ITV’s Jekyll and Hyde to South African SVOD

JEKYLL_AND_HYDE_EARLY_RELEASESouth African SVOD service ShowMax has bought 125 hours from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, including new fantasy action adventure series Jekyll and Hyde.

The deal also comprises seasons one to three of Rectify, period drama Mr Selfridge, Good Witch, event drama Texas Rising and Vera (seasons 1-3).

Jekyll and Hyde has launched internationally here in Cannes at MIPCOM this week ahead of its UK debut on ITV.

The deal follows a survery by UK trade body PACT that showed African had become one of the fastest-growing buying regions for UK-produced programming.

ITVSE’s senior sales executive André Renaud brokered the deal with ShowMax, which is competing with Netflix in the subscription on-demand space in South Africa.

“Our goal from the outset has been to establish ShowMax as the most comprehensive, high quality SVOD content collection in Africa,” said Victor Eckard, the service’s head of content. “We’re delighted to partner with ITVS GE to add these incredible programmes to the platform and look forward to a great working relationship.”

“Africa is one of the fastest growing markets for TV content and ShowMax is one of the major players in the region, so they are the ideal partner for our programming,” said Dan Gopal, ITVSGE’s executive VP, EMEA distribution and global digital partners.

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