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BBCWW takes Pests and Rich Kids into Africa

Passion Distribution has shopped a raft of content to BBC Worldwide in the wake of the recent Discop Africa market. Worldwide acquired a package that includes Rich Kids of Social Media and UKTV’s pest control series Deadliest Pests Down Under (pictured) for its channels in the region. The deal also included Firecracker Films’ one-off Channel 4 […]

Africa launch for CBeebies

The BBC’s preschool channel CBeebies is launching in East Africa on the Zuku pay TV platform. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, handles the channel’s distribution internationally as part of its portfolio of channels. It has inked a deal with Zuku TV and the preschool channel is now available on the pay TV platform […]

Fox poaches Bekker to run FIC Africa

Fox International Channels (FIC) has named former Wananchi Programming managing director Hannelie Bekker as managing director of FIC Africa. Bekker will be responsible for all FIC brands in Africa, including Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Movies, FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Gold, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 2 and Baby TV. She will […]

Wananchi secures $130m in financing round

African pay TV and broadband operator Wananchi Group has closed a US$130 million round of funding to fund “growth and expansion in east and southern Africa”. The investment was co-led by existing Wananchi shareholders, including major cable firms Liberty Global and Altice, African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners, Mauritius-based ATMT and new African investor […]

State House opens doors to African drama

Having moved into original entertainment programming, East African pay TV operator Zuku is starting to invest in its own dramas, including Kenya’s answer to The West Wing. Local execs believe the region could be set for a booming scripted trade. East Africa’s Zuku has moved into originals as a way to differentiate itself from larger […]

Zuku enters ‘Kenyan West Wing’

African pay TV operator Zuku has commissioned a 12x30mins political drama billed as “Kenya’s answer to HBO’s The West Wing“. State House is being filmed in the Kenyan capital and features well known East African stars. It is set in Nairobi’s presidential residence in 2013 just as the government is changing and an old dictator […]

News brief: Zuku poaches Turner exec

African triple-play pay TV operator Zuku has poached a Turner Broadcasting System exec to become its chief commercial officer. Charles Murito was TBS’s director, business development, Africa and the Middle East but will now join the Wananchi Group-owned paycaster as CCO of Wananchi Programming. Wananchi said the move signaled “the company’s dedication to the monetisation […]

Fox and Zuku coproducing cooking series

Fox International Channels and East African pay TV business Zuku are coproducing a new season of cooking series Tales from the Bush Larder. The first season of the Kenyan cooking and travel series is already carried on FIC’s lifestyle channels and the new series will be on 24Kitchen, Viajar and Voyage as well as the […]

Zuku commissions original doc series

African pay TV operator Zuku has ordered an original documentary series From Here to Timbuktu. The factual show will look at the history and lives of people living in iconic parts of Africa and will examine how countries and people on the continent are dealing with globalisation. The producers said that the stories will be […]

Fox buys African series for its international lifestyle channel

Fox International Channels (FIC) has acquired an African cooking series for its lifestyle channel 24Kitchen. The series, Tales from the Bush Larder, hails from East African pay TV and triple play provider Zuku. It has shopped season one of the the show to FIC for the 24Kitchen channel, which is distributed in Portugal, the Netherlands, […]