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 […]

News round-up: Prime Video & ABC pick up ‘Summer Memories’; Abacus shops Andrew Tate doc; Netflix & NITV kids’ co-commission

Prime Video, ABC & Showmax think on ‘Summer Memories’ Prime Video for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, ABC Australia, and Showmax for Africa have picked up the first season of animated series Summer Memories following deals with Canada-based distributor Wildbrain. The 2D-animated series is created by Adam Yaniv and produced by A&N Productions, Aircraft Pictures and […]

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 […]

Showmax extends NBCU’s ‘Real Housewives’ franchise into Abuja

Showmax in Africa is prepping a second version of NBCUniversal’s Real Housewives format, this time set in Nigerian capital Abuja. The Real Housewives Of Abuja comes in the wake of a 2021 Lagos-based version for Showmax and marks the eighth remake in Africa, with Delmedia Productions behind the new show. It will follow the luxurious […]

Show of the week: Catch Me A Killer

This fact-based drama, based on the book of the same name, tells the true story of former journalist-turned-psychologist Micki Pistorius, who became South Africa’s first serial killer profiler. Set in 1994, this 9 x 60-minute & 1 x 90-minute drama (also available as 11 x 60-minutes), stars Charlotte Hope as Pistorius, who joins a team […]

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 […]

African streamer Showmax expands originals with Kenyan scripted quartet

African streamer Showmax is ramping up its original scripted output with four new shows from Kenya. Igiza is a 13-part thriller from Yare Productions, which is run by Abdi Shuria (Nafsi), King Muriuki (The XYZ Show) and Abu Melita. It stars Serah Ndanu (Pieces Of Us), who plays twin sisters at war after a betrayal changes their lives forever. Years […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: How Disney+ fits into South Africa’s SVOD boom

South Africa’s SVOD landscape has seen rapid growth over recent years with global players joining regional operators in the country. Kane McKenna, research analyst at TBI sibling Omdia, explores how Disney+ might fare when it joins the competition. After a tumultuous but ultimately fruitful early period for South Africa’s SVOD market, rapid sustained growth has […]

TBI Weekly: What’s next for Africa’s blooming drama business?

From the impact of streamers such as Amazon, Showmax and Netflix, to the acceptance of dubbing/subtitling and the appetite for international coproductions, drama series from Africa are in demand like never before. To explore what this means across the continent and beyond, TBI partnered with The Africa Channel (TAC) and its production division, TAC Studios, […]

TBI Spotlight On Africa: MultiChoice Group CEO Yolisa Phahle

TBI has partnered with US-based cable and streaming service The Africa Channel, which develops, produces and distributes content that reflects Africa’s influence on the world, to deliver insight from some of the key players on the continent about its place in the global market. The Africa Channel (TAC) and its production division, TAC Studios, recently […]

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