Archive - May 2017

 

Toonami: The home of superheroes

Johannesburg, 30 May: Africa’s newest and most exciting broadcast network Kwesé TV, has added a brand-new kid channel Toonami to its bouquet from the leading channel provider of wholesome family entertainment Turner. The channel, which is dedicated to superhero cartoons, is a new addition to Turner’s current children’s entertainment offering. Kwesé TV will exclusively launch Toonami to English speaking territories from 1 June, strengthening Kwesé TV’s family viewing programming line-up, while simultaneously boosting Turner’s kids’ entertainment bouquet in these markets.

Toonami, the home of superheroes, targets 6 to 12-year-old children and super-hero fans of all ages with its 24-hour programming line-up, jam-packed with top-rated adventure and action series.  The introduction of Toonami reinforces Turner’s portfolio of successful kids’ channels that includes Cartoon Network and Boomerang across the continent, both also available on Kwesé TV.

Available exclusively on Econet Media’s Kwesé TV in English-speaking countries outside South Africa, Toonami is the go-to destination for superheroes enthusiasts of all ages.

Family and kids will enjoy uninterrupted hours of high-quality shows, specially packaged for African audiences through Kwesé’s multi-platform offering that includes satellite TV and a mobile app.

From the first of June, subscribers will dive into the fantastic world of DC Comics’ ‘Batman’, ‘Superman’, ‘The Green Lantern’ and ‘The Justice League’. Other popular children’s superheroes loved by young African audiences, such as ‘Ben 10’ and ‘Thundercats’ have also been added to the schedule. The branded Toonami Movies block will screen a host of feature films that showcase popular superheroes’ heroic acts and deeds.

The launch of Toonami follows a multi-territory agreement which Turner has signed with Econet Media including CNN International – the number one news brand in Africa – and much-loved leading kids’ channels on the continent Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Pierre Branco, Vice President and General Manager of Turner Southern Europe and Africa, says: “We are pleased with the addition of Toonami to the Kwesé bouquet as it further diversifies our robust entertainment experience and programme offering outside of South Africa. With its clear positioning and strong franchising connections, we are convinced that Toonami will build a strong fan base around the most popular superheroes. Turner will meet the growing demand for premium quality superhero content on the continent.”

With the success of Cartoon Network and Boomerang, ranked first and second respectively among kids’ TV brands across Africa, Turner has firmly established its position as the provider of leading kids’ entertainment channels. It is anticipated that the addition of Toonami will further strengthen this position.

“At Kwesé we pride ourselves in offering exclusive and never seen before content for our viewers. The addition of this exciting new channel Toonami to our network brings further diversity, choice and more importantly exclusivity to our premium children’s line-up, building an even more compelling entertainment bouquet for the whole family to enjoy,” shared Econet Media President and Group CEO Joseph Hundah.

To subscribe to Kwesé TV network in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia visit www.kwese.com for more information. Viewers outside these markets can access selected programming from Kwesé through Kwesé’s mobile app.

 

 

Nairobi, 29 May 2017: East African basketball fans listen up, it’s time to get behind your city as Kwesé Free Sports takes you courtside at the inaugural Africa City Challenge Basketball Tournament. Tipping off in Nairobi, Kenya on 11 June, the tournament will bring the top men’s all-star teams from Kampala, Juba, Kigali, Mogadishu, Dar es Salaam and Nairobi together to compete for a prize pool of $18 000, the highest in the history of inter-city tournaments in the region. As the exclusive broadcast partner Kwesé Free Sports will show all 10 games live.

This is the first time that a regional basketball tournament will be broadcast to viewers across the continent. The East Africa Inter-City Committee has held an Inter-City competition for the past 17 years but the rest of Africa has never been able to witness this phenomenal tournament. The Africa City Challenge will take inter-city basketball to a whole new level through the exclusive pan-African coverage of the tournament on Kwesé Free Sports and the record setting prize pool.

 The Africa City Challenge will take place at Kenya’s Nyayo Indoor Arena in Nairobi over a period of five days. Teams from six of the top basketball cities in the region will compete in a round robin format over the initial three days of the tournament before facing off in the Semi-Finals knock out phase on Wednesday 14 June.  This will be followed by the championship game where one team will take home more than $ 6000 in cash

This lucrative prize pool, the largest for a tournament of this kind, consists of $ 13 500 in cash, over $ 5 000 in uniforms, trophies, additional incentives and most importantly, bragging rights as the 2017 Africa City Challenge Champions.

