SFR will once again be participating in the Jeunes Talents – Rencontres d’Arles 2014 international photography festival by exhibiting the work of the competition’s winners. The operator will give amateur and professional photographers alike the chance to see the work of this 10th contest’s luminaries, who get a unique opportunity to exhibit their photographs at such a key photography event. SFR is also making a dedicated Rencontres d’Arles mobile app available again this year. Visitors can use it to access details about the exhibitions, artist bio sheets, schedules, maps, practical information and ticket services. The application is available for free download to smartphones and tablets with iOS and Android. The SFR Jeunes Talents exhibition is being held as a part of the Rencontres d’Arles, from July 7 through August 31 2014 at the Salle Henri Comte on Rue de l’Hôtel de Ville. For all the news on the artists and information about the various competitions organized by SFR Jeunes Talents, please visit www.sfrjeunestalents.fr.
Groupe Canal+ Canal+ to launch major African channel A+
This October, Canal+ will be launching a new, 100% African channel to expand its Canalsat lineup in Africa. A+ aims to become French-speaking Africa’s standard-setting channel, seeking to reflect the continent’s various identities and defining features, and to be resolutely oriented toward Africa’s future. Two-thirds of the programming will be dedicated to African or African-American series, films and TV movies. A+ will also broadcast special reports, reality TV shows and game shows. Popular and modern, A+ will attract a very wide audience, and its programming grid will also have a lot to offer women and young people aged 15 to 25. As Canal+ Overseas Chairman Jacques du Puy put it, “A+ will be made by Africans, for Africans, and illustrates Canal+ Africa’s commitment to supporting the development of Africa’s cultural industry and to help ensure that it is dynamic, is talent-rich and helps create jobs. A+ will thus feature local productions, which Canal+ plans to promote and help to develop.” With 1.1 million subscribers, Canal+ Africa is the leading satellite pay-television operator in French-speaking Africa. A subsidiary of Canal+ Overseas, which handles Canal+ activities outside of France and in the French overseas territories, Canal+ Africa has been expanding its presence on the African continent for over 20 years and now has eight subsidiaries. Canal+ Africa is in charge of releasing and marketing the “Les Chaînes Canal+” offering, which comprises seven premium channels.
The legendary label EMI is making history once again in China and South East Asia with the signing of Mandopop superstar A-Mei as well as the popular artists Show Lo and Rainie Yang, as part of its revival and return to the region. EMI ended much of its operations in Asia over five years ago but since the company was acquired by Universal Music Group in 2012, UMG has been investing in and reinvigorating the storied label ever since. A-Mei, the Mandarin pop diva, one of TIME magazine’s 20 Asian Heroes, was named EMI’s Greater China Brand Director to acknowledge her iconic stature in the Chinese music scene. Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, said: “EMI’s heritage in the region makes this is a very exciting re-launch. At Universal Music we’re huge believers in the potential for the music business in China and the importance of investing in local artists. A-Mei, Show Lo and Rainie Yang are such talented artists that I’m delighted they have agreed to join us in the new EMI China.”