or vision impairments.
Thirteen/WNET provides non-commercial, educational and inspiring public television by combining public television production, the Internet, pioneering educational projects, and concerned community outreach initiatives. Thirteen continually finds new ways for television to be a positive force in society.
Since 1969, WLIW has remained firmly committed to the mission of public television, presenting programming and outreach projects that educate, enlighten and entertain as an innovative broadcast center and educational resource for the New York metropolitan area.
Faith & Value Media use television, the Internet and other media to promote the vitality of religious experience in everyday life and to give expression to religious diversity.
NextNext is the producer of Chat the Planet, a television show and internet community that connects groups of young Americans (ages 15 to 25) with their peers around the world, via satellite, for frank, no-holds-barred discussions.
Over the course of 35 years Gala Entertainment has brought more than 1,000 quality feature films and television programs to audiences worldwide and introduced independent Hollywood films to emerging markets in Africa, Pacific Islands, and West Indies.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) is one of the most demanding and challenging motor sports competitions on the planet.
ITV plc is the leading UK media company, owning all of the regional Channel 3 licenses in England and Wales. ITV plc wholly owns three leading free-to-air digital channels: ITV2, ITV3 and the recently launched ITV4. Its production arm comprises the largest commercial television production company in the UK and one of Europes largest programme distributors.
Africast Global Media, Inc., and its subsidiaries, is a diversified entertainment and multi-media company that produces, acquires and distributes a variety of Africa-focused media content.
The Africa Channel is a new US based television network showcasing some of the African continent's most outstanding English language television series that reflect the people of Africa, their incredible stories, their daily lives, their music and art, their successes, celebrations and challenges.
MTV: Music Television, the first 24-hour video music network, is today the world's most widely distributed television network. On 22 February 2005 MTV launched its 100th channel - MTV base, a pan-African music TV channel serving 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and available to some 1.3 million homes across the continent via satellite.
The goal of the initiative is to mobilize the media industry around the sub-Saharan Africa in the AIDS response. Its strategy is to gain the commitment of media leaders in integrating HIV messaging across programming (including: soap operas, talk shows, news, phone-ins and public service announcements), to give air time and page space to the issue, to put in place HIV policies and training for staff and to establish a formal corporate position on these commitments.
Discovery Education is the leader in digital video and multimedia-based learning. Through its public service initiatives, products, and partnerships Discovery Education reaches over 90,000 schools across the United States, serving 1.5 million teachers and their 35 million students each year.
The National Geographic Channel provides television programmes about Adventure and Exploration, Animals and Nature, History and Culture, and covers Geographic, Photography and Travel News.
The History Channel provides users with access to a rich collection of online history resources.
The BBC World Service Trust is an independent charity working with people in developing and transitional countries to improve the quality of their lives through the innovative use of the media. Their work covers Development Communications, Media Development, and research and learning
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in September 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.
Communicating for Change (CFC) is a dynamic, communications organisation raising Africans awareness of environment and development issues to create positive change to develop the continent and change lifestyles. Messages are produced from a distinctly African perspective to counter the ever increasing flow of foreign, often culturally inappropriate, programming.
Media Forum for Global Health is a newly incorporated non-profit organization. One of its first major project aims at increasing dramatically the awareness of the fight against HIV/AIDS through a week-long broadcasting campaign on or around World AIDS Day, December 1st 2006.
GFMD aim to bring coherence, community and advocacy to the worldwide movement of media assistance providers, independent radio and television broadcasters, print media journalists, media activists, media law advocates, and government and private donors supporting independent, local media and professional journalism.
The Harvard University Committee on African Studies is an interdisciplinary group of scholars to advance knowledge and understanding of Africa within Harvard.
Dalberg is an international consulting firm of global investment advisors serving clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Dalberg provides advice to clients on globalization and sustainable international development in order to help them achieve breakthroughs in performance and innovation.
Eastside focuses on delivering consultancy and business services to commercial businesses, social enterprises and charities.
Rapid Blue is one of South Africa's leading television production companies.
Programs4Media works with visual media producers and owners to maximize revenues from emerging markets.
The African Public Broadcasting Foundation - APBF - encourages and stimulates social and economic change across sub-Saharan Africa through terrestrial free-to-air television and radio broadcasting.
The Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SC IHDC) is a social change project which aims to impact on society at the individual, community and socio-political levels. SC IHDC is South Africas premier edutainment project.
Charter Broadcast is one of the Europe's largest inventories of Broadcast Equipment. It provides the world class, custom built television facilities, digital radio camera system and all the services which is used for outside broadcast and television production companies.
CD ROM duplication, VHS duplication, DVD recording & CD replication UK Leaders. We understand our client's needs and work to the best of our ability to satisfy them.
Africa Film & TV www.africafilmtv.com
The Union of National Radio and Television
The Union of Radio and Television Associations of Africa:
(URTNA) www.urtnapec.org and www.cturtna.org
Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) www.saba.co.za
National Broadcasting Commission www.nbc-nig.org
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa www.icasa.org.za
Nigerian Television Authority www.nta.com.ng
Silverbird TV www.silverbirdgroup.com
Minaj Broadcast International www.mbiafricatv.com
Africa Independent Television www.aittv.com
Voice of Nigeria www.voiceofnigeria.org
Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria www.radionigeria.net
Gateway Television www.gtvnigeria.com
TV3 Network Ltd www.tv3.com.gh
Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation www.znbc.co.zm
South Africa Broadcasting Corporation www.sabc.co.za
SABC Education Television www.sabceducation.com
Channel Africa www.channelafrica.org
Parliamentary Channel www.parliament.gov.za
Summit TV www.summittv.co.za
Channel O www.channelo.co.za
Movie Magic (M-Net Programming) www.moviemagic.co.za
Series Channel www.series.co.za
SuperSport International www.supersport.co.za
Swaziland Broadcasting & Information Services www.gov.sz/home.asp?pid=65
Botswana Radio and Television Services www.btv.gov.bw
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services www.zbc.co.zw
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation www.nbc.com.na/
Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation www.sbc.sc
Televisao Publica de Angola www.tpa.ao
Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation mbc.intnet.mu
Tele- 10 Rwanda www.tele-10.com
Sudan TV (multilingual) www.sudantv.tv
RTI Rediffusion Television Ivoirienne www.rti.ci
Radiodiffusion Télévision de Djibouti www.rtd.dj
Radio Television Burkina www.tnb.bf
Radiodiffussion Télévision de Senegal www.rts.sn
Tele-10 Burundi www.tele-10.com
Television Togolaise www.tvt.tg
Radiodiffussion Tèlèvision du Benin www.ortb.org
Shabelle TV www.shabellenews.com/news/radio.htm
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