Showmax CEO Yolisa Phahle exits African streamer

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of African streamer Showmax, is stepping down from the company after almost two decades, with Marc Jury appointed as interim chief. Phahle’s departure was announced in a memo to staff from Calvo Mawela, CEO of Showmax parent company MultiChoice this week, who wrote: “It is with mixed emotions to announce that our […]

Prime Video Africa hires Multichoice alum Gideon Khobane as director

Amazon Prime Video has hired former MultiChoice exec Gideon Khobane to lead its efforts in Africa. Khobane becomes director of Prime Video Africa and will work across Ned Mitchell’s originals team, Ayanna Ionian’s acquisitions unit and the product division. He will oversee local originals and acquisitions, with a remit that covers sub-Saharan Africa, including South […]

MultiChoice links with NBCUniversal & Sky for Showmax relaunch

South Africa’s MultiChoice has partnered with Comcast-owned NBCUniversal and European pay-TV giant Sky to relaunch its streaming service Showmax in sub-Saharan Africa. The new Showmax group will be 70% owned by MultiChoice and 30% by NBCUniversal, with the latter holding an indirect 23.7% stake in Nigeria via its local subsidiary. The partnership has been struck […]

Showmax to debut ‘It’s A Sin’ across Africa as part of Multichoice deal with All3

South Africa-based pay TV broadcaster MultiChoice has picked up more than 40 hours of programming from All3Media International for its M-Net channel and Showmax streamer. The deal includes Russell T Davies’ drama It’s A Sin, which will become available for African audiences for the first time via an exclusive deal with Showmax. The series is […]

Multichoice to follow ‘The Real Housewives Of Gqeberha’ as format expands

Multichoice in South Africa has ordered The Real Housewives Of Gqeberha, a new local adaptation of the NBCUniversal-owned format for pay-channel TV 1Magic. GOAT Originals will produce what will be the fifth version of the format to launch in the country, which will debut on 3 February. The reality format, which is distributed internationally by […]

TBI’s 2023 Predictions: Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming, Multichoice

As the new year gets underway, TBI talks to some of the biggest names in the global TV industry to get their thoughts on the major trends and best shows coming up in the next 12 months. Here, Nomsa Philiso, executive head of programming at South Africa-based Multichoice, talks local-language content, unscripted popularity and streaming […]

Moonbug partners with MultiChoice for linear African channel launch

UK- and LA-based pre-school entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment is to launch a dedicated channel on the MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Moonbug Kids channel will launch in October and will include content from across the Moonbug portfolio. The pre-school service will be available to all 21.7 million DStv subscribers across 45 African […]

South Africa’s M-Net preps crime drama with BBCS’s Lookout Point

BBC Studios (BBCS)-owned Lookout Point and South Africa’s MultiChoice Studios have partnered on a five-part crime drama set in Cape Town. Devil’s Peak, which has been written and created by Matthew Orton, is based on Deon Meyer’s 2004 bestseller, which is the first in the series of novels centered on Detective Benny Griessel. Multichoice recently worked with Meyer […]

Booming African pay-TV market set for three-horse race

The African pay-TV market is predicted to amass a total of 57 million subscribers by the end of 2027. According to analyst firm Digital TV Research, the market will add 18 million subscribers in the coming five years, climbing by 46%. A new report from the company notes however that pay TV revenues will only […]

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