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The Africa Channel and its production arm, TAC Studios, is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies, and cultural and historical content. The channel’s mission is to open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify Africa for viewers globally. The Africa Channel is based in Los Angeles and is available in approximately seven million homes in North America and the Caribbean on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative. In addition, it’s streaming subscription video-on-demand platform, DemandAfrica.com, is available worldwide on the web, mobile and connected devices.
Our Mission? To open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify Africa for American viewers.
The Africa Channel Hosts Semi-Final Round of Judging for the International Emmy® Awards in South Africa
August 29, 2022
On Friday, August 25th The Africa Channel and its production division TAC Studios hosted the semi-final International Emmy Awards Jury for Best Performance by an Actor in Cape Town, South Africa. Following a successful virtual event in 2021, this year’s jury facilitated by the International Emmys included talent and representatives from major companies including MultiChoice, Amazon Prime Video, The Africa Channel, ColorCreative, Trace TV, FilmOne Entertainment, SABC, Disney+, and Zee Networks.
The Africa Channel Announces New Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications
May 20, 2022
The Africa Channel (TAC), the longest-running independent, minority-owned media company focused on presenting pan-African content to US audiences, announces Toyin Awesu-Uhuegbu as Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications to lead the company’s global marketing, communications, and government affairs efforts across TAC’s subsidiary brands.
The Africa Channel Premieres a Collection of New Programming Celebrating Heritage for Black History Month
December 16, 2021
Under the theme Celebrating Heritage, TAC’s premiere’s programming during BHM embraces the full diversity of Black culture by reaching across nations and cultures to celebrate the month inclusively. Viewers will be presented with the debut of three different shows that deliver a broad picture of Black America, both past and present. Showcasing the achievements of Africa
and Africans over the centuries up to the modern-day, sharing the powerful legacy and impact of the Civil Rights Movement, and highlighting African diaspora entrepreneurship, empowerment, and success, there is something for everyone throughout the month.
The Africa Channel Continues Explosive Growth with Launches in 103 New Markets
December 16, 2021
The Africa Channel announces that in 2021 the channel has experienced explosive growth with launches in 103 new markets. With programming, which includes scripted and unscripted series, films, documentaries, news, and information programs, TAC’s latest partnership with Cox Communication (Cox) brings the channel to viewers in 100% of Cox's markets, including Las Vegas, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, Cleveland and Norfolk/Hampton Rds VA.
The Africa Channel and TAC Studios Hosts the Semi-Final International Emmys Jury for Drama Series in South Africa
September 23, 2021
Jury members include executives and talent from major media companies across Africa and the Middle East including Disney, Zee Networks, Netflix, Fox, MultiChoice, SABC, and ViacomCBS.
The Africa Channel Announces Major Content Deal with Thema America a Canal + Group Company, Bringing Nollywood Films to US and Global Audiences
August 2, 2021
The Africa Channel, Inc announces a wide-ranging licensing and distribution deal with ROK Studios, a Canal+ company, bringing premier Nollywood films to US and global audiences. The licensing and distribution partnership will encompass current releases and hundreds of hours from the catalog of Nollywood releases ranging from 2015 to 2020.
Charter Expands Distribution of The Africa Channel to Video Subscribers Across All Markets
May 4, 2021
Charter Communications, Inc. today announced that it has significantly expanded the distribution of The Africa Channel (TAC) by making the channel available to Spectrum TV subscribers throughout the company's 41-state footprint providing The Africa Channel even broader reach for its programming.
The Africa Channel is Now Available to Millions More Xfinity TV Customers
April 13, 2021
The Africa Channel, the longest-running Independent, minority-owned, media company focused on presenting pan-African content to global audiences, announced today that its programming is now available to millions more Xfinity TV customers, in 60 new markets.
Demand Africa Debuts as a Premium Subscription on The Roku Channel
March 12, 2021
The streaming video on demand service hosting a variety of original and acquired content from the African Diaspora, launches as a premium subscription service on The Roku Channel.
The Africa Channel Announces Fall Programming Schedule. Line-Up Features Original Shows and New Licensed Series
from Leading Producers Across the Globe
October 25, 2020
This fall, The Africa Channel (TAC), North America’s largest producer and network of Africa-themed content, brings viewers a range of new original shows and returning favorites.
