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MultiChoice Announces THREE New Channels Coming to DStv this November

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MultiChoice Group has announced the launch of three new channels – CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and Da Vinci. CuriosityStream and CBS Justice will air for the first time in Africa on DStv channels 185 and 170 respectively, to ensure fans of Factual Entertainment and True Crime stories enjoy their favourite programming on familiar channel destinations,  while kids education channel  Da Vinci offers informative and fun learning from today on the Family package on DStv channel 318.

This news follows the recent announcement that the company has reached an agreement with A+E to extend the carriage contract for History and Lifetime which continue to air on DStv alongside the new channels.

In October, the company hinted at plans to launch channels aimed at delivering new titles and genres that viewers will enjoy, including among others blue chip documentaries, history and entertaining factual shows.

“We’re thrilled to finally announce the launch of these channels that will expand the line-up of new programming for our DStv customers to enjoy,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment at MultiChoice Group. “CuriosityStream will give our viewers informative entertainment that the family can enjoy together and it’s with great pride that we are able to launch CBS Justice, a new true crime channel which is part of the CBS AMC Networks EMEA portfolio of channels. We’re also delighted to expand our kids offering with Da Vinci just ahead of the holiday season.”

CuriosityStream is the award-winning, global media company that delivers the world of factual entertainment in one mind-expanding place.  Launched by John Hendricks, the visionary founder of Discovery Channel, CuriosityStream lets viewers explore their passions and discover new ones, or just indulge their inner geek with thousands of films and series covering space, art, volcanoes, history, travel, cars, architecture, dinosaurs and so much more. MultiChoice is debuting CuriosityStream in sub-Saharan Africa, bringing the channel’s library of landmark originals and exclusives directly to DStv viewers who are looking for the kind of engaging factual shows and original and exclusive films and series not available anywhere else, as well as shows from some of the best filmmakers around the world including Deep Time History, the History of Food, Age of Big Cats and Breakthrough and more.

“CuriosityStream is thrilled to premiere on DStv, collaborating with MultiChoice as our inaugural bundled distribution partner in Africa,” said Clint Stinchcomb, President and CEO of CuriosityStream. “MultiChoice is a global leader in finding innovative ways to deliver programming to its viewers whenever and wherever they want it. Those viewers are hungry for high-quality, engaging and entertaining factual shows and CuriosityStream is proud to offer our channel to that important media market.”

Curiosity is innate to all humankind.  We all want to know ‘why?’ CuriosityStream will become DStv customers’ definitive source for shows covering the full breadth and depth of the factual genre – from history and nature to science and technology to society and lifestyle.  Launching on DStv channel 185, CuriosityStream is the culmination of Hendricks’ four-decade quest to create the definitive experience for satisfying curiosity and supercharging the imagination.

Looking at some of the world’s most compelling true crime cases, CBS Justice, which is a joint venture between AMC Networks International – UK and CBS Studios International, will launch in Africa on DStv channel 170, and will feature a curated selection of original and acquired programming. The launch line up of CBS Justice will include original productions The Real Prime Suspect, Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files, Secrets of a Psychopath, Evidence of Evil; and acquisitions Cold Justice, Fame Kills and Stalker!. All the cases brought in front of DStv viewers will be presented and investigated by leading experts such as Jackie Malton (The Real Prime Suspect), the real-life inspiration behind Helen Mirren’s character in the award-winning UK drama Prime Suspect, and undercover investigative journalist and professor of criminology, Donal MacIntyre (Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files).

Louise Cottrell, Senior Vice President, Affiliate Partnerships for AMCNI UK, said: “This new launch highlights the growing demand for true crime content in the region, and we are thrilled to offer MultiChoice’s DStv customers exclusive access to authentic documentaries and series for the first time on CBS Justice. MultiChoice has been a valued partner for over 20 years, and CBS Justice joins a lineup of our other popular brands that continue to deliver value and high-quality entertainment. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnership with MultiChoice in the years ahead.”

Kids edutainment channel, Da Vinci on channel is inspired by its namesake, ground-breaking artist, scientist and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci. The channel, which will broadcast on channel 318 for DStv Family viewers, aspires to illustrate the beauty and wonders of human curiosity and its explorations, be it in science, arts or innovation. The new edutainment channel will amaze and delight DStv viewers with a range of fun educational programming for kids and whole families alike filled with humour, imagination and meaningful educational takeaways that cover Science, Math & Tech, Play & Make; History & Personalities; Culture; Life & Nature and Sports & Leisure.

Da Vinci Media founder and CEO, Ferdinand Habsburg said, “our partnership with MultiChoice once more reflects the growing demand for premium STEM and soft skills-based learning content. Our goal is to provide families and local communities with the educational tools necessary to stay one step ahead in today’s rapidly changing academic environment. We are proud to be aligning with DStv – among the fastest-growing pay-tv operators globally – in the name of promoting education across Africa.”

Catch these three exciting channels on your  screens. Stay connected to DStv and visit  dstv.com for more of what to expect from Da Vinci, CuriosityStream and CBS Justice.

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The Asfa model Master class happened on Sunday last week and was super successful

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This year had industry veterans and icons that have thrived in the business of modeling x Fashion come together to inspire the new generation of top fashion models.

Among the mentors we had; Veteran legendary top model Priscilla Ray, Legendary fashion Photographer who also won the first Asfa 2013 Fashion photographer of the Year- Giulio Molfese, Celebrated Fashion photographer and designer- Banji Bagwana the creative director for Eguana Kampala, award winning Actor- Mushema Housen, CSR Guru and expert- Susan Guerts the Executive Director- A Woman’s Worth, TV Personality and Stylist Guru- Solomon Tazibone, Award winning Fashion writter – Gloria Haguma, Creative Director and Fashion Wizard- Joram Muzira who also had to fly in 2 of his Top Fashion models from Milan – Adut Mary and Ayen Emily to come inspire the future generation. The mentors covered topics ranging from Sustainability in the Modeling world, professionalism, international model placements, scouting, grooming , image x Health, Mental Health, Branding, Media Values, acting, Importantance of CSR to mention but a few covering all areas that make a true top Fashion model.Tha Master class was crowned with a *Street Style Challenge* to taste the ability of all the top 60 models that will be walking the show their creativity and styling pottential where we had to take images for all the top 60 as well as have a mini fashion show to determine the winners.The Master class was strictly for the top 60 models that made the cut and it was a day to remember for all of them since it was educative and full of fun at the same time.

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Chameleone’s International Manager to celebrate birthday in style

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Fred Zink aka an International manager to singer Jose Chameleone is set to throw a mega bash as he celebrates his birthday.

Zink who turned 40 today is throwing a mega party in Toronto Canada and it will be during this time that he will also launch the first ever Ugandan night in Canada where they will be playing strictly Ugandan music

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Bryan White released

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By Stuart G-Khast

Tycoon Kirumira Brian aka Bryan White has today been released from Kireka police station where he spent the weekend. The city money bag has declined to talk to press about charges and terms of release.

However there has been a stir among the public sharing the #FreeBryanWhite Hashtag noting that Bryan White being accused of a civil case did not require detention.

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