Commenting on the significance of the tournament Michael Finley Managing Director of Miles & Associates International, the tournament organisers, “We wanted to launch the tournament in East Africa because we know that the passion and commitment for the game of basketball in this region is unmatched.  East African teams have been traveling to compete against one another consistently for well over a decade and we can’t wait for Africa to get a chance to witness it.”

The 10 game tournament will broadcast live on Kwesé Free Sports.  The channel is available through digital terrestrial TV in 24 countries and on Kwesé’s mobile app available for download on all Android and Apple devices. Thanks to Kwesé’s multi-screen multi-platform approach to broadcasting, millions of viewers across the continent can enjoy free access to the tournament wherever they are.

Speaking on behalf of the exclusive broadcaster, Econet Media President and Group Chief Executive Officer Joseph Hundah said, “Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the region and we’re excited to bring the Africa City Challenge to fans. We pride ourselves in showcasing the best in home-grown sporting talent and providing a platform for our local stars to shine. Through our comprehensive distribution network which includes pay-tv, free-to-air and the Kwesé app, basketball fans across Africa will be able to catch every high-flying hoop and explosive dunk live on Kwesé Free Sports.”

Capital FM’s DJ Joe Mfalme as well as Khaligraph Jonez will wrap the tournament off in style as the official entertainment and headlining acts playing into the night at the after party.

For ticketing information and the latest updated on the Africa City Challenge, visit www.africacitychallenge.com.

For scheduling information visit Kwesé.com. Be sure to download the Kwesé App where you can catch all the action unfold. 

                                                                     NBA Africa Game 2015 Group Photo (Credit: NBAE/Getty Images)

- Kwesé Sports, Ford, Castle Lite, General Electric, Solektra,

Marriott and 947 Partner with NBA on Second Game in Africa -

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, May 25, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) today announced Kwesé Sports, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, Castle Lite, General Electric, Solektra International, Marriott International and 947 as official partners of NBA Africa Game 2017.  The partner roster represents the most-ever for the NBA in Africa.  

The second NBA game in Africa will take place Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

NBA Africa Game 2017, which will take place following the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA).  The game will air live in sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé’s TV, Internet and mobile platforms, including Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports, select free-to-air channels, Kwesesports.com, and the Kwesé app.

Below are highlights of each partner’s efforts:

  • Kwesé Sports – Official Broadcast Partner and an Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  The pan-African broadcaster is the NBA’s exclusive broadcast partner in sub-Saharan Africa.  Kwesé Sports continues to amplify the NBA’s efforts to grow basketball across sub-Saharan Africa through its broadcast and mobile platforms.
  • Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa – Official Automotive Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  Ford has been the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA in sub-Saharan Africa since 2015 and will return as an NBA Africa Game partner.
  • Castle Lite – Official Beer Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  Castle Lite is a new NBA partner and will unlock fully immersive viewing experiences and activations surrounding the game, including the Castle Lite Extra Cold Zone pregame fan festival at the Ticketpro Dome on Aug. 5.
  • General Electric – Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  GE Africa is a new blue chip partner for the NBA in Africa and shares the league’s commitment to supporting innovation and youth development across the continent.
  • Solektra International – Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  Solektra joined the NBA family earlier this year as a Jr. NBA partner and will work with the NBA to provide sustainable solar lighting solutions for communities and young people across Africa.
  • Marriott International – Official Marketing Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  Marriott returns as an NBA Africa Game partner and will run a sweepstakes in the U.S. to send one lucky winner to attend NBA Africa Game 2017.  Marriott will also host a series of elite events in Johannesburg with Marriott Rewards members.
  • 947 – Official Radio Partner of NBA Africa Game 2017.  947 returns as the radio partner for the second NBA Africa Game and will leverage their radio personalities to promote the game throughout South Africa.

“This blue chip roster of partners for the second NBA Africa Game is a testament to the growth of basketball and the NBA brand across the continent,” said NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall.  “These likeminded partners also share our mission to improve the lives of young people and will work with us to amplify the impact of the game of basketball throughout Africa.”

“Kwesé Sports is the exclusive home of basketball in sub-Saharan Africa, and we are excited to once again partner with the NBA on this game,” said Econet Media President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Hundah.  “Sports are important for development on the continent, and access is a critical aspect of growing sports in Africa.  Our pan-African broadcast capability delivered across our various broadcast and mobile platforms extends the reach of basketball, exposing more fans to the beautiful game.”