TAC Studios Announces International Content Licensing Deals - The Taste for African Lifestyle Content Goes Global.
September 22, 2020
TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel, has concluded deals for several of its lifestyle shows to leading broadcast and digital networks around the globe.
The Africa Channel Now Available on Bell Fibe TV
September 21, 2020
Programming showcases a daily view of modern African life, helping to demystify Africa for Canadian viewers
The Africa Channel Moves its Operations for Cable and Streaming TV to Cloud with Amagi
September 1, 2020
Amagi, a global leader in cloud-based technology for broadcast TV and streaming TV, today announced that The Africa Channel has partnered with Amagi to streamline its entire broadcast workflow across cable, satellite and digital OTT services.
The Africa Channel Partners with the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission for National Nigerian Diaspora Day
July 23, 2020
The Africa Channel is excited to be the official media partner for the 2020 Nigerians in Diaspora Day online conference hosted by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) on Saturday, July 25. For more details on this year's event, and register visit www.diaspora.gov.ng/Dday
The Africa Channel has launched in Canada on Rogers Communications' Ignite TV Service
January 27, 2020
Ethnic Channels Group Ltd. (ECG), the world's largest multicultural broadcaster, is pleased to announce that The Africa Channel has launched on Rogers IGNITE TV, serving viewers in Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Quebec.
The Africa Channel expands reach with launch in Canada.
October 03, 2019
The Africa Channel announced today it has introduced its service in Canada by launching on the subscription streaming platform Demand Africa.
The Africa Channel Grows Africa-based Team: Mokopi Shale appointed as Senior Development Producer TAC STUDIOS
August 18, 2019
TAC Studios, the production arm of The Africa Channel announces the appointment of Mokopi Shale to the position of Senior Development Producer, as part of the Studio’s growing Africa- based team in Johannesburg.
February 15, 2019
Celebrating a banner year for content acquisitions, The Africa Channel will air a collection of 20 new primetime series representing premium drama, lifestyle and news programming from Africa throughout the year.
November 8, 2018
The deal, finalized at Mipcom 2018, envisions seven new BBC shows encompassing news, in-depth investigations, sports, business, debate, health, and children. The programs will launch on The Africa Channel this fall.
New original talk show "The Diaspora Dialogues" created and executive produced by media maven Koshie Mills debuts primetime on Wednesday, October 24th on The Africa Channel
September 18, 2018
JK3 Productions Inc. is proud to announce a groundbreaking limited four-part edition series, The Diaspora Dialogues features an All-Star line up of international celebrities.
The Africa Channel and Vanichi Magazine Ask "What If Movie Icons Wore African Fashion?"
September 10, 2018
Just in time for New York (and Harlem) Fashion week, The Africa Channel launches a 10-part digital series that asks a simple yet compelling question, “What if movie icons wore African fashion?”
July 12, 2018
In Celebration of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, The Africa Channel will air an uninterrupted live broadcast via satellite of The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, delivered by former U.S. President Barack Obama, Tuesday, July 17 at 8am ET.
April 10, 2018
The Africa Channel and Côte Ouest announced at MIPTV today in Cannes that they have signed a broad-ranging strategic alliance in which the parties will jointly pursue distribution, licensing and production opportunities across the globe.
April 3, 2018
The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and DISCOP Zanzibar are proud to announce The Africa Channel, the largest broadcaster of Africa-themed content in North America, as the official sponsor of the inaugural TV Series Festival 2018.
Mar 26, 2018
TAC has added its first two animated TV series to its weekend Kids Programming Block. Starting Saturday, April 7, from 7am - 9am Eastern.
Oct 16, 2017
TAC Studios, a production arm of The Africa Channel cable network, announced today that it has signed international content licensing deals with Viasat World and Kwesé TV.
Oct 16, 2017
Urban Movie Channel Acquires SVOD Rights
for 13-episode 'World Wide Nate: African Adventures
Sept 19, 2017
Brendan Gabriel joined The Africa Channel (TAC) senior management team in early 2017 as VP, Production and Creative Director. His portfolio in this role is extensive and critical to the company's growth on the continent.
