Canal+ & Showmax team for South African motor sport drama


Canal + has partnered with African streamer Showmax to co-produce Spinners, a new original action-drama set in the dangerous world of the motor sport of spinning.

The 8 x 50-minute English, Kaaps and Afrikaans-language series entered production in Cape Town, South Africa, this week, with Joachim Landau and Raphaël Rocher producing for Empreinte Digitale, while Ramadan Suleman co-produces via his local co-production company is Natives at Large.

The series follows Ethan, a 17-year-old driver working for a local gang, run with an iron fist by Damien. Trying to support his younger brother but increasingly disgusted with this life and constantly on the edge, Ethan discovers a possible way out via spinning, an intense local sport where he could put his driving skills to use. But the looming gang war jeopardizes that hope.

The cast includes Arendsvlei’s Cantona James and Chelsea Thomas in leading roles, along with winner Brendon Daniels (Zulu) and Dillon Windvogel (Blood & Water).

Jaco Bouwer (Gaia) directs the series, which is produced and co-created by Joachim Landau, while Spinners’ showrunner and co-creator Benjamin Hoffman is joined by writers Matthew Jankes, Sean Steinberg, Gillian Breslin, Daniel Zimbler, Byron Abrahams and Zoë Laband.

StudioCanal will handle international distribution for the series.

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