Team Africa, including Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo), will be comprised of players from Africa and second generation African players.  Team World, including CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.), will be comprised of players from the rest of the world.

Full rosters of players, coaches and legends, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date. 

The sold-out NBA Africa Game 2015, the first NBA game on the continent, took place Aug. 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. 

For more information, fans can visit www.NBA.com/Africa, the league’s official online destination in Africa, and follow the NBA on Facebook (NBA Africa) and Twitter (@NBA_Africa). 

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2016-17 season featured a record 113 international players from 41 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App, which achieved record viewership and traffic during the 2015-16 season.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than 1.3 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About the NBPA

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals -- on and off the court.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interest of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities.

In addition, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities -- from executive leadership roles, to team representative positions, global community outreach initiatives. The NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.

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Contact

Pawel Weszka, NBA, +27 10 007 2666, pweszka@nba.com

 

 

Johannesburg and London 15 May 2017: African broadcaster Kwesé and global sports leader ESPN have launched the next phase of their collaboration on the African continent. The two have created the new digital home for African sports fans, KweseESPN.com and the KweseESPN app. The website and app offer African sports fans world class up-to-the-minute sports coverage delivered through a slick and quick interactive digital experience.

The KweseESPN digital products follow hot-on-the-heels of the exclusive 24-hour ESPN channel that launched on Kwesé TV earlier this year, and combine the strength of the world’s #1 digital sports publisher (ESPN) with the leading African sports coverage from Africa’s fastest growing sports broadcaster.

KweseESPN.com together with the KweseESPN App (on Android and iOS) offers the best coverage and digital highlights of the widest selection of sports from Africa and around the world -- anywhere, anytime.

African fans will find up-to-the-minute news, scores, analysis video and more for dozens of sports, including Football, Basketball, Cricket, Rugby, Boxing, MMA, Motorsports including F1, Indy500, Athletics, Tennis, the best in American sports such as the NFL, MLB, NHL and much more – all with a uniquely African perspective. KweseESPN also brings fans unique content specially created for African sports fans like the “African All-Stars” section, devoted to news and stories about African sports stars competing all around the world and extensive coverage of African football, rugby, basketball, netball and cricket leagues which include live scores, highlights and previews.  

Led and curated by a team of editors across the continent, KweseESPN combines Kwesé’s reporting from across Africa and rapidly growing suite of sports rights with ESPN’s international coverage, featuring many of the continent and the world’s best sports journalists.

With a simple, clean and fast design optimized for any device  - from feature phones to smartphones to computers – the KweseESPN digital experience is quick and data efficient on all devices and gives African sports fans a one-stop place to be entertained, enlightened and engaged with the sports, leagues, teams and athletes they love.

Econet Media President and CEO, Joseph Hundah, said of the new KweseESPN digital products, “We are taking sports coverage to a whole new level by delivering a dedicated digital destination which offers coverage at a standard not seen in Africa before. The combination of this website and our comprehensive sports broadcast offering through the ESPN channel, Kwesé Sports 1 & 2 and Kwesé Free Sports establishes Kwesé as a leading sports destination in Africa.”

He added, “The synergies between these two sports power houses have resulted in a game changing proposition for African sports fans. This winning combination will allow for unprecedented digital coverage of events like the NBA and FIFA World Cup. The recent Anthony Joshua World Heavyweight title fight is an example of how the combination of Kwesé Sports and ESPN were able to take major sports events to another level for African sports fans. We look forward to deepening this relationship for the benefit of our viewers and sports fans across the continent.”

“Nobody covers the news, events and the ‘Game-around-the-Game’ of worldwide sport the way ESPN does,” added Patrick Stiegman, Vice President, Global Digital Content, ESPN. “That is now blended with Kwesé’s uniquely African coverage, expertise and insight. The result is the best digital home for African sports fans. Whether on a phone, tablet or computer, on the Web or on the app, they can get live scores, news, highlights, features, statistics and more.”

Video will play a growing role on both KweseESPN.com and the KweseESPN app – including highlights from Kwesé’s growing portfolio of rights including South American and European football, NBA, cricket, rugby, athletics, boxing, NFL, MLB and more. And both KweseESPN.com and KweseESPN App feature easy one-touch access to the Kwesé TV everywhere app and live streaming sports.

To catch-up on the latest sports news and updates from Africa and around the world visit: www.kweseESPN.com

The 24 hour ESPN channel is available exclusively on Kwesé TV – for more information on how to get Kwesé visit: www.kwese.com

 

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