June 19, 2017
The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today that it will premiere the second season of "The Ultimate Braai Master" on Tuesday, July 4 at 10pm ET, and a new series, "Cuppy Takes Africa," on Tuesday, July 11 at 10pm ET
March 27, 2017
The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today that a
pair of accomplished television executives have joined the network’s senior
management team. Sheila Cole has joined TAC as VP, Post Production Operations; Brendan Gabriel is on
board as VP, Production and Creative Director.
January 17, 2016
The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today a broad Black History Month initiative highlighted by the premiere of several originals from TAC Studios, the network's recently launched production arm. The Black History Month celebration will include on-air, online and on-demand components.
December 1, 2016
The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today the promotions of three executives: Chase Green to Producer, Digital Content (from Lead Assistant Editor); Lynneise Joseph, to Director, Program Strategy & Distribution (from Director of Current Programming); and Katrina Pallant to Director, Digital Media & Strategy (from Digital Media Manager)
October 26, 2016
TAC Studios focus will formalize and build on the network’s existing production initiatives by developing, producing and distributing premium lifestyle content reflecting Africa’s influence on the world. It will collaborate with producers from Africa and around the globe to bring contemporary stories, authentic voices, and high-quality productions to audiences worldwide.
October 14, 2016
Slate Includes New Episodes of Original Shows, New Acquisitions and New Seasons of Acquired Series
October 12, 2016
“We are delighted to partner with The Africa Channel to shine a spotlight on these important modern narratives and filmmakers, and to give platforms to traditionally marginalized voices and place them at the centre of all that we do at CaribbeanTales,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Executive Director of CTFF.
September 13, 2016
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it has expanded its partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC on VOD.
June 13, 2016
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today the launch of the Ubuntu Awards. Inspired by the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the awards celebrate organizations and individuals who exemplify Ubuntu, or 'Human Kindness."
April 22, 2016
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it will salute the great recording artist Prince by making a half-hour collaboration with the performer available to fans on www.TheAfricaChannel.com. The show, "Prince! Behind the Symbol" originally aired on The Africa Channel in April 2011.
April 12, 2016
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it will launch two new programming blocks and 13 new series encompassing food, lifestyle, family and general entertainment. The new series rollout will begin the week of April 18.
April 5, 2016
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today that it has retained HotHouse Media to handle affiliate sales and distribution, and T Media Sales to oversee all ad sales for the network.
April 4, 2016
US-based African entertainment network The Africa Channel (TAC) has closed content and channel partnership deals with leading African channel creators and content distributors AfricaXP.
November 2, 2015
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today the promotion of three executives: Narendra Reddy to EVP Content & Global Operations (from SVP Programming & Production), Karen Juve to VP Programming & Acquisitions (from Director, Programming & Acquisitions) and Lynneise Joseph to Director of Current Programming (from Manager, Programming).
September 14, 2015
Narendra Reddy, TAC's senior vice president, programming & production, said, "This is our most ambitious programming slate to date and we look forward to using it as a launching pad for even more original programming in 2016. Through our diverse range of series, our viewers can experience the wonderful culture and lifestyle of the African continent as many have never seen before."
May 18, 2015
The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today a slate of summer programming highlights headlined by the July 13 premiere of the daily morning show "Expresso," the first series to ever air live on the African continent (Cape Town, South Africa) and then on tape the next day in the U.S.
February 12, 2015
The Voice of America (VOA) and The Africa Channel announced today that the network has begun broadcasting two VOA-produced series that report and explore news and issues from the African continent. "Africa 54" airs Monday through Friday on The Africa Channel from 7-7:30 p.m. ET, and "Straight Talk Africa" airs every Saturday from 8-9 a.m. ET.
January 30, 2015
The Africa Channel's "Elders Month" celebration will be highlighted by more than 50 short-form vignettes created by up-and-coming filmmakers from the United States and Africa. The vignettes will spotlight people from all walks of life who have made a difference.
IT News Africa, October 2016 "A sample of popular shows in TAC’s existing library include “30 Min. Tour,” “Africa Everywhere,” “Africa On A Plate,” “Care For Color,” “Minjiba Entertains,” “Muziki Ni”, “Chiney’s World” and a variety of critically acclaimed specials."